Awards and Accolades for "Snapdragon"
-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 Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize for Fiction Semi-Finalist
-2018 Holt Medallion Finalist - Erotic Romance and Best First Book
-2018 Emma Award for Diversity in Romantic Literature 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!"
- 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.
About the Author
Kilby Blades is a fresh new voice in smart contemporary romantic fiction. A business executive by day, by night she writes dynamic characters in to (and out of) tantalizingly complex predicaments. Critics laud her “feminist romance”, noting empowered heroines and multi-dimensional heroes who are staunch advocates for their partners, stepping back from their own spotlights in order to let their women shine. From dry wit in her angstier books, to blatant humor in her lighter ones, her characters are resplendent in their witty repartee. All her stories, regardless of genre, serve up delicious dilemmas and never-before-seen plots. Her debut novel, "Snapdragon", was a ten-time finalist and a three-time winner for honors including the IPPYs, the Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize For Fiction, the Foreword Indie Award, the HOLT Medallion, the New England Reader's Choice Award and the OKRWA National Reader's Choice award. Its sequel, “Chrysalis”, was a finalist in the Emma Awards. Her novella, "The Art of Worship" was an IndieReader winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and a Passionate Plume finalist. Two of her three soon-to-be-released titles were 2018 Stiletto Contest finalists and the third was a finalist in the CIMRWA awards. She is also the 2018 recipient of Best Debut Author in RSJ’s Emma Awards. When she’s not writing, Kilby goes to movie matinees alone, where she eats Chocolate Pocky and buttered popcorn and usually smuggles in not-a-little-bit of red wine. Kilby is a mother, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Before I write this review, I want to issue a bit of a warning. Snapdragon is the first book of a duology called Love Conquers None. Be aware that the story of Michael and Darby continues in the second book. And if you’re anything like me, you will immediately buy the second book to finish their story. Honestly, I took me a little while to get into this book. Snapdragon is told from the point of view of the heroine, Darby. She meets Michael at a friend’s wedding and they, both opposed to commitment, quickly fall into bed together. However, they decide to keep their relationship mostly sexual with some society events thrown in. Michael is an architect and Darby a doctor and both are committed to their jobs. They decided that if either say the word, “Snapdragon”, their agreement would end. This plot point didn’t interest me that much. It was only when the drama from Darby’s job and the changing dynamics of their relationship entered the book that I became engrossed. Darby and Michael’s relationship quickly progressed past what they intended and their involvement in each other’s lives became extremely interesting. In addition to the issues Darby has with her boss at work, she also has a politician father who caused severe trauma in her life. The balancing of work and personal, plus office and family drama, made for a realistic and intriguing read. As I said earlier, after finishing Snapdragon, I immediately bought the second book and loved the conclusion of Darby and Michael’s story.