A Shot in the Dark

A Shot in the Dark

by Christine d'Abo

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ISBN-13: 9781426892561
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 11/07/2011
Series: Long Shots
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 198,041
File size: 414 KB

About the Author

Christine d'Abo is a novelist, short story writer and secret ninja with over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to hit the gym. When she's not practising her ninja moves in her basement, she's most likely spending time with her family and two dogs. You can visit Christine at her website www.christinedabo.com.

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Paige stood in the doorway of the kitchen and knew her mouth was hanging open. There wasn't anything about sex that could startle her. She'd been around the block and back more than once. So it was odd that catching two of her employees fucking on the island in the kitchen threw her completely off-guard.

Granted, it had been an awfully long time since she'd seen any action herself. Her tastes tended to run a bit darker than the vanilla—although public—sex she was witnessing. Mitch and Beth still hadn't been alerted to her presence, which was understandable given they were groaning and moaning loud enough to wake the dead. Mitch hadn't fully removed his pants, and Paige only caught the occasional glimpse of his white ass as he thrust into Beth.

Paige disengaged from the scene unfolding in front of her. It was missing the spark she craved—all surface and no substance. Like watching a porn movie with the sound turned off.

Knowing she couldn't let this go on much longer, yet hating to ruin their fun before she had to ruin their lives, Paige stepped back out of the kitchen and leaned up against the counter. It gave her a moment to get her head straight and her temper under control. Things would only be worse if she lost it and started yelling at the pair.

God, she hated playing everyone's mom all the time. Every situation had her being the heavy, and damn she was getting tired of it.

Ian was forever picking fights with her, pushing her on every decision she made in regard to the business. She loved her brother and would be forever grateful to the little shit for encouraging them to start the store, but he wasn't the one with the business degree. He always questioned why she'd want to do things a particular way. Sure, occasionally he was right. He had solid instincts when it came to what his customers wanted. Ian was also a jerk half the time.

At least Sadie wasn't giving her any trouble. After their mom's death and the mess with their dad, Paige had worried about her sister. Not that Paige didn't still keep an eye on her, but Sadie was now happily settled in a relationship.

A moan from the kitchen was followed by a high-pitched squeak—and wasn't that an embarrassing sex noise—and finally the soft muttering of voices and laughter. Closing her eyes, Paige tried to slip into that place in her mind that gave her strength. It was getting harder and harder to find her center these days, almost to the point where she didn't think she'd be able to get there at all anymore.

Not without help.

Which she would never ask for again.

The sound of approaching footsteps had Paige straighten up and flick her long ponytail over her shoulder. She knew the image she'd be projecting. Ian would have called it her schoolteacher-from-hell glare, and it was something she'd learned to do at a young age. People didn't bully you if they were scared to death.

When Mitch and Beth finally spilled out of the kitchen, their clothing mostly where it should be, they didn't see her immediately. She waited, perversely enjoying the way Beth tensed and Mitch frowned before they both turned to her.

"Shit," Mitch muttered.

"I hope you didn't do that in the kitchen." Paige braced her hands on her hips. "Because it would get us shut down for at least a few days with the cleanup."

Beth sputtered for a moment before stepping between Paige and Mitch. "Paige, oh my God, we're sorry. It was a onetime thing and I promise it will never happen again."

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A Shot in the Dark 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This is book #2 in the Long Shot series, about three siblings running a coffee shop. Book #1 was Double Shot and you can see my review of that book, HERE...hint, it was rated an A. This book is about Paige, the oldest of the three. Hmm, this is a tough book for me to rate. While I enjoyed the book, the BDSM element was a little more hard-core than I am used to...not necessarily in the way that you would think with a BDSM novel. It wasn't too rough or anything like that, but the sub's needs for the pain in the BDSM were a little harsh for my tastes. And honestly, that is the basis for a lot of the conflict in the story. Because Paige needs the pain, that has opened her up to abuse from a former Dom which has made her scared of the lifestyle. Luckily, her hero is a gorgeous, caring fireman, Carter, who knows exactly how far to push her and has a good feel for what she does need. yum! This is most definitely erotica, but it has a great story too. Paige hasn't been in a relationship in over three years since she got out of her abusive one. She is scared to trust herself or someone else to know when to draw the line. For her, there is a very fine line between the pain she needs and the pain that goes too far. Carter has a great intuition though and he is the kind of sensitive Dom that she needs. I like how he pushes her into the relationship and forces her out of her comfort zone, because otherwise, she probably would have never gotten involved again. This has everything good that the first book had...fantastic coffee shop, sexy Adult club, and glimpses of the other characters that were so good from the first book...including Ian and Blue Eyes....I am so excited to read their story because they are next in this series. Yippee!! I cannot wait!!
MThomas1975 More than 1 year ago
A Shot In The Dark is the second in the Long Shots series by Christine d'Abo. Paige, Sadie and Ian left their old jobs to open a coffee shop/bakery called Pulled Long. In Double Shot, the first book in the series, Sadie got her happily ever after. A Shot In The Dark tells the story of Paige, the oldest Long sibling. Paige has had a tough life and has put all of her energy into her work instead of trying to find someone to spend her time with. She left a life behind that she's tried to forget for three years; a destructive relationship that almost killed her. She keeps everyone at arms length and is temperamental and somewhat mean. That is until a sexy stranger walks in the coffee shop one night. For the first time in what seems like forever, Paige finds herself interested in someone. Add in the fact that he seems to be into the scene she left behind years ago and her instincts and a pushy little brother tell her to give it a try. Carter is a firefighter and a Dom. He is exactly the kind of man that Paige needs in order to be fulfilled sexually. Is she willing to put the past behind her to make it work or will her past come back to haunt her? I really liked this novella. Paige and Carter were both very likable characters and Carter made a great Dom. The sex scenes were well written and the book had a great plot and flow. Even though the story was short, I didn't feel that the relationship between Paige and Carter was rushed or pushed. I have read several books that had BDSM aspects; some do it right, some fail miserably. Christine d'Abo did a great job explaining the Dom/Sub relationship and that pain for pleasure is far different than abuse. Sometimes people don't see that. I look forward to, Pulled Long, Ian's story. It'll be nice to see if things work out for him and Blue Eyes. I've been rooting for them since the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never write reviews buti had to give a heads upon this book. I tried my best to get through it but it was so dull. And pees really? Dont waste your time or money.
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