Taking Chances, Love Projects Book 1


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Love Projects, Book 1
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Released August 23, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-77130-533-4
Lydia and Jake

A shy technical writer, chosen by a dominant team leader to help save a vital project, discovers the inner strength to open her heart and take a chance at love.


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.

Be Warned: spanking, BDSM, public exhibition

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Review from BDSM Book Reviews: Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddlesSting 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: “The chemistry between Jake and Lydia is blistering. The sex scenes were scorching.”

4 Star Review from Cocktails and Books: “I’m such a fan of S.J. Maylee.  Her stories are short, exciting, and sexy with characters who have chemistry to spare.”

5 Star Review from DRC Promotions: “The electricity between the characters was hot enough to bring smoke off the pages. They had such great chemistry and that makes a great book in my opinion.

5 Star Review: “Taking Chances, is a must read for anyone who wants a great story, well written, smoking hot smexy scenes and an oh so hot hero.”

5 Star Review: “Taking Chances is SJ Maylee’s debut novel and she does an excellent job of creating interesting characters searching for connection while providing enough kink and spice to heat things up.”

5 Star Review: “it’s well written, there’s no slw moments and it’s packed full of hot sexual tension”

Thank you to Liz Castillo for putting this graphic together for me

Thank you to Liz Castillo for putting this graphic together for me


“Come on in, Lydia. I want to talk about a few things before we get started today. We need to make it quick, since we need to report to Keller at ten this morning.” When she remained in her spot he added, “Lydia, come here.”

Not wanting Gina to take anything further from her, she lifted her head and walked to Jake. She stopped at his desk, but felt instantly unworthy. Gina was more Jake’s style. She fought the need to lower her chin.

“Look at me, Lydia.”

He pushed her. “Why?” She shifted her gaze and hit him with her direct stare.

“Thank you. I needed to see your eyes.” He reached out and swiped a lock of hair from her face. He tucked the strand behind her ear, and let his finger drag down her face to her shoulder. All the while his gaze captured hers, not letting go. “How are you this morning?”

“I’m okay.”

“Okay? Hmm, maybe I should do something to improve your mood? What would you say to that?”

“Here?” she gasped and quickly turned to look out the door.

He grabbed hold of her shoulders, lifting her slightly off the floor.

“Yes, here.” He brought their bodies together, claimed her lips and swept his tongue through her mouth, awakening her sexual hunger.

She felt wanted. She felt claimed. Images from the night before swam in her mind. Silly challenges from the office mean girl were all forgotten. He set her down and nipped at her lower lip.

“We have a lot to do today. Unfortunately we cannot go any further, now.” He stepped back behind his desk as casually as if he’d just greeted the mail man.

“But you would want to?” Still looking at the papers on his desk, she didn’t think he heard her. She took a step closer. “You would repeat last night?”

Her words stopped him. His gaze searched her face. Placing his hands on the desk he leaned forward and said, “Lydia, I fully intend to further explore your body and mind. After all, there are a few places I haven’t yet completely inspected.”

Her mind ran through what he had done to her last night, and there was only one place she could think of. Warmth fluttered through her face.

“Now, that is a beautiful sight.” He returned to his papers. “I’m going to have to keep thinking of ways to shock you simply to see you blush again.” With the papers properly sorted, his attention returned to her. “Is Gina a problem?”

Gina was a lot of things, but she’d never thought of her as a problem. “I don’t think so.”

“Don’t be afraid to put her in her place. She likes that more than she lets on. She’s the type to push so she can be pushed back.”

“I hadn’t thought of her that way. Interesting.”

“Let me know if she becomes a problem.” His gaze drilled into hers, not letting her escape.


“Okay?” His posture remained controlled, but the smirk couldn’t be missed.

She added her own version of the devilish grin, which ignited another blush before she even spoke. “Okay, Sir.”

“Trouble.” He stalked towards her and ruthlessly swept his hand under the hem of her skirt to press firmly along her panties. His lips pressed to her ear. “Hot and damp.”

The palm of his hand pressed on her clit, and he bent his knuckles, sending the tips of his fingers past the edge of her panties to drag along her slit.

“Be careful what you say to me, sweetheart, or you’ll shatter my control.” With one last drag of his fingers, he pulled away and walked from the room.

She turned around and watched him go. Her heart pounded. All she could do was follow him, but she couldn’t move. The exchange with Jake left her bones unsettled, and the all too familiar ache tried to set-up shop in her chest. She hadn’t expected him to crave more from her, and now she couldn’t deny he did. Was she going to deny herself the pleasure of getting to know him?

Thank you to Liz Castillo for putting this graphic together for me

When my first book, TAKING CHANCES debuted, I visited many of my friends acrossthe web. Stop by and say hi.

January 21, 2014 : D. Renee Bagby – First Chapters

August 23, 2013 : Jessica Jayne – Life is all about TAKING CHANCES

August 23, 2012 : Sandra Bunino – TAKING CHANCES Top 10 things to know

August 23, 2013 : Wild Wordy Women – Story ideas

August 25, 2013 : Tara Lain – What drives SJ to write

August 27, 2013 : Kacey Hammell – A Heroine and her Author, the interview

August 28, 2013 : Kitt Crescendo – Light Bulb Moment, now what?

August 29, 2013 : Lila Shaw – Lessons Learned, thanks to Lydia & Jake

August 30, 2013 : Donna Cummings – Friday Friends, the interview

September 1 2013 : AfterDark World – Interview

September 2, 2013: Naomi Shaw – What kind of writer is SJ?

September 2, 2013 : Ray Sostre – It Requires Time & Attention

September 3, 2013 : Cara Bristol – Five things TAKING CHANCES had to have

September 5, 2013 : Doris O’Connor – Who is Jake Reed?

September 13, 2013 : Jenny Lyn – Who is Lydia Taylor?takingchancesbanner

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