As it so often was, my choice was obedience, or pain.
They never said anything when they came into my cell. I had never once seen their faces. The light was far too harsh, even when I was allowed my sight. No, of them, I knew only the athletic legs, their boots, the feminine high heels that made them seem to tower over me. Sometimes they were in leather, more often in the mundane. Jeans, shorts, leggings. Once it had been slacks, as if my persecutor that day was on her way to a business meeting, and stopped off for a quick bout of torment for me.
And their hands.
I knew every line, crease and vein on their slender hands. Some where tan, most were pale, even delicate.
What they did to me was anything but.
As they held the whip, or the cane, or the crop, my eyes always focused on the hands.
I knew what they wanted, what they expected. But I never cooperated. They’d never make me give it to them.
I always chose the pain. No matter how bad it was — and there had been times that it was awful — it still paled next to the bitterness of obedience, of bowing.
I would wait, in silence, whether gagged or not.
They liked to make me wait. But it wouldn’t work either. I would endure, and I would prevail.
The door to my cell opened, the subtle zephyr of air across my chilled skin bringing me back to the present. I straightened my back, raising my chin. It was an unspoken expectation that I was to look at the floor in their presence, but I wasn’t about to meekly go along with their insanity. It would cost me, I knew, but nothing came without cost in this place. I resolved to show them I was no cowering dog.
I would endure.
The sound of the heels on the smooth concrete always echoed, and as a result I could never tell how many of them had entered, how many would witness my ordeal, participate in it, savor it.
Then the heels appeared in the circle of light shining down upon me. So, it was to be only one tormentor this time. I dreaded it when it was only one, for oddly, it always lasted longer, the pain was always worse.
But I would endure.
“Do you know how long you’ve been in this hole?”
My blood ran cold at the sound of the silky smooth voice, the cool confidence, the edge in her slightly clipped cadence. It was her. I was certain of it.
I was afraid, but I’d never let her know. She might make me cry out as the fire slashed across my flesh, but I’d never let her see my fear.
The punishment came without warning. It was her way, and I’d come to know it well. I was crying out before the end, my back a seething mass of burning welts, my body striped with fire. As before, I tried to hold back the tears. I wouldn’t let her see them. Not ever. I would not scream. I would not break.
I would endure.
My punishment was merciless, but that wasn’t the worst of it. It was what happened afterward.
She whispered them against my welted skin, as my muscles trembled and spasmed, pain wracking my shoulders, the stripes she'd left upon me like flames licking my flesh.
It wasn’t the lash that I feared.
They were the words she spoke to me, before leaving me to my agony, my solitude. Each time, they threatened to undo me — and each time I heard them, they were more seductive.
“Surrender to me.”
Finally, the story of Quinton Trask's ordeal can be told. This dark romantic suspense can be read as a stand-alone, but the experience will be much richer if the reader has previously read Her Troika, Book #2 in the Dominion Trust series.
This dark romance is intended for mature audiences. 18 and over only!
This novel contains the following themes or activities: pervasive F/m BDSM, capture fantasy, intense and explicit sex, and other acts of unequal power dynamics. If any of these might be offensive to you, please do not buy or read this book.Word Count:
Keywords: psychological thriller, psychosexual thriller, BDSM, captivity, femdom, alpha male submissive, bondage, D/s, dominance and submission, alpha female dominant, Dominion Trust series, Trent Evans, dark romance, captive fantasy, kidnapped hero, strong heroine, enemies to lovers, HEA, Happily Ever After, F/m, contemporary romance