Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 02/12/17 Only Marriage Will Do ~ A Passionate Plea


I’m moving on this week sharing snippets from the second book of the House of Pleasure series, Only Marriage Will Do. It’s got one of my favorite heroes, Amiable Dawson, a man with secrets who becomes attracted to a woman with secrets of her own.


Captain Amiable Dawson, irritated because he’s been standing out in the hot sun, knocking on the Marquess of Dalbury’s door, has stumbled upon quite a scene of a man lunging across a sofa and grabbing a woman’s arm. He’s thinking it’s none of his business, but that may change very soon.  (Very creatively punctuated to conform to WWW rules.)

The "fop" dressed in too much lace.

The “fop” dressed in too much lace.


The young man, foppishly dressed in a robin’s egg blue satin coat dripping too many layers of frothy lace at throat and wrists, looked at Amiable, a snarl on his lips.

Taking advantage of the distraction, the woman wrenched her arm from the man’s grip and said, “Praise God, he has arrived at last. Now you will have to believe me, Philippe.”

The fop scrambled back off the sofa and groped for a black lacquer walking stick that lay on the floor. Lips pressed together, he glowered at the woman. “That remains to be seen, ma chère. In any case, I have shown you the papers; they speak for themselves.”

The woman ran from behind the sofa to Amiable’s side, grazed a kiss over his cheek, and whispered, “For God’s sake, help me. I am alone and he wants to force me to go with him. Please, agree with whatever I say.”



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

When the hero of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the man 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, Captain Amiable Dawson, to escort her to her family estate, hoping that along the way she can win his love.

Amiable is charmed by the sweet, beautiful woman he rescued, and although he has grave reservations about her marital status, he allows himself to be swept up into Juliet’s romantic spell and the promise of a happy-ever-after.

The spell breaks when legal questions arise and Juliet faces the horror of not knowing if she is married to her knight in shining armor or the cruel viscount who is determined to have her at any price.


Books in the House of Pleasure series:

onlyscandalwilldo sizeONLY MARRIAGE WILL DO

only-a-mistress-will-do-finalAnd don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here.  There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.




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11 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 02/12/17 Only Marriage Will Do ~ A Passionate Plea

  1. Surely he can’t say no to that? I love men in lace, just not too much. Though one of my favorite characters I’m writing tends to overdo. 🙂


  2. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love your description of the fop’s clothes! I also love how quick-thinking the leading lady is.


  3. Being the gentleman he is, I’m certain he’ll help her, but he’s probably getting into a mess! great snippet!


  4. The ending makes the scene even more intense. Nice writing!


  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I suspect (and hope) he’ll agree. At the same time, I’d be extremely leery of giving a stranger such a carte blanche.


  6. Does she have an escape at hand? I’m sure I’d want one!


  7. I don’t think anyone does the “hero to the rescue of the damsel in distress” as well as you do, Jenna! 🙂


  8. And the intense situation continues! Really enjoying all the twists and turns of this story, another great excerpt.


  9. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Well, he’s gotten himself into quite the situation just by standing there. Great snippet! 🙂

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  10. I love the action and description of the fop, lace and all. Wonderful, Jenna.


  11. nancygideon says:

    Awesome, Jenna! The descriptions, the tension, her cleverness – top notch! Can’t wait to read more!


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