Age 18+ — Adults Only
He’s everything she didn’t know she needed…
Allison would rather fix computers than worry about sex. That is, until the newest barista in town changes everything. All it takes is one hot stare with his sinful baby blues to remind her she’s not just one of the guys. She has lusty needs only he can fulfill.
Patrick’s coffee shop is on the verge of an epic failure, until Allison takes charge of his computer system. He may not know anything about motherboards, but he does know how to take control both in and out of bed. Now Patrick is determined to get what he wants—Allison in his cuffs. His sensual mastery awakens an intense passion and under his command, he’ll unlock the geek girl’s darkest desires.
Warning: Collars. Cuffs. Clamps. Coffee. You may never look at your local barista the same way again.
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Skylar: Why/how did you start writing romance?
Sara: Despite the fact I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the most romantic soul in the world, I am a sucker for a love story. When I wrote, I found that I tended to focus on the romance storyline, and the rest, they say, is history.
Skylar: Do you have any unusual writing routines?
Sara: I still write a lot of my stories by hand and then transcribe it to a document. Most people think I’m a little crazy to do this, given today’s age of computers. But I can’t always be near a computer 24/7. Writing by hand allows me to write any where at any time, regardless if I have my laptop handy.
Skylar: What are you working on at the moment?
Sara: I just started the third book of the Geek Kink series, Break Me In. The first half of the book is already complete, I just need to sit down and finally get everything onto the computer. I also just finished the first draft of another full-length novel that I’ve been working on for a while.
Skylar: What is your favorite quote and why?
Sara: “It’s better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you aren’t.” It’s been one of my favorite quotes since high school and a reminder to me to always be myself no matter what.
Skylar: What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Sara: “Give yourself permission to suck.” There was a time when I focused on getting a perfect first draft. And I always ended up having to trash what I’d completed because it never worked. Someone reminded me I needed to just relax and first drafts were allowed to suck. You can always go back and fix what you’ve written, but you can’t fix a blank page.
Skylar: What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Sara: Until 2008, I’d always written fairly short works, most around 20K words in length. I wanted to write longer stories, but I didn’t know if I could. So I challenged myself. It wasn’t easy, but I finally completed a 60K word book. Not truly “full length” but it was a step in the right direction. Now full length is my preferred length. I still enjoy novella format, but I love digging into deeper characterization and plot with upward of 90K words.
“Impressive.” A line formed between his eyebrows as he frowned. He leaned forward, peeking over the gold bar that ran the length of the knee wall. “Good-sized crowd down there. And we’re the only ones up here. Is that normal?”
She led him to a row, sitting in the center seat. “It is if you know the projectionist. Gamer buddy of mine, Cooper, puts on these festivals once a month, a different theme each time. Most of the time the movies are older, classic Hollywood. Bogey and Bacall. The Rat Pack. John Wayne. This month he picked Hitchcock.”
“An extraordinary storyteller.”
“I agree. We tend to sit up here because while crowds have their place, a lot of people tend to dilute the sound quality.”
Patrick smirked. “Well now, that makes sense. Movie buffs would go for where the sweet spot is in the theater.”
“We tend to be creatures of habit, sadly.” She shrugged off the light sweater she’d worn to keep the chilly spring night air off her bare shoulders. Comprehension sank in at something he’d said. She turned to find him smiling almost expectantly. “Wait a second. You know about the sweet spot?”
His smile widened, melting her insides a little. Great, as if I wasn’t already infatuated enough, he has to flash that intoxicating grin.
“My life isn’t just about coffee and tea, Allison. I may not be as technologically savvy as you are, but there are a few things I can hold my own with.” His voice dropped a bit as he leaned over the padded armrest. “And just for clarification purposes, I know about quite a few sweet spots.”
Sara Brookes is an award-winning author who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter. The entire family is owned by two cats, Galahad and Loki, who graciously allow the family to cater to their every desire.