The Assignment

Lessons in Control

Book 1
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What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?




Dean Sova is everything Maya Clery craves. From the first touch, their connection is intense. After leaving her troubled past behind, Maya thought she was happy—she is happy—but meeting Dean forces her to acknowledge dark needs she longs to explore yet has never had the courage to face.

Her perfect match, Dean encourages Maya to set loose the submissive urges inside her in a series of assignments intended to open her mind and test the limits of pleasure…but Maya isn't sure she can fully let go of her inhibitions.

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?

The answer seems obvious. You take the offer and hope the price isn't too high.

Book one of Lessons in Control

This book is approximately 81,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise!

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About the author

Jade A. Waters is an erotica writer and poetess in sunny California. A lover of candy, coffee, dancing, and endless karaoke, she is happiest when surrounded by words—be they on the page or shared in good conversation. Currently, Jade is hard at work on the next book in the Lessons in Control series, but she'd love for you to visit and say hello at,, or

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Carina Press
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Published on
Dec 12, 2016
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Fiction / Erotica / BDSM
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Erotica
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“Cherise Sinclair has written a highly erotic, emotional roller-coaster story that drew me in and held me captive throughout the story.”  ~ Fallen Angel Reviews

BOOK DESCRIPTION: After Kari breaks up with her date during Beginner's Night at Club Shadowlands, she's given the option to continue with an experienced dominant. Despite her steamy fantasies about BDSM, the inexperienced schoolteacher plans to simply observe. Yet under the unyielding hands of Master Dan, she not only participates, but gives him everything he asks for. There is nothing she can hide from him. Not her passion…or her love.

Still mourning the death of his wife, Master Dan avoids getting involved with women and he never takes a sub twice. But this modest little beginner is such a sweetie, one night is far from enough. As he plumbs her responses, taking her ever deeper into the world of BDSM, the gentle submissive begins to show him how barren his life has become and what a dark citadel he's made of his heart.

During their three nights together, the teacher will learn to submit...can she teach the master to love?


“It's amazing to me how some authors in just a few pages can suck you so far into a story you come out the other end feeling like you just ran a marathon. For me, Ms. Sinclair is one of those authors. She takes you into a world that not a lot of us really know that much about and the way that she describes and walks you through it makes you feel like you are there…She has become one of my auto-buy authors" ~ Guilty Indulgence Book Club

   Book 1:  Club Shadowlands
   Book 2:  Dark Citadel
   Book 3:  Breaking Free
   Book 4:  Lean on Me
   Book 5:  Make Me, Sir
   Book 6:  To Command & Collar
   Book 7:  This Is Who I Am
   Book 8:  If Only
   Book 9:  Show Me, Baby
   Book 10: Servicing the Target
   Book 11: Protecting His Own

Keywords: BDSM, erotic romance, dominance, male Dom, BDSM club, BBW, curvy woman, dominant hero, shadowlands, submission, alpha male, bondage, cherise sinclair, contemporary romance, masters of the shadowlands, spanking
In a dazzling novel of passion and power from the bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and the Club Sin series, a commanding man gives up his most prized possession to win back the one that got away.

Darius Bennett can’t live without supreme control. A self-made billionaire, he’s rich enough to get anything—and any woman—he wants, yet he’s still haunted by a broken relationship. Five years ago, Darius let Taylor Erikson go because he knew he could never give her what she truly wanted: his heart. But the moment Taylor walks back into his life, bruised and beaten, Darius blames himself. To make good on his betrayal, he vows to help her heal—in and out of the sheets.

Once upon a time, Darius was Taylor’s world. Now his fierce embrace is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet. But Taylor pays a heavy price for her sizzling nights with Darius. As the emotional ties become stronger than ever and the paparazzi hunt her down for their next juicy story, Taylor must face some hard truths. They can’t go back. And to move forward, the key to loving Darius isn’t about keeping his secrets—it’s about exposing them.

Tied to His Betrayal is intended for mature audiences.

Praise for Tied to His Betrayal

“I loved Tied to His Betrayal! Stacey Kennedy delivers a raw, emotional read.”—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst 

“Sexy, intriguing and daring. . . There are no walls when the love of your life walks through your door. Darius and Taylor’s lust for each other is off-the charts hot.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

“I would definitely recommend this book to other romance novel readers . . .  I’m going to be keeping my eye on Stacey Kennedy and her future releases.”—Alpha Book Club

“I love how much this group of friends has each other’s backs. They would do anything for each other. This is a fun series to read. I am very excited for the next book to come out.”—Hine’s and Bigham’s Literary Tryst (five hearts)

“Tied to His Betrayal is a combination of emotional and erotic that Ms. Kennedy does so well and I’m now counting the days till the next book releases. Besides, I can’t wait to find out who the mole is. This is a really good place to test the waters for a newbie to the BDSM genre.”—The Sassy Bookster

“I am really enjoying this series by Stacey Kennedy. If you like interesting, complex stories, definitely check this one out!”—Kilts and Swords

Praise for Stacey Kennedy’s Bound Beneath His Pain

“With a dominant alpha male hero who’s also tender and caring, Bound Beneath His Pain gets this series off to a sizzling start!”—USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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