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Cover Reveal! Personal Disaster by Ainsley Booth

 

Title: Personal Disaster

Series: Billionaire Secrets #3

Author: Ainsley Booth
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: Oh So Novel

Release Date: November 21, 2017
Blurb
 
She’s looking for a story about a billionaire. He’s the
park ranger standing in her way.
Poppy has done her research on Marcus. She knows how
connected he is—and she knows he’ll be a very reluctant source even if she can
get him to talk. What she isn’t expecting is to fall head over heels in
insta-love with a grumpy, bearded mountain man who wants nothing to do with
her.
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Excerpt
Poppy stiffens on the passenger seat beside me, and despite
my best efforts to glare straight ahead, I see her out of the corner of my eye.
I see her glance down at her recorder, and turn it off. I see her jaw tighten,
then relax, and I see her sigh and turn to look out the window.
I see her cross her legs, flashing me another few inches of
soft thigh.
Damn it. Now my jaw is tight, too.
That’s not to say I don’t like it. I do, but it’s a
performance.
A trick.
If a woman is going to slide her skirt up her thighs for me,
it’s gotta be because she wants me to chase the hem with my tongue. Because she
wants to get lost for a few hours, and part company with a mutually fond
memory.
Not because she thinks I can be distracted by my dick.
She taps her fingers on her knee, then sighs and lifts her
hand to her mouth. Her lips part, pink and shiny, and she sinks her perfect
white teeth into the fleshy pad of her thumb.
This was a mistake. I can’t drag her around the park with
me. Another few hours of this antagonism and who the hell knows what will
happen?
Maybe you can chase her through the forest and convince
her to let you peek up her skirt.
Not happening.
I slam on the brakes and jerk the truck off the path. She
scrambles to hang on to her recorder, her skirt, her plan of seduction.
I don’t care. I point to her door. “Get out.”
“Excuse me?” She spins around, looking back up the road.
Yeah, we’re a few miles from where she left her car.
Not my problem.
“Get. Out.”
“You get out,” she says hotly. 
Fine.
I leap out the driver’s side and stalk around to her door.
More thigh greets me as she holds up her hand—clearly, she’s
figured out I’m serious, and she doesn’t want me to touch her.
Fine by me. I don’t want to touch her either. Not much,
anyway. Definitely not in anger.
I actually want to touch her way too much for a stranger
who’s poking around my life.
I step back and cross my arms over my chest. “What are you
playing at?”
She slithers to the ground and straightens her dress.
“Nothing.”
“With your little display in the truck.”
“What display?”
“Letting your skirt ride up. Biting your thumb. Turning off
the recorder.”
Her eyes go wide as I list what she did. She stares at me,
stock-still, then gasps again and shoves her hands hard against my chest. “You…
you… you…”
I step back, and she shoves me again.
“You… beast!” She laughs, and shakes her head, but when her
gaze collides with mine, there’s no humor there. Just angry, pissed-off woman.
“Okay, let’s start at the top. I’m wearing a skirt. Yes. I have legs, that’s a
fun fact, too. And you saw part of them. Whoop-di-fucking-doo, Ranger Boy.
Second, if I was biting my thumb, it was to keep from criticizing your reckless
fucking driving. And finally, I turned off my recorder because this interview
is a waste of my fucking time. And if you think for a hot second that I might
use my feminine wiles to get a story out of you, you’re a fucking asshole who
deserves to be hunted down by paparazzi. I’ll make sure that happens just as
soon as I get off this fucking godforsaken mountain.”
“You’re going to give up, just like that?” I move forward
again, crowding into her personal space. “Lose your story?”
“There’s no story here,” she spits, her jaw set and her eyes
glittering. “Not one worth writing.”
“Because I barked at you?”
“Because you leered at me.”
I had done that. Twice. Maybe three times. And I’d done it
mostly to scare her away, but also a little bit because she itched at me. That
itch now flares up, hot and red and annoyingly principled. “I was trying to
scare you off.”
She laughs again without humor. “It worked, you pervert. How
the fuck am I supposed to get back to my car now? Because I’m sure as hell not
getting back in your truck.”
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Author Bio
Mom by day and filthy romance writer by night, Ainsley Booth
is super grateful for caffeine, blueberry muffins, and yoga pants. She is the
USA Today bestselling author of Hate F*@k and Prime
Minister
. She also writes sexy, small town and military romance as Zoe
York.
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Preorder !!! Three Rivers Run Deep (Fire Devil Book 1) by Piper Stone

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This is book one in a new, exciting series by Piper Stone. Nestled in the heart of Missoula, Montana are seven smokejumpers, an elite team called the Jackals, sworn to protect lives and the majestic land surrounding them. By day they indulge in their penchant for danger. By night they exude passion. While they have yet to find love, they are ready to lavish a woman with adoration. They share a bond of friendship, and a membership to Burnout, an exclusive club catering to a domestic discipline life style. Each man has a story to tell, one of heartache, yearning and tragedy. Are you ready for their journey and their brand of domination?

Prevent. Protect. Preserve. This is their motto…

Rock singer, Jessica Dunn, is at a crossroads in her life and her music career. She knows it’s time for a change. When a friend suggests a vacation in Missoula, Montana, she accepts, albeit with reservations. Cowboy country isn’t her style. While meeting a sexy rancher has delicious perks, she doesn’t like his attitude. After seeing a hint of the man inside, she’s determined to peel away his armor.

Stoker Hansen is no lady’s man. In truth, the wounded vet prefers tending to his ranch and soothing his personal beasts fighting to breach the surface. A fireman by trade, his cowboy behavior has garnered a lengthy suspension. A damning secret haunts his every move but a chance meeting with a new girl in town lights his fire. The opinionated vixen has a mouth and a ballsy personality and sparks fly, but he’d prefer to take her over his knee for a hard spanking versus develop any kind of a relationship. Still, he remains intrigued.

A series of tragic events pushes Stoker into rejoining the smoke jumping team, if only for a single caustic event. He will face his greatest challenge in an effort to save his honor. Can the sexy singer bring out the man inside and banish his nightmares? Can the handsome smoke jumper help Jessica leave her past behind, finding love as well as her voice?

Publisher’s Note: This adult, action adventure romance offers suspense, danger, mystery, sexual scenes and elements of domestic discipline. If any of these elements offend you, please do not purchase.

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Vampire’s Embrace (Southern Supernatural Alphas 3) by Sara Anderson

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Rachel Dawson lives under the protection of a Lycan Pack after a vampire, Mortef, abducted and tormented her. A chance meeting with two vampires, who recently betrayed Mortef and formed their own nest, evoke feelings in her she’d never experienced before. Since that erotic encounter, she can’t stop thinking and fantasizing about them, but she has secrets she’s kept buried.

Devon and Kieran know this is the worst time for fate to decide that Rachel is their mate. Devon is just learning the full impact of his uncle’s betrayal, and he is leading his nest on a quest to overthrow him for good. Rachel is irresistible, though, and fate has thrown her hand in, making the desire to cement their bond overpowering.

Rachel doesn’t know she isn’t just another human female, though, and her abilities frighten her. When Devon and Kieran both see the extent of what she is capable of, she runs. The two vampires rush to find her before the evil vampire gets her first and uses her for his own nefarious plans.

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Sara Anderson is the queen of both sci-fi and shifter romance in my opinion. I got hooked on her when I discovered her Warriors of Dareen series, (which I still owe her reviews for, so sad that I have to read them again WEG! ) Then came her Wild Mountain Shifters series, a mixture of magic, shifters, and kink, oh my! And I became even more enthralled with her work. Now we are into the third book of her Southern Supernatural Alphas, a mix of shifters, vampires and more. This book deals

With two hot and hunky vampires, Devon Kane and Keiran Allen, along with mostly human Rachel Dawson.

 

If you’ve read book one, Lycan’s Embrace, Rachel was the unfortunate woman who was attacked by the evil vampire Mortef and used to kill. She’s now under the protection of our heroes from book one. Both Devon and Kieran want Rachel, but since Mortef’s attack, she’s afraid of vampires. Not only do they have to convince her they are the right “masters” for her, but they also need to protect her from being used for Mortef’s nefarious plans.

 

There’s lots of delicious twists and turns in this book along with some downright hot kinky sex. Sara Anderson knows how to write an incredible paranormal romance with all the juicy kink this blogger loves! Don’t miss this one! And while you can read as a standalone, it’s so much better to read the series!

5stars

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Standing At The River’s Edge (Prequel to Fire Devil Series) by Piper Stone

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Standing At The River’s Edge is the prequel to Piper Stone’s new series about a group of smokejumpers called the Jackals. This first prequel to the exciting seven book series concentrates on three of the men who will be highlighted in the series.

Stoker Hanson, who survives a daring water rescue. Landon Weaver, an ex-firefighter who drinks himself into a stupor every September 1st to the 12th decides it’s time for a change. And last we have Garcia Puevas, a rock climber who survives a near tragedy and is compelled by a very special man.

Of course, all of these men have something else in common, and that’s something sure to make fans of both spanking and discipline weak in the knees. I have a feeling that this is going to be one HOT series ladies!

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This is book one in a new, exciting series by Piper Stone. Nestled in the heart of Missoula, Montana are seven smokejumpers, an elite team called the Jackals, sworn to protect lives and the majestic land surrounding them. By day they indulge in their penchant for danger. By night they exude passion. While they have yet to find love, they are ready to lavish a woman with adoration. They share a bond of friendship, and a membership to Burnout, an exclusive club catering to a domestic discipline life style. Each man has a story to tell, one of heartache, yearning and tragedy. Are you ready for their journey and their brand of domination?

 

Prevent. Protect. Preserve. This is their motto…

 

Rock singer, Jessica Dunn, is at a crossroads in her life and her music career. She knows it’s time for a change. When a friend suggests a vacation in Missoula, Montana, she accepts, albeit with reservations. Cowboy country isn’t her style. While meeting a sexy rancher has delicious perks, she doesn’t like his attitude. After seeing a hint of the man inside, she’s determined to peel away his armor.

 

Stoker Hansen is no lady’s man. In truth, the wounded vet prefers tending to his ranch and soothing his personal beasts fighting to breach the surface. A fireman by trade, his cowboy behavior has garnered a lengthy suspension. A damning secret haunts his every move but a chance meeting with a new girl in town lights his fire. The opinionated vixen has a mouth and a ballsy personality and sparks fly, but he’d prefer to take her over his knee for a hard spanking versus develop any kind of a relationship. Still, he remains intrigued.

 

A series of tragic events pushes Stoker into rejoining the smoke jumping team, if only for a single caustic event. He will face his greatest challenge in an effort to save his honor. Can the sexy singer bring out the man inside and banish his nightmares? Can the handsome smoke jumper help Jessica leave her past behind, finding love as well as her voice?

 

Publisher’s Note: This adult, action adventure romance offers suspense, danger, mystery, sexual scenes and elements of domestic discipline. If any of these elements offend you, please do not purchase

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Kiss Me O’Malley (The O’Malleys 6) Stevie MacFarlane

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Sean:

Ever since I met her, I knew Maeve was going to be my wife someday.
Aye, she’s trouble, there’s no doubt about it,
Strutting around town, endangering her reputation.
Before I left for university, I warned her:
You’re going to be mine, so don’t go getting into any mischief!

Maeve: 

I’ve been in love with Sean for as long as I can remember
But why does he have to be so damn bossy and opinionated?
Aye, I might have done a few foolish things after he left, but
There was no permanent damage.
And the way he forced my hand was downright underhanded…
When I marry him – if I marry him –
I’m going to teach him a thing or two about how to treat women!

Author’s Note: This book is a prequel to The O’Malley Series. Many times I’ve been asked for Sean and Maeve’s story. Readers seem to want to know how the parents of Rory, Maggie, Patrick, Colleen, and Bridget met and fell in love many years ago in Ireland.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of power exchange and domestic discipline. If these offend you, please do not purchase.
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Kiss Me O’Malley is the much requested prequel to the beloved O’Malley series by talented author Stevie MacFarlane. While it is technically the sixth book in the racy series, it tells the story of the patriarch and matriarch of the O’Malley clan, Sean O’Malley and the love of his life from childhood, Maeve Murphy.
Set in the 1970’s in Ireland, we see how headstrong, feisty Maeve first meets Sean when he’s an altar boy in church. But Sean is no saint, and neither is Maeve. Despite her attempts at trying to lure him in, he doesn’t bite. He does however, threaten to take her over his knee when he sees her skirt too high. It’s not until after a harrowing rescue that Sean lets Maeve, and her parents know that she’s his. And that things in their household will be his way, or Maeve won’t be sitting comfortably.
As much as I’m not a huge fan of domestic discipline romances, I absolutely loved Ms MacFarlane’s book! Filled with laughter, love, and a sweet, sexy romance, this book has something special that turned me into an instant fan! I’ll definitely be reading more about the O’Malley clan!

5stars

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Cover Reveal! The Seven by 7 Amazing Authors

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7 deadly sins…7 romance authors…7 novellas.
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PRIDE by Scott Hildreth

Fisher Knox’s pride has him staring down the barrel of a gun to defend a woman he doesn’t even know. Little do the assailants know, this wouldn’t be the first time Fisher has killed a man.

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GREED by Geri Glenn

He swoops in like a fantasy and steals my heart, but his insatiable greed will ruin us both.

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SLOTH by Max Henry

One fateful night, one stolen kiss, and I’m determined to prove he does care about something … me.
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When love is ripped away, wrath invades my soul, blinding my vision and feeding my bloodlust—it feels like coming home.
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ENVY by Kerri Ann
Seeing it firsthand, feeling their wants, and dealing with the confessions of the fake repentant souls that cross my threshold, it leaves me wanton—envious of their absolution.
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LUST by FG Adams
Lust controls every action between us when we meet, a hunger so powerful it consumes us both–until the unthinkable happens and she disappears.
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GLUTTONY – by MC Webb
My damnable past follows me everywhere, so I live with one set rule:
Only one thing matters, even if that one thing cost me everything.
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Reveal Me (Steele Brothers 5) Jennifer Probst

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Blurb: 

What’s your secret desire for one perfect night?

Welcome to the mysterious FANTA-C agency where everything, and anything goes…

 

REVEAL ME:

 

One Masquerade Ball.

One Chance to Reveal Secret Desires. 

One Fiery Encounter.

One Shot at Love.

Are you ready to reveal all?

A Man Who Knows What He Wants…

Leonardo Sinclair never expects to fall for the fierce yet vulnerable woman he meets at his friend’s masquerade party, or for her to disappear without a trace. When his cousins sign him up with the mysterious FANTA-C agency and he finds her back in his bed, this time Leo’s not about to let her go. But can he convince her she’s safe to reveal every hidden part of her soul before he loses her again?

A Woman Ready to Explore her Desires…

Scarlett Rose has never been tempted to explore her wilder side, but after years of being humiliated and emotionally abused by her ex, she’s finally ready to embrace her true self.  Safely hidden behind a mask, she attends a ball held in the famous Blasphemy club and meets a man who not only embraces, but demands her complete surrender. Once the mask is stripped away, will she be brave enough to trust him? Or will fear of reliving the past keep her from a whole new future?

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Reveal Me is a special treat not only for Jennifer Probst fans, but also for fans of Laura Kaye’s Blasphemy series. This book is a direct crossover with Laura’s Blasphemy book Theirs To Take. For those of you who have read the story, you’ll remember the main characters Leo and Scarlett mentioned in the book, but if you haven’t read Laura’s book, no worries, this is also a standalone. (Though more of Scarlett’s back story is in Laura’s book.)

Leonardo ‘Leo’ Sinclair is on a stopover on his way to Vegas to join his brothers and for a casino job. He’s a math geek and he helps casinos detect card counters. He’s stopping into Blasphemy for the night to play with a willing sub. It’s masquerade night, so everyone is wearing masks. He’s introduced to Scarlett, and his world is rocked. They play all night long, but she disappears in the morning.

Scarlett has met the dom of her dreams, but she plans on moving to Vegas for a job. Imagine her surprise a few months later when they both use FANTA-C and come back together. But Leo doesn’t believe she wants him for him, just the sex. He feels she needs to be with another dominant. Will this make him lose her forever?

I honestly thought he deserved a whack upside the head for his really bad decision making. While Scarlett running off as a likely outcome due to being so green, his behavior was rather awful. But hey, it all rather turns out well in the end, and isn’t that what we love? *sigh*

5 Kinkalicious Stars!

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PLAY ME (Steele Brothers series, #2)

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DARE ME (Steele Brothers series, #3)

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BEG ME (Steele Brothers series, #4)

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


BIO:
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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Dark Control (Dark Dominance Book 1) by Annabel Joseph

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Dark Control an all-new sexy standalone by Annabel Joseph is available NOW!

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Dark Control by Annabel Joseph

Release Date: September 25th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Not all fantasies are safe, sane, and consensual. Welcome to the world of The Gallery…

Juliet meets Fort St. Clair on a miserable, drunken night, and wakes up the next morning cuffed to his guest room bed. Of course, Fort would never take advantage of her. No, the pleasure and pain he wants to inflict on her body must be negotiated in advance, because once Juliet sets foot in his private, exclusive dungeon, she belongs to him.

BDSM at The Gallery is supposed to be a straightforward arrangement, an affair by the rules, but Juliet and Fort’s growing connection brings unexpected emotions they can’t control. She’s the free spirit who transforms his rigid world, and he’s the Dominant she can finally trust—or can she?

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Dark Control is the first book in Annabel Joseph’s Dark Dominance series. Fair warning, take notice of the word dark here. It is a rather dark book. It’s not a happy, fluffy romance with rainbows and puppy dogs.Quite the opposite. If you have triggers, you may want to think twice before reading.

Fort St. Claire and his friends Devin and Milo are looking for some submissive fun at a BDSM club. With none of their type to be had, they get ready to leave, when Fort sees a young woman crying in the alleyway. She’s drunk, and he can’t get much out of her. Despite the protests from his friends. (Which, made them complete jerks to me btw.) He takes her home. He figures he’s just dropping her off, but she passes out for the night. Juliet wakes up shackled to his headboard. (Which should have been her first indication to run long and fast). He ends up taking her home, but they run into each other again, and start a sadist/masochist relationship that I’ll admit I had a rather difficult time reading most times. (and, I am a submissive) The name calling, which admittedly happens, was just a bit high on the humiliation scale. Fort seemed to revel in it. But things get really heated when he takes her to his private club, The Gallery.

Now, if I were to step foot in the Gallery, I would run right back out the door. The Gallery is made up of a private membership of 20-30 dominant men only, who may bring a woman, but she ends up being the property of The Gallery. Um, hello? Not a chance in Hades! Juliet goes there with him, but the experience isn’t quite white she expects, and what happens on the second visit seals my view of Fort being a complete jerk. Sorry, just would pass.

Like I said, this is a rather dark book, but it’s also what Annabel is known for, so I wasn’t expecting a fluffy HEA. Maybe not so much humiliation. Loved Goodluck!

4 Stars

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I crossed to join him on the sofa, leaving some space between us for the questions and uneasiness to fit. He put his cup on the table behind him, then reached across the space to touch the top of my knee. His fingers trailed over the place he’d grabbed me last night, lightly, nothing sexual now. He wanted to discuss things. A future for us, maybe.

Next, he tilted my neck, inspecting the place where he’d bit me, his touch lingering like he might still soothe the pain. “No marks,” he said. “At least nothing obvious. You feel okay?”

“Yes, I feel fine.” I felt more than fine. God, I felt a million things. “How do you feel?” I asked, turning the question back on him.

“Conflicted,” he said, coming right out with it. “Here’s the thing about last night. What I did to you up against the wall in that work room…that was me on my best behavior. That was me being a gentleman.”

“Was it?” I took a sip of my tea now that it was cooler. “It felt pretty nice.”

“I can be worse. I usually am when it comes to sex.”

“Hmm.” I took another sip of tea to process, rolling the vanilla and cinnamon flavors on my tongue. “You mean you can be even rougher?”

“Rougher, colder, more intense. I’m a Dominant, but it’s more accurate to call me a sexual sadist. I like to hurt women and force them to do things for my pleasure. It’s how I prefer to get off.”

“I understand about BDSM.”

He shook his head. “You understand mainstream BDSM, the safe, sane, consensual stuff they do at Underworld. You’re into the romance of it, the slap and tickle to get off. To me, that’s going through the motions. It’s not real. Well, not real enough.”

I met his gaze, wondering what he meant by that. Not real enough?

“It’s hard to explain,” he went on, an edge of frustration in his voice. “Especially to a BDSM baby like you.”

“A BDSM baby?” I protested. “Maybe I’m a mess, but I’m not a baby. I’ve been submissive for years. I’ve done a lot of scenes, experimented with a lot of things.”

“I’m not trying to insult you. I’m trying to explain. You’ve been with a few Doms, you’ve participated in the lifestyle, but at the end of the day, you’re looking for pleasure, a good time.” He grimaced. “I’m into something different.”

“You don’t like having a good time? How does that work?” I blinked in confusion. “Why do you do whatever the hell you do if it’s not fun?”

“It’s fun to me. Dark fun, though.” He shifted, pushing back his hair. “I do BDSM for the rush and release. I like to push boundaries, and hang out with other people who like to push boundaries. Places like Underworld only scratch the surface of power exchange. I belong to a private club where people…go a little further.”

“So…” I put my tea on the low table in front of us. “This is why you’re not good for me? Your sadism is the reason you believe we won’t work out?”

“It’s hard for me to work out with anyone, Juliet. Except, you know, the women who come to the private club. I can be as rough as I want, as cruel as I want, and they want more.”

I looked away from him, biting my lip, considering how to reply. “Do you think…” I turned back to him. “Do you think I didn’t want more last night? Do you think I responded badly to your force?”

He held my gaze. “I think you responded wonderfully. That’s why I’m sitting here on your couch, drinking tea with you, which I literally fucking hate.” He picked up his cup as if to illustrate his point, pounded the rest of his tea, and swallowed with a disgusted face. “I hate tea, Jewels. More than anything in the world.”

“I’m sorry.”

“I’m not sorry. I only meant to say hi to you last night, but it went further than that, and now we have to decide…”

“Decide if we’re going to go further still?” I looked at him from under my lashes. “How often do you go to your private club to do dark, sadistic, non-fun things?”

“Often enough,” he said tightly. “And I don’t always play with the same women. It’s not a relationship thing, where we all pair up into couples.”

“It’s a sex club thing.”

He shrugged. “It’s scratching a mutual itch with no emotional expectations. So it’s not for everyone, especially emotional types. When the wrong people get caught up in that kind of lifestyle, the results aren’t pretty. That’s why I’ve been trying to stay away from you, even though I find you painfully attractive.”

“Painfully attractive.” I sniffed and sipped my tea. “Can’t hurt me, can’t live without me.”

“It’s not a joke, Juliet.”

“I know.” If it were a joke, I wouldn’t feel such lust and confusion, such horrible curiosity. “You could show me the kind of dark stuff you like to do,” I suggested. “You could invite me to this club to see what goes on, and I could tell you how I felt about it.”

“Spectators aren’t allowed. Only vetted people are allowed at the club, so there aren’t any misunderstandings.”

“Oh.” At this point, I understood what he was trying to say. Even after last night’s scorching-hot hookup, he thought we might be terminally non-compatible.

He reached for my hand and held it hard. His deep hazel eyes hit me full force, his lips pressed in a line. “I’m trying to protect you,” he said. “Since I can’t…” Those eyes raked over me, leaving me feeling stripped. “Since I can’t enter into any kind of…”

“Relationship,” I provided.

“Any kind of relationship with you, especially the sweet, emotional relationship you probably want…”

I let out a long breath. “That’s fucked up. You don’t know me well enough to know what kind of relationship I want. Honest talk: I wanted sex from you from that first sober morning I met you, and I got it.” I stood with my cup and saucer, carrying my tepid tea over to the sink. It had too much sugar. It was too sweet, like me. “I don’t have any judgment about your…your thing. Your sexual sadism, your private club, your playboy ways.”

“Playboy ways,” he repeated in an amused mutter.

“At the same time, I think you’re kind of an asshole. If you don’t want a relationship with me, don’t ask me to dinner at the Ivy. Don’t invite my boss to be part of your ad campaign, and then drop by his art show to fuck me against a wall after weeks without contact.”

“I tried to call you after the Ivy. You blocked my number, Sparkles.”

I glared at him from the kitchen. “Sparkles?

“To go with Jewels. To go with your eyes when you get really emo and intense.”

I picked up a dishtowel and started aggressively wiping invisible spots on the counter. “I had to block your number, Fort. No offense to you personally. I’m just at the point where I have to be more careful about the men I let into my life.”

“As you should be.” He stood to bring me his cup, his expression turned serious. “I try to be careful too. I try to maintain boundaries when I think someone might be easily hurt.”

My eyes widened. “Me? You think I’m some fragile flower? I’m just super sensitive to bullshit right now.”

He didn’t reply, only watched me with his lofty, level gaze. A sadist? Definitely. He could hurt me in so many ways, and those were only the ways I knew about.

“Come here, Sparkles,” he said from across the counter.

“My name’s not Sparkles.”

“Come here, Juliet.”

I wanted to say no. I wanted to make some more hot tea and dash his most-hated mixture in his face.

No, I wanted to go to him. His expression was kind, if resigned. His arms opened for me. I walked around the counter and let him embrace me. He pressed his cheek against my forehead and stroked my back.

“You’d hate it,” he said. “You’d hate what I’m into.”

“I didn’t hate it last night.”

“I was careful with you last night.” He tilted my head back and brushed fingers across my temples and through my hair. “We have this rule at the club: never fuck with the vulnerable. We’re not allowed to hook up with women who are emotionally or physically complicated, women we might damage. We can’t even bring them into the space. It’s like an honor system.”

I tugged my chin from his fingers and looked away.

“I figured out why I like you,” he went on. “I figured out why I want you so much. It’s because you’re all on the surface. Your emotions are right there, plain as day, all the time. You don’t give a fuck about saying what you feel and being who you are. You have this open expression, this way of looking at me and at other people. And you dress however you want.”

“What’s wrong with the way I dress?”

His eyes glanced over the blue fur headband I wore. “I love the way you dress. I love the way that headband matches your eyes, but not your clothes.”

“These are my Sunday hangout clothes,” I said, pouting. “They’re not supposed to look hot and put together like your freaking designer suits.”

He held me against his chest, running his big hands up and down my back. “Just shut up for a minute, because I don’t know what to do with you. I don’t know what to do about what happened last night…”

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Ruby has a secret. Beneath her prissy exterior lies a submissive in desperate need of a Master. After her past disastrous attempt at exploring her fantasies, she buried her cravings deep and told herself she’d be fine without giving in to them. Then she meets Joshua. He’s everything she’s ever fantasized about—and everything she’s feared.

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