Finding Acceptance in His Arms by Thomas Briar


Kara moved her hips to the easy rhythm of the dimly lit dance club. From her position in

front of the bar she took subtle glances at the other young clubbers along with small sips of

strawberry daiquiri. The alcohol did nothing to drown the fluttering of butterflies in her stomach.

Chills prickled her skin despite the temperature of the club being only slightly cooler than the hot

summer’s evening outside its doors.

For the hundredth time she asked herself if she intended to actually go through with what

she’d planned. And the answer, like all the other times before, continued to be yes. She had no

choice. This was her last shot at real freedom.

Pertinent points of fact—the red and white striped bustier and red vinyl miniskirt she wore

served one purpose and one purpose only. The outfit clung to her body, accentuating her ample

breasts, small waist, and voluptuous bubble butt. The white fishnet stockings and five-inch red

stilettos weren’t happenstance either. Neither was the fire engine red nail polish, the faux ruby

jewelry, the dainty red purse, the perfectly applied makeup, the cloying perfume, the elegant

upstyle hairdo, or the absence of any underwear.

“I am beautiful and desirable,” she whispered underneath her breath. “My light mocha skin

is smooth and without blemish. My curly ebony hair shimmers with vibrancy. My sparkling gray

eyes exemplify electricity in motion. He will not be able to resist what I have to offer. He will

smile at me and invite me to sit down.”

To lend actual credence to her words, she reminded herself that she’d already rebuffed

several cute guys in the fifteen minutes she’d been here. Even so, it worried her that Evan Lars

hadn’t taken notice of her. He should have acknowledged her presence already.

Once again her gaze turned toward the back corner of the club where he shared a table with

one of his many attractive female acquaintances. It didn’t faze her that he wasn’t alone, because

he was a very good-looking man in his sexual prime and she didn’t live in a fairy tale.

The inevitable declared she must walk over and introduce herself.

Still, she delayed, staring at him through the dancing bodies. She believed she could see him

for what he was and also for what he was not. The hopelessly romantic part of her personality

wanted to swoon at his handsome angular face, close-cropped wavy blond hair, dark blue eyes,

and six feet of lean, muscular body. But she couldn’t afford to swoon. Not with him. He would

never return her affections.

Judging the timing correct, she left her half-finished strawberry daiquiri on the bar and

sauntered through the dancing bodies to stop at his table. She extended her hand. “Excuse me,

Mr. Lars. My name is Kara Gibson. I was told that you can help me find employment.”

He ignored the hand, giving her a critical look from head to toe. When he finally spoke his

strong, masculine voice dripped with sarcasm. “You’ve been misinformed, little girl. I don’t own

a strip club.”

The gorgeous blonde sitting across the small table quickly hid her lips behind her

champagne glass, but the smile still reached her eyes.

Kara presented him a confident smile. “I’m twenty-two years old, so that disqualifies me

from being a little girl, Mr. Lars. And although I do freely admit to enjoying the attention of

men, I’m not an aspiring stripper.”

“Why don’t you go freshen your makeup, Stephanie?” he addressed the blonde. “This won’t

take but a minute, then you can come back. I really do want to hear more about your fashion

shoot in California.”

Kara waited until the model left before she seated herself. She stared into the thunderstorm

raging inside Mr. Lars’s eyes. “If you’ll only give me an interview you won’t regret it. I really do

need the work.”

“And what kind of work are you looking for?”

She smiled again to disguise her uneasiness. “Well, I’m open to almost anything as long it

allows me to work intimately with you. I’ve heard you’re an amazing performer.”

“Is that a fact?”

“That’s what I keep hearing.”

“Do you even know what will be required of you? Or did you just hear the rumors

circulating around this nightclub and think, ‘Oh wow! That sounds so glamorous!’ Well, let me

tell you something, it isn’t very glamorous at all. It’s a lot of damned hard work. “ He stared her

down in yet another appraisal. “However, I’ll let you state your references since you seem so

eager. You have thirty seconds to make me want to work with you.”

“I-I-I have no references.” Kara’s mind spun. She hadn’t expected this. She’d taken the time

to dress the part and introduce herself, so he was supposed to want to work with her.

An uncomfortable silence descended. For whatever reason, Mr. Lars showed mercy. “How

did you hear about me?”

She breathed a secret sigh of relief. She could answer this. “A woman in my apartment

building claims to have worked with you before. Her name is Jennifer Spawson. She offered to

introduce me to you next week but I didn’t want to wait.”

Mr. Lars frowned at his shot of whiskey before killing it in a single gulp. “I appreciate your

interest in working with me, Ms. Gibson, but please go away. I’m on a date and you’re

interrupting it.”

Kara could hardly believe the interview was over. She stared in shock and dismay, her

mouth falling opening with no words coming out.

Finding Acceptance in His Arms
Thomas Briar
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Date of Publication: 3-26-15
ISBN: 978-1-63105-534-8
Number of pages: 146
Word Count: 51148
Cover Artist: Dawne Dominique
Book Description:
After discovering that success in life is hollow if she can’t also fulfill her most secret sexual desires, twenty-two year old Kara Gibson is desperate to meet a certain man she’s heard about that can help her discreetly explore one of her most titillating fantasies.
Thus, upon instigating a sexual relationship with Evan Lars, a young man in his mid-twenties who is as handsome as he is sexually adventurous, Kara falls desperately in love with Evan from the way he easily accepts all of the unnatural things that turn her on and how he steadily proves he has her best interests at heart. But true love always comes with some sort of sacrifice, doesn’t it? And so, as their romantic entanglement hurtles toward its inevitable heartbreaking end, Kara becomes determined to stay with Evan despite the harsh realities of life threatening to steal away her happily ever after.
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About the Author
Edgy and provocative in his erotic writings, Thomas Briar strives to exalt the virtues of love and lust in every story he creates. To date, he’s garnered eleven publishing contracts with three different publishers and has seven published books in the marketplace.
When he’s not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, taking long walks, and people watching. Yeah, he’s always wondering what makes people do the things they do. He knows it’s usually something hidden in plain sight. He just has to figure out what it is, much like the motivations of the characters in his stories.