Healing Seduction

Healing Seduction

Crime Tells, connected
Ellora's Cave (January 22, 2010)

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For years Lucca and Quade have shared women and enjoyed games of sexual dominance. While she was married, Kiera was off-limits, even in their fantasies. Now that she’s single, guilt and loyalty keep them from acting on their desire.

At twenty-six, Kiera has been a widow for almost as long as she was a wife. Before pain and loss stripped her bare and changed her, she’d never craved the things Lucca and Quade want in the bedroom. Now she does. She knows they love her. But for them to have a future together, she needs to break through their emotional barriers.

Unknown to them, she’s got a plan. And if it works, Quade and Lucca won’t be able to resist her healing seduction.

Note: This story isn’t officially part of the Crime Tells series because it does not involve solving a crime. However, it is set in the Crime Tells story world and contains brief appearances by Lyric (Lyric’s Cop), and Calista and Benito (Calista’s Men).

Connected Books: Crime Tells

Mystery, family, and finding love while working as private investigators come together in a contemporary world. Next in the series: Erin and Dasan’s story, or Shane, Tyler and Madison’s. The stories in the Crime Tells world don’t need to be read in order, though like any series, the enjoyment is deepened for having met the characters who overlap from story to story.

Lyric's Cop
Book 1
Cady's Cowboy
Book 2
Calista's Men
Book 3
Cole's Gamble
Book 4

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Healing Seduction

Tonight was the first step for her. Maybe she wouldn’t be with Lucca and Quade in the way she wanted it. There was every possibility she could never be more than Tripp’s widow to them, even if there’d been times when she’d looked up unexpectedly and thought she saw desire in their eyes. Maybe they weren’t ready to let go of the past and the guilt they felt over Tripp’s death. But tonight she’d share a bed and experience the fantasy of being with two men who enjoyed taking a dominant role to a woman’s submissive one. If not Quade and Lucca, then the men Lyric had lined up.

Thinking about the woman married to her vice cop cousin, and the one she’d been named after, Kieran, made Kiera smile. The Burke men were all macho, saved from being complete cavemen by their absolute loyalty to the women in their families, and a code of honor requiring them to protect and serve. They preferred their wives to stay at home or work in professions viewed as safe, and they liked them law-abiding.

As far as Kiera was concerned, the oh so bossy Kieran got what he deserved when he got married. Lyric Montgomery was a private detective who didn’t see the same line between legal and illegal as he did. She’d blurred the edges in his life to the point he’d even managed to accept the reality of his baby sister being married to Benito but also sharing her life and bed with Benito’s brother, Dante.

Calista had paved the way for others by daring to live her dream. Kiera knew she wasn’t the only one who’d watched the reaction of the various family members and determined she could live with the consequences.

If this plan concocted while sitting in the hot tub with Lyric and Calista led to a future with Quade and Lucca, she knew there would be times when choosing an alternative lifestyle would be uncomfortable. The Burkes were passionate by nature and rarely kept their opinions to themselves when it came to loved ones. But at the end of the day, while they might rant and rave, argue and scowl, they still remained close-knit, loyal and protective of their own.

Kiera glanced down at her left hand. A pale line marked the place where her engagement ring and wedding band had lain against her skin.

Taking them off had been hard, despite knowing it was time. Doing it was symbolic, a milestone reached in the grieving and healing process, but she still felt naked without them. More alone somehow.

Before she could stop herself, she looked at the picture taken on her wedding day. An ache moved through her chest, almost nothing compared to the agony of those first months, that first year without Tripp.

She accepted the lingering pain, was glad for it. She didn’t want to forget. She just wanted to move on, had to. At twenty-six, she’d been a widow almost as long as she was a wife.

Kiera reached over and picked up Calista’s hand, needing the comfort and reassurance of touch. “Whatever happens tonight, I’m ready.”

It was so much more than that. She needed to do this, to submit and melt the part of her that felt frozen now, afraid to love deeply because losing again would destroy her.

The dogs jumped off the couch and rushed to the door. Calista squeezed Kiera’s hand. “Good. Because I think Lyric’s here.”

A flutter went through Kiera’s chest. An answering one followed in her belly.

She rose from the couch, feeling as nervous as a virgin getting ready to go on a first date. A knock on the door drew her forward, away from the past and into the future.

Lyric greeted her with a hug and a question. “This still a go?”

Healing Seduction

Kiera returned the hug. “It’s a go.”

“Great. Tyce and Jake are already at The Red Zone and waiting for an intro.” Lyric released her with a grin. “Not that they’d really need me to point you out to them for a threesome. As soon as you walk in they’ll be up for the task of delivering pure pleasure if Lucca doesn’t rise to the occasion and take you home with him.”

Calista snickered and joined them at the door, picking up a wriggling black dachshund. “You’re bad, Lyric.”

“I just call it the way I see it. We should head out now. Let Benito know we’re on our way so he can get Lucca there before Kiera gets lost in the sexual fog surrounding Jake and Tyce.”

“I’ll do it,” Calista said. She gave Kiera a quick hug and said, “Go for it. Don’t worry about the dogs. They can stay at my place all weekend. You deserve to be happy and carefree.”

So do Lucca and Quade, Kiera thought, desire rippling through her and starting to pool in her cunt at the prospect of standing between them naked, of having their eyes and hands roam her body and their cocks harden as they looked at her, touched her.

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“The only thing wrong with HEALING SEDUCTION is that I had to stop reading it when it ended! I don’t know how Jory Strong does it, but every single time I read one of her ménages I fall in love with her characters, the story, and the setting. Everything about HEALING SEDUCTION called to me. Beloved characters are seen and new characters are introduced. Quade and Lucca definitely know what it means to love a woman. They are seriously two of the hottest men I have ever read about.”

“HEALING SEDUCTION is a story of one woman’s desire to move on after the death of her husband with the help of the two friends he trusted. The power and the passion of the love scenes alone are hot enough to scorch pavement. *shiver*”
— Talia Ricci, Joyfully Reviewed

“Jory Strong is always a crowd pleaser. The characters are always sensual and seductive with a story that leaves the reader captivated. Whether it is her CRIME TELLS series or her Fallon Mates series, the story line draws you in and makes you want to know more about the characters and their lives and relationships. Jory Strong is definitely not to be missed and I am looking forward to reading more of this talented author’s work.” — Kimberley Spinney, Sensual Reads

“Jory Strong brings her signature heat and eroticism to this story.” — Sara W., Romance Junkies

“The sex is hot, the characters likeable and the plot engaging. Emotional and poignant in places, this story was a lovely way to spend part of my afternoon.” — Seriously Reviewed

“HEALING SEDUCTION had just the right amount of emotion and sex to tie things up in a nice little bow.” — Book Binge

“The love scenes are hot, explicit, yet filled with mutual respect and love.” — The Pen & Muse

“This was definitely a well-written ménage that left me with a smile on my face.” — Viscaria, Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews

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