Sylvie Jenkins has fallen on hard times. She’s lost her job, her apartment, and is down to her last can of peas. Desperate, she agrees to take a job with reclusive writer Connor Hudson at his isolated mountain retreat in upstate New York. Sylvie assumes he’s a poser, a writer wannabe. She has no idea he’s actually a bestselling author and billionaire entrepreneur. Their first encounter proves disastrous. He greets her in all his naked glory; and shocked, she faints dead away. Sylvie’s convinced her employer is a pervert. But she can’t leave…she has no money and no prospects. She needs the job. She’ll just have to try to make the best of it.
Mr. Hudson is a dour, dominant, and demanding boss. He issues orders and expects her to obey them, but Sylvie has a rebellious streak and gives him a hard time. She doesn’t like playing power games, especially not with him. She bristles at his condescending and demeaning attitude toward women in general and her in particular. As far as she’s concerned, Connor Hudson, though male model handsome, is an ass.
Connor can’t believe the cheek of this sassy little imp! He’s used to women fawning all over him, begging to do his bidding. But his wealth and position doesn’t impress or intimidate her. He finds her indifference toward him rather intriguing. Refreshing really. He’s never known a woman who didn’t welcome his advances…until Sylvie. She ignores him, when she isn’t arguing, or cursing at him under her breath. This alpha male dom decides his feisty assistant needs taming. And he’s just the man to do it. He’s determined to make her obedient, respectful, and submissive. Sylvie succumbs and against her better judgement finds herself falling in love with Connor. But something’s wrong. Connor says he can’t love her. Not now! Not ever! Sylvie learns he has a disturbingly dark and frightening side. He’s been keeping secrets from her. People who love him die…violently. Is this dom accursed or a cold-blooded killer?
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Mia Frances is the pen name of author Mary Vigliante Szydlowski. She writes across several genres using different pseudonyms. As Mia Frances, she’s the author of the steamy romantic suspense novel, Little Girl Lost and the IN HIS KEEPING erotic romance, murder mystery thriller series: IN HIS KEEPING: TAKEN, IN HIS KEEPING: BANISHED, and IN HIS KEEPING: CLAIMED.
Her Science Fiction/Fantasy works include novels: The Ark (Jarl Szydlow), The Colony (Mary Vigliante), The Land (Mary Vigliante), Source of Evil (Mary Vigliante), and a novella, The Hand of My Enemy (Mary Vigliante Szydlowski)
As Mary Vigliante Szydlowski, she’s also the author of dark fantasies: Dark Realm and Worship the Night, mainstream novel Silent Song, and seven children’s books: Ghoul School, Millie Muldoon & the Case of the Halloween Haunting, Millie Muldoon & the Case of the Thanksgiving Turkey-napper, Millie Muldoon & the Christmas Mystery, A Puddle for Poo, Kia’s Manatee, The Duck in the Hole, and I Can’t Talk, I’ve Got Farbles In My Mouth.
Her short stories, articles, children’s stories, essays, and poems have appeared in anthologies, books, magazines, newspapers, and on the web.
She is a member of the Authors Guild, RWA (Romance Writers of America), SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and SFWA (Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America).