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Fire and Ice
An Excerpt from KNOTTED
By: Juliet Braddock
What happens when a blizzard immobilizes Manhattan on Valentine’s Day…and a sassy little sub is stuck in her Dungeon with her beloved Dom? With candlelight and a roaring fire to keep them warm on this frigid afternoon, sparks fly between Maxine and Drew as he attempts to cool her down with a bit of tantalizing tenderness…
Just as she’d suspected, he’d managed to set up for their makeshift Valentine’s Day date right in front of the fire. And Maxine could think of no other place she’d rather be that afternoon than snuggled up with Drew, as the snow continued to coat the city outside.
Such a Boy Scout he could be, Drew made certain that everything was in place—the candles, the treats, a bottle of champagne and random First Aid supplies he’d plucked from their stash downstairs.
As she stepped ever closer, Maxine raised a suspicious brow. She spotted the small fire extinguisher from the kitchen and the leather sheet taken from the playroom that he’d draped over the floor.
“Fire extinguisher?” she asked, wondering if he was planning to make toast. Drew had notoriously almost set her kitchen on fire in the early days of their relationship. Breakfast foods were not his specialty.
“Oh, there’s always a chance for an inferno when you’re around,” Drew teased her, easing his hand up inside his coat and running his fingers past her thigh and over her hip. “Come here. Warm up before you take that off.”
There was something so strikingly sexy about Maxine when she wore his clothes. Perhaps it was the fact that her body was so close to the fabric he wore himself—or the fact that he knew that the next time that he put that jacket on, he would still smell the lingering scent of her lily perfume.
Now, as she held on to his shoulders and lowered herself to cuddle with him, his hands found her ass—that ass that he so loved to spank until she couldn’t stop coming—and gave a gentle squeeze to her sore flesh.
Rocking her against him as her legs moved to circle his waist, he whispered, “You feeling alright?”
“Always,” she touched his lips. “You take good care of me, Kind Sir…”
Drawing her finger into his mouth, he couldn’t resist a nibble. “Well, I want you to know that I’m going to try very hard not to hurt you…”
“Drew, what are you—”
He silenced her soft inquisition with a kiss. “Something you’ve wanted me to try for a while now,” he said. “Something I didn’t have the courage to do to you before…”
That list of her needs and curiosities went on forever. There were still so many aspects of their lifestyle that they hadn’t yet explored, but Drew promised her, in due time, that he would introduce her to all of her very own desires.
In reality, her eating disorders continued to weigh upon his every thought when it came down to planning their scenes. His fear of hurting Maxine still lingered. Drew could still so vividly see the skeletal young woman with whom he’d first made love just a few months ago. He could still smell his own fear of touching her fragile body, terrified that one slight move could hurt her.
Drew had taken it upon himself to help her—from scheduling her doctors’ appointments to going with her to each and every visit. While he knew there was no real cure for her eating disorders, he couldn’t withstand the thought of watching her wither away.
Now, though, she’d nursed herself back to health, and she had a greater understanding of her limitations. He had to trust the one person in whom he had the least amount of faith—himself.
“Candles?” Maxine whispered as she watched the flicker of flames from the creamy white pillars lining the fireplace hearth. “Are you suggesting what I think you’re saying?”
Often, when they weren’t at play, Drew would comb her thoughts, always seeking to discover Maxine’s most intimate fantasies. From those conversations, he evaluated her confidence, her needs, and her ever-evolving role in their sexual relationship. It was during those sobering moments without their usual passionate tension rising between them that he discerned how far he could push her and what limits she was prepared to test or to break.
“Are you ready?” he returned. “You know I won’t touch you if there’s even a trace of doubt….”
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