Melody Manning’s workaholic ambition, coupled with a slave-driving former boss, has made her the youngest market analyst in her firm. It’s also killed her personal life, including losing her fiancé. When she receives a message from him on New Year’s Eve announcing his engagement to another woman, Mel loses it. Her new, more compassionate boss has the perfect solution for her—get laid. Good and laid. At his suggestion, she signs up with the 1Night Stand service, listing her deepest sexual desires on the application. A speedy response from Madame Eve has Melody on her way to Sonoma Valley wine country and a one-night stand with a mysterious Dom. The sexy, masked Master promises to get to the bottom of her guilt and provide ultimate satisfaction under the safety of his stern hand. After an emotional night of submission and uninhibited passion, will her lover’s unmasking lead to the end of their encounter or give Mel another chance at love?
“Are you frightened, kitten?”
She tingled at his simple, but intimate touch. The heat from him radiated against her back though he never made contact with it. Although she couldn’t see him, his presence filled the room, and the walls seemed to shrink at his closeness. “I’m a little scared. I’ve never done anything like this before, but I guess you do—”
His finger glided up her shoulder to press against her lips, and his soft rebuke halted her rambling. “Silence.”
Her eyes fluttered closed. Pleasure and fear mingled in her mind and over her. She wanted so badly to turn her head and look at him, but his commanding presence told her she shouldn’t.
The spicy masculine scent of him filled the air, and his moist, heavy breath washed waves of delight down her neck. “During this portion of the evening you will only speak when asked a direct question, and you will address me as Sir. Understand?”
Concentrating on his words, she strained to hear him over her pounding pulse but nodded. In the dim light of the candles, her chest rose and fell rapidly. Excitement and fear zinged to her extremities and every place in between.
“There’s nothing to be frightened of.”
He trailed his tongue from her earlobe down to her nape. She gasped and tensed her shoulders as he nipped and sucked the sensitive skin on her neck. Goose bumps covered her from head to toe. Her nipples hardened and throbbed. The mystery of him enticed her as much as his touch and scent.
He slid his hand slowly over her stomach. She melted back against him, the heat of him wrapping around her, instant, carnal and very real. Throbbing need pulsed between her legs, replacing the chill of fear.
“I’m going to remove your dress.”
“Okay.” The word whooshed from her. Her head spun and she swayed, almost losing her balance. Is this really happening? His velvet baritone held a familiar lilt she couldn’t place, but surely if she’d heard that sexy sound before, she’d remember. Right then, she was so aroused it could be her high school boyfriend and she wouldn’t know—or care.
She tensed at his rebuke. “Okay, Sir.”