Check out this exclusive excerpt from Reveal Me by Jennifer Probst, which is coming out September 26!
About ‘Reveal Me’ by Jennifer Probst:
One Masquerade Ball.
One Chance to Reveal Secret Desires.
One Fiery Encounter.
One Shot at Love.
Are you ready to reveal all?
A Man Who Knows What He Wants…
Leonardo Sinclair never expects to fall for the fierce yet vulnerable woman he meets at his friend’s masquerade party, or for her to disappear without a trace. When his cousins sign him up with the mysterious FANTA-C agency and he finds her back in his bed, this time Leo’s not about to let her go. But can he convince her she’s safe to reveal every hidden part of her soul before he loses her again?
A Woman Ready to Explore her Desires…
Scarlett Rose has never been tempted to explore her wilder side, but after years of being humiliated and emotionally abused by her ex, she’s finally ready to embrace her true self. Safely hidden behind a mask, she attends a ball held in the famous Blasphemy club and meets a man who not only embraces, but demands her complete surrender. Once the mask is stripped away, will she be brave enough to trust him? Or will fear of reliving the past keep her from a whole new future?
‘Reveal Me’ by Jennifer Probst exclusive excerpt:
“How old are you now?”
He grinned. “Thirty-five.” She looked eager to ask more, but seemed hesitant, as if it was against the rules. “Scarlett, you can ask me anything you want and I’ll answer truthfully. You have just as much right to demand from me as I do from you.”
Pleasure bloomed on her face. God, she was so expressive. “Are you still in the Navy?”
“No, I got out same time as Jonathan and Cruz. I work in security now.”
Her gaze touched on his arms with admiration. “Did you get your tats in the Navy?”
He absently stroked the intricate designs that marked his skin. “Yeah. Serving for those years showed me some things in the world I’d been immune to.” He trailed off, but her eyes urged him to continue. His ink was extremely personal and many people didn’t give a shit about the why. “My father wasn’t the nicest guy in the world. We had a crappy relationship, so I did my share of teen rebellion. I became wrapped up in myself and what people could do for me. Always focused on how bad or good I felt. I was selfish.”
“Most teens are,” she said.
“Maybe. I decided to join the navy as a big fuck you to my dad, who wasn’t a fan of the military. Service changed me. For the first time, I saw beyond my own world and grew up. I never wanted to forget so I got ink for each of the things I learned were important.”
She leaned over, moving her fingers gently over his bicep. Her cherry red nails flashed. “This?” she asked softly.
The dragon’s eye stared back at her with fierce command inked in dark blue. “Protection. A reminder to watch over others.” She drifted downward, tracing the elaborate edges of the anchor. “Symbol of the Navy. Represents strength and hope.” Her fingers paused above his wrist. “A clock. To remind me time is short and shouldn’t be wasted.”
She moved to the other arm which held thick black lines in the tribal symbol. “For friendship?” she asked.
“Yes, this is my reminder of friendship and the strength of brotherhood.” Rising above the simple sketch, an elaborate angel with wings outspread over his bicep floated in vivid color. He watched her face as she studied the ink. The look of wonder twisted his gut with need.
“An angel? For God?”
She swiveled her gaze and met his. He trailed a finger down her soft cheek, pressing his thumb against her swollen lower lip. “To remind me there’s something bigger than me. And as much as I love control, I’m not really the one in charge in the end.”
Her breath skipped. Those dark eyes widened, and suddenly, he was kissing her, but it was different from the other times. This time, his tongue stroked and seduced, drank in her honeyed sweetness with patience, savoring every slick movement of her mouth under his. Tenderness stirred. Warmth uncurled in his belly and heated his blood, and then he was hard and ready for her again.
He broke the kiss slowly, with reverence.
“Thank you, Leo.”
His name fell from her lips in a symphony of sound. “For what, little one?”
Her sigh was pure pleasure and joy. “For helping me realize I was right about myself, and he was wrong.”
He stiffened at the mention of her ex. He’d tried to make her feel ugly about who she was. If Leo had been able to show her she was beautiful inside and out, it was one of the most satisfying moments of his life.
“There’s nothing wrong with wanting more from your sex life,” he said, stroking her cheek. “You should never apologize for being who you are. There are men who will worship at your feet and fuck you senseless the way you deserve. Don’t ever settle.”
“I won’t. But you managed to do something that will make all the difference.”
She tilted her chin up and smiled at him. His breath caught in his throat at that stunning, open smile meant just for him. “You made me feel beautiful again,” she said softly.
Raw emotion slashed through him. This had never happened before. He was well known in the BDSM industry to love playing with a variety of subs and form no attachment. Leo always figured he’d been wired to be non-monogamous, or maybe never meant for a long term, exclusive relationship. He’d never experienced anything other than attraction, respect, and friendship. People told him they were building blocks to something greater, but for him, the spark never took flame.
Until right now.
About Jennifer Probst:
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled when her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team.