Please join me in welcoming Rhiannon Ayers back to the blog! Her latest novel, Angel Without, debuted August 5 on Siren-BookStrand. I got a chance to sit down with her to talk about her latest book and learn a bit more about the story.
Angel Without(MMF) For Love of Authority 2
Word Count: 106,377
Heat Level: SEXTREME
When Amber Whitman’s fiancé suddenly turns violent, she flees back home—only to be told she has no choice but to marry the bastard. Refusing to live her life as an abused woman, Amber takes off in the dead of night. But now she’s out of money, out of options, and out of ideas. She has no place to turn…or does she?
All these years, Amber thought her beloved adopted brother, Allen, was dead. When she discovers he’s not only alive, but living in the same city, she runs to him for help. Fortunately, Allen and his lovers have a plan to keep Amber safe. Allen brings his little sister to stay with Maddox Henley, a Dom with a dark past, and Riley Jones, an ex-soldier with a dark secret. Together, these two strapping construction workers have the balls and ability to keep a young woman safe from all outside threats.
But can they keep her safe from the threat they pose to her heart?
Me: Thanks for joining me, Rhiannon! Can you tell us a bit about the premise for Angel Without?
Rhiannon: Thanks so much for having me! Angel Without is a story about a young woman who has suffered without love, support, or encouragement her whole life. Amber Whitman is the youngest sister of Allen, the MC from Demons Within. It begins with Amber fleeing from her abusive fiancé, whom her bastard father is forcing her to marry. Refusing to live her life as an abused woman, she runs to Allen for help. Fortunately for her, Allen and his husband & wife, Tatum and Sidri, have powerful connections. They offer her shelter while they put the legal wheels in motion to free her from her father’s control. While in hiding, she meets Maddox Henley and Riley Jones, two smokin’ hot construction workers who are tasked with keeping her safe. The story follows their journey toward forming a permanent ménage.
Me: Introduce us to the characters. Who are Amber, Maddox, and Riley?
Rhiannon: Amber is a tiny thing, all blonde hair and big blue eyes. She’s always seen herself as this meek little mouse, hating herself for always giving in to the men in her life. She’s never realized exactly how strong she really is, despite having survived constant emotional abuse from her father and her ex boyfriends. By the time she meets Maddox and Riley, she’s on the cusp of coming into her own. She’s also a sexual submissive, but after being abused by her first Dom, she’s convinced herself she’ll never be happy in a D/s relationship.
Maddox is the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, with gray eyes that turn silver when he’s aroused and a Dominant nature. He has always been bisexual, but a terrible mistake with a female sub led him to swear off all women. He has a major crush on Riley, but up until Amber comes into their lives, he’s never had the courage to act on it. When his instincts scream for him to claim Amber, he realizes it’s also time to claim Riley as his sub, too.
Smart-ass Riley Jones is probably one of my very favorite characters I’ve ever written. He’s built like a football player with a clear Alpha set to his shoulders, but inside he’s so much dandelion fluff. Riley is just twenty-three, having moved to Houston from his home town in central Texas because there were no jobs for veterans there. That’s the excuse he gave Maddox when Maddox hired him as his foreman, anyway. The truth is something far, far different. After getting kicked out of the Army, Riley is truly convinced no one is safe around him. So, you can imagine his angst when he’s tasked with helping Maddox keep Amber safe.
Me: How is the chemistry between them?
Rhiannon: The chemistry between these three is immediate and explosive. Determined loner Maddox is suddenly faced with the prospect of claiming two subs. Amber is terrified of Doms, yet finds herself desperately attracted to Maddox, while Riley makes her weak in the knees. And Riley has a major crush on both of them, yet doesn’t believe he’s worthy of either one. Their sexual encounters are extremely emotional.
Me: How does this book differ from the first one?
Rhiannon: The dynamics in the triad are completely different, for starters. Amber is submissive, whereas Sidri was a consummate Domme. Maddox and Riley have known each other for a year prior to the start of the book, but haven’t been involved, so we get to see the growth in their relationship. And while Maddox has always been Dominant and bi, he’s never considered being in a triad before meeting Amber and Riley. Their story is more about serendipity and finding love in unexpected places, whereas Demons Within was about two Doms claiming the sub they’d chosen to be theirs.
Me: What’s the biggest thing you hope readers learn from this story?
Rhiannon: As with Demons Within, I hope Angel Without helps readers learn more about the dynamics in a D/s relationship. This is not a typical BDSM story. There is no bondage, and there is no masochism. Maddox is a purely psychological Dom who doesn’t use restraints or pain, which means he is perfect for both Amber and Riley, though for different reasons. I want people to see the way a true D/s relationship works, without the use of chains and whips. It doesn’t have to be about pain. Sometimes, it’s all about control.
Me: Sounds like a great story! Thanks for sharing your latest release with us, Rhiannon.
AVAILABLE: Tuesday, August 5th at www.bookstrand.com/angel-without
This title is offered at a 15% discount. Offer ends midnight CST, August 12th.
He ran his palm down her hair, cupping the back of her head as he looked down into those impossibly blue eyes. “Angel?”
“Are you…upset with me?”
“Upset? Of course not! Why on earth would you think that?”
She bit her lip, looking away. “You’re shaking. And you haven’t spoken since…since I said…”
“Oh, angel,” Maddox said with a tired sigh. He cupped her face, kissed her gently. “I’m not upset with you. I promise. I’m just overwhelmed, okay? I’m honored that you’ve chosen to trust me with your secrets tonight. I’m humbled that you would want to get to know me, despite being afraid of me. And I’m nervous, because I don’t want to fuck this up. I don’t want to betray your trust or cause you one millisecond of pain. And I’m terrified that I’ll do or say something wrong, and I’ll lose my chance to be with the most mesmerizing, awe-inspiring, breathtaking woman I’ve ever met in my life.”
Her jaw dropped. “You…you think all that? Ab–b–bout me?”
Maddox nodded, expression solemn. “Yes, I do. You don’t even know how strong you are, do you? You amaze me, Amber. You’ve been through so much. Other people would have been broken by what you’ve gone through. But you’re still this wonderful, sweet, loving young woman who makes me want to shield you from the rest of the world for the rest of my life. I can’t even begin to express how much tonight means to me.”
Two tears spilled over her cheeks. Maddox leaned down, kissed both of them away tenderly. “I don’t want to mess this up. I don’t ever want you to think I’m just in this for a wild night between the sheets. Nothing could be further from the truth. I will still teach you about the D/s lifestyle if that is your wish, but I won’t do it as your Dom.” He paused significantly.
“I want to do it as your boyfriend. If you’ll have me. If you’ll let me court you, let me show you what a true D/s relationship looks like, inside and outside the bedroom. I want you, Amber. You. Not just the submissive. All of you.”
Amber’s mouth worked, but no sound came out at first. After a few tries, she managed to gasp out, “I…I don’t know what to say.”
He gave her a soft smile, caressed her cheek. “You don’t have to say anything, angel. Not one thing. I’m here for you, now and forever, for as long as you want me to be a part of your life. Your decision. Your choice. Just know I’ll be here for you, no matter what.”
Amber sat staring at him in utter silence for a long, tense moment. Then she threw her arms around his neck and buried her face in his chest. Maddox wrapped her up as tightly as he dared, noting how she still tensed whenever she felt his strength surrounding her. Christ, she was going to kill him with her fear. He wanted her to feel sheltered by his strength, not frightened by it. He had to convince her that he would never use his size against her, never overpower her in the name of getting what he wanted. She needed to know, to understand down to the marrow of her bones, that everything he did, everything he was, was meant to keep her safe.
But the only sure way to do that was to let her see how he used his strength on another sub, so she could witness for herself the way Maddox handled one. And that meant he needed Riley, ready, willing, and eager to join both of them in bed.
Maddox suppressed a shiver and glanced out the patio doors—and there, on the far side of the yard, watching them with so much hunger in his eyes Maddox could feel it like a gnawing in his own gut, stood Riley.
Smiling, Maddox leaned down and whispered next to her ear. “Don’t look, don’t be alarmed. We have an audience. Riley is watching us.”
She tensed, but otherwise made no move. “Is he…is he mad?”
Maddox laughed. “Mad? Why on earth would he be mad?”
Amber looked up at him through her lashes, concern evident in her small frown. “Won’t he be jealous? I mean, if he wants you for himself…”
“Envious, angel. Not jealous. I have no doubt he wants you, too. Seeing both of us together…well, let’s just say that’s a fantasy come to life for guys like me and him. Right now, he’s thinking about the possibilities, trust me. Wondering if he can bring himself to be with a man as well as a woman.
“That is, if he truly does want me.” Maddox tried to look pensive, his intent to make her jump to his defense. “I don’t really know how he feels. I certainly want him. But he’s straight, Amber. Straight men do not, as a rule, want other men. I could be projecting my desire onto him, seeing something I want to see instead of what is truly there.”
“That’s not what you said earlier,” she accused, eyes sparkling. “Why don’t you go after him? What are you waiting for?”
He caressed her jaw, letting just a little of the lust he was feeling overwhelm his expression. “You think I should? Is that what you want? To see me and Riley together?”
Amber let out a sexy little groan, her pupils dilating as she licked her lips. “Oh, fuck, yes. Are you kidding me? I’m getting hot just thinking about it.”
He chuckled. “Are you, now? Hmm, I’ll have to think about this for a moment.” Inwardly, he was doing a victory dance, hearing the way her self-consciousness melted the moment she realized Maddox’s focus was on Riley instead of her. In that instant, she became a passionate, eager young woman, determined to help him fulfill his fantasy.
Christ God in heaven, he wanted to see her react that way when it came to her own sexual gratification. All in good time—if he could pull this first step off, that is.
Maddox backed off the bed, reaching for his belt as he stood straight, never taking his eyes from her naked body. He dropped his pants and shorts at the same time, and Amber sucked in a sharp breath as she watched the way his enormous cock bobbed free and reached for his belly button. God in heaven, the man was hung. The lazy spiral of lust in her lower abdomen turned into an outright maelstrom, just from imagining that huge shaft sinking into her tunnel. She let loose a needy groan, watching as he pulled a condom packet from his bedside table, tore it open with his teeth, and smoothed it over his length.
Maddox stalked over her once more, kneeling between her splayed thighs as he claimed her lips in another open-mouthed kiss. He still kept his weight off her, but now she could feel even more of that delicious heat pouring off him, soaking into her like rays from a noonday sun. Resting his right forearm beside her shoulder, he ran his free hand down the length of her body, palming her breasts briefly before making a beeline for her pussy. Amber gasped into that hot mouth as his fingers swiped through her honey, making her hips shake convulsively. Maddox rumbled appreciatively, did it again just to make her quiver even harder. Then, without missing a beat, he slipped two digits deep into her core and started finger-fucking her, hard and fast.
Amber ripped her mouth away and threw back her head as a moan of bliss shot from her throat. Those amazing fingers had her riding the edge of an intense orgasm almost immediately. Maddox kept thrusting even as he dipped his head and took one nipple in his mouth, sucking hard enough to pull her soul from her body. He started alternating between thrusting his fingers as deep inside her as he could get and thumbing her clit in sharp little circles, until Amber was ready to scream from it.
Maddox finally released her nipple and started kissing his way back up her neck, pausing to nibble her earlobe before claiming her lips again. He pulled his fingers from her aching pussy and rested his arms on either side of her shoulders, kissing her hungrily as he finally, finally, settled some of his weight on top of her. Amber wrapped her legs around his waist, rubbing herself up and down his length and whimpering.
He shuddered in her arms, rotating his hips so his thick, heavy shaft rubbed over her clit repeatedly. Amber cried out, loving the way he swallowed the sound so hungrily. Maddox wrapped his big hands around her forearms, giving her yet another level of restraint as he notched the head of his cock at her entrance and began pushing his way inside.
Both of them gasped as he sank in to the hilt in one long, smooth thrust. Her pussy convulsed as he forced her body to accept his penetration, one inch at a time, until he could go no farther. And the moment she felt the head of that glorious cock kiss her cervix, filling her in a way no man had ever filled her before, Amber came.
The orgasm washed through her so fast, so unexpectedly, she nearly passed out. Maddox groaned on top of her, sealing their lips together and swallowing her desperate cries as her inner muscles tightened around him like a vise. It was like he’d set off a flash grenade inside her, the powerful explosion so intense it left her reeling mentally and physically. It was there and gone in an instant, yet left utter devastation in its wake.
“Fuck, that’s so goddamn sexy,” Maddox breathed against her lips. “You and Riley are going to give me a big ego, coming so fast like that. Let’s see if we can beat his record, hmm?”
Amber was panting against his lips, still vibrating with aftershocks, when she felt him draw back and pull almost all the way out. Then, without any preamble, without any build-up, he started to thrust.
The motion of his cock sent whips of fire shrieking along her inner walls. Maddox rode her hard and deep, his strokes fast and desperate, as if he couldn’t control himself. His huge shaft tapped her cervix with every inward thrust, making her lose control of her voice instantly. Amber sobbed her pleasure for the world to hear, her breathless cries adding counterpoint to the rapid slap of skin on skin that quickly filled the room.
Maddox fucked her. There was no other word for it. His hips smacked the backs of her thighs repeatedly, driving her down into the mattress. His glans slid over her G-spot with every stroke, sending little zaps of lightning through her whole body. It felt so good, God, it felt so good, every part of her felt so fucking good she started wondering if it were possible to self-combust from sheer pleasure overload.
The telltale pinch started deep in her core, a spring coiling tighter and tighter as Maddox drove her ever closer to that epic cliff. He watched her face the whole time, silver eyes burning white-hot as he rode her relentlessly. Amber found herself drowning in those gorgeous eyes, reeling inside and out as her orgasm got closer, and closer, and closer still, until she was teetering on the brink of yet another epic explosion.
And then Maddox set it off with a single word. “Come.”
She detonated the moment the word left his lips, as if her orgasm was a bomb and Maddox the trigger. Little lights flashed behind her eyes as wave after wave of intense pleasure washed through her system, yanking a scream from her throat. And all the while she was coming like a freight train, Maddox just kept fucking her, his steady strokes unwavering. The continuous glide across her inner walls extended her orgasm far, far longer than she’d ever experienced before.
And he still wasn’t finished with her.