Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/02/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ “It Will Not Hurt Much”


I’m still counting down–only two more days!– to my upcoming 2017 release, Only A Mistress Will Do. So here’s  a little more of  Mistress before its release on April 4th.


 Here is the link to the previous post if you want to catch up.

Miss Violet Carlton is a woman facing a horrifying decision: become a prostitute in order to live or retain respectability and starve. Madame Vestry, owner of the House of Pleasure, has agreed to see Violet. To evaluate her as a prospective employee, Mavame Vestry insists on an inspection to confirm Violet’s virgin state.  And having been satisfied of it, she arranges for Violet to entertain her first customer.

In this snippet, Violet has met her “Lord John” for the evening, and is now lying in bed, dreading what is to come, as he joins her.

(Creative punctuation used to conform to the WWW rules.)

Bounding up, he pressed his knee between her thighs and her whole body tensed, waiting for the pain.

Tears slid down her cheeks as she tried to stifle a sob.

“Did I hurt you?” he asked in a kind voice that held a desolation all its own.

How could she rail against such kindness? Even that bit of comfort was denied her.

“No, my lord,” she whispered as she fought the tears, but they choked her voice even worse when she held them back. Instead, she concentrated on controlling her breathing, hoping that would calm her; in just a few minutes it would be over.

“I know you haven’t had a man before,” he said, brushing her hair back from her forehead, a soft touch that devastated her with its gentleness. “It will hurt, but not very much, and not for very long.”

No, not for very long; only for the rest of her life.



The man of her dreams…belongs to another woman.

Destitute and without friends, Violet Carlton is forced to seek employment at the House of Pleasure in London. She steels herself for her first customer and is shocked when the man rescues her instead of ravishing her. A grateful Violet cannot help but admire the handsome Viscount Trevor. But she must curb her desire for the dashing nobleman she can never have because he is already betrothed to another . . .

Tristan had gone to the House of Pleasure for a last bit of fun before he became a faithful married man. But when he recognizes the woman in his bed, he becomes determined to save her instead. Now, his heart wars with his head as he falls for the vulnerable courtesan. Unable to break his betrothal without a scandal, Tris resolves to find Violet proper employment or a husband of her own. Still, his arms ache for Violet, urging him to abandon propriety and sacrifice everything to be with the woman he loves. . . .

Only A Mistress Will Do is available for pre-order on

Amazon and B & N.

And today is the LAST DAY  Only Marriage Will Do, Book 2 of my House of Pleasure series, is on sale  for .99! Here’s the link if you want to check it out!

 Last Days to join my Thunderclap Campaign for Only A Mistress Will Do! If you’d like to support it, it’s not too late, but you only have today and tomorrow.  Can you please help? I’ve be eternally grateful! Just click this link and agree to tweet or share.




Books in the House of Pleasure series:

onlyscandalwilldo sizeONLY MARRIAGE WILL DO


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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30 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/02/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ “It Will Not Hurt Much”

  1. Pingback: Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/09/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ A Discussion of Terms | Jenna Jaxon Romance–because passion is timeless.

  2. Gem says:

    Best wishes on your release, Jenna. I know it’s another fabulous story.


  3. nancygideon says:

    Oh, the weight in that last line! Excellent, Jenna. Fingers crossed for you on your release!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I love how kind and honest he’s being, but that last line crushes me. Happy releasing! 😀

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  5. Cara Bristol says:

    He shouldn’t be doing it at all!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Well, no, he shouldn’t, but I doubt that’s ever stopped a man before. He is being rather concerned for her, which many would not be, so I see him as better than most.


  6. At least he’s nice and considerate, but it’s still a terrible moment for her. Joined the thunderclap- best of luck with the launch!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you so much, Christina! I just got notification I’m 100% supported! Thank you for help making it happen! And yes, even though he’s not a brute, it’s still the worst moment of her life.

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  7. Wow, the excerpt really tears at the heart – well done! I’ve got the book pre-ordered, can’t wait to read it. Best wishes on the release!

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  8. Melissa Keir says:

    What a touching moment. I hope he makes a good choice…

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  9. barbarabettis1 says:

    Great hook on that last line, Jenna! Looking forward to reading the book.

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  10. Daryl Devore says:

    Heartbreaking last line. Best of luck with sales.

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  11. Carrie-Anne says:

    His words probably feel like cold comfort at that moment, but at least he’s not some brute who only cares about himself.

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  12. Wonderful snippet, my friend. So true.

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  13. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, I feel for her to have to be in that situation. His kindness is a bit of a reprieve, but not enough. Well done, and all the best with this upcoming release! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  14. jakerose says:

    “… only for the rest of her life.” You can feel the dread and anguish she’s experiencing. Great piece!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Ed Hoornaert says:

    His solicitousness is endearing and her fears heighten our ability to identify with her.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you so much, Ed. They say deep POV takes you into the character’s skin and I tried really hard to do that with this book.Glad to see it seems to be working. 🙂


  16. Kim Magennis says:

    Exciting times, Jenna. Best wishes for your release. This is a very poignant scene. Very nicely done.

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