Noir is a thirty-one year old co-creative director for a small advertising
agency in the city. It's the end of the 90's, but she's had romantic ideals
of finding Mr. Right since she was a child, when her father first spun the
tale of Cinderella.
However, to keep Rani's head out of the sky is Rani's best friend Addison
Caruthers, who pulls no punches in reminding Rani that true love doesn't
exist, nor should she spend any more time wasted on trying to find it.
Rani cannot accept Addison's beliefs, so when she meets business owner and
out lesbian Kendall Avery, Rani believes she has found her true love
finally, despite that true love being a woman.
The attraction is mutual, and Kendall Avery (who's never been in love)
gives herself wholly to the adventure. Unfortunately, in the midst of their
incredible whirlwind of laughter, fun times, and inexhaustible sexual
appetite for one another, Kendall becomes aware that she and Rani may be
the casualties of Sharon Sweeny, a black market baby swindler with an M.O.
strikingly similar to the real life Georgia Tann.
Follow Rani, Kendall and Addison on this journey of self-discovery, and
experience with them the full spectrum of feeling that comes with getting
what you wish for.
Kristen Lee Thomson is almost thirty
and has an impressive career in real estate, she is content with her
existence--or so she believes--albeit her mother's regular intrusion into
her love life, intrusions that adversely affect the young woman. Kristen
has at least found comfort and gratification in a non-sexual, nine year
matrimony with Stephany Shae, her lifelong friend and pillar of strength
Stephany persistently nudges Kristen into taking risks and living
life to its fullest, and provides solace whenever Kristen needs. She wants
her friend to be happy as much as enjoying life, and she'll go to great
lengths to try and see that Kristen is. She has never interfered in
Kristen's love life before; however, when an opportunity presents itself,
Stephany follows fate and decides to risk betraying her friend by playing
matchmaker just once.
Twenty-four year old Phoenix Carlson's heart has been broken; leaving
her devastated even after six long years have passed. She is a mystery
Kristen is willing to explore even if she finds it virtually impossible to
refrain from expressing her lust for Phoenix when they're together.
Phoenix's frequent abstinence puzzles Kristen until the reason
Kristen's whole world is turned upside down suddenly and she finds
herself struggling to hold on to a love that she's letting slip through her
fingers as she is besieged with the pain of trying to understand and accept
and come to terms with what they both will lose if they remain together.
Just when Kristen thinks she has finally suffered enough, and is coming
out to be herself againto feel again, an
unexpected twist happens: all of the emotions she had buried inside for the
woman who had captured her heart from the beginning start to resurface
"The Torture of Time delivers an emotional roller coaster encasing the
stories of young women maturing and grasping for love. Their trials are
realistic and deal with issues facing today's couples. This story pulls no
punches in showing romantic ideals crumble and the characters fumbling
through self-destructive, rocky relationships, always searching for that
elusive perfect fit in a partner. The story was enjoyable in its realism
and thought-provoking in its delivery." -- review excerpt
by Torie West - The Romance Studio.