Who needs safe and boring when you can play with a pirate on the French Riviera?
Burned-out author Rachel Conklin sparks her creativity on the French Riviera as a fishing boat cook. Things are smooth sailing until she’s thrown overboard into a storm-tossed sea. Rachel awakens to find herself staring into the eyes of a sexy pirate-looking hunk who changes the course of her life forever.
Dr. Henri Bernier is an analytical man with a quiet life and a job he loves. The last thing he expects to find when he anchors his treasured fishing boat in the sheltered harbor of a small island is an accidental mermaid washed ashore. He soon learns his perfect life leaves much to be desired.
Will desire save them or drown them in a perfect storm from their pasts?
About the Author
Award-Winning author Sloane Taylor is a sensual woman who believes humor and sex are healthy aspects of our everyday lives and carries that philosophy into her books. She writes sexually explicit romances that takes you right into the bedroom. Being a true romantic, all her stories have a happy ever after. Her books are set in Europe where the men are all male and the North American women they encounter are both feminine and strong. They also bring more than lust to their men’s lives. Taylor was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Studly, her mate for life, and Taylor now live in a small home in Indiana and enjoy the change from city life. She is an avid cook and posts new recipes on her blog http://sloanetaylor.blogspot.com/ every Wednesday. The recipes are user friendly, meaning easy. Taylor currently has five erotic romance books released by Toque & Dagger Publishing with more releasing in the near future.
Read an Excerpt
Steel needles stabbed into his bare skin. The pain registered, but there was little he could do to ease his sunburned arms. He grabbed the slick wheel with all his strength to fight the raging hell beneath him. His heart pounded, echoing in his ears, as yet another wall of icy water crashed over the helm. The salt water blinded him, but he was too afraid to let go and rub his burning eyes.
His white knuckles ached from the cold while an ungodly heat tore through his tendons. The trawler rocked under another whitecap that crashed starboard side. Acrid bile rose in his throat, and he swallowed hard.
How stupid could a man be to take his fishing boat out alone today? Even more idiotic, he had not bothered to check the weather report, despite knowing full well unpredicted squalls were normal in the Ligurian Sea.
He tried to remember the prayers his mother taught him years ago. All that ran through his mind was rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub. He vowed if God let him live, he would never lust after another woman, nor trick his young patients into believing their inoculations would not be painful.
"Merde. Shit," and every other curse word he could think of shot out of his mouth, only to be swallowed in a clap of thunder.
And why the fuck had he been such an âne sage not to have worn his life vest? They can engrave Wise Ass on his tombstone if his body ever washed to shore.
A small break in the weather allowed him to relax his grip enough to shut the wheelhouse windows, but he continued to search for the petit island that should lay just to the east. If only the sky would lighten so he could makeout the minuscule blot of land.
His left foot slipped on the gritty deck, and the wheel shot out of his hand as he ducked to clear the fishhook sailing past his head. The damned rope had broken loose, he realized, as the massive spear banged into the iron railing before it shot into the sea.
Everything he had known as a boy and man flashed through his mind, but the memory of his father stood out over all. The man was a giant with muscles that bulged when he lifted the full tuna nets from the sea. Yet, his arms never trembled under the immense weight. Henri had always been proud of his gentle father, even when he had pushed him too far. A smile wrestled with his mouth as he realized that were his papa still alive, he would have filleted Henri for being so stupid--or worse, garroted him if he sank his father's prized boat.
A thunderclap rattled his teeth as dual lightning streaks shot up out of the whitecaps. Purples and greens flashed an eerie glow that burned across the sky, and for a brief instant the barren island came into sight. He seized the wheel tighter, shook away the nostalgia, and swore he would keep his promise to God as he steered the aged craft toward safety.
Relief washed over Henri as the squall did a sharp jag west. Now all he had to do was make it to land and check out his damage.
Her lungs ached, but her body lay calm, nestled in blessed numbness that not even the surrounding ruckus could disturb. Wind howled as something icy splashed against what should be her legs, but it required energy to open her eyes and check. No way would she let go the euphoric feeling of finally being free from harm.
Pain raced up her arm, like a hot dagger, destroying her sleep. She cocked open an eye as lightning flashes streaked up from the sea, and all the horror rocketed back into her mind.
The storm hurled the ship like a wiffle ball in a tornado. She fled to safety inside a cabin below--the captain's cabin. Feet pounded on the stairs. Men cursed. The stench of unwashed bodies and vile Portuguese words collided in the narrow room. Dirty hands clawed at her, tearing her skin. Arms choked the life from her lungs. She flew in the air. Screams. Freezing water sucked her down.
Hot tears flooded her cheeks, blurring her vision, but not her mind.
Her body shook as the hideous pictures flashed behind her eyes, the images rampant and too real. She coiled into a tight ball, unable to shut off the unwanted projector.
Rachel choked on what had to be an ocean of crap rising from her stomach. Coughing hard, she turned her head into the sand and spit out the vile salt caked against her palate. The slight movement took all her strength, leaving her drained. Rain pelted her back, plastering her soaked hair to her skull. A volley of shivers ran through her pain-filled body. Instinctively she knew she had to find shelter or die.
Thunder boomed, splitting the night in two. She gulped back a scream. Fear clutched her heart as she dug her broken fingernails into the mushy sand.
Please, God, don't let it happen again.
With all her strength, Rachel crawled farther up the beach.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was another great Club Decadence book! I have loved this series since it began, and I cant wait for the next amazing couples story. Im sure it will be just as fun, sweet, suspenseful, and super hot sexy as this book was. These Decadence Doms have that just right mix of super HOT Alpha male and soft gooey center. And each book gives you a good amount of angst and laughs to go with the romance and lovin.
This was a wonderful addition to the Decadence series. It was a reunion of meeting old friends and new ones. The length is great, there is more time to deeply examine the feelings and emotions of the characters. The storyline was brilliant with many twists and turns with action, adventure, danger, violence, BDSM, romance and love. I can hardly wait for the next one.
Oh, these Decadence books!!!!! Whether they are from the Club Decadence or Decadence Nights they are something EXTRA special to read!! I just love how they can all revolve around the same club, and some of the same characters, and yet have such different storylines and backgrounds to their characters, yet ALL be so individually different! As for this one French Kiss, I loved Marilee and Arturo from the get go!! They were slightly older than some of the other characters; Mari having raised her children and losing her husband. Their story was just so special, Arturo knowing just what she needed and through all their surrounding mystery and intrigue they manage to still find their HEA! Love, love, love!!!
LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS FAIR, MA BELLE I enjoyed this second story in the Decadence Nights series. The series has people from previous stories, but each reads as a standalone. The emotions are varied for Marilee, from coping with the death of her husband and master, to wanting release, but never allowing herself to go to the level needed, to learning to live again, and then feeling like everything she believed in was nothing more than lies. From overseas to Texas, MI6 Agent, Arturo Durand, is working a case that has seen several of their operatives murdered, and a link to their Texas-based BSE is having leaks and technology sold to the highest bidder. Arturo turns to his American friends of the Rossi group, and while in town, enjoys their BDSM club. The story has a great cast of characters, many that we have grown to love in previous stories, intriguing storyline, mystery, suspense, angst, passion and high tech spying. What starts out as a one night scene at Decadence, becomes more for Mari and Arturo. What happens when it comes out her late husband was selling BSE secrets? Hurt, confusion, betrayal, and lies, it has Marilee questioning her eighteen-year marriage. Then to learn that you think someone is your friend and they are using you and your business. The plot and characters keep the pages turning in this cat and mouse game of espionage. Some people are players and users, and they don’t care who gets hurt. For Marilee, she wanted Arturo, the whole gorgeous, captivating, sadistic package. As a sadist, he is the first dom who understands her and can make this masochist soar again; they are truly yin and yang.
As with all Club Decadence and Decadence Night books, French Kiss is a must read! It can be read as a standalone and is well written with wonderful characters. The author brought back characters from Club Decadence and seamlessly blended them into the love story of Marilee and Arturo while introducing new characters that will hopefully be seen in future books within this series. This story is nice in length and has many twists and turns within the mystery and action portion. Reading this book kept me on the edge of my seat with action, laughs, tears, sizzling hot sex scenes and spankings with lots of BDSM fun. I highly recommend French Kiss and applaud Maddie Taylor for another successful book to please her fans!!
This is the second book in Maddie’s “Club Decadence” series. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the first yet, but if it is as good as French Kiss, then it will be on my don’t miss list. While the BDSM content of this story is a little more severe than my normal tastes, the plot, pace and writing style more than compensate and make this a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. As a stand-alone action thriller, the book is first class. With the added DOM/SUB theme, it earns a four star rating. Enjoy…….
This book is as good as the others in the Club Decadence – Decadence night series of books. It is a love story wrapped up in an interesting mystery – and with plenty of sex and spanking thrown in for good measure. The story moves quickly, and didn’t slow down at all. I enjoyed the characters, the interaction between them, and the presence of characters from other books in the series. While the book can be read as a stand-alone, knowing something of the other people mentioned did add to my enjoyment of the book.
Another absolutely wonderful book by this author! The two main characters, Mari and Arturo, are developed and complex characters that have lived very productive and full lives before meeting each other. The author drew me into this story from the prologue and kept me fascinated until the very end. In the beginning of the story I was a little concerned that Mari would not live up to the strong women associated with this series – but I could not have been more wrong. I fell in love with this couple and cannot wait to get to updates throughout this series’ remaining stories.
Loving this series. The beginning of the story grabs your attention and makes you want to know what is going to happen next. I love Rachel's spunk and her need to protect. Henri is sweet and wonderful. (I want to take him home). Henri's and Rachel's relationship progressed well. Sex scenes were hot! This is a short read so the story line is quick but totally worth reading.