His instructions begin in the hotel room.
“Do you have a garter belt?”
“No. But I do have silk stockings that stay up without a garter. Do you want me to wear those?”
He nods. “And your black stilettos, please.”
It’s not until we get in the taxi that he makes his next request. Once he gives the driver an address, he leans in to whisper in my ear. “Take off your panties.”
I am sitting in the taxi in New York City with Ian Blackmon. The Ian Blackmon of Wall Street, Forbes and People magazine renown. Before our chance encounter, I’d never heard of him. Now I see his name and likeness everywhere I look. Before our encounter, I’d never even dreamed of meeting a man like him. Now I share intimate moments with him. Before our encounter, I’d never been tied up and ravished.
Now I am… frequently.
My name is Ella Strong. Welcome to my brand-new world.
“You know, it’s said that offering one’s throat to another, an alpha specifically, is the sign of ultimate submission, Ariel. It’s the most vulnerable position in which to be. I can wrap my hand around almost the entire perimeter of your lily-white throat.” His big hand follows his words and his thumb presses down ever so gently on my windpipe but releases it instantly.
Slightly shaking his head as he gazed upon me, he murmured, “A woman who can send an artist running for his brush. Just your slender, elegant neck alone is inspiration enough.” As he admired each part of me verbally, he paid homage to it physically. I knew there was a distinct possibility that I might reach a climax long before we joined together.
Nevertheless I keep it up. When I feel him get even harder than he was already, I stop and wait a few moments. Then I start up again. While I’m rubbing him, I kiss his throat, lick his ear, suck his earlobe, and finally bite his neck—hard. As soon as he feels my teeth sink into his flesh, his eyelids flutter closed for a brief moment, and then he grabs my hand, roughly leading me out of the club and right into a waiting taxi. I can’t help but smile.
After giving the driver the address of the hotel, he leans back and looks at me. Seeing my triumphant grin, he merely raises a brow. “Battle conceded, war still up for grabs,” he says as his hand goes back up my dress.
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Lulu Astor is a New York City girl, born and bred. She met her husband at a doggie play group in Tribeca in the ‘90s and together they embarked on adventures, moving first to Chicago, where their first son was born, then on to Santa Fe, New Mexico, followed by Los Angeles, Cali. Eventually they headed back to NYC where their second son made his debut shortly thereafter.
Beginning her writing career with nonfiction, she began writing short fiction (her first love) in grad school, moving on to longer works shortly thereafter. She wrote the Complements series in 2010, and it was published on KDP in 2013. Three and a Half Weeks was initially conceived as a short story but evolved into a full-length (very full) novel as time went on.
Immersing herself in fiction (whether reading or writing) every minute possible, she also teaches writing and literature as an adjunct professor in the New York-Connecticut area where she currently resides. Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Goodreads. You can follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter (reluctantly).
Sweet Baby Jesus, I am in love with this book. Whewww
When you have BDSM, virgins, Billionaire’s, love, Alpha males, scorned lovers, and the Russian Mafia….what more could you ask for? This is a 400 page novel and you will get your HEA but not before you are dragged through hell and back with a big smile on your face. Most often I whine because books are too short to develop the characters, and then when they are longer, you feel the writer has just (yadda, yadda, yadda.) with filler but this is certainly not the case. I loved every last page of this book and never skimmed one page because it was just that impressive/interesting. This writer had something to say and I did not want to miss a thing. You get a POV from both the H/h and you will feel their pain, joy, excitement, fears, anticipation, and the love and lust drips off each and every page.
The secondary characters, (friends and family) are very interesting too. So much in fact, the next three books: Complements, A Force of Nature. and Between us, are all about the supporting friends and family and you can bet I will be reading these books. I love details, suspense, kink. good loving. and good, bad. and ugly folks all included in my book……..and trust me, you get all of that and more. I am stingy with my, “5” ratings, so trust me, if I had had more stars, this book deserves it.
5 of 5 LOVE TAPS
A new author for me, which I always love reading new to me talent. I enjoyed the story .. mostly, its hard for me to get into a story when I don’t care much for the lead character. Again loved the story line, not Ella so much. Granted maybe the Dom should have thought his proposal through and moved on. (smiles)
Ella a virgin, fresh and innocent. That was her saving grace, remember how we all start out as a new sub. Pushing the lines, forgetting the rules. Walking around shocked and embarrassed slipping a giggle in as well.
Ian is a Dom not as intense as I’ve seen ones before but yeah He is a Dom. The train of thought for a lot of BDSM themed stories is something dark or tragic, hell even a broken heart, leads many Dom/subs to the lifestyle.. because its easier supposedly to keep ones feelings locked away…. grins lets see how that works out of Sir Ian.
I really thought that all the characters were filled out and the book length was good if not long (500pgs). I think also it runs you through various emotions a little bit of intrigue.. what romance isn’t complete without the Mafia in it (smiles). I enjoyed the BDSM scenes as well as the love, from the beginning Ella wanted to love and to be loved will she find it in a lifestyle she knows nothing about? Will she find it in the Dom that is afraid to love again?
I would gladly recommend this read to my friends… and Ill be looking for the next installments.. please enjoy.
4 of 5 LOVE TAPS
First off , first time reading a book from this Author.. and just the name caught me.. Lulu Astor.. Great Job!! My friends also call me Lulu short for Lourdes.
We first meet Ariel (Ella) Strong, innocent until she meets Mr. Ian Blackmon, gorgeous CEO, coming through the doors of the jewelry shop she works for. Not knowing much asks her best friend Mariah about him, that’s he’s the most notorious Bachelor in Portland, never seen with the same woman twice.
One day he asks her to come to his office after that day at the shop, because he cannot stop thinking about her.
” Ms. Strong—and I have to be honest— ever since that evening, I’ve had trouble getting you out of my mind…“ he perched on the corner of his desk and crossed his arms, “so I asked you here today to consider a proposition I’d like to put forward.”
And of course this has to do with BDSM, she never heard about much but from her friend Mariah, so she signed. Hoping it can work, with this handsome man, but like 3 and half weeks, much time she spent with Ian, until the whipping night. She had enough and left and went about to study, until almost year later she returned to the states, to Los Angeles, not Portland.
But Ian Blackmon did not give up on her, he did find out what happened to Ariel and let her be, he returned to the states, tried to make some changes, and also one night, he need to get out, try to forget Ariel, when that night of all nights, Ariel shows up at the club with her friends, and sees Ian from afar, they meet eyes, and things get hot again between them too, like if they were not apart for so long. Gosh did Ian miss Ariel, and so the feelings mutual. But Ariel gets a proposition of a job to work in New York, and Ian does not like the idea, and this is where all the commotion comes about because his Ex, Natasha, from Russian family, Russian Mafia, and did a lot to sabotage Ian’s Blackmon company and life, this story keeps you wanting to change pages, its a page turner, you will not be disappointed, the sex, the love story, the will to trust, and learn from one another, they meet Daniel, who went through a similar story like Ian, and Daniel has Ian’s back and helps him to move ahead with his company.
My first read by this author and I loved it, it kept me in suspense, loved the sex scenes, the BDSM, and how Ian and Ella could handle anything as long as there was truth in the relationship. Great Read, you will not be disappointed, long 500 pg E book, but well worth it. Yay!!!
5 of 5 LOVE TAPS
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