“She was supposed to trust him with her body and heart, but he didn’t trust her with his past.”

Suzie Kaspar has been a widow for five years. She struggles with her responsibilities as a single mother, but she doesn’t accept help easily. Her late husband was sweet but not strong, and she was responsible for herself and their children even before he became ill and died. After she witnesses her sister’s collaring ceremony, she is both intrigued and intimidated by the lifestyle.

Sadist Captain Connor is an enigma. He is well liked at Club Indigo, but nobody really knows him. Connor is looking for a submissive masochist in the bedroom and a strong and independent woman outside it, but his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq have left invisible scars he doesn’t share with anyone.

While Connor and Suzie struggle with their relationship, they discover something alarming about Suzie’s son’s best friend. The devastating information will shake the foundations of their relationship and magnify the trust issues they’re already having.

Can Connor show Suzie how wonderful it is to lean on a man and to discover there is pleasure to be found in pain? Can she trust him with her life and her heart, the way she trusts him with her body?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains elements of power exchange.

Fun Facts about the author(s)

  1. We met in person for the first time on release day for our first book, Trapped. (The American half visited the Netherlands.)
  2. We communicate exclusively by text, email and Skype chat while writing. No voice or video involved.
  3. We have the same Master, but only one of us is married to him.
  4. We don’t look alike or talk alike, but we think alike when we’re writing. It’s routine when we’re working together for us to get the same idea at the same time.
  5. Neither of us has ever been to Kansas City (although we’d like to).

Five places we would name after our favorite female characters

  1. Jessica Randall Grayson Road in Tampa, because if she hadn’t wrecked her car, we’d never known about the Shadowlands (Cherise Sinclair’s Club Shadowlands)
  2. Charlotte Taggert Nursery School, because if you get Big Tag carrying your babies around you deserve your own school (Masters and Mercenaries series by Lexi Blake)
  3. Kaylee’s Country Club because she started with one bad lie and still scored Master Marshall. (Kaylee’s Keeper by Maren Smith Masters of the Castle series)
  4. Fort Angel, because without her we wouldn’t have Stronghold. (Golden Angel’s Sassy Submissive)
  5. The Samantha Levi Dojo because she kicks everyone’s butt but Ethan’s. (Safeword Matte and sequels by Candace Blevins)

Excerpt

He pulled a chain from his pocket. Bending down, he took first her left nipple in his mouth and worked the tiny button until it had lengthened and hardened. He fastened the clamp and tightened it until she went on her tiptoes. He moved to the other side. After he had clamped her right nipple, he tugged on the chain connecting the clamps, and Suzie gasped. He went down on one knee, and with his hands on her buttocks, he guided her pussy to his mouth. She already smelled of arousal, and moisture trickled down one leg. Connor concentrated on the tiny bit of nerves, sucking and licking her clit until her legs shook and it protruded from its hood. He pinched open the last clamp on the chain and fastened it on the sensitive spot. Suzie sucked in a breath and held it. He waited. As she exhaled, he tightened the clamp until she tried to step away from him, and he quickly steadied her with both hands. “Embrace the pain, missy. Breathe,” he ordered. Suzie did as he told her, and after a few gulps of air, the fierce pain subsided to a dull, throbbing ache. She looked Captain Connor in the eye and melted at the possessive hunger in them. She felt loved.

She already smelled of arousal, and moisture trickled down one leg. Connor concentrated on the tiny bit of nerves, sucking and licking her clit until her legs shook and it protruded from its hood. He pinched open the last clamp on the chain and fastened it on the sensitive spot. Suzie sucked in a breath and held it. He waited. As she exhaled, he tightened the clamp until she tried to step away from him, and he quickly steadied her with both hands. “Embrace the pain, missy. Breathe,” he ordered. Suzie did as he told her, and after a few gulps of air, the fierce pain subsided to a dull, throbbing ache. She looked Captain Connor in the eye and melted at the possessive hunger in them. She felt loved.

He made space between them and started to torment her clitoris. First, with teasing little circles, but when he learned her preferences, his movements became more direct and more demanding. Her legs strained against the restraints and she pushed the back of her head into the seat of the swing as the climax rose. “Come for me,” he ordered hoarsely as he rubbed and sparks of pleasure zinged through her system. When he started to move again, her body had adjusted and the coarse hair on his groin was wet with her juices. She was utterly embarrassed by the carnal wet sounds their coupling made. And the bastard knew it. She could tell it in his cocky grin, in the bold way he held her stare. He pinched her nipples—hard. Pain blasted through her, followed by heat. What had started as a shriek ended in a moan. His hands traveled down her body to where they were joined. He pulled back until only the tip of his cock was inside her. Pulling her pussy lips aside, he exposed her engorged clit. “Again,” he ordered and pinched down hard on the bundle of nerves. Suzie screamed and thrashed as much as the bonds allowed her. Holding her breath, needing a breath, she couldn’t tell. She couldn’t think as he lazily swiveled his hips, cock still barely inside and his grip merciless on her clit. The moment he let go of his hold, he grabbed the chains holding her arms and began hammering into her in earnest. She came, wailing, and he rode her wave of orgasm with ferocious thrusts of his powerful hips until he emptied himself into her tight, slick channel.