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The Strict British Barrister: Act One

By: Maggie Carpenter
Published By: Dark Secrets Press
Copyright: Copyright � 2014 Maggie Carpenter
30 Chapters / 51,449 Words
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When Bratty Brittany comes out to play, it's her bottom that's going to pay.

Duncan Rhys-Davies is an eminent British barrister, but he has a secret life outside his office, and another, completely covert vocation.

Duncan is a lifestyle Dominant, and an author of BDSM romance novels under the alias, A.S. Cane.

Though he writes his books late at night, he finishes them by taking long ocean voyages away from the hustle and bustle of his everyday life.

He has had a few shipboard escapades, but when he meets Brittany Carter, a spoiled, southern belle, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind romance. His heart becomes captive to the mischievous young woman, and he struggles to make sense of the sudden and intense attraction.

Brittany finds the confident, handsome British gentleman mysterious and irresistible, and constantly fantasizes about him. Though outwardly reserved she has a wicked side, and quickly discovers Duncan has his own, unique way of dealing with a difficult diva.

Cruise the Pacific with these compelling characters as they both find themselves surrendering. Bratty Brittany to the strict British barrister who makes her behave, and Duncan Rhys-Davies, whose heart refuses to be denied.

Chapter One

When Brittany Carter saw the tall, handsome, dark-haired man board the ship, her heart stopped.  Her best friend had said she was sure to meet some hunky guy onboard, and though Brittany had been hopeful she had been skeptical. 

�������� “You’ll find someone dreamy,” her friend Kathy had enthusiastically predicted.  “I’m telling you, there are a ton of single men on those cruises.”

�������� “But you’re so much more bubbly than me,” Brittany had sighed.� “Even if I did see someone dreamy I wouldn’t go bouncing up to him like you would.”

�������� “That’s why you’re going on this trip,” Kathy had said firmly, “so you can break out of your shell.”

 ������� Staring down at the square-jawed, attractive man walking purposefully forward with a confident bearing, Brittany felt her pulse quicken.

�������� Huh, maybe Kathy was right, maybe I will meet someone.� I sure would like to start by meeting him.

�������� Wearing khaki slacks and a spotless white shirt that couldn’t begin to hide his well-muscled arms, the man carried himself with a self assurance she found instantly compelling. She wasn’t sure why she found confident men so attractive, but as she continued to watch the dark-haired stranger walk up the gangplank she felt her butterflies begin to flutter.

�������� I don’t know who you are, but I’m going to find out.  You were right, Kathy, I need to break out of my shell, and you, Mister, are in my sights.

�������� The cruise was all about doing something scandalous.  Daring.  Exciting.  She was bored with her nice safe life in her nice safe town and wanted desperately to escape. She wanted to move to Los Angeles, or New York, or Chicago; somewhere thrilling, a place that had a pulse and promised adventure.  

�������� But she had a problem.  

�������� She simply couldn’t bring herself to take the leap of faith. It wasn’t money, she not only came from a wealthy family, she had inherited a tidy sum from her great aunt, which she’d invested in a business selling recycled designer clothes online.� With a marketing savvy that surprised her, and some guidance from her doting father, she had built it into a very successful enterprise; her house was hers, free and clear, and she had plenty of dollars in the bank. No! Money wasn’t the issue!

�������� The only thing holding her back was her fear.  She didn’t deal well with change. Change unsettled her, and as alluring as the call to the big city was, the thought of leaving her friends and family and leaping into the hustle and bustle was daunting.

�������� “I’m telling you, take that cruise,” Kathy had insisted. “It will help you break free from all your crazy insecurities. Throw caution to the wind and have a wild shipboard romance with a total stranger.  Someone exotic, dangerous even.”

�������� After several sleepless nights Brittany decided her friend was right, but there were so many trips from which to choose it had taken her a while, finally deciding on five days at sea, traveling from Hawaii to Tahiti.� She’d fly from Charleston to Honolulu, spend the night, then board the ship the following morning.�

�������� That morning had finally arrived, and she’d been filled with excitement as she’d left the hotel, but staring at the gorgeous man as he neared the top of the gangplank, that excitement had moved into overdrive.

�������� Taking a deep breath she moved across to the steward who had originally greeted her.  She was a first class passenger, and as she approached she silently prayed that Mr. Gorgeous Man was as well.

�������� “Duncan Rhys-Davies,” she heard him say as the steward studied his clipboard.  

�������� Slowing her pace she took a deep breath; her butterflies had just burst into overdrive; Mr. Gorgeous Man had a distinctly British accent.

�������� Ooh, a Brit! He’s a Brit! Can it get any better?

�������� It was too good to be true.  Brittany adored all things British, especially British men, though rarely did she have the opportunity to meet them.  She was addicted to BBC America and never missed the independent British films whenever they appeared at the local cinema in her small town.  

�������� “Mr. Rhys-Davies, welcome aboard, ah, Miss Carter, excellent, if you’re both ready I'll show you to your staterooms." 

�������� Doing her best to act casually she fell into step behind the Steward and slightly in front of the yummy Duncan Rhys-Davies.  Only the first class passengers received such royal treatment, and at that moment the extra money for the expensive ticket was worth every penny.�

�������� As they entered the elevator she willed her heart to calm itself; she was standing next to him in the tiny space and the subtle scent of his masculine cologne was teasing her nostrils. The aroma was muted, it smelled expensive, and she could detect subdued hints of cedar and pine.  Lifting her eyes she risked a sideways glance; he was looking right at her, a half-smile on his thick, luscious lips.

�������� Smile you fool, smile back at him.

 ������� Her stomach did an unexpected somersault, and she was horrified when she felt the telltale heat begin to spread across her face.  She’d only experienced a somersault once, when she was fifteen and the quarterback from the high-school football team had pulled her under the bleachers and kissed her, really kissed her, but that hadn’t been exactly a somersault, that had been more like a tumbleweed caught in a breeze.

�������� Duncan’s eyes were blue with astonishing brown flecks, and long dark lashes framed their inviting stare.� Using immense concentration she was able to move her lips to return the smile, then dropping her eyes away she managed a covert glance at his left hand.

�������� No ring, no suntan mark either, and he’s traveling alone. This just gets better and better. Are you looking for some uncomplicated sex too, Mr. Duncan Rhys-Davies?  Oh my gosh, is that what I’m doing?  I guess it is.  I can’t believe it! I don’t even know if I’m capable of uncomplicated sex...heck, for him I’ll make myself capable.

 ������� She was jolted from her thoughts as the elevator came to a stop.� His arm moved forward gesturing for her to exit ahead of him, and though she suspected her face was still red, she managed a smile for the second time.

�������� “Thank you,” she said softly, immediately thinking her voice sounded thin. Better than saying nothing at all.  I’m so glad I bought new clothes for this trip, and I’m really glad I’m wearing this dress.

�������� It was a white and lemon silk sun dress with a halter top, more provocative than her usual choice, but Kathy had told her it would be perfect.

�������� The cut flattered her figure, accentuating her narrow waist and full bust, and she'd left her auburn locks to fall in loose waves around her shoulders. The white sandals with their wedge heel gave her extra height, and though she’d always thought at 5'6" her height was ideal, he was tall, at least 6’2” she guessed, and she was grateful for the lift.

�������� The steward led them down a surprisingly wide, thickly carpeted, beautifully wood-paneled hallway, turned left, then stopped.

�������� “Mr. Rhys-Davies, this is your stateroom,” the steward announced as he slid a card key into the lock. “Your luggage will be arriving shortly, and if you’ll excuse me for just a moment I’ll show Miss Carter to hers.”

�������� “Yes, fine,” Duncan replied.  “Nice to meet you, Miss Carter, I’m sure we’ll run into each other again.”

�������� “Yes, I’m sure,” she smiled, and you can take that to the bank.

�������� The steward moved past her, and she forced herself to pull her eyes from the back of the sexy Duncan Rhys-Davies as he moved into his cabin.

 ������� “Just three doors down, Miss Carter,” the steward called over his shoulder, a subtle suggestion that she should catch up. 

�������� “Yes, right, thank you,” she stammered, and moving quickly forward she stood beside him as he opened her door.

�������� “My name is Joe, and I’ll be one of three attendants taking care of your needs."

�������� “Thank you Joe, and please, call me Brittany,” she offered.

�������� “As you wish,” the steward replied formally, and began to show her around the suite, including a private deck that shielded her from the neighbors on either side.

�������� Well, darn. I won’t be able to talk to Mr. Rhys-Davies across the railing. I’ll have to wait until I run into him somewhere on the ship. Maybe he’ll knock on my door.� I wonder if he heard that I’m just three doors down?

�������� After introducing her to the rest of the large cabin, Joe tipped his hat and headed back into the hallway.  Letting out a deep breath Brittany kicked off her shoes and laid down on the bed, grinning happily.  

�������� Duncan Rhys-Davies, this could actually be the cruise I was hoping for. Yikes!Can I do this?

�������� She recalled his panther-like walk and the sensuous twinkle in his blue eyes; he was all sex, he reeked of it.  Closing her eyes she decided he would be the type of man who would want his women to be packaged in something salacious and sexy, made of satin or clingy, shimmering silk. ���

�������� Mmmm, would he want me in a garter belt and stockings, or maybe a corset?

�������� She’d often fantasized about such things, and had once bought a bustier on the internet, but when she’d greeted Roger, her on again-off again, he’d ripped it off her body so fast she’d thought it a complete waste of money.

�������� Her fingers found their way beneath her dress. Slipping her hand under the waistband of her lacy lemon panties she touched her fingers to her sex, and imagined Duncan Rhys-Davies standing over her, admiring the view laid out before him. She decided he’d instructed her to wear a scandalous corset, black with pink lacing, and cups that held her tits high and proud. 

�������� Shuddering with the tantalizing imagery, her well-practiced fingers expertly circled her swollen sensitive button, sending sparks through her sex, and she could see the handsome Brit naked, his cock standing straight and erect, larger than life, already oozing drops of his need. 

�������� Her vision took hold and she pictured herself on her hands and knees as he knelt behind her, the black satin panties that matched the corset being slowly, tantalizingly peeled across her ass and slithered down to rest around her stockinged thighs.  He teased her cunt with his manhood, then taking her by the hips he glided forward with a delicious, slow, measured thrust that took her breath away.

�������� Furiously her fingers worked their magic and she felt the bubble making its way to the surface.  As she dreamed of his strong insistent pumping, the bubble rocketed upwards. Crying out as the eruption sent shock waves through her body, the spasms caused her back to arch and her legs to tighten, then flopping limp she let out a happy, satisfied sigh

�������� Wishing she wasn't alone she pulled a pillow against her face imagining it was his shoulder, the memory of his purposeful stride and muscled arms holding her captive.

�������� I’m going to do this.� For once in my life I’m going to take a leap of faith.� Somehow I’m going to make this fantasy a reality.

 

Denise on 03/02/2015 07:50am
I liked Duncan much more than Brittany, I thought she was too immature for him in so many ways. I found it to be more of an act than maybe what she truly was. When she had a mature thought (i.e., the restaurant talking about wine or telling him he was a coward) i really liked her much more. I really never thought of her as bratty. Just, maybe not mature enough to know her own way. I am looking forward to the sequel, however.
Denise on 03/02/2015 07:50am
I liked Duncan much more than Brittany, I thought she was too immature for him in so many ways. I found it to be more of an act than maybe what she truly was. When she had a mature thought (i.e., the restaurant talking about wine or telling him he was a coward) i really liked her much more. I really never thought of her as bratty. Just, maybe not mature enough to know her own way. I am looking forward to the sequel, however.
Sally on 10/30/2014 07:45am
This book is absolutely awesome. And I like the action right up front. Brittany and Duncan sizzle. One of the best books by one of the best BDSM Romance authors out there. Well written. Thoughtful story. Hot!
Sally on 10/30/2014 07:45am
This book is absolutely awesome. And I like the action right up front. Brittany and Duncan sizzle. One of the best books by one of the best BDSM Romance authors out there. Well written. Thoughtful story. Hot!
Brian on 10/24/2014 10:19pm
Very, very hot book. I don't think I can add much to the other reviewers here, but I will say that the characters are fun, and the scenes are unpredictable. I have read several of this author's books, and she always seems to throw me a curve ball. Plenty of appropriate spanking, and yes, much sex. Really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to see what happens with these two. It gets a BIG yes from me.
Brian on 10/24/2014 10:19pm
Very, very hot book. I don't think I can add much to the other reviewers here, but I will say that the characters are fun, and the scenes are unpredictable. I have read several of this author's books, and she always seems to throw me a curve ball. Plenty of appropriate spanking, and yes, much sex. Really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to see what happens with these two. It gets a BIG yes from me.
Etta Stark on 10/22/2014 10:28am
Maggie Carpenter’s The Strict British Barrister tells the story of slightly spoilt Southern Belle, Brittany who meets the man of her dreams onboard a cruise across the Pacific. Not only is our hero, Duncan Rhys-Davies a barrister, he’s also an erotic fiction writer. Interestingly, he plays his barrister card pretty close to his chest for the most part, choosing just to tell Brittany about his writing instead. It’s an unusual strategy but one that totally pays off in his case. The pair of them meet when they’re taken to their exclusive First Class staterooms on board the cruise. A cruise ship is a great place for a romance novel to take place. Everyone is confined together in the same place. If, like Brittany, you are determined to better acquaint yourself with someone that you met on the first day, well you know they’re not going anywhere any time soon. Plus no-one needs to make any complicated arrangements for getting home after a night out. Everyone’s bedrooms are right there. It’s practically impossible not to have a steamy affair to be honest. Brittany and Duncan’s steamy love affair gets off to a very robust start when Duncan finds Brittany snooping in his cabin and decides she needs to be firmly disciplined. They’d already agreed to a date that evening but Brittany’s bad behaviour shifts the tone of the relationship. Duncan tells her “If you had simply waited for tonight I would have given you a pleasant, smart spanking, one that would have made your toes curl. Now, however, you must be disciplined and that, Brittany, is a very different matter.” The discipline sessions are wonderfully described. Duncan is a man who clearly relishes being in control and who enjoys Brittany’s rebellious impulses. As well as spankings with a variety of implements including quintessential British favourite, the slipper – there are a bunch of other inventive punishments that Duncan employs to enable Brittany to fully discover her submissive side. The pair end up having stronger feelings for one another than they anticipate and realise that the few days they have on board together are not going to be enough. They do seem to get unreasonably agitated about it though. Things turn a bit sour between them for no real reason at all. It’s as though they’re looking for trouble. Yes, you’re going to have to figure out whether you have a future together, yes, there are other guys on the boat who might want to get into Brittany’s pants, yes long distance relationships can be awkward. But you know, it’s fine guys. Chill the hell out. Happily Brittany and Duncan manage to overcome their difficulties. Such as they are. The fact that the book is called The Strict British Barrister Part One does rather suggest that we haven’t seen the last of our two heroes. This is a really enjoyable book. The sex scenes are incredibly hot and the way in which the heroes fit into their dominant and submissive roles is wonderfully believable and rather touching.
Etta Stark on 10/22/2014 10:28am
Maggie Carpenter۪s The Strict British Barrister tells the story of slightly spoilt Southern Belle, Brittany who meets the man of her dreams onboard a cruise across the Pacific. Not only is our hero, Duncan Rhys-Davies a barrister, he۪s also an erotic fiction writer. Interestingly, he plays his barrister card pretty close to his chest for the most part, choosing just to tell Brittany about his writing instead. It۪s an unusual strategy but one that totally pays off in his case. The pair of them meet when they۪re taken to their exclusive First Class staterooms on board the cruise. A cruise ship is a great place for a romance novel to take place. Everyone is confined together in the same place. If, like Brittany, you are determined to better acquaint yourself with someone that you met on the first day, well you know they۪re not going anywhere any time soon. Plus no-one needs to make any complicated arrangements for getting home after a night out. Everyone۪s bedrooms are right there. It۪s practically impossible not to have a steamy affair to be honest. Brittany and Duncan۪s steamy love affair gets off to a very robust start when Duncan finds Brittany snooping in his cabin and decides she needs to be firmly disciplined. They۪d already agreed to a date that evening but Brittany۪s bad behaviour shifts the tone of the relationship. Duncan tells her If you had simply waited for tonight I would have given you a pleasant, smart spanking, one that would have made your toes curl. Now, however, you must be disciplined and that, Brittany, is a very different matter.۝ The discipline sessions are wonderfully described. Duncan is a man who clearly relishes being in control and who enjoys Brittany۪s rebellious impulses. As well as spankings with a variety of implements including quintessential British favourite, the slipper there are a bunch of other inventive punishments that Duncan employs to enable Brittany to fully discover her submissive side. The pair end up having stronger feelings for one another than they anticipate and realise that the few days they have on board together are not going to be enough. They do seem to get unreasonably agitated about it though. Things turn a bit sour between them for no real reason at all. It۪s as though they۪re looking for trouble. Yes, you۪re going to have to figure out whether you have a future together, yes, there are other guys on the boat who might want to get into Brittany۪s pants, yes long distance relationships can be awkward. But you know, it۪s fine guys. Chill the hell out. Happily Brittany and Duncan manage to overcome their difficulties. Such as they are. The fact that the book is called The Strict British Barrister Part One does rather suggest that we haven۪t seen the last of our two heroes. This is a really enjoyable book. The sex scenes are incredibly hot and the way in which the heroes fit into their dominant and submissive roles is wonderfully believable and rather touching.
Laurel Lasky on 10/21/2014 10:07pm
Whenever I see a new Maggie Carpenter book I grab it and have never been disappointed. A cruise to Tahiti for a British Dom and a somewhat bratty woman becomes a journey into submission and filled with romance and discipline. There is panty melting sex and spanking with a wonderful story line and as always deep character development. The emotions of the characters are so strong that I felt drawn in. This was only part one and I am looking forward to part two.
Laurel Lasky on 10/21/2014 10:07pm
Whenever I see a new Maggie Carpenter book I grab it and have never been disappointed. A cruise to Tahiti for a British Dom and a somewhat bratty woman becomes a journey into submission and filled with romance and discipline. There is panty melting sex and spanking with a wonderful story line and as always deep character development. The emotions of the characters are so strong that I felt drawn in. This was only part one and I am looking forward to part two.

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