The Righteous and The Wicked

April Emerson
The Righteous and The Wicked
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The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Release Date
April 2014
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station. A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.

Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she's numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning, her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.

That man is Eric Wilder and he's keeping a secret—a secret that's destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing, he's forced to move often. He chooses the small northeastern town of Pine Lake as his latest refuge, and hopes to make a successful attempt at starting his life over. As always, he's unable to make that happen.

That all changes when he meets Emma.

She finds herself drawn to Eric when she accidentally bumps into him, but Eric's unfazed by their first meeting. When a gust of wind brings these two people together once again, Emma discovers Eric's secret. She's forced to battle between her Catholic faith and her desire for this stranger.

Their attraction is intense and they soon discover they're each lonely and longing for what the other has to offer. As their friendship blossoms, Emma realizes her passion and lust for Eric are the remedy to her depression. Eric discovers his feelings for Emma are the only antidote to his secret burden.

They begin an erotic journey, which leads these beautifully broken people to discover that love can be both righteous and wicked.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Mar 27, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
162 people found the following review helpful
From the first pages of THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED, it is evident there is something very unique about this book. Whether it is the use of present tense or the palpable misery of the two main characters, author April Emerson breathes fresh air into the erotica genre.

Eric Wilder and Emma Santori are both very miserable people. She is caught up in tragedies from the past while he is stuck battling demons in the present. It becomes a classic battle of good vs. bad, with plenty of drama. The key is determining whether these two characters can mend each other's wounds or if they will succumb to despair and unhappiness.

The fresh storyline quickly engages the reader. Ms. Emerson weaves a believable story of renewal, but she makes sure there are plenty of twists and turns along the way. The heat factor sizzles in the book, providing the necessary framework for development between the characters.

This is one of those books that you simply don't want to put down. With a fully developed storyline, coupled with well-orchestrated levels of heat, this story raises the bar for fans of provocative fiction.

The raw emotions displayed in the book make it a gripping and powerful read. The significance of the title becomes apparent with the progression of the storyline.

With just a few sentences, Ms. Emerson draws the reader into a journey toward redemption. It's a journey not soon forgotten.
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