Welcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the birthday girl, Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.
For the remainder of this year, I’m going to share a snippet from each of my four other books. I’ll get back to In the Blind next year to get you excited about the next book in the series.
This week, I’m going to share a snippet from Taking Chances. In this tease: It’s the day after Lydia and Jake come together the first time. Lydia has overheard that her hero is seeing Gina, the mean girl in the office, or at least he was last week. Enjoy!
Last Friday was last week and long before yesterday. Jake hadn’t claimed he was celibate, but was he dating Gina? It certainly would explain the attention Gina had been paying her the last couple of days. Last night, she had given her body and she was tempted to give him more, but how could she now? She had no desire to enter a sex triangle. Tears filled her lower eye lids and threatened to overflow.
Gina. Why did it have to be Gina?
If Jake couldn’t see past Gina’s veneer, there was no way he would value what Lydia could offer. She forced her chin to stay high as a tear rolled down her check.
The door creaked open. “Lydia?”
“Leave me alone, Jake. I’ll be out in a minute.” She angled her face away from the door, and their stare caught in the mirror.
He stormed into the bathroom.
He knelt at her side. “Honey, please talk to me. Tell me what happened.” His thumb wiped away the next tear ready to fall.
“Why didn’t you tell me you were seeing Gina?”
“What? I’m not. Who put that idea in your head?”
He lowered his head. He was caught. Lydia had to smile. Jake was no different. Men were scum. She could take comfort in their consistency.
His hands took hers. He rubbed his thumbs over the backs of her hands. She instinctively squeezed back, trying to take the last minutes back. She still wanted the possibility of a future with him, and the realization caused the ache to deepen.
His gaze found hers.
“Gina is an unattached submissive, and she frequents the club, as do I. I may not be in a relationship, but I do seek to fulfill my needs and needs of other unattached subs. Gina knows full well the extent of our scenes. I have never seen her outside of the club.”
“What does that mean? You touch her, but you don’t care about her?”
“You could look at it that way—”
She removed herself from his touch and found solace on the other side of the small room.
“That’s … I don’t know. I don’t understand.” Her sight focused on the floor as she tried to reconcile the man she thought she knew to the one she saw now.
“Lydia, ask me questions, or let me explain. Don’t make assumptions.”
“Assumptions!” She turned abruptly to face him. A big breath allowed her to calm her voice. “I’m not assuming anything. You just told me. At the club you touch other woman regularly. No wonder you don’t want me there. I’d probably put a crimp in your style.”
“Lydia, I don’t—”
“You don’t want a relationship,” she said and walked toward him. “We never made any promises to each other. No plans were made. It’s okay, really.” Her chest ached, but she wouldn’t let him see. She stood tall, shoulders back, and her hands gripped into her thighs like a lifeline.
The room was quiet as they stared at each other. Quietly he stepped around her and walked to the door. He was walking out, predictable.
He stopped at the door, locked it, and returned to her.
“We may not have voiced our promises, Lydia, but I don’t always make my motives known. I haven’t yet mentioned the club because we simply haven’t had time to discuss it, and to be honest, I’m not sure you’re ready.”
“Do you know what would happen if I were to take you to the club?” He slipped around her and sat in the chair. His hand snaked around her hips.
“No.” Sweat broke out on her forehead, and nerves danced in her chest.
He pulled, and she landed across his lap. One hand held her upper body down, and the other fought to gain access between her thighs.
His deep command had no problem cutting through her crumbling resolve.
His fingers found her bare and now wet pussy. “I’m not going anywhere, and you, my sweet gullible Lydia, will be receiving your first real punishment.”
“I advise you to be quiet now.”
Lydia’s father walked away from her when she was eight. She’s struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he deserves the right. She protects her heart by sticking with her fantasies and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.
The two will be kept in a conference room working together until their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. Together they find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed loved.
Review from BDSM Book Review: Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles & Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5 “S.J. Maylee’s story is one of beauty and well researched or perhaps well experienced. The journey that is embarked upon is gently done instead of pushed. Though a short story, this is well developed and the BDSM scenes are well written. It is not often that a short story can convey the beauty that a Dominant and submissive relationship can have.”
Review from Romancing the Book: Rose that Rules All “The chemistry between Jake and Lydia is blistering. The sex scenes were scorching.”
Be Warned: spanking, BDSM, public exhibition
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