Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Subordination: Chronicles of a Domme - #BookReview




Blurb

When Sophie Jameson first became a domme at Club 1740, it was more out of financial necessity than it was for personal pleasure and sexual exploration. But over the years as she rocked her leather corsets and boots while wielding every crop and flogger imaginable, she grew to love the thrill and adulation that her clients brought her. But all along, her path in life and her heart was with a different profession—one she was planning to embark on at the summer’s end.

And then he changed everything. Tall, dark, impossibly built—William was the complete opposite of whatever image a male sub conjured up. After all the subs, Sophie finally felt true lust and desire. Although he was the proud stallion who needed breaking, he became the one to make her break all her rules and let down all her walls.

But it was just supposed to be for that one night, but an accidental encounter days later outside Club 1740’s protected walls had the two seeing each other in a different light—as simply Sophie and William, not Domme and sub. While they should have parted ways, they couldn’t. While they should never have gone back to her place, they did.

And that simple mistake has a serious price for both of them.


4 Stars


I've never read anything by Katie Ashley, but thought I'd give this a try.  It was free, under Kindle Unlimited - Great way to get to know an author.  I must say I'm glad I met Katie Ashley!  Pinterest alerted me of this scrumptious book.  How could I resist?  Did you read the blurb?!  This is the first book I read where the female is the Domme, I loved it!  Finally a woman in control.  YES!

Sophie is done with school, ready to join the world as a teacher.  To make ends meet and help her family out, Sophie worked as a Domme.  Not her thing, but it pays the bills and that is what counts.  It's on her last day that she meets William, a prime subbie.  

William is a very caring and compassionate sub.  He truly cares about Mistress Juliette who agreed to scene with him.  He wants to take care of her too and in a moment of weakness Juliette/Sophie allows him.   Why now?  Go out with a bang, it's not like she'd see these people every again.  Live it up sister!

A twist of an ankle puts William and Sophie together again.  This time Sophie spends a night with him in bed.  She learns about him.  Learns that he doesn't need to live the D/s life all the time.  That its just something he enjoys.  Like everything else in her life Sophie realizes this can't go any where, she needs to take care of her family and romance would get in the way. 

 The chemistry between William and Sophie is amazing.  They are like moths drawn to the moon. Sophie is afraid to love William, afraid he will leave like everyone else.  But William is strong and steadfast in his love.  He knows what he wants and it's Sophie.  They complimented each other.  Her weakness was his strength and vice versa.  It was love.  I've never read a book where I felt more love between a D/s.  And I read a lot of these books.

My only down side, my copy had a lot of errors.  Did this take away from the book?  Yes, because I was rereading stuff and getting confused.  It really needed to be edited again. Missing words, repeated lines, words that didn't fit.  Yikes!  I would have given a 5 star.  ***A new version has been put up w/o the errors!  This is great news! **

Now go read the book!  You'll enjoy it!



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mastered by Maya Banks #BookReview




Blurb:


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy and the Breathless Trilogy knows what makes readers hot. Now she turns it up in Mastered, the explosive first book in a new series of a desire too dangerous to resist.
 
What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt.
 
She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn’t belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did—but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn’t leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control.
 
What he wants, she isn’t sure she can give him.
 
The moment he told her want he wanted, she couldn’t resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn’t sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn’t destroy her in the end.



4.5 Stars


*SIGH*

I'm so glad I was given an ARC of this book, but now I want book #2. I couldn't put this book down, I burned a batch of Christmas cookies! I didn't care about the damn cookies, I cared about Drake and Evangeline!

STOP don't even think about any of the other BDSM books you've read. This one has a female who is a true SUB and she excepts it. Yeah, she gets down on herself, but she knows her place in Drake's bed.

What I loved about this book, there was no insta-love, it was insta-trust. But Drake never gave her a reason not to trust him. Evangeline was shy, smoldering, classy, and didn't know her self worth, but she knew she wanted to please Drake. It was like she was made for the role. He didn't have to force her or show her, she knew. It was in her to be a submissive. Drake just found her at the right time and right place.

What I didn't like, the ugly cry. But we needed it. This story was smooth sailing and you know that never happens, a shoe has to drop and when it did, my bottom lip jutted out and I ugly cried. Damn that shoe! Damn you to hell!! Why can't you keep both shoes on? WHY?!

Evangeline is a kind, good person, who doesn't have a bad bone or thought in her mind. She is pure and an angel. Drake, he is hiding something, but what? We don't find out. But he is drawn to her essence and her beauty. 


Monday, December 28, 2015

NOLA - Fight & Live - #BookReviews



Blurb:

The zombie apocalypse was Alexis Winter's first challenge. It won't be her last. 

Life on S-Island hasn’t been easy, but Alexis and her fellow survivors are making the best of their new lives in a post-Z world. Every day is a struggle, a struggle to find food, to keep the zombies from their door and to prepare for anything this new world might throw at them. There is no room for heartache, there is no room for mourning the lost, there is only one focus: the fight for survival. And there is definitely no room for love. At least that is what Alexis keeps telling herself. 

The second installment in the NOLA Zombie series by Gillian Zane. Be warned, there will be monsters, living and dead, there will be very intense sexy-time and there will be a third book.

4 Stars

I love zombies, I love a good romance, and I love erotic.  This book is perfect for me!

Blake left Alexis to go rescue his ex, leaving Alexis on S-Island with Zach and the other survivors.  She doesn't know if he'll be back and neither does he.  
Zach is there for Alexis whenever she needs him, but he wants more and she isn't sure she can give him what he wants.  Can she love again?  What if Blake comes back?
Could she have her cake and eat it too?
Every girls dream!  Ok maybe not, but certainly one of mine!

This is more about the situation on S-Island and how life is going.  
There are few zombies, more romance.  

I finished this book in 2 days and couldn't wait to start the next one!  



Blurb:

LIVE | The Third and Final Book in the best-selling NOLA Zombie series by Gillian Zane.

Alexis, Blake and Zach survived the zombie apocalypse but found a new enemy to fight.

Alexis has been taken and Zach and Blake are desperate to find her. The men are pretty certain they know who took Alexis, but finding them will be a daunting task. There are millions of places to hide in the swamps of Southern Louisiana but Zach and Blake will not stop until they’ve searched every one of them. Alexis will be returned to them if it’s the last thing they do. Falling back on their military training, the men have no choice but to succeed, or risk losing Alexis forever.

It’s a race against the clock…

The problem is that the group that took Alexis didn’t keep her. They sold her. She’s now the property of the Southern Clan, a fate worse than death. The undead still roam the streets of New Orleans. S-Island mourns the loss of one of its own and the NOLA Zombie series comes to a stunning conclusion. You don’t want to miss a second of this action-packed series ender…

Be warned, there will be monsters, living and dead, there will be very intense sex scenes, between two men and one woman, and there will be violence galore.

4 Stars

When I read third and final book in this series, I almost cried!  
Then I read the book.  I'm still disappointed it's over.

Blake made it home to S-Island in book 2 #Fight.  Alexis and Zach were together and things
were odd.
But Alexis proposed a solution; they just be together.  Black, Zach, and Alexis.
Could the men do it?  Could Alexis?

Before anything can happen, crazy Claire decided she was tired of Alexis getting in her way and tries to take her out.  In the process both women find their way to a biker camp.
Women are traded for goods.  Alexis is kept with the KingPin who is useless.  
She comes up with a plan to rescue herself and any other women willing to escape with her.  
Blake and Zach are planning too.  They need to get their girl back.  
Can they do it before she is killed or hurt?

This is another fast paced book, that keeps you on your toes and thinking.
What's going to happen?  Can this work?






Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday in Hell





Title: Holidays in Hell (Demons in Darkness Series #1)
Publisher: Etopia Press
Pages: 64
Tags: bdsm, bondage, demons, dom, domination, erotic fantasy, erotic romance, erzabet bishop, holidays, incubus, kink, paranormal erotic romance, paranormal romance, redemption, sub, submission, succubus, wax play

Blurb:
This year Christmas just got a little hotter.
Deck the halls with all things kinky. Jonas is an incubus with an incurable lust for women, gingerbread, and holiday lights. He needs one more soul to meet his quota. Amid the baubles and frivolity of the Winter Carnival, he meets Holly Pendleton—a woman with emerald green eyes and a body built for sin—and marks her as the final soul to end his contract. But now Jonas faces a heart-wrenching decision: take what he needs to feed his hunger, or sacrifice himself for the woman who has lit his own demonic soul on fire. Tied up with red ribbons, Holly just might be Jonas's deepest Christmas wish and the one woman who could set him free.
Holly Pendleton is still recovering from the death of her husband and Dom. The holidays are especially lonely until a dark stranger walks in the door to Harlowe's Bookery and Christmas Shoppe. The man's enigmatic gaze holds her and ignites her body and her mind. When Holly accepts a job to decorate the sexy client's apartment, she unknowingly steps into an age-old battle between the forces of darkness. Jonas Corsair is a man who makes her blood run hot and her dreams even hotter. But will she survive his hold on her soul?

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Excerpt:

Holly Pendleton balanced a pile of books in her arms and made her way out of the stockroom. She glanced over at her boss and best friend, Gracie Harlowe, at the register and smiled. She enjoyed the busy throng of people at the winter carnival and usually looked forward to it. She had worked other retail jobs in the historic downtown shopping district, but working here was a dream come true. When Gracie had called her up three months ago and offered her the assistant manager’s job, she had taken it and hadn’t looked back.
Teetering on the edge of depression for months after watching her husband die of cancer, Holly was having a hard time finding the holiday spirit this year.
Derek had only been thirty-four, she thought bitterly. They’d been married for nine years, but she had known him since she was a geeky freshman in high school. The hole was too big to fill, and it left her feeling empty.
Still, she was grateful to Gracie for kicking her in the pants and getting her out of bed and back into the world again. Just in time for the holidays too. It was a special time that she and Derek had always shared. He would have wanted her to be happy.
She laid the stack of Christmas cookie books on a festive table near the window display and straightened the array of titles. Her gaze wandered to the small kitchen at the back of the store, and she made a mental note to grab some more cookies to refill the party trays on the dessert table.
“Holly!” Gracie waved her arms. “Can you grab me another stack of Fifty Shades of Grey?”
She glanced at the display where the books were and found they were down to one copy. Not good. Sales had started to slow down, but erotica had been steadily increasing over the past few months. It made her laugh to see the smut novels near the holiday displays, but it made the customers happy, so who was she to quibble? Besides, she loved reading them herself.
“I’ll get them!” Holly wound her way back into the stockroom and yanked a box off the overstock shelves. She grabbed a box cutter, deftly opened the box and placed the books on a cart, adding some of the second, third, and the new fourth book in the series, as they were getting a little on the low side too.
Erotic romance books were one of the few things she let herself enjoy these days, and she had several customers who came back to ask her about the latest and greatest. It was a fantasy land that took her beyond the walls of hospitals and now, the silence of the apartment at night. Reading was safe. She never even considered dating again. That part of her life was over.
Holly shook off the melancholy and hoofed it back onto the shop floor. Stacking the books onto the table, she arranged them in orderly piles of gray covers with erotic masks, ties, and handcuffs. She passed the romance section and gathered up some of her favorites to restock her promo shelf at the storefront. Cherise Sinclair, Kallypso Masters, Jasmine Haynes, Red Phoenix, Rachel Kramer Bussel…she loved them all. There were so many great writers that had made bondage erotica take off. Fifty Shades may have gotten the public reading again, but she had been a fan for years. Now the movie had come out for the famous books, and she wondered how it compared.
Smiling wistfully, she caressed the covers and wished her husband were still with her. She missed his firm hand and their power exchanges. He had been more than just her husband. He had been her Dom. Losing him had been the collapse of her entire world. If it hadn’t been for these books and Gracie, she would still be huddled in a miserable ball, crying her eyes out and wondering why he had to die. He was so young, and they hadn’t had much time.
“Can you help ring for a second?” Gracie called out and made a quick jaunt to the restroom in the back of the store.
Holly moved behind the counter and smiled as a woman arrived in front of her to check out. It was a unique store, and she loved being here. Gracie had crafted a special place for book lovers, and every holiday she spruced it up beautifully. Even when she wasn’t working here, Holly loved to come and check out the newest selections and pick up a couple of items for the house. Halloween, Christmas, or whatever was happening, Gracie always seemed to have the perfect balance of home décor and books to dive into, whether it was a cozy mystery or a pulse-pounding thriller. In the early days, it had just been decoration, but now she had expanded the business to selling the trees and offering to spruce up clients’ homes. The shop was every bit as special as Gracie, and it had, over the years, become Holly’s second home, even before she started working there.
Decorating clients’ businesses and homes and working behind the shop counter kept her busy. Putting up a tree gave her joy, and she saw how other lives were touched by a few twinkle lights and some tinsel. She’d done some decorations for the folks in the cancer ward, and this was a natural transition. If she could bring happiness by hanging a wreath or by delivering an order of books to a shut-in woman, then she was pleased to do it. It took her mind off the loneliness and gave her a purpose. This time of year especially.
The front door opened with a blast of snowy air, and an imposing thirty-something man sporting a thigh-length leather coat blew in. His chiseled features and mass of dark hair made her catch her breath and falter in her task of ringing up the woman in front of her. The black sweater he wore under his coat looked striking against the dark blue of his eyes. The gray slacks draped over his frame, his black boots befitting the weather outside. He said nothing to her, his gaze captivated by the display of holiday decorations.
How odd.
He reminded her of one of the Doms in her collection of books. Heat spiked through parts of her she’d thought were as dead as her husband. She wondered how it would feel to unwrap that package.
Blushing, Holly turned back to the customer in front of her. Good grief, she hoped he hadn’t noticed her staring.
Holly finished ringing the books up and slipped them into a bag. She tossed in a candy cane with a card offering their holiday decorating services attached. “Here you go. Have a wonderful day.”
The woman waved good-bye and shuffled out the door into the snow. Looking anywhere but at the enigmatic man in front of her, Holly fought the sensation of butterflies fluttering in her stomach. He was incredible. The way his well-built form filled the space made her eyes automatically seek him out. Warmth stirred in her lower belly, and she nibbled on her lip.
“Hello. Welcome to Harlowe’s.” She fiddled with the hem of her sweater and felt a surge of heat rush up the sides of her face.
Ugh. How lame was she to just blurt that out?
The man raised an eyebrow, a dark and sensual smile sliding over his features. “Thank you.” His voice melted over her like chocolate, and she shivered.
Holly turned away and busied herself with stuffing bags with holiday activity lists. What kind of horrible woman was she to even be reacting to another man just a year after her husband’s passing? Lusting after the man in gray. Her lips thinned. No. She wasn’t ready for those feelings. Especially not from a stranger she had seen for all of thirty seconds.
She sneaked a glance at him while she straightened gift bags. He walked up to the Christmas tree in the front window and stroked its branches. Fingering the ornaments, he explored their small holiday store with a reverence that reminded her of a priest in church. Men usually didn’t bother with Christmas tree ornaments, but he was enraptured. It was mystifying.
A flush crept across Holly’s face. Stirrings of longing zapped through her body as she wondered if this dark-haired stranger knew his way around a flogger. Sighing deeply, she knelt down to pick up a bag that had fallen off the counter while she worked.
“Time for a cold shower tonight,” Holly mumbled. Sensing someone in front of the register, she stood.
“Hi. Did you need help finding anything…?” The very source of her temptation stood right in front of her. Oh God. She wanted to reach right across the counter and run her tongue over those amazing lips.


Holidays in Hell is the beginning to my new series, Demons in Darkness. The next two books will be released in 2016.






Erzabet Bishop is a bestselling and award winning author who loves to write naughty stories. She is the author of Lipstick, Dinner Date, Crave, The Science of Lust, Wicked for You, Arcane Imaginarium: Spirit Board, Holidays in Hell, Sigil Fire, Written on Skin, Club Beam, Pomegranate, A Red Dress for Christmas, The Black Magic Café, Fantasies in Red, Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection, Holiday Cruise, Fetish Fair, Temptation Resorts: Jess, Temptation Resorts: Marnie, Taming the Beast, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation along with being a contributor to many anthologies. Erzabet has been a finalist in the GCLS awards for 2014 and 2015, winning the Goldie for her spot in two anthologies. She has been nominated for the 2016 Golden Flogger Award for Crave. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Color my Christmas

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Color My Christmas AUTHOR – Natalie-Nicole Bates GENRE – Contemporary holiday romance novelette PUBLICATION DATE – 11/11/ 2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 10,400 words PUBLISHER – Books To Go Now Publishing

BOOK SYNOPSIS

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After an unfortunate incident, Dr. Timothy Martin’s career as a surgeon is in tatters. Unable to cope with the changes in his life, his mother insists he visit Meggie Marie, a woman she says can perform miracles with her alternative therapy.
Timothy is reluctant, but maybe Meggie is his last chance to heal.
When he sees Meggie, he is intrigued by the eccentric woman with vibrant red hair, who wears tie-dye and flower headbands. When he gets to know her, she becomes something else to him – hope, joy, and maybe even love.
But is Meggie for real, or is she simply providing him with her special brand of therapy?
With Christmas just around the corner, has Timothy found his Christmas miracle, or is Meggie’s motive something darker waiting to be discovered?

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EXCERPT

She walked to the window and turned back to him. “Come here, Timothy, I want to show you something.” 
He got up from the couch, quite curious. It was dark outside now, and the main street below was still in full swing. People walked up and down the street. Each store was brightly lit, and gaily decorated in festive colors. 
“Look at that, Timothy.” She stood so close, he could hear her gentle breath, and feel the heat from her body. “This is Christmas. This is life.” 
He placed his hand on the icy window. Perhaps it was time to let go of what he couldn’t change, and embrace what was still real. If he was strong enough to do it. He stole a glance at Meggie who stared with delight at the hustle and bustle below. Maybe with this woman by his side, he could very well pull himself back from the depths of hell and rejoin the living.

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Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.
Visit Natalie online at www.natalienicolebates.com
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Friday, December 18, 2015

Incandescence

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Incandescence AUTHOR – Xunaira J. GENRE – Chick lit Romance/ Women’s literature/ PUBLICATION DATE – 14-Febuary-2016 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 100,000 words PUBLISHER – Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS

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CAN LOVE REALLY HEAL ALL WOUNDS?
Alisha had everything she ever wished for: a loving family, a career and friends who doted on her. But a late night at work, a cup of coffee, and a burning candle changed her life forever. Then Anis--a tall, dark, and handsome engineer, heir to his father's vast empire--walks back into her life. After a brief meeting a few years ago, she isn't sure he'll remember her. When he does, he wants to help her overcome her life-changing injuries. Has her accident scarred not only her skin, but also her soul?
Incandescence is a story of love and friendship in the face of disaster, and one young woman's quest to make the most of her new life.
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As a thirteen year old teenager, Xunaira J. aspired to be an author someday. From short stories to novellas, she has written them all but as an adult now, she has published two short stories and is now aiming to publish her first Novel, Before Time, scheduled for November release. Xunaira resides in Islamabad, Pakistan and enjoys a hot cup of cappuccino, a good romance novel and her favorite music from the 80's. Apart from that, when she's not working on her current literary project, she loves developing mobile applications and studies as a software engineer.

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The Mountains Trilogy


Mountains Wanted, Mountains Climbed and Mountains Loved
The Mountains Trilogy
By Phoebe Alexander
Published by Mountains Wanted Publishing
Genre: Erotic Romance

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Mountains Wanted
Published: 12/12/12
456 pages


Dr. Sarah Lynde is an open-minded sexual adventurer. A sociology
professor and single mother of two, she thinks she knows exactly what
she wants, and it's not a relationship.That is until she meets Army
First Sergeant James McAllister, a handsome and intelligent ROTC
instructor. Despite being from very different worlds, their connection
is unlike anything she has ever experienced. Sarah knows she and James
don't want the same things, but he's still a mountain she can't resist
climbing.


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Mountains Climbed
Published: 7/7/13
464 pages


In Mountains Wanted, we met Dr. Sarah Lynde, a sociology professor and
divorced mother of two, and Lt. James McAllister, a newly commissioned
officer facing a deployment to Afghanistan. James and Sarah started
off as friends with benefits but soon realized that their connection
was too strong to deny deepening feelings for each other. In this
sequel, both are pursuing other relationships and desperately trying
to stay friends despite their intense past together, but eventually
they must decide if their love is strong enough to climb the mountains
that separate them.


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Mountains Loved

Published: 10/10/15
490 pages



In this final book of the Mountains Trilogy, Dr. Sarah Lynde and Lt.
James McAllister are together at last. But it seems their mountain
climbing days have only just begun as new obstacles rise up along
their path.

Sarah's daughter Abigail has gone off to college and faces her own

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Subordination




















Are you ready to submit in Subordination by Katie Ashley!

NOW AVAILABLE



Blurb

 When Sophie Jameson first became a domme at Club 1740, it was more out of 
financial necessity than it was for personal pleasure and sexual exploration. But over 
the years as she rocked her leather corsets and boots while wielding every crop and 
flogger imaginable, she grew to love the thrill and adulation that her clients brought 
her. But all along, her path in life and her heart was with a different profession—one 
she was planning to embark on at the summer’s end.

And then he changed everything. Tall, dark, impossibly built—William was the

complete opposite of whatever image a male sub conjured up. After all the sub

Sophie finally felt true lust and desire. Although he was the proud stallion who needed

 breaking, he became the one to make her break all her rules and let down all her 

walls. 


But it was just supposed to be for that one night, but an accidental encounter days later

 outside Club 1740’s protected walls had the two seeing each other in a different light

—as simply Sophie and William, not Domme and sub. While they should have parted

 ways, they couldn’t. While they should never have gone back to her place, they did.


And that simple mistake has a serious price for both of them.

 

Subordination Excerpt
In the distance, a figure crested the hill on his way down from the mountain. Something about the man appeared familiar. Over the years of running at the park, I was used to seeing fellow running acquaintances. But as the incredibly built man grew nearer, my stomach lurched. Oh no, this wasn’t possible. I couldn’t literally be running into someone I’d been in a scene with the night before. In the five years I’d worked at 1740, I had never, ever run into a client.
We were within a few feet of each other when he gave a complimentary nod of hello. Then he literally skidded to a stop, sending bits of gravel flying around us. Just as I started to pass him, acknowledgement of who I truly was flashed on his face.
FUUUUUCK I screamed in my head. With everything I had in me, I raced ahead.
“Mistress Juliette?” he called.
Those two little words from his mouth send me tripping over a limb. As I sprawled onto the ground, my knees bumped along the uneven terrain. Once I came to a stop, pain raged all through my body, although it was excruciatingly centralized in my right ankle.
I rolled into a sitting position and brought my hand to my tennis shoe. “Fuck,” I muttered. It was to address both the pain and the fact that a shadow had crossed over me. A bulky shadow belonging to the only sub I had ever let myself go with.
“Oh my God, I’m so sorry, Mistress.”
My gaze spun wildly around the clearing. “Stop calling me that!” I hissed.
“I’m sorry. Are you all right?”
Damn, that voice of his. Momentarily forgetting my ankle, I could feel myself growing wet just from the deep timbre, not to mention how sexy his concern was.
“No, actually, I’m not.” I jerked my gaze from my foot up to his handsome face. “My ankle is throbbing like a mother fucker, not to mention I’m mortified as hell I just busted my ass right in front of you.”
The corners of his lips fluttered, and I could tell he was fighting the urge not to laugh at me. Without a word, he knelt down beside me. “Let me take a look.”
I jerked my foot away from his overeager hands, which caused me to wince from the pain. “I think you’ve done enough already.”
Cocking his dark brows at me, he said, “My mistress’s health and well-being is always my upmost concern.”
I fought the urge to smack him and not so he could get off on it. “Here’s a newsflash for you. We are not in 1740 anymore, Toto, so this whole sub taking care of his mistress bullshit isn’t going to fly.”
“I’m not in to dog play,” he countered, with a wink.
“Yeah, well, last time I checked, you’re not sporting my collar, so I’m not your mistress.”
“Ouch, you really bring out the claws when you’re hurting, don’t you?” When I opened my mouth to lay into him again, he brought a finger over my lips. “Quit your bitching, and let me check out your ankle, okay?”
“Are you a doctor or paramedic in real life?”
He smiled, causing those delicious dimples of his to pop out. “No, not quite.”
“Then how do I know you’re actually qualified to look at my ankle and not just wanting to cop a feel of my foot?”
With a chuckle, he replied, “Don’t have a foot fetish either.”
As he slid my tennis shoe off, I hissed. “Answer the question.”
“Easy now,” he murmured.
“What qualifies you to look at my ankle?” I demanded.
“I used to be a football coach.”
“Professional?”
He laughed. “No, high school.”
“Oh,” I murmured.
“Yeah, you bandage at least one sprained ankle every game.” He glanced up at me. “Yours doesn’t feel sprained, but it’s definitely swollen. I have a first aid kit in my truck. I can bandage it for you.”
I eyed him suspiciously. As a submissive, I knew he truly subscribed to the code of conduct that his mistress always came first. But we weren’t in the club, and although club management did background checks that rivaled the FBI, he was still a stranger to me. Well, a stranger who I’d seen naked and bent over a spanking horse.
Knowing that I didn’t really have a choice, I huffed out a frustrated breath. “Okay, fine. I’ll let you take care of my ankle.”
“Try not to sound so excited about it, okay?” William said with a teasing expression.



About the Author

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.




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