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Punishing Portia - GavelDarling Adams (aka Renee Rose) has done it again, with her story in the “When the Gavel Falls” box set from Blushing Books. These are part of the Masters of the Castle series, first introduced by Maren Smith. The series has grown, and thus this box set. My guest today, Darling Adams, is sharing Punishing Portia with us. This, and all the Masters of the Castle series, are BDSM romance based.

Here’s a story summary:

When well-known chef and restaurateur David Marone recognizes the food critic who just lambasted him in a review on the charity auction block, he bids an inordinate amount to keep her as his slave for three nights. He remembers the haughty foodie from culinary school seventeen years earlier, and relishes the idea of getting even with her for her mean-spirited review.

Portia Sands hopes the dark and gorgeous Chicago chef who won the bid for her at the Castle charity auction doesn’t know her real identity as the food critic who tore him apart in a review the week before. She finds he hasn’t changed since culinary school–still arrogant, over-confident and domineering. Unfortunately, he has the same effect on her now as he did then: reducing her to a trembling mass of jello.

When he pushes her to her limits, placing her in a cage like a pet, she discovers he knows who she is, and means to exact revenge. She considers calling the Castle safeword to end their time together, but some part of her won’t allow it. Somehow she must survive three nights as his slave and keep her heart in the process.

And there’s an excerpt, too!

“See anyone interesting?” Paul said, appearing at his elbow.

It took willpower not to turn his head toward Portia.

“Not yet,” he said, making his decision and striding toward a seat. He took the place directly behind the slender food critic, loving the way she jerked her head straight forward to prevent seeing him. But he knew she’d noticed him. The flush of color spreading down her bare neck told him everything.

He wanted to torture her until she screamed.

Mrs. Hardwick gave her usual lecture about safety and Castle rules, which he barely heard. Instead, he spent the entire introduction becoming intimate with every detail of Portia Sands’ back. She’d crossed her long legs, her full-length, fawn-colored jacket falling open to expose tight black jeans and high heeled, knee-high boots.  The toe of her boot jiggled in a frantic dance. She held her hands clasped in her lap, her lightly manicured nails appearing natural and healthy under a clear coat of gloss. She wore the yellow wrist band for the naughty maid program and she and her friend also sported black velvet ribbons around their necks. He didn’t remember neck ribbons from his past visits. What could they designate? He made a mental note to find out as soon as possible.

He pinned his gaze to her left ear and willed her to turn and look at him. People know when they’re being watched, particularly so intently. She would feel it. Sure enough, her head wobbled a little on her neck and her chin began to turn, her eyes sliding to look over her shoulder.

He smirked, meeting her gaze with cool amusement.

She drew in a sharp breath, her eyes widening before she whipped her head back front, sitting up straighter than an Army general with a pole up her ass.

He almost laughed out loud. Paul shot him an amused look and he grinned. If life came with a personal DJ and soundtrack, right now he would cue “Bad to the Bone” because he truly felt like the big, bad wolf.

Mrs. Hardwick divided the group into dominants and submissives and his group left for a separate orientation. David knew without looking that Portia’s eyes followed him as he left.

After the dominants’ orientation, he stopped at the reception desk. “What do the black velvet ribbons designate?” he asked the sweet-looking girl who had checked him in earlier.

“Oh! Those are worn by the slaves who will participate in the charity auction. Do you plan on attending?”

“Hmm, no. But what happens if I change my mind? Do I need to register or anything?”

“No, you can sign up when you get there. The auction will take place in the Middle Ballroom and there will be a meet and greet in the adjoining ballroom an hour before the auction so you can mingle with the slaves and get a feel for each one.”

He tapped the counter thoughtfully. “About how much would you guess slaves will go for?”

“I’m not entirely certain. Of course, all the money goes directly to charities that fund cancer research.”

“Yes,” he mused. “But do you know what the starting bids will be?”

“I heard two hundred dollars, but please don’t quote me on that.”

“Thank you,” he said, giving her a smile.

He brought his suitcase up to his room, hardly noticing all the froliciking going on around him. His mind kept repeating on one thrilling idea: he was going to make Portia pay.

You’ll want to buy this book, or, even better, the whole box set, right away. Here’s where:

Punishing Portia ($3.99) at Amazon and Blushing Books

When the Gavel Falls - Box ViewWhen the Gavel Falls box set ($9.99 for 5 novels and one bonus novella! Save 50%.)

Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Blushing Books

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Renee Rose / Darling Adams is a naughty author and kinkster who loves writing about hot alpha males, Dominance/submission and power exchanges. Named Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, her books are all centered around kink. She can be found on:









  1. I’m fascinated. This looks so good. Congratulations on the release. Tweeted!

  2. Yummy! Congrats on the boxed set. Looking forward to reading this one.

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