Authors: Erin Lark
All He Desires: The Invitation (#1)
Copyright 2012 Erin Lark
Kira's spent the better part of a year masquerading as an escort, and quite frankly, she's tired of it. But with pay as good as it is, and no lack of clients in sight, it's impossible to pull away from such a lucrative job. Even if it is illegal.
That is until her favorite client offers to double her pay so long as she agrees to be his companion for one evening. No questions asked.
The promise of a doubled wage is hard to pass up, and the possibility of finally getting to see her lover's face and learn his name makes this deal impossible to resist.
With their destination as mysterious as the man who invited her, Kira accepts, but at what cost?
The microwave dinged harmoniously as I retrieved my mug from within. Setting it on the countertop, I grabbed a teabag from the box before throwing it into the boiling water. For now, I decided on orange spice—a sweet but sometimes aggressive flavor.
Just the way I like them.
I wasn’t thinking of the tea of course, but the gentleman that had yet to join me.
The sound of my front door opening, then the bolt being latched along its frame, sent a tremor down my spine. I wasn’t alone.
After checking my tea, I rolled my shoulders back, intently listening to my visitor's padded footsteps as he made his was from the foyer toward my kitchen.
On time, same as always.
Save for a purple bra and revealing panties, I was completely exposed. My first client of the afternoon had arrived, and I knew he’d want his usual. Quietly rummaging through a nearby drawer, I retrieved a rubber band and pulled my hair back. Making sure a few tendrils hung close to my face, I knew he’d notice them around the same time he kissed the back of my neck.
He’d claimed he was a lawyer during our first interview, but he never allowed me to see him. In all the weeks he’d been coming to use my services, I’d never turned to face him. This was our arrangement, and so long as the pay was good—
better than good
—I was more than happy to look the other way.
Heat rushed to my cheeks as I felt more than heard his footsteps glide toward me. His feet were obviously bare, his skin on the linoleum floor making a very distinct, but familiar sound. I grasped at the edge of the counter with both hands as he unzipped his jeans, which he then threw to the floor in a single step along with everything else.
Even though I’d never seen him, I imagined he was the kind of man who kept his hair short, but not so much that I didn't have something to run my fingers through. He stood at the far end of the kitchen, and I could almost feel him peering past my skin to the polished, white bone underneath. I whimpered and closed my eyes, anticipating his touch—cool flames against my flushed skin.
I was about to lower the edge of my thong when a strong, tanned arm stopped me. His fingernails were trimmed, free of dirt and debris. It was clear that even if he wasn’t a lawyer, he was certainly a businessman. Most of my other clients weren’t as well kept, or as gentle.
He was the one I looked forward to each day, the one who could fully satisfy me—
me. He guided my hand back to the counter’s surface while removing my undergarments with his free hand. He expertly unclasped my bra—something he never seemed to have trouble with. And much like the laced thong, that too floated to the ground around my feet.
Tentative fingertips caressed my neck as he carefully moved my ponytail out of the way, kissing exposed skin as he went. He paused, pushing that single tendril of hair behind my ear, just as I hoped he would. The small gesture made my breath catch.
Snaking an arm around my waist, he trailed feather-light kisses around my neck and underneath my jaw. And as he went, his lips against my skin became even more desperate.
His closeness and the heat from his skin always did strange things to my blood pressure, and today was no different. The anticipation of knowing what was to come and not getting there fast enough put me on edge. I’d waited all day for this, and he’d make me wait again. God, it was worth it though.
The man had given me a collection of fantasies to choose from when I was alone, and I always came back to this—to what he was doing to me. His lips on my skin. His exhalations warm against the nape of my neck when he kissed it.
The arm around my middle moved, the edges of his fingertips a short breath away from where I wanted them most. I let my head fall back against his chest and closed my eyes. A position he quickly took advantage of. Holding my chin, he made sure I wouldn’t move before pressing his lips to mine. Light. Gentle. A brief taste of what was to come.
God, I love it when you do that,
I wanted to say, but the words never passed over my tongue. My other clients treated me as though I were their plaything, something only they could have. But my favorite—the man I was with now—understood. He always made sure to address my needs as well as his own.
I sucked in a breath when he pressed his body against mine, his abs rippling along the small of my back. He pressed his hard erection to me, inviting me to push back against him. He groaned. Stepped back. But we didn’t separate.
I corrected my posture, but I didn’t open my eyes. My back felt cool without him against it, but I knew it was only a matter of time until he closed that small gap again. It happened a lot sooner than I thought, but what I didn’t expect was to hear him say my name.
“Kira,” he began. “You’re shaking.”
I wet my lips and urged my body to stay still. It didn’t help. “Sorry.”
“Are you cold?”
I opened my eyes and glanced down at the mug of tea. Steam continued to rise from the water’s surface. “I’m okay.”
“Are you sure?” He kissed behind my ear, which forced a fresh wave of goose bumps to appear all over my body.
I shivered. “Just anxious I guess.”
“Is that so?” Another kiss, this time against the side of my neck. My collarbone. “And how am I making you anxious?”
Oh like you don’t know. “Your lips…”
“Like this?” He kissed my ear.
I shuddered from the chill that raced over my spine. “Mmm hmm.”
“Oh, but I do love to make you squirm.”
That’s not all you’re doing.
I reached for the counter when I felt the world toppling to one side. He wouldn’t let me fall, but even as he tightened his arm around my waist, he was slowly sending me into orbit with his lips. No man had ever kissed me the way he did. It was almost as if he had all the time in the world, and he used up every minute of our session making sure when he left, all I’d think about was him.
The room started to spin, and I had to remind myself that we weren’t moving at all. We were still in the same place. Had his hand gotten a little lower? I drew in a shaky breath to clear my head and get myself on solid ground, but it did little for the fact that yes, his hand had moved. It was still moving.
The hand he’d used to remove my garments was pressed against my left hip as he explored the curves of my slender frame. A few inches taller than I was myself, the experiences we’d shared were probably the main reason why we'd become such as passionate pair.
No, he’s always been like this.
Even during our first appointment, he was in no hurry to get himself off. Not unless I got to do the same.
Still holding me in place with his right arm, he moved to touch the gentle swell of my breasts. His fingertips left a trail of flame beneath them as they circled around pink flesh, closing in on my nipple when I sucked in a deep breath.
There was no thinking with him around.
Forget thinking. What about breathing?
There was none of that either. Suspended in time, there was no need for thoughts, breath or any of the other common necessities I couldn’t think of right now.
It didn’t matter how similar today’s motions were to yesterday’s. Perhaps it was the mystery of not seeing his face that caused me this excitement when compared to all the others, but none of that mattered now.
Just this moment.
I struggled for breath as my vision swept from one corner of the room to the other. Thus far, I’d managed to keep my legs together. Keeping upright on the other hand was something else entirely. I shifted my weight, favoring my right leg while still consciously trying to keep both as straight as possible. Knees locked.
I can’t honestly say how long we’d been standing there in the middle of my kitchen, but as the scent of oranges wafted through the air, I wagered it had been at least a few minutes.
More than enough time for torture,
I decided, coolly moving my hand from the counter to tease my clit.
My spine straightened from the sudden, albeit brief contact. His hand was on mine within seconds, correcting my posture and denying me any further pleasure unless he did it himself.
“None of that.” His breath drifted past my ear as he nipped at my neck. “You know that isn’t how I like to play.”
I groaned as a chill ran down my spine, causing my hairs to stand on end and my breasts to peak. My feet itched, willing me to move, to spread my legs just a little more. But that wasn’t how our arrangement worked.
Be good, and he’ll treat you well
I pressed into him like I’d done so many times before, gently bucking against his legs and the hard shaft that waited there. “Please,” I whimpered, gripping the counter so hard I was sure the tips of my fingers might bleed.
“A little needy today, aren’t we?” he asked.
He took his hand from mine so he could hug both his arms around my middle. Like a skilled dancer, he pressed a knee between the backs of my legs, prying them apart with little force. His hands crept down past my belly button to the sea of curls below. His fingers moved searchingly, feeding off every moan that rode on my breath, every quiver my muscles made. It was torture in the best sense of the word.
He paused, pulling me in against his rigid frame, his hands hovering just above my clit. I went to press forward, to make contact with his soft touch, but his elbows resting on my hips held me in place. By now, I didn’t doubt he knew the subtle sway of my hips was involuntary, but he always made sure to keep them as still as he could.
He was in control.
He always is.
And so long as he kissed me—so long as he touched my clit just like that—I was more than happy to give it to him.
His fingertips circled my clit as he bit at my neck. I moaned. Rocked my hips as my head fell back against his shoulder.
He knew I did. I couldn’t talk. Couldn’t think. All I did was feel. His lips under my ear. One hand teasing the inside of my thigh while the other did the same to my clit. Fuck, I needed him. Wanted him. And he didn’t move nearly as fast as I would’ve liked.
I swallowed hard. Tried to open my eyes. When that didn’t work, I somehow managed to take a breath. I was still breathing.
It was enough. I was alive, and this…this was very real.
I whimpered when the fingers on my clit parted my pussy lips. By now I was shaking more than before. My teeth chattered. I clenched my jaws to keep them still. His finger moved again, gently slipping inside.
“That isn’t my name,” he almost growled, pressing his palm to my clit as he thrust his finger even deeper.
“That’s because you hav—”
You haven’t told me.
He’d stolen the words from my lips.
“You’re very wet,” he trilled, refusing to remove either of his hands from my body.
I thought I'd melt right then. My toes curled as small white specks flew outside my peripheral vision. If he kept going the way he was, I’d lose it—with or without him.
Oh God, yes.
I didn’t answer, and I didn’t have to. He could read my body the same way I could read his own. Even if we had all the time in the world instead of half an hour each day, he knew.