Taylor Ritchie has hated Christian Roquefeuil ever since they were both interns at the New York fashion company, House of Romano. Taylor is ambitious, talented, and a sociopath who had been nursing a grudge against Christian for years.
When Christian takes over House of Romano, Taylor sees an opportunity for revenge. With the aid of his boyfriend, he intends to not only destroy the company, but to publicly crush Christian at the same time.
Together, they begin a dangerous game of seduction where the naïve Christian is only a beautiful puppet to be toyed with.
Mike Hastings is a low-level office drone, stuck on the sidelines while Christian falls deeper and deeper into the web that Taylor has woven for him. With the make-or-break Spring collection on the horizon, it might just be down to a cheap suit in payroll to save Christian from the inevitable crash and burn.
Naked Ambition is a dark and modern M/M retelling of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Grim and Sinister Delights is a dark romance series based on classic fairy tales and stories. You will find standalone tales of gay romance that range in darkness and kinks. If you dare to take the challenge, read them all to find yourself lost in a classic that you think you know. These stories are for adult readers and may contain morally ambiguous themes.
My newest release, Naked Ambition, is out today, and I’m excited to be here to tell you a bit about it! Naked Ambition is a dark modern retelling of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
I think fairy tales and folktales are fascinating places to mine for inspiration. They’re some of the first stories we learned as children, and because of that they’re embedded deep in our psyches. These are the stories that were there when our brains first started to develop, and they’ve stayed with us all the way through, even if we haven’t thought about them in years. And perhaps they’re not just that far reaching on an individual level either. Fairy tales are archetypal too, which makes them rich for retelling.
I was really excited to be asked to be a part of the Grim and Sinister Delights series, and so happy that I got to nab The Emperor’s New Clothes to work with. It’s always been a favourite of mine. It is, of course, a newer story than most, and I think that shows: instead of a tale told to warn children to stay out of the dark woods and the wolf’s snapping jaws. The Emperor’s New Clothes is about vanity (or naivety!), about the fear of being mocked, and about how sometimes, when you’re part of the group, it’s easiest to not rock the boat. And all of these things all as relatable and identifiable now as they were when the story was first written.
In Naked Ambition, it’s not vanity that plagues the emperor though, it’s naivety. Christian is a young man totally out of his depth, and drowning in grief, who is ripe to be cheated by a couple of liars. The difference between him and the original Emperor? He thinks that they love him.
Falling in love with Taylor and Connor didn’t feel like it had with Luca. They were his friends, but that was okay. They said that was okay. This was a different sort of love. This wasn’t the sort of love where it felt like he was plummeting breathless over a cliff face; this was like sliding into a warm lake. It was quieter and safer than falling in love with Luca had been. Falling in love with Luca had been terrifying because Christian had been afraid that Luca would break his heart—he couldn’t really want Christian, could he? Not really? And Luca had broken his heart, he supposed, though not in the way he had expected.
Taylor and Connor were both so handsome, and both in very different ways. Secretly, Christian had been intimidated by Taylor when they’ve interned together, because of his sharp features and his even sharper hairstyles. Christian never would have dared wear the sort of clothes that Taylor did, or have his hair dyed and cut the same way, but Taylor carried himself with such confidence. So did Connor, in a different way, in his suits and his ties and his high-polished shoes. They looked so different, the stunning designer with the asymmetrical inky-black hair and the handsome businessman in his impeccable suits, but at the same time they fit together perfectly.
Christian didn’t envy what they had, because he’d had it once too. He mourned it. It was so easy to fall into their love when they offered it to him.
Naked Ambition by Lisa Henry, With a Twist by Kate Sherwood, Bound by Sean Azinsalt, True Mate’s Kiss by Rorie Kage, The Elves and the Bondage Daddy by JP Sayle, Pied Piper by Emma Jaye, The Devil Told Me by Alexis Jane, Crimson Painted Snow by Brea Alepoú, Shards of Ice by R Phoenix, Beauty Bound by Megs Pritchard, False Feathers by Adara Wolf, The Rejiorling by Leona Windwalker, Consequences of Crying by Abigail Kade, A Merman’s Tale by MD Gregory & The Black Sea by Dora Esquivel
Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn't know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she's too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
Lisa has been published since 2012, and was a LAMBDA finalist for her quirky, awkward coming-of-age romance Adulting 101, and a Rainbow Awards finalist for 2019’s Anhaga.
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