Savage Chains

000 Caris Roane - Author Photo 2Hi, everyone! And welcome to SAVAGE CHAINS, originally an e-serial in three parts that launched in May of 2014! This is a standalone story set in the world of Men in Chains.  And now it’s in print as well!

SAVAGE CHAINS is now in PRINT!!!

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An undercover operative, Reyes is posing as a buyer to bring down an illegal sex-slavery ring operating out of vampire BDSM clubs. His mission—to infiltrate the inner circle and destroy them from the inside out—becomes infinitely more difficult when he recognizes the prize attraction at a slave auction: Angelica, the woman who stole his heart years ago. Against his better judgment, he buys her in order to save her from the club’s brutal customers. But now the woman who holds his heart despises him, believing he’s one of the human traffickers he’s out to destroy. But can he tell his beautiful captive the truth and risk everything?

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Angelica has a choice: leave the vampire BDSM club where she was held captive and sold as a sex slave, or stay and help Reyes bring down the men who captured her.  But if she stays, she must help Reyes complete his undercover mission by posing as his sex slave…which brings her deeper into the perilous underground world of vampire sex clubs.  What she never expects is to get lost in the sensuality of the clubs…and lose herself in her role as Reyes’ captive. But there’s no disguising the brutality of the sex-slave community, and soon Angela begins to question whether Reyes is really who he says he is…and where she belongs.

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Faced with the scars of his brutal past, Reyes must find a way to complete his mission and defeat an old enemy while keeping Angelica safe. Bringing down the slavery ring is a personal quest for him–even if it requires intense brutality and bloodshed–something he hopes Angelica will understand and accept. But will his search for vengeance cost him the one woman he’s ever truly loved?

And here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1 of SAVAGE CHAINS #1 “Captured”

Chapter One

Angelica stood in front of Briggs’s Ocean Club in Newport Beach, staring up at two well-lit palm trees that flanked the entrance. Her heart hammered out a few unsteady beats, since her reasons for being here involved a certain walk of shame she hoped to make sometime the next morning.

But now that she was here, her knees felt watery and the butterflies in her stomach had staged a massive riot. She hadn’t been with a man for a good long stretch of road. So why was she aiming for dark and dangerous when any number of hardworking males around her office would scratch this itch just fine? She might even fall in love, make some babies, have a life.

Except she didn’t want that kind of life.

Putting a hand to her stomach, she drew a deep breath.

She’d finally admitted to herself that only one man would do: Brogan Reyes, a six-five god who looked like he ran black ops missions in his spare time. Piercing blue eyes, massive shoulders, and a scruff that made her tongue tingle just thinking about licking a line straight up his jaw.

Despite her self-confessed need, she remained outside the club, knowing he could be inside. For whatever reason, she couldn’t make her feet move.

She didn’t really have time for a man in her life anyway. She had a demanding job as an accountant in a big firm that kept her insanely busy. She should just show some sense, head back to her apartment, pay some bills, drink a tumbler of Patrón Silver, and get some rest. Besides, her stilettos pinched like hell. She wasn’t used to dressing up like this, showing a ridiculous amount of come-and-get-me cleavage. And she was way out of flirting practice.

Yet her feet wouldn’t move backward, either.

Her life had become a serious rut, and if she didn’t do something to shake things up she thought she might go mad.

A sudden offshore breeze gave her a small push and she finally set her feet in motion, straight for the doors. She wanted this for herself, if only for one night.

And Reyes was the man she wanted.

Taking a deep breath, she lowered her chin and crossed the foyer threshold, her black sequin clutch held tight to her side.

The hostess smiled. “Welcome to Brigg’s Ocean Club. Can I help you with your reservation this evening?”

The club had a variety of venues, including an upscale restaurant, a huge bar and lounge, and an outdoor patio, as well as live music and dancing.

Angelica waved a hand to the left, indicating the lounge, and the hostess smiled and nodded. She made her way to the short staircase that descended to the large, noisiest part of the club: the bar.

As she walked down the five steps, she quickly scanned the tables and long, polished oak bar, but Reyes wasn’t there.

She picked a stool at the end nearest the stairs, and perched.

The bartender made his way over. “Angelica, great to see you again.”

“Hey, Marcus.”

“You haven’t been here in a while.” A concerned frown followed. “How’s your mom?”

“She’s doing much better, but thanks for asking. My aunt’s in town to look after her, so I have a reprieve, at least for a couple of weeks.”

“Well, that’s great.”

And it was. Angelica could breathe a little and tonight, she could indulge.

“You’re one of my favorite people, you know. Lot of spoiled rich kids in this joint. So what can I get you?”

“Gin and tonic, please.”

“You got it.” He moved away to prepare her order then returned swiftly, drink in hand, laying down a silver coaster first. But he was off almost as fast, greeting a new group and taking orders.

Marcus had worked at the Ocean Club for years and knew everyone who frequented the upscale, sexy nightspot that served the young and wealthy of Southern California. A gem-like array of bottles ran floor-to-ceiling behind the bar in every color imaginable, a beautiful mosaic against a mirrored wall. Low lights and deep maroon glossy walls gave an intimate feel to what was a large space full of linen-covered tables, comfortable chairs, and chattering guests.

When several customers got called to their restaurant reservation, a lull allowed Marcus to come back to her. He had shoulder-length black hair, dark eyes, and a warm smile. “You look good in red.” His gaze fell to the low cut of her neckline, and he waggled his brows. “Hot. Very hot.”

She felt a blush climb her cheeks, but she smiled. “Thank you.” She lifted her drink to him. “I needed that.”

She’d dressed for the occasion in red silk, sleeveless and cut low. She wore more makeup than usual and had dressed her thick dark-brown hair to flow away from her face.

“So can I help you out tonight? Anyone you want to meet?”

Marcus had a sixth sense where people were concerned, and he had never steered her wrong. She trusted him.

Squaring her shoulders, she jumped in. “I’m wondering what you know about Brogan Reyes.” Just mentioning his name caused the ever-present butterflies to make a few dive-bombing runs.

His brows rose. “One tough hombre, but I have to say I don’t know much more than that. Not sure anyone does. He comes from European money or maybe South American—even that’s unclear. But he must have been educated somewhere in the States because he has no accent to speak of. He’s usually in the lounge on Fridays so I would expect to see him and I have asked around, but he keeps his cards close. All I know is that he’s wealthy, doesn’t make a show of it, and meets business associates here. And no, I don’t know what kind of business. My only concern, but it’s a mild one, is that some of the people he meets give off the wrong vibe.”

She knew what Marcus meant—more than one person he’d had drinks with, though well dressed, had a predatory look. “You know what it is? Some of the people I’ve seen him with do a kind of strip search with their eyes. The last time I was here, I felt like I was being visually weighed and measured, summed up. Make any sense?”

He nodded. “That’s a good way of putting it, but I’ve never seen Reyes pull that kind of shit. I’ll give him that.”

“I agree. He’s definitely a cut above the company he keeps.”

He leaned his forearms on the bar. “So is he the one?”

Again her cheeks warmed up. “I’m not sure, but I’m determined to find out.”

“Good for you and for what it’s worth, despite his I-can-beat-the-shit-out-of-anyone look, I like him. He doesn’t play games and he treats women decently, which says a lot.”

Another throng of customers arrived, and Marcus moved away to take more orders.

Angelica swiveled in her seat. The dimly lit room was full of laughter and lots of flirting. Windows lined the lounge, with a pair of double doors that led to a crowded patio beyond. Outside, tables and chairs surrounded a massive tree covered in white mini lights.

Music filtered through from the dance club, sometimes with a strong rhythmic beat and other times a slow, sexy groove.

As the band moved into the latter, the erotic rhythm of the bass guitar and drums sent another shiver through her.

Marcus called her name, and when she turned toward him, he winked, then jerked his chin toward the stairs. “He’s here.”

For a second she couldn’t breathe, as though all the air had been sucked from her lungs. She let her gaze move slowly toward the entrance. There he was, standing at the top of the short staircase, looking sexy as hell dressed in a black leather coat, blue silk shirt, and tailored slacks.

Awed as she was by his physical presence, she reminded herself that he was the reason she’d come here tonight. She sat up a little straighter, drink in hand…

(This excerpt was from Episode #1:  “Captured”)

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5 thoughts on “Savage Chains

  1. I have a question. I love the Men In Chains series and I was wondering do I need to read the three e-books before I read book 2?

    Thanks and keep up the wonderful work it is nice to see a different spin on the “vampire” romance .

    Lori

    • Hi, Lori,
      No, the e-serial, SAVAGE CHAINS, is a completely stand-alone book set in the same world. But do read BORN IN CHAINS first, although it sounds like you already have. The order is: BORN IN CHAINS, CHAINS OF DARKNESS, and UNCHAINED!

      Hugs,
      Caris

  2. Hi Caris- BIG FAN!!!
    I already have your three books (Born in Chains, Chains of Darkness, and Unchained) AND LOVE THEM!!!
    I just got the paperback print copy of “Savage Chains” but am confused by this page you wrote regarding how it was originally a 3-part e-series.

    Is the printed paperback copy “Savage Chains” the entire three part e-series : “Capture”, “Scarred” and “Shattered”?

    Or is the “Savage Chains” printed book just one of the above- and if so, which one?

    Thank you!

    PS. DON’T STOP WRITING! YOUR TALENT AMAZES ME!!! LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!

    • Hi, Katrina,
      I know it must seem confusing. But Savage Chains is a complete book and includes all three parts in one: “Captured”, “Scarred” and “Shattered. When SAVAGE CHAINS was first released as an e-serial, each of these three parts was released individually. The purpose was to help me build my e-audience in May and June of 2014, though I think generally we had mixed results in that regard. So, I was really happy when they decided to publish SAVAGE CHAINS as a single e-book and paperback. It ended up being one of my favorites of the series. Hope you enjoy it!

      Hugs,
      Caris

  3. Dear Caris,
    I have the Born in Chains series which by the way is one of my favourite sets of stories.
    My pet gripe is the amount of grammatical errors and printing errors that have slipped into the books. On Page 192 of Unchained, Marius is referred to as ‘Marcus’. Rather a glaring error.
    Continue writing, the stories are imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable.
    All the best
    Maria

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