Post by Lily Harlem
Harlem Dae - that's the pen name of myself, Lily Harlem, and Natalie Dae when we're writing together. Something we do quite a lot of, please check out our website.
One of the pieces of work we're proudest of is the Sexy as Hell Boxed Set. (CURRENTLY ON SPECIAL OFFER AT JUST 99C/99P)This comprises of three full length novels that make up the Sexy as Hell Trilogy (The Novice, The Player and The Vixen) plus three shorter spin-off stories about secondary characters (The Star, The Mistress and The Harlequin).
‘Sexy as Hell’ is a phrase used often enough, but what does it mean? Is Hell sexy? Not when depicted by religious literature it isn’t. In fact it’s a place to be avoided at all cost. To be in limbo is not a teetering-on-the-edge-of-eternal-wrath-and-fire tightrope you want to be balancing on. Well, not if you’re a good boy or girl that is.
So why does the expression Sexy as Hell make people twist a smile, twitch their eyebrows and glance sideways? Is it because the suggestion that Hell is sexy is wickedly immoral, hot-to-boiling point and holds hints of carnal desires met in the dead of the night when no one is watching? Does it imply sex in its most primitive form?—just the mating and satisfying of bodies without the emotion and the deeply committed love that Heaven sanctifies.
Is the Hell in the expression simply a profanity? Or maybe even a way to enhance the meaning of sexy? If you’re sexy as Hell are you more alluringly sensual than any other earth-walking human? Do you have your own unique, blistering red carpet to sashay upon and turn the head of the horniest devil and the most daring of lovers?
Sexy as Hell can be interpreted any which way you want; an expression of endearment, soul-aching ardour or unquenched lust. Take it how you want it, that’s the name of the game.
And that’s the game Zara plays, in the trilogy Sexy as Hell. Living in a nocturnal world of depraved sex shows where anything goes as long as it feels good, she really is burying herself under a shroud of sensation and hiding in a mist of dominant demands.
Until Victor comes along.
Kind and patient, he’s a vanilla corporate sort, bubbling over with an innate yearning to have his boundaries pushed. Zara is so up for the job she sets him a challenge, a month of lessons to find out what he really likes. To learn to think out of the box, or rather out of the bedroom and submit to her demands.
It was this rolling idea of lessons, each one more shocking to Victor and more exciting to Zara, that started the ball rolling in The Novice. Even with Victor’s secret, and Zara’s buried past, they both become so entrenched, so accurate at reading the other that living in polar opposites on the planet couldn’t quash the heat radiating from them.
So it became clear that The Player was going to have to be about diluting their needs, and then mixing them up again, concentrating that soup of want and longing until an explosion shot them high in the sky and then planted them deep in the earth again.
Sex and love are a carefully constructed concoction which plays the prevailing role in The Vixen. Here the threads of Victor and Zara weave in an elegant pattern that ends up being as ugly as it is beautiful and as sinful as it is cleansing. It holds a theme of acceptance and healing, moving forward and stepping away from conventional love. This is the driving force of the trilogy, resulting in an epic journey two people find themselves on in the hunt for fulfillment, the banishing of demons and the promise of everlasting commitment.
Sexy as Hell, in its entirety is sensual, erotic and loving yet tests Victor and Zara to their limits. It will no doubt push reader boundaries too, throwing previous conceptions about sex right out of the pot and into the fire, in the most seductive, captivating of ways, of course. I hope you'll check it out and have a look at the other Harlem Dae novels, all of which are dark, tackle taboo subjects and hold a string of 5* reviews. Details on our website.
Thank you for reading
Lily and Natalie
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