Welcome Thianna Durston to a special edition of Monday Meets:
If You Can’t Take The Heat:
Series: A Steel Door series / Dallas Fire & Rescue series crossover
Steel Door, Book #2
Can it be read as a standalone – Yes or no: Yes
Cover Artist: Thianna Durston
Austin Reynolds always wanted to be a firefighter but an accident when he was 18 killed that dream. Life as a chef, creating wonderful spicy food, fills that void. His monthly visits to feed the hungry firefighters and paramedics of Station 58 help as well. On one of those visits, he meets someone and is instantly attracted.
FBI agent Conrad “Rad” Strauss is on the hunt for a serial killer who tortures and then burns his victims alive. While he rarely finds time for activities outside of work, the need to fulfill the dom side of him takes him to a BDSM club where he and Austin find they have more than firefighting in common.
As their attraction heats up, so does the pressure from the killer known as The Artist. For he has his eyes on Austin and unless Conrad can stop him, his lover is about to go up in flames.
The restaurant was busy, but the attached bar had seating and a menu. Once they were ensconced in a booth, Austin shook off the weird feelings and focused on the hot guy seated across from him. “Glad you wanted to get some food. Your nightly texts are killing me.”
Conrad grinned at him. “Just want to send you off to la-la land with something tantalizing.”
With a snort, Austin almost replied when their waiter walked up. After ordering a couple beers and their food, he said, “Considering I have to use my hands to get rid of the tension…”
Leaning forward, Conrad whispered, “If we develop a D/s relationship, boy, you won’t be doing that without my okay.”
Austin gulped and his heart sped up. Just knowing that Conrad could put him on orgasm restriction was thrilling… and horrifying all at once. He didn’t want to be denied. So why was his cock all hot and bothered?
As if he could read Austin’s mind, Conrad smiled and leaned forward even more. “You like that idea. Of that little piece of control given up to me. Don’t you?”
Unable not to, Austin nodded. “Yes,” he finally managed to get the breath to say.
“Good boy. I’ll reward you for that.”
Ah hell, dinner was going to be torture. Austin wanted to take a trip to the bathroom to rub one out, but didn’t feel like he should without asking. And he wasn’t sure if Conrad would say no as they didn’t have any kind of contract between them. But he kind of hoped he would.
Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.
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