released July 2022
erotic romance novella
What happens on a cruise ship...doesn't always stay on a cruise ship...
Excerpt from Romantic Seas
by Diana Hunter
All Rights Reserved
Maisy’s thoughts warred with her
libido as the two made their way to the Promenade. Was it only this afternoon
she’d walked around this deck ten times? Now she took a leisurely stroll, her
arm linked with a tall, handsome…Dom.
He’d used the word “Top,” but
she didn’t think there was much more than a semantic difference between a Dom
and a Top. She knew “Master” wasn’t the same—that title implied ownership.
She’d read enough erotic romances to know what was what in that regard.
But reading and fantasizing were
two vastly different beasts. She’d not been entirely truthful when she said she
had the “occasional fantasy”—more like it was her only fantasy. One she’d never confessed to anyone. Not Peg, not
Trish, not even the rare date she’d had while taking care of her parents. And
certainly not to Tom. It was her secret, and hers alone.
And then Scott calmly shows her
a picture of his wife and treats bondage as if it’s normal.
Well, perhaps it is for him, she
thought, her gaze on the lights of a faraway ship. Not normal for me.
Exciting…alluring…enticing, yes. Normal? Not even a little bit.
“You’re awfully quiet.” His
voice interrupted her reverie. “If being tied up isn’t your thing, it’s okay. I
still like you and would like to have you as a friend.”
that’s not it. I like you, too.” She gathered her thoughts and pushed her
libido to the side for a moment. “I’m just…It’s that…well, I don’t have any
experience in the matter and I have no idea if I’ll actually like it, or if
I’ll freak out, or what.”
“Would you be
open to an experiment?”
“What kind of
answer, but pulled her close. With no preamble, he bent down and kissed her.
rushed to the fore once more as her knees grew weak and her arms went around
his neck of their own volition. A whimper formed in the back of her throat,
sighing out despite her attempt to stop it.
the kiss as his hand cradled her head, his fist tightening in her hair as his
tongue touched her lips, seeking entrance. She opened for him, giving him
touched hers and she slammed her knees straight lest they buckle, as her mind
filled with thoughts of being controlled by the power he exercised. Gently, he
moved her head, using her own hair to guide her mouth so he could take full possession.
He didn’t stay
nearly long enough, however, breaking the kiss, dropping her hair, and stepping
back to give her space, only keeping a single arm around her waist. She wanted
to protest the sudden cool air that rushed between them on what, previously,
she’d thought of as a warm Mediterranean night. But after the heat he’d created
in her? The night was positively chilly and she gave a little shiver.
“After that? A
volcano is icy.”
Her voice had
dropped in pitch and she had to give herself a shake to keep her limbs from
going all languid on her.
“So what do
you think? I controlled only two parts of you—were you okay with that?”
she sighed, babbling. “I mean…yes. That was okay.”
lighting cast a shadow on his face, but she thought he smiled.
firmer this time, she stood up straight. His arm dropped from her waist and,
while she missed the contact, part of her was glad of it. She might be able to
do this in only small doses. “No freaking out.”
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