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Desiree Holt & Allie Standifer
Book 2 in the Turn Up the Heat series
Reed Brody is head of the geek squad for the local police. At work, he’s intense and driven; after
hours, he can’t help but use that same drive in his sex life. Too bad he can’t find a woman interested
in a few bondage games.
Halli Wilson is a quiet coffee shop owner who also hosts sex-toy parties on the side.
Too bad she can’t find a guy man enough to tie her up and take her down.
Halli only bargained for a month. Reed’s never wanted forever. Two people determined to keep it
light make the biggest mistake of all by falling in love.
An Ellora’s Cave Romantica Publication
ISBN 9781419929144
Scalded Copyright © 2010 Desiree Holt & Allie Standifer
Edited by Helen Woodall
Cover art by Syneca
Electronic book publication August 2010
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Desiree Holt & Allie Standifer
To Kristi who always makes me laugh and is there whenever and wherever.
Having you as a friend is priceless. Having you as sister is a gift beyond measure.
To all my readers who said they love my “fun stuff”.
Desiree Holt & Allie Standifer
Chapter One
With one last look at her packed cases, Halli knew the successful evening’s sales of dildos, cock
rings and anal lube would push her profit margin over the top. The money would put her one step
closer to buying the house she’d been dreaming about and getting out of the small, cramped apartment
over her coffee shop, Jolts. Though the free rent hadn’t hurt her savings either. The sex toy parties
more than made up for the declining economy. People always, always had time and money for sex or
sex toys.
Four years ago she would never have dreamed of making money this way, but back then she hadn’t
known her dream house really existed. Not until she’d found it while surfing local real estate listings.
Now that Halli knew it was out there waiting for her, she’d do whatever it took to make it her own.
Too bad Halli herself didn’t understand the fuss over toys. Oh, she could talk the talk, but she’d never
walked the walk. Too timid to bring up sex toys to her past lovers and too uptight to try them out by
herself, Halli relied on satisfied clients in order to glean the details.
Did it make her a freak that she wanted a little bondage? Wanted to dump the responsibility for her
sexual pleasure on a man’s lap? She wanted to be teased and touched until she begged for the release
only her lover could provide.
Too bad that lover didn’t exist. Most men didn’t like admitting to needing anything more in the bed
besides their cock. Halli didn’t think toys took away from their masculinity, only added more
intimacy to the joining. It sucked that they needed so much convincing.
“So, how did it go tonight?” Tina Devers, her hostess for the evening, walked back into the room after
showing the last guest out.
Halli smiled at the older woman, not able to stop the wide grin forming on her lips.
“Who knew tax attorneys could get so kinky?”
Tina laughed, her gray-streaked hair tumbling wildly around her cheery face. “We can party with the
best of them, honey. Don’t let anyone tell you different.”
Fanning a hand in front of her face, Halli laughed with her. “After tonight my lips are sealed.”
“Good.” Tina gave Halli a friendly pat on the back. “Now, let’s get this stuff in your SUV. I can’t
wait to try out my new toys with Ricky.”
A sliver of envy caught her unawares at the mention of Tina’s husband. After so many years together
they still shared a passion and friendship that made Halli yearn for a connection like that of her own.
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