New Release! Dark Beast by Alexa Sinclaire


Dark Beast
by: Alexa Sinclaire
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: February 9th, 2015
Genre & Length: M/F Erotic Romance Novella

Blurb
Scarred and bitter, all former soldier Kieran Thomson wants is a wife, a beautiful bride he can control and manipulate. And use for really hot sex. He isn’t supposed to fall for her. He isn’t supposed to actually care about her. He just wants to lock her up in a gilded cage and use her for his own pleasure. But when she finds a way past his barriers with her sensual touch, Kieran realizes he must either set her free or let her into his heart.

Despite being ignored and shunned by her family, Josephine Richmond is willing to protect them at any cost. Even if it means marrying a man she’s only just met. They say he’s a beast, scarred inside and out. She knows she should be afraid, she knows she should hate him for trapping her, but she can’t. Unable to resist her attraction to her husband, Josephine’s determined to make the marriage work.  Especially when she has her own secret scars that only Kieran seems able to heal.

Excerpt
Looking down at the petrified Josephine, Kieran rationally understood why she was nervous, but he didn’t care. Not one tiny bit.
The woman was an adult, after all. She wasn’t being forced—maybe ‘manipulated’ was the word—into the marriage. To hold back the feeling of pity creeping into his conscience, he remembered the look on her face when she saw his scars at their one meeting before the wedding. The repulsed reaction was just like all those women before her who trembled at his disfiguration, and reminded him that like those vapid bimbos, she was as superficial as them.
It was the main reason he felt little guilt in picking her purely based on looks. She’d been stunning as a sixteen-year-old girl and now six years later, she’d grown into her body and was absolutely beautiful. Her figure was something out of a 1950s pinup: smooth curves and dips, filling out in all the right places. Unbelievably fuckable.
Her skin was porcelain smooth with a few freckles across the bridge of her nose that looked a bit out a place on her alabaster skin yet gave her something unique. But it was her mouth that really killed him: luscious and pink, with a distinct curve along the upper lip that he wanted to lick. They looked permanently swollen and ever since their brief meeting to discuss the prenuptial agreement, he’d spend many a night imagining those lips wrapped around his hard cock. At least that hadn’t been damaged by the landmine.
Josephine’s innocence practically radiated off of her. Her father had informed Kieran that she’d attended a strict boarding school before returning home and now attended college through an online-learning program. Considering her father’s social standing, her isolation seemed suspect, but Kieran didn’t let himself dwell on it too much.
Kieran watched her lips now as she began to speak the words that committed her to the marriage. Committed her to him.
“I-I-I do.” The tremor in her voice was audible.
It was now time to kiss the bride, he heard the priest inform them, and he waited for the moment of revulsion to cross Josephine’s face as she turned to face him, just as it had two weeks ago. But all he saw was slight trepidation as she looked up into his eyes. Her gaze didn’t even wander across his face and onto the scars. She remained looking up at Kieran, focusing intently on his own hazel eyes. Why wasn’t she recoiling?
Irritated by the feelings of confusion her stoic stare caused in him, he wrapped one arm around her waist, whilst grasping the other behind her neck, and firmly pulled her flush against him. Leaning down, he smashed his lips against her perfect mouth. He stiffened as he felt her small hands grasp his biceps.
Kieran expected her to subtly try and push him off her, but inside she melted into his arms. Not only was she not pushing him away, she seemed to be willingly letting him draw her small, soft body against his own. She didn’t even stiffen in his grasp. Her hips pressed against him and as he pulled away from her mouth, he heard a faint sigh escape from her lush lips.
Almost as if she’d enjoyed it.
Aware of their location, he willed himself to step back. He released his wife from his grasp but moved to grasp her hand and turned to walk out of the church. Kieran glanced over at her, amazed to see that a flush had spread across her cheeks and neck. As if she’d relished his touch. No, it was impossible to think that she was anything but repulsed by him. After all, he was a monster.
Nothing more than a beast.
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About Alexa Sinclaire
Alexa Sinclaire writes erotic romance: the hotter the better. Originally from the East Coast, she now lives in England with her very own Alpha male British husband.
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Mid Week Tease – He Knows Exactly What She Needs – a snippet from Taking Couage

click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the amazing, Sandra Bunino for bringing us together. I love the new flirty graphic she’s given us. Thank you, Sandra!

Before I start sharing from my story that’s releasing in the next Evernight Anthology in February, I’m visiting each of my released books. Here are links to those I’ve shared already:

Taking Chances | Untangle Me | In the Blind

This week, I’m going to share a snippet from Taking Courage. I just received a fabulous new review from Cocktails and Books. 😀 Click the link or look for the quote below. In this snippet: It’s the end of a long workday for Janna and Simon. She’s just entered his office and is looking out his window. Enjoy!

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“You’ve been working your ass off.” His voice came from farther away than expected. The door lock slipping into place filled the silence in the room.

“I have been working hard. I didn’t realize until just now how worn out I am. I need to relax and clear my head.”

“I know exactly what you need.”

Her emotions felt like a six lane roundabout holding her captive. No simple answers, only dangers bombarded her from all sides. Her father held the keys to one kind of known comfort, but she refused to live under his thumb any longer. Besides, nothing he could offer could compete with the passion coursing through her veins or her need for the man approaching her.

When she found out he worked for Keller on Monday morning she never would have guessed she’d be able to haggle a second chance from him.

As the sounds of a desk drawer sliding open came to her ears, she turned and watched him pull a bottle of lube and a couple of condoms from his desk. His gaze fell on her, and he slid the drawer closed.

He joined her at the window, pressed his body deliciously into hers, and he sucked her earlobe into his hot mouth.

“You’ve been in my thoughts all day.” He blew on her wet lobe and sent a shiver down her spine. “Do you see the fallen tree?”

“The one lying across the ravine?”

“That’s the one. The way the tree broke makes it easy to restrain someone.” He pressed his hard cock into the seam of her ass. “There’s just enough foliage out there to shelter the view from everywhere but our building.”

“Have you?” She regretted the question as soon as it slipped out. The thought of Simon dominating anyone but her snagged a spur across her heart. The damn idea left her stomach rolling uncomfortably.

“No, I haven’t, but I’d like to.” His hands reached across her stomach and took possession of her breasts. “I know people who have, and they recommend it. I recommend we don’t wait for tomorrow night. I can’t wait another minute before having you.”

“Oh, yes, Sir.” She arched her back, pressing her breasts into his hands. A slight adjustment of her feet made his cock press against the plug. All worries fluttered away as desire and heat stole the show. Would he take her, right here in his office, in front of the window? She had yet to know how his cock would fill her. Dampness slipped down her inner thigh.

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Janna’s ready to make over her life and get out from under the controlling thumb of her father. She doesn’t want another failed arranged marriage. She’s ready to do whatever it takes for the career she wants, enter the lifestyle she craves, and to earn the trust and love of the man that has captured her heart, but heartbreak and career hiccups seem to be her destiny.

Simon’s still recovering after his last submissive lied her way into his life. He’s not ready for Janna and how she pushes against his prejudices. He needs to decide if he’s willing to lose her or if he’ll fight for her love and submission.

Be Warned: sex toys, spanking, BDSM, public exhibition, anal sex

Review from Cocktails and Books: “I am highly recommending “Taking Courage”.  In fact, I recommend all of S.J. Maylee’s books.  They’re very entertaining and sexy.  I’m going to be putting this one into my “To Be Read Again” pile.”

Review from Manic Readers: “If you are a fan of D/s, you’ll love Taking Courage. It’s pretty hot!”

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Mid Week Tease – Assumptions Lead to Trouble – a snippet from Taking Chances

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome 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!

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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?”

“Gina.”

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.”

“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.

“Open. Now.”

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.”

“You—”

“I advise you to be quiet now.”

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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 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: Rose that Rules All “The chemistry between Jake and Lydia is blistering. The sex scenes were scorching.”

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Mid Week Tease – At His Mercy from In the Blind

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the lovely Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

Today, I’m sharing from my latest release, In the Blind.

Last Time: Rob received advice from his best friend. This Week: I’m sharing a tease from a sexy scene with Rob and Jane, but I’m not telling you were in the book you’ll find this scene. I’m so naughty. Enjoy!

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She tugged on the rope and got nowhere, not even chafing on her wrists. Being at his mercy was a complete turn on. She was his for the taking. Her hips rocked with her growing need for his touch.

“I was afraid to hope for you, afraid I couldn’t give you what you needed.”

“You gave me what I didn’t even know I needed.”

“There’s so much more I want to explore with you, and now we’ll have the time to do it. Nothing is in our way. This is our time.” He crawled between her legs and rested his head on her belly.

“I like how that sounds. It’s our time.”

“You know what else I like?” A naughty smile relaxed his face. “I like taking away your choices.” He nipped at her hip and then smothered the sting with his tongue.

“I’m at your mercy, Sir.” She rolled her hips.

“I never thought of myself as a lucky man, but I was wrong.” He crawled up to hover over her, his lips brushing just above hers. “I want to discover all the ways that bring you pleasure.” He took hold of her breast, molded it in his hand, his gaze locked on hers as she submitted to his touch.

She moaned and opened her mouth, wishing for him to claim her.

“That’s what I’ve been waiting for.” He let go of her breast, giving a quick pinch to her nipple as he slid down her body. “I want to know what drives you crazy with need.”

Her body felt like it was going up in flames. By sharing his needs, he was creating a new foundation of lust within her.

“I thought about your pussy all week.” He settled between her legs, pushing one thigh higher and the other over his shoulder.

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Jane thinks she’s ready to take the risks her business and love life desperately need. Rob’s still punishing himself for a broken relationship that wasn’t meant to last. When the pair let an opportunity pass them by, fate steps in and throws them back together.

An evening of pitch black unrestrained passion at Club Blind opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. Now, if they don’t fight past their personal demons, they might never truly discover what they need most. If they can open their hearts, it might lead them directly to each other where they can discover their truth. If not, they may forever stay in the blind.

5 Stars: “The sex scenes were beyond hot. Jane and Rob had crazy chemistry in every scene really.” –Sassy Southern Book Blog

4 stars: “There was humor, some angst, romance, and of course, I already mentioned the incredible sex.  You’ll be quite satisfied by the end.  I know I sure was.” –Cocktails and Books

4.5 Stars: “The story grabs your attention in the first chapter, has you turning pages to see how the story develops and was well written” – In the Pages of a Good Book

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Where you can find IN THE BLIND:

Evernight Publishing | Amazon US CA UK ES AU | Barnes & Noble
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Mid Week Tease – Chivalry Isn’t Dead from In the Blind

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the beautiful Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

Today, I’m sharing from my latest release, In the Blind.

Last Time: Jane pushed Rob away. This Week: I’ve skipped all kinds of things. No Spoilers! I found this exchange between Rob and his best friend Marcus. It’s not Jane calling him, but Marcus is calling to offer some help in that department. Also, remember, Gina is Rob’s ex-wife. Enjoy!

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His phone buzzed with an incoming call. Disappointment ran thick when he didn’t see her number on the caller id, but his buddy was the next best thing at the moment.

“Marcus, or should I say co-worker.”

“Are you sure about this?”

“Ah, yeah, you know the size of Keller’s signing bonuses.”

“Tell me that’s not why you’re taking the job.”

“No, this is really the right job for me, and I have a feeling this will help Jane and her business.”

“Chivalry is dead.”

“No wonder you’re single. All jokes aside, I’ve been getting bored with my assignments lately, and I know Keller will push me to stay on top of new technology. Plus, I’ll get the opportunity to stretch my career.”

“That’s why I’m here.”

“He’s going to let me work from home.”

“I’m not surprised. We have several team members telecommuting. There’s even a few I’ve never met in person. Jim lives in an RV and is in constant travel around North America. Keller’s only rule is he has to be able to reach you during office hours.”

“Yes, that’s stated in the contract.”

“I don’t think Gina is going to be a problem, but if she is, I’ll take care of it.”

“I had a feeling you’d say that. I think you’re what she needs.”

“What? That’s not why—”

“Marcus, it’s okay. You probably don’t even see it yet, but it’s okay with me.”

“Well … change of topic. I think you should come back to Club Blind this Saturday.”

“I don’t think so, this Saturday is date night, and there’s only one person I’d want to meet there.” Blood rushed to his cock when he thought of taking Jane in one of those pitch black rooms. “I haven’t talked to her about it yet. Believe me, I intend to.”

“Do you trust me?”

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Jane thinks she’s ready to take the risks her business and love life desperately need. Rob’s still punishing himself for a broken relationship that wasn’t meant to last. When the pair let an opportunity pass them by, fate steps in and throws them back together.

An evening of pitch black unrestrained passion at Club Blind opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. Now, if they don’t fight past their personal demons, they might never truly discover what they need most. If they can open their hearts, it might lead them directly to each other where they can discover their truth. If not, they may forever stay in the blind.

5 Stars: “The sex scenes were beyond hot. Jane and Rob had crazy chemistry in every scene really.” –Sassy Southern Book Blog

4 stars: “There was humor, some angst, romance, and of course, I already mentioned the incredible sex.  You’ll be quite satisfied by the end.  I know I sure was.” –Cocktails and Books

4.5 Stars: “The story grabs your attention in the first chapter, has you turning pages to see how the story develops and was well written” – In the Pages of a Good Book

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Mid Week Tease – What Do You Really Want

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the amazing Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

Today, I’m sharing from my new release, In the Blind.

Last Time: Jane and Rob are sharing a ride home from his interview. Rob moved in for a kiss and it was magic, but then Jane pushed him away. This Week: I’ve skipped nothing and you’ll find out if she thinks better of her decision or if she continues down her road alone. Enjoy.

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“Let’s close this deal, get you started, and then we’ll see. Okay?”

“If that’s what you want.” He slowly moved back to his side of the car.

“It is.” But it wasn’t. She wanted to kiss him again and her need for him kept growing. She brushed the wrinkles from her skirt. She’d told him no and he’d listened. It was a good thing, but a sad ache, like she’d been denied entry to her favorite show, tore at her resolve.

Her grandpa taught her to take risks and she’d practiced the skill regularly with her business, but she no longer had a desire to risk her heart. Normally, she’d try for at least the middle road, but she didn’t know what else to do at the moment.

She needed a real chance with Rob. She wanted to earn a chance with Keller’s connections. Pushing through this deal and letting the chips fall might be her only chance at both. How else would she ever really know if Rob was over his ex? She tugged at her blouse. The damn thing clung to her, and she needing more room to breathe.

Finally the car pulled to the curb in front of her office building.

“I’ll contact you as soon as I hear from Keller’s office.” She stole one last look at Rob.

“I’ll be waiting.” He didn’t move an inch.

She imagined he was holding himself back, like a caged beast. Her pulse jumped. Instead of giving in, she scooted out of the car, closed the door, and watched the car disappear.

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No! Oh, Jane. Who thinks she’s going to regret getting out of the car alone? Good news, you can read this whole story now since the doors to Club Blind are open. Wahoo!

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Jane thinks she’s ready to take the risks her business and love life desperately need. Rob’s still punishing himself for a broken relationship that wasn’t meant to last. When the pair let an opportunity pass them by, fate steps in and throws them back together.

An evening of pitch black unrestrained passion at Club Blind opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. Now, if they don’t fight past their personal demons, they might never truly discover what they need most. If they can open their hearts, it might lead them directly to each other where they can discover their truth. If not, they may forever stay in the blind.

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Mid Week Tease – An Extra Scene from Club Blind

MidWeekTeaseHalloweenWelcome to a very special hump day. Thank you to the creative Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

I haven’t written finished a paranormal story, but I do have this new club that could have a spooky element if I wasn’t such a romance writer. So, I’ve decided to indulge today and give you a peek at the next couple on my erotic romance to do list and show you a bit of the work that went into opening Club Blind.

Be sure to come back on Friday. I’ll be sharing this same scene from Marcus’s point of view.

Enjoy.

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Gina ran down the stairs armed with her directive from Master Keller, but also to finally find out what Marcus was up to. She had no idea why he ranked so high on Keller’s list. If Marcus was up to something shady, she’d make sure he answered for it.

Keller told her she’d find Marcus in the basement. She opened the heavy door to the final set of stairs and found the first bland looking corner of the building. The walls were cinder-block and the stairs were nothing but wood planks. She searched for a light switch and found none, luckily there was just enough light. She skipped down a couple steps, eager to complete her mission. The door shut behind her with a quite whoosh and then nothing. She no longer heard the club members or the music from the club above.

Once at the bottom of the stairs, she was greeted by more cinder-block, these were painted black. There were a few naked light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, but still no light switches. The hall was lined with doorways and they all seemed to open to the same emptiness, black rooms with no doors.

“What is this place?” A sinking feeling filled her gut. She searched the corners for cobwebs and found none, not even a speck of dust on the cold dark floor. She did find one door in the long hall. Slowly, she pushed it open and revealed an overly white space filled with lockers and then the lights went out.

“Shit.” She let the door close and backed up a step into the hallway. “Marcus.” She looked left, right and saw nothing but black. She closed her eyes and felt her way to the hallway wall. Soothing music poured into the space. She couldn’t place the speakers. They seemed to be surrounding her.

There were times in her life she hadn’t felt safe and she told herself this wasn’t one of them. Her heartbeat continued its rise. She was still in Keller’s building and she knew Marcus was here somewhere.

“Marcus.” She reached out in front of her. Nothing.

She took a deep breath and pressed her palms against the wall behind her back, the grooves in the blocks grounding her. She knew where she was, but why was she here? Upstairs she knew what to do, whatever the Dom demanded. An intense heat warmed her from within. What would be asked of her in a space like this, one where she couldn’t even see?

She tucked her hair behind her ear, the movement feeling more intense, more deliberate. She felt her way up her arm, around her neck, and to her chest. She arched her back, wishing she had a Dom here now commanding her next move.

“Marcus,” she called into the nothing.

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Jane thinks she’s ready to take the risks her business and love life desperately need. Rob’s still punishing himself for a broken relationship that wasn’t meant to last. When the pair let an opportunity pass them by, fate steps in and throws them back together.

An evening of pitch black unrestrained passion at Club Blind opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. Now, if they don’t fight past their personal demons, they might never truly discover what they need most. If they can open their hearts, it might lead them directly to each other where they can discover their truth. If not, they may forever stay in the blind.

ISBN: 978-1-77233-066-3

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Mid Week Tease – Come A Bit Closer

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the amazing Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

Today, I’m sharing from my next book, In the Blind. It’s releasing October 15th! 😀

Last WeekI shared the start of their ride home from Rob’s interview. I left them with Rob moving in for a kiss and Jane pushing him back. This Week: As promised, I’ve skipped nothing and you’ll find out if she lets him come closer. Enjoy.

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He tilted his head slightly, and she let him come a bit closer. His cheek brushed along hers. Questions swirled around in her mind, making her dizzy. She’d started falling for this man while they talked about changes in the job market and their favorite apps. Now, all she had to do was relax her arm a bit and he’d kiss her. She licked her lips and imagined his body pressed against hers.

She pulled him closer and removed the distance. His lips sealed over hers, and she was lost. This was what she craved, this surrender of need. When he pulled away, she opened her mouth and he took his claim.

Their tongues tangled back and forth. She breathed in his deep intoxicating scent. She needed him between her thighs. That sharp burst of need took over her common sense. What was she doing? She couldn’t understand this loss of control.

She didn’t even understand him. He’d taken off the ring, but he was going after a job that would put him in daily contact with his ex. Was Jane merely the warm-up to getting back what he’d lost?

She needed to protect herself. She couldn’t miss something simple and walk right back to heartbreak. She wanted, needed to be his first choice. Her fingers dug further into his shirt and squeezed. The folds of the material pushed against her hand, and she tunneled her fingers along the fabric. She didn’t want to let go, but she had to. She didn’t know what instinct to trust.

She peeked at him and wanted to believe his desire was true. His eyes smoldered with restrained heat. No man could look at her like that and only want a job or a one night stand, but she couldn’t risk her heart before she knew the truth. With a shove she watched the heat in his eyes fade.

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No! Oh, Jane. Who thinks she’s going to regret pushing him away? Well, I do have good news. You can read this whole story starting next Wednesday when the doors to Club Blind are finally opened. Wahoo!

Coming-SoonUnofficial Blurb:

Jane thinks she’s ready to take the risks her business and love life desperately need. Rob’s still punishing himself for a broken relationship that wasn’t meant to last. When the pair let an opportunity pass them by, fate steps in and throws them back together.

An evening of pitch black unrestrained passion at Club Blind opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. Now, if they don’t fight past their personal demons, they might never truly discover what they need most. If they can open their hearts, it might lead them directly to each other where they can discover their truth. If not, they may forever stay in the blind.

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Spotlight: Warlock’s Mistress (Loves Spell #2) by Jessica Coulter Smith

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warlocks-mistressWarlock’s Mistress (Loves Spell #2)

by Jessica Coulter Smith

Published by Evernight Publishing

ISBN #9781772330359

Length: Novella

Price: $3.99

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About the Book:

Seraphine Bishop, enchanted by a sorcerer in the 1800’s, has been by Jared Blaylock’s side for over a hundred years. As his mistress. But things are changing, Jared has been pulling away, distancing himself, and Seraphine wants to know why. They’ve been together for so long, has he finally tired of her?

Jared aches to be near Seraphine, his destined mate, but he must pull away to save her. A fairy prince has laid claim to her, wanting her for his bride. Unless Jared can find a way to change the prince’s mind, he’ll lose Seraphine forever.

Be Warned: bondage

Excerpt:

Seraphine Bishop watched with narrowed eyes as her lover pulled on his clothes. Was it her imagination or did he always seem to be in a hurry to run out the door these days? It seemed she was good enough to fuck, but not good enough to cuddle. That hadn’t always been the case. She’d been Jared Blaylock’s mistress since 1895, when he’d found her roaming the streets, half starved, without a penny to her name and without hope of surviving until tomorrow. A sorcerer had taken a shine to her and had cast a spell over her, freezing her in time and giving her the gift of eternal life, except he’d grown tired of her after a few months and had thrown her out. Jared had found her and given her a new life, except he hadn’t been Jared then. He’d changed names many times over the centuries, with very few people knowing his original name—Lord William Stratham. Her warlock was over five hundred years old, but still looked like a sexy thirty-five.

In all these years, Jared had always been attentive, lavishing her with attention and affection, but for the past month, it had been like being with a stranger. He still came to her, spent an hour or two in her bed, then ran for the door as if hellhounds were nipping at his heels and he couldn’t wait to be rid of her. Why he hadn’t thrown her out, she didn’t understand. It was obvious he’d grown tired of her. Really, she’d expected it to happen a lot sooner. They’d been together for over a hundred years. She’d been waiting for the day he’d crossed paths with his mate and end their affair. Seraphine wondered if perhaps that’s what had happened and he just didn’t know how to tell her, or wasn’t ready to let her go just yet. The question was how much longer was she going to put up with it in silence? She’d been quiet so far, taking his rejection as best she could, but it was grating on her nerves. Things were still hot between them, there was obviously still something there, but he didn’t seem to want to acknowledge it.

Jared paused at the bedroom door. His auburn hair fell across his forehead and into his eyes, hiding their green depths from her. She wondered if he was going to say something, tell her it was over, that he wouldn’t be back, but he turned away from her, twisted the knob, and left without a word. Her heart ached and she fought back tears at the cold dismissal. She shouldn’t have let her heart get involved in the first place. She was in his life for one purpose and one purpose only. As his mistress, she didn’t have the luxury of falling in love with him. Unfortunately, her heart had other ideas.

Not for the first time, she wondered if she should shackle him to her bed. Of course, he could always use magick to get away—unless she used spelled cuffs. Now there was a thought. She could make a game of it, draw him into her web so to speak, then after allowing him to give her a mind-blowing orgasm or two, she could torture the information out of him. What had changed? Why was he different? What was he hiding? If he wanted to play games, she’d play, but by her own rules.

About the Author:

Jessica lives in a world where warlocks, shapeshifters and fairies exist, and everyone deserves a happy ending — from tragic vampires finally finding love after centuries of being alone, to super hunky womanizing werewolves finding their destined mate –- it’s all in a day’s work.

Unable to find a werewolf of her very own, she decided to marry someone who thinks he’s one -– minus howling at the full moon, fleas, and a rousing game of chase-the-mailman. Okay, so he sometimes howls at the full moon.

When she isn’t writing, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, reading (mostly romance), or going to the beach. She’s especially fond of bookstores and Starbucks!

Jessica loves to hear from her fans! You may email her atJessicaCoulterSmith@yahoo.com or visit her on Facebook.

Mid Week Tease – Stop Playing Around

Click to see all the Mid Week Teases here at SJsWelcome to hump day my friends. Thank you to the fabulous Sandra Bunino for bringing us together.

Today, I’m sharing from my next book to release:

In the Blind

Last Week I shared a fun conversation with Rob and his best friend, Marcus. This Week: I’ve skipped a bunch. I will give no spoilers. 🙂 Rob and Jane are being chauffeured home from Rob’s interview. Enjoy.

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“Thanks for bringing me here today.”

“You’re welcome. Thanks for giving it a chance.” She tugged at her blouse. “I’m pretty sure he’ll send an attractive offer. There will probably be only one thing in it we can change, but I’ll find it.”

“You’re a shark.”

“Hardly.”

“I admire that about you. You go after what you want, don’t you?”

“In my professional life, yes, I like to believe that’s true.” She’d taken lots of chances throughout her career. In business, she wasn’t afraid to take risks. She crossed her legs and angled herself towards him.

He shifted in his seat to face her directly. “What aren’t you going after in your personal life?”

“Pretty much everything.”

“What do you want?”

She turned to look out the window. He’d laid out the question she hadn’t pushed herself to answer. Her thoughts kept drifting to Saturday night and her mystery man. He’d made her fantasies come to life, but it was this man sitting next to her, the one who might not be totally ready, who made her heart flutter uncontrollably. The two together would be explosive. Which did she want? Which could she have?

“I want trust and friendship.”

“Is that all? I can give you that.”

She shifted in the seat and looked him right in the eye. “No, that’s not all.”

“Don’t play with me.”

“I’m not—”

He shifted towards her. His body got a few inches from her, and she pushed against his chest, her eyes clamped shut. Convincing herself he was still hung up on his ex made the possibility of getting hurt highly unlikely because, before he could hurt her, he would drift out of her life. But for now he was here, close, and pushing against her hand. She let her elbow bend, and he came closer. The rich manly scent of him drove her needs higher.

She wanted him with an urgency that caused her fingers to dig around the fabric of his shirt. Desire and nerves fought for her attention. Pushing him away would be safe. She had no desire for safety.

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Oh. I wonder what happens next. 😉 Come back next week and I promise to share the next bit. Also, I turned in edits last night and am expecting one more round and then release day will be here. Wahoo!

Coming-SoonUnofficial Blurb:

Jane thinks she’s ready to take the risks her business and love life desperately need. Rob’s still punishing himself for a broken relationship that wasn’t meant to last. When the pair let an opportunity pass them by, fate steps in and throws them back together.

An evening of pitch black unrestrained passion at Club Blind opens her eyes to life’s possibilities. Now, if they don’t fight past their personal demons, they might never truly discover what they need most. If they can open their hearts, it might lead them directly to each other where they can discover their truth. If not, they may forever stay in the blind.

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