Kiss of Leather Book 8
Tai wishes Master Lucas wasn’t such an adamant Top, but he’s also crushing on the sweetly submissive Elliot. Could he have it both ways?
Tai has hit a wall in life. From all outward appearances, he’s the guy who has everything—looks, personality and money. But the modeling gigs are drying up and he still hasn’t found that special someone to call his own. The part-time work at Kiss of Leather is quickly becoming full-time to prevent the drain on his dream-business savings.
Elliot fell for the stunning Tai from almost the moment he met him. If he wasn’t so self-conscious about the weight he’s recently put on, maybe he could work up the nerve to make a move. However, not only is he a virgin who’s never done a scene before working in a BDSM club, but he’s also sure that Tai has a thing for Master Lucas. There’s no way he could ever compete with the handsome silver fox.
When Master Lucas confesses to Tai that he doesn’t only see him as a hookup and offers him a contract, there are a ton of considerations. They both realize that serious compromises would have to be made for them to have a relationship. But what if they found a third, a sub who could bottom for Tai and also do TPE with Master Lucas? Once the idea takes hold, Tai knows just the perfect boy for them both. Even better? He’s right there at Kiss of Leather, and Tai can’t wait for Elliot to turn them all into a throuple.
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Publisher: Pride Publishing
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Age Difference, Class Differences, Cultural Differences, First Time, Interracial Relationship, May/December, Menage, True Love
Word Count: 58755
Setting: Los Angeles
Languages Available: English
Before he’d been able to stop himself, Elliot had accepted a ride home from Tai. He leaned against the wall near the entrance of the club as he waited for Tai to finish changing into his street clothes. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to be alone with the man of his dreams, it had more to do with the journey to his crappy apartment giving him multiple opportunities to make a fool of himself. So far, he’d managed not to mess up too badly. Of course, he’ll probably have been living his happily-ever-after for twenty years before I ever get up the nerve to do anything about my feelings.
“Okay, hon.” Tai emerged from the changing area, sporting much more sensible shoes in addition to his regular clothes. The fire-engine-red duffel that he carried his work attire in was slung over one shoulder. “I’m ready to get the heck outta here.”READ MORE
Elliot rushed forward to help him with his bag. “Here, let me.” He reached for the duffel, but Tai angled his body away from him. Tai gave him a light slap on his hand.
“Oh no you don’t. You’ve been doing all the heavy lifting tonight. I need to start carrying my own damn weight around.”
“That’s okay.” Elliot still held out his hands. “I don’t mind. I like helping and you’ve had a rough night. Plus, it’s really nice of you to give me a ride home.”
Tai cocked his head, a crease forming between his eyebrows. Elliot swallowed and lowered his arms. Why is he looking at me so funny? I hope I didn’t do something stupid before I even set foot in the car.
Tai narrowed his eyes before he spoke, his expression increasing in intensity. “You sincerely do enjoy helping, don’t you? Like with Tobey’s party. I was crazy impressed by all you did for him.”
Elliot shifted on his feet. He’d been taught that the best way to receive a compliment was to simply acknowledge it with a ‘thank you’. However, that didn’t make it any easier to do. He’d always remained in the background, the middle boy who stayed to himself, didn’t cause a fuss the way his younger and older brothers did. He hadn’t really minded. After all, his older brother was handsome, smart and charming. When his younger brother came along, he’d been born with special needs that’d been difficult for his working parents to handle. While his older brother was busy with all his activities and clubs at school, Elliot had been needed to help with his younger brother. He’d always just assumed that being a helper was his role, and that was fine. Somebody had to be the one who made sure everyone else was taken care of.
“Now come on, sugar.” Tai looped his free arm through Elliot’s. “I’m not trying to embarrass you, I promise. I just don’t think you get enough credit for all you do, for what a special guy you are.”
Elliot’s heart swelled in his chest. It almost seemed as if Tai actually liked him, and not just as a friend. Elliot ached to ask him about his status with Master Lucas, whether they’d finally decided to break up, or if they were seeing other people. Elliot would never cheat, and he couldn’t imagine Tai would either. Some of the other staff at Kiss of Leather whispered about Tai behind his back, but Elliot always corrected them. People could be so judgmental, basing their opinions on what they saw on the outside. If they would take the time to get to know Tai, they would see what a genuine and caring person he was.
Tai jostled him. “It’s okay. I know how it is when people give you compliments and you don’t know how to respond. Happens to me all the time.”
“Really? I would think you’d have had a lot of practice by now, since people must be complimenting you right and left.”
Tai kissed his cheek. “You are the sweetest thing. I’m always so happy when I’m around you. But let’s get going. I can’t wait to get home and pass out.”
Even if Elliot was a bit disappointed that Tai hadn’t suggested they grab a coffee on the way home, it had been totally worth it to have Tai tell him he made him happy.
Once they’d said good night to security—who’d been waiting for them to leave so they could lock up—Tai led him to his red Mazda Miata that Elliot loved, popped the trunk and dumped his bag inside before unlocking the doors so they could get in. Once he got himself situated, Elliot folded his hands in his lap, staring straight ahead as he attempted to control his nerves over being in the confined space with Tai.
The drive to his little apartment wasn’t that long, so he figured he couldn’t mess up too bad by saying something embarrassing. Fortunately, Tai spoke up and saved Elliot from himself.
“So…how have things been going with you?” Tai tapped his fingers on the steering wheel in rhythm to the dance beats playing in the background.
“Oh, pretty good I guess.” In that moment he made a vow to himself that he was going to practice captivating responses in front of his mirror at home. If I’m even capable of such a thing.
“Have you been working on any more of your delectable recipes? Because I’ve been having a hankering for some of those little meringues you had at Tobey’s party.”
Elliot straightened in his seat even more. That was a subject where he could probably sound if not interesting, at least well versed. “I haven’t had a chance since then to try anything new, but I’d be happy to make some more of the meringues and bring them to work.” This is an opportunity, don’t pass it up. “Or…” He licked his lips. “If you’d like to drop by sometime, I’d love to put a few different recipes together, then you could try them and tell me what you think.”
When Tai didn’t respond right away, Elliot’s gut clenched. Oh God. I hope that wasn’t too forward or weird.
“That sounds cool. We’ll have to figure out a time we can get together.”
Elliot couldn’t tell if Tai’s response was genuine interest or him just being polite. “I understand if you’re too busy to get together, I know you model sometimes in addition to working at Kiss of Leather. You have such a fascinating life.”
Tai reached over and squeezed Elliot’s knee before returning his hand to the wheel. The second Tai’s palm had connected with his leg, his dick hadn’t wasted any time hardening.COLLAPSE