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Book II of the Nature Of Desire Series
(can be read as standalone)

Originally released 2004; re-released with new publisher/cover January 2016.

Mackenzie "Mac" Nighthorse is a highly respected homicide detective and a career cop. There isn’t a dangerous situation that can back him down. However, the personal becomes uncomfortably entangled in the professional when he goes undercover in a high class BDSM club as a male submissive to find a Dominatrix who is winning the trust and then murdering her chosen partners. When his path crosses Violet Siemanski’s, he realizes he’s found a Mistress willing to be his ally in finding the murderess. But Violet is also going to shatter Mac’s shields and make him question who he is and what he wants, a challenge more disturbing than any case he’s ever worked.

Excerpt

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“It’s your first night flying solo. Stay in your comfort zone.”

Violet heard Tyler’s parting words clearly in her head, but no other part of her was listening as she watched the most beautiful man she’d ever seen make his way through the Zone’s Tuesday night crowd.

She chose the adjective deliberately. Handsome or sexy conveyed surface appeal. Beautiful addressed the whole package, inside and out.

This man was big. Over six feet, the broadness in the shoulders was enough to accelerate her heart rate. He was pure male animal. Beneath whatever soap, deodorant or cologne he used, she knew he wouldn’t be able to obliterate the scent. He was powerful, a predator, and what made him absolutely irresistible to her, overriding her common sense, was that he was a sexual submissive. An alpha wolf who chose the role of beta in the bedroom, but only for the right woman.

The more seasoned Doms hadn’t seen him yet. Most had paired off for the night and were playing in the rentable rooms visible through the club’s glass floor, unless a darkening screen had been engaged for a particular area.

She preferred smooth, clean-shaven men. Usually. This man had coarse, dark hair on his forearms and soft curls on his head, in a style cut short at the nape. He was mid-forties gray, but his hair had refused to blend, so his mane of white, black and silver invited touch. She wanted to grip it, tug that firm mouth down to her lips, or better, hold his head between her thighs and see how clever those lips could be.

Violet crossed her legs, took a sip of her drink. Though every instinct screamed at her to go stake out her territory before some other Dom saw him, she held her seat. Patience was often rewarded, and she’d rather suffer disappointment in anonymity if he was there to meet someone.

He had a straight blade of a nose, and a rugged face. His beard and moustache again upset her familiar preferences, but he kept it well groomed, the beard off his cheek bones, just a line of gray and black that followed the line of his jaw to meet the clipped sideburn in front of his ear. She couldn’t tell the color of his irises, but if they were gray, she was a goner.

A lot of subs used the locker rooms to change into role clothing before taking the floor, a clear advertisement of their availability for play, but he wore street clothes, a pair of well-fitted jeans and a crisp white shirt tucked into them. The rolled up sleeves revealed those furred strong forearms and a pair of beautifully tooled silver cuffs on his wrists. The onyx inlay and scrollwork made them pass as an attractive accessory, but she knew what they were, had zoomed in on them like a hawk from a thousand feet in the sky locating a well-anticipated meal. They broadcast his status as a submissive here in the Zone, one of Miami’s most upscale and private fetish clubs for practitioners of the Dom/sub lifestyle.

Two hundred plus pounds of powerful male desiring to be at the beck and call of a Mistress. Or a Master. She forced herself to consider that, to squelch the scream of denial and disappointment in the possibility. To her, he seemed a little too rugged for the sleek beefed-up types the male Doms might prefer, those muscles looking like they were put to some type of active use, versus being sculpted in a gym just for show.

Fuck it. She was going to go for it. She could imagine Tyler shaking his head at her, nursing her singed ego when her male fantasy set her back on her heels, but her pulse was pounding and her hands were damp. This was the one.

She rose from her seat and went hunting.

* * * * *

Mac Nighthorse intended to stake out a good place to do some observation of the Zone’s evening crowd, but the scenario under his feet caught his attention. Through the glass floor, in a room appointed like a medieval torture chamber, a girl stripped down to nothing but a silver chain mesh chastity belt had been tied to a rack. Her Dom flogged her, snapping the end of a short braided whip across her stiffened nipples and leaving red marks on the inside of her thighs with pinpoint accuracy. The chastity belt prevented stimulation of the area it covered, but of course that meant that the build to orgasm had been slow and excruciating. Mac had lucked out on timing and got to see the Master’s work rewarded.

The girl shuddered, her mouth open on a silent scream of pleasure under soundproof glass, as her Dom kept up the strike count through the duration of her surrender. Her response, caught by the candlelight illumination of the chamber, glistened down her thighs through the leg openings of the silver chain chastity belt. Moving to her side, her Master released her arms and let her hold him at last, stroking her hair, his face lit with pleasure and devotion.

That expression held Mac a few moments more, then he recalled himself, reluctantly turning his body toward his original destination, a quiet corner in the shadows. He was brought up short, his way blocked.

The obstacle had spike-heeled boots that followed her legs like a second skin, so they were as feminine and delicate as the dress she wore. Whereas most Doms preferred black and leather for the strong message they conveyed, this woman had chosen a dress of hunter green velvet. The décolletage was an elegant, low slung drape that revealed the tops of her breasts and the lace along the edges of the dark green satin bra cups sewn into the dress. The skirt hugged round hips and flared out in a little garnish of slashes just below mid-thigh, giving him a glimpse of the lace tops of her silken thigh highs beneath the boots.

He had to stop at her face much sooner than he expected. She was a woodland fairy, a pixie. With the heels, the top of her head reached his shoulder. She wore a simple silver cross around her neck, and a pair of earrings that were a fall of silver stars. Silver glitter sparkled on her skin over her breasts and sternum.

The raven black hair falling to her waist was not hers, but a beautiful wig that did great things for her small oval face, her skin looking like cream in his coffee in the morning, liquid and smooth. He’d bet those lavender eyes were contacts, but her beauty couldn’t be disguised. Whatever her hair and eye color, she was a knockout. Her lips were liquid red and full, just like he liked them.

The smell of lavender clung to her, with an underpinning of vanilla, and his nose was interested in having him take a tasty bite, even if the rest of his body was being sternly admonished by his mind to stay in check.

She was so delicate, it was hard to believe she was a Dom. But it resonated off her. A less experienced sub wouldn’t know, but he did, from the direct way she met his gaze, assessing him in a manner so potent he found himself fighting the urge to please her by casting his gaze down.

“I have a room below,” she said, and it wasn’t a request. “I want you down there.” She pointed through the glass and he saw the room provisioned like a horse stall, complete with cross ties, bridle bit gags and other equine accoutrements modified for human sexual play.

“I’m nobody’s pony, sweetheart,” he said, and made to move past her.

“I’m not looking for a pony,” she returned. “And I don’t recall giving you a choice about it, slave.”

She was green. It was obvious from the shift of her eyes, the pulse pounding high in her throat. He could smell her nerves. He bared his teeth in a smile.

“Make me, sugar.”

“What does that mean?” Confusion and irritation crossed her features.

“It means I don’t go down easy.” He flicked an impudent finger under her chin and delighted in watching her eyes narrow in anger. Oh, yeah, she had it in her. His cock stirred, like a dog catching the scent of something interesting crossing his yard. “You got to prove you can tame me.

“Go practice on Billy over there,” he gestured to a table where a young man with an open face sat, bare-chested and in tight pants. “He’s friendly and eager to please.”

“I don’t want a cocker spaniel.” she said. The pixie reached up, caught her long-nailed fingers in the open collar of his shirt, dug into his flesh. She jerked, bringing him down a few inches, not because he wasn’t strong enough to pull back, but because she made it clear she’d take a piece of him with the fabric if he didn’t.

At the same moment, he felt the hard length of the riding crop she carried thrust home between the crease of his thigh and the heavy weight of his testicles. She exerted a pressure that was uncomfortable, not painful, but the motion definitely caught his attention.

The lavender eyes and black wig hid her true looks, but not the satisfied set of that sinful mouth. The tip of her tongue came out, wet her lips.

“I want the pit bull, the one who runs his yard.” Her crop hand slid down to grasp him firmly by the testicles, still keeping the prop in the equation so he felt the insistent shove of the weapon as well as the curled clutch of her fingers against his hardening cock. “Get your ass downstairs, into that room. And I want this shirt off.”

Her eyes were inches from his. The music and crowd noise faded away and lavender took over his senses. A vibration rippled through his nerves, sending a shudder through his body before he could prevent it. She felt it under her touch, he could tell from the surprised triumph in her expression. Her grip eased, her fingertips brushing a light caress over his nipple.

Mac reached up, closed his hand around a wrist as slender and delicate against his strength as blown glass, and he was the one that was shaking.

She could push his limits, despite her inexperience. But that wasn’t why he was here.

“You honor me with your attention,” he said quietly, meeting her gaze and then lowering his own, following etiquette to convey his respect that she’d won the point. “But I cannot attend you tonight, much as I am already regretting it.”

He slid his grip to her hand, lifted it to his lips, still not raising his gaze, not daring to do so. Damn, how had the little minx gotten under his guard? He usually preferred a must more physically intimidating Dom.

Of course, his preferences didn’t necessarily always dictate his choices. Tonight, despite his best intentions, they were trying to do so.

With the right amount of time, she was one of those who would be a true Mistress, able to break a man down physically and emotionally under her will. He already had surmised that she chose a sub for more than the packaging and what that packaging could do for her. Mac wasn’t looking for a Mistress that dug that deep. It said something though, that he’d caught her eye. He guessed her to be in her late twenties, early thirties, very early, but her level gaze was an unsettling match for his own maturity.

He brushed his lips over that soft skin, felt the glossy surface of her nails press into his palm, and he didn’t want to let go. But he did.

“A good evening to you, Mistress,” he murmured. He stepped backward several steps, again observing etiquette, and did not turn his back on her until he was at a respectful distance.

* * * * *

Good Christ, what was that? Violet felt like she’d been hit in the solar plexus with a head butt. Fire slithered over and around her arms, radiating from where his lips had touched her knuckles, and from her fingertips, which had given him that intimate caress inside his shirt, along a nipple that had hardened beneath her touch instantly.

She had witnessed interactions between high-powered subs like this one and absolute Masters like Tyler. She had felt weak-kneed watching them, aching for a taste of that supreme Nirvana, a one-on-one interaction where the will of Master and desire of sub melded into an explosive energy of its own, a magical synergy captivating them as well as those watching them.

That power had rolled between her and this sub. She’d seen it in the shift of his eyes, the shudder of that magnificent body. Well, perhaps she’d leave him alone for a few minutes. Or maybe she’d find someone to demonstrate to him just what he was missing.

* * * * *

Mac sat down at the sanctuary of the shadowed corner table. Unfortunately, it placed him directly over the room she had indicated. In a moment, he’d move, but he wanted a moment to regroup, refocus before he made an ass of himself.

“Lord Almighty,” he muttered. His eyes couldn’t help searching out his pixie in the crowd, and now he got an eyeful of the back of her dress, what there was of it. The lack of fabric showed off the curve of her shoulder blades, a mole just on the inside of one that he’d like to kiss, working his way up to a neck so slender one of his hands could circle it.

Two slender straps of green crisscrossed just below the shoulder blades, and then there was the unimpeded bare slope of skin, all the way down to the dimples above her ass before the waistband riding low on her hips deprived him of a view of more. She was wearing a silver waist chain, and there was a tiny tattoo just above the left side of her hip. From here, squinting, he’d guess it was a tiny lavender flower.

She paused, bent to adjust the fit of one boot. She was in the shadows, but because of his position and the dim light of the wall sconce, he alone got a clear view as that skirt inched up and up, stopping just shy of where he’d be able to see the crotch of whatever panties she wore, if any.

Oh, that’s good, Nighthorse. Really torture yourself.

She straightened, and then looked over her shoulder at him, her eyes sending a ‘fuck you’ challenge that he felt straight to his testicles. He’d bet he could eat that little pussy until she screamed and spoke in tongues, and it wasn’t a far leap to imagine her crooking her finger at him, pushing his head down there to smell lavender and woman, the musk of a wet, soft cunt with a flavor of vanilla.

“You keep staring at her like that, hon, we’re going to have to get the firehose before the building goes up in flames.”

Mac started and focused on the amused face of the waitress now standing at his table, her hip cocked. The discreet lacquered gold name tag pinned on her tightly laced red corset read “Mariah”.

“Is she a regular?”

Mariah’s lips lifted in a smile. “Something, isn’t she? Violet’s been mentoring with one of our stronger Doms here for about six months, and she came with friends as a voyeur only a few months before that. She knows about everyone in the place now. I won’t swear to it, but I think tonight’s her first time on her own. You’re a bit out of her league, hon, but I suspect not for long. You go easy on her if you’re interested, hear? We protect our regulars.”


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jwhill on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 09:06

2005 EPPIE Winner

Just Erotic Romance Reviews Gold Star (2)

Road to Romance Reviewer’s Choice

Erotic Escapades Crystal Tattoo

Romance Junkies Blue Ribbon

RBL Newsletter Hugh Rating

Natural Law is the perfect blend of suspense and romance. Mac and Violet’s relationship is intense, yet very real; the struggle for Mac, a totally alpha male outside the bedroom, to truly submit to Violet’s wishes, is wonderfully shown. This is a story that will linger in the mind long after it’s finished for the depth of realism that Ms. Hill gives it.

--Road to Romance

Ms. Hill has written a sensitive and complex work. While the topic itself is extreme, the exploration of the emotions and thoughts of the characters was fascinating. It is a beautifully crafted and moving account of two people who have given up their search, yet succeed in finding their soul mates in this unusual setting.

--Love Romances and More

…one of the finest, most erotic love stories I've ever read, sex or no sex. In fact, I'm not sure the story was even ABOUT sex. It was about gut-wrenching emotion, vulnerability and fear and trust, and the power of love to demolish the walls we build around ourselves … I'll never again raise my brows when I see or hear anything about BDSM. The theories behind it, the reasons for the lifestyle, make so much more sense to me now that I've seen it through Mac and Violet's eyes.

--Author Shelby Reed

NATURAL LAW is among the handful of books that I’ve reread immediately upon finishing it because it just wouldn’t let me go. (The others that come to mind are THE LADY'S TUTOR by Robin Schone, and the first three Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.) Mac stayed with me for a very long time, and I have to say it sure enlightened me about at least SOME submissive males. (In fact, if they were all like Mac, I’d have to go out and buy a LOT of black leather!) In short, I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Joey Hill is a very, very fine writer and I can’t wait to read her next publication.

--RBL Newsletter

Ms. Hill has crafted a story so well-written the characters, main and minor, demand your attention and respect… Natural Law is so far beyond the norm of a Gold Star book in my mind that I find the Gold Star Award not to be enough. In fact, if there was a Pulitzer for erotica I would ask for it to be passed this way. I think we have a winner here.

--Just Erotic Romance Reviews

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