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DescriptionGenre: BDSM Contemporary
Series: Bondage Ranch; Previous Book: Moving On
Constance knows her pastries are the best. Hard work and talent ought
to mean business success, but somehow she's barely scraping by. So she
takes a job making snacks for the kinky folk at Bondage Ranch. She's
fascinated by what's going on around her, but she doesn't have time
for play--she's got a business to run.
All work and no play is no way to live, and Aidan knows that. He's in
Bondage Ranch for a little R&R between business trips that take him
all over the world. So when he sees Constance sneaking peeks at BDSM
scenes, he decides to find out what she's like under that chef's
uniform and show her the joys of sex and submission.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements.
Reader Rating: (3 Ratings)
Excerpt:Constance wasn’t sure where she should look, but she had several ideas of places that she shouldn’t. She was definitely not going to look in the direction of the large X-shaped wooden structure on which a petite blonde was tied, naked, while a wiry man, stripped to the waist, teased her with a feather duster. Neither was Constance going to watch as a muscular man in a white shirt and jeans wrapped ropes around his voluptuous brunette friend. And she most certainly was not peeping at a naked man who was bent over a bench being spanked by his leather-clad dominatrix.
No, much safer to pay attention to her cupcakes, even if she found it hard to resist the occasional peek. Alexandra Allison, who had invited her to Bondage Ranch, suggested that she decorate them on-site, and Constance was perfectly willing to show off her craft and take Alex’s check.
An array of pastries was laid out on the table in front of her. There were strawberry-rhubarb tarts, apple turnovers, and croissants for the relatively health conscious, petit fours and French silk pie for those who wanted to indulge, and a pot of simmering chocolate fondue with strawberries and angel food cake for dipping. And cupcakes. It was late afternoon, and people were working up appetites.
Thwack. She imagined that was the sound of a hand hitting a bottom, but she didn’t look.
She had been warned that almost anything could and would happen in the room referred to as the dungeon, which was actually a large ballroom furnished to meet the needs of the enthusiasts who came to Bondage Ranch. The original plan had been to set up in the Allisons’ dining room, but the table there hadn’t been quite big enough for her tableau of sinful sweets. That was a shame because apparently the worst that went on in the living part of the house was scanty dress and a bit of horsing around.
Constance had assured her host that she could handle the dungeon. Now she wasn’t so sure.
She finished the last swirl on a cupcake, pushed it to join the two that were left--she was making them faster than they were being eaten, but not much--and sneaked a peek upward. She really wished she hadn’t. She saw a man seated in a chair, his jeans unbuttoned. A man and a woman knelt in front of him, the second man naked and the woman in an arrangement of straps and chains. They were taking turns licking the first man’s cock. She had to tear her gaze away. It was too much. Yet fascinating. How could they do that in a room full of people?
I would have turned Alex down if I could afford to be choosy. But business was not going well. She worked hard, catering for weddings and other places her sweets were welcome. She knew her treats were delicious. Her prices were reasonable. And yet somehow she was barely making a profit, so she couldn’t afford to turn down any lucrative engagement.
She’d met Alex two months before at a wedding for a couple named Samantha and Arthur, who apparently had met at Bondage Ranch. They’d seemed like such nice, ordinary people. A beautiful bride, a dashing groom. Alex had been one of the bridesmaids. Constance couldn’t say that Alex hadn’t warned her, but she thought it would be easy to focus on decorating cupcakes. She hadn’t expected the activities in the dungeon to be quite so distracting, and her curious fascination was only growing.
On a lark, she tried doodling a couple of handcuffs in green icing on the next cupcake. For the most part, except by request, she stuck to the patterns she’d done a thousand times and could carry off with reliable perfection: flowers, bows, balloons, flutes, and fleur-de-lis. But she was pleased with the cuffs, enough to try another. She noticed that when the next customer came by they grabbed the handcuff cupcake in preference to the others. She looked up and smiled, as much as she’d rather keep her head down. Every one of these people was a potential customer. A wedding cake order could pay the bills for a week, in theory anyway.
The man in front of her was tall and lean with a chiseled jaw and deep, piercing gray eyes. “First time here?” he asked. He had an accent, although she couldn’t place where it was from. Somewhere in Northern Europe, she guessed, from his blond hair and light skin. There was a trace of a smile on his lips to take the edge off his intense stare.
“Yes.” First and last. She watched as he peeled the wrapper off the bottom of the cupcake, then put it to his lips.
He took a bite and closed his eyes as he savored the sweetness. “Perfect,” he said after opening them again to fix her with his gaze. “Is all of what you make this good?”
She would have usually demurred and suggested he try for himself. But something about the man felt like a challenge. So she gave her honest opinion. “Yes. The petit fours especially.”
“And what is it that interests you most about the spectacle in front of you?” He stepped aside suddenly, and she blinked as she took in the scene. The woman who had been tickled with the feather duster was now being whipped, pink marks all over her back and buttocks. The man with the ropes now had his partner hogtied and unable to move, and she was moaning in ecstasy. She thought she recognized them from the wedding, although they had seemed so normal then. The dominatrix, who Constance also thought she recognized, had attached a fiendish device of metal rings and leather straps around her submissive’s penis. And the licking had turned into a full-on blowjob, the woman pressing down on the head of the one man, whose mouth engulfed the entirety of the other man’s cock.
“None of it. I’m not interested.” She was aware she was too slow with her denial to be fully believable, so she decided to be more emphatic. “I’d much rather not see anything of the sort, but I’m here and getting paid. Please enjoy my confections.”
Well, scratch one potential customer.
He didn’t move away, though. He took another bite from his cupcake and smiled. “Usually, when women lie to me here, they end up over my lap getting a spanking.”
“This isn’t going to be one of those times.”
His amusement seemed to grow. “You’re right. At least not right away.” He walked over to the middle of the table and picked up a tiny iced éclair from the display of petit fours. “It all looks very beautiful. Which suits you, I think.”
“I’m not beautiful.” There were a dozen women at least better looking than she was in the room, and most of them were dressed to please. She was wearing a double-breasted white jacket, a long skirt, and a chef’s hat. The traditional uniform helped set her apart at the events she catered, although she substituted a skirt for the usual pants because she preferred something softer and more feminine. Still, her garb hid the curve of her stomach, which she thought was a very good thing.
“I think a person’s creations very often mirror their own nature.” He popped the éclair in his mouth and chewed contentedly. She watched him with satisfaction and a bit of pride. Few people took such pleasure in eating, and it was part of the nature of her profession that she spent far more time making her pastries than anyone spent enjoying them. But this man seemed to really savor each bite. “Beautiful. And sweet. Are you sweet?”
She bit back a retort about not having tasted herself. In this setting, she had a bad feeling about how he’d interpret that and what he’d reply. “I don’t think anyone has ever thought so.” Even Ben, her accountant and would-be boyfriend, never called her sweet. She’d heard “sharp-tongued” a few times, and it wasn’t usually a compliment. But she didn’t have time for a man anyway. Not until she’d established herself. And by then she feared she’d be an old maid, if she didn’t manage to turn a better profit.
“My name’s Aidan,” he said.
“Constance,” she replied automatically.
Another customer walked up to her table. Her hair was brassy, and she had an exaggerated swing to her hips. Her large breasts were almost spilling out of her vinyl corset. “Valerie,” she offered, as if she’d been part of the conversation all along.
Aidan shifted to the side and sampled a strawberry in the chocolate fondue. Constance was aware of his gaze still on her.
Valerie leaned forward. She smelled of a recent cigarette. Constance had a sensitive nose, but she tried not to back off. “Do you take requests?” asked Valerie.
“For cupcakes, yes.” She wanted to be careful with her words in a place like this.
“Just cupcakes? What a shame. I was going to suggest something much naughtier!” Valerie laughed. “Kidding! I’ve got an orgy to be at in twenty minutes. Could you make some pink cakes and top ’em with a little red rose? Or...a strawberry!” She grabbed one from the bowl in front of the fondue and popped it into her mouth, biting the fruit from the stem. “Yep, let’s go with a strawberry.”
“So you want a plain pink cupcake, and you want a strawberry on top? Are you sure? I don’t think the tastes go together perfectly, actually. Strawberries are better with something purer, like whipped cream or plain sugar or the chocolate--”
“Yes, but I want them to look like boobies.”
Constance blinked. Maybe Valerie didn’t care about the taste, but she did. She gritted her teeth, took a breath. “I think I can make a cupcake that looks like a breast,” she said at last.
“I don’t want to put you to any trouble,” Valerie said.
“That’s what I’m here for,” Constance murmured.
“Two titty cakes.”
“Oh.” Constance blushed. “Of course.” Constance kept her eyes on her work. She didn’t want to meet Valerie’s eyes, and she especially didn’t want to meet Aidan’s. She had the feeling that both of them would enjoy her embarrassment all too much, as her cheeks were probably turning as red as the icing she intended to use for the nipple. She spread pink icing all over two cupcakes and smoothed it with a knife. Then, with a few deft squeezes of her icing bag, she managed to create a slightly raised, textured red center about the size of a nickel, followed by a little bump in the middle of that. It was no wonder someone like Valerie wanted men thinking about her breasts. Or maybe women too, for all she knew. She tried to tell herself that the woman would have back problems, but she couldn’t help but be jealous of her curves.
“There you go,” Constance said, pushing the cupcakes forward. She lifted her chin so she could meet Valerie’s gaze.
Valerie licked her lips. “Good enough to eat. Thanks!” She looked down, picked up the cupcakes, and sashayed away, leaving Constance to wonder whether Valerie meant her or her creations.
“You handled her well. She’s like that with everybody. Don’t mind her,” said Aidan. “Are you going to be here later?”
“I pack up at eight o’clock, and then I’ll go home.” Why was he showing such an interest? Or maybe he just wanted to know how to space out his munching. He didn’t look like a man who gobbled sweets constantly. His shoulders were broad, his waist narrow, his belly flat. He probably worked out. Or maybe he was one of those people who naturally didn’t put any fat on. She had to watch herself constantly, and on the occasions she ate her own pastries, she spent weeks of careful dieting trying to undo the results.
“You aren’t going to stay to play? I don’t think Alex would mind.”
He was right. Alex had invited her to stay as late as she liked. But she shook her head. “Eight o’clock. That was what I agreed with Ms. Allison.” Technically, she wasn’t lying, as that was the time she had contracted to keep the pastry table set up. Alex had invited her to stay as long as she liked.
He smiled, and she got the distinct impression he didn’t believe her. “Enjoy yourself, Constance. And it’s okay to look. People wouldn’t be here if they minded being watched. Some of them enjoy it, and it makes some nervous. Others feel safer with people around, but there are rooms and the woods to play in if they wanted privacy. You don’t need to hide your interest with furtive glances.”
My God, he knows. But she wasn’t about to admit it. “I wasn’t glancing, furtively or otherwise. I’m not interested.”
“In sex or in kink?”
I don’t have time for either. “In kink,” she said, trying to meet his gaze and failing. She didn’t want to sound like a prude.
“Ah. You obviously love your chocolate, but people here call the non-kinky types ‘vanilla.’ If anyone shows an interest, telling them you’re vanilla will probably make them leave you alone.”
She wasn’t at all sure she wanted to be left alone. She knew her claim to be uninterested was a lie, and she wanted to find out more. And she was kind of enjoying sparring with Aidan. She half hoped she’d lose. But Aidan was probably just playing around. Surely he wasn’t interested in her. With a body like that, he could have anyone in the room. No, he was only trying to give her some friendly advice. “I’m vanilla,” she said. Better to reject him now than to be rejected later. Besides, she had a business to run, and she didn’t have time for lovers, even superhandsome ones with sexy accents.
He chuckled. “For now,” he said and walked off, taking another bite of cupcake as he went.
© Sindra van Yssel, July 2012
All Rights Reserved
Reader Reviews (3)
Submitted By: uksuzi on Jan 31, 2013I enjoy the series "Bondage Ranch". The characters are always interesting and erotic. I have all the books in the series and hope there's more to come.
Submitted By: Calia on Jan 29, 2013Another book from the series 'Bondage Ranch'. I enjoyed this book and will be reading the rest of the series. Well written and worth the read.
Submitted By: katysue on Jan 1, 2013This was a fun read. I liked the interaction between the two main characters
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