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Skye Hartley doesn't need a man. After her ex went to jail, she filed for divorce, got an education, raised their kids to adulthood in the cobblestone house her father restored, and made herself a life. Nevertheless, Curtis Wilde, the actor who was her childhood crush, charms the socks--and panties--off her. Three days later, both of them sated and sore, he abandons her.
The depth of Skye's anger and hurt surprises her. Though Curtis phones for months, she won't speak to him. He arrives unannounced, asking for five minutes to explain: Once the newness wore off, he wanted what he always wanted yet was far too ashamed to ask for. "FemDom," he tells her, then makes a hasty exit before Skye can react.
Intrigued, Skye learns more while nurturing her grudge and taking his calls. They do not discuss his need or their tryst but come to genuinely like each other, bonding over the difficulties of parenting well. When Curtis comes to cheer her up after a call during which she's blue, Skye is willing to give him another chance--and everything he deserves.
Natalie and James hook up with handsome actor Gage Strickland in a wine-induced threesome which flouts Natalie's fantasies of being in the middle. While Gage and Natalie pair off, Gage also lets James take him.
James’s bisexuality doesn't change Natalie's love. The adventure ignites their sex life for weeks, until it's clear Gage is not going to call. In his usual alpha mode, James attempts to convince his wife to do for him what Gage did, but she refuses.
Then, full of apologies, Gage returns. James seems to prefer watching Gage with Natalie before taking Gage himself over "the usual" with his wife. Luckily, there's one intimacy Gage won't engage—in but Natalie will.
Natalie sees how often James hurts Gage and worries about why the actor would allow it. For love? As submission? A show of devotion? Whatever the reason, James's increasing closeness to Gage, in and out of bed, casts clouds of doubt over the marriage.
When a contrite Gage finally goes to his knees for James, trouble rains down. And if Natalie and James want their marriage to work, they’re going to have to rebuild it, the three of them, brick by brick.