She's Gotta Be Mine
With Fifty Shades of Grey being on all the bestseller lists, I’m reissuing my little bondage e-book, Take Your Pleasure. There's probably something about not mentioning someone else's book before you mention your own, but whatever! I’ve got a fun new cover Take Your Pleasure, and in editing it again, I enjoyed the read. Here’s a little blurb and excerpt to whet your appetites.
A naughty little story with a bit of bondage, ménage, and a very good spanking!
Natalie Beaumonde’s life turns upside down the day she walks in on her boyfriend, Van, playing submissive to a beautiful dominatrix. Not only has she been betrayed, but Natalie loses her belief in herself as a desirable woman. And when she starts making mistakes at work, her career being the one thing she’s always excelled at, she’s in danger of losing her self-worth and her job, too.
Lincoln Masters isn’t like most bosses. Instead of issuing a reprimand, he decides his sexy executive assistant needs a good spanking, something he’s been dying to deliver for almost a year. And afterward, he hatches a plan to help Natalie rebuild her self-confidence and show her wandering man the error of his ways: become the sexy dominatrix her boyfriend is looking for. Being a Master himself, Lincoln’s the perfect dom to help her execute the delectable punishment.
Lincoln’s terms for helping her? He wants a piece of Natalie, too. Suddenly, Natalie finds herself developing a growing fascination with her boss and all the exciting, deliciously naughty things he can do for her. When Van’s punishment is complete, can she go back to being just Mr. Masters’ assistant?
Excerpt of Take Your Pleasure
Copyright 2012 Jasmine Haynes
Natalie wanted to gag. It had been such a shitty week. Mr. Masters was right about everything. She’d failed him miserably, made so many mistakes. He was a hard taskmaster, but she’d always measured up, always delivered more than required. Until last weekend, when she’d walked in on Van with that woman. Now she couldn’t stop replaying those images in her mind, and they seemed to overshadow everything else she was supposed to be doing on the job.
She’d been with Van for two years. At thirty years old, with her own home and a solid job, Natalie had even considered taking the next step with him, moving in together. How could he do that to her? And how could he do that with some horrible woman dressed head to toe in skintight leather?
There wasn’t a single bulge on her lithe form.
Natalie shuddered to think of her own body packed into all that leather. But the worst was the noises he’d made, the sighs, the moans, the cries, the groans of pleasure. He’d never sounded like that with Natalie, never gone utterly wild when she touched him. Not even in the beginning.
“Miss Beaumonde, are you listening to me?”
Oh God. “Of course, sir.” What had he said?
She certainly couldn’t tell Mr. Masters all her personal problems. First of all, she wouldn’t receive an ounce of sympathy. Second, he didn’t believe personal issues should ever get in the way of work. Honestly, neither did she.
He rounded the end of his desk and paced behind her in a semicircle. She didn’t dare turn her head to look at him despite the itch along her spine. You never wanted Mr. Masters at your back when he was pissed at you. Though when he was on your side, there was no greater ally.
“I’m very displeased, Miss Beaumonde, and, quite frankly, shocked.” His breath was at her ear. “This isn’t like you.”
She’d worked for the company for five years and as his executive assistant for a year. She’d always done an exceptional job for him.
“So…” Coming to rest beside her, he lowered his voice to an almost seductive pitch. With his tall form only in her peripheral vision, feeling him next to her rather than seeing him clearly enhanced the effect. His tone was like warm maple syrup drizzled down her spine and licked all the way back up. “You have a decision, my dear,” he finished softly.
She suppressed the urge to shiver. It wasn’t the thing to get turned on by your boss’s voice, especially when you were on the rebound from catching your boyfriend with another woman. “Yes, sir,” she whispered. “I’ll do whatever I can to make it up to you.”
“You most certainly will, Miss Beaumonde.” Facing her, he leaned back against his desk, crossing his arms over his chest. “Now here’s your choice.” He cocked an eyebrow. “You can tell me what issue has put your job second on your list of priorities.” After a pause, he added, “In detail.”
Oh no no no. She stared at the desktop rather than meet his gaze. Even now, remembering Van’s wild abandon and his total pleasure at the hands of another woman was demoralizing. Natalie had suddenly had it slammed in her face that she wasn’t woman enough for him. And she certainly couldn’t describe what she’d seen.
So, uh, no, not gonna tell Mr. Masters a thing.
“Or,” her boss went on inexorably when she said nothing, “you can bend over my desk, lift your skirt, and take the spanking you so richly deserve.”
I hope you enjoyed that little taste of Take Your Pleasure. You can read a longer excerpt on my website. It’s currently available on Amazon, Smashwords, ARe. Soon to be available from B&N, Apple, and Sony.
But back to Fifty Shades. I discussed this yesterday on my blog over at Tote-Bags-N-Blogs, but I still want to learn more about why people are going gaga over this trilogy. Why has it become so huge? Why is everyone buying it? Let’s there’s been plenty of great BDSM romance books out there. I have started the book but am only a chapter in. My first impression is that I don’t like first-person present-tense POV. It takes a while to get used to that. It’s also a very long book, which is another reason I’ve hesitated reading it. But I’m determined to get through it despite that. If you’ve read the book, what did you think? Loved it, hated it? If you haven’t read it, why not, genre doesn’t interest you, the hype turns you off? Let’s talk about this phenomenon. Of course, I’m especially interested because I write erotic romance!