Rules surrounded her every day. It was just the way life was. Robyn didn't question it until she ran into Jace and Nash. It was hard to believe there were men who lived outside all the rules she'd been living under. One bite of forbidden fruit and she was hooked, unwilling to close her eyes to the temptation again. Not that anyone might blame her, one stunning male was enough to tempt a girl to sin...two was impossible to resist.
But it couldn't last. People just didn't fall in love in numbers of three. The sweet temptation of it haunted her though, as Jace and Nash refused to leave her. They pushed their way right into her life and took her with them when they faded back into the shadowy world they lived in. Special Forces, guns and betrayal should have turned her away but it only added more fascination to her growing addiction to remain with them. Without rules, the possibilities were endless and even love wasn't out of the question.
As long as you lived outside of protocol.
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Ellora's Cave Publishing, Incorporated
November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Outside Protocol by Dawn Ryder
A single stroke across her thigh made her jump.
"It's only a game, Robyn."
Oh, it was a game all right, only she wasn't sure which competition Nash was referring to. She reached for her castle and moved it before offering Nash a smile. "Sure it is." And the man was toying with her. Observing her and applying stimulation to further test her. In short, he was looking for the weak spots in her defenses.
"Checkmate." Jace's voice cracked like a whip as Robyn jerked her attention over to him. He abandoned his seat near the board and leaned back against the cushion behind him. He crossed one long leg over the other as he smiled at her. "Surrender, Robyn."
She laughed at his tone. It was that or gasp at his choice of words. Nash stroked her thigh once more as Jace's fingers found her bare shoulder. They didn't crowd her and that made her shiver. Each man sat a full foot away from her body. They reached across the distance, letting her see their intended touch before she felt it. Her skin tingled in anticipation of the contact before it happened. What her brain was stuck on was the fact that they weren't competing against each other. They were still working as a team, instead of one of them attempting to get the jump on the other in order to win her.
Carly's words bounced around inside her brain again but Robyn shook her head. Guys like these didn't share. There had to be a law written somewhere in the cosmos that stated a girl just couldn't get that unbelievably lucky. One hunk at a time.
Besides...it was wrong...right? M�nage � trois. It was just sex and nothing else. She grinned as she cast her eyes over both of them. Yeah, sex just for sex really wasn't her ball game. Flirting was one thing, harsh reality was another.
"Okay, you got me." She crossed her legs and moved her thigh away from Nash as she did it. He frowned at her before he reached for his drink. Jace's hand landed on her shoulder and remained, his fingers smoothly stroking her skin.
"Then surrender your king."
"Oh." Robyn looked back at the game. Somehow, the act of laying her king down seemed too submissive. The fingers on her shoulder pushed her gently towards the board as Nash watched her intently. The odds had been completely against her but that didn't make turning her king onto its side any easier. Her pride raged against the action as she pressed her foot into the floor to hold her back against the seat.
"A little melodramatic, don't you think?"
Jace stared at her. "No." His voice was firm with victory. Robyn shook her head as she refused to knock the chess piece over. He surged to his full height a second later and captured her wrist as he moved. "You owe me a forfeit."
"A what?" She stumbled slightly as she forgot how to walk in her spike heels. Jace steadied her as he placed a solid arm around her waist.
"A public display of victory." Jace moved her towards the small dance floor and a moment later she was held against his body. She felt too small in his embrace as he began to move her in a gentle rhythm while Nash watched them. Jace grinned down at her face as his fingers spread over her back. "You owe me a dance. But only because Nash promised you no handcuffs on the first date."
"You could have just asked."
Jace shook his head as he moved his body in time with the music. "To the victor goes the surrender."
"I believe the phrase ends with 'the spoils'."
Jace's eyes flickered with approval as Robyn tried to press his chest away from her a tiny bit. The arms binding her to his body didn't slacken, they remained solid as she felt her eyes widen with outrage. Jace offered her no apology for his actions. His fingers moved lower on her back to keep her bottom from lifting away from his body. When she bushed against him, there was the unmistakable touch of his erection. She shivered as she moved in tempo with his body; he directed her and she flowed into the rhythm he set. Submission had never tempted her so much as it did right then. It wasn't about handcuffs but sheer force of will. Jace had an aura that was, quite bluntly, spellbinding. All she had to do was give in to it.
"I prefer the surrender. Unconditional. That covers so much more than just spoils."
She gasped and Jace took instant advantage. His mouth captured hers as he stopped dancing. He pressed her firmly against his body as the hand covering her shoulders caught her hair and pulled her head back for his kiss. It wasn't a hard kiss and that surprised her. Jace licked her lower lip before sending his tongue into her mouth to mingle with hers. A moan rose from her chest as Jace fisted his hand in her hair to hold her still for his mouth. Her heart thumped frantically as he continued the kiss right there on the dance floor.
"Surrender tastes better too." Jace muttered his opinion an inch from her ear as he moved her around the dance floor once again. She stumbled through the steps as she attempted to think but found it impossible with her fingertips telling her how strong his heartbeat was. She frantically looked around but found only one set of eyes watching them. Nash held her empty glass in his hand as he looked at them. His eyes flickered with some emotion as she locked stares with him and the glass was set back next to their game. Nash flicked her king over with one hard motion of his hand before he stood up. She shuddered with the intensity of that moment before she bent her knees and ducked out of Jace's embrace.
Robyn gained her freedom only because Jace didn't want to dig his fingers into her dress. Knowing that made her shiver as she turned slightly to keep Nash in her sights as well. Alone, each was deadly. Combined, their assault was overwhelming.