“Is this okay?” She focused on Sarah’s eyes, letting her lips brush her mouth. Sarah leaned into Jaya’s kiss, softly at first, then pressing hard against Jaya’s mouth. She opened to her, letting Jaya plunder her mouth with a deep kiss. Jaya wanted to bend Sarah back; force her into an arch that pressed her body against her own. She brought her hand to the back of Sarah’s neck, digging her fingers into the soft curls at the nape of her neck. Sarah’s moan urged her on and Jaya slid her other hand up and slipped inside Sarah’s coat. She filled her palm with Sarah’s soft breast and thumbed her nipple through her shirt.
Jaya was wet and aching to be inside Sarah. I need. I want. She groaned with frustration, urgent to sink her fingers into Sarah’s velvet center. She shifted her hips and Sarah opened her legs, wrapping herself around Jaya’s thigh. She ground herself against Jaya’s leg, clutching Jaya’s shoulders tight. Jaya heard the change in Sarah’s breathing and knew she was close. Will she ask? Will she take her pleasure as she wants it? The sensation of Sarah in her arms filled her soul. It’s enough. Enough for now.
Sarah pressed harder against Jaya’s leg and tipped her head back, eyes closed. Jaya rocked her hips, pushing back against Sarah. A shout in the distance made her stop.
Sarah looked up, her eyes glassy with desire. “What?” “I heard…” Jaya released Sarah and steadied her. “Here, girl! Here, Sassy!” They broke apart. A beagle puppy jumped on Sarah. Sarah leaned down and scooped the puppy up and held her close. The owner arrived, visibly out of breath. He skidded to a stop on the gravel. A pink leash and collar dangled from his hand. Jaya blew out a breath and tried to smooth her expression.
“Sorry. She slipped her leash. Thank you.” The man spoke to Sarah, avoiding Jaya’s eyes.
“No worries. She’s a sweet girl.” Sarah rubbed the puppy’s head and handed the dog back to her owner. He stuffed the leash in his pocket and headed down the path. Jaya flopped on the bench and groaned. Sarah walked over and settled herself on Jaya’s lap. Scooting her hips, she pressed and rubbed against Jaya before she tucked herself into her arms. Jaya sighed and wished she could summon a djinn to spirit them away, like the stories her mother used to tell.
“I have to teach in an hour, but I would love to continue this discussion.” Sarah kissed her way along Jaya’s neck. Jaya hugged her close.
“Name the place.” Jaya pulled back to look in Sarah’s eyes. “And please can it be somewhere with a bed?”
“Yes. A bed would be nice. If you don’t mind grad school chic, what are you doing tonight?”
“Showing you how much I missed you.” Jaya pulled Sarah into a fierce kiss and Sarah melted against her.
“If you kiss me like that again, Mistress, I’ll be late. We have to get off this bench.” She pushed herself off Jaya’ s lap. Mistress. Jaya had heard the word hundreds of times over the years, but this time it was the sweetest sound she had ever heard.
They walked back to the parking lot, hand in hand. Sarah sent her address to Jaya’s phone. Jaya had no idea what she was going to do until eight o’clock.
SHE SKIPPED THE train, letting the long walk burn off some of her sexual energy. Her thoughts wandered between how she was going to bring herself off when she got home and what she was going to do to Sarah tonight when she got her alone without fear of interruption. She turned the corner to her building and stopped. Deidre. Deidre in Louboutin heels and a short mink coat, looking as if she’d stepped off the runway at the Crazy Horse. Deidre. At the worst possible time. Jaya clenched her fists and lowered her head as she walked to her door.
Deidre wiggled into Jaya’s arms and kissed her. She pushed her back and wiped her mouth with her hand. “The fuck, Deidre?”
“I’ve been waiting for you.” Deidre’s blue eyes glittered under overdone lashes.
“What the hell, Deidre? Why are you here? And why the fuck did you kiss me?” Jaya swiped at her lips again. She backed up another step, brushing her arms off as though she had run into a spider web. A spider waiting to wrap me up in lies and promises of devotion. Not this time.
Jaya Pomroy falls desperately in love with Sarah while vacationing at an exclusive BDSM pleasure house. Unwilling to become Jaya’s possession, yearning for independence, Sarah refuses to leave with her and they part after a bitter fight.
Six years later they meet again. Fighting to leave her past behind, but unable to resist her attraction for Jaya, Sarah agrees to try again. Jaya has to cope with new rules and new roles. When a former client threatens to expose Sarah, Jaya risks everything to protect her.
Can their love survive in the real world filled with vengeful ex-lovers and deadly secrets?
Meet the Author
Brenda Murphy writes both short stories and novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Her non-fiction and fiction work has been published in various collections—most recently, “Whole Again” in First: Sensual Stories of New Beginnings (Ladylit Publishing, 2015).
When she is not writing or teaching cooking classes, she’s attempting to train an unrepentant parrot, much to her Ohioan family’s delight. She writes about life, books, and writing on her blog, writingwhiledistracted.com. She shares recipes and celebrates food on her blog, quinbykitchensideshow.com.
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