Snapdragon by Kilby Blades Book Summary
Awards and Accolades for "Snapdragon"
-2018 Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize for Fiction Semi-Finalist
-2018 Holt Medallion Finalist - Best Erotic Romance and Best First Book
-2018 NECRWA Reader's Choice 1st Place Award Winner - Erotic Romance
-2018 IPPY Award Winner - Bronze Medalist, Romance
-2018 Foreword Indie Awards Honorable Mention (Post-Finals) - Erotica
-2018 Emma Award for Diversity in Romance Finalist - Erotic Romance
-2017 National Reader's Choice Awards Finalist - Erotic Romance and Best First Book
What Critics, Bloggers and Esteemed Authors Say...
"Fresh, with a reveal toward the end that is surprising!"
- Publishers Weekly BookLife Critical Review
"I thought this was going to be a pretty light and fast-paced read. What I got instead was a rather in-depth and well-developed relationship between two complex characters."
- Maria, Steamy Reads Blog
"Michael is the perfect book boyfriend. Darby is refreshingly real. A great read!"
- Rose B. Mashal, Smashwords Hotlist Bestselling author of The Colorblind trilogy
A Deeper Look at "Snapdragon"
Deeply meaningful, desperately sexual, and inevitably bittersweet, "Snapdragon" deals with the quandary of choosing love over career, the weight of adulthood and the complexity of modern work-life. It rewrites the book on what a 21st century relationship should look like and keeps the reader wondering how it will end.
Michael is a prodigious young architect with natural charisma and impeccable polish. Darby is an accomplished medical researcher who takes the trappings of her high-born status in stride. The casual sex deal they strike up at a mutual friend's wedding seems workable so long as their agreement to keep things fun and simple remains intact. But when companionship gives way to intimacy, they begin to depend on one another, and the agreement begins to fall apart.
Darby is being sabotaged by a misogynistic boss. Michael is crumbling under the pressure of high expectations. Deep fears about professional failure make their individual stakes high. When Michael becomes a fierce ally in alleviating Darby's work problems, a light to chase away the shadow of her notorious father, and the antidote to her crushing loneliness, Darby must rethink her position around love vs. ambition.
But it's complicated. Michael has become entrenched in every area of Darby's life and, at times, she still feels as if she doesn't know him. Yet, their feelings for one another are undeniable, and the story becomes about surrendering parts of themselves in order let the love grow. It is bittersweet, with plenty of sugar to satisfy hopeless romantics, yet with complications that will captivate readers desperate to know whether it will come to a bitter end.
"Snapdragon" rips open a new chapter in the romance genre, presenting complex characters, intense attraction, complicated choices and modern love for the real world. It is for anyone who struggles with competing priorities and demands on their time, but who wants to believe in love. It is told from Darby's point of view and its sequel, "Chrysalis", is told from Michael's. "Chrysalis" is Book Two in the series continuation, and the conclusion of the "Love Conquers None" duet.