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By day, Dixie Gaynor spends her time helping couples work through their relationship issues. By night, she writes a blog: Create the Dew, dedicated to helping women find their sexual groove. Unfortunately, Dixie feels like a fraud and decides she needs to take a walk on the wild side—or at least as wild as she’s willing to go.
Zane Pierce has worked at Club Temptation for the better part of five years. While he doesn’t have the sexual tastes the club is notorious for, he does hope to find an open-minded, non-judgmental woman willing to try new things—all while maintaining a modicum of privacy. Lucky for him, the stunning beauty who walks into the club appears to be exactly what he’s looking for—until details of their sex life end up on the internet.
Will Zane be able to come to terms with his love life being a teaching tool, or will he let the only woman he’s ever truly cared for walk right out of Club Temptation? And his life.
Dixie’s blog is one of empowering women to explore themselves and their sexuality. She finds she needs to make some changes in her own life if she’s to be honest with herself and her followers.
Zane works at Club Temptation, he’s the one who vets members and gives the tours. He is not in the lifestyle, he took the job because his brother is and he wanted to support him. When Dixie calls with the recommendation of her friend Nic, he does the usual searching but doesn’t come up with much in social media. But it’s when he sees her for the first time he really hopes the Club isn’t her thing.
This is a favorite scene.
“Yo, Zane. Some chick by the name of Dixie is here for you,” Erik, one of the security men, said. “She said Nic sent her?”
“She’s right on time,” Zane said. “What’s she like?”
Erik leaned against the doorjamb and fiddled with his wedding ring. They’d come to an understanding, but working together still had its awkward moments. “She’s a knockout for one. And as usual with anyone new, she seems a little nervous.” Erik handed Zane the interview forms.
“Did she say anything revealing? Anything that might help me guide her to what she really wants?” Most people who came to Club Temptation had no idea the sexual desires that hid in the corners of their minds.
Erik shook his head. “I trust my instincts, and I think she’s a tough one to crack. I doubt she even understands her wants and desires, and I suspect she’s searching for someone to guide her in the right direction.”
“Good to know,” Zane said. “And welcome back. I hope you and Lenny had an awesome honeymoon. I mean that.”
“I know you do.”
Zane nodded. “Send her back.” He smoothed down the front of his slacks and did a quick check in the mirror, tucking one side of his long, wavy hair behind an ear. Not that it mattered, but he always liked to dress to kill. And even though he’d only seen one black and white picture of Dixie, he more than liked what he saw.
He glanced down the hall, and the air in his lungs escaped. He tried to take in a deep breath, but he couldn’t. He gasped. His heart dropped to his gut like a ton of bricks as the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen strolled down the plum-colored carpet with her head held high. Her long, brilliant copper-red hair bounced over her shoulders with just the right amount of curl to drive a man wild.
Her hips swayed back and forth like one of those momentum ball things that his grandfather used to have on his desk. Like the rest of her body, her hips were round and voluptuous— like a lady’s form was supposed to be— with curves in all the right places.
And her plump, rosy lips?
Christ. All he could think about was how they’d feel pressed against his as he took them in a tender kiss.
That’s what Dixie Gaynor was. And it would take all of his resolve not to talk her out of finding whatever it was she was looking for at the club.
“You must be Dixie,” he said, stretching out his arm. His blood raced through his body in anticipation of feeling her skin against his.
“I take it you’re Zane.” She blinked once, her long lashes fluttering over her bright teal-colored eyes that reminded him of the Caribbean Sea at sunset.
Tiny electric pulses tickled his fingertips and worked their way to his brain, sending him into momentary shock. He held her fingers for what he knew to be longer than appropriate.
He lifted her hand and kissed the back. “Welcome to Club Temptation.”
“What do you think so far?”
“I haven’t really seen much other than the entrance and the bar area. But I didn’t expect it to be so… large.”
“Would you like a tour of the place?”
God, how he loved the way her porcelain cheeks blushed with a hint of red, and how her green eyes widened with a combination of excitement, fear, and curiosity. A mixture that made him want to take her out of the club and to his bed.
“Can I ask a crazy question?” she asked.
“What exactly am I going to see while on this tour?”
“Why don’t we start with a drink in the main bar, and we can go from there?” He placed his hand on the small of her back, resisting the urge to run his fingers up to her bare skin.
She wore a yellow dress with straps that fell off her shoulders. The material hugged her full-figured body in all the right places, and he couldn’t rip his gaze from her if he tried.
“How long have you worked here?” she asked.
“Going on five years.” He slipped into a booth in the main room. A few Doms entertained a couple of new young ladies while a dominatrix and her sub were having a drink with a couple who liked to have their fantasies played out in front of them. “My brother lives the lifestyle of a Dom and brought me on.” A few more members strolled in, and the excitement in the room built. Couples kissed and touched each other intimately as they waited for the fuel that would turn their fire into an inferno.
“Is your brother here?”
“His wife is pregnant. Due in two months. They haven’t been coming around lately.”
“Did they meet here?” “No. A mutual friend of theirs introduced them.” Zane tapped his finger on the table and pointed toward a couple. “Those two are into being in the dominant role together, so they often find a submissive here for play. Is that something you’d be interested in?”
Dixie shook her head quickly.
Zane didn’t want to admit it, even to himself, but that made him ridiculously happy. He hoped that whatever this sexy young woman was into, he might be able to fulfill the desire. Only he couldn’t do it on company time.
Not if he wanted to keep his job.
Jen Talty. Sweet Temptation: A Club Temptation Novella (Kindle Locations 178-221). Lady Boss Press, Inc..
Things heat up really fast for these two in the club and Dixie flees in embarrassment. Zane doesn’t give up though he texts her and eventually talks to her.
With the club out of the picture, this relationship slows but doesn’t waver in it’s heat since Zane’s interests are not what the club offers.
There is much growth for both Dixie and Zane throughout this story. While Dixie has overcome much in terms of her body, she still has issues when it comes to her mother interfering.
I really loved this story, it’s full of conquering self doubts and learning to trust and love in a healthy relationship.
This is a multi-author series and now I have to go explore the other books, links are below.
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Welcome to my World! I’m a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance.
I first started writing while carting my kids to one hockey rink after the other, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids in 2 countries and 5 states. My first book, IN TWO WEEKS was originally published in 2007. In 2010 I helped form a publishing company (Cool Gus Publishing) with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer where I ran the technical side of the business through 2016.
I’m currently enjoying the next phase of my life…the empty NESTER! My husband and I spend our winters in Jupiter, Florida and our summers in Rochester, NY. We have three amazing children who have all gone off to carve out their places in the world, while I continue to craft stories that I hope will make you readers feel good and put a smile on your face.