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In the Den, the final book of the highly acclaimed, internationally best-selling Mastered series from Totally Bound, the stakes will be higher than they have ever been.
Mistress Catrina Davidson knows what she wants. Independence. Freedom from controlling, domineering men. But she finds herself drawn to Dom Damien Lowell, in a way that threatens everything she’s fought for.
Even among alpha males, Damien is unique. He’s the owner of the Den, a luxury mountain retreat. And he hasn’t been intrigued by a woman in a very long time. He demands that his women be both submissive and strong. Who is more perfect than a woman who’s a Domme in her own right? Is there anything headier than demanding her surrender?
When Catrina realizes he has his sights on claiming her, she’s determined to resist him. But she soon learns it will take all her resolve to deny his overwhelming persistence.
He took hold of her hand. He kept his voice low and well-modulated as he said, “You’re full of surprises.”
“I decided to accept your challenge and try to submit,” she said, meeting his gaze.
Damien rubbed his thumb pad against the flutter of her pulse.
“To you,” she clarified.
“Of course it would be to me. This is my domain.” No way would he stand by and watch her interact with anyone else.
She sighed. “You know you’re arrogant, don’t you?”
“Not usually, no.” Confident, convinced of what he wanted, determined to get it…yes. But she brought out intense reactions in him that he wasn’t sure he liked. “I’m not interested in a scene.” He wanted so much more.
“I understand. That’s why it took me so long to reach a decision.”
“What convinced you?”
As if hypnotised, she stared at the small circles he made with his
He stopped rubbing and captured her chin and tipped her head back slightly. “No hiding.”
“Maybe you can help me learn to be a better Domme. Maybe the experience will leave me unchanged. But there’s only one way to know. And…”
“I’m curious.” She shrugged. “I liked what happened at your house. And the fact I enjoyed it scared me, shook me up. Worse, it made me question everything I’ve assumed over the last few years. Part of me wants to pretend it never happened. But the truth is, I’m also intrigued. It took me a long time to reconcile the different thoughts and feelings. How can I be a strong, independent woman, but then enjoy being in your arms after you spank me? I’ve spent years depending on only myself. The bigger question to me is…do I even want to consider a change? I’ve never met a man who was worthy of trust.” She stared into the bottom of her glass. “And I like my life.”
He waited, allowing the time to stretch in case she had anything else to say.
A full thirty seconds passed before she met his gaze. Her eyes were wide, honest. She placed her hands on the table, palms up. “It meant something when you said you’d always want your subs to come to you. I’ll be honest. I thought that was a line. Or maybe a nice fantasy. The more I thought about, the more I thought it sounded like friendship.”
“I like that. Or maybe a partnership.”
“Don’t push it, mister.”
He grinned. Now that she was near, the tension that had gripped him for two weeks seeped away.
“So I decided I’d talk to you about it and see what we could work out. I’ll admit I’m intrigued.” She wrinkled her nose. “Damn. And as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve already learned a thing or two from you.”
“I’m honoured you’d say so. It’s mutual. I’ve learnt not to assume what you’re thinking. And I’m honing my patience skills.”
“Oh, Damien…” She batted her eyelashes. “You’ve only just begun.”
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Born in England, raised in Denver, and now residing in Galveston, Texas, Sierra Cartwright is the international best-selling author of the Mastered series from Totally Bound Publishing.
Her recent release, Over the Line was named Best Book of the Year by BDSM Book Reviews. She’s a finalist in the Love Romances Café for BDSM Book of the Year for another of the Mastered series, For The Sub.
The UK’s Daily Mail says Cartwright is “Even racier than 50 Shades.” The Amazon Kindle UK #1 bestselling author hails from Manchester, England though she was raised in the US and now calls Texas “home.” She is the acclaimed author of more than twenty erotic romance novels, including the bestselling Mastered series from Total-E-Bound Publishing.
She was previously published with Harlequin/Silhouette under a different pseudonym, and won numerous awards as well as a coveted spot on the USA Today bestseller list.
Sierra has been interviewed by Handbag.com, the Daily Mail, USA Today, Female First UK, Marie Claire Brazil, and she did a segment for the Orlando Fox affiliate with Chase Cain.
She is a multiple CAPA-nominated author.