Sylvie Jenkins’ life is upended when boss and lover, billionaire Connor Hudson, becomes the prime suspect in a string of grisly murders. Those who loves him…die! He sends her away; exiling her to his Park Ave. penthouse. They meet in secret, but he’s changed. He has a dark cruel side that frightens her. What she discovers in a hidden closet, leaves her wondering…could he be capable of murder?


Exiled to a luxurious penthouse fortress on Park Ave. and trailed by security teams wherever she goes, Sylvie Jenkins feels like a virtual prisoner. She made the mistake of falling in love with her boss, reclusive bestselling author and billionaire entrepreneur, Connor Hudson. He’s a strict, demanding Dom, who imposes rules and metes out punishment. He wants her total submission, but she’s not inclined to give it. They’d been living together in his rustic mansion in the Adirondack Mountains until the day police arrived and informed Connor he was the prime suspect in a series of grisly murders. People who loved him had a habit of turning up dead!
Without a word of explanation, Connor sends Sylvie away. She feels abandoned and betrayed.
He refuses to take her calls or answer her texts or emails unless it concerns the book they’re working on. Yet he continues to micromanage her life from afar, using surrogates to spy on her and impose his will. Connor tries to stay away from Sylvie, but he can’t. She’s rebellious and reckless when it comes to her safety. He’s determined to rein her in. If she behaves like a foolish willful child, he’ll treat her like one. Their meetings are clandestine and sporadic, filled with painful discipline followed by the most exquisite pleasure.
Sylvie becomes jealous when Connor starts squiring other women to society events. He tells her it’s to throw the “real” killer off the track. But Sylvie has her doubts. She can’t help feeling he’s slipping away from her.
Realizing she knows almost nothing about Connor’s background, she decides to search the apartment for clues to his past. She discovers a locked door hidden away in a closet. Behind it is a room filled with photos of his former lovers and portraits of his murdered fiancée: bound, blindfolded, and gagged, skin bruised and welted, being violated and degraded. Sylvie had always known Connor had a dark, almost sinister side, but she hadn’t thought him dangerous or cruel. Now she wondered…if he was capable of such brutality, what else was he capable of? She kept telling herself Connor wasn’t a murderer. But the question remained, if he wasn’t…who was?

This is book #2 in the erotic romance murder mystery thriller series IN HIS KEEPING. It has a cliffhanger ending. The story concludes in IN HIS KEEPING: CLAIMED coming Valentine’s Day 2016.


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Mia Frances writes across several genres under this pseudonym and others. Her published Science Fiction/Fantasy works include novels: The Ark (1978), The Colony (1979), The Land (1979), Source of Evil (1980), and a novella, The Hand of My Enemy (2014). She’s also the author of Worship the Night, a tale of horror and the occult (1982, 1985, & 2000), mainstream novel Silent Song (1980 & 2000), and four children’s books.

Her short stories, articles, children’s stories, essays, and poems have appeared in anthologies, books, magazines, newspapers, and on the web.