Saving Jessie

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What could she do but comply with their demands?

Mark Jensen works hard and plays harder, preferring one-night stands to anything long term – until he hooks up with the company accountant. Jessie is sweet and sassy but there’s a loneliness about her that makes her unlike any woman he’s dated before. She’s stolen his heart. Just when Mark has finally convinced Jessie to move in with him, her brother runs into trouble. Jessie is in over her head and making all the wrong decisions based on trying to protect her new friends, and her lover.

Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains elements of power exchange.

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Saturday

 

Charlotte “Sharlee” Armstrong Reynaud walked out of the shower to the sound of her boss and husband, Jacquard Reynaud, calling her into the home office. “Can’t a woman even take a shower without someone yelling at her to fill their needs? I’m pregnant, Jac. Very pregnant. Your parents will arrive back home in a week, and as much as I love your mother, the woman is too helpful, and visits way too much. This is my last week that I don’t have to play nice, and be with people. We need this break, no, I need this break and what do you do? Start yelling—”

“I’ll talk to you about filling my needs, woman. There’s still that little bet you lost yesterday, and I’m ready–”

“Okay, Jac, later. What’s such a big deal – does that sound like someone is knocking on the monitor?” Sharlee wrapped her rounded belly tighter before tucking the end of her towel between her breasts.

“That’s what I was trying to–”

“Well, you could have led with that bit of information.” Sharlee ignored the impatient growl that signaled her man was soon to go lovingly postal on her ass. She put up her hand to silence him. “Stop. Listen. That’s code. Jessie is calling me.” Sharlee shoved her massive lover from the front of the computer system, and opened the connection.

“What do you mean, code, and our Jessie? What have you gotten her into? Dammit, woman. You’re pregnant, and still getting into scrapes.”

His tone was unmistakable. Jac Reynaud was a man who earned and demanded respect from every member of his team, his clients and his bride. He loved using his military skills to hunt down the bad guys, do covert operations, or run high-level security details, but he hated it when it involved his woman, as it often did. Now she was heavily pregnant, and that upped the stakes.

“Nothing. I gave Becky and Jessie each a program that I wrote, that allows them to initiate the protocols verbally or digitally, over their phone or computer. Any phone or computer. It pinpoints their location. I tried to give one to Ivy, but she said she didn’t need it. I think Kaden loaded it remotely or when she wasn’t looking, but she has yet to log in once to sync the system to her devices, and generate her code. I should tell him he needs to do that. Anyway, they can hit three keystrokes to initiate the same program with some exceptions. It runs in the background so I can pull them up through their video cam wherever they are. This code is Jessie’s.”

After a few rapid keystrokes, Jessie’s phone camera was on. Sharlee and Jac watched the company’s accountant amble through the more unsavory and rundown area of the city. She obviously had the phone in her pocket as they were bouncing with her leg movements, which were becoming more hesitant.

After watching for a minute, Jac stood back. “I think she punched the code by accident. Can that happen?” Sharlee could understand his confusion; however, Charlotte Armstrong Reynaud did not make mistakes on her programs. Not little ones, and never big ones. She was anal about the particulars. Once out of the testing phase, the product was reliable.

“Sure, except for two things. The code is a number, a symbol and a letter. Simple but difficult to accidentally reproduce. Hers is ‘1*N’ so she can either punch in the code or say, in a perfectly normal sentence, ‘one star in’ put in a slight pause, and then finish the sentence ‘the sky’, or whatever, and the phone would have activated.”

“Ingenious. The second reason?”

“Look. Hold your phone.” Jac did with the screen facing him as typical. “Now, put it in your front pocket.” He did, screen facing his hip. “Now, back pocket.” Same result. “See?”

“Her screen is facing out with the camera exposed.”

“Yes. Even if Jessie slipped it inside her pocket facing out or someone else did, the likelihood of the camera facing out, and exposed is much smaller. Highly unlikely because of the way you put things like your phone, in your pocket, head or top first. Something isn’t right.”

Jac had Mark on the phone in less than ten seconds. Mark Jensen was taking his shift as bodyguard to one of the company’s high level, repeat clients. “Mark. SITREP.”

“All quiet here. Meeting is ending early. Moving the goods in ten. Once secured, our detail is successfully completed. Why?”

“Where is Jessica?”

Mark was immediately more intense. The question alerted him to a potential problem. “Her brother’s, I think. Why? What’s wrong?”

“I don’t know. Sharlee’s Keep Safe program is activated, likely by Jessie, and it appears deliberate. It looks like Jessie is northeast of town somewhere. We don’t dare call her in case it draws unwanted attention to her phone.”

Sharlee pounded the keyboard a moment and then frowned. “She activated it while I was showering. We could have responded–. That’s a glitch I have to find a way around.”

“Damn. She went to see her brother in the Winterbourne area. I tell her he’s trouble, but Kip is all the family she has left, you know. Can Sharlee track her?”

“Well, we’ve pinpointed the—”

“Jac, something is happening. There’s a scuffle… wait…”

The report of a handgun cracked loudly over the computer receiver. “No! Jac!”

Mark was switched to hold, Jac called Garrett as he yelled, “Charlotte, send me the coordinates. Garrett, we have a situation. I’m on my way to you.”

Switching back to the man who was likely going mad, Jac said, “Mark. All I know right now is that there was gunfire in the same vicinity as Jessica. Is there a gun range nearby or anything that might have carried that sound to her?”

“Hell, I have no idea. Not that Jessica had used before.”

“Right. We’re headed to Winterbourne Park.  The exact coordinates are on their way. Take off when Kaden gets there. ETA in seven; then, you cut loose. See you there.”

“I’m going,” said Sharlee.

In between grabbing his gear, and talking to Garrett, Jac answered Sharlee. “Like hell. Send me the damn info.”

Charlotte began grabbing her own gear, and ran to the bedroom. “I did. I’m coming.” She snagged a pair of stretchy pants, a long sleeve maternity shirt, underthings and shoes. She tossed the whole into her backpack and followed Jac down the stairs at a much slower pace.

“I’m going. You need me.”

Jac turned intense eyes to his wife dressed in nothing but a towel. “Charlotte, if you fucking move from where I put you or do anything without permission, I swear, after we have shut things down, I will strip you naked as the day you were born, and wear you out like you have never experienced before. Do I make myself clear?”

“Jac—”

“Do you understand? That is a direct order you had better obey. You’re pregnant, dammit, and there’s not going to be a discussion.”

She stopped moving toward the side door. “Oh, right. Pregnant.” She stood a little bemused by the lapse in memory. “Yes, I understand.”

“Send Mark the coordinates. He’s relieved from that assignment as soon as Kaden makes it there.”

Sharlee dressed awkwardly as she watched the screen. Now in her eighth month, Sharlee felt so good, there were times when she still had trouble remembering she was pregnant and officially grounded off-site when things like this happened. She’d stopped dressing to send everyone the current coordinates. Jessie hadn’t moved since the shot was fired, and her screen was partially covered now. That wasn’t good. It’d only been a few minutes. She began to gather as much corroborating information as she could, and simply waited for word from Jacquard.

***

As Jac grabbed Garrett on his way to Jessie’s coordinates, intent on taking care of his employee, he prayed nothing had happened to her, or this whole section of town was in danger of mass destruction courtesy of Mark Jensen, who would be gladly assisted by his teammates at Reynaud & Associates.

Mark and Jessica Roe had finally begun living together after they’d stopped their disagreements on what Mark declared was his standard operating procedure for his girl. Jessie didn’t agree with everything. There were days of ignoring, yelling, slamming, spanking, smiling, and finally, both found how to utilize the fine art of compromise on what living together could look like.

After several months of negotiations, Jessie had finally agreed to progress to the next step: moving in. Mark was the happiest Jac had seen him in years. The noise level in the office, and after-hours had dropped. The office was laughing and teasing again. Work was getting done in an orderly and consistent fashion unaccompanied by drama. The screeching in the team’s breakroom had diminished. Jac considered them making progress. Dramatics was not his thing, but with Sharlee permanently in his own life and pregnant, Jac was learning to tolerate it for the obvious payoffs.

Mark was a dominant man, and he made no excuses for that fact. Evidently, Jessie wasn’t asking for any. However, she was not ready to say yes to forever, so Jac rolled his eyes every time the couple disagreed. On occasion, Mark pulled the SOP out when Jessie resisted ‘following the leader’ along with an occasional incentive tool to help sway her to his thinking. Jac had learned that orgasms were much more explosive with a hot bottom. He shared his knowledge.

Jessie had been honest with Sharlee early on in the relationship. She was crazy about Mark, and everything was consensual. Her admission stopped Sharlee from going postal on Mark, and putting him on the watch lists of several key organizations. Jac shook his head. It could be exhausting, keeping the peace sometimes.

Despite the occasional disruption, they seemed happy, really happy. Besides, Jac had no doubt his Sharlee would inform him without hesitation if she felt or heard that his military buddy, and associate was too hard on Jessie. Hell, since her relationship with Mark took off, the shy little accountant was rarely reticent to say her piece. Jac hoped it worked out because he wasn’t kidding when he had told Mark he didn’t want to lose his accountant. She was not only a CPA but a Forensic CPA, and damned good for business.

Sharlee had helped with lowering Jessie’s personal inhibitions. Jac hoped Sharlee, in her attempt to do a good deed, didn’t encourage Jessie to be too bold. Jessie was an accountant, and until Mark, she’d never even held a gun in her life, which was an acceptable situation because she was in the company’s ring of protection, but that kind of vulnerability in their line of work was dangerous. If she got herself into trouble, they couldn’t get her out of, well it didn’t bear contemplating. Jac stepped on the accelerator.

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  1. Marybeth

    Wonderful follow up book

    Marybeth

    This is book 2 in the series. It can be a stand alone, but you’ll enjoy the book more if you read Saving Sharlee.

    Jessie and Mark are in a D/s relationship. Jessie gets herself into hot water and then Mark has to rescue her. It is a fun, fast moving book and the author does a great job with the characters. I received an ARC copy, but I enjoyed it so much I bought it.

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  2. Rjr

    Fast paced, sexy, lots of discipline

    Rjr

    Saving Jesse is book 2 in the Safe and Secure series and we meet up with many of the characters from the first book in the series. This book centers on Jesse, a forensic accountant and how she finds herself in the center of a complicated series of crimes thanks to her brother and a previous employer. At least she works at Reynaud and Associates, a premier security firm and is dating Mark, a senior member at the firm. They should keep her safe, right? But add in family issues and people don’t always make the best choices. The plot is fast paced and complicated, sometimes too complicated. The romance is great but all the discussion of discipline at work was improbable in today’s world. A very good second entrance in this series.

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  3. Donna

    Donna

    Donna L
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced
    Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020
    Format: Kindle Edition
    Saving Jessie by Alyssa Bailey is the second book in this series.It is fast paced
    but i found it disjointed at times and difficult to keep up with storyline.

    Forensic accountant Jessica Roe worked for Reynard and Associates a security
    firm staffed by a group of alpha males including her boyfriend Mark. Jessica
    finds herself in danger with her brother’s get rich schemes plus Jessica was
    being blackmailed by her old boss.Jessica had not been truthful about her
    past or the danger she was in which did sit well with Mark and the team of
    men who were all itching to teach Jessica a lesson In safety.With a target on
    her back,the team work together to keep Jessica safe.Jessica found it difficult
    at times to submit to Mark’s discipline but she loved his dominance.

    The plot included danger, blackmail, mystery, alpha males and punishments.
    I received a free copy of this book.This review was left voluntarily.

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  4. Redrabbitt

    KEEP Y OUR FRIENDS CLOSE, YOU ENEMIES CLOSER

    Redrabbitt

    While this is the second story in the Safe and Secure series, it will read well as a stand-alone. It does have key players from book one, like Jac and Sharlee Reynard. The story is full of mystery, suspense, danger, money-laundering, secrets, angst, kidnapping, and then throw in a romance. Enter the world of high-tech security and protection of Reynaud and Associates, where their team is made up of men with military training. And then adding, Jessica Roe, an accountant with not only a CPA but a Forensic CPA, and she is a perfect asset to the team.

    The plot will have Jessica, or better known as Jessie and Alpha member, Mark Jensen, not only dating but now they are living together. Mark has never been serious about a woman before, but the chemistry between him and Jessie is real—she can handle his dominance, accept his discipline, and sexually, they are a well-synced match. The only thing about Jessie that worries him is her being so trusting, and when it comes to her little brother, Kipling, she capitulates to his whims—and that leads to life and death situations.

    Mark has asked Jessie not to go help Kip out when he calls, that things need to change, but she always feels guilted into doing it anyway, but this time, Kip has placed not only himself but her in danger. The more they learn about Kip and his associates, the deeper down a dark and dangerous hole this tale will go. The saying, “no good deed never goes unpunished,” could become Jessie’s motto, because no matter how good she is, she winds up in trouble—or trouble seems to find her. She left her previous job over five years ago because she stumbled onto something shady, but has that come back to haunt her?

    “I didn’t get myself into anything. I stumbled in, and then was thrown in.”

    Now the entire Reynard security team is made aware of the threats to Jessie, and she is left with a bodyguard—but why does she try to ditch him and prove she is ok? Will the threat of another lady on the team wake her up? Will another person letting her know that this is high stakes and dangerous make her more cautious? The deeper Sharlee digs into the black web, the nastier and more sinister the situation appears.

    “Finally. Charlotte was right about you. You are too trusting. Your new rule is this: except for my people, you suspect everyone and everything of nefarious motives.” –Jacquard

    “Why? I mean, why would you do something so stupid as risking your life when you are more intelligent than that? I don’t understand.” –Kaden

    The relationship between Mark and Jessie suffers because she believes he is through with her and withdraws, wanting to avoid him, but he is a man of integrity and doesn’t allow her to destroy them. He isn’t afraid to hold her accountable, spank her, and then love her harder.

    The story has many spanking scenes, which are consensual, and the power exchange is always with love and concern. The scenes are never over the top, and the sex is more implied than detailed. It is the love, devotion, and chemistry between this couple that makes this story so emotionally beautiful. Having said that, I still wanted to smack Jessie and tell her to wake up and quit doing stupid things that nearly get her killed.

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  5. Hope W

    Love always finds a way!

    Hope W

    Saving Jessie is a wonderful addition to the Safe and Secure series. The plot is riveting and had me on the edge of my seat. The mystery kept me guessing and the chemistry of these men and their women kept me wanting more. The characters are intense but also had me giggling at other times. The banter between each other is entertaining but the love shines through with each couple. Each Dom in this group has his own style with their woman. Jessie is independent but likes the rules. However, family can make her do strange things. Mark will protect Jessie at all costs. They may disagree and butt heads but he will only take so much before Jessie finds herself face down over his hard thighs with a hot bottom. For them it is like a ritual founded in love. In the end love has no bounds and will always find a way. This book had it all and I can't wait to see what comes next in this series! I highly recommend this for an amazing read, but also recommend that you read the first book as well.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  6. Hope W

    Love always finds a way!

    Hope W

    Saving Jessie is a wonderful addition to the Safe and Secure series. The plot is riveting and had me on the edge of my seat. The mystery kept me guessing and the chemistry of these men and their women kept me wanting more. The characters are intense but also had me giggling at other times. The banter between each other is entertaining but the love shines through with each couple. Each Dom in this group has his own style with their woman. Jessie is independent but likes the rules. However, family can make her do strange things. Mark will protect Jessie at all costs. They may disagree and butt heads but he will only take so much before Jessie finds herself face down over his hard thighs with a hot bottom. For them it is like a ritual founded in love. In the end love has no bounds and will always find a way. This book had it all and I can't wait to see what comes next in this series! I highly recommend this for an amazing read, but also recommend that you read the first book as well.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  7. John

    Extremely stubborn woman

    John

    This book by Alyssa Bailey was definitely about an extremely stubborn woman who continually puts others in harm’s way while attempting to keep her brother and herself alive, while NOT making the best choices in doing so. The male characters practice or threaten to practice, domestic discipline on all the women in their immediate “family” circle, whether related by blood, marriage or not at all. It is also a very intense action-adventure combined with a little mystery, combined with a lot of erotic romance resulting from some very red and sore bare-bottomed women who are extremely turned on by the heat in their seat, as are the men who create the heat. I am definitely looking forward to more adventures from this security group, and from the author. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Bookspourt for Blushing Books.

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  8. Knotty Girl Reviews

    Oh So Amazing!

    Knotty Girl Reviews

    This book confused me a bit at first, it started off with action right away.. It seemed like a continuation of a series to me, and that it was meant to be read as a series. But I figured things out pretty quick. This is actually the second book in the Safe and Secure series and I’ll definitely be going back to read book one.
    Jessie finds herself in hot water when her past comes back to haunt her. It doesn’t help that her often in trouble brother Kip has dragged her into another problem. She decides she’s going to solve it herself and leave boyfriend Mark and his associates at the security company out of it. But she soon realizes that she is in way over her head, and her “caveman” friends will have to help.
    This book contains elements of power exchange. If that’s not for you, then be aware before you read this book.

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