Today, I’m hosting author Lore Townsend’s latest release The Ropes, an erotic contemporary romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
What happens when everything you ever thought you wanted…isn’t?
Blurb: Noel Carter had her life all planned. She moved to the right city and got a job in a restaurant above a kink club. She spent her nights down there, watching, learning. Being a Domme is all she’s ever wanted. Until one night, she catches the eye of the owner of the club and most infamous bachelor in town. Suddenly all her dreams get turned upside down.
One look. That’s all it took for Dane Vincent’s life to veer drastically off course. Everything he wants. Everything he desires. Everything he’s told himself he can never have may have just walked into his club. He’s made his fortune. He’s set aside his lifestyle. Is he willing to change all that for a woman? A woman who has no idea who he really is or the secrets he’s worked so hard to keep hidden.
She’s mysterious. She’s deceptive. She’s stunning. If Dane can untangle her desires…she may just set him free.
Dane tightened his grip on Noel’s waist, bringing her body in close to his. Dane had been holding himself back from touching her, pulling her to him, all night, all month, but now seemed like the perfect time. The darkness of the rooms, the electricity in the air, it made Dane feel like they were in another world. Noel stiffened briefly with surprise at his touch, but then relaxed into him. Dane glowed in the feeling of her warmth, her softness pressed against his body.
“That’s Deidre,” he said softly into her ear.
Noel turned her head to meet his gaze for a moment before turning back to the Dominatrix scene in front of them.
“She’s amazing,” was her breathy answer.
Such a reaction from Noel was a surprise, but not unwelcome. Dane had been wondering what she would gravitate toward. He was ready to watch the beautiful Shibari rope bondage and other mild forms of men dominating women all night, having assumed that’s where she would head. This was another ball game entirely.
Dane tried to keep himself in the moment, enjoying the scene in front of him and the feeling of Noel’s body in his arms, but his mind was racing. If she wasn’t going to just submit to his whims, to titter shyly and allow him to take charge in all things kink, like so many women did, then this could actually work. Don’t get ahead of yourself, Dane. But he knew it was too late. The idea that he had found this creature, who lit him up in every sense of the word, who had interests in the kink world that didn’t involve anything from his past? He could work with this. Honestly, it was such a perfect situation, Dane had to put the reins on his excitement, to remind himself to calm down. Take this slow, you don’t know for sure what’s going on here. He was a lot of things, but a mind reader was not one of them, as handy as that would be.
When he could hold back no longer, Dane leaned down to whisper in Noel’s ear. “Tell me you have a pair of boots like that in your closet.”
Noel started and turned her head to him, a surprised laugh escaping her lips. She shook her head quickly. “What?”
Dane smiled back at her, learning more from the flush of her cheeks than her answer. “I was just wondering, you seem pretty taken with this whole thing, I thought maybe…” he drifted off, looking back to Deidre. Noel’s gaze turned forward as well, but Dane heard her softly reply.
“I don’t.” Her chest filled and emptied before her next words. “I mean, I do.”
Another pause, Dane didn’t dare to even breathe, “but I’ve never put them on.”
Lore writes spicy, inner demon battling love stories. She loves tackling big issues in relationships and watching her characters struggle with their pasts and their visions of the future together.
A PNW girl through and through, Lore lives in Seattle with her husband. She enjoys cloudy weather (thank goodness), escaping the cold in February, and audiobooks of all kinds.
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