The Deprivation Trilogy – Book One
by LM Fox
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Release Date: September 9, 2021
Wander Aguiar Photography
Genre: Contemporary romance
Trope: Medical romance, second-chance-at-love, hate-to-love
Sick of the constant betrayal, I’ve sworn off men for good. But there’s no cure for my attraction to Dr. Nicholas Barnes.
I’m a magnet for egotistical playboys. It’s been years since I’ve let anyone in. Pursuing me is merely a challenge for this overconfident ladies’ man.
What else could this handsome, arrogant surgeon want with me?
I have great friends and a job in the ER I love.
A good night’s rest is what I need. One little sleeping pill couldn’t hurt. Could it?
But this irresistible doctor even seduces me in my dreams. It’s a delicious temptation I don’t want to stop.
Yet what happens when the line between fantasy and truth becomes blurred? When you can no longer live with the constant deprivation?
This man is beautiful. He’s charming. And he could be the love of my life or my complete destruction.
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Coming to St. Luke’s seemed like the right move, but why did I feel so irritated? I’d dropped off my business cards and was eventually able to meet the physicians on duty in the ER. They appeared receptive to referring patients my way. Dr. Silver seemed a little suspect. He reminds me of talking to a politician, but there’s one in every crowd, so that isn’t terribly surprising. The nurses seemed nice enough, when they weren’t gawking at me.
I accepted long ago that God granted me with features physically appealing to women. Even as a teen, my mother would laugh when young girls and older women alike would stare and giggle. It was ridiculous. It’s just skin deep. I had nothing to do with it. Granted, I don’t mind it allows me to easily obtain a willing participant for a night of pleasure when I desire it. I just have to be upfront that one night of hot sex is all I’m interested in, nothing more. I do not entertain those dalliances often, and when I do, I try to avoid dating women where I work. I don’t need that reputation, and quite honestly, it limits the chance of bumping into them again. But that girl, that brassy, brown haired, beautiful girl… Why can’t I stop thinking about her?
I stop my wayward thoughts and type my Thai food order into the delivery window on my phone. As soon as the payment is sent through, thoughts of her return. They aren’t necessarily alluring, more like annoying. She’s definitely not my type. Sure, she’s educated and capable or she wouldn’t be employed at such a busy ER. But she isn’t the most professional PA I’ve encountered by a long shot. First, she rolled into that parking space like a race car driver. Then, I find her sitting at that messy work station with various scribbled notes, headphones, pens, and reference material all scattered about her computer area in a heap. Yet seeing her slumped in her chair, chewing on the end of her pen, I felt an instant magnetism pulling me toward her I couldn’t put my finger on. I have no business considering anything with that one. Looking her way caused a conflict of emotion, intrigue versus irritation. Taking orthopedic consults in the ER, I’ll see her frequently. With no plans to date in the future, I don’t need that in my life, no matter how mesmerizing her big brown eyes are.
I finish my Thai food and clean up my kitchen. The food is always good, but I still feel unsatisfied. I’m sure all of these changes just take time and are affecting my eating. It’s been a year and a half since Sophia moved out. The divorce was ugly and took months to finalize, but I’ve been a free man for three months. Maybe I should consider moving. Getting a place that’s more my taste and fitting of a lifelong bachelor. That’d probably improve my mood. I head up the stairs to the master bathroom to take a hot shower. I want to make it to bed early so I can get in a run before work tomorrow. Plus, I have soccer this weekend, so that’ll take my mind off of things. It’s a recreational league, but a good group of guys who love the sport as much as I do, so it’s a great way to spend a beautiful Saturday. I should also visit Dad this weekend.
I love Dad, but he’s no longer the man he was when Mom was alive, and the visits always leave me depressed. I miss her and our life together as a family more every time I drive away. I’ll see him early Saturday for breakfast before my game so I can shake off the past and focus on soccer.
I enter the large marble bathroom and turn on the shower. It’s meticulously kept, but it’s just me now, so it doesn’t take much effort. I drop my discarded clothing into the hamper then enter the hot, steamy shower. Yes, this is what this day needs. Finally. Maybe the Thai food and beer were the foreplay I needed for this epic moment. I adjust the setting on my shower head to allow for increased water pressure and feel the scalding water pound into my head, neck, and shoulders.
The more relaxed I get, the more thoughts of the crass creature with the long brown braid flash in my brain. Soaping up my body, my mind begins to drift. Like a movie in my mind, I watch as her soft pink lips nibble on the end of the pen in her mouth and picture it is my cock. I reach out to stroke her hair, removing the tie that keeps her dark locks braided, and I run my fingers through her coffee-colored strands as she sucks me in deeper. I can feel her soft hand reach up to cup my balls, and as I look down at her I’m captivated by her big brown eyes staring up at me while she services my thick length like a pro. She starts moving her head up and down greedily over my shaft, and I feel my hands gripping her long, gorgeous, wet tresses in my fists. The sensation is building quickly, and I don’t want it to end. But I’m abruptly brought back to reality when I hear my phone ringing on the bathroom counter. Dammit.
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About the Author
Born and raised in Virginia, LM Fox currently lives in a suburb of Richmond with her husband, three kids, and a chocolate lab.
Her pastimes are traveling to new and favorite places, trying new foods, a swoony book with either a good cup of tea or coffee, margaritas on special occasions, and watching her kids participate in a variety of sports.
She has spent the majority of her adult life working in emergency medicine and her books are written in this setting. Her main characters are typically in the medical field, EMS, fire, and/or law enforcement. She enjoys writing angsty, contemporary romance starring headstrong, independent heroines you can’t help but love and the hot alpha men who fall hard for them.
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