Keira: Tarak, the hero of your story Out of Bounds, wasn't always at the top - his success story started somewhere - what was his turning point?
Dawn Ryder: I loved that part of his character. Tarak had to stick it out on a gold claim up in Alaska. He wanted something more and went after it. A trait I consider essential in a hero.
Keira: Sabra and Tarak switch the usual roles in romance. What does it take for a dominate male to surrender?
Dawn: I’m not sure he ever truly surrendered, at least until he let Sabra into his heart. Tarak enjoyed showing Sabra how to be bold and for that, she needed to think she had control.
Keira: And for a meek woman to call the shots?
Dawn: For Sabra, this took a lot of trust. Tarak was her boss and she wanted to make it on her own. Here’s their first meeting-
“Sabra Donovan, analyst, master’s in bio fuels. Correct?”
It sounded as if he only added the last word as a courtesy. There was certainly nothing questioning in his sharp gaze. He knew exactly what he wanted and intended to get it. The pure abundance of confidence was mesmerizing.
“I think you have me at a disadvantage,” she muttered.
Pleasure flashed in his eyes. His lips twitched up just a tiny fraction, almost too faint to measure, but she saw it. In fact, she was sure he wanted her to notice. He wasn’t the sort who apologized for anything.
He was—and completely unashamed of it.
“I’m your boss.”
She stepped back, something inside of her recoiling. The hot curl of excitement was lingering in her clit, so she wasn’t really sure what it was she objected to, only that complete submission was out of the question. It wasn’t a conscious thought, but something she felt on a very personal level.
His eyes narrowed, somehow becoming more sensuous, more determined.
“Excuse me,” he offered softly. “Tarak Nektosha, your employer.”
She was a complete idiot. He wasn’t Japanese; he was Apache. Lawless, savage, and exactly like the line of vehicles his company produced.
“I require someone to help me cut the ribbon,” he clarified.
“Oh…” She glanced back at the waiting table. The press was positioned near it, their hands on their cameras, more than one was casting an impatient look toward Tarak. “Sure.”
As far as a professional response went, it lacked a lot. But saying “yes, sir” just seemed too submissive. A large part of her flatly rebelled. It was a system-wide rejection, one she was sure she hadn’t experienced before in her life. No man had ever unleashed such a bundle of emotions inside her.
Or so much heat.
Get a grip, girl…
And fast too. It was her frickin’ boss.
Keira: What do you love best about office romances?
Dawn: In this case, I loved the fact that Tarak and Sabra were two forces colliding. It didn’t matter where they were, once they met, there was no ignoring each other.
Keira: What's the sexiest thing about Tarak?
Dawn: His determination. He never quits because quitters never win.
Keira: What's the sexiest thing about Sabra?
Dawn: She’s intent on carving her nitch. I love the way she wants to give in completely to Tarak. She knows it isn’t the wise thing but she also knows that she’ll be missing something mind blowing if she lets the opportunity slip through her fingers.
Keira: What hurdles must they both overcome to be able to commit to their relationship?
Dawn: Tarak has given up on love. His heart was torn in the past and he’s convinced himself that love is just a figment of the imagination. Sabra has to put her new career on the line and follow Tarak up to Alaska, which means she just might be in a slightly dangerous situation. What the modern woman in her knows and what she craves are in conflict. Is she going to be impulsive or play it safe?
Keira: How do you define love and romance?
Dawn: Love is something truly unique. It grows out of attraction and binds souls together. It rarely makes logical sense and has no sense of timing but it is the ultimate gift from fate. It’s also the most extreme test fate can offer because to receive love, you have to trust…unconditionally.
Keira: What does it take to make a Happily Ever After successful and work?
Dawn: I think the author has to take a couple from hot sex to making love. Not that making love can’t be hot but there is a big difference.
Keira: What's next for you?
Dawn: Filthy Rich. It will follow ‘Out of Bounds’.
Power may be best when it's shared...
He's used to dominating...
Tarak Nektosha is a self-made man, against all odds. He accomplished that by making sure he's the one in charge, both in the boardroom and in the bedroom.
She's taking her power back...
Sabra Donovan has ambition to spare and energy to burn. So what if her last lover was a disappointment? She's never going to be anyone's plaything ever again.
Sabra's outstanding performance at a corporate photo op attracts Tarak's attention, and the lines begin to blur. What happens when the one on top surrenders and the one used to obeying begins to call the shots?