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THE DINING CLUB: SEDUCE
Contemporary Erotic Romance, E-book, Erotic Romance
Over the past two years David had reluctantly begun to accept the fact that one woman could never be everything that he wanted and needed, but then he’d met Grace and had dared to hope again. So far she was proving him right, but the second part of the pain through pleasure trial might, he knew, see her walk out of The Dining Club and his life for ever.
Despite the fact that she was succeeding as he’d hoped, he was honest enough to admit to himself that there was a small part of him that almost wanted her to fail before the end of all the trials. Watching Grace struggle with herself, trying to adapt to forms of sexuality that had previously been totally alien to her, he’d felt one or two unexpected moments of tenderness towards her. Once or twice he’d even wanted to protect her from the greatest excesses, and he didn’t like that feeling.
Yes, he wanted to love her, but he wanted to do it on his own terms and in his own way. From the moment he was old enough to leave the home where he’d grown up he’d vowed that he’d never allow anyone to manipulate him emotionally in the way he’d watched his mother manipulate his father. His father had always said that his mother wasn’t well, but David had known differently. She used her husband’s love as a weapon, so that she got her own way in everything.
Then, as he made his way in the world, he watched male friends fall into the same trap. Besotted with the women they’d fallen in love with, they changed. The rounds of golf became few and far between, while nights out with their male friends gradually tapered off. Falling in love turned them into different people. Once, long ago, he’d nearly fallen into the same trap himself, and when he’d extricated himself from that relationship he’d sworn never to fall in love again.
He’d vowed that no one was ever going to be allowed to do that to him, but whereas with Amber there had never been any danger of her having emotional control over him, he was now faced with a very different situation. If Grace succeeded in becoming what he wanted sexually, would it mean that she could then wield the kind of emotional power over him that his mother had done over his father?
It was a dilemma he’d never expected to have to face, and at the moment he had no idea how to deal with it.