Excerpt Monday: Up In Knots by Gillian Archer

Up In Knots, book two in my Pleasure Code series releases today! Woot! Sorry, I’m just super excited. This day has been a long time coming :)

Up In KnotsBlurb:

After the loss of her Dom and first love two years ago, the time has come for Kyla to again allow herself the pleasure of giving up control. She isn’t looking for anything serious yet, just the comforting embrace of rope and a firm hand on her body for the night.

Rope-top Sawyer is extremely skilled and he doesn’t do relationships—but he’s fascinated by the gymnastics instructor who approaches him at a kink con. By the end of the day he’s vowed to help her feel submissive pleasure again, and to introduce her to a few Doms she can choose from.

But as Sawyer breaks down Kyla’s emotional defenses, his barriers also come down. Soon he can’t imagine giving Kyla over to any other Dom—and Kyla can’t imagine being with anyone else. When their feelings are put to the ultimate test, they’ll learn that while taking risks in the bedroom is easy, taking risks in love is terrifying.

And here’s a little peek…

The room filled with the rumblings of conversations and clatter of aluminum chairs as the crowd formed a haphazard oval. Surreptitiously surveying their instructor, Kyla watched him talk quietly with Lauren and another man. From the protective arm around her shoulders, Kyla guessed he must be the significant other. A wave of pain washed over her before she bit her lip and firmed her jaw against the weak sensation. She could do this. She was ready to get back into the scene. Her lack of significant other notwithstanding.

Significant other. The phrase rang ominously in her mind. A quick glance around the room showed that unlike herself, everyone else here had come with a partner. A feeling of dread pooled in her stomach. Once again she was the odd duck out. The dread multiplied as she watched Lauren gesture to the gap in the circle next to Kyla.

Before she could look away from Sawyer’s corner of the room—or disappear with her tail between her legs—Sawyer turned to her.

Air froze in her chest. Sawyer, The Sawyer, was looking at her. Not only looking but seeing her. She watched in frozen silence as his gaze swept from the tips of her toes, lingered on her small chest and finally rested on her face. She swallowed hard at the mischievous glint in his bright blue eyes. How could one man promise oh-so-much danger with only one glance? She shivered at the heat in his gaze.

Lauren said something, and he turned away. The moment gone. But the butterflies continued to dance and swirl in Kyla’s gut. He was more potent in person than she had ever imagined. Good thing she was sitting, otherwise she would’ve left a Kyla-sized imprint in the middle of the floor.

She looked away from the trio in the corner and focused instead on her wadded-up program. Since she didn’t have anyone near her to talk to, she might as well take a few minutes and read up on the class before it officially started. Her heart lurched when she curled open her program and saw the title: Rope Bondage for Couples.

Oh, Mylanta. Couples? What the frick was she gonna do? She was the clueless single in the couples class. She fidgeted in her seat. No one was looking her way now. If ever there was an opportunity to gracefully exit, this was it. As quietly as possible, she clutched her program and stood halfway up when Sawyer addressed the group again.

“Uh, yeah. Lauren reminded me we need to do a head count. If everyone can stay still for a sec…”

Kyla froze in her crouched position. Frick, frick, frick. There was no way she could leave now without causing a scene. And not the fun kind. She pretended like she needed to pat down the invisible wrinkles in her skirt before she claimed her seat once more.

“…twenty-two, twenty-three. All right, I think we might have one extra. But that’s okay. I’m going to need a lovely assistant to help me demonstrate the ties.” Sawyer turned and leveled her a smoky, seductive look. “Do I have any willing victims?”

Kyla swallowed hard. It didn’t take a NASA engineer to figure out she was the loner in the group. Her empty end of the circle spoke volumes for her single status. The butterflies in her stomach doubled. She’d wanted to play with Sawyer, but now—and in front of an audience? Suddenly it didn’t feel like the sexy, fun time she’d imagined. But the smoky promise in his eyes vowed some wonderfully naughty things to come.

Her hand shook slightly as she raised it. “I’m available.”

UP IN KNOTS is available at all major etailers

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Excerpt Monday: Up In Knots by Gillian Archer — 2 Comments

  1. Congrats, Gillian! It’s been two years since the release of Book One. You have a write to celebrate any way you’d like. Besides, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, how could you not celebrate BIG? :-)

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