The Heart to Lead
The Playgrounds Book 3
by P. Stormcrow
Genre: Erotic BDSM Romance
FROM POPULAR ROMANCE AUTHOR P. STORMCROW
Book three in The Playgrounds series
Three years of mourning. One night of pleasure. It might be a new beginning, but only if he is willing to submit.
Three years ago, Lani McMillan lost her submissive, and she has been running from her heart ever since. She may rely on the occasional scene to scratch the itch, but no other has come close to arousing her dominant instincts to claim them as her own.
That is, until she meets The Playgrounds’ latest security contractor, Nathan Pelletier.
He is everything she didn’t expect—ex-military, ex-cop, a fighter, a leader and very much confused by why submitting to her fulfills his deepest desires. So why does she want nothing more than to wrap her hands around his tie and pull him closer?
But time is running out for them to explore their new, tenuous bond, as the demons of both, real and imagined, emerge from the shadows and threaten to consume them. Now they must decide what they are to each other if they are to survive their pasts and their own desires.
Because it takes more than the will of a Dominant to lead.
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He led the way from the car up to the modest eighth floor he lived on. As the minority partner of the security firm, he managed to sustain some luxuries that made life comfortable, but not the more opulent lifestyle the other two owners of the business enjoyed.
When they entered his apartment, she hummed in approval but did naught else.
“Would you like some wine? Or coffee?” He shrugged off his jacket and rolled his sleeves up, only to startle when she stepped up and placed a hand on his arm. Rarely did he meet anyone who could move with so much stealth, especially in stilettos.
“Let us not harbor any illusions that this is any more than what it is.” Her voice was soft, and the echo of sadness etched in the curve of her lips made him hesitate, while a desire to protect, to wipe away the cause of such emotion rose within him.
Nathan shifted to remove her mask and cup her cheek with his large hand, almost covering one side of her face. With his view of her unhindered now, part of him wondered at her delicate feminine features and at the way his rough calloused hand had to struggle to remain gentle against her smooth skin. “And what is this?” It came out as a hoarse whisper.
She smiled at him, a smile of both fondness and abolishment that told him he should know better than to ask. Without another word, she leaned in to brush her lips against his. So soft.
A low growl rumbled in his chest, and he pressed closer to deepen the kiss. Nathan shifted his body to turn toward her in full, sliding his hand down from her cheek to cup the graceful curve of her neck, stroking along the contours until he came to rest against her pulse, fluttering beneath his thumb.
Her hands did not remain idle as she raised them to undo the buttons of his shirt, popping each one open with deft skills while never breaking the kiss. When she parted her lips and tasted him with a small flick of her tongue, he moaned and slid his hand to the back where he found what kept her dress together.
It became a race to see who could get whose clothing off faster. She won the first round, sliding his shirt off until it forced him to withdraw his hands from her so he could shrug it off. His toned muscles distracted her enough that he managed to undo her zipper next, peeling the garment off her. As the black number pooled at her feet, he groaned and broke the kiss so that he could feast visually on the wondrous body encased in a matching dark lace bra and thong. This woman oozed sex appeal, and his cock twitched inside his slacks.
She did not shrink at his scrutiny. Rather, she watched him in return with knowing eyes while she unbuttoned and unzipped his pants, taking advantage of his stunned state. His cock sprang free as she tugged at his waistband—he had gone commando today—and he sucked in a breath as she traced her forefinger along the outline of his shaft.
Her gaze never left his as she leaned in. In her tall heels, there was almost no need for her to raise herself as she brushed her lips by the tip of his ear. He shivered as she found one of his sensitive spots. Up close, the scent of her arousal was intoxicating.
“Enjoying the view?” The whispered words slipped past every single bit of control he had, and he groaned again, this time with a nod as he took advantage of her closeness to unsnap her bra from behind. He slid the piece of lace down, hands trembling with excitement as if he had never done such a thing. Once he freed her breasts from their confines, he cupped them both, one in each hand, and kneaded them with delight. He grinned like a kid in a candy store at her first moan and, wanting to hear more, he lowered his head to wrap his lips around the left nipple to suck and tease.
As she threaded her fingers through his short hair to hold him closer to her breast, he spun them until he could press her against the kitchen counter. It made her arch farther backward, and he slid his hand down to the small of her back, caressing there as he switched to the other side with his lips. Her moans filling the air were music to his ears, and he grew even more ravenous to sample her.
She must have had similar thoughts as she pressed her hands against his shoulders, pushing with insistence for him to lower himself. He licked and nibbled his way down until he kneeled before her. Skipping her center to tease, he caressed her foot, still in those sexy heels, and trailed his fingers along her calves, admiring the taut muscles leading to softer thighs. Something about being on his knees before her made his cock throb with eagerness but he never rushed his own pleasure to leave a partner unsatisfied, and he was damn sure he wouldn’t start now. Parting her legs, he nipped and kissed a path up toward the lace-clad prize he had hoped for all night.
“Yes, that’s it,” she whispered in encouragement, stroking his hair with a sigh of contentment. She was in no rush either, and he took enjoyment from a woman experienced enough to know anticipation made fulfillment later all the sweeter.
The Will To Serve
The Playgrounds Book 2
FROM AWARD-WINNING ROMANCE AUTHOR P. STORMCROW
Book two in The Playgrounds series
When her contract with her Dom is about to expire and her past comes knocking, Luna must make the right moves or risk losing her heart and her soul.
On the surface, Luna Weir leads a perfectly normal life, but behind closed doors, she surrenders control to someone else—Jacob Dakota, who is sexy, charming and entirely dominant. The problem is that they only agreed to this power dynamic for a limited time.
Jacob has never taken on training a submissive for more than three years at a time. However, as their end date draws near, he finds himself more reluctant to let go of Luna than he’d expected. To make matters worse, Luna’s past returns in the form of the charismatic Bryan Walsh, her original Dom, who offers her another choice—to become his after her contract with Jacob expires. But there are secrets between the two of them that not even she can explain.
With the future of their relationship unknown and a suspicious Dom waiting in the shadows, Luna’s will to submit and Jacob’s ability to lead are both tested like never before. Now they must decide if what they feel for each other is strong enough to hold them together beyond their contractual terms—for the measure of a Dominant is how willing their submissive is to serve.
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It was inevitable. They had teased each other all day with texts back and forth that whetted each other’s appetite—but not enough, never enough. How many times did she zone out at work with blank stares and thoughts of things he would do?
The anticipation throughout the day was excruciating, but in some ways, the drive back to his place was worse. Silence filled the car, so much that at first she feared she had crossed some line and it would be punishment, not pleasure, that awaited But a tiny, barely perceptible steady increase in speed gave her the courage to steal small glances at him. The tightened jaw, the intense focus on the road, the grip on the wheel… _Her breathing hitched. The signs were easy to miss, but she had known him for a long time. And now she wondered if she had pushed him too far in other ways.
Well, too far was…one way of putting it.
As soon as they stepped through the threshold of his apartment, he was on her. He pinned her to the door with one large hand holding both of her tiny wrists above her head. A button had flown off somewhere, her shirt half ripped open in haste to expose the bare skin—skin that he proceeded to first bite, hard enough to mark. Then came the lazy licks as his control exerted itself once more. He swept his tongue across to ease the pulsing pain. She squirmed and moaned as he nibbled with his lips and the occasional graze of his teeth down along the edge of her bra. But that was all. It was all teasing, drawing out the anticipation.
Almost against her will, she thrust her hips forward in an attempt to seek some relief as she ground against him and tried to entice him for more. A groan of frustration spilled from her and he smiled against her skin in response. She shifted her weight to try another tactic, sliding her leg up, rubbing her inner thigh along his hip while she mentally cursed the layers of clothing in between that undermined the effectiveness of the move.
“Eager, aren’t we?”
She flushed and squirmed again as he glided his free hand down her side and hooked it underneath her thigh.
His command startled her a little, but her body obeyed before she could register his words. Hazy fog clouded her mind. As he released her hands, she wrapped her arms around his neck and swung her other leg up, marveling still at how easily he could pick her up. She buried her face against the crook of his neck and inhaled, his scent faint with apple and cinnamon. The man had been baking again. Sweets, however, were very far from her mind at the moment.
It didn’t take long before she felt the softness of his bed against her rear. She settled and released her legs to let them drape with languid grace over the bed. But she remained reluctant to let go and kept her arms around his neck.
That was all it took. With a soft sigh, she released her grip and leaned back on her elbows while her gaze followed his every move as he straightened. With a boyish, crooked grin, he undid one button, then another until his white shirt parted to reveal the lines of toned muscles beneath it. In her head, she cursed the man’s ability to frame himself in the best light, always tempting her. She already knew she could never deny him anything, but when he was in that mood, she was helpless against his whims—and they both knew it.
He chuckled as he leaned forward and smoothed the pad of his thumb over her lower lip. “No biting yourself. That’s my job.”
The Words To Bind
The Playgrounds Book 1
FROM AWARD-WINNING ROMANCE AUTHOR P. STORMCROW
Book one in The Playgrounds series
It all started with a munch, a meetup for the kink-minded. How was Luna supposed to know that it would change her life forever?
A play party.
A Dom that sets her passion aflame.
After a string of failed vanilla relationships leaves her feeling unfilled, Luna Weir decides to give the fetish scene one last shot. But with her one and only experience as a submissive leaving much to be desired, she has little hope that the lifestyle is her answer. So when she gives the local scene one final try in the form of a casual meetup for the kink-minded, the last thing she expects is to be pulled back into the world of ropes and commands.
But that is precisely where she meets Jacob Dakota—Mr. Tall, Dark and entirely Dominant. The experienced Dom commands respect from other Dominants and desire from the subs in the community who frequent The Playgrounds, a local fetish club. And when Jacob takes her under his wing, Luna senses he wants something more beyond the careful words and veiled glances.
Now she must figure out whether her feelings for Jacob are enough for her to take a leap of faith and relinquish control. Because a simple yes will bind her to him, heart and soul.
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On the platform, a tall Asian man, young with a slim, athletic build, stood in the center. Rather than fetish wear, the man wore a pair of black slacks and a crisp white shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Behind him, lengths of rope already trailed from the hooks above that Luna had seen above earlier. Next to him stood Erica,almost a full head shorter, despite the impossible stilettos she wore.
“Good evening, all. I hope you are enjoying the party so far. It’s my pleasure tonight to introduce my dear friend Elijah Lee, who’s an award-winning artist in the shibari arts. You may have seen his works featured in national exhibits and various publications. Tonight, he will show us live how he turns the human body into art, and he has also graciously offered to teach some basics. Without further ado, I’ll pass the stage to you, Elijah.”
A brief smattering of applause filled the air before dying away.
“Thank you, Erica, for that kind introduction.” The man offered a slight bow, clapping both of his hands together. “It’s always a pleasure to share my art with others and to introduce shibari. You know, the word ‘shibari’ means ‘to tie in Japanese and comes from a martial arts style used to restrain captives. The name of its erotic counterpart, as we know it in North America and much of the Western world today, is actually ‘kinbaku.’”
Luna found herself once more itching for a notebook and she made a mental note to do more research when she got home.
He smiled, almost sheepish in his mannerism. “But you aren’t here for a history lesson. So instead, let me welcome my assistant to the stage. I have to thank Erica for so graciously letting me borrow Dominique.”
Widening her eyes, Luna inhaled as the submissive strode across the stage in her full naked glory and with confidence that she envied. Dominique’s legs seemed unending and her proud, larger breasts swayed, along with her hips. Luna could only hunch a little and lean closer against Jacob.
Another round of applause filled the air but Elijah was already a blur of motion. With deft movements, he looped different strands of rope around her body in dizzying ways and a hushed, almost revered silence fell on the crowd. When he next stepped back, he beamed as he showed the intricate harness he had threaded around Dominique’s abdominal area in a crisscross pattern that framed her breasts. The sheer sensuality of it all made Luna’s own breasts ache with need.
“Now, a party like this is also a rare opportunity for me to push my limits as an artist into more of the performance art variety. This is not something I usually get to do in my studio…” Elijah trailed off as he working again, looping the rope around her limbs, creating a V that dipped between her legs. Once done, he began pulling the ropes dangling from the hooks in the ceiling to tie around Dominique before hoisting her. Her body hung horizontal, face-up, with her back arched, her hair cascading down toward the floor. The rope suspended one leg upward. The other was bent back while he tied her arms behind her back. He ran his hand along her body and, in response, Dominique moaned, closing her eyes in obvious pleasure.
“While the art form is a sensual display of the human body”—Elijah circled his thumb along each of Dominique’s hardening nipples, and Luna had to bite back a moan herself—“the act itself can be extremely arousing for the one being tied.”
Luna’s breathing grew shallow as he trailed his hand downward. Her gaze followed Elijah’s, toward Erica, who gave a perceptible nod, likely for some permission. He trailed his hand farther down as he spun Dominique around until he was displaying her pussy to the crowd, a particular knot nestled against her glistening folds. He crept his hand with agonizing slowness and it was as if the crowd collectively held their breath for one of the goddesses of The Playgrounds.
Without thinking, Luna’s own hand rose to cross her own chest, reaching to hold on to the one Jacob had laid on her shoulder.
“You see, the knot in the middle, along with the tension that the entire harness is under from the suspension, creates a particular friction. And with a simple move, I can provide the most intense reactions.”
Elijah gave a hard tap on the knot. Immediately, Dominique’s body tensed and her face scrunched up. Encouraged by her reactions, he kept tapping, alternating in rhythm. As she began to writhe, he pressed the knot against her. Her lips parted in a wordless scream and her body spasmed in climax, causing all the ropes and Dominique herself to swing wildly.
Flushing now for a different reason, Luna tried to squeeze her legs together without drawing attention to herself. When Jacob turned his hand to engulf hers, giving it a reassuring squeeze, her stomach clenched and her core turned to a molten mess.
P. Stormcrow grew up with a love for love and somehow that turned into authoring contemporary and paranormal BDSM romances. Fierce women and sensitive men fill her stories while she examines social norms and challenges conventional tropes of the genre through her craft. She is the recipient of the 2021 inaugural Good Sex Awards in the category of Erotic Touch. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, she enjoys writing about both cultures.
In addition to being an author, she is also a techie, a graphic designer, a mother, a lover, a fighter and a little bit of everything else in between. When she's not typing away madly on her phone and running into poles, she enjoys copious amounts of tea, way too many sugary treats and as many sci-fi / fantasy / paranormal TV shows as she can sneak in time to watch.
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