The Mistress Experiment by Elizabeth Otto
A steamy, contemporary My Fair Lady retelling.
A wealthy British doctor with an innocent bet:
Transform a girl from the streets into a high society mistress.
A sassy Latina who makes the agreement:
Pretend to be someone else and get a ticket out of hell.
No falling in love.
As truths become twisted, and passion turns dominant and all-consuming, playing the game becomes playing for keeps. Someone must fall, leaving one question: Who loses the Mistress Experiment?
“This isn’t necessary.” She licked her lips, telling herself not to accept. Yet her hand reached for the coffee, even as her brain had a complete bitch-fit about it. She brought it to her lips, her fingers tightening enough to dent the cup. Rich, bitter coffee heated her mouth and sizzled down her throat straight into the empty pit of her belly. Her eyelids closed with the taste, her body already demanding more. She tried to ignore that he was watching her. Tried.
That earlier fight she’d let go of before? It was back and ready to go. Her hands trembled. “You like to tell people what to do, don’t you,, Dr. Kimball?”
His expression displayed none of the pity she was so certain she’d see. Instead, he seemed quite pleased that she’d taken the coffee. “I like to make sure people are happy and taken care of.”
She broke off a small corner of muffin and stared at it with disgust even as she brought it to her mouth. Holy Heaven, carrot cake. Chewing quickly to get the humiliation over with, Mila pushed the plate away. “I think… I think you like to be obeyed.”
A decadent sound rumbled from his throat and ripped what strength she had straight out of her. Muscles? Jelly, thank you. He looked ready to pounce any second, like maybe he’d take the muffin and finger-feed her just to be sure his command was followed. As gooey as she felt just then, she’d probably let him.
“Perhaps there’s that, too,” he agreed.
She took another small sip, no small feat considering her arm didn’t want to work to raise the cup, and clenched her jaw to keep her eyes from closing in relish this time. “Well, thank you.”
“I said eat.” The firm words were laced with a soft edge as he slid the plate back her way.
“Seriously?” She’d meant it sarcastically, but it lacked the effort. If she never had to look away again, she’d die happy. Right here, right now, on this tiny coffee house table. Just her and Dr. Magic Eyes Sugar Voice.
“I think you need what I’m offering right now, but you haven’t a clue how to accept it. So let’s consider this a lesson in being gracious, and eat the damn muffin, Mila.” His tone dropped low, his accent punctuated with sand paper and bass, and it seduced the fight right out of her.
She crossed her arms. There would be no more eating, even though she wanted to. Maybe more for the reward of his smile than sustenance. “I also see you’re a presumptuous ass.”
His smile was nothing short of brilliant, but that dark shadow crossed his eyes again. “Sometimes, yes, but mostly, I’m just a nice guy.”
“I’m not a charity case, Dr. Kimball.” What a lie, but she was going with it. She eyed the muffin. “I appreciate the coffee and the medicine offer, but I don’t need anything from you.” Lies, because she did need… things. Lots of things.
His kindness was one of those unexpected gifts that were reserved for other people. Not her. Something hot hit her cheek. Before she could even register it, Dr. Kimball leaned over the table and wiped beneath her eye with a sandpaper napkin.
“That might be true, Mila, but maybe I need you.”
Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes The Mistress Experiment stand out in the crowd?
A: The Mistress Experiment shows a journey to love instead of insta-love that happens so often in romance novels. The alpha male isn’t just demanding and in-control. He’s also sweet and caring and a true gentleman. Plus, he makes a pretty awesome gesture to get them to their HEA.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from The Mistress Experiment?
A: My favorite quote from The Mistress Experiment is:
“A gentleman would get to know you slowly, intimately, before demanding anything of your body. Tonight, I’m not going to be a gentleman.”
The Mistress Experiment by Elizabeth Otto
Contemporary, Erotic Romance
11/05/2014 – Self-published, professionally edited.
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About Elizabeth Otto
Elizabeth is the author of hot contemporary romance. She’s a full time mom, and nighttime emergency medical technician. In between, she pens dreamy book boyfriends. She lives with her dreamy husband and three untamed children in the Midwest.