In a desperate attempt to save the small shopping center that houses her bookstore, Meg tries to force developer Kyle into talking to the people his project will displace. She even offers to sleep with him to get his time. He counters with a bargain. He'll give her two hours if she'll spend a night in his bed, enduring his punishment. Both honor their promises, but neither is prepared for the attraction that blazes between them in the process, turning duty into joy and punishment into pleasure.
Lust blooms into love, but they each have baggage--family, financial and emotional--that may interfere with the relationship. And then there's Kyle's little confession that he's into sexual Mastery and occasional threesomes...
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Kyle's Bargain by Katherine Kingston
Meg Travis pushed against the tide of people leaving the building, working her way into the lobby. No surprise that so many were eager to get out at ten after five on a Friday afternoon. If any of them gave her a glance, they probably figured she'd forgotten something and needed to go back to retrieve it.
She had the elevator car to the fourth floor all to herself. The offices of Ryder & Harrison Development presented a bit more of a challenge. When she tried the main office door, she found they'd already locked it. She lurked in the hall, beside the water fountain, waiting. Her patience was rewarded within a few minutes when someone pushed the R&H door open from the inside. Meg hurried and caught it before it closed again completely. The young woman who'd left was so intent on catching the elevator she never turned around to see Meg.
Meg slid through the opening into an empty reception area. A single voice sounded from an office down the corridor to her left--maybe someone on the phone--but she didn't see anyone. Kyle Harrison's office was off to the right. The door stood partially opened, so she stayed close to the wall, sliding along it until she could peer in. The man was in there, working on his computer, his attention tightly focused on the screen.
Dark hair fell forward over his brow, getting more disarranged when he ran a hand through it as he studied the display. His thin, lean face pulled into a slight frown that narrowed the brilliant blue eyes and made his lips press tightly together.
Her heartbeat sped up as she watched him. While that came mostly from fear, some of it was a more personal reaction to the man himself. It infuriated her. Why did someone so handsome and sexy have to be such an asshole as well? And why did his looks affect her at all? She knew lots of other attractive men who never made her pulse skip a beat. But every time she saw this man--this infuriating, obstinate, pig-headed man--every time she talked to him, her entire body tensed and her blood sort of bubbled in her veins.
The rhythm of her heart jumped to a faster pace when he shifted back from the desk and stood up. Meg scooted along the wall until she could duck behind a filing cabinet. Just in time she squeezed into the shadowy corner it made with the wall.
Kyle Harrison walked out of his office, leaving the door open behind him. He didn't go out the main door, however, but instead went down the hall to the left. Going to the men's room, most likely. Good, she could go with Plan A.
Meg slid back along the wall and through the open door, making it in just as she heard footsteps coming down the corridor. Not Harrison returning, however. The tap of heels on the linoleum sounded different. She held her breath for a moment and prayed whoever it was wouldn't be coming to see Harrison. The clicking stopped at the main door out to the elevator lobby. Meg let out a long breath as it squeaked open.
She might not have much time, though, so she crossed the room, settled into Kyle Harrison's desk chair, grabbed the mouse and got to work. She became so engrossed she didn't realize the man had returned until a masculine voice asked, "What are you doing here?"
He stood in the doorway, but stepped into the room, leaving the office door open behind him.
She looked up, trying to keep all surprise off her face. "I've called your secretary a dozen or more times in the last few days. She wouldn't put me through to you. Or even schedule an appointment for me." Meg couldn't quite get enough air behind the words to make them sound as calm and normal as she would have liked.
Blue sparks glittered in his narrowed eyes. "You've said it all already."
She shrugged. "Desperate times, desperate measures."