First Excerpt For Sinful Rewards 3

By Cynthia Sax on September 1, 2014

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The third novella in my sizzling hot Sinful Rewards serial releases September 16th. Today, I’m sharing the first excerpt! Yay!!!

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Nicolas listens to the caller, asking more questions than he answers, the communication blunt, to the point, wasting no time. As he talks about financing and interest rates, citing figures in the millions, he strokes my side, not venturing any higher or any lower, seeming content with this innocent touching.

We have time, he’s telling me. He’s not going anywhere. I’m grateful for this slower pace, as I suspect any ground Nicolas conquers, he keeps, and I’m not ready to be completely captured, not yet.

He stretches out his legs, his expensive leather shoes placed flat on the carpeted floor of the limousine. Nicolas’s eyelids lower, his eyelashes thick, his face softening. He resembles a sleek black panther, appearing slumberous yet ready to pounce at any minute. His fingertips swirl lazy circles into my skin.

He ends his call and tosses the phone on the seat. Another man might apologize for the interruption. Nicolas says nothing. He’s a successful real estate developer. Interruptions are part of his world, of my world now. It shouldn’t bother me.

But it does. . .a little. My mom always put her work demands before her time with me, needing the job at the diner to pay our bills. I want to come first with someone, unrealistic as this dream is.

“My boss is announcing my promotion to full time today.” I share my work news with Nicolas. I’ll no longer be temporary, and he, of all people, will understand what this means to me. He prefers to build long-term relationships, maintaining them forever. This is one of the things I like. . .love about him.

“Is he?” Nicolas cups my chin and turns my face toward his. The vibrations under my ass fade, the limousine rolling to a stop. We’ve arrived, but I don’t want to leave him. Judging by the gleam in his eyes and the intent way he’s looking at me, Nicolas feels the same way.

“He is. I know he is. I organized the party yesterday.” I give Nicolas a nervous smile, my stomach fluttering with excitement. He’ll kiss me now. I’m certain of this. His embrace will be demanding, possessive, as forceful, as consuming as his personality, erasing all thoughts of other men, especially tattooed former marines. “There will be cupcakes and coffee,” I continue to babble.

“Bee.” Nicolas traps my face between his beautiful hands, his fingers soft yet unyielding, preventing all escape.

I swallow hard. “Yes?”

“Let me be the first to congratulate you.” He draws me closer. My gaze meets his, the passion in his brown eyes captivating me. This passion is for me, ordinary, broke-ass Belinda Carter.

Nicolas dips his head and skims his lips over mine, slowly, gently, a brief teasing caress. His breath brushes across my cheeks, his warmth coaxing the fire inside me higher. The scent of mint and expensive cologne tickles my nostrils, filling my senses with him. I lean into my billionaire, clutching his shoulders, eager for more, wishing to lose myself in his embrace, to forget all other kisses.

Nicolas pulls away from me, and his gaze searches my face. I don’t know what he’s looking for. His fingers remain curved around my cheeks, holding me in place. All I have is his for the taking.

I want him to take, I want him to kiss me again, deeper, longer this time, imprinting his being on my soul, finally igniting the passion simmering inside me. I lick my bottom lip, anxious for this claiming, for my foolish disappointment to dissipate.

Nicolas’s eyes darken. “I like to be the first in everything.”

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Bee Carter’s carefully constructed world is tumbling down around her designer knockoff heels. Pleasing others isn’t working for this small-town fashionista. Bee decides to throw caution to the Chicago wind for one night and release her inner bad girl, accepting a sexy challenge from an unknown texter, exploring the backseat of a limousine with gorgeous billionaire Nicolas, and entering a rough, tough biker bar with the mysterious Hawke.

Two hot men, one wicked night. When this good girl goes wild, who will make her erotic dreams come true—the enigmatic billionaire or the tattooed bad boy?

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Dancing For Him

By Cynthia Sax on August 29, 2014

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I snapped these photos of a dancer at a Vegas club. She reminds me SO much of Bee, the heroine from Sinful Rewards. She has long brown hair, brown eyes, has a slender build. She’s also vertically challenged. (grins) She’s wearing super high-heeled boots and only takes up a fraction of the frame.

Here is a spicy excerpt from Sinful Rewards 2.

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This Vegas dancer looks like Bee

It’s my turn to dance. I peek between the red velvet curtains, excitement shimmering over my bare arms and legs. The stage is quiet and dark, the spotlight focused on the all-male audience. Many of the men seated at the tables appear familiar. I’ve glimpsed their faces on the bus or city streets. My fingers tremble, entwining with the curtain’s fringe. Tonight, they’ll watch me, lust after me, but only one man will have me.

That man lounges in a chair positioned in front of the stage. The lights shine on Hawke’s short brown hair. Stubble covers his tanned cheeks. He’s dressed all in black, his leather jacket partially concealing his T-shirt-covered chest, his jeans the darkest dark. He’s big and fierce and I will make him mine.

I’ll dance for Hawke, showing him why he should desire me and no one else, why he should stay and never leave. He’ll no longer drift from town to town, from job to job, avoiding commitment. I’ll be good enough, sexy enough, worthy of his love, of his forever. He’ll care too much to ever abandon me.

A pulse of sound breaks the eerie silence, a low-drumming tempo echoing the pounding of my heart, the bass felt down to my toes. This club beat grows louder and louder, the rhythm fierce, tribal, sexy. Streams of blue light crisscross the stage, illuminating the audience. Men stamp their feet and pound the wooden tabletops with their fists, voicing their demands.

She's also vertically challenged!

They want me. Anticipation tightens my nipples, the taut flesh pressing against the white lace of my bra. They want me to dance for them, to strip off my clothes, to reveal every inch of my body.

Eager to give my audience what they clamor for, I push through the curtains and strut on stage, my head held high, one rhinestone-covered shoe placed in front of the other, my spindly heels ringing on the wood, the tempo matching the thumping bass of my music.

The audience goes wild, hooting and hollering. They like what they see. My sheer white babydoll billows behind me, my skimpy lace bra and G-string panties showing through the fabric. My hair, pulled into a high ponytail, bounces against my shoulders. My hips sway and my breasts jiggle.

Hawke leans forward, open admiration lighting his rugged face. As I pass his chair, I flick the hem of my babydoll, giving him a glimpse of my tight ass. He inhales sharply, the sound heard over the music. Men whistle their appreciation.

I stride to the edge of the stage, pivot, and retrace my steps. Hawke watches me, his gaze on my bare legs, his pale blue eyes shining. He knows I’m returning to him. He knows he’s the man I dance for.

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

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Entry Level Jobs

By Cynthia Sax on August 27, 2014

Bee’s (from Sinful Rewards) first job after graduation is a temporary role in a charity. She addresses invitations and coordinates reminder notices for the high net worth donors. I held this role in a real charity years ago. High net worth donors contribute about 80% of the donations (the 80-20 rule) and they expect special attention.

This isn’t her dream job, very few of us luck into these roles right away, but it does appeal to her for a couple of different reasons. One of the reasons is that there is a possibility of landing a full time position. Bee wishes to belong, to have a permanent home and a permanent job. Securing the full time job will not only allow her to continuing helping her mom financially but it will also give her this emotional stability.

This role gives her an in with Chicago high society. The ball will be attended by the famous and the wealthy. As a permanent employee, she would work the event and meet some of these important people. She’d be known.

Employees at a charity are viewed very differently than employees at other companies. Many socialites and children of the wealthy volunteer with charities. The attendees don’t assume employees are working at the charity because they need the income. Employees are less likely to be viewed as less than, one of Bee’s fears.

The location appeals to Bee. Every morning, on the way to work, she strolls down the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s fashion Mecca, surrounded by the styles and brands she loves.

Landing the full time job would also be the seal of approval, the proof of worth she yearns for. She wouldn’t be the unwanted child of the wild woman of Happydale, a woman no one wishes to befriend. She’d be the best (even though she only has one rival for the position).

What was your first real job? What did you learn from it?

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

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Time For A Slow Burn

By Cynthia Sax on August 25, 2014

Sinful Rewards is a 12 novella serial, approximately 1,200 pages or three 400 page novels. When Avon Impulse approached me about this exciting novella per month idea, I was THRILLED. I could finally tell one of the huge stories I have rattling around my brain.

Of course, I wanted to write a love triangle. Love triangles require quite a few pages. If the heroine changes her mind from one man to the other and perhaps back again too quickly, she appears flaky, unable to maintain a lasting relationship.

But I also wanted to write the friendship to love emotional arc. Yes, Hawke falls in insta-lust, having the hots for Bee, our heroine, immediately. That’s exciting and sexy and happens quite often in both erotic romances and life.

Nicolas, our mysterious billionaire, however, has a more cautious personality. He doesn’t trust easily and he doesn’t move quickly. He takes years, sometimes decades, developing the tracts of land he buys. He’s as careful with romantic relationships. When he falls in love, it will be forever.

And the wonderful thing about having 1,200 pages is I can tell the story from Nicolas meeting Bee for the first time to becoming friends to perhaps becoming more. I have the space.

But does Nicolas have the time? That’s the biggest issue. Will Bee be waiting for him once he’s moved through the stages? Will she choose our cautious billionaire? Or will she choose Hawke, our tattooed former marine? Their relationship is as complex and exciting. Or is there a third possibility?

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89HA

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Should Heroes Use Endearments?

By Cynthia Sax on August 22, 2014

There was a discussion on a reader loop a couple of weeks ago about whether or not heroes should use endearments for their heroines. Some readers love this. Some readers don’t.

For me, this choice is as individual as the heroes I’m writing about. Nicolas, one of the heroes in Sinful Rewards, doesn’t use endearments, at least not quickly and not in public. He’s a private man. He doesn’t talk much. He’s aware that not everyone wishes him well. He wouldn’t expose his feelings and his heroine’s safety by using an endearment.

Hawke, on the other hand, calls Bee ‘love’ and ‘sweetheart’ during their very first conversation. He continues to sprinkle their subsequent discussions with these endearments, as illustrated in this snippet.

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“Expect more offers. I can be a persistent pain in the ass, especially when it comes to pretty little women with long brown hair and big brown eyes.” One corner of Hawke’s lips lifts upward, giving me a glimpse of white teeth. “And love?”

“Yeah?” I pause, wondering why I’m answering to this endearment. I’m not anyone’s love—not his, not Nicolas’s—not yet.

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Bee doesn’t find Hawke’s endearments…well…endearing. It drives her crazy that he treats the word ‘love’ so casually, that he’d call a stranger this. His pet names for her cause more conflict than affection. She feels that it’s almost as though he’s mocking her most cherished dream – to be someone’s love.

I personally love it when men, both in romance novels and in real life, use endearments for their loved ones. I get a thrill when my dear wonderful hubby is out with the guys, I phone him, and he calls me ‘love’ in front of his buddies. It not only is a declaration of his feelings but it also tells the world how confident he is. It is very much an alpha male move. My real life hero cares more about what his heroine thinks than what his buddies think.

What is your stance on endearments? Do you love them or would you rather your heroes not use them?

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

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Really so much fangirl. I am not even kidding.

By Cynthia Sax on August 21, 2014

Books Like Breathing shares

“I need to read the next installment right now. I’m not demanding…but I am begging. Hardcore, child in toy shop, begging. Really so much fangirl. I am not even kidding.”

Read the full review here

http://bookslikebreathing.blogspot.ca/2014/08/review-and-giveaway-sinful-rewards-2-by.html

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89HA

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Great Review For Sinful Rewards 2

By Cynthia Sax on August 21, 2014

I Am A Book Addict…And Proud Of It shares

“I love what I have read so far and I am looking forward to reading the rest of Bee’s story!”

Read the full review here

http://romanceinthehighlands.blogspot.ca/2014/08/sinful-rewards-2-by-cynthia-sax-review.html

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sinful-Rewards-Billionaires-Bikers-Novella-ebook/dp/B00I7V89HA

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Interview with Jennifer Kacey

By Cynthia Sax on August 21, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Jennifer Kacey for a short interview. Jennifer Kacey’s latest release is Beneath the Pages, her contribution to the Brought to His Knees boxed set.


Cynthia Sax: What is your favorite line from Beneath the Pages?

Jennifer Kacey: The last line. “He growled in her ear as the guys moved toward her. “Good girl.” Just that handful of words says it all. His dominance, what she’s been aching to hear, what’s about to happen. It’s so delicious and wicked and I literally get goose bumps every time I read it. All the way up to the top of my head. I kid you not. And I have to read it out loud too. In a whisper. SO YUMMY!

Cynthia Sax: Does a character in Beneath the Pages have a secret?

Jennifer Kacey: YES!!! Radigan, my hero, he’s a Dom. As in a Dom with a capital HELLO SEXY MAN! But he’s also a famous actor. He can’t reveal who he really is underneath the glitz and stardom. But to Acacia, he can’t hold back. But who is she? None other than the heiress to a magazine where she makes a living convincing the rich and famous to reveal it all. Oy vay!


Cynthia Sax: Is Beneath the Pages a series and will you be writing more stories in this series?

Jennifer Kacey: Originally no. It was going to be stand-alone and that’s it, BUT from the people who read the ARC I’ve been…uhh…threatened with bodily harm if I don’t write a companion novella at the very least and pick it up EXACTLY where I left off Beneath the Pages.


Cynthia Sax: What do you love about writing contemporary romance?


Jennifer Kacey:
I can make everything perfect. How people fight, what they say, things I WISH I’d said in a similar situation. OMG and that I write in people I’m not fond of and change the names of the guilty (cause you know they are) and have all sorts of dastardly things happen to them. Or I at least get to call them an asshole publicly even if no one knows about it but me. SO CATHARTIC!!!

Thank you, Jennifer Kacey, for joining us today!

Jennifer Kacey’s Website: http://www.jenniferkacey.com/books/brought-to-his-knees.html

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Brought to His Knees

The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.

This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.

Enter with anticipation. Finish satisfied…

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Interview With Margaret L. Carter

By Cynthia Sax on August 20, 2014

I sat down (virtually) with Margaret L. Carter for a short interview. Margaret L. Carter’s latest release is Sealing the Dark Portal, an intriguing Paranormal Romance.


Cynthia Sax: What makes Cam so freakin’ sexy?

Margaret L. Carter: Cam is a cat shapeshifter. He has three forms: Human; a tawny, longhaired domestic cat; and a large feline the size and roughly the appearance of a mountain lion. To me, shapeshifters have a numinous allure, and there’s no animal more graceful and sensuous than a cat.

Cynthia Sax: Where did you get the idea for Sealing the Dark Portal?

Margaret L. Carter: The original spark came from the conclusion of Stephen King’s Dark Tower saga. Near the end of the final book (spoiler), a pair of lovers who’ve been through hellish ordeals together with the hero, Roland, find themselves together in New York. The man doesn’t remember his former life in Roland’s world, and it’s implied the woman will quickly forget, too. They will have a happy life together, free of the horrible memories of the past. Suppose, I wondered, something happened to disrupt that new life? So I created a heroine in that situation; the hero, however, has a complete memory of their past together in the world they came from. Of course, the trope of magically imposed false memories has been used by many fantasy authors, but it’s that scene from THE DARK TOWER that inspired me in this particular case. I gave the terrors that haunt my characters Lovecraftian elements because I’ve had a lifelong fondness for Lovecraft-style horror (although I don’t at all share his bleak philosophy of a mindless, uncaring universe).


Cynthia Sax: Does a character in Sealing the Dark Portal have a secret?

Margaret L. Carter: Definitely! The heroine, Rina, even has a secret from herself. She was sent from her home world to ours with her authentic memories wiped and overwritten by the constructed memory of living an ordinary life in Maryland. The hero, Cam, secretly watches over her from the shadows until he’s forced to reveal himself as her bodyguard and try to awaken her true self.


Cynthia Sax: What do you love about writing paranormal romance?


Margaret L. Carter:
Although I started as an aspiring horror writer (at age 13), I soon realized that what really interested me was getting inside the mind of the “monster.” The first time I read DRACULA, I wondered how the Count felt about those events in which he was portrayed as the villain. (Fred Saberhagen answers that question in THE DRACULA TAPE, the story I always wanted to write.) One of my first attempts at fiction was a love story between a living man and a ghost. I wrote lots of vampire viewpoint fiction, with vampires as sympathetic characters. Relationships between the human and the nonhuman fascinated me. When paranormal romance became a recognized subgenre, I knew it was the niche I’d been waiting for.

Thank you, Margaret L. Carter, for joining us today!

You had me at catshifter and then again at Stephen King. (grins)

Margaret L. Carter’s Website: http://www.margaretlcarter.com

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Almost nothing Rina remembers about her life is true. Rather than an ordinary librarian, she is a sorceress who fled from another world to ours when creatures from an alien dimension devastated her home and killed her family. Now they have pursued her to our world, summoned by a sorcerer who plans to open a portal and invite monstrous entities from the void between dimensions to overrun this planet. Rina’s former bodyguard, a cat shapeshifter who was once her lover and still yearns for her, helps her true memories to awaken. She must come to terms with the truth about her past so that together they can save their new home from the fate of their old one.

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Bee And Cyndi – A Heroine’s Best Friend

By Cynthia Sax on August 20, 2014

I judge people by the friends they have. I think we all do. When I discover that a new acquaintance is a friend of a friend, I’m predisposed to like her. We already have one thing in common – the same great taste in friends.

I judge characters by the friends they have also. If the heroine has no friends, I wonder why. What’s wrong with her? Does she have the skills to build a lasting romantic relationship? If the heroine has a nasty best friend, I wonder why she chooses this person to hang out with. Does she have terrible judgment? Does this terrible judgment extend to her choice of hero?

Bee’s best friend, Cyndi, isn’t perfect. She’s a slut and quite proud about this. She likes everyone, even the not-so-nice people (like Angel – eye roll). But she’s fun and generous and she doesn’t judge Bee.

Cyndi is wealthy and gives Bee some access to that world, a world she desperately wants to belong to. She can afford the fashions Bee loves and, in the past, she’d take Bee on shopping trips, consulting our insecure heroine before she made purchases.

Cyndi needs Bee in other ways. Her dad feels Bee is a good influence on her. Cyndi doesn’t like to sleep alone. When she’s not hooking up with her man of the moment, she sleeps in Bee’s bedroom.

Bee needs to be needed. She likes that Cyndi is messy because her cleaning skills are needed. Cyndi can’t cook, giving Bee another way to contribute to their household. Bee isn’t an equal but she’s not a pity figure either.

Their friendship seems to work for both of them. BUT and this is a big but, it hasn’t yet been tested. Bee worries that when times get tough, Cyndi will abandon her…as her friends have abandoned her in the past.

Have any of your friendships been tested? How?

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Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies.

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

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