Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there today!
I have switched this month to one of my favorite books that is currently on sale, Only Scandal Will Do.
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?
Content warning: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.
I’m starting about a third of the way through the book. Lady Katarina has been kidnapped, sold at auction in a brothel to a masked man, has escaped with her virtue, and has now come face to face with the man, who now wants to marry her. She’s refused and now her brother wants to duel with the man, to the death. Kat, who is a wicked swordswoman, has other ideas: let her fight for her own honor and the possibility of not having to marry the man she loathes. They have now agreed to fight to “first blood.” The first one to draw blood wins the match.
I’ve skipped ahead to the beginning of the match itself. Manning is Lord Manning, Katarina’s brother. The speaker is Duncan, Marquess of Dalbury, the man Kat is facing in the duel. Although bothered by Katarina’s unorthodox manner of dressing for the duel, Duncan begins to focus on winning the duel, in order to get Kat to agree to marry him. This snippet begins well into the duel and we are still in Duncan’s POV.
The snippet has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.
Katarina raised her rapier, nodded to him, and again launched herself in attack; meeting her blow for blow, he now pressed an attack of his own and she fell back a step before binding his weapon to the ground. He ducked as her blade whistled through the space his head had occupied mere seconds before and he retaliated with renewed vigor, their swords flowing like quicksilver through air that rang with the discordant sounds. Katarina’s blade danced dangerously close to Duncan’s face; the next instant her sword went spinning through the air and landed a mere foot from Tommy Redmond’s still sleeping form.
Katarina’s look of shock did not amuse Duncan in the least, for he assumed his own face bore a similar expression. The disarm had been instinctual, summoned from the long hours of grueling training with Signor Fucile last year–had he never gone to Italy, this outcome might have been very different.
He straightened, rapier still en garde; his completely vulnerable opponent recovered her composure, however, and stood with face schooled into haughty disdain. Her chest heaved as she sucked in deep breaths–fire in her eyes as she returned his stare dared him to complete his office.
Duncan moved slowly toward her and as he stepped to her side she did not deign to turn her head toward him, although she tracked him with her eyes. Manning and Matthews had advanced to the edges of the dueling space, but did not breech the barrier.
He continued to circle her until he stood directly behind her, wondering where could he wound her with minimum damage and cursing her for putting him in this position until he asked, “My lady, do you yield?”
Only Scandal Will Do is currently available on
Amazon for just .99!
You can also watch the trailer for the book below.
The House of Pleasure series by Jenna Jaxon