Teaser Tuesdays – Welcome to Serpent’s Kiss by Sherri Hayes

Welcome to Serpent’s Kiss (Serpent’s Kiss 0.5)

After
losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss.
She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and
socialize.

Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would
be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women
who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club
has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become
friends.

The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the
human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club
mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.


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“And how is our club mistress this evening?”
She turned to find Daniel, a Dom in his fifties. “Thirsty,
actually. I was heading over to the bar to get something. Care to join me?”
He followed her over and ordered a whisky, neat. She stuck
with water.
They found an empty table not far from the bar and stood
with their drinks.
“So, what’s on your mind?” she asked.
“Ah. You know me too well.”
“Yes, well. . . it’s not often that you seek me out. At
least, not this early in the evening.” She took a sip of her water and waited
for him to talk.
“Have you seen Ali tonight?”
So that was it. Was he the one who’d upset her? If he were,
Katrina had been wrong earlier. Daniel wasn’t the Dom she’d seen Ali eyeing for
the last few weeks. “She and Brandon prepped the club tonight.”
He nodded and took a drink of his whisky. “Something’s
bothering her, but she wouldn’t tell me what. Did she say anything to you?”
“Daniel, you can’t make her tell you something she doesn’t
want to.” Hopefully, he wouldn’t pick up on the fact that she hadn’t answered
his question.
Katrina should have known better.
“So she did talk to you.” He appeared to be lost in thought
for a few moments, and then he leaned in and met her gaze. “Do I need to have a
conversation with someone?”

She guessed that answered her question. If Daniel had been
the one to upset Ali, he wouldn’t be offering to address the situation with the
other party. “No. You don’t. And I think you should let Ali handle it. If she
wants your help, she’ll ask for it.”

Burning For Her Kiss (Serpent’s Kiss #1)

Beth Davenport has no
interest in getting involved with another man for the foreseeable future. To
say her last relationship ended in disaster would be a colossal understatement.
The only reason she agrees to put in an appearance at Serpent’s Kiss, a private
kink club in downtown St. Louis, is because her best friend, Nicole, won’t quit
nagging her. When she walks in the door that night, the last thing she expects
to do is meet a man who will have her reconsidering her ban on men.

As a captain with the St. Louis Fire Department,
Drew Parker is used to being in charge. His crew relies on him to make sure
they know what they’re doing and return home to their families after every
shift. It isn’t, however, what he wants in a relationship. Drew decides to join
Serpent’s Kiss to see if what appeals to him in fantasy is something he wants
to explore in the real world. He’s also hoping that he’ll be lucky enough to
meet a woman with whom he can explore his desires. The night Beth walks into
the club, he is intrigued. Drew has to get to know her better.

After what happened to her, Beth is reluctant to
get involved with Drew. It doesn’t matter that he is sweet and charming. She’s
been burned before and Beth doesn’t think she can survive having her heart
crushed again. Drew, however, won’t take no for an answer. He wants a
relationship and is determined to chip away at her defenses until she relents.
Will she give him a chance, or did her ex leave her with scars too deep to heal?

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The bell above the door jingled announcing
another customer, and Beth tried to hurry. Getting behind would only make it
worse.
“Hey, B. You have a visitor,” Tommy yelled.
Beth sighed. She hated when he called her that,
but telling him did no good whatsoever. Tommy was twenty-three and felt the
need to give everyone a nickname. She had to admit B was better than the first
nickname he’d come up with for her—Bumble Bee.
Cutting the sandwich in half, Beth placed it
along with chips and a homemade pickle on a plate and brought it out with her
to give to Mr. Keller. “Here you go.”

He smiled back at her and took the sandwich.
“Thank you, dear.”
Beth wiped her hands on her apron and started
toward the counter where Tommy was chatting with someone. When she saw who it
was, she grinned.
Then Beth noticed the man standing behind
Nicole. Drew Parker.
No. No, no, no, no. This was not supposed to
happen. He wasn’t supposed to be here. He wasn’t supposed to know anything
about her life outside the club . . . the lifestyle.
The only thing that made her feel a little
better was the look on Drew’s face. Clearly, he hadn’t been expecting to see
Beth any more than she’d been expecting to see him.
“Nicole. What are you doing here?” Beth asked
through gritted teeth.
Her friend acted as if nothing were amiss. “We
were working in the area and got hungry. I told Captain Parker and his crew
that I knew of a great place for lunch, so here we are.”
Beth was going to strangle her.

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.

At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.

Eight years later, Sherri is the author of nine full-length novels, and two short stories. Writing has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. You can find a current list of all of Sherri’s books and sign up for her monthly newsletter at www.sherrihayesauthor.com


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