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.)
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. . . .
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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!
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REMEMBER: RELEASE DAY FOR MISTRESS IS TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH!
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And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.