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His to Possess #1: The Seduction
     

His to Possess #1: The Seduction

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by Opal Carew
 

The first sizzling segment in the erotic serial His to Possess, an intoxicating tale of a woman torn between a dominant billionaire and a tattooed, bad boy rock musician.
Jessica's life was in ruins…until she met him.
Standing alone in the rain feeling lost in a new city, with no job and no prospects, she's about to give up. Until Dane

Overview

The first sizzling segment in the erotic serial His to Possess, an intoxicating tale of a woman torn between a dominant billionaire and a tattooed, bad boy rock musician.
Jessica's life was in ruins…until she met him.
Standing alone in the rain feeling lost in a new city, with no job and no prospects, she's about to give up. Until Dane Rainier pulls up in his limo and offers her a ride.
Dane commands a vast business empire, and he can have anything he wants—and he wants Jessica. For one night, at least. Now he's about to strip her bare and awaken her yearning to submit completely to a dominant billionaire.
But after the most intoxicating night of her life, will she ever be the same?
Don't miss the other installments of His to Possess: The Morning After (Part 2), Perfect Storm (Part 3), True Lies (Part 4), Entangled (Part 5), and Forever (Part 6).

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"Opal Carew is a genius at spinning the most erotic stories by tapping into forbidden fantasies and visiting emotions that literally bring the characters to their knees. A steamy-hot read!" – Fresh Fiction

“Carew’s a very entertaining author who knows how to keep the heat turned up in her tales of hedonism and sensuality.” –Night Owl Reviews

“Opal Carew is truly a goddess of sensuality in her writing.” –Dark Angel Reviews

“Opal Carew brings erotic romance to a whole new level…she sets your senses on fire!” –Reader to Reader

"You might find yourself needing to turn on the air conditioner despite the winter cold because this book is HOT!  Ms. Carew just keeps getting better.” –Romance Junkies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466850897
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/24/2013
Series:
His to Possess , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
34
Sales rank:
106,213
File size:
565 KB

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The Seduction

His To Possess #1


By Opal Carew

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2013 Opal Carew
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-5089-7



CHAPTER 1

Jessica watched the busy traffic and streams of people passing by the window as she took a last sip of coffee, then set the empty mug on the table. One man crossing the street toward her caught her eye. There was something familiar about his face, but she couldn't get a good look at him to figure out why.

She pulled her wallet from her purse and placed her credit card on the bill the waitress had left on a plastic tray on the table. Eating at this little restaurant a block from her hotel had definitely been a good idea. The food here was much cheaper than at the hotel restaurant and this trip to Philadelphia was already straining her budget. Coming here for the big career fair was worth the risk, though.

The waitress came by and picked up her card. As Jessica waited for her to return, she continued watching the men and women rushing by in business attire, trying to catch sight of the man again.

Self-consciously, she reached behind her head and checked her hair, which was coiled and held up with a clip. She didn't usually wear her long, black hair up, but she felt it looked more professional this way. The same with her smart charcoal gray suit and white blouse. Not her usual attire, since the environment at her cousin's Sally's company, where Jessica had last worked, had been pretty casual and everyone who worked there normally wore jeans to the office. Thank heavens for credit cards.

She glanced at her watch, and her stomach churned. She had to get going. The waitress returned with her card and Jessica signed the slip and tucked the receipt into her wallet. As she slipped on her coat, she noticed the man again, this time buying a newspaper from a newsstand just outside. She froze when she realized why this man had drawn her attention.

It was Storm.

This man, in his expensive-looking, tailored suit, his dark hair in a short and stylish cut, was the opposite of the Storm she knew. Her Storm had spiky hair and was typically in comfortable jeans and a skin-tight tank top that showed off his muscles and tattoos, with a black leather jacket at the ready for when he hopped on his big, sleek Harley. He was a guitarist in her brother's rock band, and he wouldn't be caught dead in business attire.

She watched this suited man as he tucked the paper under his arm and started walking down the street. That was definitely Storm's face. She gathered her purse and briefcase from the chair beside her and stood up. What was Storm doing here? And dressed like that?

She hadn't seen him in over a month. Not since the night he'd walked out on her.

Everything had been so good between them before that. Her heartbeat sped up at the memory. It had been better than good. All the women in town had been gaga over him, but he'd only had eyes for her. Hot, incredibly sexy eyes. She almost giggled at the memory. He was so tall, sexy, and macho. He could have had any woman he wanted, but he'd chosen her. He'd always made her melt inside every time he looked at her with that bad boy smile, and those smoldering, love-filled eyes.

At least, she'd thought it had been love, but clearly she'd been wrong. He'd up and left her life as abruptly as he'd entered it six months earlier, leaving her heartbroken and lonely.

She strolled to the door of the restaurant and stepped outside into the cool air. The sky was overcast and she hoped the rain would hold off until she was inside the career fair.

She noticed Storm was now in the crowd of people waiting at the light on the next block. The light turned green and he crossed.

Why was he here in Philadelphia?

Was it possible he'd come here looking for her? Maybe her mom had told him she was here and he'd come looking for her to tell her he couldn't live without her.

But surely Mom wouldn't do that.

It was a farfetched thought anyway, because right now he and the band should be traveling through California. But she couldn't think of any other reason why Storm would be in Philadelphia. And he was walking in the direction of her hotel.

Her heart swelled at the thought that he still loved her. She longed to be in his arms again. His hard, muscular body pressed tight to hers. His big, strong arms around her.

Oh, God, she'd missed him. Dreamt of him night after night, waking up quivering with need.

She glanced at her watch. She could grab a cab to the career fair, which would get her there fairly quickly. That way, a short detour shouldn't make her late. She hurried across the street after him. He turned into a Starbucks. Perfect. She could go in and just casually run into him. No biggie. Just two old friends happening across each other in a new city.

She opened the door and hurried inside, then glanced around and saw him at the counter placing his order.

Her heart fluttered. She knew that if he turned and gave her that heart-melting smile of his, then told her he wanted her back, she'd throw herself into his arms and kiss him like crazy. Then she would probably drag him back to her hotel room.

A smile curled her lips. Why kid herself? If he was here to win her back — and why else would he be here? — she would welcome him with open arms.

She drew back her shoulders and marched toward him.

"Storm," she said as casually as she could manage.

He poured cream into his coffee, then opened a sugar packet, totally ignoring her.

She stepped closer. "Storm."

He glanced toward her and her heart stopped. Oh, God, that's not Storm.

Her cheeks heated as she stared at the complete stranger.

A stranger who was every bit as handsome as Storm. Electricity sizzled through her as his piercing blue eyes locked on her. Those eyes were darker than Storm's, but with the same navy ring around the rim. And his dark brown hair, though cut much shorter than Storm's, was the same glossy texture and color. In fact, their features were strikingly similar, which was why she'd mistaken this man for Storm in the first place.

His eyebrows arched. "Excuse me?" he said, in a deep masculine voice.

"Oh, um ..." She drew in a shaky breath. "I'm sorry. I thought you were someone else."

He smiled. "Are you meeting this someone here?" "Oh, no. I'm from out of town and I thought ... you just look like someone I know."

"So you were hoping for a friendly face."

The warmth in his eyes, lit up by that debonair smile of his, stirred something deep inside her. She imagined this man asking her to join him for coffee, then them talking ... and him inviting her to dinner, and that leading to ... She swallowed. "Um, I just wanted to say hello. I mean, to Storm. Not you." Oh, damn, now she sounded rude.

Her heart thumped loudly in her chest and all she could think of was getting out of here. Away from this man's speculative gaze.

This sexy, drop-dead gorgeous man.

"Would you like to join me for a coffee?" he asked.

Panic welled up in her as she realized she was actually considering accepting. Did she really want this stranger to pick her up?

She glanced at her watch. "Sorry, I have to be somewhere. Um ... good-bye." With that she turned and raced out of the shop, her face still burning.

* * *

Dane watched the lovely woman scurry out the door as if she were escaping a predator.

Lightning flashed outside and what had started as a light rain now streamed down the window panes. He liked to walk to the office in the morning, but he drew the line at getting soaked. He picked up his coffee and sat down at one of the tables, then pulled out his cell phone. Outside he could see the lovely stranger trying to hail a cab. He smiled as he watched her timid attempts. Not even stepping off the sidewalk and making a pitiful little hand gesture toward the street. She'd never get a cab that way.

* * *

Jessica stuck out her hand as a cab drove past, but it didn't stop. Being from a small town, she wasn't used to hailing cabs, but she'd watched others doing it and it seemed simple enough. Most of the cabs that had driven by over the past few minutes had their top lights off, indicating they were unavailable. This one had its light on, but there were passengers inside, so maybe the driver had forgotten to turn it off. She tried to hail another, but it stopped for someone a little farther down the street. After several more failed attempts, she started to feel invisible.

The rain, which had begun as a drizzle, started coming down harder. Why hadn't she thought to bring an umbrella? Water streamed down her hair.

She tried for another cab, and was pleased to see it pull up, but then a couple pushed past her and hopped inside. She stared at them, her mouth agape at their rudeness.

A black limousine pulled up and the back window glided down.

"Can I offer you a lift?" said a familiar male voice. It was the man from the Starbucks.

Should she just climb into a limo with a stranger?

Water dribbled down her forehead and she wiped it away.

"Yes, thank you."

* * *

Jessica settled into the leather seat beside the stranger who looked so much like Storm. The limo pulled smoothly into traffic.

"Where are you heading?" he asked.

She pulled the address from her purse and handed it to him.

"Jeff, we'll be dropping the lady at the DoubleTree on Broad Street."

"Yes, sir," the chauffeur said, then closed the smoked glass partition.

This man must be pretty rich with his expensive suit and a chauffeur driving him around. The thought intimidated her a little.

She shifted in the seat, aware that she was dripping water all over the buttery leather seats.

"Thank you again. I really appreciate the ride."

The man beside her smiled. "My pleasure. My name is Dane."

He offered his hand and she grasped it for a handshake.

"I'm Jessica Long."

Heat hummed through her as his fingers closed around hers, then he gently squeezed before he let go. He was so big and masculine. Her hormones pulsed through her, tempting her to lean in a little closer and breathe in the musky male scent of him.

He reached into a compartment beside the seat and handed her a towel. "The rain has played havoc with your hair."

He flipped open a mirror on one of the side panels and she could see her drooping wet hair.

"Oh, no. I look awful."

He smiled. "I wouldn't say that."

She pulled the clip from the back of her head and her hair tumbled over her shoulders. She towel dried it, then pulled a brush out of her purse and ran it through her long, and now only slightly damp, tresses.

"Your hair looks lovely like that."

She glanced at his smiling face and her insides quivered at the heat in his eyes.

"Um ... thanks. I think it looks more professional up, though."

"You're going to a business meeting, I presume."

"A career fair, actually." She twisted her long hair into a coil, then clipped it up again. She glanced at her reflection in the mirror and tucked in a few loose strands.

"Ah, things too limiting in your current job?"

"I don't have a job right now," she admitted. "In fact, I've been out of work for four months." She glanced at his face, expecting to see disapproval, but he simply waited for her to continue. "I come from a small town and jobs are really limited there."

"Well, you're doing the right thing coming to the city. There'll be a lot of opportunities at the career fair."

She nodded, but the thought of walking into a room with all those people looking for jobs, the employers assessing everyone who stepped into their booth, made her stomach queasy.

"You don't look convinced," he said.

She shook her head. "I'm just nervous because I'm not used to networking and being interviewed. For the past six years I worked for my cousin, Sally, who had her own company developing Web sites. Then she got married and moved to Oregon."

Damn, she was nattering.

"When you're talking to a potential employer, just keep three things in mind."

She gazed at him with a keen focus, ready to soak in his words of wisdom.

"Listen to what the other person has to say. Respond with something positive."

At his pause, she prompted, "And the third thing?" "Smile. When you do that, your whole face lights up."

She glanced down at her clasped hands self-consciously. "Thank you, but I doubt that will make a difference."

"It will. It makes you memorable, and that gives you an edge. When these people go back to their offices with a whole stack of résumés and a vague memory of the short interviews they had with people, they'll be more inclined to call back someone who stands out, even if that reason is because of a beautiful smile."

She knew he was just trying to make her feel better, but she decided to put his advice into action. "That sounds like great advice. Thank you." Then she smiled.

He chuckled. "I know you don't believe it, but trust me. It'll work."

The limo slowed down and Dane glanced out the window. "We're almost there."

"Thanks for the ride."

The limo pulled to a stop and the driver got out of the car.

"One more thing." He pulled something out of his pocket and handed it to her.

She took what appeared to be a flat stone from his hand.

"It's a tranquility stone. Keep it in your pocket and if you feel yourself getting anxious, rub it between your thumb and finger. It'll help calm your nerves. It'll also remind you to follow my advice."

It was a lovely pale blue with white bands, flat, and completely smooth. And it was still warm from being in his pocket. Close to his body. She stroked her thumb over the surface. It was so ... comforting.

"I can't take your stone."

He shrugged. "Of course you can."

The driver opened the door.

"Oh, well ... again, thank you." She slipped the stone in her coat pocket.

The driver held an umbrella over her as she got out of the car.

She turned back and Dane held out her briefcase.

"Jessica, you'll do fine today. I'm sure you'll find a great job."

She nodded and turned away as the driver closed the car door, then walked her to the entrance of the hotel. As she went inside, she realized she should have asked for his card. That was one of the basics of networking. Man, she really was bad at this.

* * *

Jessica relaxed into the soft, cushioned booth at the quiet restaurant six blocks from the hotel. She'd spoken to more than two dozen employers today and she was exhausted. She was looking forward to a nice quiet dinner, then going back to her room to recharge before tomorrow. One more harrowing day meeting employers, then she'd be on her way home.

Her fingers stroked over the tranquility stone in her skirt pocket. She was surprised she hadn't worn a hole through it. Dane had been right, it had helped her relax. And she had followed his advice. Listen, make a positive comment, and smile. But she wasn't sure how much good it had done her. After most of the interviews, they just said they'd keep her résumé on file for six months.

Having the stone, and following Dane's advice, had made her think of him all day long. They'd said good-bye this morning and she knew she'd never see him again, but she wished it could be different. It was sweet how he'd offered her a drive, and then given her advice on how to succeed at the career fair.

Her finger stroked over the smooth stone in her hand. It was just a stone, but it had been his. He'd carried it with him. And he'd given it to her. As a gift.

The warmth of the stone against her fingers reminded her of the warmth of his fingers around hers when he'd shaken her hand. There'd been a spark of interest in his warm blue eyes.

The waitress arrived with the wine she'd asked for. Except instead of placing a single glass full of wine in front of her, she placed an empty glass and poured from a blue bottle, then set it on the table.

"I'm sorry, there's been a mistake," Jessica said. "I ordered a glass of the house wine."

"I assure you, this is a much better choice."

At the familiar masculine voice, she glanced up to see Dane standing beside the table smiling at her. She pulled herself up straighter in the chair, her heart racing.

"How did you find me?"

"I wanted to invite you to dinner, so I called the closest hotels to where we met this morning and asked for you. When I found your hotel, you weren't in, so I stopped by the hotel and bribed the concierge for any information he might have about where you went. He remembered you calling down to ask for a recommendation on where to eat." He smiled. "And voilà, here I am."

She smiled. "So you were stalking me." She couldn't believe an important man like Dane would even give her a second thought.

"May I join you for dinner?"

His powerful masculine presence and devastatingly attractive smile dazzled her. She concentrated on keeping her breathing even.

"Well, I can't drink a whole bottle of wine by myself and I'd hate to see it go to waste."

He sat across from her and the waitress produced another wineglass, filled it, and set it in front of Dane.

He sipped it and smiled at her. "Very nice. What do you think?"

She tasted the wine and a subtle flavor of delicate fruits danced across her tongue. She didn't know a lot about wine, but she found this one delightful.

"It's very nice. Thank you."

"My pleasure." He ordered a seafood pasta from the waitress, then turned back to Jessica. "So how did it go?" He picked up the cloth napkin from his plate and unfolded it, then set it on his lap.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Seduction by Opal Carew. Copyright © 2013 Opal Carew. Excerpted by permission of St. Martin's Press.
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Meet the Author

OPAL CAREW is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen erotic romances for St. Martin's including His To Command, Blush and Twin Fantasies. She lives in Canada and writes full time.


Opal Carew is the author of Total Abandon, Pleasure Bound, Twin Fantasies and other erotic romance novels. “So why do I like writing erotic romance?” she asks. “I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries.” Opal loves crystals, dragons, feathers, cats, pink hair, the occult and all that glitters. While she writes, she listens to inspirational music, lights candles and keeps crystals near. Before devoting herself to her passion as a writer, Opal spent 15 years as a software analyst, and she has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She lives with her husband and two sons in Ontario, Canada.

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His to Possess #1: The Seduction 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow this book was awesome, Jessica is sweet, innocent and needs a job. He is sexy, rich, and drop dead gorgeous and owns a company- what can I say, perfect. The chemistry between these two is out of this world. The sex is hot, hot , hot! I give this book five stars and recommend it highly.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an exciting start to a new series!  I love the characters and can't wait to see if there is a connection between Storm & Dane.   This has so much potential, so many places that it can go.  This first installment is a huge teaser!  I love the idea of starting over in a new town, the excitement, that terror and that's exactly what Jessica is going through.  I felt for her going to a job fair, all the blind  interviewing but then to meet Dane, what a way to end a stuffy event like a job fair!  I can't wait to read more!
WillaReads More than 1 year ago
HOTTEST. MINISERIES. EVER.  All I can say is WOW.  This story is like a drug, and I am hooked on Dane and Jessica's mindblowing romance.  Dane is a fantasy come to life, and Jessica is living out every woman's dream.  I love her and I can't wait to see what happens next.!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is up with these stupid writers that fell the need to write 40 or less pages and then ask us for support them in there writing....how stupid and greedy are you as a writer? Do us all a favor and be true to your self as a writer and let us as readers enjoy a real book with 260 plus pages there's a thought . I know for me I will no longer buy or ready any more of this crap that seems to be the "thing to do" I am sticking with my favorite writer Alice Clayton best writer ever and she writes a full book . There's a thought....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each "book" in this series is nothing more than a chapter each. Less than 40 pages per book. If you want to spend $12.00 for a book then buy all 6. If not then don't waste your money like I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok story but not enough for 20some pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short but good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$1.99 for 31 pages. I don't think so! I will not buy anymore of this series. It should not be allowed for an authur to be able to do this. Shame on you! Will not read anymore books by this author!
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pilsilver30 More than 1 year ago
I always like the authors that can develop characters and a good plot in a short story. The first book was written better the rest of them, it least it addressed the item of protection while others didn't even mentioned the use of condoms or the talk re being on the pill and tests, which it in this day and age is so not believable.
pageprincess_50 More than 1 year ago
STEAMY READ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Series: His to Possess #1 Category /Genre: Erotica, Short-story Received from: Amazon purchase Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors This is the first part in a novella released in six episodes. They do need to be read in order. Jessica has been out of work for four months. The man she loved left her six months ago. The bills are piling up, her heart is broken, there are no job prospects in her hometown, and she fears she may soon have to move back home. Can you say despair, depression, and doubt? While in Philadelphia for a job fair, she meets a sharply-dressed man, and gives into her own desires to be with him for one night. While this is a very short story, it is also a good introduction to the main characters of this series and a great background to our two central characters meeting. I am in love with Jessica. I could feel her desperation in love and finances overwhelming her and the beautiful release that submission provides for her. Watching her grow in this relationship should be very arousing and edifying. This is the first book I have read from Ms. Carew. I’m looking forward to catching the rest of this series (all are available).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot hot hot
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tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of Opal Carew's I have ever read. It was an easy, fun read. I like the hero, Dane. He seems like a perfect, sexy guy. Even though he is a dominating type of male, he sometimes shows his softer side. The heroine, Jessica seems young and naive. I can understand her desire to be with Dane, but at times she just seemed to jump so quickly. I did finish this part to want to read the next part.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this part of the story. The book was STEAMY! The wording of the story is not so great but I can't explain this. But for me it doesn't totally ruin it for me. Jessica runs into Dane who she thinks is her ex Storm (thanks goodness I didn't have to read a story where the love interests name is Storm). Dane and her have what she thinks is a one night stand and it is HOT. Short story even shorter. Jessica is going to a job fair and finally gets hired and guess who is her new boss!
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. I really enjoy reading this and other Opal Carew books. Jessica and Dane's chemistry is off the charts.
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
This book is the first I've read by this author and it didn't disappoint. This book kept my attention and left me wanting more. I will be reading more in this series. 
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
Oh my!! What a tease!! The first installment of this 6 part serial was HOT!! It drew me in from page one and had me trying very very hard to get my kindle to turn to the next page when I had reached the end. I can't wait to see what Ms. Carew has in store for Jessica and Dane. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
jeniNY More than 1 year ago
Opal Carew never disappoints another sexy fun read Opal Carew is on my list of favorite authors.  I look for her new releases frequently I was so excited to receive an ARC of this first installment of the "His to Possess" series. From the moment we meet Jessica she is so sweet and naive.   Then she meets Dane by chance and the chemistry between them is crazy, fireworks spark and they have what Jessica believes to be a one night stand.  But we soon find out Dane has other plans. Can't wait to read the other installments. *ARC received compliments of the talented author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is an Adult only book.It is graphic but not in a bad way. Jessica needs a job and goes to Philly for a Career Fair. She meets Dane in a coffee shop and accepts a ride in his limo when it starts to rain. Dane chases her down and invites her to supper. She lets him into her hotel room. I like the characters in this story.The story flows nicely through the book. This is the end of the first installment
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
Very sexy! This is a great start to a hot story! Love the alpha maleness! I plan on reading the rest of the series! I like that it's short and gets right to the meat of the story. Reading the other books is a must since it ends in a cliffhanger. So far so good