Strip Club for Women, #2
by Brenna Zinn
Date of Publication: February 17th 2017
Cover Artist: Croco Designs
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Unmasked Secrets (Strip Club for Women, #2) . . .
My surprise and ever delight was the growth, depth, and length (okay, get your mind out the gutter) that Mack/Broc went through to make his on stage persona realistic. This was not a world that he was very familiar with but he had serious incentive to make sure he got this role perfect.
Hannah on the other hand had a different kind of change come over her for this read. Her professional life called for more structure and control. Her personal life she wanted to let that all go. In comes the Dom Broc, while at a bachelorette party she decides to take a little walk on the wild side. She finds doors open that she had not dreamed of opening.
I very much enjoyed returning to Iron Rods. It was fun and a bit exciting. I could almost feel the atmosphere settling in around me as I continued to read more. I found this one to be the perfect follow up to book one. It adds more to the series but does not require you to have read book one to make connections to the characters.
Strip Club for Women series:
Iron Rods – Strip Club for Women, #1
Unmasked Secrets – Strip Club for Women, #2
Trouble in Red Boots – Strip Club for Women/Hell Yeah! Coming 2017
Hannah Armstrong, the new principal of Santana High School is a complete ball buster, so Mack Garner, her drama teacher, thinks. Her cutbacks to his department’s budget will force him to scrimp on his students—something he refuses to do. The stubborn woman won't listen to reason so he's taking matters into his own hands. He devises a plan to secretly replenish the money that is surefire, as long as he’s not found out. By stripping under the stage name The Dom and using an ironclad disguise at Iron Rods, Austin’s only strip club for women, he and his hard body will have his program flush again and soon.
But Hannah Armstrong has secrets of her own. The rigid, by-the-rules school administrator harbors dark desires to surrender to the titillation of BDSM. She needs a man—a real man—who can melt her inhibitions and master her. Exploring the lifestyle is a dangerous proposition for a small town principal though. Any whiff of scandal would destroy her career. She's nearly given up on the dream until she meets a masked Dom at Iron Rods. The gorgeous male stripper so far away in Austin seems like the perfect solution. Is there a chance she can satisfy her furtive fantasies without being discovered?
She was here for a lap dance or more with the Dom. Time to get the party started.
Mack placed both hands on her shoulders, then slowly squatted before her while letting his palms drag down the outside of her breasts as he lowered himself before her chair.
Hannah let out a moan.
A grin tempted to show itself, but he held it back. She was getting into this.
So was he.
He continued on a path down her waist, onto her thighs and stopped when he reached her skirt-covered knees. Now crouched before her, he looked at her. Face-to-face. Hers a study in heightened expectation.
When he pushed his hands back up her leg, taking the hem of the skirt with him, a sigh escaped her mouth and he nearly moaned himself. A dangerous amount of thigh now showed, and what thighs they were. Firm but soft and went on for miles. His fingers hovered so damn close to her hidden nest of curls, he could feel its welcoming wet heat. His curiosity begged to take a quick peek beneath her skirt, but he reminded himself he was a professional stripper. He was here for the customer, and right now that customer’s gaze was locked to his.
He angled himself between her bent legs, gently prying them apart to make himself room.
“So, tell me, Hannah,” he started, the pads of his thumbs roaming over her warm skin, “what’s yer pleasure tonight?”
“My pleasure?” she asked dreamily.
“Would ye like to take off yer top? Maybe yer skirt?”
Please say yes.
Once again, her eyes widened and she swallowed a gulp of air. Her fingers flew to the open collar of her shirt.
“No!” Her high-pitched tone cut through the muffled music encapsulating the small room. She shook her head and cleared her throat. “I mean,” she corrected quietly, “no thank you. I’d…I’d like to keep my clothes on.”
“Fair enough,” he said, hoping he didn’t sound as disappointed as he felt. “This is yer party. I want ye to enjoy yourself.”
Mack plucked the hand she was using to hold her blouse and flattened it on his chest.
“Is this what ye want?” He slid her palm down his abs, measuring her response. Her entire body went limp, a small exhale leaving her lips. She offered him a timid smile.
He smiled back. “I’ll take that as a yes.”
He searched her eyes while moving her warm fingers over his stomach until they found the silky top of his thong.
“Lower?” Even he heard the gravel grinding in his voice.
Hannah bit her lip. The sight of her teeth gnawing the plump flesh of her mouth was far more erotic than he’d ever imagined.
After a beat, she shook her head.
“No. Not lower. I’m not ready for that.” She paused, and gifted him with a sigh. “Yet.”
So there was still some gumption in her.
“Then let me do a little dance for ye. Sound good?”
“Before I do, I want ye to let yer hair down.”
The unsolicited words flew from his mouth, his lips betraying his long-held wish. But even as the last syllable slipped out, he was glad they had. The tight bun Hannah perpetually wore had bothered him from the first moment he’d met her.
Her breath hitched.
“Are you commanding me to take down my hair?”
Should he command her?
The notion certainly suited the situation. He was the Dom after all. Why the hell not?
“Aye, lass,” he said, releasing his hold on her. “Now do as ye have been bidden.”
Goosebumps rose on her arms. A sly smile spread across her face. Without any argument, she reached for the offending bun and pulled the pins securing it in place. In one whoosh, the long, blonde locks tumbled from the top of her head and spilled over her shoulders, framing her face.
The stern schoolmarm instantly vanished. In her place sat a sexy siren, and Mack couldn’t deny her call.
“Does this please you, Sir?” she asked.
What the hell is she—
Realization dawned in that moment. His heart skipped and his head damn near exploded.
Holy shit and fuck me twice.
My take-no-prisoner boss is into BDSM.
The titillating discovery shook him so badly, he struggled to keep from falling back on his ass.
Mack looked around the room, checking to see if anything had changed. It must have. Somehow, someway, he’d stepped into the Twilight Zone. His boss had become the subordinate, and he… the Master.
“Sir?” She prompted. “Did that please you?”
He stopped himself from blurting out, “Are you fucking kidding me? I’m the happiest man in the whole damn state of Texas,” and then jumping up and kicking his heels together.
Never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined Hanna Armstrong, his prickly, uptight principal, having a kinky side. Who the hell could have predicted something so absolutely off the radar? And just when and how often did she let her freak flag fly?
Mack willed his body and mind to behave, waiting several heartbeats until he reined in all the childish excitement flooding his system before he continued. He was the Dom. Stuff like this was supposed to happen to him all the time. He had to be cool. Stay in character.
“Aye, it does please me, Hannah.” He cleared his throat. “Verra much.”
MY INTERVIEW WITH BRENNA ZINN
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Because I’ve written contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotica and paranormal romance, I tend to flex my style to best suit the genre of story I’m writing. But there are elements to my style that stay fairly consistent. I like to add just a touch of humor to my writing. Sometimes, the humor might be situational. At other times, the humor comes from the characters, particularly what they say. Creating colorful, fully developed characters is also a part of my style. I have a hard time writing until I know the personality of each character, how they feel about things they encounter in the story, and their backstory. I like to make my settings vivid – I want the readers to feel like they’re there, in the action. I want them to smell the scents, feel the vibe of the setting, hear what the characters hear. All of these elements contribute to my writing style.
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I’ve got a busy schedule this year. In addition to the release of Iron Rods and Unmasked Secrets (books 1 and 2 of the Iron Rods Strip Club for Women Series), I have 4 Kindle World novellas scheduled to come out before September, and the third book in the Iron Rods Strip Club for Women to come out in late fall. My goal is to increase my readership and visibility. I have had so many new readers write me and tell me they took a chance on one of my stories and were so glad they had. Now they’re reading everything in my backlist. Getting this kind of feedback makes writing worth while.
Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
There’s a touch of both. The stories naturally come to me. My brain has a hard time not thinking in terms of stories and characters. But there is a process, the actual sit in my chair and get words on paper process, that doesn’t come so naturally. I’ve got too much type-A personality in me to sit still for too long. Other things (like my gardens, my hobbies and my home) call to me, begging for attention. When I’m writing, I have to turn a deaf ear to these distractions. It’s very hard for me at times.
Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
I really do. I have a paranormal story that I’ve started, but have pushed under the bed, so to speak, until I have my heroine just right. Cahara is the heroine’s name, and she’s been made immortal to protect the sons and their sons (etc.) of Brian Boru, the last king of Ireland. I don’t write paranormal often, so getting a chance to work on this story always feels like a special treat.
If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional characters, who would they be?
My first pick would be Merlin of Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave. I’m a lover of history, and I cut my reading teeth on the Arthurian legends. Getting a chance to visit with Merlin would be a real treat.
Then there’s Jamie Frasier of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. He is my book boyfriend. Oh, how I love that man.
If I weren’t married and wanted someone to keep me warm in bed, I would definitely choose Midas, from my book Touched by Midas. In my mind, this half-Spanish, half-Angelo man is just about the sexiest man on the planet.
For kicks and giggles, I’d enjoy spending time chasing bad guys and eating donuts with Stephanie Plumb from Janet Evanovich’s One For the Money series. Stephanie is a total nut who loves to eat and is willing to try just about anything once. I think we’d get along swimmingly.
Lastly, I’d like to hang out with all the characters who work at Iron Rods, from my Iron Rods Strip Club for Women Series. The story takes place in Austin, and there are some fun, crazy characters there. And what woman wouldn’t want to have a few drinks and watch sexy men take off their clothes?
Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
I’ve always been drawn to Ireland. I don’t know why. Something about the dark green of the rolling hills, the quaintness of the taverns and the good-natured people there call to my soul. I recently discovered, through a DNA test, that I’m 25% Irish. I never knew! I can’t help but wonder if my DNA is what is pulling me to this country. If I could go for a year, I’d explore, drink and try to find out where my ancestors came from. I’d also love to have my mom and sister come with me. I can’t imagine having a better time than with these two ladies that I love so dearly.
Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
I’m currently working on Trouble In Red Boots, which is an Iron Rods Strip Club for Women crossover book in Sable Hunter’s Hell Yeah! Kindle World. In this story, readers meet Tegen, the daughter of Lyle Truitt, the strip club’s half-crazy owner, who is going through a bit of a ‘what am I doing with my life’ crisis. The hero in the story is Chance, Lyle’s ranch hand, who has dreams of owning his own ranch. Lyle puts Chance in a pretty tough predicament, and Chance needs to make some life-changing decisions of his own. I’m really excited about this story, as I get to pull in some of Sable Hunter’s characters from her Hell Yeah! Series. It should be a fun, great read.
Thank you, Brenna for taking the time to share with my readers a bit more about you. You have a pretty full calendar for the year and I do hope that you enjoy the time and efforts you are putting into creating fantasy for all of us that read.
Brenna hails from the Lone Star state where she lives with her husband and four dogs, three of which are as big as long horns. She’s a fun-loving writer who likes nothing better than to explore while she travels (no planned excursions, please!), eat what others cook (it works out better for everyone that way), and avoid the gym whenever possible.
Her journey through life has taken her all over the United States, as well as many places throughout the world. Using her travel experience as a guide and peppering in interesting characters she’s met along the way, she loves nothing better than weaving tales of romance and leaving readers yearning for adventures of their own.