You’d have to be a saint at the very least, to have never envied someone else. Your best friend when she turns up wearing the shoes you coveted but couldn’t afford. Your brainy sibling when they get another promotion. Your work colleague whose boyfriend is always sending her flowers and surprising her with romantic gestures. Little flashes of envy, nothing major.
Jealousy though, that’s a different animal altogether. It’s deeper, darker, and more toxic. Jealousy can kill a relationship stone dead. It tears at the psyche, twisting even the most innocent of things into hideous scenarios. I’ll bet we all know someone who’s had a jealous partner, a boyfriend that doesn’t trust them to go out, or a girlfriend that resents his ex’s. It’s a tough emotion to beat.
In Obsession, Gabe becomes increasingly jealous of his racing team-mate, Jon Craigowan.
As I leaned forward in my chair, unleashing the full force of my super-blast-cannon on the massed aliens on the screen, I let my mind wander. Instead of seeing green-faced aliens, in my head I superimposed Craigowan’s cheesy grin in my sights. Mentally blasting him off the face of the earth gave me some small satisfaction.
It gnawed at me that he’d risen so effortlessly to Formula 1, and now swept through the rankings as easily. His pathetic wife irritated me, too. The only reason he’d married her was because he’d knocked her up, but, as usual, he’d managed to turn it into another round of good publicity. Bastard.
For once, just once in my life, I’d love the opportunity to wipe that smirk from his face. Maybe I could dig up some dirt on him? He’d been famous for his skirt chasing activities at one time—what were the chances of me turning up a love child somewhere? See how the Pulsata people liked him then.
My first major flush of envy was when the boy I’d lusted after for half a year, began to go out with a classmate of mine. He didn’t even know I existed, and at the tender age of fifteen, that hurt. I envied her from afar. She was prettier, more popular, more attractive to the boys, to this particular boy. I had to shrug and get over it, but it took some time and several tearful sessions before I could ignore them both.
So how about you? Who – or what – have you envied? Leave me a comment and I’ll put your name into a draw for a copy of Obsession.
Obsession is available 12 June 2013, from Time & Tide Publishing.
Josh Delaney is the ideal honey trap.
His charm and model good looks would be enough for most women, but coupled with his psychic ability to read their thoughts, he’s impossible to resist. Suspicious husbands employ him to test their wives, to see if they can be tempted to stray.
High profile couple Suki and Gabe Bridgewater have the perfect marriage, or at least, that’s the image they portray to the world. Behind closed doors, Gabe’s dominance in the marriage is unravelling and he decides to test Suki, using Josh as bait.
For Josh it should be just another easy job, but two things go horribly wrong.
One, Josh falls in love with Suki.
And two, Gabe refuses to let her go.
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Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.
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