I was lucky to meet this amazing writer at RT 2011. When I met her I felt bad, I had never read her or even come across one of her books that I could bring to mind. She quickly solved that and by the end of RT I had Bound by Sunlight in my TBR pile. Now I collected a ton and I mean ton of books at RT but this one was one of few I stuck at the top of my pile. I started the books with a slight apprehension because I'm not a huge fan of "mages" BUT only a third through the story I couldn't put it down!
So I thought to myself - Forget doing the errands I had to get done today, I'm reading this book, I need to know how it ends! I was not disappointed at all and can't wait to read more from her.
This book is available @ Elloras cave for only $5.95 - enjoy I did :)
Kyriana Price has spent nearly a year trapped at her evil day job. And she does mean evil. Her boss is a mage bent on power who lets nothing stand in the way of his quest to gain more. When she sees Connul Graysn wielding a flogger at a BDSM club, she formulates an escape that will require his considerable skills—as a mage and as a Dom. Going to another mage for help might not be the best plan, but it’s the only one she’s got, and at this point, she’s willing to try just about anything.
The last thing Connul expects when he finds an intruder in his house is that he’ll soon have her chained in his bedroom, her lovely body marked by his paddle. But she’s begging for his help—how can a gentleman refuse? As they learn to trust each other, he begins to realize the only thing he’s not willing to do for Kyriana is let her go.
“You’ve never been bound?” he asked, picking up the straps of her tank top.
“No.” It was more of a breath than a whisper, but he seemed satisfied with her answer. She felt a soft spark against her shoulders and looked down. He’d severed the straps of her top, which were left to dangle above her breasts. Magic. He’d used magic. A tiny niggle of fear tried to work its way through her. He seemed to know and brought his warm hands back to her face, tilting her head up enough that she knew she was supposed to meet his eyes. Why did she find that so difficult? She forced herself to follow his unspoken demand.
“I will not harm you tonight. Not with magic. Not with anything else. I will bring you pain, but only as much as will pleasure you. Do you understand?”
She saw patience and assurance in his eyes, wondered what he saw in hers. Shame washed through her now—that she had come to him so unprepared, unworthy. He shouldn’t have to deal with a novice when he was used to those at the club. His fingers on her chin tightened.
“Do you understand?” he asked again.
He knew there was more, she could see it in his face, see him trying to figure it out. As long as he didn’t ask, she wouldn’t have to admit to her insecurities. He cocked his head as he studied her.
“What distressed you now?”
She wanted to look away. The feeling of easy surrender had vanished. But she had to answer him. Had to keep meeting his eyes. Not just because of the compulsion, but because she had asked for this. Asked him to help her. He deserved to have as much of her courage as she could muster.
“I’m sorry. I’m not very good at this. I don’t know what to do.”
“You don’t have to know what to do. That’s what I’m here for. You’ll do what I tell you, when I tell you. Won’t you?” His voice was hard, uncompromising.
“Then there’s nothing for you to fail at. It’s my responsibility to make sure this goes right, not yours. Your only responsibility is to tell me if I go too far.” He stepped closer, allowing his heat to envelop her. She felt moisture gather in her pussy and it got a little bit harder to draw breath.
“Let’s start over.” He pulled her chin up higher now that he was closer to her. Her neck ached a little at the strain. It felt…good.
“Do you believe that I won’t harm you, even though I have every intention of bringing you pain?”
“Yes.” She didn’t know why, and it might be foolish, but she believed him. It was the reason she was here.
He rewarded her with a small kiss to her lips. She opened for him but he drew away. She sighed.
“Do you believe that I will bring you pleasure?”
This time he smiled as he kissed her. She tried to chase his lips, but his hands kept her in position.
“Do you understand what you’re supposed to do?”
Uh oh. What was she supposed to do? Hadn’t he just told her—oh.
“Yes.” Another kiss, she wanted another kiss. A real one this time, damn it.
“Whatever you tell me to do.” She parted her lips in preparation. She would have to be fast this time.
No kiss? What was he doing to her?
“And…umm. Oh, and use my safe word if you go too far.”
“Good girl.” He met her lips with his, but it wasn’t gentle this time. He thrust his tongue into her mouth, taking what she had tried to take, giving what she needed. She whimpered when he pulled back.
“Tell me your safe word again.”
She didn’t want to, didn’t want to ever say that word again. He seemed to understand.
“Choose another word. It doesn’t need to be that one. Shouldn’t be something you don’t want to say.”
“No, it’s all right—”
His fingers tightened against her skin again, reminding her who was in charge. He wasn’t asking. He was telling.
“I, maybe…Snowball!” God, all she could come up with was her childhood cat’s name. Was he smirking at her? She narrowed her eyes at him but his face had gone expressionless again. He leaned down and gave her another quick kiss. Then he let her go, stepped back, taking his heat with him.
“If you use your safe word, I’ll stop what I’m doing so we can talk about it. Don’t be afraid to use it, it doesn’t mean I’m going to send you away.”
She managed to nod her understanding.
“You have a lovely body.”
She didn’t. Her size eight curves weren’t quite proportioned the way she’d like and—
He smacked her ass and she jumped as much as the chains would allow, which wasn’t much at all. Why she should be shocked she had no idea, but she looked at him for an explanation.
“You.” He put his hands on top of her head then ran them over her face, rubbing her eyebrows, exploring her cheekbones, tickling her ears and caressing her chin.
“Have.” Her skin tingled as his hands moved down her neck to her now heaving chest.
“A lovely.” His fingers molded to her breasts, giving a sharp, barely painful squeeze before continuing their journey.
“Body.” He reversed his hands so that his fingers led the way over the curve of her stomach to the juncture of her thighs. He folded his hands along the curve, careful not to touch the part of her that needed touching the most.
“Oh,” she managed to whisper. Her whole body shuddered at his intense look and careful caress. The desire in his words and his eyes did more to relax her than anything else he could have done. She didn’t realize how worried she’d been about the fact that by presenting herself to him, rather than having him choose her, she would have a hard time believing he wanted this, even a little bit.
She looked down at her top. He was running a finger down its center, from neck to hem. As his finger slid past, the fabric parted, splitting down the middle. It was almost like a breath of heat, but maybe she was imagining that. It didn’t take long for the whole top to fall away.
Her naked breasts were damp with sweat, her nipples somewhat swollen. He ignored them and brought his finger to her pants, performing a similar magic to remove them in less than a minute. He took a step back, observing her dressed only in plain cotton panties. It looked as if he was fighting a smile. She tried not to blush and failed. Why hadn’t she dressed up for him? She had the clothes, had been provided with the types of outfits that were supposed to entice him. Black leather, lace garters and more. Much more. It wasn’t that she didn’t like them, but she would have felt like a spy wearing them, like a fraud. So she’d come in the most Kyriana-like clothes she had.
He walked behind her, hooked a finger in the waistband and snapped the elastic against her skin. It didn’t hurt, but it startled her. She hung her head as she tried to fight off the shame and misery working their way through her.
“Just checking to see if your name was embroidered in the back.” His teasing words were spoken against her neck. She choked on her laugh as his lips moved down her neck to the top of her spine, where he bit, hard.