Sneak Peek Sunday 2 for Neighborly Affection: Playing the Game

Sneak Peek Sunday | Sample six paragraphs from various authorsI had so much fun reading through last week’s Sneak Peek Sunday blog hop entries that I had to jump in again. Here’s a second look at Neighborly Affection: Playing the Game, due out in September from Lyrical Press.

Since last week’s snippet showed Henry and Alice’s interaction and left poor Jay silent, this one offers a peek at Alice’s playful relationship with her co-submissive.

“Had to wait, though.” Jay pouted, his lower lip drooping in exaggeration as he picked up the drink tray and she took the cheesecake and fruit. “Henry said he made it for all of us, so it wasn’t fair to have any until you were here, too.”

He sighed. “I offered to drag you out of your apartment last night so you could watch me eat cheesecake, but he said I couldn’t bother you on a work night because you needed your sleep.”

She laughed. “How selfless of you.” Warmth flooded her chest. They’d been thinking of her the night before, anticipating tonight just as she had.

“I would’ve let you eat some, too. But c’mon. It’s cheesecake. And it’s chocolate.” He danced into the bedroom ahead of her. “It’s every submissive for themselves.”

“And here I thought your mantra was share and share alike.”

He grinned at her, walking backward. “Only in Henry’s bed. And only with you.”

All Playing the Game excerpts are accessible from the Neighborly Affection series page. If you want to stalk Henry, Alice, and Jay as their voices drive me out of my mind, follow M.Q. Barber on Twitter or like M.Q. Barber on Facebook.

Ready to sample other romances? Hop back to the main Sneak Peek Sunday blog hop page and pick from more than two dozen offerings.

M.Q. Barber

M.Q. Barber is the USA Today bestselling author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. She's also an inveterate, unrepentant scribbler of ideas on whatever's handy.


  1. Definitely an interesting set of players. The last line has me wondering what he means. Intriguing snippet.

  2. Chocolate cheesecake! Yummy excerpt 🙂 I love that last line too!

  3. Woo, M.Q. that last line has me! And I love the characters ease with each other. definitely a breath of fresh air 🙂

  4. So glad you’ve joined SPS, MQ! Great snippet. What’s not to love about a man who enjoys chocolate *and* cheesecake?

    • Hi, Delynn. Thanks for visiting! So long as Jay doesn’t take the last piece, I think Alice will keep him. 😉

  5. I could be tempted with chocolate cheesecake! 😉

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I’m going to check out the others now.

    • Have fun, Lyndi! That’s my favorite thing about the Sneak Peek hop — getting to check out so many snippets from authors I haven’t tried before.

  6. Fantastic snippet… Glad you joined the fun!

    • Thanks for visiting, Sara, and for starting such a fun hop. Picking six paragraphs can be brutal! 🙂

  7. Definitely got me going there. I’m not sure at all what’s going on so that has…to be a great thing! Good excerpt. 🙂

  8. Hey, I would have hesitated to share my cheesecake too. I enjoyed the banter in this peek.

  9. Yummy excerpt in more ways than one. Great pick!

  10. Mmmm, cheesecake and sex, two of my favorite things. Nice peek!

  11. I love the banter between Jay and Alice. And I totally agree. When it comes to chocolate and cheesecake it’s every sub for themselves. Great snippet.

    • They’re sweethearts, but some things you just have to fight for. Cheesecake being chief among them, of course. Thanks for visiting, Kathryn!

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