Title: Entice: A Wicked Sanctuary Novel
Author: Marie Tuhart
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Wicked Sanctuary...surrender your inhibitions
When Crystal Hayden walks into Jordan Frost’s office, sparks fly. The spunky paralegal captured his attention the first time they met in more ways than one. Crystal is perfect for the job he needs to have done. But he wants more. He wants all Crystal can give him. He only hopes she’s up to the challenge.
Crystal’s attraction to Jordan is immediate and powerful. But she’s vowed never to date a co-worker again. Worse yet, he’ll be her boss. She’s already lost one job due to to a personal relationship; she won’t do it it again. When Jordan agrees to an ironclad contract between them that her job is safe, Crystal finds herself free to explore a world that has intrigued her for a long time, but old fears haunt her.
Crystal and Jordan are thrown together while working the case. The stakes increase and threaten to spill over into their private lives and the lives of their friends. While both have secrets, their past and present collide. They must confront old attitudes and beliefs in order to open their hearts to each other and find a lasting future together.
“I know you’re friends with Sierra,” Jordan said the minute the door closed. “How much has she told you about her and Max?”
“Probably everything. She and Max… Oh.” The light bulb came on. “This case involves someone in the kink community.”
“Yes. I wasn’t sure how much Sierra had shared.”
“Only about how she’s Max’s submissive and how much she enjoys him dominating her.” Crystal suppressed a tremor of fear mixed with excitement. Her sensuality had been suppressed as a teenager. College had helped her come out of her shell, but there were times she could still feel the beatings at the hand of her father.
“Do you understand Dominance and submission?”
“A little bit.” Crystal shifted in her chair again. Jordan’s eyes followed her movement. A gleam lit his gaze, and she forced herself to still. Of all the things she had thought they’d talk about, this was not one of them. Was Jordan a Dom? Her body heated. Whoa, time to pull those thoughts back and remind herself: She didn’t date lawyers.
“Before I go on about this case in particular, how much do you understand about kink?” He leaned forward in his chair and settled his elbows on the table.
She froze in her seat. How to answer? She’d talked with Sierra, but they hadn’t gone into details. “I’ve read about it in romance books and from some of the things Sierra has told me.”
“No practical experience?”
“Not really.” If her parents even thought she had what they considered ‘impure thoughts’, they’d punish her and put her in the sin room for days. And then there were the men she’d dated. They’d tried a club and some bondage, but it wasn’t anything like what Sierra had told her.
Jordan leaned forward, his hands splayed out on the table. Her gaze was captured by his. Her heart rate picked up at the smoldering look in his brown eyes.
“I need a paralegal who is open to doing the necessary research, which will likely include talking with others in the kink community.”
“I can do that.” Crystal forced herself to breathe normally. Jordan was too close. Just like the night at the book club meeting and again at the coffee shop, his heat, his masculinity, called out to her. Her fingers tangled together in her lap.
“Can you?” He turned his hands palms up. “It means we’re going to be working closely together. Late nights and weekends.”
Crystal swallowed. How was she going to handle her attraction to him? She blew out a breath. “I can be professional; can you?” She almost clamped her hand over her mouth. She hadn’t meant for those words to slip out.
Jordan’s eyes widened, and then a grin spread over his lips.
“That came out wrong. You’re going to be my boss and nothing more.” She closed her eyes. She was making a mess of this. “What I mean is—”
“I know what you meant. I’m going to lay my cards on the table, so to speak. I’m attracted to you, Crystal. There was a spark from the first night.” He held his hand up when she opened her mouth. “Please, let me finish. I will be professional on the job, totally and completely.”
“Jordan, if you’re going to be my boss, we can’t have a personal relationship.” Oh but she wanted to. Where was her willpower? He was a lawyer, and she’d promised herself—after her last failed relationship with a lawyer—she would never get involved with anyone she worked with.
“This has nothing to do with your job and never will.”
“I want that in the employment contract.” The words came out before she could stop them.
His grin widened. “Done.” He stood. “Be right back.” Crystal blinked. What the hell happened? Before she could analyze it, Jordan returned with Kendra.
Kendra had a stack of papers in her hand. “Here’s the new employment contract,” Kendra said, sliding it across to Crystal.
She flipped through the pages until she got to the end. She read the added wording. Oh my, he’s serious. He’d put in the contract anything personal between them had nothing to do with her job, and she would be paid in full no matter what. Even if she left the job early.
“Change the ‘paid in full no matter what’ to ‘paid in full for all work completed at the time of separation’.” Crystal pushed the contract back to Kendra.
Kendra made the changes, initialed, as did Jordan, then gave it back to Crystal who initialed it. She read the rest and then picked up a pen. This was crazy. She was crazy.
“Hold on,” Kendra said. “Let’s get a notary up here. I want this done properly.”
“Agreed.” Jordan pulled his phone out.
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Get swept into the world of Wicked Sanctuary. Entice is Jordan’s and Crystal’s story. Both have traumatic childhoods and together they work through their past to fall in love. Plus Max and Sierra make an appearance and you get to see a little more of Damon and Tessa.
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Marie Tuhart lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with two energetic Chihuahua Terrier mixes, Tommy and Trina. Marie loves to read and write, when she’s not writing, she spends time with her dogs, family, traveling and enjoying life.
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