Many thanks to Sinfully for hosting my blog tour visit. Forged in Trust, out today at Dreamspinner, is the fourth novel in the Bay Area Professionals series that features doctors and dentists who participate in the BDSM scene. Many of the characters from the first three books (Impacted, Bonds of Love, and Fractured) make an appearance in this novel, but it can be read as a standalone. Don’t forget to click on the Rafflecopter widget for a chance to win a giveaway. The beautiful cover was designed by Catt Ford. Below is an exclusive excerpt of Forged in Trust.
Forged in Trust (Bay Area Professionals #4) Mickie B. Ashling
Author ~ Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 4th September 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary BDSM M/M Romance
Dr. Ethan Marshall is the young medical student on call the night Tessa Duran murders her husband for abusing her twelve-year-old-son, Rino. Ethan stays in the cubicle while the rape kit is performed and is surprised when the boy resorts to prayers instead of tears.
Despite compelling evidence, Tessa is sent to jail for life. To avoid placing Rino in foster care, their parish priest agrees to raise him. Ethan is touched by Rino’s plight and visits whenever possible, but the connection is broken when the priest and young boy leave the area months later.
Raised by the Dominicans in California, Rino considers joining the order until a romance blossoms with a fellow student. After much soul-searching, he turns his back on everything familiar, and chooses his orientation over his perceived vocation. Upon graduating dental hygiene school, Rino takes a job at the office of Scott Gregory and Robin Kennedy.
Seventeen years have passed since that horrible night in the emergency room. Forty-three-year-old Ethan is now a Dominant in search of a full-time submissive. Twenty-nine-year-old Rino is adrift, longing for someone or something to help him find the serenity he’s lost along the way. As they rekindle their friendship, they realize they might be perfect for each other.
The overhead lights dimmed, and all eyes focused on the stage, where spotlights illuminated two figures. Rino had been so busy talking to Brad, he hadn’t noticed the participants walking in and taking their positions. The GQ guy who let him in had changed from his suit to something more in keeping with the other Dominants in the room. His back was turned to the audience, so Rino could only see his shirtless arms and his broad back covered by a black leather vest. He was tanned, cut, and his arms looked like small hams. The leather pants were molded to his perfectly rounded butt. Saliva quickly pooled in Rino’s mouth as he imagined taking a bite out of those luscious globes or burying his tongue in between the cleft. When the Dom turned to face the audience and Rino caught sight of the thick pelt that covered his chest, his cock swelled in appreciation. Rino really had a thing for bearish types. Probably because he had very little body hair thanks to his Asian half. He envied guys who could grow a beard overnight. It would take Rino two weeks to grow something remotely resembling a beard, and still it would be sparse and more like Fu Manchu than a grizzly lumberjack.
He stopped thinking about fur when the Dom beckoned to his sub, a guy around Rino’s age. He had a rainbow-colored Mohawk, a few body piercings, and nothing else. It would be impossible to hide his body’s reaction or nonreaction to whatever the Dominant had planned while he was stark naked.
Rino focused on the stage and noticed the intricate knots the Dom had tied around his willing victim. The man was immobilized but didn’t seem unhappy in the least bit. The evidence was clearly visible as his cock stuck out rigidly from his body.
“The Dom’s pretty good at knotting,” Rino commented. “Does he have a military background?”
Brad snorted. “He’s a dick doc.”
“You know. One of those doctors who looks at dicks all day.”
“I guess that’s what they’re called,” Brad said. “Now stop asking me questions and watch.”
Rino turned back to the stage and watched with renewed interest as the flogging began. The Dominant seemed to be concentrating mainly on the sub’s legs and backside, hitting him steadily with a thin whip that looked like a cane from where Rino stood. As it came down, the whipping sound it made was quite distinct, and the red lines that striated the white skin were rather horrifying from Rino’s point of view.
Rino was hurled back in time to his college days. It had been raining for several hours, and lightning had struck one of the main transformers, plunging the peaceful frat house into a scary labyrinth of dark corridors due to the power outage. Booms of thunder rolled through the area, accompanied by flashes of bluish light, shaking Rino awake. He looked over to his right and noticed his roommate, Andrew, had deserted his bed. Grabbing a robe, because nudity was discouraged to ward off temptation, he rose quickly and headed out to find someone else to keep him company. Rino wasn’t normally afraid of nature, but for some reason, tonight was different. Above all the other noises that were disturbing, one was louder than the rest. A high-pitched keening drew him toward Brother Jerome’s door. He was the friar in charge of their house and the one Rino normally sought out if there was a problem. He pressed an ear against the oak and listened. Aside from the pitiful cries, there was another more disturbing sound. It was a disciplinary thudding of a belt against bare skin, one which Rino recognized but had never been subjected to. He turned the knob very carefully and pushed the door open a crack. Andrew had his back to him and he was naked. Standing behind him was Brother Jerome with a belt in one hand and a stiff erection in the other.
He shuddered involuntarily, shaking off the unpleasant memory. “That looks painful,” he said softly. “What’s the sub getting out of this?”
“Turned on,” Brad pointed out. “He’s dripping all over the floor.”
Rino raised both eyebrows. “Huh, so he is.”
“What’s your thing?” Brad asked.
“Not sure,” Rino admitted. “I’m just intrigued by all of it.”
“Have you ever done anything remotely kinky?”
“I guess it depends on what you define as kinky.”
“Come on, dude. Anything that’s not vanilla sex.”
Rino looked up at Brad’s expectant face. “Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not that experienced. Actually, I think I’ve seen enough for now.”
“You know where the dressing room is.”
“Thanks for your time.”
“Will you be applying for membership?”
“I doubt it.”
Rino headed toward the back of the room where they’d come in, and his head almost swiveled off his neck when he spotted Lance, the hot periodontist he’d met at the clinic earlier that day. What in the hell? He inched his way forward, hugging the wall so he wouldn’t be spotted. Was he the dentist Brad had been referring to earlier? Rino almost had a heart attack when he saw who was sitting at Lance’s table. Robin and his possessive partner were feeding each other appetizers in between kisses while some Hispanic dude reached for Lance and pulled him closer. My God. He was about to start working with a group of men who were into this lifestyle.
Meet Mickie B. Ashling
Mickie B. Ashling is the alter-ego of a multifaceted woman raised by a single mother who preferred reading over other forms of entertainment. She found a kindred spirit in her oldest child and encouraged her with a steady supply of dog-eared paperbacks. Romance was the preferred genre, and historical romances topped her favorites list.
By the time Mickie discovered her own talent for writing, real life had intruded, and the business of earning a living and raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing and the inevitable emptying nest, dreams were resurrected, and the storyteller was reborn.
She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called "gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking." She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.
Mickie loves to travel and has lived in the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East but currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.
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