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(Book 3 from the Bonds series)
(Book 3 from the Bonds series)
With all she has to offer, she’s his to command…
Aria DeWitt is a runaway bride. Only months away from her wedding, she panicked, returning her engagement ring and donating her gorgeous gown to charity.
She’s less than pleased when she’s reassigned to a new work project and sent to work with Grant Kingston in the middle of nowhere. She knows of his reputation as a recluse and genius, but she isn’t prepared for how handsome, powerful and deliciously Dominant he is or how he ignites something inside her that no man ever has.
Grant isn’t happy when his cherished solitude and creativity are shattered by Aria’s unwanted and unwelcome arrival. That is until he glimpses her carefully concealed vulnerability. Aria’s confidence and responsiveness intrigue him, ensnaring him in a way he’d never believed possible, chipping away the ice that shrouds his heart.
As he interacts with her, he realizes why she ran from marriage. She’s never met someone strong and complex enough to hold her interest. And suddenly, he’s determined to be that man.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.
Common sense urged Aria to run.
She should make excuses and lock herself in her bedroom. If she were smart, that’s exactly what she would do.
Instead she was considering it.
He was impossibly tall, impossibly handsome, impossibly seductive. Like her, he hadn’t changed clothes when they’d arrived home. So he still wore those bad-ass black boots, jeans that showed an ass that was tighter than it had a right to be. The long-sleeved black T-shirt that he’d tucked into his waistband behaved as a second skin since it emphasized the shape of his biceps and the breadth of his shoulders.
Outside, the wind whipped across the valley, driving snow into the windows. But in his living room, a warm fire, a wonderful dinner, a nice wine, intimate conversation and the lure of temptation wove an indelible spell around her.
She reminded herself that this man was a Dominant. He’d said he could sleep with a woman without having to tie her up. But if she were honest with herself, images of the portrait in his bedroom had flitted through her mind all day, even while they’d been working. The model had seemed peaceful, and the hint of a smile on her lips had radiated the confidence.
Grant made her nervous. Despite herself, she was curious what it might be like to have sex with him, to fall under his powerful, masculine spell. And she knew that, if only for a moment, she would be as appreciated as the woman in the portrait. The way he was looking at her now told her that.
Nerves flooded her, making her giddy as she admitted the truth to herself. Part of her wanted to be tied up by him.
With seemingly infinite patience, he remained where he was, not pushing for a response, but she knew that taking this step might lead to something more. She also sensed that he’d allow her to move at her speed. Finally, she gave voice to her fears. She wondered who she was hoping to convince. Him? Or herself? “Dancing with you could be an insanely bad idea.”
“Sleeping together might really muck things up.”
“Another valid point.”
“I wish you’d try to talk me into this,” she said, “or out of it, for that matter. Something.”
He grinned. “A dance doesn’t have to lead to sex.”
“But it probably will.”
“If you want it.” He swept his gaze over her. “Because I sure as hell do.”
His words turned her on. But it wasn’t just what he’d said or the way he continually looked at her. It was more. Sexual attraction. And it had been building since she’d stepped off the plane and saw him standing there, leaning against the SUV, confident and powerful.
In his bedroom, he’d described BDSM as if it were an elevated form of sex. To him, it obviously was. Grant had also been brutally frank with her about his failed engagement and his own part in it. She felt she knew him better than most men she’d been with. Aria rationalized that the attraction was an inevitable result of their enforced close quarters and their candid conversations. But it didn’t matter. All she knew was that she desired him, needed him.Her pulse did a slow burn as she stood.
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What I Love in a Hero
Early in my career, a reviewer said she loved my heroes since they were men of integrity. Through the years, that comment has stayed with me. I have always created men I could fall in love with. A man of honor, even if flawed, is what I adore.
I have to confess that I have a soft spot for Grant Kingston, the hero of Command (book three in the Bonds trilogy). Maybe more than any of my other leading men, Grant makes me swoon. His imperfections endear him to me.
He is single-minded in his focus on his gadgets and his work. When I first conceived of him, I saw him as a hunky genius. He likes his routine to be orderly, and he doesn’t like interruptions when he works. But he has an added layer, a bit of angst. He’s only been in love once, and he carries scars from its traumatic ending. He escaped into his lab, spending even more time in his workspace, cut off from the world.
So when an unexpected houseguest arrives, his life is turned upside down.
Not only does Aria disrupt his schedule, her presence, her beauty, her strength, her humor awakens his suppressed Dominant side. Not only does he want to cherish her, he wants to ignite her sensuous passions.
Aria falls for the enigmatic, reclusive man. His brilliance inspires her. His intellect challenges her. When he turns that oh-so enticing focus on her, she finds that his demands awaken a part of her that she never knew existed.
He begins to fall for her in an emotional way that’s more powerful than anything he’s ever experienced. Grant faces some tough choices.
When his integrity is on the line, he refuses to be with Aria until he can be the man she deserves, and that endeared him to me. But he hasn’t counted on the power of her love and its ability to shatter the barriers of protection that he’s erected to keep the world at bay.
I hope you fall in love with Grant, much like Aria does, and root for their relationship with Aria, much like she does.
About Sierra Cartwright:
Sierra Cartwright was born in Manchester, England and raised in Colorado. Moving to the United States was nothing like her young imagination had concocted. She expected to see cowboys everywhere, and a covered wagon or two would have been really nice!
Now she writes novels as untamed as the Rockies, while spending a fair amount of time in Texas…where, it turns out, the Texas Rangers law officers don't ride horses to roundup the bad guys, or have six-shooters strapped to their sexy thighs as she expected. And she's yet to see a poster that says Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Can you tell she has a vivid imagination?)
Sierra wrote her first book at age nine, a fanfic episode of Star Trek when she was fifteen, and she completed her first romance novel at nineteen. She actually kissed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) on the cheek once, and she says that's her biggest claim to fame. Her adventure through the turmoil of trust has taught her that love is the greatest gift. Like her image of the Old West, her writing is untamed, and nothing is off-limits.
She invites you to take a walk on the wild side…but only if you dare.
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