New Release + Blog Tour + Excerpt: Famous by Marie Force

Today we are celebrating the release of FAMOUS by Marie Force by participating in the blog tour. This book the highly-anticipated conclusion to the bestselling Quantum series. Check out some teasers for the book below.

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FAMOUS by Marie Force

Available Now | Quantum Series, #8

ABOUT THE BOOK:

I thought I’d finally met the man of my dreams…

Marlowe
I’ve planned this night for weeks, down to the last detail. I want it to be perfect. Bringing someone new into my private life is not something I do lightly, having learned the hard way over the years that celebrity has a dark downside that I go out of my way to avoid whenever possible.

But he is different. We’ve been together for months and the time is right to take this next step with him.

It doesn’t take long for me to realize I’ve made a huge mistake trusting this man.

Before things go from bad to worse, I have the presence of mind to know I’m in big, big trouble.

Marlowe Sloane’s story, FAMOUS, is the thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Quantum Series.

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Chapter 1

Marlowe

Ive planned this night for weeks, down to the last detail. I want it to be perfect. Bringing someone new into my private life is not something I do lightly, having learned the hard way over the years that celebrity has a dark downside that I go out of my way to avoid whenever possible. But Rafe is different. Weve been together for months now, and I feel ready to take this next step with him. In the dungeon thats accessible only to Quantum partners and our guests, I take a careful look at the items Ive set outa blindfold, a flogger, the smallest plug, a bottle of lubricant and a cock ring. Im starting him off easy until I can get a sense of whether he shares my appreciation for the lifestyle.

I have a feeling he will, if our vanillasex life is anything to go by. Hes endlessly creative and sensual in bed. When he whispers to me in French, I can nearly come from that alone. Its been a very long time since anything vanilla appealed to me, but then again, the lifestyle hasnt been doing it for me lately either. While Im satisfied by the sex I have with Rafe, I feel like it could be more,and thus the reason Im trying to add a little spice to an already satisfying relationship.

Before I met Rafe, I had confessed to my closest friends and business partners that I was feeling out of sorts and off-kilter. Spending time at the clubs we own here in LA and in New York City had become boring, especially since my buddies found love and more or less gave up the clubs. Getting naked in public lost its luster for each of them after they found the one.In our world, were always one tabloid photo away from disaster, so I get that they feel the need to protect their significant others from that kind of exposure.

We go to enormous lengths to protect the members of our clubs, including the requirement of a one-million-dollar entrance fee for new members and airtight nondisclosure agreements. But that didnt stop someone in Devon Blacks equally exclusive club from taking photos of our partner Jasper Autry that were later used to blackmail him. Were all a little gun-shy after that episode.

Rafe understands the celebrity culture because he works in our industry. As an executive for the company that distributes Quantum filmsand many othersin France, he travels frequently between Paris and Los Angeles, hobnobbing with celebrities and working deep inside the business. From the beginning, Ive felt comfortable being myself around him, because he understands the pressures I face. Its been a long time since Ive felt this way about a guy, and even though I can tell my friends dont love him, I do, and thats all that matters.

Or so I tell myself.

Truth is, their opinions matter to me, even if I wish they didnt.

Especially Flynn and Hayden, who have been my closest friends for years. Its so rare for me to be out of sync with either of them, let alone both, but from the outset, theyve been rather obvious in their dislike of Rafe. I wish I knew why, but they wont even give him a chance. Flynns wife, Natalie, and I talked about it over the holidays when we were all together for four memorable days in St. George, Utah, of all places.

As I light the candles in the dungeon, I think about that conversation as I have so many times since then.

Its not that he doesnt like Rafe,Natalie had said. Its more that he doesnt like him for you.

Why?Id asked and immediately hated myself for the question as well as the desperate-sounding tone in which it was asked. Im Marlowe fucking Sloane. What do I care if Flynn Godfrey or anyone else doesnt like my boyfriend? ExceptI care, and I hate that I care.

I could tell Nat chose her words carefully. Its just that he thinks you can dobetter.She cringed as she said that last word, and I realized Id put her in a terrible position by bringing it up at all. The guys had gone off to find a Christmas tree for Aileens kids and had grudgingly invited Rafe to join them. Thats what had led me to ask her what the fuck Flynns problem was with him.

Be careful what you wish for. Flynn thinks hes not good enough for me, which means Hayden, Jasper, Kristian, Emmett and Sebastian probably agree with him.

Does everyone feel that way?Id asked Nat.

Im not sure.Shed rolled her bottom lip between her teeth, which is a tellfor her. She knows but doesnt want to say. Fair enough. None of them like him.

Does it matter to anyone that I like him?

Yes! Of course it does. Thats all that matters. If he makes you happy, were happy. You know that.

Id eyed her skeptically. Im happy with him.

Okay, then.

Okay.

Wed changed the subject, but the uncomfortable conversation had stayed with me ever since. Natalie had tried to be diplomatic, walking a fine line between not betraying Flynn and trying not to hurt my feelings. Shed failed in the latter account. My feelings were hurt, and they still are. Its been five freaking years since I dated anyone seriously, so I sort of feel like the guys could at least try to give me a break with Rafe.

I glance at the ornate clock on the wall. Hes going to be here in fifteen minutes. Time to get changed and stop thinking about why my friends dont like him. They can go fuck themselves.

I remind myself again that theyre not in this relationship. Only Rafe and I are, and were the only two who matter. Im the only who needs to like him and trust him and love him. Its my life, and no one else is going to live it for me, no matter how much I love my friends. Theyre wrong this time, and I am going to prove it to them by making this relationship work.

Ive decided its time to bring Rafe into my lifestyle because I know we cant succeed long term unless I let him all the way in. Each of the guys has had to do the same with their significant others and did so with stunning success if their happy, dopey grins are any indication.

Thats what tonight is all about for Rafe and me. Taking that next step. Depending on how this goes, I might be ready for what comes next, whatever that may be for a couple juggling a transatlantic relationship.

Im nervous about tonight because Im not entirely sure how hell react to my desire to dominate him. But I wont know until I broach the topic with him. He already knows that Im adventuresome in bed, but he has no idea just how adventuresome I can be. Tonight, hes going to find out, and Im excited as well as nervous.

I dart into the womens changing room, take a quick shower and dress in one of my favorite outfitsa red leather bustier with a matching thong and sexy stockings with a flower pattern running through them. Ive cut myself short on time, so I put my hair up in a bun and go with a smoky cat eye for my makeup. By the time my phone buzzes with the text Im expecting from him, Im ready.

After donning a red silk robe and black stiletto Louboutins with the fabulous red bottoms, I give myself a quick once-over in the full-length mirror and take a deep breath, letting it out slowly. Here goes nothing

In the lobby, I press the button for the elevator and take it up one floor to the main entrance to the Quantum office building. Most of the people who work here have no idea whats in the basement. When the doors open, Rafe is facing away from me, looking out at the parking lot.

Hey.

Whyd you want to meet here?He turns to face me, his eyes widening when he sees me in the silky robe and heels. Is this some sort of office fantasy or something?

Not quite.I extend my hand to him. Will you come with me and keep an open mind?Hes absolutely beautiful, with thick wavy dark hair and brilliant blue eyes that crinkle at the corners when he smiles, which is often when were together.

He seems hesitant, but he takes my hand, links our fingers and kisses the back of my hand. I shall happily follow wherever you lead, darling.

Now imagine that said in a sexy French accent. Im not one to swoon, but that accent does it for me.

He watches as I place my palm on the scanner that opens the elevator to the basement. This all very cloak and dagger,he says as we descend.

Not really.

We step out of the elevator, and the first thing we encounter is a reception desk. This is where I have to ask you to sign a nondisclosure agreement that says you wont disclose anything you see here.

Seriously?

Very seriously. If you need a minute to review it, Im happy to wait.

Giving me an odd look, he takes the pen I hand him, scans the NDA that spells out the lengths the Quantum partners will go to in order to defend the privacy of everyone who steps foot in our clubs and then scrawls his signature on the line provided. Whats this all about, Marlowe?

Come with me, and Ill show you.

Taking him by the hand, I lead him through the double doors with our distinctive Q logo etched into the glass. To the casual observer, the big room we enter might be mistaken for a nightclub, especially now, when theres no one else here. On a regular night, the place would be pulsing with people, energy and sexual tension. Scenes would be unfolding on the three stages, and potential partners would be negotiating hard and soft limits in the various seating areas and at the bar.

What is this place?

Club Quantum.

How have I never heard of it?Before we met, hed been active in the LA club scene when he was in town.

Because its private.

Still, with you and your illustrious partners involved, how does it stay a secret?

You read the NDA. Thats how.

The face he makes indicates his skepticism that even an airtight NDA can keep the lid on anything in this day and age, and perhaps hes right. Didnt we learn that when Jasper was blackmailed?

On the far side of the big room, I place my hand on another scanner that opens the door to the dungeon. As we descend the stairs, I begin to feel seriously nervous. Am I doing the right thing? Will he understand? What if he doesnt? Can I stay with him if he doesnt get this or doesnt even try to get it?

Dont get ahead of yourself. One step at a time. Youve done this before, and its been fine.

Rafe stops short at the entrance to the dungeon. Holy shit. Are you fucking kidding me?

You promised to keep an open mind.A trickle of unease travels down my backbone as I begin to wonder if Ive seriously miscalculated.

He strides over to the table where I set out the implements of my craft and picks up the flogger, turning to me, his brow lifted and his mouth set in an expression I havent seen before. What the hell is this, Marlowe?

I normally love the melodic way he says my name, but theres no melody to it now. Theres something that frightens me as I realize that no one except for him knows where I am or what I had planned for tonight. Not even my assistant, Leah, who always knows where I am. As he stalks toward me, his blue eyes blazing with anger, I take a step back, furious with myself for being so stupid. Im thirty-five years old. I should know better by now than to ever put myself at the mercy of a man.

Ugh, theyre usually at my mercy, and I wouldnt have it any other way.

Stop.I hold up my hand to keep him from coming any closer to me. He doesnt stop. Rafe, I mean it. Take a pause.

Dont tell me what to do when youre springing this kinky bullshit on me months into our relationship.A vein in his forehead bulges as he spews harsh words at me. Why didnt you tell me before now that you want to be tied up and flogged and whatever else?

Hes spitting mad, and Im trying to figure out why as I think about what I should say.

Marlowe! What the fuck? You owe me an explanation!

This is why Flynn and the others dont like him. They could see he had this in him while I was too busy being besotted to see beyond the glossy surface, the French words of love and the romance of it all.

Hes played me for a fool, and the only thing I want now is to get as far away from him as I possibly can. Immediately.

Im sorry, Rafe. Obviously, Ive made a mistake, and Ill understand if youd rather not see me again.

Not see you again? Is that what you think is going to happen here?

Im not comfortable with the way youre behaving.

He doesnt like that, and I quickly realize Ive only made him angrier.

Isnt that rich, darling? Youre not comfortable with the way Im behaving. After spending months together, you decide to show me youre a kinky whore and you dont like the way Im behaving?He lowers his voice. You want me to beat you before I fuck you, is that it?

No,I whisper. Thats not it at all.

Then please illuminate me, because I dont get it.

The rebellious part of me, the part that fought and clawed her way to success in one of the toughest businesses in the world, rears up inside me. Fuck this shit. Im a Dominatrix. I wanted to beat you before I let you fuck me, but thats not what I want anymore. What I really want now is for you to get the fuck out of here and never contact me again.

His shock is apparent in the way his face loses all color and his lips go tight before he speaks again in a much lower tone. Thats it? After everything weve shared, youre going to dismiss me like Im some kind of servant?

Im asking you to leave.

Fuck you if you think youre going to treat me like Im nothing.He moves so quickly, I dont see it coming until my head snaps back and hits the wall behind me and my face explodes in pain that rattles my teeth. Then he grabs my hair and drags me across the room. I fight him with everything Ive got, but Im no match against him physically. He outweighs me by seventy pounds.

Before things go from bad to worse, I have the presence of mind to realize Im in big, big trouble.

 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical romance and erotic romance. Her series include the indie-published Gansett Island, Treading Water, Butler, Vermont and Quantum Series as well as the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books.

Her books have sold more than 9 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list 30 times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

 

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