Beth Davenport has no interest in getting involved with another man for the foreseeable future. To say her last relationship ended in disaster would be a colossal understatement. The only reason she agrees to put in an appearance at Serpent’s Kiss, a private kink club in downtown St. Louis, is because her best friend, Nicole, won’t quit nagging her. When she walks in the door that night, the last thing she expects to do is meet a man who will have her reconsidering her ban on men.
As a captain with the St. Louis Fire Department, Drew Parker is used to being in charge. His crew relies on him to make sure they know what they’re doing and return home to their families after every shift. It isn’t, however, what he wants in a relationship. Drew decides to join Serpent’s Kiss to see if what appeals to him in fantasy is something he wants to explore in the real world. He’s also hoping that he’ll be lucky enough to meet a woman with whom he can explore his desires. The night Beth walks into the club, he is intrigued. Drew has to get to know her better.
After what happened to her, Beth is reluctant to get involved with Drew. It doesn’t matter that he is sweet and charming. She’s been burned before and Beth doesn’t think she can survive having her heart crushed again. Drew, however, won’t take no for an answer. He wants a relationship and is determined to chip away at her defenses until she relents. Will she give him a chance, or did her ex leave her with scars too deep to heal?
and a dark blue T-shirt his ex-girlfriend always said made his eyes pop. He was
hoping Beth would be at the club. Drew still wasn’t quite sure how to cross
that line Beth had drawn in the sand regarding their relationship, but he knew
he had to figure out something.
door of Serpent’s Kiss was look for Beth. It took a minute, but he found her in
the corner laughing with Katrina. Drew smiled. She looked happy. Relaxed.
turned her head in his direction. Her smile faltered, and his heart sank. She
wasn’t pleased to see him.
“Don’t get discouraged.”
lead him across the room to the bar. She ordered herself a drink, and he did
handled last Saturday well. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought
we’d never met.”
them, and Nicole twirled the little umbrella between her fingers. “What are
your intentions, Drew Parker?”
story. Or at least part of it. I don’t want to see her hurt. So I’ll ask again.
What are your intentions?”
answer, but he wasn’t sure that was the best idea. So far, Nicole had been his
best ally. “I want to ask her out.”
new to this. I don’t really know what comes next. Or if I’m overstepping some
unwritten rule. All I know is that I’m attracted to her. I’d like to see if
to scratch your itch?” Nicole asked.
any punches. “I’m looking for a relationship. Is Beth that woman? I don’t know
“Fair enough. And honest. Okay, I’ll help you. But if you break her heart, I’ll
break your balls. Got it?”
nervously. He had no doubt she meant it. “Got it.”
an hour, find her and say hi. Keep it light.”
back. “Turn on that firefighter charm all you boys are famous for. It might
make a small dent in that wall of hers.”