Lorelei James is a favorite author of mine, so I’m beyond excited to bring you this exclusive excerpt from her newest book, Unraveled. This is book 3 in the Mastered series, and I have loved and recommended each one.
His breath fanned over her cheek. “Wouldn’t take much to pin you down completely.”
“I appreciate your restraint.”
He muttered, “You have no idea the amount of restraint I have when it comes to you.”
Was Knox flirting with her? Ignoring the way her pulse leaped at that thought, she resumed her earlier position—one arm curled around his back, the other stretched underneath his chest. When she paused, trying to get her bearings, she became hyperaware of the clean cotton scent of Knox’s gi and the underlying salty scent of his skin. She felt the heat and hard muscles of his back against her chest.
“Sorry. Just thinking about the best way to explain this.”
But you can’t explain what you suspect is happening between you and the sexy Shihan.
Shaking off that thought, she said, “This time notice the movement in my hips. When I throw you over, I can lock both of my legs around you. If I keep a tight grip on your neck, I can get you into position for a rear naked choke.” Throwing all her weight into her hip, she flipped him, managing to press his arm to the mat beneath her as she maintained her choke hold on his neck.
Knox tapped immediately.
She released him and lay there for a second to catch her breath.
“Grappling with you makes me feel like a flea taking on a dog.”
He laughed. “Come on, flea. It’s my turn.”
She rolled to her stomach and pushed up to her hands and knees.
His body caged hers so completely she had a spark of panic and fought her instinct to arch into him and buck her hips.
He murmured, “Ready?”
The Mistress in her rallied with, “It’s best not to give a warning—”
And she found herself on top of Knox’s body as he tried to choke the life out of her. She tapped his arm.
“That makes so much more sense.” Knox patted her shoulder. “Come on. Let’s go again.”
“Once more. That’s it.” This time she wouldn’t make it easy on him even when the man made it hard to concentrate. His solid body covered hers. His forearm pressed against her breasts. His thick biceps blocked her ear when he wrapped his arm around her neck. Surrounded by hot, hard man, she felt no panic this time. Instead she focused on the shift in his muscles when he telegraphed his intent to move.
At the first half rotation, she curled in, letting his momentum carry them into a full rotation, with her landing on his chest.
But Knox smoothly countered her move, and she ended up pinned beneath him with both of her arms trapped above her head.
He grinned at her. “Gotcha.”
“How’d you know?”
“You always try to best me.”
“Didn’t work this time—did it?”
“No.” Knox’s face was inches above hers. And the way he looked at her . . . tempted her to buck him off even as she was frozen to the spot.
“Knox. Get off me. You’re crushing me.”
“No, I’m not. I’m bearing my weight on my arms and legs.”
“What are you doing?”
“Thinking.” He paused, letting his gaze roam over her face. “Looking.” His focus zoomed to her mouth. “Wondering.”
“If you’ll knock me on my ass when I say you’re a delicate beauty, but beneath that pretty outer shell is a core of steel. It’s an intriguing combination to a man like me.”
Her mouth had gone bone-dry, but she managed to croak out, “A man like you?”
“A man who finds beauty in a woman secondary to her strength. You have both in equal measure. So you tempt me beyond anything I’ve ever experienced.”
Posted by arrangement with New American Library, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Lorelei James, 2015.
Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary erotic romances, including the Mastered series: Bound and Unwound and the Blacktop Cowboy novels. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family. Connect with her online at , , and .