by KT Grant
A chance encounter between a successful author and a billionaire owner of an underground BDSM club, leads to the most pivotal relationship of their lives…
Erika Walsh has carried a torch for Christopher Milton, heir to her father’s publishing empire for years. After one steamy make out session she begins to wonder if it might develop into something more. But when M. L. Crawford, better known as Max, her father’s publishing rival, seeks her out at a society event, she’s drawn to his magnetic charisma and powerful demeanor. Their verbal bantering and innuendo laced overtones stir feelings she never knew existed, and soon Erika is consumed with knowing the real man under Max’s restrained public façade.
Erika’s sweet nature and naivety excites Max to near madness. He wants to train her in the art of seduction and make her succumb to his every wish and command…as his perfect submissive. Yet, Christopher is determined to keep Erika from becoming the latest victim of Max’s sinister sexual hungers. He knows all too well what Max hides in his black soul and will stop at nothing to reveal all of Max’s secrets in order to protect the one thing he holds dear above all else- Erika.
Max’s dark desires scare yet arouse Erika, as he opens her eyes to a new bold world full of passion and ecstasy she never imagined until him. But the biggest question remains: Is Erika’s craving for Max just an illusion that transpires behind the walls of The Gate?
“You’re a big flirt, aren’t you?”
He sat up, his gaze losing its softness, changing back into an unflinching focus. “Not really. It’s just you. I like the verbal bantering.” His finger swiped down her arm.
She dug her nails in her leg when all she wanted to do was push her legs together to stop the buildup of pressure between her thighs. She couldn’t do that without him noticing. He seemed like the type who would catch her reaction and comment about it.
“What do you do?” she asked, ignoring her body’s out-of-control response.
“I work in publishing, including television and movies. I’m a jack-of-all-trades.”
“You’re a freelancer? You must do well for yourself. Most of those jobs have dried up since the downfall in the economy.”
He tapped his glass and said nothing.
Did she cross a line? How stupid could she be? She was a rich CEO’s daughter and a bestselling author who made more money than he did. Smooth move, Erika Rose! “I didn’t mean—”
“I do well for myself. I also own a side business that supplements my income.” He took a swallow of his wine. “I’ll let you in on a secret. My mother left me a nice inheritance.”
An ache squeezed her lungs. “I know it might not mean much, but I’m sorry for your loss. When did she pass?”
“She died of breast cancer when I was twelve.”
“Oh my God.” She covered her mouth. “My mother died of breast cancer when I was in college.”
“It looks like we have something in common.” His grip tightened around his glass.
She was unsure how to break the tension between them without coming across as too flighty or silly. She set her palm on his wrist. “We’re three for three.”
“Huh?” He shook his head a little, giving her his attention.
“We like wine, we both work in creative fields, and we had mothers we lost too soon.”
She waited for him to say something, but he just studied her until she looked away. A flash of heat crackled through her body, landing low in her stomach. She’d never been so turned on by a stranger, albeit a magnetic, suave gentleman like the one next to her. She withdrew her hand, but he latched onto it. Her tummy somersaulted, her breathing quickened. She melted under his penetrating stare.
“You’re exactly what I need.”
KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, she is a well-known book blogger who doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion. A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and writes Gay, Lesbian and Straight romance. KT has been a top ten best-selling author at Amazon, as well as being a multiple All Romance Ebooks best seller and a Night Owl Reviews Top Author Pick.
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