Little Dove started my love affair with short stories

A long time ago, in a little red office, I sat down to write a short story. The idea for it had been nagging at me for a while, and though the concept was way out of my comfort zone, I really wanted to write it. This was the story that opened up a whole new world of romance for me as a writer, because it taught me that I could create characters that felt true and real and emotional, despite my fears. This story remains one of my favorites. 😀


BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Rubenesque, Romance on the Go, MF
Word Count: 10,800
Heat Level 4
Published By: Evernight Publishing

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Lila’s friend claims that submitting to a Dom in bed is a wonderful stress-reliever, but Lila is skeptical. So when she opens the door and finds her old crush Theo waiting on the other side, she doesn’t know what to do. Since he fails to recognize her, she lets him in, accepting his offer to help her relax.

After he explains that Abby sent him, Lila reconsiders her misgivings about dominant men. When Theo ties her up and woos her with origami doves, she reconsiders her fear of letting go. When he makes love to her, she learns to fly.

Be Warned: light BDSM, sex toys, spanking with willow switch

Story Excerpt:

“Hmm, looks like I’ll have to tie that one up, too,” he said, standing up.

 She stared at him, disbelieving. “Theo, please, don’t—”

He frowned. “You’re not supposed to call me that.”

She bit her lip. Shit. How could she have forgotten so easily?

“I’m going to have to teach you what I want from you, little dove,” he said. He grabbed her red scarf—acrylic, super-soft—her treacherous brain supplied, and wrapped it around her right leg, anchoring the bottom to the ties on her right hand.

She wiggled, but she was completely immobile, except for her left arm. God, why was this making her so damn hot? She didn’t think she’d ever wanted a man as much as she wanted him.

Though, that’s not really new, she told herself. You wanted him when you were fifteen. You wanted him when you were sixteen, when Hope died. You want him now. Nothing has changed.

“Stay still,” he commanded, voice still calm, but with a thread of seriousness woven into it. “I don’t want you wiggling out of the scarves, Lila.”

He walked over to her left and sat on the bed. He tucked her left hand between his thighs. Her forearm rubbed up against his extremely impressive erection, but it wasn’t until he thumbed over her mouth that she realized what he’d done. He smiled at her at the exact moment she understood that she was completely at his mercy. She licked his thumb, but he pulled away to toy with her nipples. When he leaned down and sucked on one, Lila cried out, sparks flickering through her body. It was like he’d run a live wire from her breast to her clit. She moaned, pulling on her bonds. She couldn’t move at all. He tormented her for a while, but just when she thought she’d climax without him ever touching her pussy, he stopped.

“What are you doing to me?” she managed to say, panting hard. She wished she could run her hands through his hair.

“I’m teaching you how to let go,” he murmured into her skin.

When he suddenly stood up, she moaned a protest. When he walked over to the door and shrugged on his coat, she frowned. Her clit was throbbing, she couldn’t move, and he was leaving? “Theodore?”

He pointed at her. “Don’t move. I won’t be long.”

She watched him walk out, body poised on the edge of desire.

What are people saying about Little Dove?

BDSM Book Reviews — 5 stars!

“What a delightful find! I absolutely recommend this one, no hesitation.”

Not Now…Mommy’s Reading — 5 stars!

“The characters were so well done, thought out and perfect that I could have known them for all my life.”

Midnight Magic Reviews — 5 stars!

“Ooooh, how naughty! Little Dove is an exciting erotic escape. Ms. Leaf does a wonderful job with a few heated pages (I believe it was a little over thirty). But even though it’s short, it’s full of submission, trust, and origami doves… who could ask for more? Spend a late night with this tingling story, you won’t be sorry!”

Nocturne Romance Reads — 5 stars!

“Hot fast read! . . . A perfect warm up with a glass of wine for a Saturday night! Enjoy!”

Night Owl Reviews — 4 stars!

“Little Dove is a HOT little piece! … The sex was hot and steamy. The chemistry between Lila and Theo almost made the air sizzle between them.”

The Romance Reviews — 4 stars!

“LITTLE DOVE is a short, fun, sexy, quick read and I really enjoyed it. I truly recommend this read.”

Talk Books to Me — 5 stars!

“Lila’s best friend Abby sends a “stress reliever” to Lila’s front door! Little do Abby or the said stress reliever (Theo) know, but Lila has crushed on Theo for years. As the two connect, literally physically connect, they bond emotionally.”

Little Dove is only $0.99 at Evernight!

Little Dove is only $0.99 at Evernight!


BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Rubenesque, Romance on the Go, MF
Word Count: 10,800
Heat Level 4
Published By: Evernight Publishing

buy links: Evernight – Amazon – ARe – BookStrand – Smashwords – Barnes & Noble

Click here to read an excerpt.

Lila’s friend claims that submitting to a Dom in bed is a wonderful stress-reliever, but Lila is skeptical. So when she opens the door and finds her old crush Theo waiting on the other side, she doesn’t know what to do. Since he fails to recognize her, she lets him in, accepting his offer to help her relax.

After he explains that Abby sent him, Lila reconsiders her misgivings about dominant men. When Theo ties her up and woos her with origami doves, she reconsiders her fear of letting go. When he makes love to her, she learns to fly.

Be Warned: light BDSM, sex toys, spanking with willow switch

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What are people saying about Little Dove?

BDSM Book Reviews — 5 stars!

“What a delightful find! I absolutely recommend this one, no hesitation.

I love how joyful and happy it all is. Folks, I love a good ravishing, let it never be said I don’t. Non-con is my bread and butter. But this . . . seeing BDSM portrayed as something loving, healthy, and healing is a wonderful thing in a culture that sees it as a thing that only deviants, abusers, and predators do. … Bottom line, this is a keeper. If you want a short, sweet, sexy read, with sharp writing and a heart of gold, buy this. It’s worth it.”

Not Now…Mommy’s Reading — 5 stars!

“The characters were so well done, thought out and perfect that I could have known them for all my life. I was able to really see into their lives instead of just “reading about it.” I was able to feel Lila’s emotion, her fear about trusting Theo, then the heat and passion once she finally said yes. The author did a fantastic job with the details in this story.  I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves minor BDSM and romances.”

 

Midnight Magic Reviews — 5 stars!

“Ooooh, how naughty! Little Dove is an exciting erotic escape. Ms. Leaf does a wonderful job with a few heated pages (I believe it was a little over thirty). But even though it’s short, it’s full of submission, trust, and origami doves… who could ask for more? Spend a late night with this tingling story, you won’t be sorry!”

 

Nocturne Romance Reads — 5 stars!

“Hot fast read! I enjoy the older brother of a friend fantasy. . .so this story appealed in that her best friend Abby sends a “stress reliever” to Lila’s front door! Little do Abby or the said stress reliever (Theo) know, Lila has crushed on Theo for years. As the two connect, literally physically connect, they bond emotionally. While this is a super short read and the premise of the story is all laid out in the summary, this novella is so worth the read. A perfect warm up with a glass of wine for a Saturday night! Enjoy!”

 

Night Owl Reviews — 4 stars!

“Little Dove is a HOT little piece! … The sex was hot and steamy. The chemistry between Lila and Theo almost made the air sizzle between them.”

 

 

The Romance Reviews — 4 stars!

“LITTLE DOVE is a short, fun, sexy, quick read and I really enjoyed it. I truly recommend this read.”

 

Talk Books to Me — 5 stars!

“Lila’s best friend Abby sends a “stress reliever” to Lila’s front door! Little do Abby or the said stress reliever (Theo) know, but Lila has crushed on Theo for years. As the two connect, literally physically connect, they bond emotionally.”

LITTLE DOVE – long teaser excerpt

I wrote one of my favorite stories, LITTLE DOVE, a little over a year ago. A few days ago, I received a new review (5 hoots!) from Talk Books to Me:

As the two connect, literally physically connect, they bond emotionally. While this is a super short read and the premise of the story is all laid out in the summary, this novella is so worth the read. A perfect warm up with a glass of wine for a Saturday night! Enjoy!

This story has received FIVE 5 star reviews! BDSM Book Reviews gave it 5 out of 5 paddles! Nocturne Romance Reads gave it 5 hoots!

In celebration, I’m sharing a long excerpt from my favorite short story (with my favorite cover-isn’t it gorgeous?). I hope you like it!

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buy links: Evernight – Amazon – ARe – BookStrand – Smashwords – Barnes & Noble

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BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Rubenesque, Romance on the Go, MF
Word Count: 10,800
Heat Level 4
Published By: Evernight Publishing
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Lila’s friend claims that submitting to a Dom in bed is a wonderful stress-reliever, but Lila is skeptical. So when she opens the door and finds her old crush Theo waiting on the other side, she doesn’t know what to do. Since he fails to recognize her, she lets him in, accepting his offer to help her relax.

After he explains that Abby sent him, Lila reconsiders her misgivings about dominant men. When Theo ties her up and woos her with origami doves, she reconsiders her fear of letting go. When he makes love to her, she learns to fly.

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LITTLE DOVE teaser excerpt:

~Be Warned: light BDSM and adult content~

Theo kissed her hand, savoring the warmth and softness of her skin. She smelled faintly of peonies, a delicate and decadent scent in the dead of winter. She was flushed, her hair a riot of curls around her shoulders. He could see her nipples, erect against the soft fabric of her robe. She wanted this, wanted him. He’d just have to be patient and see if she chose to take what he offered or if she would let her fear send him away.

The silence stretched between them for one minute. Two. And then, quietly, she whispered yes, just when he thought she’d say no. He smiled into her palm and for a reward, kissed each finger until she trembled. His cock already ached, pressed as it was against the unforgiving placket of his jeans, but he ignored it.

“I am so happy you said that, Lila,” he murmured, inwardly delighted, outwardly calm. “Let us begin.”

Her eyes widened. “Right now?”

He nodded, smiling. “Yes, right now. What is your safe word?”

She bit her lip nervously, not realizing how erotic it looked, and replied, “Peony.”

“What do you say when you’re not sure about what we’re doing?” He stroked a finger up her arm, curious to see how she reacted. She relaxed into his touch. Good.

“Flower,” she whispered, staring at his hand.

He pinched the soft skin on the inside of her elbow, gently, not enough to hurt. “How do you feel about pain? Do you like it?”

She swallowed, pulling her arm away. “I … don’t know.” She brushed her hair out of her face. The curls sprang right back. “I mean, I’ve never really thought about it.”

He pursed his lips. “How many sexual partners have you had?”

She shoved away from the table. “Why do you need to know that?”

Hmm, touchy subject, he thought. Aloud he replied, “I don’t know you. If I’m going to take care of you, I need to know a little bit about who you are.”

“How many sexual partners have you had?” she asked, challengingly. Her defiance was ruined a bit when she stumbled over the word ‘sexual.’ It only made her more attractive to him.

“Seven,” he replied.

She stared. “That’s it?”

He shrugged. “I’m not into sleeping around, or hooking up just to get an orgasm. My right hand works fine, you know,” he said, holding up his arm. He wiggled his fingers at her.

She laughed and he breathed a sigh of relief. He didn’t want her stressed out and tense.

“So, how many partners?” he prodded.

“One,” she mumbled, bashful.

“See, that wasn’t so difficult, was it?” he asked her. Privately he was shocked. Only one guy when she was so gorgeous? Men are stupid, he thought, not for the first time.

She sighed. “What about you? How can you only have had seven partners? Abby said you’re the one who taught Steve what to do…” She trailed off.

He lifted a shoulder. “I taught him about topping, yes, and I enjoyed going to the clubs, but when it comes to myself, I like something a little more committed.”

She frowned. “Then, why are you here?”

He gave her a long look. She wasn’t stupid, that’s for certain. “Steve asked me to come. And now that I’ve met you, I like you. A lot.”

“And just like that, you decided?” She snapped her fingers.

He looked at her generous breasts, the flush rising on her face, and knew, without a doubt, that he had to have her. It didn’t hurt that she seemed familiar to him, somehow. He wasn’t sure why, but she reminded him of somebody. He couldn’t recall who right at the moment, but he’d remember eventually. He relaxed in his chair.

“I like you.” He drained the last of his water. “The more you talk, the more you show me who you truly are, and the more I like you.”

She stared at him. He stood up, smiling, and walked over, not trying to hide his erection. Her curves, her spirit, her snapping hazel eyes had him so hard it was painful to move.

“Look what you do to me,” he said, gesturing to his groin. When he was within arms reach of her, he stopped, and cupped himself. “Everything about you makes me want you more.”

She swallowed, following the movement of his fingers as he rubbed a circle into the tip of his erection. He watched her watching him and felt himself swell even more.

“May I kiss you?” he asked, stepping closer.

She nodded, licking her lips.

“God, you’re so pretty,” he murmured, right before he took her mouth.

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His lips were hot and soft and indescribably savage all at once. Lila trembled as he kissed her, hardly able to believe that the man she’d crushed on as a teenager had his hands in her hair. He nipped at her bottom lip and then soothed it with his tongue. She grabbed at him, afraid she’d fall if she didn’t hold on. He growled into her mouth and slotted a thigh between hers, rubbing his muscular leg right into her pussy. She moaned and he cupped her ass, grinding into her.

“Yeah, you’re a handful,” he murmured, biting kisses down her jaw.

She gasped. “Please, you can’t seriously find my fat behind attractive.”

He broke away, staring at her incredulously. “You think you’re fat?”

She bit her lip and nodded. “I’ve been told—”

“Oh, for fuck’s sake,” he muttered. “Women are so clueless about their weight.” He gripped her tighter, shoving his erection up against her belly. “Does that feel like I think you’re too fat? My cock likes you just fine. You’re beautiful.”

She shuddered as his movements pressed his thigh even harder into her body. He narrowed his eyes at her, sensing her pleasure.

“You like that,” he said, hands going to her hips.

She nodded, trying not to squirm. God, he’s so big, she thought, still trying to wrap her brain around the idea that this was Theo. Kissing her. Hard for her.

“I can’t hear you,” he murmured, kissing the soft spot under her ear. “Do you like when I do this?” He moved his thigh against her pussy.

She gulped. “Yes.”

He nipped her and stepped back. “Say ‘Yes, Theodore.’”

She frowned, confused. What did he want from her?

“I’m going to make love to you now and that’s how I want you to address me. Any other time, you can call me Theo, but when you’re submitting to me, I want you to call me Theodore. Do you understand?” He punctuated the explanation with a kiss to her shoulder.

She trembled. Was he joking? He lifted his head, and she could see the command in his eyes. He was completely serious. She struggled with it, not wanting to give into him, but abruptly she realized how silly she was being. What would it hurt to call him that?

“Yes, I understand, Theodore,” she said, surprised at how breathy her voice had become. Just thinking of him as Theodore changed things. Made what they were doing more real. Hotter.

“Good girl,” he said, smiling. “Let’s go to the bed.” He tugged on her robe, leading her across the room until she was sitting on the edge. “I’m going to undress you now.”

“Aren’t you going to—” She couldn’t say it. Instead, she fingered his t-shirt. She wanted to see him nude, but at the same time, felt a bit scared of what it would mean.

He shook his head. “Not yet,” he said, kissing her again. By the time he lifted his head, her robe was undone. He trailed his lips down her collarbone. Mmm, no pajamas?”

She blushed. “I thought I would be alone.”

He grinned into her skin. “I’m not complaining.” He pushed the edge of her robe off her shoulder.

Lila stifled the urge to cross her hands over her breasts. When he ran his fingers over her, she was glad she hadn’t tried to hide.

“Beautiful,” he breathed, then dipped his head down.

Lila looked at him, almost unbearably aroused by the sight of Theodore’s lips closing over her nipple. She cried out when he bit her, the spark of pain going straight to her pussy.

“Hmm, you do like a bit of pain, I see,” he murmured, moving to the other breast. He did the same, and she squeezed her thighs together. God, she was so wet.

“Stand up for me, little dove,” he said, urging her to her feet.

“What did you call me?” she asked as she stood.

He kissed her on the lips. She opened to him, wanting more. He broke the kiss way too soon.

“I called you, little dove. I want to teach you how to fly. You’re like a beautiful, lush, pink petal, all sweet on the outside.” To her shock, he slid a finger down between her thighs and rubbed at her clit. “And spicy on the inside.”

“Oh my God, Theodore.” She dug her fingers into his arm.

“Yeah, that’s it,” he murmured, rubbing circles into the swollen bundle of nerves—just enough to make her crazy, but not enough for her to come.

“You’re hot and sweet and beautiful, but I can see you’re also tired and sad. And I think you need a way to just let go, fly off into the sky. Little dove.”

The Romance Reviews loved Little Dove!

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I’m so happy that The Romance Reviews enjoyed Little Dove. Here’s some of the review:

Rating: 4 Stars!

I found the story to be well-written and sexy. The love scene was exciting with some light bondage, light anal play and some play with a willow.

Read the rest of the review.

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Click here to read an excerpt.

Description:

Lila’s friend claims that submitting to a Dom in bed is a wonderful stress-reliever, but Lila is skeptical. So when she opens the door and finds her old crush Theo waiting on the other side, she doesn’t know what to do. Since he fails to recognize her, she lets him in, accepting his offer to help her relax.

After he explains that Abby sent him, Lila reconsiders her misgivings about dominant men. When Theo ties her up and woos her with origami doves, she reconsiders her fear of letting go. When he makes love to her, she learns to fly.

Be Warned: light BDSM, sex toys, spanking with willow switch

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Who loves Little Dove?

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I know this is a short and sweet little story, albeit short and sweet with a willow switch and scarves and origami in delicate places, but it’s one of my favorites that I’ve written. I’m pretty excited that readers are enjoying it.

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Midnight Magic Reviews gave it 5 Midnight Magic Girls!

“Ooooh, how naughty! Little Dove is an exciting erotic escape. Ms. Leaf does a wonderful job with a few heated pages (I believe it was a little over thirty). But even though it’s short, it’s full of submission, trust, and origami doves… who could ask for more? Spend a late night with this tingling story, you won’t be sorry!”

Not Now… Mommy’s Reading gave it 5 Tubs!

“The characters were so well done, thought out and perfect that I could have known them for all my life. I was able to really see into their lives instead of just “reading about it.” I was able to feel Lila’s emotion, her fear about trusting Theo, then the heat and passion once she finally said yes. The author did a fantastic job with the details in this story.  I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves minor BDSM and romances.”

 

Origami and love at USA Today – Happy Ever After…

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I’m talking about my new release over at USA Today–>Erin Leaf: Trust, love and … origami?

Love is a little like that. You begin with almost nothing (a flat piece of paper, a 17-year-old girl, bare feet) and fold until you’ve created something lovely.

Want to read more? Head on over and leave a comment or two! Thank you, Joyce, for having me as a guest today.