Lost With Leo
Middlemarch Capture, Book 3
Leo Mitchell wants to contribute to the operating expenses of the new family-run Middlemarch resort, which specializes in capture fantasies for female guests. Betrys Torins offers what Leo thinks is a wonderful opportunity, but in reality is potentially deadly. He hungers for revenge. A capture might be the perfect payback…
In order to protect her son, Betrys must procure men for her alien employer Iseult Orna. She hates her job and loathes the guilt she feels at trapping the sexy Leo into signing an irrevocable contract. Even worse, she has started dream walking and sharing passionate sex with the gorgeous man. She’s smitten, yet knows they have no future because when Iseult catches up with Leo, he’ll die.
Inside scoop: Iseult’s appetites for men are extreme. Because of that experience, shifter Leo starts out as a sourpuss, but Betrys knows he’s just the cat’s meow.
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Spiderus Mansion, Dalcon City, Planet Dalcon
“Good night, sweetheart.” Betrys Torin kissed the top of her son’s head.
Ricci’s young face glowed with an impish grin as he slid beneath the white covers of his sleep-bed. “Good night, Mama. Don’t be sad. Everything will turn out all right.”
Her breath caught, but she forced her lips to kick up at the corners. “I love you, Ricci.” She ruffled his hair, gave him another quick kiss on the cheek and retreated to her own quarters with mere seconds of her allocated deadline remaining.
She hated her situation, hated it with a passion, yet despite her constant planning, her scrimping and saving, her search for alternatives, freedom was no closer.
Betrys prowled the interior of her room, her heart beating faster than normal. How could everything turn out all right when she’d made such a huge mistake and placed her son and herself in the way of inescapable danger?
With no answers, she paced herself to exhaustion. In the distance, a timepiece struck to mark the cycle segments. It grew late and she needed to rise early to prepare things for Leo Mitchell’s visit to Iseult, her employer.
The backs of her eyes stung as she shrugged from her robe and climbed onto her sleep-bed. At the last second, she reached for her oracle cards and did a quick three-card spread. The door to romance was the first card she drew and a hoarse laugh of disbelief shot up her throat.
“Goddess, please. You’re playing a joke on me.” Romance. Any man in her life belonged to Iseult. Even her son, until she managed to extricate herself from Iseult’s web.
In disgust, she thrust away her oracle cards. “Lights off.”
Her small room plunged into darkness and she pulled the covers over her nakedness. She closed her eyes and forced herself to relax, to sink into the arms of sleep.
A bright swirl of colors drew her like a beacon. The hues pulsed and glowed, and she found herself enticed to follow.
She knew she was sleeping, but she’d never experienced anything like this before.
Scarlet red. Emerald green. Royal purple. Cobalt blue.
The vibrant colors should’ve clashed, should’ve hurt her head with their wild, crazy swirling, but instead she found herself stumbling toward the pulsating ball. It stopped moving at the top of a hill, by a lone tree. The ball split into separate colors and each one pulsed. A crossroad, she realized.
Betrys studied the four different colors and chose the green one. The instant the decision firmed in her mind, the other balls blinked from sight. The green broke into swirls and strands, and they wound around her arms and legs, her torso, guiding her to the right.
Betrys found herself outside a bedroom, looking through a window at a huge sleep-bed. The covers were turned back, as if waiting for the occupants to arrive. And there were two people, because the sweet perfume of flowers, the soft music and the bottle of nectar-wine nestled in a chill-sleeve hinted at a couple.
The door to romance.
Part of her mind wanted to snigger at the impossibility, yet a sense of wonder held her in thrall.
Spoken of in hushed tones by her people. At least before the war wiped out most of her race. Not
every person experienced the dreamscape. The ability skipped generations, sometime more than one. Some families never received the gift. Her grandmother had been a skilled dream walker, but the talent usually manifested during the first years of sexual maturity, Betrys thought in confusion.
She’d married, had a child and not glimpsed a single dream during the years prior to her union. The power had passed her by, and the lack of hadn’t mattered since her marriage made her happy.
Drawn forward, Betrys padded through the open door, scanned the seductive scene. Her heart thumped extra hard while her mind probed the possibilities, the signs of the future contained in the dreamscape.
A sound behind her had her starting and she whirled, her hand pressed to her breast. She stared at the man standing before her, swallowed and gave a soft, pained groan.
Dreamscapes give hope, child. Her grandmother’s gentle voice poured into her mind, almost as if she were in the room, almost as if she hadn’t died cycles earlier.
Betrys sucked in a harsh breath, steeling herself against the shot of the guilt, the searing pain as she acknowledged the truth. She was pretty sure this dreamscape was a big, fat falsehood.
“What are you doing here?” Leo Mitchell folded his arms across his naked chest. His lower half was garbed in tight black trews that displayed his flat midriff and the bulge of his manhood, but his feet were bare. Strong feet. Big feet. “I said, what are you doing here?”
Betrys frowned and lifted her chin. “I don’t know.”
“Fuck, I can’t even escape you in my dreams.”
She felt the furrow between her brows deepen as she cocked her head. “What do you dream of?”
“I dream of home,” he said. “I dream of running across the paddocks with my brothers and friends. I dream of my girlfriends. I dream of hot, kinky sex.”
Her breath caught and somehow the robe she’d worn during the journey here vanished, and she stood in front of him, naked.
She watched his gaze flicker up and down her body, linger at her breasts. Her best feature, according to her husband.
Leo prowled closer. He reached out with his right hand and smoothed his palm over her shoulder. His mouth twisted and his attention shifted from her to glance at his groin. The growing erection indicated his interest and he laughed. The sound held irony, a touch of disbelief.
“I haven’t had a hard-on since you signed me up to service Iseult.”
Betrys opened her mouth to refute his claims, then decided to remain silent. Nothing she said would change the truth. Both of them were ensnared in Iseult’s web and neither would emerge whole.
“I’ll hate myself in the morning, but I might as well take advantage of the situation.” His gaze sought hers then, bright green like the orb that had led her here, and full of mockery. “On your knees.”
Betrys wanted to protest. She wanted to rail at his disrespect and the way he was ruining a perfectly good dream. This moment was important and he was sullying it by his attempt to subjugate her, make her less.
But look what you’ve done to him, her conscience whispered.
That decided her, and without haste, she knelt before him. “Wish your trews away.”
“This is a dream. You control your thoughts.” Not quite the truth because she didn’t understand how she’d ended up in a bedroom with the scene set to seduction. That made no sense at all.
His clothes dissolved as she watched and his heavy erection spilled free. She glanced up to meet his green gaze. His expression held a dare and something cracked inside her.
In that instant she accepted her attraction to Leo, the hopelessness of it after what she’d done to him. But in this dream world nothing could touch them, because in the morning they’d both wake in their sleep-beds on different planets.
She reached for him, noted the faint tremor of her hand, but kept going until her palm grazed his hip.
His daring tone told her he thought she’d balk, but she slid her fingers over his warm skin until she reached his groin. His cock twitched at her first touch, and she thought she heard a muted groan. With her confidence growing, she handled him with more assurance. She took his hard flesh in her hand and stroked. This time his moan of pleasure wasn’t in doubt. His cock grew larger as she teased him and tightened her grip.
Betrys went up on her knees and guided his shaft to her mouth. She used her tongue to trace the tip. His salty flavor exploded across her taste buds as she took him deeper, the act making her feel strong and intrepid. One of his hands settled on her head, a heavy yet welcome weight because it meant he was responding. Her private fears that she repulsed him were untrue—at least on the dreamscape.
Beneath his cock, his balls tightened and she massaged them, fascinated because her husband and
their race had smaller gonads with much of the testicles hiding inside the body. More practical, it was true, yet this difference brought a new element to her explorations. Her busy hands investigated while she took him deeper.
His big frame trembled, yet he remained rock-solid on his feet. He groaned with each suck, each teasing sweep of her tongue, and his fingers tangled in her hair, his hands subtly guiding her to take him faster and deeper.
In this dream, there was no gagging, no apologies because she couldn’t do it right. On the dreamscape—at least this one—it seemed only pleasure existed.
The taste of him intensified and his shaft grew even larger. Leo let out a growl and encouraged her to take as much of him as she could. She swallowed and he grunted. She swallowed again and followed it up with a hum of recognition. This man, with his indomitable spirit, fascinated her. She admired his courage and she realized if she met him here again, she’d do anything he asked.
Leo’s grip tightened on her head, his fingers yanked on locks of her hair. Another of those sexy moans issued from his throat and he came in long, hard spurts.
At first, the shock of his semen hitting her throat made her still, then she swallowed on reflex, enjoying doing this personal act because it was Leo.
His grip loosened and he pulled from her mouth. Without a word, he hauled her to her feet and led her over to the sleep-bed. With a gentle hand, he pushed her down and she fell, legs splayed in an unfeminine fashion. She tried to bring her knees together, to arrange her body in a semblance of dignity.
“Don’t,” he barked at her.
Astonished, she glanced at him and stilled. He sported a weird twist to his mouth, as if he couldn’t quite believe the situation or what had just happened.
Times two, she thought. And that was an understatement.
When she remained unmoving, his attention traveled to the spot between her legs. “Scoot over,” he said, and relief swamped her fears.
Every dream held meaning and this one was beyond weird. Or maybe not. Once she’d signed up Leo, part of her had hated handing the contract over to Iseult. She’d wanted Leo for herself.
Obviously, on the dreamscape she felt confident enough to claim him. She sighed at the vagaries of her world. Goddess, she might as well enjoy the experience since sex with Leo would never happen in reality.
Leo hated her, and his future was limited since Iseult would kill him at their next meeting. The Spiderus woman murdered all her lovers and there was nothing either she or Leo could do to change his fate.
“You’re not my normal type,” Leo said, breaking the silence that had fallen.
“What is your type?” she asked, startled by the fact he was speaking to her. Normally their interactions were confined to stony silence and accusing glares.
“I enjoy confident women. Women who are comfortable in their own bodies and dress accordingly.”
“You dislike my robes?”
“They help you blend into the background.”
The camouflage was a defense mechanism, a requirement around Iseult. If she behaved like furniture, she became part of the décor, and she raised her chances of living to see the next day and her son.
He stared at her a fraction longer before dipping his head and claiming her lips in a kiss. She
expected ferocity. She expected anger. She expected punishment.
Leo Mitchell surprised her with gentleness and seduction. He traced his tongue over her lips, learning the shape of her mouth. His quick nip of her bottom lip surprised her. She gasped while he took advantage for further exploration.
He gathered her closer, pressing his muscular chest against her breasts. The sensations tumbled over her. Softness against hardness. Female against male.
His breath carried a faint tinge of mint while his scent held an addictive herby aroma that brought to mind open spaces and freedom. She wrapped her arms around his broad shoulders, wanting to wallow in the sensations of touch and taste and scent.
The sole person to touch her these days was her son, and their meetings were monitored by Iseult. The woman wanted to keep her slave and procurer locked into her contract, under her control.
It worked, and Betrys fell into line without argument. Anything to keep her son safe.
Leo slapped her shoulder, the sting giving her a fright rather than pain. “Don’t wander,” he ordered. “I’m here. I don’t know why or how, but I’m here, and for some reason, I want you. We are going to have sex, and you will stay with me every step of the way.”
His glare was dark green and fierce, yet strangely, she wanted to laugh. Confusion filled him as
much as her—two lost souls stumbling on the dreamscape.
“Don’t let your mind roam or I’ll stand and walk away.” The tight set of his face told her this was no idle threat.
“I’m sorry,” she said and meant every word. She should—they should—enjoy this opportunity because the chances were they’d both die at Iseult’s hands. Unpalatable but true.
Decision made, Betrys relaxed. The instant their lips met, hunger exploded, and she rolled, taking him by surprise. Grinning, she continued to kiss him, but now her hands wandered too, charting masculine territory. Sleek, sexy muscles. Hidden strength. His chest, stomach and back bore scars from his two sessions with Iseult, yet they’d healed to blend more naturally with his skin tone.
She trailed kisses down his throat, took a teasing nibble from the fleshy part between shoulder and neck. He shuddered, made a gasping sound as she dragged her tongue over the spot she’d nibbled. His erection went from interested to rampant against her leg.
An erogenous zone.
She nibbled again but this time he groaned and rolled her beneath him. He ravaged her mouth now, seemingly intent on drawing a response. Goddess, driving her to madness. Already her quim moistened for him, her pulse slammed in happy anticipation and she couldn’t stop trailing her fingers over his warm skin. The man was pretty, yet not in a feminine way. He’d snared her attention from the first and continued to fascinate her with his bravery and his cool belligerence.
He intrigued Iseult too.
“Right, that does it,” he snapped. He moved so fast a surprised squeak emerged from her, and seconds later she found herself dangling over his knee, staring at the floor. His hand slapped her bottom, the sting sending ripples of shock scooting across her skin. Before she could process, could react, he smacked her butt again with two quick swats. She gasped a rapid breath, unsure and off-balance. Myriad bursts of discomfort ruptured her feel-good mood.
More shock, this time with a thrilling edge of dark heat.
An impudent finger made a quick foray between her legs and his grunt suggested her wet folds pleased him.
“Are you going to focus on me?” he demanded.
“Yes,” she said quickly. Too quickly.
“I’m not sure if I believe you.” He punctuated his words with another smack.
“Ouch!” By the goddess. She attempted to squirm free and he let her. She stood to put a healthy distance between them before sending him a haughty look. What sort of dreamscape let a man punish a grown woman in such an embarrassing manner?
“Are you going to strike me again?”
“No.” He paused, and she swore the air shimmered between them.
Intrigued, she inched closer. Without warning, he grinned and the tension leached from her tight muscles. Her bottom smarted now, but once she woke, she wouldn’t feel a thing.
Leo wrapped his arms around her and lowered his head to kiss her. Once again, the kiss was soft and tender and sent messages diving to her quim. His hands wandered her back, her bottom. Nimble fingers stroked and delved until she moaned with enjoyment, craved his possession.
With ease, Leo lifted her and set her on the sleep-bed. His mouth fastened around a nipple. Part of her had wondered if he’d be a lazy lover because he wouldn’t need to put forth much effort to get a woman. But maybe the dreamscape worked in a different manner. She had no one to ask about the intricacies of dreams or their interpretation.
He drew hard and the sensations flared, pushing her into easy compliance. At least until he started to lift his head. She gripped his skull and tugged on his long black hair. It was soft and fragrant and she loved the way it spread around them in a dark curtain.
“More,” she gasped.
“I’m going to give you more,” he promised.
Without haste, she released her grip and snared his gaze with hers. His green eyes sparkled, the pupils flattened slits rather than round. Weird, but then he was from a different planet.
She set about exploring him, searching for differences. He had nipples—two of them, although she understood the women of his race fed their young. She’d have to ask questions—no, maybe not. The other difference she discovered was the color of his testicles. Her husband’s had been less visible and they’d gone blue on arousal.
Leo’s balls had hardened and risen beneath his cock. She’d been too enthralled with tasting him earlier to notice the more subtle changes, but she did now.
“Yes, thank you.”
“Good.” He rolled her, taking control of her arms by holding them above her head while he feasted on her mouth and her breasts again. By the time she lifted her head, sobs of pleasure and demand spilled past her lips.
“Now,” she said. “Take me now.”
Leo remained silent and used a muscular thigh to spread her legs farther apart. His nostrils
flared and a wash of embarrassment flooded her because the scent of her arousal perfumed the air.
Then she forgot her discomfort.
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“Shelley Munro writes another Five Plus Star novel with this addition to the Middlemarch Capture series. I love to read Munro since every plot is original and suspenseful. You never feel like it’s the same book with the characters names changed like most shifter books I’ve read. The characters are well developed and her secondary characters are just as interesting that you want to continue with this series.”
~ Amazon reviewer