Whip Smart

by Siena Noble


After getting out of an emotionally abusive relationship with her so-called "dominant" ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Teresa "Tera" Bodnar returns to her hometown of Pittsburgh to try and put the pieces of her shattered life back together. Frustrated with feeling stuck in a rut and determined to prove herself capable of moving out of the shadow of her ex, Tera makes a bold move: to open the city's first actual BDSM club.

But opening a sex dungeon for business proves to be no small task, especially where unexpected romantic entanglements are concerned. Since first meeting at a kinky Halloween party, the magnetic attraction between Tera and easy-going Dominant Eric Yun has been undeniable, and yet Tera finds herself denying it at every turn. She knows she has baggage to spare, and the high-strung submissive is taking no chances when it comes to her budding friendship with the sweet and sexy Eric, no matter how tempting he may be.

Eric Yun has plenty of baggage of his own. No one knows better than he does how to hide pain behind a joke and smile. He’s spent the last six years learning to take life in stride, no easy task when a cheating ex-girlfriend and the trials of post-college life seem determined to keep him down. Just when he thinks he has it all figured out, Tera Bodnar sweeps into his life with her big dreams, stubborn determination, and soft submissive side. He’s wanted her since he only knew her as “Miss Sexy Nerd” on the other side of a crowded dance floor, and after answering her call for volunteers to help her open up a BDSM club, Eric finds it impossible to get her out of his head. But he can tell she’s hiding a secret pain, and the closer they become and the more he learns about this beautifully complicated girl, the more he finds himself revealing to her about the Eric behind the smile…

As Eric chips away at her walls, Tera learns that there is much more to this man than his mouth-watering sex appeal and effortless charm. She’s falling for him hard and fast, but if life has taught her anything, it’s that the harder the fall, the greater the pain, and the risk of Eric becoming a casualty in the process is just too great, especially when she should be more worried about getting the club off the ground than her love life. But how can she hope to resist him when she sees him almost every day and can’t even escape him in her dreams?

Add in a couple of meddling best friends, the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship, and the return of her first love and high school boyfriend, Tyler, and it's staring to look like Tera's bitten off more than she can chew...