Pleasure Control

Pleasure Control

by Cathryn Fox

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ISBN-13: 9780061749483
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: Pleasure Games Trilogy , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 261,294
File size: 851 KB

About the Author

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cathryn Fox has two teenagers who keep her busy and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life and is always trying to keep up with emails, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She spends her days writing page-turning books filled with heat and heart, and loves to hear from her readers.

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Pleasure Control

By Cathryn Fox

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Cathryn Fox
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061363405

Chapter One

How could so many women be looking to curb their husbands' sexual appetite?

Laura Manning pondered that question as she flicked off her Bunsen burner and curled her fingers around the warm glass test tube that held her future. She swirled vial number twenty-four in her palms and arched an eyebrow at her lab partner, Jay Cutler.

"Sure you don't want me to do this?"

Jay raked his fingers through his midnight hair. His sensuous mouth curved downward. "The libido suppressant we're cooking up is for guys, Laura." His eyes swept over her curves as he shifted his stance. "Trust me, you don't qualify by a long shot. And anyway, the Grant Governing Board will tank your career, and mine, if we don't show them something concrete by the end of next week."

Laura gnawed on her bottom lip, the way she always did when she was frustrated. Of course, he was right. They hadn't spent the last few months working long into the night for the board to suddenly red-light the project.

She sat on a stool and planted her elbows on the stainless steel work counter. "But we don't know all the side effects yet."

Jay reached out and closed his hand over hers. The sharp angles of his face softened when their eyes met. "And we'll never know unless I play guinea pig."

He squeezed her fingers and brushed his thumb over her skin. The touch wasinnocent, really, but it didn't stop the shock waves from pulsing through her. Shivers of warm need tingled all the way down to her toes. The already too small lab seemed to close in on her.

Even though his touch played some mysterious alchemy with her libido, she knew he didn't go for nerdy science girls like her. For the last three years she'd watched enough women fawning all over him to know Mr. Different-Woman-Every-Week had a ravenous appetite for tall, waify blondes with big toothy smiles that were, ultimately, the brightest thing about them. Her intelligence and petite, curvaceous frame were the antithesis of what he gravitated toward.

Honestly, couldn't men figure out that all good things came in bright, small packages? Her glance drifted downward and halted just below Jay's belt. Well, maybe not all things.

The heat from his thumb idly stroking her skin pulled her thoughts back. She jumped up and reached for a syringe. "Okay, if you're game, then let's get this over with. Grab a seat and roll up your sleeve." Motioning for him to take the stool beside hers, she prepared the serum.

She drew the potion into the needle, removed the air bubbles, and met his gaze straight on. "All set?"

"Prick me, Laura."

She ripped open an alcohol swab and swiped his bicep. Oh my! And what a lovely bicep it was.

"But be gentle. I've seen the way you give needles." The sexy cock of his head scattered her thoughts. "We're just lucky there haven't been any casualties yet." Humor edged his voice and played down her spine like a powerful aphrodisiac.

Ignoring the tingle flowing through her bloodstream, she bit back a grin, tossed him an annoyed look, and held up the syringe. "There's always a first."

He leaned into her and opened his mouth to speak, but she wagged her index finger and cut him off before he could come back with some smart-assed comment.

She arched a warning brow. "Play nice or I'll trade this in for a dull one." When would their easy banter and friendly jibes finally stop stirring her insides? Working closely with him for the last three years had not always been an easy task. At times she was certain root canal would have been less torturous. Whenever he gifted her with one of his casual, sexy grins, her body would ache to join with his, making it difficult to summon a modicum of concentration. Fortunately, they rarely spent any time together outside the lab. Such prolonged exposure to "Wildman" Jay Cutler would scorch her body more than a week in the blazing summer sun without SPF. Honestly, the man should come with a warning label.

They were, however, required to make an appearance at a monthly bonding session that Director Reginald Smith insisted all employees attend. Like Reginald always preached, "By bonding outside the workplace, we accept happiness and harmony into our lives." Good Lord! Step aside, Dr. Phil.

After she filled his muscle with the syrupy concoction, she covered the pinprick with a Band-Aid and sat back on her stool. "Now we wait." She turned her attention to her notebook and began jotting down the data.

He pitched his voice low. "Wait for what?"

She lifted her chin to look at him. "To see"—she stretched that last word out and nodded toward his crotch—"if Little Jay gets aroused."

"Little Jay?" A rakish smile touched his lips. "More like not-so-little-Jay, and don't you think we should put him to the test?"

Laura twisted sideways and glanced over her shoulder. "There must be a magazine around here somewhere to help you with that small problem," she teased.

He folded his arms in defiance, his lips curled. "I don't think so."

"Perhaps you should call one of your many girlfriends." What had been meant to sound professional came out sounding rather sarcastic, jealous. Damn.

Jay sidled closer. Close enough to overwhelm her senses with his hypnotic scent. He looked deep into her eyes and gazed at her with such intensity that ripples of sensual pleasure danced over her flesh.

"Did you forget this project is top secret, Laura? If Little Jay, as you so kindly named him, goes AWOL while I'm having sex, don't you think my date would get just a little suspicious?"

Okay, so apparently he'd never suffered from a bout of impotence. That didn't really surprise her. Thrill her? Yes. Surprise her? No. Too bad the last guy she'd dated couldn't claim the same victory. . . .


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Pleasure Control 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Romance_rookie More than 1 year ago
Pleasure Control is book one of Cathryn Fox's Pleasure Game series. Laura Manning is a scientist working on discovering a potion to inhibit a man's libido. For a long time she has had a crush on her lab partner Jay Cutler. With a deadline for the potion hanging over them, Jay suggests Laura try the potion on him and then seduce him to see if it works. Against her better judgment Laura goes along with the plan. Pleasure Control was an okay read for me. This book kind of gets the kiss of death I guess since there is not a lot that sets it apart from other books, nor is there anything that really stands out in my mind about it. It was neither good nor bad but somewhere in between. The characters, the plot and the execution were all just mediocre. What else can I say? The good things Pleasure Control has going for it are that is it short and sweet. There is not a lot of conflict. It's a relatively fast read at only 228 pages. Unfortunately, I can't really recommend it, unless there is not much else to read, or you want something short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to put it down, and I also enjoyed the two other books in the series Pleasure Prolong and Pleasure Exchange. Cathryn Fox is a very talented author.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lab partners Laura Manning and Jay Cutler are concerned that their funding might be cut especially if their grant request is rejected. Jay says he will serve as the guinea pig to see if their serum will suppress male libidos as their work must remain top secret so no one else would do. Laura says if this works on ¿Little Jay¿ it would on everyone as he has a different woman seemingly every weekend. He insists that she be his accompaniment this time to insure he is okay and to keep their work out of the hands of corporate spies. --- As they spend the weekend together, Little Jay seems to prove their elixir fails as it has a mind of its own when it comes to Laura. She begins to believe her dreams of loving him forever may come true while he wonders if perhaps he is not the cold-hearted SOB that his mom insisted he is as he now knows his feelings that he hid from with a plethora of females mean love. However both have doubts as this is a chemical experiment. --- PLEASURE CONTROL feels like a modern day but much hotter version of the Grant-Rogers film Monkey Business. The lead couple is a delightful pairing of two scientists with doubts about relationships outside the Bunsen burner world. The story line hooks the audience from the start and keeps readers throughout in a one sitting pleasurable read. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down!
BS70 More than 1 year ago
Cathryn Fox will take you on a great adventure! This is the first of three, each story gets you more invested and you find yourself rooting for them to find happiness and love! I loved it and so will you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They sure fell in move fast.
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