by Jeffe Kennedy, author of Platinum (Carina Press)
A new guy is in town to explore more Facets of Passion. With Platinum, the story moves to the other coast, to gentle and gracious Charleston, S.C.—and a very different hero. Steel (yes, he absolutely made up that name for himself) is not rich, nor is he refined. He had an iffy childhood, but he’s learned to channel his passions into art.
Oh yeah. He loves to play the Dom, which is exactly what polite and careful Althea needs, to break out of her shell.
Why is this bad-boy Dom so good for her and why do we love these guys?
1. You don’t have to wonder what he wants.
Right? There’s none of the “is he interested or not?” thing going on. If he’s interested, you’ll know all right. In a big way. And if you’re feeling frisky and make a playful suggestion, he doesn’t want to finish watching the game first—just be ready to go on a wild ride!
2. The sex.
Good sex is all about losing control and giving into pure feeling. A Dom guy gets you there that much faster.
3. He pays attention to you. CLOSE attention.
A good Dom is very careful with his partner. He has to make sure she’s totally on board and having as much fun as—or more than—he is. Let’s face it, what’s sexier than having this hot guy totally focused on you?
4. The sex.
With a Dom guy, the sex lasts for hours. It’s all about the anticipation and the build. This is no wham-bam-thank-you-m’am kind of guy.
5. The bad boy is an iconoclast – that means he’s a tool of personal liberation.
What—you thought this was all about the sex? For those not up on their Latin, an iconoclast means breaker of icons. Icons are symbols of institutional power. You want to break free of all those good-girl rules? Find yourself a bad-boy iconoclast and stretch those horizons!
6. The sex.
There’s nothing at all wrong with vanilla sex, but every once in a while it’s fun to try another flavor. You might find that salted caramel rocks your world.
7. He has his act together or he wouldn’t be there.
With the Dom guy, you don’t have to worry about whether he can hold a job or what. He’s into control, which means he’s mastered himself first. Ooh—that just gave me shivers.
8. The sex.
Most of us work hard. Our lives present daily challenges that require us to be strong in all kinds of ways. Letting go of that is a relief and an intense pleasure. Like a vacation from ourselves.
9. He’s a grown-up.
He owns his sexuality and isn’t afraid to ask for what he wants. That self-mastery thing? Oh yes. This isn’t a boy we’re talking about. This is a man.
10. Did I mention the sex?
Okay, okay—sex isn’t everything. But what’s a love affair without intensity and intimacy? Let him tie your wrists and slip on that blindfold. He’ll take you where you want to go.
About the Book:
Althea Grant is doing fine. Sure, her Charleston gallery is suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere. But she’s happy enough. When rugged metal sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual-and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes. Steel, fascinated by Althea’s rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr that can be used for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the coolly polite lady into modeling for him is the second. As Steel peels away her careful manners and tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn’t just fine at all-it’s as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she’s failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels.
Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.