Officer Ryan Bennett: Ambitious and smart, Ryan Bennett is a young officer on Houston’s police force. He’s pursuing his dream of being promoted to the city’s elite SWAT team with a single mindedness that won’t accept any outcome but success. But that isn’t his only dream. Ryan wants more than a coveted position on SWAT. He wants to be owned by a strong Dominant. To give himself up to a Dom who will make him shudder with pleasure beneath a firm yet loving hand. Unfortunately, Ryan has had nothing but failure in that part of his life. Now, he’s hidden that dream away from everyone, including himself. And he refuses to let anyone close enough to see what he truly desires, and who he truly is.
Detective Sam Roberts: Cool and calm, Detective Sam Roberts is good at reading people, during the day as a detective and at night as a Dom. He easily sees past the hard layer of arrogance surrounding Officer Ryan Bennett to the hurt submissive hiding beneath. He wants to help Ryan, even though the stubborn young man resists him. But Sam isn’t one to back down from a challenge. He’s determined to help Ryan embrace the soft, giving nature of his submissive side. Using both a gentle hand and the sting of the whip, he’ll work to coax Ryan’s submission free. But what will Sam do if he’s successful? Let Ryan go as promised? Or give the young officer the very thing he’s wanted for so long?
Author Name: Christa Tomlinson
Book Name: The Detective’s Pleasure
Series: Cuffs, Collars, and Love
‘The Detective’s Pleasure’ can be read as a standalone
Release Date: February 11, 2016
Pages or Words: 105,000 words
Categories: BDSM, Erotica, M/M Romance, Romance
Ryan stopped picking at the wax and met Sam’s eyes in the mirror. He didn’t say anything. He just stood there, looking at Sam’s reflection.
“Do you need-.” Sam stopped. Ryan was on the brink of … something. Sam knew what he said would either finally get him to open up or cause that hard shell to close even tighter around him. Remembering Ryan’s seeming aversion to needing someone, he asked instead, “Would you like some help?”
Ryan moved his head, the movement so slight it could barely be called a nod. If they hadn’t been staring at each other in the mirror, he would have missed it. Sam touched his fingertips to Ryan’s shoulder, waiting to see if he would be rejected. Ryan didn’t react, so Sam moved in closer. When he laid the warmth of his palm across his back, Ryan closed his eyes and shuddered. He gripped the countertop with both hands, his head hanging low.
“I don’t know how to let go,” he said in a voice hoarse with restrained despair.
Sam stepped forward again, moving close enough behind Ryan that he could wrap an arm around him. Ryan stood there for a second before he turned and leaned into his embrace. Sam looked at their reflection in the mirror. Ryan’s blond head was nestled against him, streaks of wax down his back. For the first time he looked truly vulnerable, just as Sam had wanted to see him all along. He stroked Ryan’s hair, pressing a kiss to the soft strands.
“I’ll show you, Ryan. All you have to do is trust me. I’ll take care of the rest.”
Character Interview with Detective Sam Roberts
- What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is one I live with every day, and unfortunately one that’s come true several times. It’s telling a victim’s family news they don’t want to hear.
- What is your most prized possession?
You’ll have to excuse me for sounding like a cave man. But my most prized possession is Ryan. I’m his Dom and he’s mine. I love him and I’ve never valued anything as much as I do that snooty little brat.
- What do you enjoy doing on your day off?
Taking my boy out around Houston. He’s seen very little of what the city has to offer for as long as he’s been here. After that, I like to take him home and spend the rest of the day making him scream for me. He begs and cries so pretty that I can barely stay focused on what I’m doing.
- Your best childhood memory?
Going to AstroWorld with my sister. When I was twelve, our parents let us go off on our own for the first time. We rode the Sky Screamer a half dozen times in a row until my sister finally got sick. I laughed at her, until my own round of upchucking started. It wasn’t so funny after that. But that was still a damn good day.
- Where do you hope to be in five years?
I’ll only be forty-five, so I don’t think I’ll be ready to be off the streets as a detective yet. The only difference I see is I’d like to take on higher profile cases. As far as my home life, Ryan will definitely be in it. Maybe there’ll be a little more gold involved, if you know what I mean.
As a reader, there are times when picking up a sequel is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. The Sergeant by Christa Tomlinson is one of my top reads, which meant The Detective’s Pleasure had some big shoes to fill. Not only did it have to live up to the bar set by Clay and Logan, but I was worried about how Christa could possibly make me fall in love with Ryan.
Ryan Bennett wants what Clay has: Logan Pierce. In the early pages of the book, it was apparent that Ryan hadn’t gotten over his unhealthy obsession with his desire to take his place at Logan’s feet.
We also met Sam Roberts in The Sergeant. In many ways, it could be said that he was responsible for leading Clay back to Logan. This is key, in my mind, because it proved that he is an intuitive Dom who’s willing to work to meet his sub’s needs.
What sticks with me the most about The Detective’s Pleasure is that it wasn’t an instantly hot and heavy book. Sam is not only intuitive, but he has the patience of a saint. He goes into their arrangement trying to give Ryan what he needs to get over Logan without thinking about what he wants for himself.
I actually felt bad for Ryan as he tried to fit in with his new teammates. Yes, his problems were his own creation, but it was still the storyline that made my heart thaw for him a bit.
Sam pushed Ryan. He forced Ryan to see truths he didn’t want to face. And in the end, they both found love. It wasn’t what was intended to happen, but sometimes those bonds form whether we welcome them or not.
4.5 pieces of eye candy
Although Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in History, she prefers to write contemporary romance. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters’ romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told.
Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a semi-retired member of Houston Roller Derby. She enjoys hearing from readers. For more on Christa’s work, including deleted scenes, excerpts, and free reads, visit www.ChristaTomlinson.com
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Publisher: Christa Tomlinson
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
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