The Matchmaker, Book 2
Beneath the Surface
: Terms of Surrender : Manifest Destiny
Angela Calminetti, mother of five, New Age practitioner
and gifted psychic and telepath, is proud of her family
ties and does everything she can to make sure that all of
her younger siblings are as happy in love and marriage as
she is…whether they want her to or not.
Note: Each book is written to stand alone.
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Terms of Surrender
Siren: All-Time Bestseller
Reviewers' Choice Award
Slany Breeze has been in control, of herself and her
family, since she was an early teen when her mother was
killed in a tragic accident and her father retreated into
himself, a broken and lost spirit.
But Slany's tired of being the strong and responsible
daughter and the dependable and inspirational big sister.
Just once, she'd like to give over the reins of control
and let someone else take care of her every need and want.
Wanting, however, and admitting her secret longings to the
one man willing and capable of satisfying them, are two
Nick Vega has come a long way from his bad boy, rebellious
childhood when a learning disability was the bane of his
disappointed father's existence.
Once he discovers Slany's submissive nature and the
stalker from his past that threatens her, he will do
whatever it takes to protect his new claim and woman.
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal/ BDSM/ Interracial/
Length: Plus Novel (94,000 words)
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Art by Jinger Heaston
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5 Klovers: "Gracie C. McKeever's The Matchmaker
series is one that mere blurbs could never
do justice to – you won't really
understand how compelling the stories are
until you start reading one of them. The
second in this series, Terms of
Surrender is no different in this way
from the first.
The synopsis for the story is interesting, even
intriguing, but once you begin reading the
book itself, the characters leap off the
pages, immediately befriending you.
McKeever deftly breeds empathy for their
pain, their dreams, their every emotion
from the very first chapter until the end
of the book. With Terms of Surrender
she also proves once again that she
can write a snaky plot with the best of
them – the story is fraught with more
twists than a coiled-up Copperhead…
Indeed, the author succeeded in keeping me
guessing all through the story, and just
when I thought I'd figured out who the
villain was, she surprised me again – much
to my delight!
In just two months, Gracie C. McKeever has moved up my
list of favorite authors, with The
Matchmaker series in particular being a
favorite of mine. I cannot recommend this
book or this series strongly enough!"
—Jennifer, CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
"Gracie C. McKeever’s Terms of
Surrender is filled with smoldering
scenes and intriguing characters. Main
characters Slany and Nick have a fiery
physical attraction that erupts into a
deep emotional bond. If you think that
this is the normal storyline of a romance
novel, you are sadly mistaken. This book
packs more action than a ‘hood fight on a
—Sistah Jetrell, Sistah Friend Book
4.5 Kisses: "Gracie McKeever as always delivers
heartwarming, empathetic characters,
coupled here with an intriguing mystery
and a plot line throbbing with both
sensuality and danger. Her character
delineations are excellent, and few
readers won't simultaneously be enraptured
with both Nick and Slany and their
personality conflicts disguising their
true attraction. Angela is a winning
personality of her own and any reader
would be thankful to have a big sister
with love for the extended family, such as
her. Terms of Surrender is a story
well worth reading, and works as a
stand-alone novel, but reader, don't do
yourself the disservice of missing the
entire The Matchmaker Series."
Ecataromance 2006 Reviewers' Choice
"Terms of Surrender has a heavy
focus on the danger surrounding the main
female character Slany Breeze. Her life is
in jeopardy from a madman with his own
agenda and a personal vendetta against
Nick Vega, the new man in Slany's life.
With a stalker on the loose, these two are
in an unknown race for time.
The beauty of this novel is its depth. There are so
many aspects of this story that it easily
entices any number of readers from across
genres. The suspense is an alluring draw
to keep people reading from beginning to
end in one sitting. The romance is
amazingly open and honest. We get a chance
to explore a dominate/submissive
relationship as it develops between Slany
and Nick from the very beginning.
Without a doubt Ms. McKeever has written a must read
for everyone. Terms of Surrender is
the best of multiple genres and should
appeal to those who enjoy books with
conflict and strong story lines."
—Kimberley Spinney, Ecataromance
Blue Ribbons: "Terms of Surrender is not
for the faint of heart and readers will
find themselves melting in their seats
from the heat of the love scenes. Dominant
does not even begin to describe Nick and
his powerful passion will leave you
breathless. Slany has a time giving in to
Nick, but when she does, it really pays
off. Nick's past comes back to haunt them
when his stalker returns and wants to hurt
Slany. Gracie McKeever is sensational
author and her stories are always full of
explosive plots and mesmerizing
characters. I can't wait to see what the
next book will bring." —Angel,
Stars/Orgasmic: "Terms of Surrender is a mystery
that has more threats to the main
characters than that of a long-tailed cat
in a room full of rocking chairs. Ms.
McKeever has written a very well thought
mystery that has lots of guessing as to
who is the bad guy ... The author does a
good job of building the relationship
between Slany and Nick. She also has put a
lot of thought into Nick's family and
Slany's friends. Finally, she has written
some of the hottest sex scenes that I have
read in a long time. You are definitely
going to need the ice water and the toys
for this one." —Oleta M. Blaylock,
Just Erotic Romance Reviews
4 Hearts: "Terms of Surrender is the stand
alone second book in Ms. McKeever's
Matchmakers series featuring psychic
Angela Calminetti and the her siblings the
Vegas. Ms. McKeever does an excellent job
in providing just enough backstory from
the first book Beneath the Surface
to make this story flow well and enjoyable
to readers who may not have read that
story. Nick and Slany are very appealing
characters, and Ms. McKeever does a
wonderful job revealing experiences in
their childhood to early adulthood that
have shaped them into the individuals they
are today, most notably why Nick and Slany
would need to be in a highly regulated
relationship such as a dominant/submissive
one. Readers must be cautioned that this
story does feature a D/s relationship, but
it is non-violent and Ms. McKeever
provides great details of how that type of
relationship should function and makes it
a vital part of the plot...The sex scenes
are well written and extremely hot...Once
again, Ms. McKeever has written a great
tale that all readers of erotic romance
should love. Highly recommended!"
Love Romances and More
4 Cups: "I found this tantalizing tome to be
utterly enthralling. Usually, when a plot
involves a mysterious killer, I can pick
out the murderer long before the secret is
revealed. Terms of Surrender is so
well written that I had no idea who the
culprit was until the moment it was meant
to be known. The hero's dyslexia adds a
realistic sense of poignancy to this
enchanting tale. I hope Ms. McKeever gives
us more stories like this one really soon.
I know that I, for one, really want to
—Susan, Coffee Time Romance
4 Flags: "She is at it again!
Angela Calminetti, Nick Vegas’s sister, is
determined to get him together with his
co-worker Slany Breeze. Angela knows that
even though Slany and Nick appear to
dislike each other they are the perfect
match for one another. There are many
elements all going on at once within
Terms of Surrender. The story offers
suspense, action, drama, romance, you name
it. The characters are dynamic. Nick is
the tall dark handsome type who follows
his own rules. Slany is a headstrong and
stubborn beauty who doesn’t take crap from
anyone. As you can imagine, Slany has a
hard time submitting to Nick at first but
when he turns on the charm and a few other
things the atmosphere around them
definitely heats up. While the two’s
relationship grows they become the targets
of a psychopath, with the main target
being Slany. But Nick isn’t willing to let
anything happen to her not after he’s
waited so long to have her. The story
takes readers on a spectacular ride of
suspense and drama. I recommend Terms
of Surrender for everyone’s reading
pleasure.” —Chantay, Euro-Reviews
"Terms of Surrender
is a suspense filled, complex tale of the
dominant/submissive world. Nick and Slany
get a little push from Nick’s sister, an
admitted matchmaker, Angela Calminetti,
before they finally realize they are
perfect for each other. Both are searching
for the other half that makes them whole,
while unknown to them a killer lurks,
waiting for the perfect opportunity to
snatch Slany and force her to become his
slave. The glimpse into the killer’s mind
is both frightening and fascinating.
Terms of Surrender is a well paced,
well developed story that will grab your
attention from the beginning and keep it
until the very end." —Georgia,
"Gracie C. McKeever builds the tension scene by erotic scene,
draws it out until the air is palpable with sexual sizzle.
Filled with romance, sex, and suspense, Terms of Surrender
will please you in all the ways a novel can. Though Nick is
a dominant male, he’s not cruel or overly cocky about it, making
him a likable character. Slany is submissive, but she doesn’t
allow herself to be cowed or stepped on by Nick. She has a
backbone, which makes her an admirable character. Ms McKeever
does an excellent job of developing her hero and heroine, giving
you a true glimpse into domination and submission. The sex
rating on this book is scorching. It contains many sexual
encounters and unconventional sex, and it will probably offend
delicate readers. I found the love scenes to be tastefully done,
however, putting Gracie C. McKeever on my list of the best
erotica authors out there." —Margaret, Nights and Weekends
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his eyes and took a deep breath. Slany's spicy-sweet woman's
musk sent his salivary glands into overdrive, and his cock
stood at attention under his desk.
you listening to me, Nick?"
course I am."
what did I just say?"
about your ad beating the jocks off of mine in the split
guess." She smirked.
chuckled. "If it's any consolation, they're both great
copy, each playing on basic semiotics." He waited for her
retort, remembered how she'd reacted to his "Everwell…our
name says it all," compared to her "Quality and
longevity is in our name." They'd argued the merits of
each catch phrase through most of that first day working
together. Slany thought his slogan oversimplified, that it
sacrificed clarity in the name of cleverness. Nick insisted it
was clear and clever enough, despite its simplicity. They'd
finally settled on a split run, competitive to the bitter end,
and may the best director win.
isn't," Slany murmured.
arched a brow. "Isn't what?"
like bones, huh?"
are for dogs."
to make it interesting?"
at him long and hard, then finally asked, "What do you
have in mind?"
little wager. Loser takes the winner out to dinner." He
figured even if he lost, he still won. The luxury of Slany's
company was enough assuagement for any man's wounded ego. He
could see Slany figured the same as he did, that she resented
up straight, hands on her hips in what was becoming an
achingly familiar pose of defiance that made his cock throb in
his pants with longing.
designer chinos had never been as uncomfortable on him.
up at her from his seat and goaded, "Don't have any faith
in your text?"
marched from behind his desk at this and planted herself in
front of it, putting a nice slab of hard wood between them as
girl, because he'd been about to do something that probably
would have warranted a slap, or arrest for lewd and lascivious
behavior by the laws of at least several states.
sure there actually were some archaic regulations on the books
that outlawed several of his favorite activities to do in bed,
two of which he could see doing with Slany in his office this
minute if he could get away with it.
stared at him for a long moment, finally sighed, and dropped
her arms to her sides, as if in resignation. "I don't
even know why I let you stress me out."
slowly getting there."
laughed as he stood and came from behind his desk, aware of
the bulge in his pants and not caring if she noticed,
especially since she was the one who'd put it there.
him warily, but didn't retreat as he approached, stopping a
foot in front of her.
know what they say is the best stress reliever?"
widened ever so slightly, but she remained silent as she
stared up at him, plainly anticipating his next move.
news for her, because the ball was in her court.
disappoint him, slowly ran the tip of her tongue over her
luscious lips, igniting his imagination and making him wonder
what that organ of taste would feel like wrapped around and
stroking his hard cock.
Why don't you tell me?"
picked up the gauntlet she'd just thrown down, he knew there
would be no turning back for either of them, and no longer
cared about the consequences. Hell, he barely remembered they
were at their job, in his office, the door unlocked.
a step closer, paused as he stared at her, giving her a chance
to fall back.
didn't, simply looked up at him with a curious heated
girl. Stay with me.
his head to one side as he leaned in to take her mouth, closed
his eyes and saw skyrockets blasting off when their lips
back for the second it took him to murmur, "Open for me,
Slany," surprised when she did. He thrust his tongue
against hers before sweeping past it altogether and into the
hot depths of her eager mouth to thoroughly devour.
instant, he knew. Slany was a submissive!
He reached between her legs and gently opened her folds with his thumbs,
bent his head to lick her wanting clit, slowly sucked and
nibbled the engorged flesh to vibrant life. The flesh bloomed
like a berry on the vine, ready to burst in his mouth.
She moaned, arching her hips to bring his mouth closer, and when he
plunged his tongue inside her, deeply, hungrily, she screamed,
struggling against her shackles.
She needed to touch him, hold him!
Slany bucked her hips to meet his thrusts, mindless of whether she was
hurting him, would bruise or smother him.
He caught her hips and held her in place against the firm mattress as he
worked in earnest, lapping at her as if she were his first and
Her uterus contracted and expanded, heat flaring in her center, rising
up and through her body, simultaneously bathing her limbs and
nerves in cold heat, every sensation intensified by her
restraints, by his masculinity and superior strength.
She felt perspiration beading her forehead and upper lip, climax
overtaking her like a masked bank robber, sudden and violent,
body spasming inside and out.
Slany opened her eyes several seconds after her body finally stilled and
watched Nick sitting beside her, gaze drifting over her body
with stimulating intent as he caressed her with one hand from
head to foot.
She licked her lips, tongue sluggish like her eyes she could barely keep
open, like her body paradoxically heavy with satisfaction and
need. "Please, I want to see you."
"You want to see me, what?"
"Master." It shocked her that the word left her mouth so
effortlessly, almost automatic, as if she had been saying it,
addressing him thus, for years.
Nick silently reached for the buttons of his designer shirt, slowly
unbuttoning each one before drawing his arms out of the
Slany squirmed on the bed, his movements taunting her with the view of
his well-muscled torso, abdomen hard and sectioned like a
swimmer's, and almost as smooth but for a small sprinkling of
dark hair between his pectorals, light trail arrowing down
beneath the waistband of his slacks. The sight made her more
anxious to feel him, made her want to follow that trail of
hair with her tongue.
God this was so unfair! She'd never felt so helpless, so needy and
vulnerable before, and she wasn't sure how much she liked it.
Her fingers automatically flexed with the need to run up and down his
body, feel his velvety skin and hard muscles beneath her
palms. Slany watched him stand, slowly unzip his slacks and
drop them to the floor. She was finally gifted with a banquet
of long, lean legs, his calves and thighs athletic, tightly
corded like a runner's, but not overly bulky like a weight
She had a brief second to glimpse his round, masculine ass covered in a
pair of navy boxer briefs and swallowed hard at the idea of
cupping each firm cheek in her hands.
Nick stepped out of his pants, leisurely strutted back to the bed. His
movements were unruffled and nonchalant, as if he were unaware
of her focus or didn't care about it one way or the other.
He sat beside her, gaze heated and attention rapt as he ran the back of
a hand down one arm, from shoulder to wrist.
It killed her to just lie there unmoving, unable to reciprocate and only
watch him. Her legs itched to wrap around his waist, eager to
feel him between her thighs as he rode her hard.
She peeked at his lap, where the cotton material of his boxer briefs
hugged his hard penis, barely able to contain his large size.
"I can tell you're not used to this, not being in control."
She licked her lips, vagina wet and weeping with wanting him.
No, she wasn't used to it, but she could get used to it very quickly.
"Every muscle is tight. Relax, Slany. I'm only going to make you
feel good. Nothing you have to brace yourself for, no reason
to be tense."
The hell there wasn't. There was every reason to feel tight and tense
and on edge. She was at a disadvantage. She was at his mercy.
"I want to see you," she whispered.
He spread his arms. "This isn't enough?"
"To tease me, maybe."
"Tease and please and torment." He leaned in to suckle her
throat, making her shiver beneath him as he dragged his mouth
along the column of her neck up to her chin. He licked the
cleft in the middle, taking his time moving up to her lips. He
nibbled the bottom one before lazily dipping his tongue into
her mouth, reacquainting himself with her taste, as if he
hadn't just taken the most intimate sample of all with his
previous kiss below.
Slany writhed beneath him, turned on by her piquant taste on his mouth.
She held in a moan, didn't want to lose control too early,
didn't want to lose it at all in front of this man who prided
himself in keeping control. But she knew control was no longer
hers, something she could not claim in Nick’s presence.
"Now, Slany," he murmured against her ear, "tell me how
you want me to fuck you. Slow and easy," he said, running
a palm up her leg, tickling the edges of her vagina with his
fingers, light butterfly caresses setting fire to her clit and
labia, "or hard and rough?"
She didn't care. Any way he
wanted, she would take it. Take him, his cock. She would take
him beneath her, on top of her, inside her—oh, God.
She swallowed, gasping for breath, unable to form the words, unable to
form a comprehensive thought as she stared into his honey
She'd waited most of her life for this moment, this man, and couldn't
find a more intelligent way to express it than shamelessly
bucking her hips at thin air, out of her mind with desperate
need and want. Hunger. No man had ever done this to her
before, ever made her feel so wild and wanton and reckless, so
strong at the height of her subjection.
"Let go, baby, just let go." He circled the shell of her left
ear with his tongue before plunging it in, simultaneously
stroking her sides with both hands before moving to her
breasts, where he slowly rotated her nipples with his thumbs.
Slany bit her bottom lip, vibrating beneath him as she closed her eyes
Nick lowered his head to her breasts, the nipples already puckered and
hard from his previous manipulations, standing at attention
now, begging for more, begging for his mouth, his tongue, his
He straddled her, then suddenly sat back on his haunches to stare down
Slany's eyes flew open, and she looked at him taking her in, like a
diner at a mouth-watering buffet. All-you-can-eat, and from
the looks of it, Nick intended not to leave a crumb.
"Take me, Nick. Please…"
"Are you sure?"
She frowned, stared at him. "Of course I am."
"Any way I please?"
She pitched her hips up, and her pubic bone collided with his balls.
Somewhere in the back of her mind, she thought she should
think twice before answering him, but no longer cared about
appearances and boundaries and roles, despite the tiny warning
bells going off at the mysterious tone of his voice. She just
wanted him inside her, whatever terms. "Yes. Any way you
please. Just take me now…please…"
SIREN SEX Rating
Traditional romance, suitable for the general
Heavy sexual tension; graphic details; may contain
coarse language (BookStrand)
Erotic, graphic sex; explicit sexual language; may offend delicate
Erotica romance; contains many sexual encounters; may contain unconventional
sex; will offend delicate readers (SIREN)
Excessive or non-exclusive sex; many instances of unconventional sex; may be hardcore; not for the faint-hearted
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