Kyran Reese is a man in control. Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play. From his office to the chalk circle of Metro’s bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win. That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life. His brother’s assistant should be off-limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets. After receiving an unexpected left hook, Kyran gets exactly what he wants, though he makes the rules very clear.
When Dale agrees to Kyran’s relationship stipulation of no labels, she’s sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing. The agreement to keep their lust away from the office is discarded when rules are molded to suit their ever-increasing attraction. Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it even when the world around them spirals out of control. All too soon she realizes she can’t hide her true feelings any longer.
Kyran begins to wonder if he’s finally met his match, and with his family falling apart before his eyes, he turns to the two things he knows will keep him sane: boxing and Dale. Those crutches can’t last forever, and when Kyran finds it harder to function he is left with a decision he never thought he’d have to make.
Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?
I asked M.A. to sit down and have a conversation with Kyran. I’m not sure how I thought the conversation would go. But I can definitely say Kyran Reese is something. (laughing) Dale Porter has her hands full with this guy. Here’s how it went.
Hello, Mr Reese. Thanks for sparing the time to answer a few questions .
Can we hurry this along? Time is money and doing this with you is costing me plenty.
(whispers) You would even exist if it wasn’t for me, so wind your neck in.
Nothing. Shall we start? (takes a deep breath) Some of your readers, and Dale, have accused you of being highly strung. Have you chilled out any since you married Dale?
(chuckles) Dale would like you to think she’s mellowed me. I just can’t say no to her, so I guess she would think that. Let’s just say I’m not as rigid as the readers think.
Mr Reese, the readers hope you are very rigid.
Starting early, are you? Right to the point?
Well, you have been a part of what I wrote, so you know exactly what point I like to get to. And I’m the one asking the questions.
So go on then. Ask what you really want to. Quit stalling.
(muttering) I should have made you less bossy. (Louder) So you explained to everyone why you started boxing, but do you continue?
I’m pretty sure I explained that too. I like the thrill. Some people base jump, others drive fast cars. I box. It really is that simple.
Would you give up if Dale asked you to?
(scowling) After some debate, I’m sure I would. (grins) Though she never would. She knows how I work and knows how good I can be after a fight.
You mean sexually?
You wrote it. Wouldn’t you say the interactions were heightened—more animalistic after I’d fought?
I would, yes. Dale is a very lucky woman.
She sure is. What else did you want to ask me?
Why Dale? What was it about her that pushed all your buttons?
No fucking clue. She had me the moment she walked into my office in those damn stupid shoes. From that second I was lost and everywhere I looked she was there, reaching out her hand to show me the way.
Very poetic, Mr Reese.
(grinning) Good aren’t I? And you didn’t even write that for me.
Really? You actually think that? Wow.
M. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she adores getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.
She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Along with knitting, listening to loud music, and playing the Wii with her children. M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.
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