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UNWRAPPED – Christmas in July Box Set out now!

UNWRAPPED is out today!

You can now take home a special holiday-themed boxed set with romances from myself, Tara Wyatt, and Melissa Cutler – Author.

Are you ready for some Christmas in July?

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Indulge in this white-hot Christmas romance e-bundle to keep the holiday cheer going all year long!

BIG PACKAGE (by Opal Carew):
When Holly’s ex leaves her stranded at a bus station right before Christmas, her savior arrives in the form of her high school crush, Kalen, who offers her a ride. But when they get snowed in at a nearby cabin, the fire’s glow may unwrap some of Holly’s fantasies…

IF SANTA WERE A COWBOY (by Melissa Cutler):
After a disastrous year, photographer Kelly Walker decides to head to Briscoe Ranch to give their Santa—a.k.a. Paul Savage, the sweet scrawny boy who had a crush on her in high school—a second chance. Except Paul is anything but scrawny anymore, and he’s determined to show Kelly that at Christmas, it’s more fun being naughty than nice…

WHEN SNOWFLAKES FALL (by Tara Wyatt):
Single dad and carpenter Luke Grayson has focused everything on raising his son, but when he meets sweet pediatrician Christie, he starts to wonder if something’s been missing. But will the secret Christie’s running from put a stop to their romance, or will a little Christmas magic help them find their way?

LIKE FRESH FALLEN SNOW (by Tara Wyatt):
Blogger Ellie Richards is done with men and with New Year’s Eve approaching, she’s decided to make this year about her–starting with celebrating with her best friend at a ski lodge. But a chance encounter with Matt, a blue eyed cop still reeling from his divorce, changes everything, and Ellie is no longer sure that she wants to spend the new year alone…

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Enjoy that summer heat with UNWRAPPED!

Three great Billionaire books!!!

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Hi. I had a surprise from my publisher that they’ve packaged up three of my books into a digital box set!

It contains:
His To Command
His To Possess
His To Claim

Each of these three billionaire books is a full-length novel and St. Martin’s is offering them in this bundle at about 20% off the usual price, so if you don’t already have the books, or would like to have them in one bundle, it’s available today!!!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2btI0tN
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iBooks: http://apple.co/2bCqN2Q
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2bEBaQQ

 

Celebrate Canada Day! with a free box set!

It’s Canada’s birthday!!! Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!
(Okay, I’m a little late posting this.)

To celebrate, I’ve gotten together with a number of other Canadian romance authors to create a special box set with stories ranging from steamy to extremely hot erotic romance which we are giving away for free.

Some conditions apply. Well actually just one condition. You approve being added to our mailing list so we can let you know about new book releases.

I’d like to have the free box set!

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Just a reminder that I have two fun releases coming out this summer.

MEAT – Coming July 26!

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If you like heroes who are strong, sexy, protective, bad ass and… um… BIG (and I don’t mean just muscular), then you’ll love Rex!


Just one taste isn’t enough…

I ran into Rex Keene—literally—when I was trying to catch my flight and his muscled, tattooed arms stopped my fall.

Then when our flight gets canceled, and we’re stranded in the same hotel room together; it ended up being the steamiest night of my life.

All I knew is that I had to see him again.

I just didn’t expect him to show up a week later in the restaurant I manage…as our new head chef. The generous, tender man I spent that night with is gone; instead he’s arrogant, demanding, and terrorizing the staff.

But he won’t give up until we’re together – and I’m not sure I can stay away.

Which man is real? Who is Rex Keene?

NAILED – Coming August 23rd!

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He’s about to take control of her body…and her dream.

When River set up a fundraiser to kick start her nail polish business, she never expected someone to pay five thousand dollars just to have dinner with her. But when she meets her mysterious benefactor, he turns out to be billionaire Kane Winters—the one man from her past who she never wanted to see again.

Kane is determined to right the wrong that happened to River in college—because of him. She’s been an obsession he can’t escape…and Kane wants River more than he’s ever wanted anything. So he offers her a deal she can’t refuse: marry him and her business will be success. But River’s knight in shining armor isn’t looking for a platonic business deal. He wants their marriage to be real…in every way.

“Carew brings erotic romance to a whole new level…she sets your senses on fire!” –Reader to Reader

All the best,
Opal

MASTERED BY HER CAPTOR is back!!!

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It’s back!!! MASTERED BY HER CAPTOR is available for pre-order on Amazon again!

They had decided to ban the book and cancelled my pre-order. So… if you pre-ordered it before, or want to now, it’s available!

 

Kalie Terron

The man who kidnapped me has haunted my dreams for weeks. Hot sexy dreams of his full lips moving on me. Over my naked body. Touching me in soft, intimate places.
 
As my captor, he wore jeans and a casual shirt. I hadn’t known that the man who brought my sexual fantasy to life is a powerful, wealthy businessman.
 
Now I’ve tracked him down, determined to convince him to give us a chance.
 
I’ve seen his eyes with a dominating edge. I’ve seen them filled with passion. And even filled with an intense need that rivaled my own. But now those eyes are cold and detached, as if what the two of us shared was nothing to him.
 
But I won’t give up.
 
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Kalie wants a relationship. Flowers and candlelight. Soft words spoken in front of a fire. But I’m not a romantic kind of guy. I like my sex rough and hard. And I like my women soft and submissive.
 
Just because she enjoyed a fantasy about being kidnapped by two strong, powerful men, she thinks she can handle what I want. She doesn’t get that what I enjoy is in a whole different league.
 
She seems intimidated by my status, which is good. I intend to take every opportunity to keep her off balance. For her own good, as well as mine.
 
Her unyielding determination tells me it will be difficult to convince her to back off. Thus, my only alternative is to use intimidation to scare her away.
 
So I will give her the chance she’s been begging for, confident that in the end, she’ll be begging to get away from me.
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Special Bonus: I really want to ensure you don’t miss the beginning of Kalie and Erik’s story so I have included the novelette, The Captive, which is the prequel to this novella.
(Note: Both The Captive and Mastered by her Captor follow Mr. King from The Office Slave series.)

All books in the Mastered By series are stand-alone HEA stories with no cliff-hangers and can be read in any order.

To pre-order on Amazon:

The other on-line stores have it for pre-order, too. (They never had a problem with it!)

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Release Day! – The Office Slave #7: On His Knees…

The exciting conclusion of The Office Slave series is out now! It’s available today on it’s own, as well as a part of the final boxed set containing two stories – On His Knees, and a Bonus Story about Mr King!

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The whole series is now available as 7 individual ebooks or as 4 collections (2 stories each.) The collections are also available in print!

Buying the box sets is the best deal, though, since they’re each the same price as buying one of the stories individually! 🙂

The Office Slave #7: On His Knees
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The Office Slave Series, Book 7 & Bonus Collection
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New to the Office Slave? The entire series is now available! You can catch up on all the 7 stories individually, or in the 4 collections, also listed below.

The individual stories:

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The Office Slave
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The Office Slave #2, The Boss
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Kobo http://bit.ly/1RnPOxx

The Office Slave #3: On Her Knees
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BN http://bit.ly/1QfUO6v
iBooks http://bit.ly/1tQSpU3
Kobo http://bit.ly/OHK-OC-K

The Office Slave #4: Her New Master
Amazon http://amzn.to/1QFayPB
BN http://bit.ly/1UaMjep
iBooks http://apple.co/1m8tJWD
Kobo http://bit.ly/1Qbr1Y8

The Office Slave #5: Please Master
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The Office Slave #6: Yes, Sir
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Kobo http://bit.ly/1PO2GZ5

 

The Collections:

 

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The Office Slave Series, Book 1 & 2 Collection
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The Office Slave Series, Book 3 & 4 Collection
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The Office Slave Series, Book 5 & 6 Collection
Amazon http://amzn.to/1PY4NP6
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The Office Slave conclusion – Release day!

Great news! The exciting conclusion of The Office Slave series is out now! It’s available today as part of the final boxed set containing two stories. 🙂

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Will his need to be in control destroy his only chance at happiness?

Mr. Grant’s need to control everything in his life–including his women and his emotions–has cost him the one thing he truly desires. Sylvia. He wants her–no, he needs her–back in his life. To dominate her… and to care for her. But can he push himself to his emotional limits and do what it takes to win her back?

“No panties, Sylvia. You are a dirty girl.”

She flattened one hand on his chest. “I’m a very dirty, naughty girl. You need to punish me.”

Those last words came out a little needier than she’d intended.

“You still want me to master you?”

She bit her lip, hesitating, then finally nodded.

He sighed, his gaze shifting back to her. “Well, you found the perfect way to convince me. Turn around.”

Since there are 7 stories in the series, I’ve thrown in a bonus story called The Captive. It’s a brand new story and, if you’ve been following The Office Slave series, then I thought you’d enjoy seeing more of the sexy Mr. King. 🙂

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Note: This is also available in print (as a single book with two stories).

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The individual stories will be released over the next two weeks. Buying the box set is the best deal, though, since it’s the same price as buying either of the stories individually! 🙂

 

The Office Slave, 5&6- New release!

It’s release day!!! “The Office Slave series, Book 5 & 6” which includes PLEASE, MASTER and YES, SIR is available now!!!
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One man loves her. The other doesn’t. But who will be her master?

Feeling lost and abandoned by the man she loves, Sylvia tries to bond with her new
Master, Mr. King. Sylvia will do anything to please him as he dominates her with a strong hand—commanding her, disciplining her, even sharing her with his business partners—just like Mr. Grant did. Mr. King fulfils her every fantasy. But unlike Mr. Grant, he cherishes her, and shows her the love she craves. She truly wishes she could give him what he wants. Her love. But she knows in her heart, she will never stop loving Mr. Grant.

Mr. Grant can’t live without Sylvia and realizes he must find a way to get her back. He wants her under his command… and in his bed. But can he convince Mr. King to give her back when it’s clear the man has fallen in love with her?
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This duet is the same price as buying the one of the single stories, so it’s a great deal. 🙂
For those who prefer a print edition, “The Office Slave series, Book 5 & 6” will be available soon.
Also, the final story and a duet with a bonus story is available for preorder.
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The Office Slave Series Book 5 & 6 collection
Amazon http://amzn.to/1PY4NP6
BN http://bit.ly/1Su8vR5
iBooks http://apple.co/1QbvkU0
Kobo (Coming soon)
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For links to the previous stories and more information:
http://www.opalcarew.com/bookshelf/tos_series.php

Mastered 2 Box Set Author Spotlight Series, Day 5: Resistor by Madelynne Ellis

mastered2 quote card madelynneEllisWhat’s more irresistible than a hot, tattooed alpha rock star? One playing hard to get! Rocker, Spook, is about to take a sinful turn in Madelynne Ellis’ Mastered 2 story, “Resistor”!

Sex is the last thing on Spook’s mind, or he wishes it was. “Resistor” by @MadelynneEllis, part of #Mastered2! http://amzn.to/1EyxSHj #BDSM

Rhythm guitarist, Spook Mortensen doesn’t want a second chance with sound engineer, Allegra Hutton– not over a table, in a limo or in bed.

Spook Mortensen has one rule when it comes to relationships: just say no. He has his reasons. Good reasons. His policy of total abstinence has kept him out of trouble for years. Sex ought to be the last thing on his mind, but whenever go-getting sound engineer Allegra Hutton shows up, she doesn’t just hijack his libido, she downright screws with it. The only way to deal with her is to tie her up.

Alle realizes she’s upsetting Spook’s rhythm, but she’s under no illusion that he’s the right top to warm her bottom.

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“Let’s go into the party suite.”

It was only a few short steps across the hall. Spook tried the door handle, then ushered her inside. The huge room was all decked out for when the auditorium emptied. Tables and chairs set out around the edges, canapés on the bar, and row upon row of filled crystal glasses waiting to be served.

Spook grabbed a glass off the nearest tray and downed it in one long gulp before reaching for another.

“In need of Dutch courage?” she asked.

“Guess so.” Second drained, he went for a third. “Course it’d help if it was something stronger than pissing sherry.” He slammed the glass back down against the tablecloth, then looked a little sheepish, possibly over how much force he’d used, though equally it could have been over his treatment of her. Perhaps indicative of its quality, the glass remained intact.

“OK!” He paused to drag both hands through the front of his hair, which left the blond strands sticking up. “Yeah. I’m sorry, I —”

“I’ve driven you to drink,” she remarked, casting a glance at the row of empties.

“Demented,” he corrected her. “You’ve driven me demented, as if the band didn’t do that already.”

“Pretty impressive of me, given we haven’t spoken for months.”

He took a deep breath and sighed, but faced her straight on. “I thought about you. A lot.

Maybe too much. Definitely too much.”

“Nice things?” she asked. Yes, she was fishing for compliments, but hey, five minutes ago she didn’t think they’d ever be having this conversation.

“Depends on your definition of nice.”

“Naughty,” she replied. “As in things that turned you on, and maybe got you sweating a little, and hard.” She flicked her gaze down to his loins and back.

Spook gave a groan. “I’d be lying if I said otherwise.”

“So, why didn’t you call?”

His hand shot out to seize another drink. Alle curled her fingers around his outstretched arm, making him pause. Slowly, he released the stem of the glass and steadied his gaze upon her face again. “Because this can’t be.”

“Why not? Is there someone else?”

“No — hell, no!” His brow furrowed. “There’s nobody.”

“Then you’re making no sense. What’s wrong with us enjoying some adult fun?” She sought his hand to link their fingers together.

Spook’s frown only deepened at the sight of their palms pressed together so tightly, but, she noticed, he didn’t pull away. “Alle, I can’t be who you want me to be.”

The ludicrousness of the remark surprised a smile out of her. “You are who I want you to be.”

“No.” He freed his fingers from her grip and used them to cover her mouth. ‘I’m not. I know you think you’ve found the person who’ll give you what you’re craving, but I’m not that man. I can’t… I’m sorry.’

‘Did I imagine you tanning my arse?’

‘No.’

‘Am I supposed to believe you’re not interested in doing it again?’

‘Of course not.

“Then what? Why? If you want it and I want it… Spook, we want the same thing, don’t we?

Why are you so dead against exploring that?”

He clammed up, lips pursed, deep, ocean-blue eyes downcast as he turned his hand to cup her cheek and chase a tear of frustration that tracked down her face.

“It was good between us, Spook.”

“Yes, it was. Better than good.”

She blinked, trying to clear her eyes, and not crumple into a blubbering heap. She was stronger than that. She didn’t cry, not with four brothers who’d mocked her mercilessly for it.

Tears had never got her what she wanted, quite the opposite. At home, her tears were what had marked her as a girl and had stopped her from getting her the same deal as the rest of her siblings. She couldn’t wipe the salt tracks from her skin though, without knocking Spook’s hand out of the way, and no matter what, she wouldn’t break that contact.

“I’m not worth crying over.”

“I’m not crying.”

He caught another tear on his fingertips and brought it to the tip of his tongue. Mesmerized, she watched him taste it, and felt her panties get wet. Sweet mercy! She could see him doing that after he’d pushed her to the limits of her endurance and she was just a breath away from numbness, sunk deep into a sort of sub-space of stretched nerves, surrender, and bliss. Her gasp left her lips gently parted and the remainder of her breath caught in the top of her lungs.

Spook’s gaze fixed upon her breasts, then lifted slowly back to her mouth.

She was going to kiss him.

She didn’t care if he pushed her away.

She was going to kiss him.

Kiss him now.

Mastered 2 Box Set Author Spotlight Series, Day 5: One Night With My Billionaire Master by Cynthia Sax

Mastered2 quote card CynthiaSaxHappy Saturday! We’ve had plenty of exciting nights with the deliciously naughty characters of the Mastered 2 BDSM box set. Now, we get to spend a night in the lap of luxury with Cynthia Sax’s “One Night With My Billionaire Master”!

Can a night with a billionaire master last a lifetime? One Night With My Billionaire Master by @CynthiaSax #Mastered2 http://amzn.to/1EyxSHj

Arianna asks herself if one night with billionaire financier Logan Ross will be enough.

Arianna, the daughter of a media mogul, is secretly lusting after Logan Ross, her father’s number one enemy. Yes, this isn’t a good situation. She wants him, craves his touch, but she knows if she’s caught indulging her desires, her father will disown her. She’ll be cut off from the family, losing her emotional support system, her job and her wealth.

Logan Ross, our billionaire financier, wants two things—Arianna and total control of her father’s company. He scares the shaving cream out of hardened CEOs. Men jump to do his bidding. Now he seeks to have his nemesis’s daughter kneeling at his feet.

Arianna has resisted their attraction thus far. But every time they meet, every time Logan not-so-innocently brushes against her, her resolve weakens. Her billionaire pursuer has been persistent yet patience, content to slowly, steadily wear her down. The sexual tension between them spirals higher and higher.

Arianna finally breaks and sends him a two-sentence text—One Night. No one must know.

The all-new Mastered 2 Box Set is available now for the special price of $0.99!

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“You would never hurt me.” I know this in my soul.

“I won’t allow anyone to hurt you,” Logan makes one of his infamous vows, promises he’s been known to bend laws to keep. “You won’t regret your decision.”

We stand in the middle of the ballroom, surrounded by people. I see only him, entranced by the emotion in his brown eyes, his passion, his need, and something more, something I don’t dare believe in.

“Was this my decision?” I muse. “Did I have a choice?” Or was this inevitable, our fate, our destiny?

“No, you didn’t have a choice.” Logan’s lips lift into one of his rare smiles.

“Dance with me.” This is a command, not a request. He leads me onto the floor. “It’s expected.” He swings me into position, his maneuvering graceful and sure.

It is expected. In the past, he has arrived at events, sought me out for a dance, and then departed immediately after our exchange.

His focus on me means nothing. If I say this statement enough times, I might believe it. I bend my left arm, layering my limb over his. Logan clasps my right hand tightly. Our bodies come together and we move as one.

This isn’t the rigid proper waltz I learned at ballroom dance class. It is rolling and sensuous, like the undulation of muscle under skin. One, two, three. One, two, three.

There’s no thinking, no talking, only feeling, reacting. Logan steps forward. I step back.

He turns. I follow.

Our hips brush together, my skirt swirling around his black pants. I gaze at his sharp chin, firm lips, feeling delicate, womanly, trusting him to guide me, to keep me safe.

Logan dips me and I fall back, confident he’ll catch me. “You’re exquisite.” His eyes gleam and he draws me upright, twirls me across the floor. If dancing is a sign of companionship, we’re ideally suited. I’ve never had a partner know me like he does, reading my abilities, fulfilling my wishes.

The music fades and he sweeps me toward the edge of the dance floor. Before the song ends, he’s concealed us in the crowd. “Escort me from the room.” He covers my hand with his. “As you’ve been instructed.”

My gaze darts upward. How does he know I’ve been given that order? “I can’t climb into the limousine with you,” I murmur, aware that we’re being watched. “People will gossip.”

“People already gossip.” Logan leans into me. “They see how we dance, speculate that we fuck as passionately.” His crudeness stimulates, rather than shocks me. “They suspect your sweet pussy is filled with my cum, that my love bites decorate the curve of your ass and my scent is on your skin,” he breathes into my hair and I warm, all over.

“Everyone here knows you’re mine.”

I stare at him, my thoughts obliterated by his words.

“Looking at me with your fuck-me face won’t stop the gossip.” He chuckles softly.

Mastered 2 Author Spotlight Day 1: Played by the Master, by Opal Carew

Mastered2 quote card opal carewIt’s back and more wicked than ever! Readers succumbed to the bestselling Mastered box set and now the ALL-NEW Mastered 2 box set is here to seduce you. More BDSM, more kinks, more Doms, Masters & Mistresses than you can strike a riding crop at! Strap back into the dungeon once more with these never before seen whips and whispers by some of the hottest authors in erotic romance!

We’ll be sharing a spotlight on each of these stories throughout the week on the blogs of the authors twice a day, and we’ll be starting with my own story, Played by the Master. Titillating!

Who can raise the stakes higher than the #Billionaire? “Played by the Master” by @OpalCarew #Mastered2 http://amzn.to/1EyxSHj #BDSM #99cents

Jacqueline crashes a billionaire’s exclusive poker game in order to seduce him into granting a favor to save her sister, but instead finds herself Played By the Master.

Jacqueline Bell desperately wants to help her sister out of a jam. But to do that, she has to find a way to talk to billionaire entrepreneur Race Danner, and have him drop the charges against her brother-in-law. She discovers he holds an exclusive poker game once a week and finds a way in.

Race Danner is bored with his life, despite his wealth and extreme hobbies. He doesn’t know exactly what he’s looking for, but he’ll know it when he sees it.

When Jacqueline Bell walks into his life, he knows she’s it. She wants something from him. And he wants her. A combination made in heaven. In a delicious game of cat and mouse, he will leverage his advantage to lure her into his game. And he fully intends to win.

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Jacqueline adjusted the straps on her snug black dress, ensuring they hiked up her ample bosom, then stared at herself critically in the large mirror in the elegant hotel lobby ladies’ room.

She was here on a mission and she’d pulled out all the stops. Low cut black dress that hugged every curve of her body. Shockingly high stilettos that made her legs look even longer than they were, and accentuated her rounded butt. She turned in the mirror and glanced at her backside. Her cheeks flushed at the sight of herself in the short, tight black dress, all her assets blatantly on display, but it was important she succeed and she needed to use everything she had going for her. She had even pulled her long, chestnut hair up and clipped it neatly behind her head to stop it from obscuring her cleavage.

She turned back to face the mirror, her gaze dropping to the sparkly diamond star pendant grazing the tops of her pushed-up-thrust-forward breasts. (Her brother had given it to her and it was a constant reminder of how he’d always taken care of her, and believed in her. He’d told her she’d be a star in whatever she did.)

Three women entered the washroom, chatting. Jacqueline reapplied her deep red lipstick, then dropped the tube in her evening bag and walked back into the lobby.

The hotel was lavishly elegant. Crystal chandeliers glittered from the ceiling as she walked along the marble floor, her heels clacking on the surface. She walked to the concierge desk and opened her small, sequined bag and pulled out a black and red poker chip with the Danner insignia on it.

He glanced at it and nodded.

“Go to room 2403.”

She smiled as she turned and walked to the elevator. Room 2403 was where she would find Mr. Danner. Billionaire owner of Danner Industries. She had to see him and convince him to help her sister.

She’d tried calling his secretary to arrange to see him in his office so she could plead her case, but he was harder to get an appointment with than the president of the United States. So she’d talked to a friend of hers, who knew that Danner ran a high-stakes poker game once a month. No one knew where it was until the day, and it was extremely exclusive. Danner didn’t worry about the details of deciding who could play. He had staff to check out potentials, but Jacqueline’s friend had an in and had obtained one of the poker chips that would allow her in the door.

Every player had to go with at least two hundred thousand dollars they were prepared to lose, which she didn’t have. But she didn’t intend to lose. She smiled as she walked onto the elevator and pushed the button.

Because she intended to cheat.

Race Danner stared out the window of the luxury hotel room over the lights of the city reflected in the lake below as he poured himself a drink. The other players were continuing the game behind him, but he’d stopped to take a break. He sipped the seventy-five year old scotch and sighed.

Even these poker games, that he’d arranged to break up the boredom he’d been suffering from over the past year, had stopped giving him the excitement he was seeking.

Travel, women, extreme sports. None of it gave him exactly what he was looking for.

He turned back to the game, watching the intensity in the eyes of the card players at the table.

The problem was, he didn’t know exactly what he was looking for.

But he had a feeling he’d know when he saw it.

A knock sounded at the door and Renaldo, one of the hotel serving staff overseeing the game, answered it. Race heard a young woman’s voice, then the Renaldo opened the door and she walked inside.

His breath held as he stared at her.

The little black dress—and he did mean little—and the fuck-me shoes she wore showcased her stunning body, but he could tell she wasn’t used to wearing such a revealing outfit. She carried herself with confidence, but he could read people and could sense a hesitation in her. She glanced around, as if wondering if anyone was gazing at her, but not in a look-at-me way.

Her hair was swept up and held in place by a glittery butterfly clip, which meant it was long.

He liked long hair. He smiled to himself, deciding that before the night was over, he’d see her hair hanging loose and free. And he’d ensure he soon get the chance to coil her tresses around his hand and hold tight.

Renaldo was talking to her, and Race knew the man would hustle her out, since she was not one of the people on the invitation list for tonight.

Race would not let her slip through his fingers, however. He walked toward them.

“Problem, Renaldo?” Race asked.