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Never the Face

A Story of Desire

Ariel Sands

St. Martin's Press

The most exquisite passions are also the most dangerous…

The heroine of Never the Face is searching. Dissatisfied with love, bored with sex; in her experience, all lovers are predictably dull – and she longs for more, for an intensity she knows exists and has yet to discover. Then, just after her thirty-third birthday, she runs into David, an old flame who’s now married. He invites her to dinner. And then he invites her to his bed.

Before long, unable to resist the allure of sexual submission, she falls into an addictive affair that is both violent and stunningly intimate. As she opens herself up more and more to David’s appetites, she is taken to new heights of pleasure. But the more time they spend together, the more their bond both deepens and unravels. How far will David take it? And how far will she be willing to go?

Written in beautiful, savage prose, Never the Face takes its characters and readers on a dark erotic journey, where closed doors are opened and the most shocking secrets are laid bare…

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I ROLLED over and looked at the clock. Four A.M.
How strange. Usually, when I’ve been lying awake for hours, I get angry and restless. My feet kick at the covers. And I twitch from one position to another.
But not tonight.
Tonight, I’m in a state of—well, it’s hard to describe. A kind of transcendent calm. Dazed. Still. Relaxed.
And full of wonder.
After a while—perhaps fifteen minutes, perhaps an hour—I stretched, switched on the light, and got out of bed. Chilly. I took the few steps to the end of the room and pulled back
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Praise for Never the Face

“Lascivious, intense, and keenly probing the human impulse toward submissive desire, this first novel is as intelligent as it is arousing.” – Booklist

Never the Face is a story in the tradition of 9 1/2 WEEKS – about the twisted corkscrews of desire, the hearkening after the call of brute submission and dominance that is the dark side of romantic attachment.  Rarely has this skewed version of love been portrayed with the clarity and daring that Ariel Sands brings to it; her rendition makes for compulsive and disturbing reading.” – Daphne Merkin, author of Dreaming of Hitler and Enchanted

“In spare, literate prose, Sands (a pseudonym for a best-selling author) has written a novel that is both shocking and compelling in its psychological violence and graphic sexuality. Its similarity to Pauline Réage's Story of O is unmistakable, and it is likely to appeal to fans of that erotic classic as well as similar works like Anne Rice's "Sleeping Beauty" trilogy and the "Marketplace" novels by Laura Antoniou.” – Library Journal

"A book like a dream: shy, intense, full of desire. An erotic journey into a space where all arousal comes through the whip, the belt, the cane, where all tenderness comes through savage submission. Subtle and brutally true, this book is a confession of love.” – Niklaus Largier,

"A book like a dream: shy, intense, full of desire. An erotic journey into a space where all arousal comes through the whip, the belt, the cane, where all tenderness comes through savage submission. Subtle and brutally true, this book is a confession of love.” – Niklaus Largier, professor at University of California, Berkeley and author of In Praise of the Whip: A Cultural History of Arousal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ariel Sands

  • ARIEL SANDS is a pseudonym for a bestselling author.

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Never the Face

A Story of Desire

Ariel Sands

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St. Martin's Press

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