Ruby Duvall grew up in the Midwest, spent a few years in Tokyo, and now lives with her husband in Seattle. When she's not writing, she reads, plays video games and tabletop RPGs, and runs screaming from spiders. Visit her website to sign up for her newsletter and be the first to know about new releases and giveaways.
Freelance tech journalist Lily Foss wears many masks. No one knows the "L. Foss" who reviews the latest Eidolon robotic companions is also "codemonkkey," whose program cost the Eidolon manufacturer a lot of money. No one knows she can't sleep at night. No one even knows she's a woman, and all of this secrecy makes fulfilling her desires as a sexual submissive next to impossible. Not even the newest Eidolon can replace a living, breathing Dominant.
Lily pins her hopes on the rumor that her best friend and fellow programmer Finley used to tie up his old girlfriend, but after a night with him falls apart, all she wants is a Dom who won't ask for her heart—or her real identity. Then a chance meeting gets her the business card of a high-class escort named the Stranger who specializes in domination. His commanding presence and guaranteed discretion seem like the perfect solution.
But Lily isn't the only one who wears a mask or the only one trapped between fantasy and reality, past and present, pleasure and pain. When the masks come off, Lily will have no choice but to face the horrifying truth.
Emma thought she had problems, but when she wakes in 1351 Scotland after a serious car crash, she realizes that her problems are just starting. The locket she wears is the key to the second chance she’s been given, and the people she meets believe that she is a fairy. She becomes the houseguest of a brooding yet magnetic Scotsman named Iain, and discovers in him a tenderness that she never expected.
Iain is suspicious of this mysterious newcomer, but he cannot deny that something about her entrances him. He is haunted by dreams of her darker side, and his need to possess her becomes an increasing obsession. Is she an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances, or is she a real fairy as everyone else believes? Iain hopes to discover the reason for her sudden appearance—and a way to convince her to stay.