Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 2/28/16 Only Marriage Will Do ~ Too Close for Comfort



Only Marriage Will Do is February’s “Book of the Month” so I’ve put up 10 more lines from it. This is Book 2 of my House of Pleasure series.

I’m starting somewhat in the middle, with a scene I really like. Throughout the book Juliet (our heroine) has been pursued by the Viscount Philippe St. Cyr, a debonair but ruthless Frenchman who claims he is married to Juliet through a proxy marriage in France the year before.

As this scene begins Juliet believes herself married to the man she loves, Amiable, but they are estranged and she is living with her brother and sister-in-law. In this scene, Juliet and her SIL, Katarina, have been talking about whether they would like a  girl or a boy. Both ladies are pregnant and Katarina had just excused herself to go to the “necessary” room and Philippe walks in. At the top of this snippet, Philippe has seated himself next to her on the sofa and intends to resume an intimate relationship (Creative punctuation in use here.)


She squealed, a muted cry no one would hear. She couldn’t even open her lips to scream for he’d construe such an action as an invitation to ravage her mouth. Instead, she twisted her face away from his and tried to push him away.

He held her face immobile, a mere hairbreadth away from his. With his powerful body pressed into hers, any attempt to shove him away became futile. His ragged breathing rasped loudly in her ear and she braced herself for the horror of his mouth on her again.

The quiet click of a pistol being cocked penetrated her terrified mind.

Philippe froze and in the momentary distraction, she wrenched her head away from him toward the center of the room.

Amiable stood, arm outstretched, with the barrel of the flintlock pistol pointed at Philippe’s head. Her husband’s eyes focused on the target, a snarl on his lips.

Only Marriage Will Do is available here.


Not every happy-ever-after begins at “I do.”

When the man of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the villain claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love. But is she free to marry him? Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero to escort her to her family estate in far off Northern England—hoping that along the way she can win his love—and his hand…

Captivated by Juliet’s sweetness and beauty, Captain Amiable Dawson can’t help but be spellbound by the promise of a life with her. But the spell breaks when questions arise about her marital status. Soon the upstanding Amiable is unsure if he is indeed married to Juliet. And when his rival absconds with her, Amiable must choose between the law of the land and his heart’s desire to rescue Juliet once more…

That’s all for this week. Hope you enjoyed it!

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.




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26 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 2/28/16 Only Marriage Will Do ~ Too Close for Comfort

  1. I love your writing, Jenna. A couple of weeks ago, when my bff told me she loves reading historical romance, I gave her your name and your amazon link.

    I went to Amazon to buy this, and yikes! I already have it on my Kindle. Must find it–have to read it!


  2. Great tension! Loved that click of the pistol and I love your hero’s name! 😀


  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Let’s hope he doesn’t fire. The noise would startle her.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      In the dialogue following this scene he tells Philippe that he’s shot a man at this close a range before and the results are “spectacular.” And yes, the noise would be considerable in such a confined space. 🙂


  4. Kim Magennis says:

    Yay! To the rescue! Awesome save Jenna!

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  5. Whew! Good for Amiable. I LOVED the moment when she heard the pistol being cocked. Just an excellent excerpt! Intense.

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  6. historysleuth1 says:

    Excellent example of show don’t tell. Very powerful scene! I could visualize easily what was about to happen.
    History Sleuth’s Mysteries

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  7. Outstanding build-up and then the pistol! Very special snippet, Jenna.

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  8. Victoria Adams says:

    Go Amiable! Defend her.

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  9. I’m hooked! Definitely adding to by TBR list 🙂

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  10. Cara Bristol says:

    Really great scene. Loved the line, “she braced herself for the horror of his mouth on her.” Love that she can’t scream. And I didn’t expect the appearance of Amiable. From the little that I know, I’m hoping that Philippe turns out to be the hero.

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  11. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Hooray for Amiable! But, I need more. Great tease, Jenna! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Perfect timing for pistols and husbands! I was really worried for her for a second.

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  13. T. M. Hunter says:

    Fun snippet. Philippe sounds like a scoundrel that deserves what’s coming to him.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Melissa Keir says:

    Ohh… don’t stop.. shoot the meanie! Love the excerpt!!

    Liked by 1 person

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