Wine and chocolate
I wanted a sensual experience for Tori. This is a slow awakening (hah!) of her senses and her appetites. You don’t just throw someone in the deep water to swim, and you don’t start with whips and chains the first time someone calls you Master. The Chocolate I did a little research (not a lot) about pairing chocolate with wine. As I grew into adulthood, I became a dark chocolate lover. Milk chocolate is great, of course, but there’s something special about the bitter-sweet depths ...
The Tesla I don’t know why, but I think Teslas and Elon Musk are cool. In books, especially these kinds of books, it seems like everyone has these super-exotic awesome cars. And it’s a fantasy, so it makes sense. I don’t know why, but in my head – and as I’m the one writing it, it’s the only head that matters at this point – Nate, for all that he’s filthy rich and likes nice things, has a strong practical streak in him. He knows what it’s like to be broke af. He knows ...
Luca Paretti Rosé
The wine Nate uses to woo Tori in the final scene of Chapter Eighteen. . . I'm sure you're shocked to learn this is not my photo. . . I had a glass of this when I was at Catch LA for brunch for my cousin’s birthday in late July. Catch LA is a truly phenomenally rooftop garden restaurant in Hollywood. It takes weeks to get a reservation – like, you can’t even walk in without your name on the list – and the flowers alone were worth it. My meal was meh. I really have to stop ...
One Canal Place (Chapter 9)
That photo above? Not my photo. Nor is the one below. Shocking. At the end of Canal Street, almost at the river, on the edge of the Quarter, stands a high rise. In that high rise, you can both get your passport from the passport office upstairs, Chanel 22 at Saks Fifth Avenue, and a great little dress at one of the boutiques. http://www.theshopsatcanalplace.com/
Tori wears Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
This is what I used to wear when I waited tables. It made your lips soft all night, but, better yet, it would stain your lips so even if you talked your lipstick off over the course of your shift, your lips would still have color that wasn’t blotchy or feather-y. I would absolutely recommend it for easy lip color. (Now in my personal life, I wear lip liner and lipstick, usually in red.) Burt's Bees Website - Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm