Title: Highland Dom
Author: Marie Tuhart
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Sexual education professor and dominant Cameron McMillan has had his eye on the submissive, sexy cafe owner since she settled in his hometown four years ago, but he was already in a relationship. But that fell apart, and after soothing his heart while teaching at the University in Scotland, he's back. Cameron is ready to see if Kristen is interested in acting on the sexy words she whispered to him at his farewell party. He doesn't want to wait another day to introduce her to the world of BDSM...if she's willing.
Kristen Caldwell never thought Cameron would act on her whispered invitation to tie her up and spank her...liquor and him being an ocean away had made her brave. But he has returned, and she's tentative but ready to explore her kinky side despite past failures with other partners. The sexy and dominate professor might be just what she needs in the bedroom, though she worries about what others will think if she's seen with him. Will a relationship with Cameron put her successful business at risk?
Things start out great, but Kristen’s fears and shadows in her past rear their ugly head, threatening more their relationship. She has to decide whether to stand up for what she wants or run...again.
A knock rattled the bakery door at seven p.m. Kristen glanced up from the cake design book she was reading to see Cameron dressed in jeans and a polo shirt, carrying two plastic bags. She stood and ran her hands down her apron then opened the door for him.
“Hi,” she greeted. Her skin tingled with anticipation.
“Hi.” His right hand slipped around her neck, holding her still as he gave her a light kiss. “You taste like vanilla,” he said before letting her go.
Kristen let out a laugh. “Vanilla cupcakes are in the oven.” Her nerves danced in excitement at his kiss and touch. She hadn’t expected that kiss.
“I have dinner.” He held up the bag in his left hand.
The scent of beef teased her nose. “Is that what I think it is?”
“Burgers and fries from Maxine’s.”
Kristen’s stomach let out a growl, and Cameron laughed. “Someone is hungry.”
She relocked the door and led him toward the back.
“We’ll need to eat back here, or people will be knocking on the door, wanting treats.” She waved Cameron toward the table in the corner.
Slipping on her oven mitts, she opened the industrial oven door. Yep, cupcakes done. She slid the pans out, setting them on racks to cool before putting a batch of mini cakes in to bake.
“Why don’t you hire someone to do all the baking for you?” Cameron asked, standing next to the table.
Kristen set the timer and turned to him. “I like baking. It makes me feel good. Besides, this is my business, and I don’t want to hire someone to do it. Skye comes over in the mornings to help. Plus there’s Tim, who helps with the customers.”
“Yes, but you still work sixteen hour days.” He glanced around the kitchen.
Kristen was proud of her kitchen. She had a prep area away from the ovens, large work tables, and plenty of room even with several ovens and refrigerators. “Sometimes, I have long days, and other times, I don’t.” She did work long hours, but only because she didn’t have a life outside her business. But maybe now…she was ready for things to change.
She grabbed napkins out of a nearby cabinet and glanced over at Cameron. “Do we need plates?”
“Blasphemy, woman.” He let out a laugh and began pulling the big Styrofoam containers out of the bag. The scent of the fries caused Kristen’s stomach to growl again. “When was the last time you ate?” He tossed a couple dozen ketchup packets on the table.
She removed two bottles of water out of the fridge and set them and the napkins on the table. “Hope water is okay. I can make coffee, and there is some soda. My beverage delivery arrives tomorrow morning.”
“Water is fine.” He slipped around her and held her chair out.
Her breath hitched in her throat at his closeness before she sat down.
“You didn’t answer me. When did you last eat?” Cameron’s breath brushed her ear.
His husky, firm tone sent a shiver through her bloodstream. “This morning, I think.” Cameron moved away, and she let out a breath. Her nerves were hyperaware when he was near.
“You think?” He stared at her as he sat down. “You need a keeper.”
“Are you applying for the job?”
“Damn straight.” He tilted his chin toward her box.
“Open it and eat.”
Kristen opened her mouth to tell him she was joking, but his pointed glare had her swallowing her words. She opened the container and let out a sigh of pleasure. Maxine’s burgers and fries were legendary in Grant. She lifted the bun, and surprise hit her low in the stomach. The tomatoes and onions were missing.
“No tomatoes, no onions, cheddar cheese instead of American, cooked well-done with lettuce and mayo,” Cameron said, his gaze still on her.
“How did you know?” She picked up her burger and took a bite. Her eyes closed in bliss as the flavorful beef melted in her mouth along with the sharp tang of cheese.
“You’ve eaten at enough of our backyard barbecues.”
“That doesn’t mean you should remember how I take my burger.” She squirted a couple packets of ketchup onto the lid of the box and swiped her fry through it.
“I remember everything.”
Kristen swallowed her fry. Everything? Her nerves fluttered in her stomach, and she stared at Cameron.
What’s the first binge-worthy book you read and why was it a must-read?
It was a long time ago when Loveswept was new – I’d discovered a series of books by three authors – they each took one brother and wrote the brother’s book, then continued with cousins, and such. I binge read those first 6 books, then waited for the next 6 books. It was a must-read because the characters drew me in. Plus the heroine’s were from Ireland and I hadn’t seen books with heroines from Ireland.
What makes this a binge-worthy book?
To me, it’s because Cameron is so into Kristen. While she might have made the first move, he’s not about to let her get away now. Everything he does is for her, to make her happy, to give her pleasure.
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Marie Tuhart lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her muse, Penny, a four pound toy poodle. Marie loves to read and write, when she’s not writing, she spends time with family, traveling and enjoying life.