Friday, October 7, 2011

FIRST PAGE FRIDAY: Rachel Haimowitz's Master Class

Broadway darling Nicky Avery is a shooting star by night, but by day he bounces from one heartless one-night stand to the next. A quick flogging, a rough lay, a new whip-hand to manipulate—yet still he yearns for something he cannot even name.

He finds his first true hint of satisfaction in Devon Turner, a self-possessed film star and expert Dom. Devon knows what he wants the moment he sees it, and what he wants is Nicky Avery. Nicky’s never learned to trust and has a nasty habit of topping from the bottom, but he learns fast that in the bedroom, Devon won’t tolerate his actor’s masks.

Nicky’s a broken boy, but Devon knows exactly how to put his new sub back together. With patience, care, and all the punishments his little pain slut can handle, Devon breaks Nicky down one scene at a time, revealing a mind that yearns to trust and a heart that hungers for the ecstasy of true submission at last.

Even stars got star-struck, right? It was perfectly normal. Not embarrassing at all.
At least, that’s what Nicky kept telling himself as he stared across the table at Devon fucking Turner, A-lister extraordinaire and, let’s face it, hunk to beat all hunks.

And Dom to beat all subs, too. Nicky was certain of it. The way Devon met his eyes with such force across the candle-lit table that Nicky had to avert his gaze. The way he made Nicky feel like the only man in the room, naked at Devon’s mercy despite the armor of his three-piece suit and the other six guests at the table, only two of whom he knew but all of whom, he was certain, could see right through his flustered, lust-sick stare.

Shit, he had to get out of here, get some air. Get his head back on his shoulders before it ended up, uninvited, in Devon’s lap.

“Excuse me,” he blurted, standing up from the table hard enough to skid his chair. He’d forgotten about the napkin in his lap; it swooshed to the floor as all eyes landed on him. Why had he tied his tie so tight? “I uh . . .” He pointed vaguely toward the area where he thought the restrooms were. “Excuse me.”

He ran off before he could take stock of all the curious looks. Or, God help him, the knowing one—the absolute, bone-deep surety—of Devon Turner’s.

He found the men’s room without fuss and pushed through the door, just leaning for a moment on the other side remembering how to breathe. For Christ’s sake, this was ridiculous. He performed in front of thousands eight times a week without the slightest trouble. What was his problem now?

On October 1, Riptide opened their web store for pre-orders. For each book you pre-order directly through the RP site, you'll receive one entry into a drawing to win free books for a year! There are second and third prizes, too:
·         First Prize is one free copy of every single ebook Riptide releases in 2012!
·         Second Prize is one free copy of every single ebook Riptide releases between January 1 and June 30, 2012!
·         Third Prize is one free copy of every single ebook Riptide releases between January 1 and March 31, 2012!

That's a lot of free books! We'll draw winners at random right after the New Year, so even books you pre-order in December will earn you entries into the contest. And even if you don't win, you still get a nifty bonus: pre-ordered books are available for download two full days before their official sale date! You also earn Bonus Bucks, of course, on every pre-order you place.

Learn more about Master Class and Rachel Haimowitz:
Author Name: Rachel Haimowitz
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  1. ,,Even stars got star-struck, right?'' You had me interested right after this first sentence. Great first chapter.

    luciatea01 (at)

  2. Ah, acting like a complete moron in front of a hunk, I'm glad it happens to the stars :) Love how sweet and innocent it starts.

  3. I've enjoyed Rachel's other works so I know I'll enjoy Master Class.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  4. Definitely excited for Master Class. :)

  5. Great first page! Love the inner turmoil going on right out of the gate!

  6. CAS said.... :)

    Is it October 28th yet? Is it? Can you make it so? And yes.. 28th as I have pre-ordered this and *rubs hands together* will be getting my grabby hands on it two days early... bonus!
    Have I mentioned how much I love this cover? :D


  7. Great excerpt ... I'm hooked

    And love the bonus bucks idea...


  8. This one is definitely on my pre-order list! Can't wait for it to come out :-)

    smaccall AT

  9. Oooh, Devon sounds dreamy! Loved the teaser.

    adara adaraohare com

  10. Oh, sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to read it.


  11. Love the sound of this and a great excerpt too. Look forward to seeing what other great sounding releases Riptide has planned.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  12. @Lucia: Awesome :D Thanks so much for commenting!

    @Alex: LOL! I suspect very strongly that until you get to know someone you have a total fan-crush on, you're gonna be a weak-kneed idiot, no matter how famous you yourself might be.

    @Tracey: Thanks for haunting me round the internets!

    @Bookishly Awesome: I'm excited to finally be putting this one out too; it's been burning a hole in my hard drive for over a year now. Hope you like it!

    @Bryl: Thanks, darlin!

    @CAS: LOL, I'm as anxious for the 28th as you are :D The lovely cover was done by LC Chase :D

    @Sarah: Thank you! :D

    @Bookwyrm: Awesome, thank you!

    @Adara: LOL, yeah, Devon is TOTES dreamy :D

    @Maria: Hope you enjoy it!

    @Joder: Thank you for commenting! Riptide has lots of wonderful stuff coming out, if I do say so myself ;-)

  13. eek! asdf;lkj!! I was trying so hard not to read!! I'm addicted! I SO WANT MOOooRE~~~ <33 I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking of finally being able to read this to the end! lol..

    Many Congrats Rachel on Riptide and your new book!! <33

  14. I love the feelings you gave your character right from the start - as a reader I immediately connected with his nervous attraction, who hasn't been there? Nice excerpt!

  15. Thank you, Deborah! I've certainly been there myself :)

  16. This story sounds so.....HOT!! I really must read it. *shakes head at myself* :)

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