Crave

Crave

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by Sierra Cartwright
     
 

She still craved him… The sight of a collar in her boyfriend’s drawer had stunned Sarah. Panicking, she had fled. But no other man has ever been his equal.


Two years ago, the woman he’d hoped to collar and marry disappeared. So Reece McRae is stunned to find his former girlfriend on her knees, behaving as the submissive

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Overview

She still craved him… The sight of a collar in her boyfriend’s drawer had stunned Sarah. Panicking, she had fled. But no other man has ever been his equal.


Two years ago, the woman he’d hoped to collar and marry disappeared. So Reece McRae is stunned to find his former girlfriend on her knees, behaving as the submissive he’d always wanted.


Is it too late? He should refuse her, but an undeniable sexual attraction consumes him.


Sarah had been under Reece’s spell from the moment she met him. When she found a steel collar in his drawer, she panicked. The idea of a lifetime of his relentless demands, sensual and otherwise, suffocated her.


In the years they’ve been apart, she hasn’t met his equal. Now, convinced one last night will vanquish his memory, she sets out to seduce him.


The Reece she returns to is even more determined to have his way. Is she now strong enough, brave enough, to surrender to his love?


Reader Advisory: This book contains sensual torment, flogging, anal sex and sex in public.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781784300289
Publisher:
Totally Bound Publishing
Publication date:
05/30/2014
Series:
Bonds , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
174
Sales rank:
23,736
File size:
2 MB

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Copyright © Sierra Cartwright 2014. All Rights Reserved, Total-E-Ntwined Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.


What the fuck? Stunned, Reece McRae froze in place and stared at the woman prostrate before him.


Even though he couldn’t see her face, there was no doubt that it was Sarah. His Sarah. The woman he’d planned to collar, marry, cherish for the rest of his days.


She wore a black corset that had a white arrow on each side, making her waist look impossibly tiny. A skirt covered her buttocks—barely—and hinted at exposed flesh beneath.


Though it had been two years since he’d seen her, Reece remembered every one of her delicious curves. He recalled how silky soft she’d felt as he’d skimmed his fingertips across her skin.


At one time, he’d grasped handfuls of her long hair. Now its length pooled onto the hardwood floor. Her arms were stretched in front of her, and her hands were on the floor, palms facing up.


She remained in position, waiting on his command. Her reappearance was as unwelcome as it was unwanted.


And, this close, the scent of her—femininity wrapped in the musk of unrequited love and unexplored promise—wrapped around him and transported him back.


From the moment she’d walked into his company to apply for a job as his personal assistant four years before, he’d been attracted to her. After reminding himself that he had to be professional, he’d taken the time to consider all the applicants the human resources department had pre-screened. But she’d had the best résumé, and she’d interviewed better than anyone else.


Even on their first project, they’d thrived. They’d made one hell of a team. In a short time, he’d come to count on her brilliance, creativity and upbeat nature. He’d gone to the office every day with a smile.


At night, he’d hated saying goodbye. And he’d wanted, oh, so much more from her.


Though McRae International didn’t have rules against fraternising, as the CEO, he operated from his own set of guidelines. He didn’t date employees. He compartmentalised each area of his life.


It had taken nearly four months to convince himself that going on a single date couldn’t hurt. They’d worked late one night, and he’d invited her to dine with him afterwards. Instead of a quick bite, he’d taken her to his home and had grilled a couple of steaks. Though they’d shared an office suite, she’d kept her personal life cloaked in mystery. He’d never heard her make a phone call during the day, nor had he caught her spending any time on social media or answering anything other than company emails. It was as if she became a different person after she logged off the computer for the night. And the more time he’d spent with her, the more he’d wanted to know who the real Sarah was.


After dinner, he’d loaded the dishwasher, invited her to stay the night and promised her that he would be a complete gentleman. She had teased him about it. He’d admitted it was, indeed, a rarity. He’d made up the guest room, and when she’d slipped past him, he’d touched her shoulder, and she’d paused.


He hadn’t consciously planned to kiss her, but having her in his arms, that close, had melted his steely resolve.


And she’d responded to his kiss.


The next morning, while she’d slept, he’d gone for a long run around Memorial Park. He’d wondered what the hell he’d been thinking in bringing her home. Tasting Sarah had been like having a bite of dessert. She’d been decadent and delicious, and the sample had only increased his appetite. It—she—they were impossible on every level. He had sexual desires that were outside the norm. He’d scared off more than a handful of women over the years.


He’d got where he was in life by taking carefully calculated risks.


Seducing Sarah would be one of the worst ideas he’d ever had. After all, what were the chances that his perfect assistant would also want to be his kinky little submissive?


Finding a world-class employee was rare. He could find play partners. But over the next few weeks, the more he’d tried to deny the idea of being with her, the more it had persisted.


Behaving at work had become a bigger struggle each day.


His friend Julien had warned him of the dangers. If the relationship fell apart, Reece would be without a lover as well as a valuable work ally.


Reece had quickly discovered that, when it came to Sarah, logic was a thing of the past.


A month later, he’d asked her to accompany him to an after-hours business meeting. He’d rationalised that he could explain her presence to his associates, to her, even to himself. As if he’d still been a teenager, he’d held his breath until she’d agreed to be his guest.


In that moment, when she’d slipped into his car and he’d heard the whisper of her silk stockings and seen an expanse of thigh beneath her dress’s hem, he’d known he had a difficult choice to make. Less than a week later, he’d done the only thing possible. He’d fired her and asked her to move in.


After her initial shock, she’d accepted. They’d celebrated their new life with a honeymoon of sorts. When they’d returned to Houston, she’d started her own business, working from the home they’d shared. Over the next year and a half, she’d become his most valued ally, his trusted advisor. He’d loved having her at business dinners and on trips. Every decision they’d made had supported their commitment to their growing relationship.


Or so he’d believed until he’d returned home from work one day to find the house, her home office and his life empty.


For the first few days after she’d run, he’d imagined turning her delectable ass every shade of red before welcoming her back into his arms and life…where she belonged.


Then reality had sent in.


She was never coming back.


After the anger and stunned disbelief had worn off—an embarrassingly long time later—he’d picked up the pieces of his shattered dreams and had stowed them, and the memory of her, away. Lesson driven home.


Now he told himself to turn the fuck around and go find Julien and slam his betraying ass against the wall, despite the fact that it was his birthday weekend. The man was no fool. He had known that Sarah was in the room when he’d told Reece he’d procured a lovely sub for an evening of entertainment.


More than anyone, Julien knew what Reece had been through. After all, he’d been with him the whole miserable way. Together with their friend Kennedy, they’d emptied a fair number of Scotch bottles. But Reece hadn’t moved on. A month later, Julien had grown weary of Reece’s moroseness and had staged an intervention. Julien had said that he’d tracked down Sarah. As he’d dumped expensive booze down the drain, he’d added that she was safe, but that she wanted to be left alone. Afterwards, he’d dragged Reece to the gym, forced him to work on business plans and re-engage in his life.


By even the harshest of standards, Reece had done well for himself.


But there was a reason for those sad songs on jukeboxes. Did one ever recover from the shock of losing one’s soul mate?

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Meet the Author

INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Sierra Cartwright was born in Manchester, England and raised in Colorado. Moving to the United States was nothing like her young imagination had concocted. She expected to see cowboys everywhere, and a covered wagon or two would have been really nice!

Now she writes novels as untamed as the Rockies, while spending a fair amount of time in Texas…where, it turns out, the Texas Rangers law officers don't ride horses to roundup the bad guys, or have six-shooters strapped to their sexy thighs as she expected. And she's yet to see a poster that says Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Can you tell she has a vivid imagination?)

Sierra wrote her first book at age nine, a fanfic episode of Star Trek when she was fifteen, and she completed her first romance novel at nineteen. She actually kissed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) on the cheek once, and she says that's her biggest claim to fame. Her adventure through the turmoil of trust has taught her that love is the greatest gift. Like her image of the Old West, her writing is untamed, and nothing is off-limits.

She invites you to take a walk on the wild side…but only if you dare.

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Crave 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this.
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 As mentioned in the blurb, Sarah and Reece had once been on the brink of marriage when she ran away without an explanation. The story was told from both POVs, allowing the reader to fully understand the impact Sarah's decision had on both of them and whether or not they deserved a second chance. What I really liked about the progression of this story was that the communication and the sex flowed seamlessly, parallel to one another. They didn't talk then have sex or vice versa. It was important for them to resurface old feelings while making new discoveries and walking in each other's shoes. As a couple, I could see why they had worked in the past. There was enough backstory to show what had attracted them to one another in the first place, and I'm glad to say that it wasn't just sexual chemistry. Both of them had rewarding careers, and Sarah even managed to make her own way with Reece. All was fine at work but not so much at play. But I really liked the bolder, more mature version of Sarah. Judging by how many times she'd managed to shock Reece with her graceful submission, it was clear that she hadn't been as secure in their past relationship as he'd thought. It was also nice to see that she'd retained her sassiness and playfulness, and she knew when to tease her Dom and when not to. Reece had been described as a very generous and kind lover, a fair but firm Dom. On a personal level he could be quite the cutthroat though, not one to give people a second chance. The way Sarah had left him two years ago had cut him deeply, to the point where he had closed himself off from love. Obviously, Sarah remained his only weakness. While some may see this story as a strong woman groveling for forgiveness, it was much more than that. Their love had never faded, but both of them had made mistakes. They owed it to themselves to explore all the what ifs, and it was Sarah's decision. Feeling the hurt on both sides made me tear up a few times, and having been through something similar (minus the lifestyle), I could easily sympathize with their situation. Three of Reece's closest friends since University made appearances along the way, and I liked that they didn't have the "bros before hos" (I hate that saying, but you know what I'm getting at) attitude going on. They were much classier than that, supportive but not interfering. I liked Julien and Kennedy the most out of the foursome. Grant was merely a blip on my radar. Crave was a beautifully written story with all the emotional highs and lows of a couple trying to move forward. I would re-read this again, clutching a box of tissues. *Complimentary copy from publisher for the purpose of an honest review
cbiby More than 1 year ago
In the two years since Sarah walked out of Reece's life, she spent every day regretting her decision. She was scared. Not of Reece, but of the level of commitment he wanted with her. She's been with other men, but none of them make her feel the way she felt when she was with Reece. Determined to get Reece out of her system, she is on a mission to seduce him. Reece, on the other hand, is stunned to see her kneeling in front of him. He refuses to let her back into his life and into his heart, but he can't say no to one more weekend with Sarah. Will the weekend be enough? Or will they want something more? I wasn't quite sure what to expect with Crave. Not only was it my first book from Sierra Cartwright, it was also my first book to read from the publisher Totally Bound. I knew that they were known for their erotic romance books, but Crave was not what I thought it would be. Sure, it had a lot of amazingly hot scenes, but the element that I loved the most about the book was the characters. I loved all of them. First there was Sarah's tenacity. The girl knew what she wanted and damn it, she was going to get him. Then we have Reece and his three friends. Holy cow, can I have one of each? Their friendship was freaking fantastic. The banter between them was hysterical. I admired how they stood up for each other, especially after Sarah broke Reece's heart. They were skeptical about her and she had to win their trust just as much as Reece's. Above all, I really enjoyed Sierra's writing style. Crave was a mix of fun and sassy with a lot of sizzle. I loved the balance of the light moments and the strong BDSM moments between Reece and Sarah. They joke and tease just as much as they turn each other on. As the first book in the Bonds series, I thought Crave did an excellent job introducing the four friends. I knew it was a series, but wasn't sure whose book would be next. For the record, Kennedy is next and his book sounds even sexier. Yay!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crave is full of emotion, growth, forgiveness and love. Reese is a strong, tender Dominant who doesn't easily forgive. Will he forgive Sara? Sara is now a strong confident woman, going after what she wants. Will she get Reese? The journey for Reese and Sara is hot, emotional and wonderful.
jumooring More than 1 year ago
Sierra Cartwright was my first BDSM read ever with her Mastered Series and Ive been hooked on her ever since. Crave the first book in her new series (Bonds) I loved loved loved this book. When I read the first words (She still craved him) I knew it was on from there. I had to know more about Reese and Sarah....I knew this was going to be a book I wasn't able to put down. Im always amazed at how Sierra captures the raw emotions of her characters the pain and the love is right there in you face as if you where standing right there with them. I found myself turning pages quicker and quicker to find out what was going to happen next but I also had to remind my self that I needed to slow down and savor this love story because I didn't want it to end. Im so excited to be apart of this new series and I cant wait to see which one of the guys is next to except his destiny....The only fault I find is that Sierra you cant write fast enough for me.......Thank you for writing such awesome books for me and all your fans to read. If you've never read any of Sierra Cartwright's book your missing out and Crave will be a good starter book for anyone but be warned once you do you will have to have more.....
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It was alright. Just waiting for the next
Peachs44 More than 1 year ago
Crave is a hot exciting read and quite the page-turner. The story starts off right from the beginning captivating my attention keeping me entertained until the very end. After running from Reese two years earlier, Sarah returns hoping to get one more night with Reece thinking she can get him out of her system. Stunned by her sudden appearance Reece isn’t prepared to accept her apology but he is willing to accept her body. One night just proves nothing more than they belong together. Can Sarah get over her issues from the past that made her run? Will Reece forgive Sarah? Can they both be brave enough to take a chance, to resolve past issues so they can once again be together? At first I was thinking Sarah was stupid to have left him. Reece is one fine hunka-hunka without the pesky commitment issue thing and seems to be her perfect partner. As her side of the story is revealed, I get why she bolted. Not going into the details because it would spoil the story but let’s just say as the story unfolds we learn that Reece and Sarah have a past, but the real entertainment is how will they deal with it in the present. The journey they take together is delish all the way around. Their dialog is playful and you can tell despite being leery they go together well. The sexual play between Sarah and Reece is hot and steamy. I love how, even though they had been lovers before, they still have unexplored territory still to try out. Consider this your warning there is anal play. The secondary characters in this book are charming, quirky and I absolutely love them. Julien is my favorite and I truly hope he gets his own book in this series. Now that would be a awesome read!  This is my first book by author Sierra Cartwright and it’s a sure thing it won’t be the last. I’m hooked and can’t wait for the next book in the Bonds series to come out. As for Crave – Read. It. Now. I received this book from JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated. Stars– 4, Flames – 4