Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 05/05/19 Heart of Decadence ~ ” I Am Submitting to It”

Welcome back to WWW.

This week I’m continuing from my brand new novella, Heart of Decadence, Book 5 in my Handful of Hearts series, that released on April 23 in a boxed set called Second Chance Love: A Regency Romance Set along with works from five other fabulous Regency authors!


Miss Amelia Burrowes was the scandal of the ton in her first Season, when her fiancée died and everyone assumed she was ruined. Ten years later, she’s back in London to make an arranged marriage that will hopefully allow her sisters to be received by the ton. But when Nathan, Lord Ainsley appears, the man she’d really had a tendre for all those years ago, the flame between them rekindles and Amelia must convince him that a woman with a past deserves a future.

In this snippet:  We follow on immediately from last week’s snippet. While at Lady Hamilton’s ball, Miss Amelia Burrowes has been found in the library by her suitor, Mr. Burke, who thinks because of her ruined reputation, he can take liberties. He has accosted her and does not want to take no for an answer. In the midst of their heated kiss, in walks a stranger. Amelia recognizes him as Nathan, Lord Ainsley, a gentleman for whom she had a tendre long ago. He too remembers her, very well.

Nathan realizes that Miss Burrowes does not wish to be in the company of Mr. Burke and takes her arm. he leas her outside for some fresh air, but then he asked a crucial question: “Are you indeed betrothed to him?”

This snippet is still in Nathan’s POV and continues on from last week’s snippet.

The snippet  may have been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.



“Not exactly, no.”

The flicker of something deep within him burst back into life and he asked, “Not exactly?”

“My parents are arranging the marriage; I have only just met Mr. Burke this evening at dinner–we are supposed to take the opportunity of the ball to become better acquainted.” Even the faintness of the moonlight couldn’t disguise her distaste at the idea.

“And I interrupted his attempt to do so?” Not as bad as he’d feared, but still not behavior becoming a gentleman. “I am sorry if I have impeded his suit in any way.”

“Do not be, my lord,” her hand on his wrist startled him, both in its very presence there and in the warmth it appeared to generate within him, “as I have said, the match was brought about by my parents.” The liquid blue of her eyes flashed like quicksilver. “I am submitting to it because, as you well know, no one else has been willing to have me.”

Here’s the link for the  Second Chance Love boxed set.

Next week I’ll begin snippets from a different book and different series.

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


The Handful of Hearts series by Jenna Jaxon






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20 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 05/05/19 Heart of Decadence ~ ” I Am Submitting to It”

  1. Nancy Gideon says:

    I think she just found that willing someone!!


  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    By touching his wrist, has she taken the first step to finding a new suitor? I hope so.


  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    She’s thrown down quite the challenge! I hope he takes the bait and proves someone does want her.


  4. I can’t wait to see how he responds to that last line.


  5. No one is willing to have her. Poor girl. I do hope Nathan lets her know the truth.


  6. Diane Burton says:

    I hope he listens well to what she says. Great snippet.


  7. Awww, poor girl! She deserves love and I hope she finds it!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    If that isn’t an invitation coming out of her mouth, I don’t know what would be!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Congrats on the release! I just bought it on Amazon based on this snippet alone. 🙂 Great writing! You always do, though.

    No new snippet for me this week.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you so much, Teresa! I’m thrilled that you liked the snippet–and my story–so much! I hope you enjoy Heart of Decadence and the rest of the collection. 🙂


  10. Loved the snippet, so glad she’s speaking pretty frankly to him (well, for a Regency heroine anyway).

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Veronica! Yes, she has nothing to lose by doing so, as she’s been reviled for 10 years and believes he knows about her ruin. What she doesn’t realize is that he doesn’t know a thing about the scandal.


  11. Oooh, I love this! That final line leaves me with so many questions, so clearly I’m hooked! Wonderful, descriptive writing! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Julie! She thinks she’s got nothing to lose by frankness, having been the center of gossip and rumors for 10 years. What she doesn’t realize is that he doesn’t know anything about her disgrace.


  12. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    No one else? I hope Nathan tells/shows her otherwise.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Jenna, you bring life into your snippets. Beyond wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

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