Title: Submissive Lies
Author: Shane Starrett
Genre: Erotic Romance with themes of infidelity
Release Date: August 10, 2019
Thomas was everything a woman should want. Smart, sweet, gorgeous… but that first spark Iâ€™d felt between us had fizzled. Thereâ€™s something wrong with me, something broken. Or… at least I thought it was broken. Then I met Steve. We went from spark to raging inferno with one flick of his eyebrow, one dangerous smile, and now all I can think about is the side of myself Iâ€™d tried so hard to lock away. Heâ€™s everything Thomas isnâ€™t. Heâ€™s everything Iâ€™ve been missing. Fire and passion… and dominance. If I was a good girl, a vanilla girl, I could have been happy with Thomas. But now that Iâ€™ve met Steve, I know thatâ€™s impossible.
My name is Jen. I am a submissive.
Iâ€™ve deceived everyone around me about who I am, and Iâ€™ve lied to myself. But this time I wonâ€™t.
This time I will choose happiness… even if it hurts.
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â€œOkay. Jen.â€ Thomas’ shoulders relaxed in another small release of tension as he gave a slight chuckle. â€œjust for future reference, you might want to think of another way of starting a conversation right after weâ€™ve had sex other than â€˜Can we talk?â€™ followed by â€˜Have I ever told you about my past lovers?â€™â€
â€œUgh.â€ I slumped back a bit, groaning. â€œThis is getting all twisted aroundâ€¦â€
He laughed, then reached down, kissing the top of my head. â€œItâ€™s fine. Just tell me what this is about.â€
â€œIn my past relationships, Iâ€¦â€ I paused, letting out a small sigh. â€œWell, there have been certain things about them that wereâ€¦well, aspects of them that have includedâ€¦ummâ€¦â€ I wasnâ€™t sure exactly how to approach this. This was not a conversation Iâ€™d ever thought I was going to need to have with him and coupled with the fact that the discussion had already gotten off to an awkward start, I was quickly beginning to lose my resolve to continue. However, Thomas was patient and didnâ€™t press me.
â€œCertain,â€ I picked up where I had stopped. â€œâ€¦certain, uh, what people would call â€¦ kinky things.â€ I looked up at him, hopeful, expectant, and saw his expression change from mild uncertainty to one of bemusement.
â€œYeah, you know, kinkyâ€¦sexual things.â€
â€œOkay.â€ Thomas frowned, his brows knitting together. He was deep in lawyer mode, and I could almost see his brain attacking this. â€œAre we talking about things like the toys in your drawer?â€ He made a slight motion towards the nightstand on my side of the bed.
â€œWell,â€ I pursed my lips together, taking a deep breath, trying not to let my frustration show. â€œThose could be considered part of it, I suppose, but what Iâ€™m referring to are things that would be a little moreâ€¦pronounced than that.â€
Shane Starrett has spent twenty-five years writing steamy, erotic technical documents (okay, the erotic part is probably a bit of a stretch) for major companies in the live events industry. His first novel, Submissive Lies, was long in coming, but with guidance from his long-time beta reader of 30 years (Ms. Starrett), it is now complete and available. When he isnâ€™t writing, which isnâ€™t often, he can be found hiking trails up and down the Sierra Nevadaâ€™s, and the coastal range in Southern California.