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FAMOUS by Marie Force
Available Now | Quantum Series, #8
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I thought I’d finally met the man of my dreams...Marlowe
I’ve planned this night for weeks, down to the last detail. I want it to be perfect. Bringing someone new into my private life is not something I do lightly, having learned the hard way over the years that celebrity has a dark downside that I go out of my way to avoid whenever possible.
But he is different. We’ve been together for months and the time is right to take this next step with him.
It doesn’t take long for me to realize I’ve made a huge mistake trusting this man.
Before things go from bad to worse, I have the presence of mind to know I’m in big, big trouble.
Marlowe Sloane’s story, FAMOUS, is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Quantum Series.
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I’ve planned this night for weeks, down to the
last detail. I want it to be perfect. Bringing someone new into my private life
is not something I do lightly, having learned the hard way over the years that
celebrity has a dark downside that I go out of my way to avoid whenever
possible. But Rafe is different. We’ve been together for months now, and I feel
ready to take this next step with him. In the dungeon that’s accessible only to
Quantum partners and our guests, I take a careful look at the items I’ve set out—a blindfold,
a flogger, the smallest plug, a bottle of lubricant and a cock ring. I’m starting him off easy
until I can get a sense of whether he shares my appreciation for the lifestyle.
I have a feeling he will, if our “vanilla” sex life is anything to
go by. He’s endlessly creative and sensual in bed. When he whispers to me in
French, I can nearly come from that alone. It’s been a very long time
since anything vanilla appealed to me, but then again, the lifestyle hasn’t been doing it for me
lately either. While I’m satisfied by the sex I have with Rafe, I feel like it could be “more,” and thus the reason I’m trying to add a
little spice to an already satisfying relationship.
Before I met Rafe, I had confessed to my closest friends and business
partners that I was feeling out of sorts and off-kilter. Spending time at the
clubs we own here in LA and in New York City had become boring, especially
since my buddies found love and more or less gave up the clubs. Getting naked
in public lost its luster for each of them after they found “the one.” In our world, we’re always one tabloid
photo away from disaster, so I get that they feel the need to protect their
significant others from that kind of exposure.
We go to enormous lengths to protect the members of our clubs, including
the requirement of a one-million-dollar entrance fee for new members and
airtight nondisclosure agreements. But that didn’t stop someone in Devon
Black’s equally exclusive club from taking photos of our partner Jasper Autry
that were later used to blackmail him. We’re all a little gun-shy after that episode.
Rafe understands the celebrity culture because he works in our industry.
As an executive for the company that distributes Quantum films—and many others—in
France, he travels frequently between Paris and Los Angeles, hobnobbing with
celebrities and working deep inside the business. From the beginning, I’ve felt comfortable
being myself around him, because he understands the pressures I face. It’s been a long time
since I’ve felt this way about a guy, and even though I can tell my friends don’t love him, I do, and
that’s all that matters.
Or so I tell myself.
Truth is, their opinions matter to me, even if I wish they didn’t.
Especially Flynn and Hayden, who have been my closest friends for years.
It’s so rare for me to be out of sync with either of them, let alone both,
but from the outset, they’ve been rather obvious in their dislike of Rafe.
I wish I knew why, but they won’t even give him a chance. Flynn’s wife, Natalie, and I
talked about it over the holidays when we were all together for four memorable
days in St. George, Utah, of all places.
As I light the candles in the dungeon, I think about that conversation
as I have so many times since then.
“It’s not that he doesn’t like Rafe,” Natalie had said. “It’s more that he doesn’t like him for you.”
“Why?” I’d asked and immediately hated myself for the
question as well as the desperate-sounding tone in which it was asked. I’m Marlowe fucking
Sloane. What do I care if Flynn Godfrey or anyone else doesn’t like my boyfriend?
Except… I care, and I hate that I care.
I could tell Nat chose her words carefully. “It’s just that he thinks
you can do…better.” She cringed as she said that last word, and I realized I’d put her in a terrible
position by bringing it up at all. The guys had gone off to find a Christmas
tree for Aileen’s kids and had grudgingly invited Rafe to join them. That’s what had led me to
ask her what the fuck Flynn’s problem was with him.
Be careful what you wish for. Flynn thinks he’s not good enough for
me, which means Hayden, Jasper, Kristian, Emmett and Sebastian probably agree
“Does everyone feel that way?” I’d asked Nat.
“I’m not sure.” She’d rolled her bottom lip
between her teeth, which is a “tell” for her. She knows but
doesn’t want to say. Fair enough. None of them like him.
“Does it matter to anyone that I like
“Yes! Of course it does. That’s all that matters. If
he makes you happy, we’re happy. You know that.”
I’d eyed her skeptically. “I’m happy with him.”
We’d changed the subject, but the uncomfortable conversation had stayed
with me ever since. Natalie had tried to be diplomatic, walking a fine line between
not betraying Flynn and trying not to hurt my feelings. She’d failed in the latter
account. My feelings were hurt, and they still are. It’s been five freaking
years since I dated anyone seriously, so I sort of feel like the guys could at
least try to give me a break with Rafe.
I glance at the ornate clock on the wall. He’s going to be here in
fifteen minutes. Time to get changed and stop thinking about why my friends don’t like him. They can go
I remind myself again that they’re not in this relationship. Only Rafe and I
are, and we’re the only two who matter. I’m the only who needs to like him and trust him
and love him. It’s my life, and no one else is going to live it for me, no matter how
much I love my friends. They’re wrong this time, and I am going to prove it
to them by making this relationship work.
I’ve decided it’s time to bring Rafe
into my lifestyle because I know we can’t succeed long term unless I let him all the way
in. Each of the guys has had to do the same with their significant others and
did so with stunning success if their happy, dopey grins are any indication.
That’s what tonight is all about for Rafe and me. Taking that next step.
Depending on how this goes, I might be ready for what comes next, whatever that
may be for a couple juggling a transatlantic relationship.
I’m nervous about tonight because I’m not entirely sure how
he’ll react to my desire to dominate him. But I won’t know until I broach
the topic with him. He already knows that I’m adventuresome in bed,
but he has no idea just how adventuresome I can be. Tonight, he’s going to find out,
and I’m excited as well as nervous.
I dart into the women’s changing room, take a quick shower and dress
in one of my favorite outfits—a red leather bustier with a matching thong and
sexy stockings with a flower pattern running through them. I’ve cut myself short on
time, so I put my hair up in a bun and go with a smoky cat eye for my makeup.
By the time my phone buzzes with the text I’m expecting from him, I’m ready.
After donning a red silk robe and black stiletto Louboutins with the
fabulous red bottoms, I give myself a quick once-over in the full-length mirror
and take a deep breath, letting it out slowly. Here goes nothing…
In the lobby, I press the button for the elevator and take it up one
floor to the main entrance to the Quantum office building. Most of the people
who work here have no idea what’s in the basement. When the doors open, Rafe is
facing away from me, looking out at the parking lot.
“Why’d you want to meet here?” He turns to face me,
his eyes widening when he sees me in the silky robe and heels. “Is this some sort of
office fantasy or something?”
“Not quite.” I extend my hand to him. “Will you come with me
and keep an open mind?” He’s absolutely beautiful, with thick wavy dark
hair and brilliant blue eyes that crinkle at the corners when he smiles, which
is often when we’re together.
He seems hesitant, but he takes my hand, links our fingers and kisses
the back of my hand. “I shall happily follow wherever you lead, darling.”
Now imagine that said in a sexy French accent. I’m not one to swoon, but
that accent does it for me.
He watches as I place my palm on the scanner that opens the elevator to
the basement. “This all very cloak and dagger,” he says as we descend.
We step out of the elevator, and the first thing we encounter is a
reception desk. “This is where I have to ask you to sign a nondisclosure agreement that
says you won’t disclose anything you see here.”
“Very seriously. If you need a minute to review
it, I’m happy to wait.”
Giving me an odd look, he takes the pen I hand him, scans the NDA that
spells out the lengths the Quantum partners will go to in order to defend the
privacy of everyone who steps foot in our clubs and then scrawls his signature
on the line provided. “What’s this all about, Marlowe?”
“Come with me, and I’ll show you.”
Taking him by the hand, I lead him through the double doors with our
distinctive Q logo etched into the glass. To the casual observer, the big room
we enter might be mistaken for a nightclub, especially now, when there’s no one else here. On
a regular night, the place would be pulsing with people, energy and sexual
tension. Scenes would be unfolding on the three stages, and potential partners
would be negotiating hard and soft limits in the various seating areas and at
“What is this place?”
“How have I never heard of it?” Before we met, he’d been active in the LA
club scene when he was in town.
“Because it’s private.”
“Still, with you and your illustrious partners
involved, how does it stay a secret?”
“You read the NDA. That’s how.”
The face he makes indicates his skepticism that even an airtight NDA can
keep the lid on anything in this day and age, and perhaps he’s right. Didn’t we learn that when
Jasper was blackmailed?
On the far side of the big room, I place my hand on another scanner that
opens the door to the dungeon. As we descend the stairs, I begin to feel
seriously nervous. Am I doing the right thing? Will he understand? What if he
doesn’t? Can I stay with him if he doesn’t get this or doesn’t even try to get it?
Don’t get ahead of yourself. One step at a time. You’ve done this before,
and it’s been fine.
Rafe stops short at the entrance to the dungeon. “Holy shit. Are you
fucking kidding me?”
“You promised to keep an open mind.” A trickle of unease
travels down my backbone as I begin to wonder if I’ve seriously
He strides over to the table where I set out the implements of my craft
and picks up the flogger, turning to me, his brow lifted and his mouth set in
an expression I haven’t seen before. “What the hell is this, Marlowe?”
I normally love the melodic way he says my name, but there’s no melody to it now.
There’s something that frightens me as I realize that no one except for him
knows where I am or what I had planned for tonight. Not even my assistant,
Leah, who always knows where I am. As he stalks toward me, his blue eyes
blazing with anger, I take a step back, furious with myself for being so
stupid. I’m thirty-five years old. I should know better by now than to ever put
myself at the mercy of a man.
Ugh, they’re usually at my mercy, and I wouldn’t have it any other
“Stop.” I hold up my hand to keep him from coming any
closer to me. He doesn’t stop. “Rafe, I mean it. Take a pause.”
“Don’t tell me what to do
when you’re springing this kinky bullshit on me months into our relationship.” A vein in his forehead
bulges as he spews harsh words at me. “Why didn’t you tell me before now that you want to be
tied up and flogged and whatever else?”
He’s spitting mad, and I’m trying to figure out
why as I think about what I should say.
“Marlowe! What the fuck? You owe me an
This is why Flynn and the others don’t like him. They could see he had this in him
while I was too busy being besotted to see beyond the glossy surface, the
French words of love and the romance of it all.
He’s played me for a fool, and the only thing I
want now is to get as far away from him as I possibly can. Immediately.
“I’m sorry, Rafe. Obviously, I’ve made a mistake, and
I’ll understand if you’d rather not see me again.”
“Not see you again? Is that what you think is
going to happen here?”
“I’m not comfortable with the way you’re behaving.”
He doesn’t like that, and I quickly realize I’ve only made him
“Isn’t that rich, darling? You’re not comfortable with
the way I’m behaving. After spending months together, you decide to show me you’re a kinky whore and
you don’t like the way I’m behaving?” He lowers his voice. “You want me to beat you
before I fuck you, is that it?”
“No,” I whisper. “That’s not it at all.”
“Then please illuminate me, because I don’t get it.”
The rebellious part of me, the part that fought and clawed her way to
success in one of the toughest businesses in the world, rears up inside me.
Fuck this shit. “I’m a Dominatrix. I wanted to beat you before I let you fuck me, but that’s not what I want
anymore. What I really want now is for you to get the fuck out of here and
never contact me again.”
His shock is apparent in the way his face loses all color and his lips
go tight before he speaks again in a much lower tone. “That’s it? After everything
we’ve shared, you’re going to dismiss me like I’m some kind of servant?”
“I’m asking you to leave.”
“Fuck you if you think you’re going to treat me
like I’m nothing.” He moves so quickly, I don’t see it coming until my head snaps back and
hits the wall behind me and my face explodes in pain that rattles my teeth.
Then he grabs my hair and drags me across the room. I fight him with everything
I’ve got, but I’m no match against him physically. He outweighs me by seventy pounds.
Before things go from bad to worse, I have the presence of mind to
realize I’m in big, big trouble.
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Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical romance and erotic romance. Her series include the indie-published Gansett Island, Treading Water, Butler, Vermont and Quantum Series as well as the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books.
Her books have sold more than 9 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list 30 times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter.
Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
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