Archive | January 2014

Falling For Bentley Cover Reveal 1/31/14

Just when Bentley Knight thought life was only about football and women, a Hail Mary pass comes at him, changing everything.
Forced to grow up faster than he wants, Bentley struggles with the responsibility of being a good example to his younger brother, on and off the football field, and pleasing his frustrated, demanding father. Just when he reaches his limit of complications, in walks a beautiful blond angel, endangering the delicate balance he’s finally found in his new life.
When mistakes of his past threaten to derail his future, will Bentley be man enough to win the heart of the girl he once ridiculed in high school, who just happens to be the woman of his dreams?
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Falling For Bentley
By: Shawnte Borris
This has not been edited and may certainly change before publication. I hope that you all enjoy a little of Bentley!
One eye barely open, I glanced around the room, desperate for it to stop spinning. There’s a faint moan beside me, and when I carefully turned my head towards it, I saw brunette hair splayed across the pillow and down the back of a naked chick. My eyes slowly move down to the small of her back—my favorite part of a woman’s body.
I stopped when I recognized the Celtic tattoo and quickly lifted the sheet to see if I had my briefs on, I did. I slowly sat up to look for any evidence of last night’s shit show. No condom…no wrapper, thank God.  Lube and a vibrator? What the hell?
“What are you doing?” giggled Amanda as her cold claws rubbed my back. I tried to straighten out of her grip. “Baby relax, let’s finish what we started last night,” She whispered in my ear before kissing the side of my neck.
“Did we?”
“No, you passed out before the party really got started. I had to use my vibrator to finish the job.”
“Uh, sorry about that.” I pulled her hands off me.
“Why don’t you make it up to me, Bentley? Like the good ol’ days, back in high school. I miss this.” she growled, grabbing my dick.
I shot out of the bed and scrambled for my pants.
“Where are you going?” Amanda grabbed my shirt and threw it over herself.
“I…ah…I need to go.” I stuttered, trying to put my shoes on without falling flat on my face.
“Bentley.” Amanda whined, throwing my shirt at me.
Bang-Bang-Bang, “Bentley get your ass up. We gotta go.” Curtis yelled.
“Thank Christ.” I mumbled under my breath as I pulled my shirt over my head.
“That’s it? You’re going to leave me like this, wet and wanting you? Needing you to fill me?” moaned Amanda.
“Sorry, Amanda, but I gotta go. Curtis and I already made plans.”  I opened the door and looked at my best friend.
“Bentley Knight before you walk out that door, you better think long and hard. There will not be a third time.”
“There shouldn’t have been a second,” I toss over my shoulder and ducked just in time to miss a glass as it shattered on the wall in front of me. I closed the door and looked over to Curtis, laughing his ass off. “Let’s get the fuck out of here.”
Shawnte Borris
Author Bio:
Shawnté lives in central Alberta, with her husband Ricky of 10 amazing years and together they have two beautiful children. Somehow her husband has managed to trick her into running a cow/calf operation. As much as she fusses about it, she loves it.
When Shawnté is not sitting at her kitchen table hammering away on her laptop while watching the moose chase her cows across the yard, yes this really happens. Then she is busy attend school activities, community events and chauffeuring children here and there. She is big on playing softball and watching hockey.
When the time comes to relax, you will find her snuggled underneath her down comforter reading on her Ipad. Wait…who are we kidding, if the dishes, vacuuming, laundry or the bathrooms needs a hose down, you’ll always hear her say, “Just after this chapter.” She doesn’t have a favorite author or best story because everyday she falls in love with someone new.
Shawnté is technology challenged so you won’t find her on twitter (heaven knows she tried) or instagram – whatever this stuff is called. But she can work one hell of a facebook page  thanks for her fictitious assistant Lacy. Please go like her page and leave a review/star rating on the books she’s wrote.
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Guest Appearance By Nina Pierce Donna’s&Denise’s Review on her newest release In His Eyes 1/30/14

Good morning , Today we have a guest  Nina Pierce and she is her to tell us us a little about herself and her newest Release  … Welcome Nina Pierce  I so love her sisters series ..
When Life hands you Lemons … Grab the Tequila and
by Nina Pierce – Jan 30, 2014
Hi, I’m Nina Pierce and may I just say I’m happy to be here
at Spreading the Word blog today. And though I’ve been writing fulltime for the
last nine years, (of course like most writers, I’ve been writing since I could
hold a crayon, but that’s another story all together)  there are, no doubt, many of you who don’t
know my story. People often wonder what ever possesses a writer to actually sit
down and pound out their first manuscript. I think the most common answer is
that they were driven to do it. Nothing works right in their world if they’re
not sitting down letting the characters in their head have some play time on
the page.
But my story is different. Much different.
Let me first start by telling you I have a degree in Marine
Biology. Not English or European literature—Science. I grew up on the beautiful
coast of Maine where the tide pools are plentiful and the water is clear and
cold. Very cold! I dreamed of one day working beside Jacques Cousteau. But as I
went through college I found out something else about myself … I love to teach.
Anything. To anyone. And darn if I wasn’t good at it. So I minored in education
and got my secondary education teaching certificate.
About 18 years ago I landed the job of my heart. I taught
environmental science at an outreach facility where students from pre-K to
adult came for my classes, many which took place outdoors. I was in heaven! I
loved working there and would have happily continued if fate hadn’t stuck her
foot out and tripped me up.
You see, in the early 90’s I was diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis, a degenerative disease that eats away at the sheathing around the
nerves in your brain causing faulty wiring. It attacks people differently,
causing different symptoms and problems. People with MS rarely look the same to
doctors. Unfortunately there is no cure, but wonderful advances in medicine to
keep disability to a minimum. I lived years without showing symptoms.
But nine years ago it was becoming painfully obvious that
the disease had progressed to the point where I would be unable to keep up with
the physical demands of my job. Not one to sit around and do nothing, I
searched through my bag of talents and tried to find something I thought I
could do sitting on my butt. For whatever reason, I looked to writing.
(Probably because I’ve always had something to say.)  Anyway, I took a writing class at the local
university, joined Romance Writers of America, found a local chapter of
like-minded authors and VOILA! a career was born!
And I haven’t looked back.
When asked what the hardest transition is I’d have to say
changing my thought process. Because I taught science I always catalogued the
world around me, put it in simple terms to use later in a lesson plan. Now, I
look at the world as a whole lot of “what ifs”. What if that couple in the
store were having an affair? What if a virus killed off most of the male
population? What if shapeshifters actually existed? A whole TON of
I am really happy writing stories, letting my imagination
take my characters places I can’t go and living out adventures I can no longer
My newest novel, IN HIS EYES, is a romantic thriller set on
where else … the coast of Maine.
It’s always wonderful to be noticed … or
is it?
To those around her, Maggie Callaghan appears to have the
perfect life…a handsome husband, three beautiful children, and her own
business. But beneath her thin veneer lies a dark past and self-doubts. When
evidence of her husband’s infidelity surfaces, Maggie leases a cottage on the
Maine coast and prepares for her inevitable divorce. But a serial killer is on
the hunt—and he’s marked Maggie as his next victim. Now her beachside retreat
is the focus of an undercover FBI investigation targeting the murderer who’s
left a trail of bodies across two states. As lies and secrets are revealed,
Maggie realizes her life depends on knowing who’s protecting her—and who’s got
her in his sights.
Like most nights, he sat in the alabaster sand, sifting grains slowly
from hand to hand as if measuring time. Watching.
Always watching.

People rarely saw him, unless he chose for it to be so. And the woman
meandering along the water’s edge was no exception. She had no idea he was
admiring her. Appraising her. Measuring her.

With the tide so low, he’d been able to study the exotic creature
whose hair rode the wind like black silk. She dragged her feet in the shallow
surf, her eyes cast down as if the ebb and flow of the ocean could soothe away
her troubles. The dip of her chin and the graceful arch of her neck spoke of a
heavy burden.
She walked without a companion. Alone was good.
Lord, she was beautiful.
The sadness that curved her body in on itself made her that much more
irresistible. He imagined he could hear the sweet strains of her loneliness
carried on the evening breeze.
He didn’t know he was searching. Didn’t realize the moment had come
It had been a long time since he’d found someone who obviously
hungered for the kind of solace only he could offer. He replayed the scene over
and over again, long after she’d left the beach, long after the day had
surrendered to the night. How serendipitous for her to be here on his beach.
He sat, quietly measuring time in handfuls of sand, thinking about the
grace of her walk, the gentle swell of her hips and breasts, the lovely mane of
hair—and he knew.
You are the one. I’ve been
waiting for you.
In the solitude of the new moon, he sat for a long time committing to
memory every detail of their encounter and formulating a plan to make the woman
his own. Satisfied, he strolled back to his cottage—his heart and soul as dark
as the murky shadows swallowing him.
Donna’s Review 5 Stars *****
Fantastic book, Nina Pierce. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t guess who the killer was until right at the end. You kept it well hidden in the book. This was a great story about Alex and Maggie Callahan. They had some trouble in their marriage and separated for awhile. They took turns staying at a beach house and while there, Maggie caught the eye of a killer who started to trail her and keep tabs on what she was doing. The story takes a turn when bodies start appearing and the police try to find the killer. As Maggie and Alex try to repair their marriage, the killer is more determined to get to Maggie. This story will hold your interest and keep you guessing. It is a great read
Denise’s Review 5 starts*****
This book was amazing it has alot of mystery and suspense  and some romantic touches .. I kept changing my mind through out the book .. Just when I thought I had figure who it was it wasn’t .. excellent  book to read .. See if you can solve it .. Amazing Job Nina Pierce …
So what about you, have you ever completely changed careers
for one reason or another or are you currently working at the job of your
heart? Because now that you know a little bit about me, you realize I’m curious
about stuff like that!
USA Today bestselling
author, Nina Pierce, resides in New England with her high school sweetheart and
soul mate of twenty-nine years and several spoiled cats who consider her staff.
She spends her days at the keyboard writing romance stories, blissfully
creating chaos for her characters by throwing in a villain or two, a little
murder and a whole lot of mayhem as they struggle toward their
happy-ever-afters. You can check out all her books on her website ( and follow her day-to-day happenings on
facebook ( or twitter (
Thank you Nina for stopping by today .. I hope you get a chance at reading this amazing book
 it kept sitting on the end of the bed for hours   Have a great Thursday Everyone Denise&Donna

Invincible by Alana Albertson Cover Reveal 1/24/14


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Title: Invincible

Author: Alana Albertson

Genre: New Adult Romantic Thriller

Organized by: Indie Sage, LLC

Tentative Release Date: February 23, 2014


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I’ll be honest with you—I’m no hero. Sure—the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cammies. There’s even a line in one of our cadences—”superman is the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL.” You’ve seen the movies—we’re indestructible, invincible, invulnerable. But that night, the one you read about in the papers—all I really wanted to do was get laid.

One harmless fuck with a Curaçao whore—no strings attached. I picked her out of a lineup—wild, dark hair, long legs and a crooked smile. After she sucked me off, I relaxed back onto the creaky, cum-stained cot, thankful for the blissful moments she gave me when I actually forgot for a second the faces of my buddies who died because I made the wrong call, the tears of the children I couldn’t save, and the eyes of the enemies I slaughtered during their last seconds of life.

But before I left, her green eyes peered into my soul. She whispered in a distinct So Cal accent, “My name is Annie Baylis. I’m an American citizen. I was kidnapped from a cruise ship five years ago. You’re my last hope. Please save me.”

One desperate plea. This wasn’t a Hollywood blockbuster or a New York Times best-selling thriller. I knew that this time there was no room for excuses, no margin for errors. I had one chance to put the cape on and be her hero.


About the Author: 


Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of America’s Young Adult and  Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University.

A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing,  dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through  Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.








Just Shoot Me By Becky Mcgraw Cover Reveal 1/22/14

Just Shoot Me (Cowboy Way, #1) a new series by Becky McGraw, author of the Texas Trouble Series

Tina Montgomery needs to find her Texas Tomcat. Her promotion and livelihood depend on it. That promotion could mean a new life for her, her sister and her niece. It’s a big risk however, because if she fails in her bid to head up a new menswear line at her company, she could lose everything. That’s why finding the perfect model to represent the line has become her sole focus. At the point of thinking she would …never find that man, one with both experience and attitude that shows in his face and eyes, she meets Dean Dixon. His gorgeous eyes tell a story she definitely wants to hear and the man has more attitude than any she’s ever met. Physically he’s perfect for the job. But that attitude she thought she wanted in her cowboy quickly becomes her biggest downfall when she tries to convince the sexy, but hard-hearted rancher to help her.
Dean Dixon is done with women. His cheating ex-wife has shown him just how untrustworthy women are. He has a ranch to run, and a son who might not be his to raise alone. That’s more than enough for any man to handle without dealing with his sister-in-law’s friend who is determined to convince him to model for her company. He has seen what that industry has done to his brother. Dean is a rancher, not a model, and he isn’t about to abandon his family or fall into the same trap his brother had. He stands his ground, until his sister-in-law tells him why Tina needs the promotion she’s wanting so badly, and asks for his help. Hope had bailed him and his family out when they needed her the year prior. How could he refuse to help her now?
“Just do the damned photo shoot, Dean,” Cord said following behind him.
“I’d rather be shot.  I’ll even load the shotgun for you,” Dean offered tossing the saddle onto the saddle rack.  “I’m not going to shave all the damned hair off my body, and coat myself in oil so I can prance around in my underwear.  I’ll leave that to you, baby brother.”
“I did not prance around in my underwear,” Cord corrected indignantly.
“But you did shave your ass, so you looked like a ten-year-old boy.  I saw the proof in those magazines.”
“You saw my pictures?” Cord asked with surprise. 
To Dean’s own surprise his brother’s face heated, and he looked a little embarrassed.  Embarrassed wouldn’t begin to describe how Dean would feel if he were in his brother’s shoes. And that is exactly where Tina Montgomery wanted to put him.  So she could get a promotion.  What the fuck did he get out of it, other than getting the money to pay back a loan he didn’t even take out? 
Cord and Hope had decided on that plan of action themselves, without his permission or knowledge even.  But that loan had saved the ranch, and saved his Daddy’s life.  It also resulted in his brother settling down.  Dean did owe her a lot.
“Yeah, I saw ‘em.”  He’d seen his brother shaved and shirtless looking like a greased pig in those jeans ads in every fucking magazine and newspaper he picked up.  Why women would want to see a man like that, Dean didn’t know.  It might sell jeans, but it just wasn’t reality.  He knew one thing for sure. That was not how he wanted the world, his family or his son to see him.
“Is shaving the only thing you have against doing it?” Cord asked following him out of the tack room, then back down the aisle toward Blaze.
“Hell no, it’s not the only thing,” Dean grated.  His brother had been gone too long to remember how much work it took to run this ranch.  For three years, Dean had been the one doing that work.  “Who is going to manage this ranch while I’m off prissing in front of a camera?  And I have a son to raise,” Dean replied shortly, as he grabbed the towel off of his shoulder and rubbed at the sweat on Blaze’s black coat.
“I’ll do the work.    Just tell me what you want done, and I’ll make sure it gets done.  Mama and I will help with Jeremy, while you’re shooting.  Besides, you’ll be here too.”
“She wants to take the pictures out here?” Dean asked.
“That’s what Tina told Hope on Saturday.  I agreed, because we need the money.”
His brother sure agreed to a lot on his own these days.  But he was right this time, they did need the damned money even if it didn’t go toward paying Hope back.  Dean couldn’t help but wonder how much is dignity was worth.  “Did she mention how much?”
“Probably a grand an hour for your time, and she offered five to use the ranch for the location.”
Dean’s heart shot to his throat, and his knees went weak.  “Holy, fuck!” he shouted as the towel slipped from his hand to the dirt floor.
A cocky smile eased up his brother’s mouth.  The same smile Dean had seen on his face in those magazines, the same one that women all over the country seemed to go weak-kneed over.  “A lot more than ranching or rodeoing, huh?” Cord asked smugly.
“That’s just stupid.  Those companies have more money than sense,” Dean said trying to regulate his breathing.
“Understand now why I shaved my ass and moved to Dallas?”
Dean picked up the towel, then met his brother’s eyes.  “No, I’ll never understand why you abandoned your family for money.”  Dean made one more pass over Blaze’s back with the towel, while he thought about it.  He didn’t have much choice really.  Hope was forcing his hand.  Dean hated to be pressured into anything, and usually came out fighting when it happened.  This time his sister-in-law had him down on the mat for the count.  “I’ll do it, but I’m not shaving my ass,” he said firmly. 
“You got it. No ass shaving,” Cord agreed with a chuckle.  “I’ll let Hope know, so she can call Tina.”

About Becky McGraw:

Becky McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl by birth and the grace of God, ya’ll. She resides in South Texas with her husband and dog Abby.

A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a senior project manager for an aviation management consulting firm, which took her all over the United States, a real estate broker, and now a graphic artist, web designer and writer.  She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her dangerous, and her romance novels interesting and varied. Being a graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she creates her own cover art, along with writing the novels.

Becky has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was a teenager, and has been known to read up to four novels of that genre a week, much to the dismay of her husband, and the delight of e-book sellers.

She has been writing fictional short stories and novels for fun, as well as technical copy for her jobs for many years. She was a member of the Writer’s Guild on AOL, as well as a founding member and treasurer of the first online chapter of the Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers. Currently, she is a PAN member of RWA and a general member of FTHRW.

You can find Amazon Bestselling Author Becky McGraw at: 

Texas Trouble Series by Becky McGraw:

The Cowboy Way Series by Becky McGraw:
Hope for Christmas, a novella included in Santa Wore Spurs (Christmas 2013)
Just Shoot Me (Dean’s Story) (#1, The Cowboy Way, est. release March 2014)

Bound And Unbroken Cover Reveal plus Rafflecopter 1/21/14

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Bound and Unbroken
by Skye Callahan
Release date: February 25, 2014
Genre: BDSM Romance


Lena is about to discover pleasure in the things she can’t control.

To get even with her roommate for dragging her to a sports bar on a Friday night, Lena begins flirting with the handsome stranger who sits at the bar next to her. Their anonymous conversation leads to a shared cab ride, but Lena’s conscience puts a damper on the evening—leaving the near-fling to become a memory. Until she finds him roaming the halls of the school where she teaches.

When he reveals his desires, can she submit?

Eric’s only reason for returning to his hometown is to care for his recently orphaned nephew. He knew the return would involve dredging up his past with family and friends, but he didn’t expect a lone girl to capture his interest and offer an escape within his new life.

And will his binds be enough to keep her?

Note: This book contains explicit sexual content (including BDSM themes), graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: M/f anal, bondage, spanking, exhibitionism.

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Author Bio:

New Adult Paranormal and Urban Fantasy author of FRACTURED LEGACY, the first novella in the Darkness Bound Series.

I grew up in a backwater Appalachian Ohio town–it was a crazy little place that inspired my need to create new worlds in my head. I’ve been coming up with stories for as long as I can remember, and in elementary school I began writing them all down. My earliest stories were inspired by R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, but as I grew up, I stopped writing.
I got married, moved away, and started working a regular job, but the allure of writing followed me, and a couple of years ago, I started writing again.

When I’m not spending time with the voices in my head, I work in business consulting and hang out with my husband and all of our furry family members.

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Twitter: Skye_Callahan

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TAUT: The Ford Book (Rook and Ronin Spinoff): enter the rafflecopter to win 1/20/14

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Since A LOT of people have been asking here is the scoop on how this book fits in with my Rook & Ronin series: Ford first appears in Rook and Ronin #2, Manic. He has a bigger role in Panic, R&R #3, and then he has a novella, called SLACK. This TAUT book is only FORD. It’s not really part of the R&R series, as that plot has all been sidelined for this one romance book.

Ford Aston is getting the f*ck out of Denver. He does not give a shit about blizzards, getting his old-ass Bronco over the Rocky Mountains in one piece, or a girl knocking on his hotel door looking to be saved.

Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps “pets” instead of girlfriends.

And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.


Ashleigh is getting the f*ck out of somewhere, but she’s not quite sure where she’s coming from, let alone where she’s going.

Ashleigh is known for nothing, and that’s exactly what she’s got going for her. She’s broke, stranded in the mountains with a three month old baby, and Ford Aston is f*cking with her head.

Big. Time.

And she plans to f*ck with his right back.


It’s a coy game at first, filled with flirting, and innuendo—but Ford soon realizes something is not quite right with Ashleigh. In fact, something is seriously, seriously wrong and the closer they get to their final destination, the closer Ford gets to the truth.

One night of devastation, self-loathing, and emptiness turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ford Aston. But one day of in-your-face reality threatens Ashleigh’s whole existence.

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JA Huss is a SF and new adult romance junkie, has a love-hate relationship with the bad boys, and likes to write new adult books about people with real problems. She lives with her family on a small acreage farm in Colorado and has two donkeys named Paris and Nicole. Before writing fiction, she authored almost two hundred science workbooks and always has at least three works in progress. Her first new adult romance is called TRAGIC.

Release Day Blitz Alethea’s Redemption 1/13/14 & rafflecopter Contest


New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author! 
Breaching the Billionaire: Alethea’s Redemption (Book 6 of the Legacy Collection) 
Release Date: 13.01.2014 
Alethea is at a crossroad. For as long as she could remember, it was her and her best friend, Lil, against the world. Now that Lil has met Prince “I have my own helicopter” Charming and reconnected with her family, Alethea is on the outside looking in, justifying who she’s always been to people who have never understood her. When she uncovers a looming threat to Lil’s family, she’s determined to save them, even after they tell her not to get involved and assign their best man to stop her. 
Marc Stone has been watching Alethea ever since she waltzed through his security system and right into his late night fantasies. As a decorated Marine, he’s seen war, but nothing could prepare him for this wild redhead. Strong. Beautiful. Flawed, and fiercely protective. Hard to love, and impossible to deny. 
If she’ll stop fighting him long enough, he’ll show her just how perfect they are for each other. That is, if she doesn’t get them both killed first.


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She couldn’t take any more. She shifted until she broke their connection, then continued to squirm until he released her enough so that her feet were firmly back on the floor. “Don’t. Don’t pretend this is anything but what it is. This isn’t a date. You’re being paid to keep me out of the way and that—” she waved her hand in the air beside her—“that was just the result of two people being thrown together in a stressful situation.” 
He studied her face, then broke out in his cocky smile. “Your job must be more exciting than mine, because this is not the norm for me.” 
She shoved him back a step. “You’re not funny.” 
He closed the distance between them and was suddenly serious. “Well, now you’ve hurt my feelings. Looks like I’ll have to do my best to impress you with my other qualities.” 
The evidence of the quality he was referring to nudged her sex, hard and ready, as he swept down and plundered her mouth with another deep kiss. A part of her clung to the knowledge that none of this was real, but the rest of her felt it was too good to pass up. These memories would have to sustain her, because she would never put herself in this situation again. 
He stopped, raised his head with a funny expression on his face, and asked, “What are you thinking about?” 
She tried to pull his mouth back down to hers and said, “It doesn’t matter.” 
“Tell me,” he demanded. 
Alethea wasn’t sure what reaction she expected to her refusal, but she didn’t expect him to pick her up, swing her over his shoulder, and carry her to his bedroom. He tossed her down on his bed. 
Oh, no, he didn’t. 
Oh, yes, he did. 
This isn’t one of my fantasies. This is real. 
Still naked, she was on her knees and scrambling past him, but he caught her, flipped her onto her back and, before she knew what he was doing, he’d secured both of her hands above her head with handcuffs. 
Lying beside her, he said, “I know what you’re thinking—what man has handcuffs under his bed, right? They were a gag gift from a buddy of mine. I figured I should keep them here in case I had to ride out the apocalypse. In case things got boring.” He smiled down at her as if he couldn’t see the fury in her eyes. “Not that you’re boring. Trust me, you’re the opposite of boring, but you need to learn to trust people.” 
Pulling against the cuffs angrily, Alethea snarled, “And you think this will do that? All it’s going to do is be my defense for why I strangled you the second I was set free. ‘Your honor, look at the bruises on my wrists. He had it coming.’” 
Marc ran a hand up one of her arms to just below where the metal met her wrist. “You won’t have a single mark on you if you don’t fight it.” 
She tried unsuccessfully to whip her arm away from his touch but was impeded by the restraint. “You might as well tell me not to breathe. I’m going to free myself and when I do, you will regret this.” 
“I see the problem.” 
“Thank God. You’re coming to your senses. Get the keys now and maybe, just maybe, I’ll forget this ever happened.” 
Propped up on one elbow, Marc looked down at her as if she were a puzzle he was solving. “You can’t turn it off, can you? Everything is a fight to you.” 
“Do these handcuffs come with earplugs? Because there are laws against torturing people with your psychobabble.” 
Instead of rising to her taunt, he laughed. “I’m beginning to get you. Really get you. You’re scared right now, aren’t you? That’s why you’re on the attack.” 
I’m not afraid of anything, but I’ll go along with this if it has the potential to provide a window of opportunity. “You don’t think that locking someone in a bunker, then tying her to a bed, is cause for concern?” 
“I would never hurt you, Alethea. Do you believe that?” 
She looked away. “Then let me go.” 
He turned her face back to his and those beautiful blue eyes seemed to see her soul. “Just this once, let yourself be in a situation where you’re not in control.” 
She shook her head. 
He leaned down and whispered in her ear. “What’s the worst thing that could happen? You find you enjoy it?” 
She glared at him. 
When she didn’t say anything, he said, “If you really want me to take off the cuffs, I will. All you have to do is say it.” He ran a lazy finger over her collarbone and down the side of one breast. “Or you can trust me to take care of you. That’s what the cuffs are about. Trust. Yes, they leave you vulnerable, but everything that matters in life leaves you vulnerable. And sometimes you win by not fighting.” 
His words washed over her, filling her with a warmth she couldn’t deny. 
All I have to do is tell him to remove the cuffs and this is over. 
No man controls me, not even for the sake of sexual experimentation. 
I don’t do restraints. 
So why am I not demanding my freedom? 
He didn’t gloat as she would have expected a man to. Instead, he quietly waited for her decision. 
An unexpected tear came to her eye and in a thick voice she said, “If you hurt me, I’ll kill you. Literally. Slowly. In the most painful way I can think of.” 
Real shock showed on his face and he touched her cheek with a gentle hand. “Hey, it’s okay to be scared. Trusting anyone is always scary.” 
He leaned down, took one of her breasts between his teeth, and pulled ever so gently on her nipple, sending a rush of heat straight through her. There was no denying how his touch affected her. She gasped with pleasure when he ran a hand down her stomach and cupped her sex possessively. 
Tempting her. 
Teasing her. 
Waiting for her to say the words she didn’t want to say: “I hate you right now.” 
He raised his head. “I can’t tell if that means, ‘Yes, keep going,’ or ‘No, get the hell off me, you pervert.’” 
She rubbed her pelvis against him and moaned. To hell with being in control. Just this once, she wanted to be taken. 

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Other books in this series

Book 1: Maid for the Billionaire (Legacy Collection)
Dominic Corisi knew instantly that Abigail Dartley was just the distraction he was looking for, especially since having her took a bit more persuading than he was used to. So when business forces him to fly to China, he decides to take her with him, but on his terms. No promises. No complications. Just sex.
Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn’t believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men – until she meets Dominic. He’s both infuriating and intoxicating, a heady combination. Their trip to China revives a long forgotten side of Abby, but also reveals a threat to bring down Dominic’s company. With no time to explain her actions, Abby must either influence the outcome of his latest venture and save his company or accept her role as his mistress and leave his fate to chance. Does she love him enough to risk losing him for good?
Book 2: For Love or Legacy (Legacy Collection)
Nicole Corisi will lose her inheritance if she doesn’t find a way around the terms of her father’s will, but she will have to partner up with her estranged brother’s rival to do it. As pretense becomes painfully real, Nicole will have to choose between Stephan and the family he is driven to destroy.
Stephan Andrade has been planning his revenge ever since Dominic Corisi unscrupulously took over his father’s company. With Corisi Enterprises gambling its reputation on the success of a new software network for China, Stephan finally has his chance to take back his legacy. Dominic’s younger sister, Nicole, asks Stephan for his help and provides him with an opportunity to exact his revenge on a personal level.
It all goes smoothly until he falls in love.
Book 3: Bedding The Billionaire (Legacy Collection)
Lil Dartley’s life is upside down. Her previously steadfast and predictable sister is marrying an influential billionaire and needs help planning the wedding of the century in less than a month. Years of middle class rebellion have not prepared Lil for handling diplomats or paparazzi.
Jake Walton knows a train wreck when he sees one. Lil was trouble from the first day he met her, but since her sister is marrying his best friend, he has no choice but to help her or this wedding will be in the news for all the wrong reasons. Teaching Lil how to fit into high society would be a whole lot easier if she didn’t drive him insane both in and out of the bedroom
Book 4: Saving The Sheikh (Legacy Collection)
Rachid bin Amir al Hantan is fighting for the sovereignty of his small country. He needs to find some powerful allies – and fast. Attending the wedding of Dominic Corisi is as much about reconnecting with old friends as it is about celebrating nuptials. The last thing he needs right now is the distraction of a woman.
Zhang Yajun is a self-made billionaire who can’t believe she accepted her friend’s dare to kiss Sheikh Rachid before the end of the wedding.
When impulsive words lead to even more impulsive actions, these two will discover that sometimes the last thing you were looking for is the one thing that can save you.
Book 5: Rise Of The Billionaire (Legacy Collection) 
Dreaming of Alethea gave Jeremy Kater the strength to survive a difficult childhood. Now that he has influential friends who owe him some big favors, he’s determined to become the kind of man Alethea would be interested in: rich and dangerous. Jeisa Borreto was hired to help Jeremy morph into that man. It’s a job she would enjoy, if it weren’t tearing her heart to pieces.
How can she help him change once she’s realized she’s fallen in love with the man he’s always been?
Hint: Sleeping with him doesn’t help