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Ashe Barker | 5 comments Unsure Unsure by Ashe Barker

Unsure, the first book in my new trilogy, Sure Mastery, is now out on Amazon. It's a tie-in to my other series, The Dark Side and for a few more days ONLY is available for just 99p, or whatever the equivalent currency is where you are. Here's the blurb...

He’s hurt her once, and terrified her. He holds her future in his hands. Can she trust him with her body too?

Desperate to escape her past and start over, Ashley McAllister cuts her ties with her old life and heads for the wild landscape of West Yorkshire, the perfect place to reinvent herself. And her carefully laid plans are working, until she encounters her nemesis—the one man she’d hoped never to see again. Tom Shore, the man she and a gang of thugs attacked and robbed, and who swore he’d make her pay. He owns the cottage she now lives in and adores, and now he wants his pound of flesh. So he takes it.

Intimidated, beaten and dismayed by her sexy and dominant landlord, and totally confused by her intense physical response to him, Ashley needs Tom to guard her secrets. But will he, and his enigmatic and terrifying friend Nathan Darke, allow her to leave her past behind and start again? Having survived her first explosive and humiliating encounter with Tom, Ashley struggles to get her new life back on track. But Tom wants her. His demanding, persuasive, sensual charm is almost irresistible, his mastery of her assured.

But—can she submit to Tom’s dominance? Should she? Ashley has escaped one violent and abusive relationship. Is she about to be sucked into an even more dark and dangerous liaison?

The Sure Mastery trilogy charts the sensual and emotional journey of petty thief turned photographer Ashley McAllister as she struggles to overcome personal tragedy, loss and grief to rebuild her life in the wild beauty of the West Yorkshire moorland.

Resilient and determined, independent and courageous, Ashley has no qualms about cutting her old ties and starting again. Intent on establishing her landscape photography business, she is horrified when her turbulent past comes crashing back to haunt her, threatening to overwhelm and destroy her fragile new beginning.

Alone, vulnerable, Ashley needs Tom to guard her secrets and allow her to stay. He just wants her. He wants her submission, her surrender, but he’s already destroyed her trust in him. Will his seductive charm and sure mastery be enough to rebuild her fragile faith? Can he teach her the difference between the violent abuse she’s experienced in the past and his much more exquisite approach to pain? And where does pain end and pleasure begin?

Intrigued and delighted by Ashley, Tom finds her passionate response to his touch totally enthralling. And she delights in his gentle but sure mastery as he allows her to explore her nature fully, guiding her into his world of pleasure, desire, trust and reward. His gifts to her are beyond price, the rewards of submission.

But will it be enough, and can the shadows of her dangerous and violent past be left behind them? Or will Ashley’s ghosts come back to destroy their fragile new life together? As violence once more explodes around Ashley she learns the true meaning of surrender, and of the precious gifts that life can offer.

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Ashe Barker | 5 comments Unsure Unsure by Ashe Barker Sure Thing Sure Thing by Ashe Barker

Sure Mastery has been racking up lots of 5 star reviews. I loved writing this series, and I'm delighted that readers seem to be loving it too. Here are a couple of comments from readers, to be going on with...

5.0 out of 5 stars sizzling hot
Excellent series, I'm waiting for the next book with anticipation. The characters are unforgettable, the action very hot. Bdsm themed. One of the best I've read in this genre.

Sure Thing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel
So in order for a sequel to be any good it must remain captivating while providing a sense of familiarity with the characters I already love. Sure Thing accomplishes just that. Ashley is far more complex and Tom is the ultimate Dom/lover. No spoilers but the ending was perfect for those of us who have followed Ashes' other books. Eagerly waiting book 3.

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Ashe Barker | 5 comments The Three Rs The Three Rs by Ashe Barker

Here's a HOT snippet from The Three Rs taken from the bonus chapter only available when you buy direct from Totally Bound

“Will you trust me, Abbie? Will you let me have my way this evening?”

I bury my nose in his shoulder, my hips gyrating of their own accord. Don’t I always let him have his way?

My non-verbal signals are not sufficient, it seems. “Abbie? Do I have your submission tonight? Totally?”

He tips up my chin with his fingers, forcing me to meet his gaze. His expression is one of enquiry, uncertainty even. I frown, puzzled at his insistence. He rubs my nose with his, the gesture comforting. It’s only as he offers me reassurance that I realise I need it. He is scaring me.

“I have something special in mind for you, sweetheart. Something—challenging. You may not like it much, at least, not at first. I promise you it’ll be worth it though.”

“Are you going to hurt me? More than usual, I mean…?” My voice is a whisper. Even if his response is yes, I know I’m not backing out.

“No, not hurt exactly. I will shock you though, push you right out of your comfort zone and keep you out there. You’ll find what I have in mind for you this evening difficult, but that’s why it’s so fulfilling. That’s where the edge comes from, the thrill, the excitement. And you love excitement, don’t you, my sweet little slut?”

I can only stare at him, my common sense and instinct for self-preservation warring with my spirit of exploration. My curiosity is on overdrive, I can no more let this opportunity pass me by than I can unravel the mysteries of time travel. Really, there’s no contest at all. I’m smiling, leaning up to kiss him, reaching to comb my fingers through his hair.

“I’m in.”

My whispered response is sufficient, and he quickly breaks the kiss and lifts me in his arms. He places me on the bed, drops another light kiss on my mouth before heading for the chest. He reaches inside his box of tricks, coming out with the now familiar black silk ropes. He tosses those onto the bed beside me then reaches back into the wooden box, to emerge with a short, soft leather strap. And a blindfold. He winks at me, drops these latest ‘toys’ onto the bed and reaches once more into the chest. A tube of lubricant and a black silicone spanking paddle are soon beside the other items.

“I need something else, from downstairs. I’ll be back in a minute.”

He leaves me to contemplate my immediate future as he slips quickly from the room. His footsteps recede, then moments later his tread is on the staircase again. He comes back into the room carrying a glass. He stops alongside the bed, shakes the glass gently. I hear a clinking sound. Ice?

“What’s in there?” My voice is little more than a whisper, and despite my curiosity I’m starting to have second thoughts. I’m trying to piece together the clues. Rope? That means I’ll be tied up. Not a problem, done that before. The spanking paddle? Fine too. Exhilarating even. The strap is a bit more puzzling, but not especially threatening. It’s not long enough to use to beat me, and even if it were, I’d live with that. The lube means anal play, surely? Maybe that’s the aspect he thinks I’ll struggle with. Maybe he’s right. I enjoyed it before, eventually, but I know full well there’s more he could do than just slip his fingers into my arse. Oh yes, that could hurt. And definitely shock.

Another sharp rattle from the glass, and I tear my eyes away from the collection on the bed.

“Thinking time’s over. Are you ready to proceed, Miss Fischer?”

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Ashe Barker | 5 comments A Hard Bargain A Hard Bargain (The Hardest Word #1) by Ashe Barker

A Hard Bargain is book 1 in The Hardest Word trilogy and you can get it at a bargain price just this week. Until 11 April it's just $1.70 on Amazon US or £1.02 on Amazon UK. It's even cheaper at Totally Bound - £0.99

Here's a little teaser ...
My foster mum always advised me to be careful what I wished for. Well. I certainly wished to attract the attention of the most respected and desirable Dom in the Collared and Tied club, and I’ve got my wish. And now, he’s going to spank me. It’ll be a punishment spanking, so I have no illusions. It’s going to hurt. A lot. He didn’t actually say, didn’t say much at all in fact, but I would think it’s likely he’ll have it in mind to punish me in front of an audience to discourage any other similarly unruly and misguided submissive from breaking the rules and irritating him. Maybe it’ll be in the dungeon, so I get to be publicly humiliated as well as hurt.
Not that I’ll get any say in it. And there’s no point at all in delaying the inevitable. Indeed, if he suspects I’ve tried to avoid him or delay matters, he’ll dish out even more retribution. So it’s really got to be now.

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