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Voodoo on Bayou Lafonte

Occult Series

Book 3

Susan C. Muller

 

Genre: Paranormal romantic suspense

Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing

Date of Publication: Jan 2, 2014

Word Count: 80,000

Cover Artist: Rae Monet

Book Description:

A frantic phone call leads Detective Remy Steinberg racing through the night toward the one place he vowed never to return. With the life of his kidnapped daughter at stake, he willingly faces shotgun-wielding drug dealers, corrupt law-enforcement officials, and a raging hurricane.

 

Scouring the seedy back alleys of New Orleans for information, he goes undercover at a sinister voodoo ceremony, and struggles to understand the forces of black magic that hold his daughter hostage.

 

With time ticking down, he battles for his life against a high voodoo priest, but can he face the two things he fears most: the swamp that terrorized his childhood, and the ex-wife he’s never stopped loving?

 

Detective Remy Steinberg must return to Louisiana in search of his kidnapped daughter. Can he save her before the swamp swallows her up and he loses any chance at happiness?

 

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Guest post:

 

Thanks for inviting me on your blog today. I wanted to talk about the power of persistence.

 I recently visited the top of Corcovado Mountain, raising 2,300 feet s above Rio de Janeiro. The view of the city is amazing, but even more impressive is the 100 foot statue of Cristo Redentor  (Christ  the Redeemer.)

I’ll never forget the beauty of the statue, the quality of the workmanship, and the breathtaking scenery. But it was something else that made a lasting impression on me.

Someone thought of this piece of art. That person had a small seed of an idea.  That seed was nourished, expanded on, studied, and fought for.  I’m sure things didn’t always go smoothly.  Budget concerns, logistics, naysayers, all must have stood in the way.

Yet today, this iconic statue stands as testament to the power of persistence.

Writing a novel might not seem as impressive an undertaking as sculpting a 100 foot statue, but it can sure feel like it. And that’s just the beginning. Editing, publishing, and promoting are every bit as important. Even luck plays a part. But then luck seems to happen more often to those who are prepared and persistent.

A novel is written one word at a time. Each word builds on the next until a story is told. With perseverance, persistence, and a small helping of luck, anything is possible.

What have you achieved that you once thought impossible?  What are you the most proud of?


Review:


This book hooked me from the get go. The creepy supernatural specter of voodoo was an awesome beginning and element in the story. Remy and Gabby stole my heart in their search for their daughter. All the old feelings came bubbling up to the surface, despite all the really good reasons for things not to work. The characters came off the page, their emotions coming across flawlessly. This is an author I am going to watch and I am going to go back and read the rest of the series! Great sexual tension and a page turner! Hawt!!


5/5

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About the Author:

 

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a fourth generation Texan and I attended Stephen F. Austin State University where I majored in Business Administration, but took creative writing classes on the side because that’s where my heart was.

I have always loved reading and if it’s true that God doesn’t subtract the hours you spend reading from your life span, then I should pass the century mark with flying colors. I first tried my hand at writing when I was eleven, but the sun was shining and I had a new bike so that effort was doomed to failure.

 

I didn’t try writing again until I was well into my sixties. People ask me why I took it up then and my answer is simple, because my husband retired. If you don’t understand, just wait, you will.

 

My first novel, The Secrets on Forest Bend, won several awards. After that, I was hooked.

 

I’ve been blessed with two great kids and four grandkids. My late husband and I loved to travel and we saw much of the world. Kenya, New Zealand, and the Galapagos Islands are a few of my favorite places. After he passed, I thought my traveling days were over, yet I’ve since been to Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela.

 

I live in Spring, Texas where I currently serve as president of the Northwest Houston chapter of RWA and volunteer at a local hospital. I also enjoy speaking to book clubs and writers groups.

 
 
 

Twitter: @susancmuller

Alpha Virtual Book Tour

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The Scattered Dark Series

Book Two

Fierce Dolan

Genre: erotic horror, hardcore paranormal erotica, BDSM

Publisher: Fierce Desires

Date of Publication: 23 October 2013

ISBN: 978-0-9860165-6-1

ASIN: B00G4V1ETU

Number of pages: 53

Word Count: 15,857

Cover Artist: Fierce Dolan

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Book Description:

When domme Alaine Dunham meets beautiful, young werewolf Seth, she dreams of training him to be the perfect bottom to fill her Alpha needs. She quickly finds that gentling the wild wolf is one thing; subduing the rebellious human is another. Tensions mount as the full moon pushes them to consummate their bond before relationship concerns are soothed.

After a strange book falls into Alaine’s hands she begins to doubt her relationship, her instincts, and the moon.

Book One, Journal of a Lycanthrophile , is free on Amazon starting December 2

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Chapter 1

A wolf. Alaine Dunham didn’t have to see him for that familiar life force to course through hers, for her body to ache to be near his—the telltale signs. Several years had passed since those sensations last sizzled up her spine, thudded behind her ribs, pooled hot and wet at her cunt, and she relished them. Scouting him from her vantage point on the stage, seeing his wild allure, got her even hotter.

The dark man clutched the hand of Hostess Kisha. Her rainbow-plaited head bobbed, a kaleidoscope beacon glinting under the strobing lights as she squinted and guided them through the fray on the glittering dance floor. The shifter pressed through the crowd with his shoulders squared and jaw jutted forward. A lock of wavy black hair obscured his eyes. His swagger betrayed that he was young, anxious, needy, though the power that emanated from him told her he was not newly made. Dancing clubbers parted and stared in his wake.

Alaine jumped down from the stage and waited for him to find her, as he most certainly would. She busied her trembling hands by slapping a cat-o-nine against her thigh. The welts that rose on her skin distracted her from the aching want between her legs. Licking her lips, she sighed and slowed her slamming pulse. If she was half the top she and the patrons of Malice in Fundaland thought she was, he’d be trained to knot in no time. Finally, a worthy conquest.

Shaking her ponytail down her back, she pulled her shoulders up and greeted Kisha. The waifish hostess clasped Alaine’s hand and kissed her cheek, conservative affection considering they had tribbed all afternoon, culminating with the caramel-complexioned beauty creaming on her face around sundown. Fraternizing amongst staff was forbidden, so they kept their bennie trysts secret. Smiling, she tucked a colorful ringlet behind Kisha’s ear and nodded to the lovely man.

“Mistress,” Kisha started, “this is Seth. He’s a regular on the scene, though it’s his first time in Malice.” His gaze roved over Alaine as the smaller woman spoke. “He asked for you. He knows the best when he sees it.”

“Ah.” She resisted the urge to rap his thigh with the flail handle. “I’m booked out several nights. Hostess Kisha can get you on the books for another evening.”

The wolf’s piercing gaze met hers, though his long lashes fluttered and his voice wavered. “Nice to meet you, thanks. For now, I’ll watch.”

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Writing the Sophomore of a Series

I was dubious about writing a series to start with, because it takes a lot of stamina to sustain momentum across several installments of a greater plot. I knew going into Alpha, the second book of The Scattered Dark Series, the challenges that would be ahead, and… I wrote it anyway!

Before we get into the challenges of the sophomore book, let’s talk about what a first in a series must do. Each book in a series must stand-alone, yet tie neatly into its sister books. The first book gets to be the darling—one hopes. It sets up the core conflict, introduces enticing characters, and jets the plot along so well that the second book is set up sublimely. Everyone falls in love with the freshman, or is so incensed by its setup that they want to know more.

So what about The End? The final book (we’ll assume the third one, for brevity’s sake), reveals all characters’ true colors, resolves individual character arcs (at least mostly), and to some degree brings an aptly satisfying resolution to the greater plot. With all of that candy, what’s sweet about the second in a series? Are they all just Jan Brady?

Well, that’s the question every author who writes a series has to clarify from the beginning. The sole purpose of the middle book is to get readers to the final installment. That’s it. Simple enough, right? Yet the majority of the time, the middle book is the one readers complain most about. The first book gets all the action, all the proper introduction, while the finale pushes toward thorough resolution. That said, there can be no lag, no deviating, no grand flourishes in either.

Apart from giving characters the chance to step up their role in plot resolution and possibly explain their connection to it bit more, second books allow a tad more room for dabbling. The very fact that they tend to focus on character development a bit more and rounding out the story allows them wider berth in how the story is told.

There’s a reason second books fall into what’s called the “sophomore slump,” or “sophomore syndrome.” It’s hard to live up to the hype generated by a first book, and sustain the interest to the finale. The truth is, there is no one formula for writing the second of a series. When a concept is created to develop across installments, the power of its story has to be strong enough to carry through.

Review:

This was a delicious short read that kept me glued to the pages in the midst of a mighty writerly deadline. The sexual tension between Alaine and Seth is toe curling. She is a Domme and this werewolf boy will come to heel. The best part about it is that he is no way less a man for being submissive. Just the opposite. Even as he learns to master the wolf within, he must harness his desire and do as his Mistress bids him. Sometimes that is easier said than done. With techniques that have conquered stronger men, Seth and Alaine begin a journey that will lead them both into a mutually beneficial arrangement. This was a great read either in the series or on its own. Fierce Dolan is an author to watch. I love a sexy lycanthrope tale!

4.5/5

 

About the Author:

Erotic mezzofiction writer, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn’t hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi.

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My Body-Mine Tour

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I’m a Nudist

Okay, maybe that’s not much of surprise to my readers and fans. Jane, the protagonist in the My Body Trilogy has her experiences with nudity but that’s all I’m going to give away.

Why be a nudist, Ms. Bennett, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. I was most definitely born that way. You can ask my mother. I have always enjoyed laying out in the sun naked and the resulting lack of tan lines. I have never understood the hang up of undressed bodies as if everyone will be fornicating at the drop of a hat.

The concern I hear the most is that men will be walking around with erections all the time. I’m here to inform you that is very much not the case. Nudism does not equate to swingers and orgies. I can’t explain why some of us feel comfortable begin naked around others, while some find it frightful to even consider.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of us out there. There are resorts worldwide, naked cruises, clubs, beaches, etc. Not all cultures are as uptight about nudity as the US currently is.

In a novel that my husband and I wrote to together called The Demarcation of Jack (hopefully coming out later this year), Jack finds himself in an awkward situation. Jack is an artist who sculpts naked people. At a resort in Jamaica the tide is turned and he dares to travel out to a nude island where, for the first time in public, he painstakingly disrobes to the cheers of his fellow travelers.  Once nude he realizes that all his angst was for naught. Myth dispelled, he settles in like a pro with a new appreciation for his models.

I have had a few friends mention their concern about cleanliness. Nudists, in my experience, are a rather intelligent sort and they too care about being sanitary. They cover chairs and lounges with towels and shower before entering the hot tub. They also wear shorts or a wrap, around food.

“What do you do when it’s cold?” I have actually been asked that question. We wear clothes or stay indoors where it is warm. We are nudists, not stupid.

I do prefer to be naked and enjoy the sense of freedom it provides. I practically live in my PJs when I’m in the house and less if it’s really warm out. We spent a lot more time naked when we lived in Florida, sometimes to just combat the heat. Because it’s a lot cooler in Washington, I live for the hot sunny days which require no clothes.

As nudists, we shed all the stereotypes that come with the textiles we choose to wear and get to meet on a different level. You might assume that all nudists are hedonistic liberals but you would be wrong. Nudists cross all cultural, religious, and political lines.

I don’t mean to imply everyone should be a nudist but I do mean to adamantly state that nudism is alive and well and a healthy, safe expression of freedom.

We recently celebrated our club’s 75th anniversary in the SUNSHINE while also participating in the world’s largest skinny dip representing North America.  I recommend getting some sun on your buns this weekend.  I sure plan to. 😉

Warm hugs,

Blakely

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My Body-Mine

My Body Trilogy, Book three

Blakely Bennett

 

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press

Date of Publication: July 15th

 

ISBN: 978-1-60381-534-5

 

Number of pages: 324

Word Count: 87,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

Book Description:

 

Jane has accepted that her relationship with her husband Luke, who drew her into the darker side of BDSM, is over. She has taken refuge at the home of Luke’s powerful friend Marcello and his submissive, Janice. With Marcello’s patience exhausted, Jane must either submit to his demands or move on from his household and his support. Ultimately, she signs a six month contract of sexual servitude but, as Marcello and Jane grow closer, Janice feels neglected and jealous, creating tension in their normally easy daily rhythm.

 

In an effort to help Jane, her best friend Parker introduces her to Chase, a confident and flirtatious man who lacks the arrogance of either Luke or Marcello. Jane’s rapport with Chase is lighthearted and subtle, allowing her to gain a new perspective on men. She is intensely attracted to Chase but does not feel free to consider him as more than a friend.

 

Once Jane gets a real picture of Marcello’s extremes, she knows what she must do. Her feelings about Luke and Marcello and her own sexuality must be resolved before she can find true love with a man who appreciates everything she has to offer. Can she possibly find the kink she has come to desire without the full-time submission?

 

My Body-Mine is the final book in the My Body Trilogy.

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My Body-His (Marcello)
My BodyTrilogy, Book 2

Blakely Bennett

 

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press

ISBN: 978-1-60381-525-3

Number of pages: 264

Word Count: 76,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

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Book Description:

 

Jane Stiles has embarked on an intense odyssey into the world of domination and submission. She no longer recognizes herself. She has quit her job, surrendered her possessions and agreed to a wedding where she is the only one naked, all for the sake of the elusive Luke—a man so compelling, she can deny him nothing.

 

Now there is no going back. Her new life will revolve around Luke, his friends and clients. Hovering in the background is Luke’s best friend Marcello, whose ego is as towering as his stature. Marcello has set his sights on Jane. She is drawn to his power, his masculinity, and the challenge he represents, even though she fears and dislikes him. After Luke discovers that Jane has breached one of his many “rules,” he sends her to Marcello for punishment and lessons in Dom/sub culture. What happens there will change her forever.

 

Jane and Luke reconcile, and even find a rhythm that includes not only bondage and punishment but genuine love-making. Just when Jane is convinced that the happiness and devotion she has always craved is within reach, Luke pushes her beyond endurance, and she rebels in a way her harsh husband cannot forgive. From there, her life spins out of control. But Jane has a strong spirit, and she will prevail. My Body-His (Marcello) is Book 2 in the My Body Trilogy.

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My Body-His
My BodyTrilogy, Book 1

Blakely Bennett

 

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Publisher: Fanny Press

ISBN: 978-1-60381-523-9

Number of pages: 246

Word Count: 74,000

Cover Artist: Sabrina Sun

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Book Description:

 

Jane Stiles is successful in business but bored with her socially mundane existence. One night at a party, she meets an intense and compelling stranger named Luke. This fateful encounter prompts her predictable life path to veer into uncharted territory, sweeping her along on a frightening erotic journey into the world of bondage, domination and submission.

 

Jane had never experienced genuine desire, and now passion consumes her life, robbing her of free will. Her new lifestyle creates an emotional chasm between her and her old friends. Will they understand why she has abandoned her high ideals and long-term plans for a traditional wedding? What society considers right or wrong no longer matters.

 

Prepared to surrender everything to Luke, she wonders if her everything will be enough. She now needs his discipline as much as she craves his love and approval. How far down this dark path is she willing to go? Jane’s pilgrimage into domination and discipline has created a war between her mind and her body, and her body is claiming victory.

 

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About the Author:

 

Blakely Bennett grew up in Southeast Florida and has been residing in the great Northwest for over eight years. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in psychology, which accounts for her particular interest in crafting the personalities, struggles, and motivations of her characters. She is an avid reader of many genres of fiction, but especially erotica and romance. Writing has always been her bliss. She is attracted to stories of self-struggle and ultimate recovery.

 

Blakely is married to a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, also a writer, who helps to keep her grounded. She is a mother, a communitarian, a lover of music (always on while she is writing—thank you, Pandora), and a good friend. An advocate of love and female empowerment, she is a facilitator for a women’s group. She loves to walk and hike for exercise and finds that, since moving to Seattle, WA, she is now one of those “crazy” people who walk in the rain.

 

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 Review:

I have enjoyed this emotional series very much. Jane has been on a journey of self discovery and with My Body-Mine, she claims the happiness she  deserves. She goes in a little bit of a different direction in this book with her relationships, but I found myself really feeling like it worked.

Jane has had quite a lot of things to work through in the series. Entering into the BDSM lifestyle, dealing with a Dom that did not respect her safe word and more…I am not going to give anything away here…just to say that Chase is a man that Jane will grow into. He will respect her for the woman she is and that is worth everything.

4/5

 

 

Ruby Virtual Book Tour

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Book 3 Facets of Passion
Jeffe Kennedy

Publisher Carina Press
ISBN: 978-14268-9548-7

Genre: Romance, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance, BDSM

Release date: May 13

Book Description:

Danielle Sosna has no problem denying herself in order to achieve her goals—after all, that attitude landed her a dream job at Vogue Paris. But in New Orleans for one last assignment before heading overseas, she’s faced with the most decadent of temptations. Seductive Cajun chef Bobby Prejean takes Dani’s strength of will as a challenge, and offers her a night of wild indulgence—if she will agree to obey his every command…

Dani can’t resist Prejean’s invitation to join him in a world of carnal desire, complete with fetish costumes and masks. Determined to keep her emotional distance, she gives Prejean everything but her name. A night becomes a week, as she spends Mardi Gras suspended…in the delicious space where pleasure meets pain.

Too late, she realizes the cloak of anonymity has not protected her—and that chasing her dream might come at the expense of her heart.

For more Facets of Passion, check out Sapphire and Platinum, available now!

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One-Handed Reading

 

I just got home yesterday from a marathon, five-day road trip. Because I was driving an extra car for my folks, I drove alone. Which means I listened to several audio-books.

One was an erotic romance that has gotten a fair amount of buzz lately. I was curious why it stood out so much for readers, so I picked that as one for the trip.

While it was certainly sexy – and definitely turned me on – I finally gave up on it out of boredom. And believe me, when you’re driving for hours on end through the desert of Arizona and New Mexico, it takes a significant amount of disinterest in the story to turn it off.

Of course, this sort of thing is entirely subjective. One woman’s crack is another woman’s meh. But still, I felt like the story didn’t deliver what I wanted. The sex scenes were highly charged and erotic, and yet fell short of fully delivering as I hoped they would. Then there were long stretches between where I felt like the story seriously lagged.

Some readers love a story that makes for good “one-handed reading” – basically inspiration for getting off. Nothing at all wrong with that, but this book clearly aspired to do more than that, by exploring the characters’ lives and feelings. However, those parts of the story lacked the charge of the sex scenes for me. While I love a sexy book, I’ve also been reading “sweeter” romances lately by an author who keeps me fascinated, despite all the door-closing.

Obviously with this book, other readers don’t agree and have loved it. But it’s gotten me wondering – how much story do you all like with your erotica and erotic romances? 

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Book 2 Facets of Passion
Jeffe Kennedy

Althea Grant is doing fine. Sure, her Charleston gallery is suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere. But she’s happy enough. When rugged metal sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.

Steel, fascinated by Althea’s rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr that can be used for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the coolly polite lady into modeling for him is the second.

As Steel peels away her careful manners and tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn’t just fine at all—it’s as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she’s failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?

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Book 1 Facets of Passion
By Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: Carina Press

A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht. Taylor writes the adventure off as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterwards, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally. Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her – and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?

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Kirliss captured her other wrist and held them close in front of her, his warm fingers massaging her skin, while he studied her face. The boat surged over a wave, disturbing her balance. Kirliss’s unusual eyes caught the light, boring into her.

“This is silly,” she tried.

“Do you want me to make you stay?”

“What?” Taylor choked. She couldn’t let him treat her this way. “No! You’ll do no such—”
She lost her breath entirely when he pressed up against her. Thinking he was trying to embrace her, she pulled away and found herself backed against the brass railing.

By the time she gathered her flustered thoughts, her wrists were handcuffed to the rail behind her. Mortified, a bit afraid and—worse—suddenly and wildly aroused…

About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.

Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training. Find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeffe.Kennedy and Twitter (@jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website http://jeffekennedy.com/.

Review:

Jeffe Kennedy knows how to show a girl a good time. Every time I pick up one of her books, I am transported to another place. This time was New Orleans and a whole lot of sexy BDSM action. Sometimes I can get burned out with too many similar themes, but this one was a wonderful coming into ones self kind of story. Dani and Prejean were characters that you can fall in love with again and again.

Dani is in the fashion industry and scrimps on her food to try and remain competitive. Ending up at a restaurant one night, she requests some changes to a dish and the chef comes out to see what kind of loon wants him to make the kind of changes she was asking for. The clash between Dani and the very sexy Prejean is full of sparks. As Dani runs into the sexy chef again, he offers her something she can’t refuse and the story ramps up to full force.

I enjoyed this book very much. Prejean is a thoughtful Dom with more on his mind than a quick spank and tickle. He really takes his time with Dani and helps her blossom. There was a whole lot of sex and a HFN ending that fit the book. I found myself wanting to know much more about this sexy chef and his Cajun background.

4/5