Welcome back to the new #6BestHop blog hop. If you missed last week’s post, you might want to start here to find out the ingenious idea Lukus has come up with to keep Tiffany calm as she takes her Dom home to meet her huge family for the first time. I’m continuing with a snippet from the following scene from Lukus’ POV. As you will see, things are not going very well when Lukus is left alone with the O’Sullivan men while the women are at a bridal shower. Tiffany’s family is a tad bit protective of her when they find out her boyfriend is a Dom who owns a BDSM sex club.
Lukus tries to defuse the situation. “I think everyone should calm down. Let’s go back to the house and talk about this, man to man.”
Colin surprises him by jumping into the fray. “I think my dad and Aiden are right. You should leave now. We’ll make sure Tiffany makes it home safely, although maybe it’s best if she stays here for a while where we can take care of her better than she’s been taking care of herself.”
Lukus takes a deep breath. “Tiffany isn’t taking care of herself. That’s my job now.”
“All the more reason for her to stay. She obviously doesn’t have enough sense to avoid abusive criminals. I’m going to move her in with me when we get back to Chicago and if you even try to get near her, I’ll have you arrested.” Aiden’s voice is threatening.
Lukus chokes out an angry laugh. “Arrested for what? Falling in love?”
Aiden is up in his face. “Don’t pretend with me. I know what kind of sick and depraved shit goes on at that club of yours. I read the police report of the innocent women you abused and raped, and those are just the ones brave enough to report the crime. I’ve interviewed others who talk about how you beat women nightly. As soon as Tiffany learns what kind of a man you are, she’s going to dump you anyway. I’m just saving her from having to experience your flavor of abuse first hand.”
Lukus has had enough. Grabbing Aiden by the scruff of his shirt, he lifts him completely off the ground, slamming him against the wall of the nearby boathouse, bringing their faces to the same height. “I think you’d better get your fucking facts straight,” he snarls.
Aiden doesn’t flinch. In fact, he’s getting madder by the minute. “So you deny being arrested?”
Through all the years of his legal troubles, Lukus has never felt angrier at the charges against him than he does at this minute. “I don’t deny being arrested, but if you’re gonna tell the story, tell the whole story. My business partner and I were arrested, but the criminal case was thrown out almost immediately for lack of evidence against us. Then, six weeks ago, the civil suit was also thrown out when the court found in my favor. I’ve been fully exonerated.”
“Are you denying that you beat those women?”
“Hell yes, I’m denying I beat them.” Lukus wishes he could leave it at that, but knows he can’t. “What I did to them was punish them according to the contract they signed with their Doms when they joined the club. I did to them what they had witnessed me do to dozens of other women before them – things they had even enjoyed watching.”
It’s Tiff’s father who speaks from behind him. “So it’s true. You’re a sicko who owns a sex club where you hurt women?”
Lukus lowers Aiden’s feet to the wooden pier so he can turn to address Tiffany’s father. “I do own a sex club, yes. And I guess you’re allowed your opinion on if I’m a sicko or not. All I can say to you is that I love your daughter, sir.”
It’s Aiden in his face, shouting again. “Men like you don’t know how to love a woman like my sister. You use women. I don’t know what you have over her, but you need to walk away from her before she gets hurt.”
“You don’t think me just leaving her here without even saying goodbye is going to hurt her?” Lukus asks.
“She’ll get over it, and you know what the hell I mean. She needs to get away from you before she gets hurt, physically.”
Lukus is so close to throwing punches he takes a deep breath to remain calm. “I would rather cut my right arm off than ever let anything bad happen to Tiffany.”
Colin, the voice of reason, steps into the fray, pushing the two men apart. “All right, I think everyone should calm down. Let’s try to sort this out like civilized men.”
Aiden almost spits in Lukus’s face. “That assumes he is a civilized man. From what I’ve dug up, he’s more like a monster, hurting women on stage and trying to call it entertainment. Tiffany is going to freak out when she learns the truth.”
Lukus knows he should keep his mouth shut. She’d be upset if she was here, but he has no choice. He can’t allow Aiden to stay in the dark. “Tiffany has known the truth about the club from the very first day I met her. Our first night together was at the club. She’s been to many shows with me and is intimately aware of what happens there, both on and off stage.”
The blood drains from Aiden’s face. He looks like he’s going to be sick, and Lukus immediately regrets his outburst.
“I don’t believe you,” Aiden can only whisper.
“Listen, these are private matters between Tiffany and me. You’re just going to have to believe me when I say that I love your sister and I would go to my grave to keep her happy and safe. That needs to be good enough.”
It’s her dad who pipes in next. “You’ll never be good enough for my Tiffy.”
Lukus Mitchell is the owner of The Punishment Pit, Chicago’s top BDSM club. As the Master’s Master, he has enjoyed his freedom to play with a stable of subs over the years. He’s never contemplated settling down before, but is growing increasingly bored of the meek, pliant submissives who fail to challenge him.
Then he meets Tiffany O’Sullivan, a beautiful BDSM novice who has always yearned to explore her edgy dreams of submission, but whose sassy mouth always seems to land her in trouble.
Their attraction to each other is intense and immediate, but Tiffany challenges her new Dom like never before. They may start out at opposite ends of a BDSM tug-o-war, but can they meet somewhere in the middle—and if they do, can they both find happiness with the compromise?
Meanwhile, their best friends, Brianna and Markus Lambert, are still reconnecting after a recent event which almost ended their marriage. As awful as it was, it made them both realize not only how much they love each other, but also how important it is to share your darkest desires with your spouse.
Markus is more than willing to accommodate Brianna’s desire to be dominated in the bedroom, yet the couple has more than a few growing pains to work through as the dynamics of their marriage change from vanilla to D/s, with a sprinkle of DD.
Not content with almost having wrecked the Lamberts’ marriage and threatened Tiffany, Jake Davenport remains a threat in the two couples’ lives and relationships, and Lukus soon discovers that Brianna and Tiffany aren’t the only women Jake is targeting.
Can Tiffany find the strength to overcome her fears in order to let Lukus love her not only as a woman, but as his submissive?
Can Lukus deal with the way his new love challenges him at every turn, forcing him to confront fears he never even knew he had?
Can Markus and Lukus protect the women they love when Jake gets too close for comfort?
Find out in this, the third book in the Passion series. With the characters from previous books which readers have come to know and love, as well as introducing new ones, this is a fast-paced, intensely sexy, edgy and emotional story that combines humor, drama, friendship and romance in the way Livia Grant fans have come to expect, and new readers are sure to enjoy.
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