For today’s Book Hooks, I’m sharing an exclusive excerpt from my upcoming release Sharing Leah: A Polyamorous Romance. The book is on pre-order now, and will be available on the 23rd of May. Meanwhile, here’s the blurb, and a sneak peek!
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How can she choose between her husband and her master?
Some women might think Leah's existence heavenly – shared by two sexy men who both adore her. Ten years married to lusty, artistic Daniel, she still finds ecstatic release in surrendering to her master Greg.
But Daniel’s and Greg’s jealousy and possessiveness have made Leah's life a hell. They bring out the worst in each other. And in some sense, it’s all her fault. If she loved only one of them, if she made a choice, that would be that. In theory, at least.
to bear the continuous conflict, she escapes to the beautiful Maine
coast to ponder her future. Gradually she realizes that she cannot
live without either of her lovers. But if the two men can't settle
their differences, how can she bear to live with them?
Note: This book was previously published by Totally Bound with the title Truce of Trust. It has been revised, expanded and re-edited for this release.
Exclusive Excerpt (PG)
Her overnight bag was still packed from her business trip. She pulled out the dirty things and threw in some clean underwear, jeans and jerseys. She was debating whether to bring a dress when her door opened. Stubbornly, she continued her packing.
Greg towered behind her. He put his hands on her shoulders and turned her around to face him. “Where are you going?”
“Away. Away from the two of you and your constant bickering.”
“He started it, after all, with his claims about things being unfair.” He bent to kiss her. She turned her head away, unwilling to be mastered, but he grasped her chin and pulled her mouth to his.
Leah didn’t want to surrender, but she couldn’t help it. She was dizzy with instantly kindled lust. He nipped at her lips, probed her with his tongue. He drank her in, consumed her. Between her thighs everything melted. The room began to smell funky, as though he already had her naked and open before him.
Without taking his mouth from her, he grabbed her nipple and twisted it, hard. Her body arched against his, the familiar pain quickly transformed to shimmering pleasure. He broke the kiss and looked down at her, shaking and helpless with desire.
“You’re mine,” he whispered. “You’ll always be mine. You just keep him around because you’re afraid to give yourself completely to me. Afraid of going too far. You don’t trust your own desires.”
Leah had a vision of Daniel, his wine glass filled to the brim with vodka, filling page after page with angry, aching prose. There was a wrenching pain in her chest. They’ve grabbed my heart and they are rending it into bloody pieces.
This pain had no sweet after-echoes. She tore herself from Greg’s grasp.
“You’re wrong.” Her throat tightened into a sob. “I love him. It’s different from the way we are, but it’s just as real.”
“If we were together, by ourselves, you’d forget him.”
“No!” His arrogance, sometimes so exciting, was nothing but frustrating to her now. “You don’t understand. He’s a part of me, just as you are.”
He reached for her again. “I’d make you forget him, Leah. I’d beat him out of you.” His voice was gentle, contrasting with the violence of his words. Underneath his bravado, she could feel his need.
Leah hardened herself, knowing she had to escape.
“Let me go, Greg.”
He stepped back and brushed his shaggy hair out of his eyes. They were brighter than normal, probably with tears. Guilt settled like a stone in her gut, but she ignored it. She finally realized there was nothing she could do. They wouldn’t change, just because she wanted them to.
“Where are you going?”
“I don’t know. To find some peace.”
“When will you be back?”
She didn’t answer. She had no idea, in fact. All she knew was that right now, despite her resolutions, she couldn’t cope with their conflicts and animosity. Let them work it out between the two of them. Let them see how they liked it when neither one of them could claim her.
Greg slumped down onto her bed. She left him there and headed for her car, grabbing her briefcase and laptop on the way out.
The house was dark and quiet. She wondered where Daniel was.
She worried about the two of them, alone by themselves. She knew they wouldn’t physically harm each other. That wasn’t either of their styles. Would they continue to argue, when she was not around to be influenced? Would they simply hunker down and ignore each other?
She couldn’t afford the luxury of concern right now. They were adults. They could do as they pleased.
She threw her bag in the back seat of the Corolla, climbed into the front, and paused for a moment. She breathed deeply, trying to calm herself.
Daniel’s face was at the open car window, mottled with shadows. She smelled alcohol and sweat. He reached for her arm. She let his hand rest on her bare skin for a few moments before gently extricating herself from his grasp.
“Let me go, Daniel.”
“Please, Leah, don’t leave. I’m sorry that I let him get to me. I should know his tactics by now.” His speech was slightly slurred. “I should think with my brain, not with my cock.”
“I have to get away for a while.”
“Let me come with you, then. We could go down to that B&B in Newport, the one on the cliff. The one with the champagne...”
Leah couldn’t help but smile, remembering that naughty, romantic evening. “No, Daniel. I need a rest. From both of you.”
“You’re not going to meet him somewhere, are you?” His suspicion cut her to the quick.
“No, of course not. Don’t you trust me?”
“Well, yes, but...” There was quaver in his voice. Great, now she had made both her lovers cry.
“I’ll be back as soon as I figure things out. Meanwhile, maybe you and Greg should think about the future. The present arrangements don’t seem to be working very well.”
“You’re not leaving us permanently, are you?” Her desperation must have been audible. Daniel sounded frightened.
“I don’t think so. I don’t know, Daniel, I don’t know anything. I don’t know what to do, about you, about us, about any of it.”
He was silent for a moment, deep in thought. Then he opened the car door and took her in his arms. “Kiss me goodbye, at least,” he murmured. It was a languid, endless kiss that turned her body weightless. She was floating on some cloud, laced with lightning.
When he released her, she almost pulled him back into another embrace. An ironic smile shaped his handsome mouth. “Have a good time,” he said. “And don’t worry about us. We’ll manage.”
He watched in the driveway as she pulled away, his lithe, loose-limbed figure painted red by the tail lights. The lonely image glowed in her mind as she headed north.
Links (now on pre-order, release date 23 May 2021)
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094XPD83D
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B094XPD83D
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1084055
Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58040241-sharing-leah
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