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Out of Order
By: Bella Juarez
Journalist Marianna Banta embarks on a search for a faceless drug lord who gunned down her husband, and submissive. When Marianna follows the killer’s bloody trail to Tampa, she finds herself face to face with a man who could derail her quest.
Green Beret MSGT Lars Nielson has returned from the battlefields of the Middle East. Memories of violent, missions have taken up residence in his tortured mind, leaving him broken. He comes to Tampa on a secret quest of his own and finds a challenge. When he takes a job as a bartender at a local BDSM club, he becomes fascinated by the fine art of Shibari, and while tying the intricate knots, his troubled mind finds peace.
When Lars and Marianna meet at her family’s BDSM club, there is an instant attraction they can’t deny. Can Lars coax a lifelong Domme into the coils of his Shibari ropes?
Lars had done something to her, something she couldn’t explain. Their relationship allowed her to start a clean chapter in her life. She hadn’t forgotten Luc and she never would. But now that part of her life was over, and his contribution to her life’s story had made her stronger and wiser. With Lars she’d started a fresh, blank page. Things had changed, and as she stood behind the screen taking her clothes off, she realized just how deeply those changes had affected her. Her fingers trembled as she reached for the silk robe. She was nervous and a little afraid. What the hell is wrong with me? She’d faced down gang bangers in some of Austin’s darkest, seediest streets and had not been this afraid. She hadn’t been this anxious and scared the night she lost her virginity. She took a deep breath and slipped on the robe, and the cool silk brushing her bare skin made her shiver. Swallowing hard, she realized there was no turning back as she padded barefoot from behind the screen. Kneeling on a large pillow, she waited for what seemed like an eternity.
Cool air surrounded her when the door opened, making her body tense with fear of the unknown. He was right on time, precise as a fine Swiss watch. She’d landed in unfamiliar territory. Instead of her pushing limits and dictating the course of a relationship, she found herself in a situation where her limits were being tested. For some reason, she was content to let it happen. He wanted equal say, and if he bent, he expected the same of her in return. Today, it was her turn. At first, she refused, but Lars calmly and patiently coaxed her into the position she now found herself in, on her knees waiting for him. He had arrived, because she heard the door softly close. He could move silently and as carefully as she tried to listen, she couldn’t tell if he’d moved or if he was still standing at the door.
The waiting was excruciating and a few seconds seemed like tortuous, slow moving hours. She couldn’t take it anymore, but before she could turn her head to take a peek, a black sash was gently placed over her eyes and tied as a blindfold. In a panic, she raised her hands to the cloth.
“Shhh…shush…relax sweetheart. You’re okay.” His deep voice vibrated on her skin, making gooseflesh rise and caused an involuntary shiver. When he finished tying the sash, he gently brushed her hair back and ran his hands softly over her shoulders.
“You didn’t say anything about a blindfold,” she said nervously.
He chuckled and murmured in her ear, “Surprise.”
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