If you’re new to Brian and Mina, you want to start with BROKEN DOLLS. (On sale for a limited time!) Here’s a teaser scene from the book…
One of my favorite scenes from this one: The set up is that Mina has been brought to a submissive training house, the ultimate purpose is to auction her off, however she’s so broken from her previous abusive history that she can’t be “properly trained”, so the house is holding a quiet auction and basically just “moving the product” and getting her out of the house. Brian stumbles upon this secret meeting they were trying to hold without him and has other ideas:
“Gentlemen, I apologize for the interruption,” Lindsay said. He turned to Brian. “We’re holding the auction now.”
“For Mina?” he asked unnecessarily. It was too soon for this. It didn’t feel right, and those photos… Something was very wrong. In the pictures, it looked like she’d been crying.
Brian’s stomach dropped, but he masked it with anger. “She hasn’t even gone through the training protocols. Are you that worried about what I’ll do to her?”
“Our guests are aware of her state of training and the nature of the contract. We’re all agreed that many of our training protocols would be useless in this unique circumstance and that it’s better to go ahead and sell her to a trusted buyer who can work with her from the ground up and protect her in ways we might not be able to. And yes, her safety from you is of paramount importance to me. I’m sure you won’t guarantee her safety, will you?”
It was looking more and more as if Mina were the singular person in all the world who Brian might be able to successfully guarantee safety to. The idea of her being ripped away so soon—before he could sort through his feelings—enraged him. He pulled out a chair and sat at the table uninvited.
“Shall we start the bidding, then?” Lindsay said, ignoring him. “Given the special circumstances involved and that you are all valued clients, we’ll start at the reasonable bargain of one hundred thousand dollars.”
“One hundred thousand,” said a Japanese man on one of the screens.
Lindsay seemed quite pleased. “Thank you Mr. Matsumoto. Mina would do well to end up with you.”
“Two-fifty,” another said.
“Five hundred,” Matsumoto said.
“Seven hundred,” still another said.
Brian looked down to find himself white knuckling the edge of the table, his jaw clenched.
“One million,” Matsumoto said.
Why did this guy want her so much? She was untrained. She had too many boundaries for the contract. And she had the scars. A hundred thousand was reasonable given the circumstances, and Matsumoto had just gone up to a million? Sure, Mina was beautiful, but something was wrong about this sale. Lindsay had rushed it. Was he sure about these guys?
Maybe Brian was paranoid. Why did he even care? The bidding somehow climbed to one and a half million with Matsumoto still in control.
“Two,” Brian said, his mouth disconnecting from his brain entirely.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Lindsay hissed.
Brian covered his own shock at the words that had just tumbled forth. He could still take it back, but instead he said, “Bidding. I’ve got the money.”
At the house all his needs were taken care of, and he got an equal cut with the other partners of all sales after house expenses and paying those in their employ. His money had been sitting around collecting interest.
“Is this some kind of shakedown?”
“No, I assure you, Mr. Matsumoto, that is not the case here. Brian, stay out of the bidding. I wouldn’t sell Mina to you if you were the last man alive. Scrap Brian’s bid, and we’re back down to one and a half million to Mr. Matsumoto. Are there any other bids?”
The others shook their heads and bowed out. Matsumoto smiled broadly. The man who’d just won Mina might have followed the house rules up to this point, but Brian knew a predator and a sadist when he saw one. He could smell his own. There was something about the Mina situation that was bringing out a darker side to the man, one that Brian refused to allow to materialize.
“Five million,” Brian said, “And you can keep my cut of it, personally, Lindsay.”
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