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Today’s snippet is from my just placed on pre-order historical romance, Only Pleasure Will Do. This is the fifth and final book of the House of Pleasure series which will release on August 31.
Here’s the new blurb for Only Pleasure Will Do:
The pleasure is all hers…
Amorina Vestry, madam of the House of Pleasure for six long years, has wrested a living out the establishment by devising a variety of ways to give men pleasure. But behind the persona of the ruthless businesswoman, schooled in the erotic arts, lurks another woman with a secret she dares tell no one. Now, in vengeance for thwarting a dastardly plan, Amorina is kidnapped and forced to commit murder to save the one person she loves unconditionally…unless the man she secretly yearns for can rescue her before it’s too late.
When Amorina Vestry goes missing, Sir Reginald Matthews, former Runner now magistrate at Bow Street, agrees to search for the very provocative woman he met a year ago and cannot seem to forget. He manages to track her down, only to be captured by the same madman who took her. Their close proximity in a make-shift prison leads inexorably to a night of passion in which Amorina lowers her guard to reveal a shocking truth. Spurred by his growing attraction to her, Reginald is determined to free them before she commits the most heinous crime imaginable.
As Reginald races to save Amorina, he comes to fear another foe as well. He may very well save his love only to find he must give her up or risk the censure of a society that will condemn her.
Amorina Vestry has been kidnapped and held in two basement rooms for two weeks. In the middle of the night, the door at the top of the stairs–the only possible means of escape–opens. Terrified, she slips into the other room and waits for her chance to escape. Last week she hit the man who had invaded her prison with a chair and knocked him out. Now she’s bent on finding out just who she’s knocked out. This week’s snippet begins where last weeks’ snippet ended.
Four steps and the back of his head popped into the light. She laid him down, then tossed the bit of chair leg on the floor. Her hand met the good quality of the pale gray cloak, the material smooth and rich beneath her fingers. A man of some means, then. Likely a former customer, though his form rang no bell of recognition. No need to speculate. She bent and hooked her hands beneath one shoulder and heaved him over and he fell out of the light.
She tugged him back then gasped and dropped his shoulder as though her fingers had been singed. “Reginald Matthews!”
And now to finish the scene :
Why was a Bow Street Runner—no, what had she heard last month?—a magistrate at Bow Street here in her prison? Praying she’d not killed the man, Amorina hastily laid her hand on his neck. The strong beat of his blood beneath her fingers sent a wave of relief through her. Thank God. Not only because she’d swing for such a killing, but because she’d have hated to end the life of such a handsome man.
Seldom had she stopped to consider the attractiveness of her house’s patrons. Customers were valued for their ability to pay, no more. Of course, she and her girls sought to mask that rather cold fact by endeavoring to make them believe their other attributes were of more interest than their ready coins. Such was the deception of pleasure.
Mr. Matthews, however, was different, at least to her.
Only Pleasure Will Do is available on Amazon for the pre-order price of $2.99. The book reverts to its regular price of $4.99 on the day after Release Day, September 1. Grab yours while you can!
A Matter of Pleasure, the prologue to Only Pleasure Will Do, is available for FREE on Amazon, Smashwords , Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Apple.
This coming week I’m running a giveaway to celebrate the upcoming release of Only Pleasure Will Do. Come by tomorrow or one day next week to enter via Rafflecopter. I’m giving away an e-copy of Only Marriage Will Do, a swag pack including a lavender sachet, Jenna Jaxon pen, a handcrafted magnet, a piece of jewelry themed to tie into the book, and a $5.00 Starbucks gift card.
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.