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A Hard Bargain (MM)

Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Heat Rating: SEXTREME
Word Count: 34,428
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[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Cowboy Romance, M/M, bondage, spanking, sex toys, HEA]

Three months ago, Cade Lawson was left standing at the altar in front of a packed church of friends and family. His bride admitted to a love affair with his own best man. That scene not only injured him, but propelled him forward to find his happiness on his terms.

Cade uses money set aside for a dream home for his bride to chase the dream of owning a ranch. Little does he know cowboy Jed McMasters will give him more than he bargained for. The ranch has its perks, one of which changes Cade’s outlook and sexuality.

Jed stirs new emotion and desire Cade had in previous years dismissed as merely curiosity. Cade tries to ignore his attraction, fearful of ruining their business deal. What he doesn’t realize is that Jed is gay and has his sights set on luring him into his bed.

Will he succumb to the passion that Jed creates inside him? Or deny the inevitable?

A Siren Erotic Romance

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This was my first M/M book and I loved every page of it. Jed and Cade's story has a sexy edge to it as they both detail with current day issues related around gay relationships and coming out. When I ...


This is my first time to read a book like this and I can honestly say it was very well written and it seemed so real. You could really feel for these two and it had such a happy ending. I definitely r...

- dmerideth55




They sat quietly, avoiding eye contact for a while. Jed realized that he needed to get to know Cade better and allow the guy to know him. One full day wasn’t enough time to establish any kind of relationship, sexual or otherwise. This was the part he wasn’t so good at, and it terrified him. “So, Cade.” He paused, unsure of how to start. “If you don’t mind if I ask, what did you leave behind?”

Cade chuckled, and a smile broke across his face, making Jed feel better. “A life that was in the toilet, a shit, nine-to-five accounting job, fucking snow, and an apartment I sat alone in after my fiancée fucked me over at the altar.”

Jed choked on his beer after hearing the admission. “Damn. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to bring up bad memories.” He apologized and wanted to kick himself in the teeth.

“Nah, what’s done is done. What’s important is the fact I have the balls to make a change,” Cade replied dryly and looked over at him.

Jed sucked down a large drink, not knowing how to proceed from there.

“Don’t feel sorry for me.” Cade exhaled and gave a sarcastic chuckle. “Feel sorry for my best man that got laid out in front of a packed church and my worthless fiancée that looked like a whore to our friends and family.”

“Son of a bitch. You got screwed over bad. Didn’t you?” Jed asked, wanting to know the details.

“Yeah, but lately I’ve realized it was a blessing in disguise. Thank god I didn’t marry her. Not only would I have been stuck with her, I’d of been stuck in that city, in that job, and would more than likely become a miserable person one day. Without that blessing I wouldn’t have been free to live my dream, my life, my way.” He paused then laughed as if thinking back. “I lived to please her. I was a fool. I know it now,” Cade admitted and chugged the remainder of beer.

Jed felt at a loss for words, so he followed Cade’s lead, polishing off his bottle and requesting another. Maybe they could both drink away their loneliness one beer at a time, he thought and had to laugh at the notion.

“Yeah, it’s humorous as hell isn’t it?” Cade asked when he heard him laugh.

“No, not your situation. I was just thinking we may not have enough beer to kill the bad memories.”

“Do you have any regrets? Walking away, leaving your old life behind?” Cade asked and leaned back against the bed of the truck.

“No, not really. I mean, I left behind a lucrative job, insurance and investments, that sort of shit, but I don’t regret it at all. It’s scary as hell I know, but it will get better. I promise,” he answered and noted that Cade seemed to be more relaxed. “So uh, do you think you’ll ever jump back in the saddle again and look for Miss Right?” he continued and wanted to pound his head on the side of the truck for being so damn stupid and asking him something like that.

“Right now I’d be better off if I never saw another woman again,” Cade stated flatly.

They became quiet, drifting off into their own thoughts. Jed was pleased to hear Cade’s thoughts concerning women but hated the pain he was still obviously going through. “I apologize for bringing this shit up, man.”

Cade laughed loudly. “No worries. The look on the preacher’s face after I knocked out my best man keeps healing me daily. I can still see the shock on his face. Heather’s mother’s face was priceless as well, and her daddy, well that bastard was pissed after sinking a shit ton of money into the perfect wedding for his perfect daughter,” he replied, continuing to laugh. “I’m pretty sure I dodged one hell of a bullet that day.”

Jed couldn’t help but join in. Cade was more than healing. This guy was on the downhill slide and getting a grip on his life, taking full control and not falling into despair. “I wish I could have seen it.” He chuckled.

“I’ve got that shit on video. I made sure to get a copy from the videographer later that week if for no other reason than to remind myself of how much of an idiot I was and hopefully never fall into that shit again.”

“Man, that’s the funniest shit I’ve ever heard,” Jed replied, laughing while giving him a high five.

Cade nodded, looking out into the night sky and chuckled again. “Life has a way of putting us on a new path whether we’re looking for one or not.”

“Yes, it does,” Jed agreed and leaned back. This new path of Cade’s led him straight to his door. One way or another he’d show Cade that a man could not only treat him better than any woman, but would also understand his needs as well, and that man was him.




Cade stopped at the door with his hand on the knob but didn’t turn to look at him. “What the hell?” he asked, looking up at the ceiling. He was scared to death, and his hands trembled as he gripped the doorknob. Jed figured him out. He had caught him staring at his dick numerous times. Damn, he wasn’t gay. Was he? Was Jed calling him out? He heard soft footsteps coming toward him, but didn’t dare turn around to face him. He’d know. Cade squeezed his lids tightly together waiting for Jed to speak or kick his ass. The suspense was killing him. “I’m waiting.”

Jed exhaled loudly inches behind him, and he shuddered. “I know you want me, Cade.”

“Damn it. I’m not gay, Jed,” Cade stated with a growl and pounded his fist against the door in frustration.

“You’re lying,” Jed whispered with his lips right at Cade’s ear.

Shivers ran down Cade’s back, and his fear kicked up a notch. “I’m sorry I look at you the way I do. Fuck. I’m sorry for kissing you.” His head thumped forward against the door. “Is this just a game?” he asked, fumbling with the doorknob so he could run.

Jed wrapped his arms under Cade’s and pinned him against the door. “I don’t want you to leave,” he said, pressing his body against Cade’s with his erection touching his ass.

“You want to make me feel more like ass. Don’t you?” Cade asked with his face planted firmly alongside the door. Perspiration beaded on his forehead, and he closed his eyes.

“No, I want you the way you want me,” Jed replied while pushing his dick harder against his ass.

Cade’s heart beat erratically. “Bullshit. This is a fucked-up game.”

“Does my dick grinding on your ass feel like a game?” Jed growled. “Answer me.”

Cade shook his head and felt Jed release one of his arms. His hand slid down his waist then firmly grasped his cock through his jeans. A hum unintentionally escaped his lips. It turned him on to feel Jed’s large hand grab his cock. “I like to fuck women, Jed.”

“That’s only because you haven’t experienced a man,” Jed whispered again while his hot breath heated his neck.

Cade breathed heavily against the door. “I’m sorry. I know what you’re trying to do, Jed.”

“No, you think you know,” Jed replied and bit the side of Cade’s neck lightly. “There is nothing wrong with wanting to be with another man.”

Jed released his other arm and started to unbutton Cade’s jeans. “I have fought my desire for you since you got here, but I had to be sure. That’s why I put in that video, to see how you’d react and to let me know if my suspicions were right.”

Jed unzipped Cade’s jeans slowly and pushed them down past his hips. “Grab my cock, Cade,” Jed whispered as he stroked Cade through his boxers. “You want to. Now do it.”

Cade reached behind to grasp Jed’s dick with trembling fingers.

“Feel that large cock?” Jed asked, slipping his hand into Cade’s boxers. “You make it hard.” He spoke softly as he kissed and nipped Cade’s neck. His hand began to gently stroke Cade’s length.

“Shit,” Cade groaned, feeling Jed stroke him. His hips pumped his dick into Jed’s large, callused hand.

“That’s it. God, I love to feel your big dick slide through my hand, Cade,” Jed groaned out.

“I’m nervous, Jed,” Cade admitted, slowing his hips to small thrusts. He wanted everything that was happening and more, but he was scared to take the final leap.

“Let’s go to my room. I’ll make your nervousness disappear.” Jed grinned when Cade turned to look at him. His mouth pressed against Cade’s, catching him by surprise.

Cade opened and allowed Jed’s tongue to sweep deep into his mouth. Their tongues collided and swirled together, comingling the salty taste of beer between them. Jed tugged him along while he walked backward through the kitchen toward his bedroom with their mouths busy exploring.

Jed stopped Cade at the bed and looked into his eyes while taking heavy breaths. He pulled Cade’s shirt over his head without saying a word. His tongue licked and kissed his abdomen while his fingers gently tugged Cade’s boxers and jeans down around his ankles. He leaned back and surveyed Cade’s cock with an appreciative smile. “Nice hardware,” he commented, stroking Cade’s dick with pride in his gaze.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” Cade asked, trembling, causing Jed to chuckle.

“Fuck yeah I do.” Jed answered and pushed Cade back onto the bed. He pulled off Cade’s shoes and socks with a wicked grin. “Boy, you’re going to come harder than you have ever come in your life.”

“What if—?” Cade began to speak and Jed cut him off.

“No worries, man. I’ll take real good care of your ass.” Jed smiled and pulled open his nightstand and laid a couple of items on the bed.


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