Jackson Grady met the love of his life. Unfortunately, he was running drugs for a pimp named Sasha at the time, who asked him to keep an eye on their new acquisition from Russia, the bedraggled beauty named Portia. She touched his heart and forced him to confront the kind of man he’d become.
Now, Portia and Jackson both work at The Sugar House. He continuously looks out for her, and longs for her with his every breath, but knows he is unworthy of such an angel. What will Portia do to win not only the heart, but also the body, of the man she loves?Welcome to the world of The Sugar House, and the men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?
The first chapter is beautiful, sweet and tortured.
Jackson thinks he's worthless. He doesn't deserve what he craves more than anything. Portia, the girl he once saved and now protects from harm, just wants to be loved even by an imperfect man. So she decides to put his resolve to the test with some tempting ideas.
There are other characters in the story with their own desires to explore:
- The dominatrix who can't understand why her best friend and artist Donovan prefers submissives.
- The owner of the brothel and her perfectly decent boyfriend.
I appreciated that the author described in retrospective what had happened to Portia when she came from Russia and how she was abused. It wasn't too graphic, but it told enough to understand the horror of it. It helped to recognise how much she's accomplished in terms of independence and self-reliance.
At first, I wasn't too interested in the other characters as this is my first encounter with them not having read any previous story. And I wanted the story to focus instead on Portia and Jackson, the big black guy. As the story progressed, though, I saw how everybody stood by each other and I liked the feeling of unity it gave me. I was also quite moved by the other couples and their emotions.
Well-written, sexy and gritty. The author puts as much effort into the characterization as in the sensual scenes. Very entertaining.
Favourite scene: no touch, just the desire to do it, they look at each other and want for what they cannot have. It's aching and arousing.
He grew up dreaming of being a hero, but turned out to be a villain.
What is love if not a reinvention of self?
To touch her would be to bleed his own sins onto her flesh.
Series: A Sugar House Novella #2 (Stand-alone Series)
Author: Pavarti K. Tyler
Published: May 19th, 2014
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Word Count: 38,000
Genre: Erotic Romance
Content Warning: Erotic sexual content
Recommended Age: 18+
Excerpt from Protecting Portia:
The world has no place for men like Jackson, no place for the kind of man his Grams raised him to be—for heroes or gentlemen. At least that’s what he believes.
The scars radiating from his shoulder down his chest are the only physical manifestations of the damage he endured. The VA stitched him up good, discharged him with honors and sent him on his way, promising to help him find a job and follow up doctor visits that never came. No, even Afghanistan had no use for men like him.
Memories shadow over him, threatening to drag him down by the sleeves. The silence in his apartment buzzes with the cries of long dead friends. An image of Chuck lying in the sandy street of Ghazni, his arm sliced clean through, flashes through his mind’s eye.
The sticky blood sprayed across Jackson’s face, but his life marched forward as Chuck slowly died.
His heart begins to race and his temperature rises as the fight or flight response kicks in—he was always one to choose fight. He stretches his back and flexes his fingers, shaking them out to get the blood flowing again. Circulation does wonders for the human body—when it stops, that’s when everything goes to shit.
Most of the time, he doesn’t think about the past. He occupies his nights watching Portia and making sure everyone who works for Miss Necia is safe.
He inherited the management of the security team when he took over for Donovan. A good guy, Donovan—the kind you’d value having on your side in a fight—but also the kind of guy who wore down after too many years doing work like this.
Jackson has seen too much of human nature to get any further down. He’s already seen the worst of it. What could the occasional psychopath do to him after everything he’s witnessed over the last year?
Humanity is a wasted species, taking up far too much space while killing themselves and the world around them. When pushed to the point, he finds himself unable to come up with a single reason why the human race should even continue to exist.
Thoughts like that don’t get him anywhere though, so he spends his time watching Portia. The glow of her platinum hair lends her porcelain face a halo, giving him something good and pure to focus on. He makes sure she’s safe, and keeps his love hidden away until the day she might return it.
The idea Portia could ever love him back is more than he could imagine being granted. The gods frowned on him before he ever had a chance to try. He was born into nothing, and his mama left him nothing. His Grams tried to give him a better life, but all he managed to do was bring himself back down to nothing.
And that’s all he’d ever be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel.
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