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Readers of erotica are always startled to discover that the sleek and sophisticated Samantha Rider is the author of such earthy and sex-charged stories as "One Night Stand," but they definitely like what they read. "Myself, I love raunch and romance in equal parts," Rider confesses with a sly smile. "They are both a total turn-on to me."
Born to well-to-do parents in the posh enclave of San Marino, CA., Rider was raised in the best of schools in Switzerland and France. The bachelorette has also lived and worked in such glamor capitals of the world as Manhattan, London and Paris.
"I love chic boutiques and trendy boites, but I also adore honky-tonk saloons, for instance," admits Rider. "That's what enables me to write stories about such down-to-earth characters as Jacey Radison, my sexually-liberated heroine in 'One Night Stand.' This girl has lived!" adds the author with a decidedly wicked laugh.
In fact, Rider's short story, "One Night Stand," her exciting debut under the Smashwords ebook imprint, is based on a true incident. "It happened to a very dear friend of mine," the author explains, "and I was there to witness that electrifying first meeting between the two lead characters."
Rider's follow-up for Smashwords is a full-length novel of erotic suspense called "The Edge of Desire," depicting the further sensual adventures of Jacey Radison. It is also based on true incidents. "'One Night Stand' was a lust story, pure and simple, not a love story," Rider further explains. "This novel is about love as well as lust. Featuring a very strong male lead, a very sexy guy, who keeps Jacey going around in circles and then some. It really is hot stuff!"
Next up in Rider's series of Jacey Radison erotic suspense novels is "Run Naked Through the Streets." Jacey's wild younger sister, Laurel, is kidnapped by a madman, and Jacey must search some of the darkest (and kinkiest) streets of Los Angeles in her attempts to rescue the girl from certain death.
When she's not steaming up the screen of her computer with those sexy stories she writes, Samantha Rider dabbles in interior decoration and the arts, painting water colors and creating erotic sculptures. And, believe it or not, she loves yard sales.
Elizabeth S. Graham
on March 17, 2013 :
This is a real page turner. The characters are well developed and make strong (although often not advisable) choices. I found myself rooting for the protagonist, Jaci and hoping all would end well for her. The setting, Los Angeles - "City of Dreams"- was a perfect fit for the plot. As the novel suggests dreams can often turn into nightmares. This is a fast and compelling read and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on March 15, 2013 :
It’s a short read that will compel you to finish it all in one night! The protagonist is a strong woman in her professional life, yet one who allows her heart to rule her head in her personal life. These characters have real life issues that everyone can relate to. The book also features hot sex scenes that leave you wanting more, as well as a mystery with a dramatic conclusion.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2013 :
Ok so this has been on my To Read list for awhile (sorry Sam!) and I just finished it last night. If you're a fan of contemporary romances featuring hot, foreign bad boys who desperately need saving, heroines who are unashamed of liking sex, an "Edge" of danger and suspense (pun intended, ha!) and plenty of delicious sex, then this book is for you. I was impressed with the foreshadowing sprinkled throughout, the fast pace of the story and the use of the City of Angels as practically a character itself. Oh, there are times when I wanted to wring Jacey's pretty little neck for being so gullible and I wanted to sock Stefan right in the kisser for being an arse but hey...many of us have loved people who are destructive to us and some of us know what it's like to live with addiction...that's just a part of life for some. Unlike many formulaic romances novels, this one has a nice dose of realism that I appreciated. The ending hints at the possibility that there is more to Jacey and Stefan's story and I certainly hope Ms. Rider will indulge us one day with a sequel. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to reading whatever she gives us next! :-)
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2013 :
As a fan of romantic fiction, I was thrilled to find out about Smashwords. I first read Ms. Rider's short story, "One Night Stand," at the suggestion of a friend. After the first couple pages, I was hooked, and knew I had to find more! I'm glad that we get this continuation on the character's story. It's a real page-turner, to say the least. My friend lent me her Kindle, and I read the whole thing in 2 days, much to my boyfriend's chagrin. Not only were the love scenes between Jacey and her bad-boy lover really hot, but the book itself had a riveting story. I couldn't put it down! I hope that some day they make it into a film, but not sure they could show a racy film like that in most theaters ;) Do yourself a favor and read "Edge of Desire." I already read it, but came back to buy my own copy to re-read sometime soon. Make sure to check out Ms. Rider's short story. And if she reads this, this fan is hoping for a sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)