Julia Lyle will have nothing to do with domineering men, no matter how tall, dark, and sexy. But Dom Marcus Cavendish will be satisfied with nothing less than collaring the fiercely independent Julia. Nothing could have shocked her more... Julia Lyle is invited to her best friend's wedding and is stunned when Lana kneels to accept her husband's collar. When Julia starts to object, firm, relentless hands land on her shoulders. The man behind her threatens to turn her over his knee if she interrupts. She's outraged, but there's no doubt he's serious. After the ceremony, he offers her a glimpse into her friend's lifestyle, if she's brave enough to accept. Master Marcus Cavendish is everything she doesn't want in a man-dominant, self-assured and arrogant. So why can't she resist him? Telling herself that learning about the lifestyle will make her a better friend, Julia agrees to submit to Master Marcus, but only for the evening. Firm and unrelenting in his handling of her, he introduces her to his tawse and the pleasure/pain of a spanking delivered by a competent Dom. The experience unnerves her, making her question everything she thought she knew about relationships, and his forced orgasms leave her shattered. No doubt the scene seduced her, and that makes her doubly determined to avoid him. She has fought hard for her freedom and vowed only to date nice men, and Master Marcus is anything but safe. Marcus is undeterred. Julia is a natural sub. The way she responded to his touch, his voice, his punishment proved it. Now he has to convince her to yield to him, submitting to his tawse as she kneels to accept his collar.
Things couldn't get worse. It was bad enough that Maggie had to spend the days with her boss and nemesis. Now to find out he's a Dom at her favourite place to play? Maggie Carpenter needs an escape from her everyday life and her overbearing boss. David Tomlinson has ruined her life and career by acquiring her family's business and tying her to an untenable employment contract. So she and her friend head for an evening at the Den to explore their wildest fantasies...only to find David there looking ridiculously sexy with a bare chest and a set of handcuffs attached to his belt loop. David is just as shocked to find his spitfire employee at the Den. He leans against the wall, watching, unable to wrap his mind around the idea that the woman who constantly challenges him might be a sub. But when another Dom approaches her and she casts her gaze down, he sees another side of her. His reaction to the submissive Maggie is immediate and sizzling hot and so is the unwelcome jealousy he experiences. He's always had a strict no-fraternisation rule, but he's determined to have her in his cuffs before the evening is out, despite the dozens of reasons he shouldn't. He wants Maggie surrendered to him, in his cuffs, literally as well as figuratively.
MASTERED goes where few dare. Suffused with titillating sexual content, this deliciously unorthodox love story also offers rare and gripping insight into the psychological elements of a dominant/submissive relationship. Told from both perspectives, it is an exciting roller coaster ride that leaves one rethinking what is normally considered the dark side of human nature. Meet Missy Weaver: Missy always knew that she was different. Deeply submissive but terrified of being labelled deviant, she suppresses her true nature. In its place she constructs a socially acceptable half-life where she exists in militant self-denial. That is, until fate intervenes... Meet James Colton: Dominant to the bone, James recognizes Missy as innately as a lion identifies the gazelle to be cut from the herd. Easily, he penetrates her well-honed facade. What he finds inflames his imagination and effectively ends nearly three years of mourning and self-imposed celibacy. The erotic excitement reaches its apex again and again. It is kicked up yet another notch with an unpredictable sub-plot. The unique storyline will keep you whet, wanting - and excited to turn the next page! In the end, MASTERED will have you begging for more!
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy and the Breathless Trilogy knows what makes readers hot. Now she turns it up in Mastered, the explosive first book in a new series of a desire too dangerous to resist. What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt. She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn’t belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did—but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn’t leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control. What he wants, she isn’t sure she can give him. The moment he told her want he wanted, she couldn’t resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn’t sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn’t destroy her in the end. From the Trade Paperback edition.
It was business only... Chelsea Barton is terrible at the whole submission thing, and she wants to snare the Dom of her dreams. She seeks out the renowned trainer Master Alexander. Alex has his hands full with Chelsea, especially when he realises he doesn't want to turn her over to another man... Damn, damn, and double damn. This was so not supposed to happen. Chelsea Barton always gets what she wants, and she wants the up and coming rocker Evan C to accept her as his sub. But her performance always disappoints him. Determined to have her way, she begs Master Alexander Monahan to train her. Alex has given up training submissives, and no matter what, he would not work with someone as bold, headstrong, and stubborn as Chelsea. But there's something about her that intrigues and impresses him, an enthusiasm that is missing from his too-dull life. Under very strict guidelines he agrees. She has to try her best. She has to submit uncomplainingly to his punishments. And there's a two week obligation, after which they will part ways. Being a trainer is a very different relationship than a D/s, and despite his intentions to remain aloof, he starts to care deeply for the headstrong Chelsea. Chelsea unhesitatingly agrees to Master Alexander's rules, after all, he's going to give her the skills she needs to get what she wants. But, damn it, the longer she trains with him, the more she is attracted to his rugged good look as well as to his firm, but relentless ways. She reminds herself of her goals, but that becomes more difficult every day. For Alex, falling for a sub who will belong to another man was never part of the deal.
Book Three in the Mastered series. He can't say he wasn't warned... From the moment he's cautioned to avoid the submissive who snares his attention, Dom Michael Dayton is intrigued. With her tight dress, flowing hair and honest dialogue, what could be more perfect than a few hours together? Sydney Wallace fears only one thing-being tied down. She lives for adventure and fun, including the occasional BDSM party. By always scening with different Doms, she avoids emotional entanglements that might complicate her life. A man who owns a ranch and has roots deep into the soil is definitely not the kind of Dom she wants to play with. Sydney has never met anyone as complex as Master Michael Dayton. From the moment he issues his first command, she knows he's different. He watches her reactions, sees what she wants, and unselfishly gives her what she needs. Getting involved with a man like him would be the biggest risk of her life, crossing over all of lines she's drawn to protect her way of life. After the first night together, Michael realises he should have heeded the warning. But it may already be too late...
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy and the Breathless Trilogy knows what makes readers hot. Now she turns it up in Mastered, the explosive first book in a new series of a desire too dangerous to resist. What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt. She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn't belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did--but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn't leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control. What he wants, she isn't sure she can give him. The moment he told her want he wanted, she couldn't resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn't sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn't destroy her in the end.
His heart wasn't in it... Dom Niles Malloy has locked his favourite flogger in a drawer and has all-but left the lifestyle, but then Brandy Hess shatters his solitude and shakes up his life, challenging him to fully live again. What you see isn't what you get... Though he was once a respected and well-known Dom, Niles Malloy rarely attends functions at the Den, and he has no interest in ever having another permanent relationship. He satisfies his occasional desire for kink by playing with subs who have no expectations. Professional sub Brandy Hess has known Master Niles for years, and when he invites her to play with him, she accepts. But she's unprepared for the reaction she has to his intense brand of play. In their shared, emotionally intimate moments she sees the weariness in his features, and she has a dangerous and compelling urge to know him better. Experience has taught her to never again settle for less than a man's complete commitment, yet when she runs into him outside their normal setting, neither can deny the potent and pulsing attraction. He's much, much deeper than she imagined, and she soon realises he's everything she wants and doesn't need in a man. As she surrenders to him a second time, Brandy wonders if she's lost her sense of self-preservation. She's attracted to an enigma, a man with an edge, someone as remote as he is demanding, and her life will never be the same...
MASTERED revolves around the deeply and secretly submissive MISSY WEAVER, who, terrified of societal backlash - buries her true nature from an early age. In its place, she constructs an unfulfilled but 'acceptable' half-life, where she exists quietly in militant self-denial. That is, until fate intervenes... The story alternates between Missy's perspective and that of JAMES COLTON, whose unabashed Dominance leaves her knees weak and her mind reeling! While daringly depicting the 'mechanics' of a Dominant/submissive relationship, MASTERED also delves into the rarely addressed psychology behind it. You will come to know and care about these 3-dimensional, multi-faceted characters.You will take a peek into the forbidden and oft-misunderstood world of BDSM. And finally, you will learn the truth. The erotic excitement reaches its apex again and again, leaving the reader panting in anticipation! It is kicked up another notch by an unpredictable sub-plot, rich in imminent danger and intrigue! This unique storyline will keep you peeking around the next corner - and turning the next page - in order to find out exactly what, er, cums next! In the end, MASTERED will have you begging for more!
To save a friend’s life, she’ll sacrifice anything. Even herself. Brynna Monet is on a man diet for the rest of her life. No more G-men, spies, or soldiers, period. Willpower comes easily from the scars left on her heart by a string of dominant bad boys who have all asked too high a price for her passion—her trust.When the unspeakable happens and her best friend is abducted by a madman, Brynn is assigned as a secret consultant on one of the military’s riskiest rescue missions, but she’s got help from a pair of the Special Forces’ most notorious bad boys—Rhett Lange and Rebel Stafford. From the moment Brynn lands in the middle of a Texas wilderness with these two, she questions the sanity of her decision—and the survival of her willpower. Like the most decadent dominant dessert, Rhett and Rebel embody everything her body craves—and everything her spirit fears. Their control unravels her fantasies, their command exposes her desire…and their courage moves her heart. But, like all dreams, it’s temporary. She knows better than to give up her trust—until the fate of the mission hinges on exactly that. Can she face her biggest fear to save a friend’s life while retaining her own soul?
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Breathless Trilogy comes the first novel in the Enforcers series—a bold new direction in erotic romance that explores the games men and women play, and the price they're willing to pay for pleasure. Coming November 2015: The Enforcers Book II: Dominated
For fans of E. L. James, Sylvia Day, J. Kenner and Meredith Wild. Mastered is the first in a sizzling hot erotic romance series, The Enforcers: these men don't play by the rules - they make them. She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched - she clearly didn't belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did - but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognised the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn't leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control. The moment he told her what he wanted, she couldn't resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn't sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn't destroy her in the end. For more exciting and steamy romance, read the whole series: Mastered, Dominated, Kept. And don't miss Maya Banks's emotionally seductive Surrender trilogy: Letting Go, Giving In, Taking It All.
“This book is a wonderfully meticulous exploration into the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe phenomenon! Brian C. Baer has done a fantastic job!”—James Eatock, He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures; “How He-Man Mastered the Universe is an entertaining and insightful look into the He-Man franchise and its effect on later media franchises. Essential reading for anyone interested in reading about the evolution of the modern media franchise.”--Jess Nevins, The Evolution of the Costumed Avenger: The 4000-Year History of the Superhero; “Finally a comprehensive history of one of the greatest (if not the greatest) action figure line in the history of human civilization! Baer digs deep, and shows the influence of a hero who became much more than 5 inches of plastic.”--Tim Seeley, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Revival; “With his entertaining and informative look at the cultural significance of these ’80s action icons, Brian C. Baer has written a book for gamers and scholars alike that’s as colorful and fun as a classic cartoon.”—Telly Davidson, Culture War: How the ’90s Made Us Who We Are Today (Whether We Like It or Not). Elaborate cinematic universes and sophisticated marketing tie-ins are commonplace in entertainment today. It's easy to forget that the transmedia trend began in 1982 with a barbarian action figure. He-Man and the other characters in Mattel's popular Masters of the Universe toy line quickly found their way into comic books, video games, multiple television series and a Hollywood film. The original animated series (1983-1985) was the first based on an action figure, and the cult classic Masters of the Universe (1987) was the first toy-inspired live-action feature film. But it wasn't easy. He-Man faced adversaries more dangerous than Skeletor: entertainment lawyers, Hollywood executives, even the Reagan administration. The heroes and villains of Eternia did more than shape the childhoods of the toy-buying public--they formed the modern entertainment landscape.
Amanda Bryant has been a spy for five long years, but when aliens suddenly appear claiming a deadly enemy threatens Earth's very survival, Amanda is asked by her superiors to accept the most dangerous mission of her life...volunteer to be an alien's bride, to share the strange warrior's bed and then betray him. Accepting the assignment, Amanda is processed as the first Interstellar Bride and transported halfway across the galaxy to her new mate's battleship where she awakens to discover she has been matched to not just one huge Prillon warrior, but two. Shocked by her craving for the touch of two dominant alpha males, Amanda attempts to hide her body's immediate reaction to Commander Grigg and his second, Rav. Resistance is futile as her new mates expect to control every aspect of her life, and her pleasure, and neither will hesitate to deliver a thorough and embarrassing spanking should she disobey their sensual commands, or resist a complex and deeply arousing series of medical exams designed to ensure her sexual readiness for their claiming. Seduced and cherished by two alpha alien warriors who hide nothing from her, Amanda quickly comes to realize that the threat to Earth is very real. When she witnesses a battle with the enemy and the resulting death of a highly respected warrior, she knows she must tell her mates the truth and hope they can forgive her for her duplicity before it's too late. Loyalties will be tested as Amanda fights the most important battle of her life. How can she protect the warriors she has grown to love and save the people of Earth from making a terrible mistake? Will her human contacts believe her when, with every touch, every look, they will see just how thoroughly she has been mastered by her mates? Publisher's Note: Mastered by Her Mates is a stand-alone prequel novel set in the same world as Assigned a Mate, Mated to the Warriors, Claimed by Her Mates, Taken by Her Mates, and Mated to the Beast. It is an erotic romance novel that includes sexual scenes, elements of BDSM, spankings and more and is intended for an adult audience. If such material offends you, please do not buy this book.
This is not only an EBook but also a personal study guide for you to really discover what, how and why you do the things you do. The steps involved are based on YOU understand YOU, then you will be able to move forward in life with some of the tools provided in this EBook, through stories, NLP, personal development, coaching etc. If you are looking to achieve goals, targets etc in life or in business it will always involve change and challenges. How you handle those 2 'C' words will determine how successful you will be. There are many tools here for you to probably do, something you may have not done so far in life, and that is to take inventory of yourself. Who are you? What is your purpose? What makes YOU tick? Step 1 will raise your awareness on your current mindset, attitude, beliefs, comfort zone, what failure actually is and an understanding to NLP and how it is used by almost every successful person in life. The purpose of starting with this is to understand your current programming so that we can start to un-program you to a better version of you. Step 2 is a self awareness exercise on the type of person/leader you are in both your personal and business life. And it is also a look into your creative mind. Again before we work on making a change we need to understand what we need to change in the first place and why. Step 3 comprises of fun and easy tests you can use on yourself, and the people in your life, to find out your personal conditioning/programming, your actual communication style, life style, personal preference style and motivation style. This is the self awareness about you that you probably have never really analysed. By understanding how you can analyse yourself you can start to analyse others in your personal and work life. Step 4 is all about opening your mind up to how we all really communicate by understanding the three languages we all use unconsciously and then consciously selecting the one required to gain better rapport and influence with others to reach the outcome you desire. Step 5 is about bringing it all together - how to have more control and awareness over your thoughts and feeling so you can finally achieve your goals, desires and dreams. We all operate our processes mainly in our unconscious states of mind and without giving it much thought, and hence move through life like a piece of driftwood on the ocean being tossed from here and there which can eventually be on the rocks. BUT when you consciously are aware of how your thoughts, feeling, attitudes and beliefs can guide you in life you are like a sophisticated ocean going linear moving with a real purpose to your predetermined destination.
The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride. As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as "Dalziel," Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England's most august noble titles, he must now take on that gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grand dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle's willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort and his nights with sheer pleasure. Determined to claim her, he embarks on a seduction to prove his mastery over every inch of her body . . . and every piece of her heart.
While in men it is possible to trace a tendency to inflict pain, or the semblance of pain, on the women they love, it is still easier to trace in women a delight in experiencing physical pain when inflicted by a lover, and an eagerness to accept subjection to his will. Such a tendency is certainly normal. To abandon herself to her lover, to be able to rely on his physical strength and mental resourcefulness, to be swept out of herself and beyond the control of her own will, to drift idly in delicious submission to another and stronger will--this is one of the commonest aspirations in a young woman's intimate love dreams. In our own age these aspirations most often find their expression in such dreams.
Rome, 80 AD Torn between a forced marriage and the threat of assassination, Clodia is desperate to escape the cruel, dangerous world of the Imperial city. But the greatest challenge the young widow faces is her forbidden desire for the one man who can save her—her fearless bodyguard slave. A proud warrior brought to Rome in chains, Artair's hunger for freedom is almost as strong as his hunger for his beautiful domina. Artair's fierce loyalty to Clodia soon leads him into the brutal gladiatorial arena, where he is prepared to sacrifice his life to defend her honor…
User Experience Re-Mastered: Your Guide to Getting the Right Design provides an understanding of key design and development processes aimed at enhancing the user experience of websites and web applications. The book is organized into four parts. Part 1 deals with the concept of usability, covering user needs analysis and card sorting—a tool for shaping information architecture in websites and software applications. Part 2 focuses on idea generation processes, including brainstorming; sketching; persona development; and the use of prototypes to validate and extract assumptions and requirements that exist among the product team. Part 3 presents core design principles and guidelines for website creation, along with tips and examples on how to apply these principles and guidelines. Part 4 on evaluation and analysis discusses the roles, procedures, and documents needed for an evaluation session; guidelines for planning and conducting a usability test; the analysis and interpretation of data from evaluation sessions; and user interface inspection using heuristic evaluation and other inspection methods. *A guided, hands-on tour through the process of creating the ultimate user experience – from testing, to prototyping, to design, to evaluation *Provides tried and tested material from best sellers in Morgan Kaufmann’s Series in Interactive Technologies, including leaders in the field such as Bill Buxton and Jakob Nielsen *Features never before seen material from Chauncey Wilson’s forthcoming, and highly anticipated Handbook for User Centered Design
Mastered by the Clock is the first work to explore the evolution of clock-based time consciousness in the American South. Challenging traditional assumptions about the plantation economy's reliance on a premodern, nature-based conception of time, Mark M. Smith shows how and why southerners--particularly masters and their slaves--came to view the clock as a legitimate arbiter of time. Drawing on an extraordinary range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century archival sources, Smith demonstrates that white southern slaveholders began to incorporate this new sense of time in the 1830s. Influenced by colonial merchants' fascination with time thrift, by a long-held familiarity with urban, public time, by the transport and market revolution in the South, and by their own qualified embrace of modernity, slaveowners began to purchase timepieces in growing numbers, adopting a clock-based conception of time and attempting in turn to instill a similar consciousness in their slaves. But, forbidden to own watches themselves, slaves did not internalize this idea to the same degree as their masters, and slaveholders found themselves dependent as much on the whip as on the clock when enforcing slaves' obedience to time. Ironically, Smith shows, freedom largely consolidated the dependence of masters as well as freedpeople on the clock.