Damian is a tough nut to crack.
From the very beginning he takes on a defensive position, adamant that this rowdy group of twenty-year olds head back to their fancy sedan and high-tail it out of there. He has no patience for them, and refuses to let them stay the night. He almost wins, but then Sara begins to work her charm and he reluctantly lets them stay. So, why did his will power crack after a two minute conversation alone with Sara? Bright blue eyes, long red hair, and Damian unintentionally finds himself lost at the beauty of her. He doesn't know it yet... not until he hands over the keys to their cabins and is forced to drive them to the designated campsite. The only problem is Sara is a good ten to fifteen years younger than him, and he knows for certain that a girl with that much beauty must already be taken by another man. Just when he is about to lose hope, he finds out that both Sara and her bratty friend, Ashley, are single. A tiny glimmer of hope is all he needs to subtly flirt with Sara in the hopes of gagging her interest.
Similar to the main character, Sara, I believe that Damian is a little misunderstood. He is not exactly the ideal romantic lead, maybe because everything goes against him. Damian is reserved, he is not sociable unless he is in Sara's presence, and he has a lot of secrets that he keeps to himself. His behaviour is eccentric too, I mean, who keeps that many weapons in the backseat of their car? Who is paranoid about the front door breaking in, so much so, that he has multiple locks to the door? Who takes it upon their self to have a lot of raw meat stashed in their fridge? Or anxiously fearful of night?
Ashley described Sara's potential love interest as a "nutter," and quite frankly I agree with her. There is something off about Damian, almost too unsettling.
What secrets is he hiding from the four of them? You will have to read "Cursed" to discover this strange mystery.
I have always found that Sara is the most misunderstood character. I suppose the reason is some people find it very difficult to like her. Sara has her faults. She is self-centred, stubborn, and incredibly naive when it comes to recognizing red flags. She does not go about the world in rose coloured glasses, but she does have an awful habit of turning a blind eye to red flags. All the same, I believe it is Sara's faults that makes her a truly relatable and believable character.
In her early twenties, Sara desires to get out of the bustling city and head into the wilderness with her friends for Halloween weekend. She convinces her best friend, Ashley, to come with her, and in turn her two other guy friends, Ben and Taylor, that just so happens to be in a long term relationship. Ecstatic to have a long weekend out in the wild, Sara is determined to not abandon her plans once she arrives at Blackthorn campground. The lone tenant does everything in his power to shoo the young folks away, but they have a will of iron and are determined to stay a couple of nights there. The tenant, Damian, reluctantly agrees if they give their word that they will not go outdoors at night. It is from this point on that the plot truly thickens. The tenant has an eye for Sara, and she for him. As the sexual chemistry increases, it is only a matter of time until one of them gives into their desires.
In terms of the inspiration I had for Sara, I wanted her to be very bold and know her own mind. She senses Damian's mutual attraction, and unexpectedly makes the first move in their relationship. Sara is a go-getter, she is not the kind of person to wait around for the man to ask her out on a date. Sara is also very sexually driven, and I think that is the reason she is so easy-going and willing to have a one-night stand with Damian.
Still, she does subconsciously acknowledge that there is something strange about Damian. She is aware that things aren't exactly adding up when Damian tells her one thing, but does another. Is he a habitable liar? One would think so, especially when the reader adds up the clues and realizes Damian is subtly telling Sara half truths. So, what is he really hiding from her? Why does he not want the city folks to go out at night? And why does he have a trunk full of guns and hunting knifes? What could he possibly be afraid of? Or should they be afraid of him?
To figure out the truth you will have to read "Cursed." Happy reading everyone!
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