Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/23/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ A Damnable Mess


I’m back with more of Only A Mistress Will Do. It’s still on sale for .99! If you want it at that bargain price, here’s the Amazon link!


Next Sunday I’ll be on my way home from RWA Nationals–my how time flies. So I won’t be on Weekend Writing Warriors that week. The following week I’ll be up at my cabin in the woods of upstate New York, but I should have my cell phone data, so I’ll have a new book for you in August.

In this snippet, I’m giving you the end of the scene from the last few weeks between Tristan and Dora, the young woman he is betrothed to. It’s an arranged marriage so Tris can gain a valuable piece of property. He and Dora have met only a couple of times and danced perhaps twice. Tris has just kissed Dora, her very first kiss, and she has happily run out of the room.

(Creative punctuation used to conform to the WWW rules. The published text may be slightly different.)

What a damnable mess. He hated to lie, but the hesitant hope in Dora’s face when she asked if he enjoyed the kiss had squeezed his conscience into that pathetic admission.

The girl was sweet, too sweet for his tastes if truth be told. So he should not be surprised she stirred not one iota of passion in him, even pressed firmly against his cock. There hadn’t been so much as an inkling of a stirring down below.

That might concern him except for the immediate response when he thought of kissing Violet. If he had been engaged even in this light a dalliance with her, his ride home would have become damned uncomfortable. In fact, if he didn’t stop thinking of her right this minute he might regret it, though he doubted that.

Stepping out onto the portico in the brisk wind, his ardor abated somewhat; still, it didn’t matter. He’d be tortured by thoughts of Violet in his arms long after her departure and his wedding were things of the past.



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




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27 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 07/23/17 Only A Mistress Will Do ~ A Damnable Mess

  1. Such a good story!

    Have a great at RWA,, and enjoy the time in the woods! 🙂

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  2. nancygideon says:

    I’m almost finished reading and loving it! So, I’m glad you didn’t spoil anything with this snippet.

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  3. christinalay says:

    I feel for Dora and I’m glad he’s not a total jerk to her. Nice how society was so bent on making everyone miserable.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Tristan is a gentleman and doesn’t want anyone to be hurt. Georgian and Regency society had lots of very restrictive rules. You broke them at your peril. Something we would call normal today was taboo then–like dancing with a man more than twice at a ball signaled too much interest and you could find yourself engaged the next day.


  4. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Ed–I’d mostly been sharing snippets with Tris and Violet, but I wanted readers to see the other love tangle Tris is up against. He truly comes to care for Dora and would be a good husband to her, but he’d never be truly happy with her. But I agree, this section, as everyone points out, has shown how kind and patient he’s been with her, which is such a big part of his character. It’s easier to be kind and patient with someone you love. Do be willing to be that with someone you don’t love, speaks well of him, I think.


  5. Carrie-Anne says:

    He’ll be in a tough position no matter what he ultimately chooses.

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  6. He’s going to have to make a choice sooner or later… 😉

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Yes, he will. And it’s a hellacious one to make, when you know his background. His father had an arranged marriage with this mother, then took a mistress and fell in love with her. It tore the family apart. So Tris has vowed not to let that happen to him. And then his father arranges the marriage with Dora…It does make for some juicy conflict. 🙂


  7. Sue Barr says:

    Poor Dora. Poor sweet, innocent Dora. I’m pretty sure you won’t be marrying Tris….

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  8. Great snippet! I bought my copy last week. I’m waiting to be on holiday next month to read it 🙂

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  9. No one comes out happy in the current scenario, but I have utmost confidence in you, the Author, to make it all good! Enjoyed the excerpt of course 🙂

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  10. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    What a situation to be in. Who will Tristan choose? Great snippet! And have fun! 🙂

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Jessica. I always do because I finally get to see lots of authors who I “see” all the time on the internet. 🙂 And yes, Tris is certainly in a quandary. Does he honor duty or love?


  11. Confusing and conflicting tease.

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  12. He’s in a dilemma- a world of woe awaits.

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  13. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Taking these snippets out of context like this, you’re setting the possibility of a nice love triangle.

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