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“No. But I was hoping we could remain friends.”

“You won’t see him again,” Jake said.

Sarah arched her brows. “Excuse me?”

“You heard me.” Jake leaned back, his gaze holding hers.

Sarah narrowed her own gaze. “Yes, I heard. Since when do you have the right to dictate who I can see?”

“Since I’m the man who plans to give you the best sex on either side of the Rockies.” Jake’s eyes softened and he devoured her with a single, hot look.

Sarah’s insides turned to jelly. She’d never experienced anything like that wild time in the elevator. She frowned when she recalled what Lainey had said. “And you have rules, don’t you, Jake,” she said.

“You didn’t mind those rules, did you, Sarah?”

“No.” She crossed her legs, deliberately showing a lot of thigh. “Why didn’t you tell me that you’re a Dom?”

Jake grinned slowly. “You figured it out. I suppose Lainey clued you in.”

Sarah waited for his answer.

He shrugged. “Didn’t seem like there was time. And if we were stuck in that elevator all night, I didn’t want you to be scared of me. So I kept it light and easy.”

“I suppose that makes sense. Does that mean you’re into bondage and whips and making women kneel for hours and hours?” Sarah asked. She was shocked by some of the things she’d learned on the internet and knew there were things she would not do, no matter how incredible the sex.

Jake leaned forward, his hands dangling between his legs. “Sarah, what happens between a Dom and his sub is agreed upon beforehand. There are rules and lines and they’re not crossed. Most partnerships sign contracts. For some, it’s a simple act of getting together to role-play. Others prefer a full time relationship. It’s like any other relationship built on respect and trust.”

“What about you? Do you want a slave twenty-four-seven?” Sarah asked.

Jake shook his head. “No. I like strong women who know what they want. And that’s part of what I like, having a strong woman submit.” He smiled gently. “Like you.”

Sarah crossed her arms across her chest when Jake stood and came to stand in front of her. “This is not a good idea, Jake.” She knew without a doubt he wanted her. As much as she wanted him. “I have rules too. Like no office entanglements,” she said.

Jake pulled her up, his hands holding hers. “You said you liked it last night. Were you lying?”

Sarah felt her face flame. “You know I wasn’t.”

He chuckled. “Yeah, you were hot and wild. You have no idea how much you gave me. You were wonderful.” He brought her hand up and kissed her knuckles.

“It’s really not a good idea to do it again,” Sarah said.

Jake held her gaze. “Because of Cory?”

Sarah rolled her eyes. “No! He has nothing to do with this.”

“Then why?”

“You’re only here for a couple of weeks then you’ll go back and tell that damn board to sell or close us down. You can indulge in your games, but when you leave I have to get on with my life and probably a new job.”

“What if I tell you that I’m not going to recommend that they close the company?” Jake said.

“What about selling?” she asked.

Jake shrugged. “That’s the owner’s decision.”

“And my job?”

“I can’t guarantee anything at this point. Except that I want you. I want to get to know the calm controlled woman who hides her passionate nature.”

“Maybe that was just a fluke. That wasn’t me.” Sarah said.

Jake laughed and tipped her head up with one finger. “Shall I kiss you and find out?”

God, Sarah wanted him to kiss her. She wanted to go up in flames. Damn, she wanted to beg Jake to fuck her right there.”

“What do you want, Sarah?” His voice deepened to a low, husky baritone.

“Oh my god, Jake, that voice. You could bottle it.”

“Be my sub, Sarah. Let me teach you. You can trust me. You can let yourself go and know you’ll be safe.” His lips hovered over her mouth.

She was tempted. She’d given in to his every command and he’d made it worthwhile to do so.

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