My 10 year anniversary celebration continues with the highlighting of my second series, The House of Pleasure. And I’m beginning with Book 1, Only Scandal Will Do.
Set in the wild and wicked Georgian era, Only Scandal Will Do begins with a kidnapping, and the auction of a lady in an infamous brothel, the House of Pleasure.
Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam, newly newly arrived in London from the colony of Virginia, has been kidnapped and is being sold as a courtesan in a notorious brothel. Here’s a bit of the auction that may seal her fate. We are in the POV of the man who is considering buying her.
(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)
“I’m offered six hundred pounds for this worthless Christian slave,” the auctioneer intoned, from in front of the stage, “the man who masters her will have his work cut out for him–she’s a feisty one, she is. Who’s up to the challenge?” he goaded the crowd.
Indeed, the girl looked less and less like a slave–she sat stock still in an attitude of defiance at the senator who drew the whip back for a blow. The man flicked the lashes forward, though without any force; Amorina would not want her girls marked. But the little imp on the floor grabbed the leather straps as they fell, twisted them around her hand, pulled sharply downward and the senator, caught off guard, tumbled onto the stage. The girl jumped to her feet, trying to free the whip from beneath the body of her fallen master. As she tugged, her hair rippled around her in the lamplight, a sensual river of burnished copper swirling like a bright mantle.
“One thousand pounds!” Duncan surprised himself–he hadn’t realized he’d spoken aloud.
He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?
Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.
Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?
WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.
Only Scandal Will do is available for .99 on Amazon and other e-book retailers.
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
The House of Pleasure series by Jenna Jaxon