by Evernight Publishing and I’ve been looking forward to sharing a bit about my
story here with you.
First, I’ll tell you I’m a list maker. I make lists for everything. They’re my attempt
to look organized and sometimes I actually pull it off, lol. Once inspiration
hit for TAKING CHANCES, I made a list of the things I wanted to make sure I
included. These five definitely helped and I wanted to share them with
Five things TAKING CHANCES had to have:
1. A heroine who doesn’t know how strong she is.
Lydia works hard and doesn’t expect much in return. You might say she has
some issues with self-worth. I wanted to watch her change over the course of
the story. She does and I’m so proud of her.
2. A hero who needs love.
Jake has molded his life into something he doesn’t even want.
Unfortunately, he thinks he deserves it to be that way. When Lydia walks
into his life, his desire for her forces the start of his change and it’s
further fueled by his love for her.
3. Sexual Tension.
This is a must have in every story I write. I love me some good ole sexual
tension. Since I forced Lydia and Jake together at work, a place where
thoughts of sex shouldn’t take place, that’s exactly where their thoughts
go. Some of my favorite scenes are the two of them fighting and losing the
battle against the passion burning within.
I love romance, just see must have number five, lol, but I also love me some heat.
The way a dominant man can build the need in a submissive woman is
fascinating to me. Lydia learns a lot about herself through this story and
she doesn’t always get it right. There’s one scene I knew I had to have. The
punishment scene. The scene does a lot of things, proves a lot of things to
both Lydia and Jake. Jake’s punishment of choice is holding Lydia over his
lap and spanking her with his bare hand. Yes, it’s hot. Yum!
5. An Happily Ever After.
My first love in life is romance, plain and simple.
It’s not just the way HEAs end, it’s how they get there. I hope you’ll
enjoy their journey as much as I have.
struggled to not let him affect her, but fears she wasn’t loveable enough to make him stay. Jake wants to love one woman, but after scaring the last woman he met outside of the club, he doubts he has the right. She protects her heart by
sticking with her fantasies, and he lives by a set of rules that excludes women who choose a vanilla lifestyle.
The two will be kept in a conference room working together until
their special project is complete. If Lydia and Jake hold tight to their bland lives, they’ll always yearn for love that is out of reach. But together they can find common ground, passion, and a reason to take chances. Once they discover the grand possibilities of the love they desire, they find themselves in the
very place they tried never to be again, facing unguaranteed
(The Love Projects #1)
by: S.J. Maylee
Genre: Erotic Romance with D/s
Published: August 23, 2013
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
TAKING CHANCES EXCERPT:
“Come on in, Lydia. I want to talk about a few things before we get started today. We need to
make it quick, since we need to report to Keller at ten this morning.”When she
remained in her spot he added, “Lydia, come here.”
Not wanting Gina to take anything further from her, she lifted her head and walked to Jake.
She stopped at his desk, but felt instantly unworthy. Gina was more Jake’s
style. She fought the need to lower her chin.
“Look at me, Lydia.”
He pushed her. “Why?” She shifted her gaze and hit him with her direct
“Thank you. I needed to see your eyes.” He reached out and swiped a lock of hair from her
face. He tucked the strand behind her ear, and let his finger drag down her face
to her shoulder. All the while his gaze captured hers, not letting go.“How are
you this morning?”
“Okay? Hmm, maybe I should do something to improve your mood? What would you say to
“Here?” she gasped and quickly turned to look out the door.
He grabbed hold of her shoulders, lifting her slightly off the floor.
“Yes, here.” He brought their bodies together, claimed her lips and swept his tongue through her
mouth, awakening her sexual hunger.
She felt wanted. She felt claimed. Images from the night before swam in her mind. Silly
challenges from the office mean girl were all forgotten. He set her down and
nipped at her lower lip.
“We have a lot to do today. Unfortunately we cannot go any further, now.” He stepped back
behind his desk as casually as if he’d just greeted the mail man.
“But you would want to?” Still looking at the papers on his desk, she didn’t think he heard
her. She took a step closer. “You would repeat last night?”
Her words stopped him. His gaze searched her face. Placing his hands on the desk he leaned
forward and said, “Lydia, I fully intend to further explore your body and mind.
After all, there are a few places I haven’t yet completely inspected.”
Her mind ran through what he had done to her last night, and there was only one place she
could think of. Warmth fluttered through her face.
“Now, that is a beautiful sight.” He returned to his papers. “I’m going to have to keep thinking
of ways to shock you simply to see you blush again.” With the papers properly
sorted, his attention returned to her. “Is Gina a problem?”
Gina was a lot of things, but she’d never thought of her as a problem. “I don’t think
“Don’t be afraid to put her in her place. She likes that more than she lets on. She’s the
type to push so she can be pushed back.”
“I hadn’t thought of her that way. Interesting.”
“Let me know if she becomes a problem.” His gaze drilled into hers, not letting her
“Okay?” His posture remained controlled, but the smirk couldn’t be
She added her own version of the devilish grin, which ignited another blush before she even
spoke. “Okay, Sir.”
“Trouble.” He stalked towards her and ruthlessly swept his hand under the hem of her skirt to
press firmly along her panties. His lips pressed to her ear. “Hot and
The palm of his hand pressed on her clit, and he bent his knuckles, sending the tips of his
fingers past the edge of her panties to drag along her slit.
“Be careful what you say to me, sweetheart, or you’ll shatter my control.” With one last
drag of his fingers, he pulled away and walked from the room.
She turned around and watched him go. Her heart pounded. All she could do was follow him,
but she couldn’t move. The exchange with Jake left her bones unsettled, and the
all too familiar ache tried to set-up shop in her chest. She hadn’t expected him
to crave more from her, and now she couldn’t deny he did. Was she going to deny
herself the pleasure of getting to know him?
TAKING CHANCES BUY LINK:
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S. J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.
When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.
As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.
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