Carissa’s Surrender by Gina Duncan
Shared Desires Book 3
Release date: 12/26/2013
erotic contemporary romance, menage,
Cover Art by Winterheart Design
Note: While this is the third book in the series, each story can stand alone. You do, however, get a richer experience when you read all three.
Life had been pretty easy for Carissa Randall. At twenty seven she was one of the top prosecuting attorneys in California and the youngest partner in the Towsen, Lambert & Randall Law Firm, owned a home, had great friends and drove the sports car she’d always wanted. The only downfall to her perfect life…she was in love with her best friend and house mate, Sebastian Hartwell who just happened to be in love with another man, Gavin Sanborn.
Both men tried to involve her in everything they did. At first she believed they were doing it because they felt sorry for her. The problem now…she was also falling in love with Gavin. When she learns the truth that both men want her to be their third, she’s not sure if she should give in to her feelings and tell the men she loves them both—or run like hell.
“Hello, Miss Randall.”
Carissa hadn’t expected to see a stranger sitting at the head of the table. Her mind had been lost on thoughts of Sebastian once more. She was shocked when she looked up at the deep tone of the stranger’s voice.
“Who the hell are you and where is Sebastian?” Carissa asked stopping dead in her tracks as she stepped through the dining room door wearing only her bra, panties and high heels. A strange, sexy man sat at the head of the dining room table. She tried to cross her arms over her body to cover up, but only managed to push her breasts higher.
“Ok first answer. I am Gavin Sanborn. Sebastian is my lover. And for your second question, he’s upstairs in the shower.”
“Don’t you mean he’s your slave?” Carissa stated as she moved further into the room dropping her arms at her sides since she knew she had too much to try to cover with her hands and arms. Besides, this man was into men not women.
“No, I mean lover. I don’t want Sebastian as anything but a lover. I like him just the way he is and don’t want him to change.”
“Oh yeah, then why is he wearing a dog collar around his neck?” she smirked.
“That is just to let everyone know that he’s mine. It keeps him safe from other Doms while were in clubs.”
Carissa nodded her head. “Why aren’t you upstairs with him?” she asked arching her brows at him.
“Because, Miss Randall, I’m tired of you avoiding me. I thought it would give us a chance to talk and get to know one another.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Mr. Sanborn. Why would you think I’d be avoiding you?”
“It’s simple, Miss Randall. You’re in love with Sebastian, and I’m a threat to you.”
Carissa laughed. She had to so the sexy devil sitting before her wouldn’t know how close he was to the truth. She was in love with Sebastian, for what good it did her. It wasn’t as if she was ever going to have him, and it didn’t stop her from being jealous of this man.
“You’re not a threat to me. I do love Sebastian and I just don’t want to see him hurt by you or anyone else.”
“I would never hurt Sebastian. He’s a wonderful man and I care very much about him.”
“Why is it important for you and me to get to know one another?”
“It’s important to Sebastian. You’re important to Sebastian, so that makes it important to me. He speaks of you all the time. I feel as if I already know you from what he’s told me, but it’s not like really knowing you.”
“He speaks of you often, too.” She dropped her head remembering how excited Sebastian got every time he was off work and was getting ready for a date with Gavin. The way he told her about how well Gavin treated him, and the sex was wonderful.
“And that bothers you.”
It was a statement not a question. It was like this stranger could read her mind. Yes, it bothered her, and yes, she was jealous. She didn’t want to share Sebastian with him or anyone else. It had just been the two of them for so long. She knew this man—Gavin— was special to Sebastian, and the proof was sitting there staring her in the eyes. Gavin was the first man Sebastian had ever brought to their home. She licked her suddenly dry lips as she stared back at him.
She couldn’t say she blamed Sebastian; the man was gorgeous. She didn’t know what he looked like from the waist down because the table had that hidden, but his bare, tanned and muscled torso was something to behold. Then there was his handsome face and those coffee colored almond eyes that were studying her. His hair was as black as a raven’s wings. She couldn’t tell how long it was because he had it pulled back and tied at the nape.
His face was very masculine with a square jaw, a five o’clock shadow clearly visible. His nose was straight and the perfect size and shape for his face and his lips were—very kissable. She inhaled suddenly realizing she’d been holding her breath, and she hadn’t even answered his accusation of Sebastian’s speaking of him bothering her.
“No, Mr. Sanborn, it doesn’t bother me at all.” She lied through her teeth. “If Sebastian is happy then so am I.” She was glad that she could manage to maintain her court face.
“Please sit down and eat your dinner, Miss Randall. I promise not to bite, at least not until we get to know one another better.” He chuckled.
His voice and the chuckle sent tingles running through her body. She pulled out her chair to sit down. She wasn’t used to Sebastian leaving her food on the dining room table; she usually ate at the breakfast bar in the kitchen when she got home late.
“Do answer me something though.” Gavin said as she sat.
“What would you like to know, Mr. Sanborn?” she asked turning her head slightly to the right to look at him.
“Do you often run around the house in your bra and panties or was this for me?”