A year out of college and curvy girl Katrina Koile has learned that chasing your dreams isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. She struggles to pay rent, none of her relationships last longer than five minutes, and her brother Brian’s criticism grows harder to ignore.
Grow up, he tells her. You’re wasting your time.
When she accepts an invitation to a private, adult themed party, it feels like the first time she’s really taken control of her life. Bondage. Submission. These tantalizing, forbidden words call to the part of her that longs to have just one thing no one can take from her. She wants to be someone’s everything, unconditionally, for just one night.
What she isn’t prepared for is that one of the Doms at the party isn’t a stranger.
She’s known Josh Murcek since she was twelve. He’s her brother’s best friend, the boy who tutored her in algebra, taught her to tie cherry stems with her tongue, and now the man she looks up to like an older brother. Being his everything for one night could ruin their friendship forever.
And she thought her life was out of control before.
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He’d promised me earlier that day that I never had to know what it was like without him, but I knew deep in my bones that he’d take it all back now. How could he not?
But to my surprise, he didn’t look at me like that. He looked worried, scared maybe, and curious. Like the other men in the room, he didn’t wear a mask, but he was dressed to impress in a black button down shirt. Or had been, anyway. He’d unbuttoned his sleeve cuffs and rolled them up his forearms. His shirt was untucked and a little bit wrinkled. He didn’t quite match the black tie crowd I’d seen earlier, but he looked very Josh.
He shoved one hand into his pants pocket.
“I had no idea you were going to be here,” I answered his searching eyes quietly. That was the truth. I would never have shown up, no matter Julie’s begging, if I’d known. He nodded as he stepped down from the dining room into the open lanai.
“I think it’s safe to say I would not have come if I’d known you would be here, either.”
He opened his hand to lead me to the sofa but was careful not to touch me. I sat down and immediately tugged the gold ribbon free so that my mask fell forward into my lap. With it gone, the room felt bigger and I felt very exposed.
Josh inhaled sharply before very slowly lowering himself down beside me.
“Maybe you should put that back on.”
“Why bother? Genie is out of the bottle, so to speak.”
“Please.” I looked at him, but he’d turned his face away. “For me.”
I hesitated, but complied. It felt better to put the mask back on anyway, and when I had trouble tying it, his fingers caught mine and took the ribbons from me. He re-tied the mask with practiced ease and when it was back in place I felt his hand lower along my hair, his fingers gentle as they tucked the strands aside.
“It’s…easier if I can kind of pretend like you’re someone else.”
“Well that shouldn’t be a problem since I do not plan to go back in there.”
“Masquerade party, huh?”
“Well, the truth seemed a little awkward. Going to a bondage party, Josh. Should be a rockin’ good time.”
Josh didn’t laugh which made me wilt a little. He sat quiet for a little while and I could see the thoughts racing through his mind.
He took his time before finally turning to me fully. Strands of brown hair fell messily across his forehead, always unwilling to behave.
“Why are you here, Kat?”
“Why are you?”
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