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This week I’m continuing snippets from my newly released Only A Mistress Will Do, Book 3 of the House of Pleasure series. I’ve recently gotten the rights back to this book and am thrilled to say it is currently available on Amazon. I hope for it to be on Smashwords, B & N, iTunes, and Kobo soon.
Friendless and destitute, Miss Violet Carlton has no choice but to seek work in London’s most notorious brothel, The House of Pleasure. She steels herself for her ultimate ruin at the hands of her first customer, only to be offered a reprieve in the form of a position as the gentleman’s mistress—in name only. Grateful for his benevolence, Violet agrees to the proposition and enjoys the life of a pampered courtesan—until her dashing rescuer puts her heart in jeopardy. Violet’s growing desire for the gentleman must be squashed when she discovers he belongs to another woman.
Tristan, Lord Trevor enters the House of Pleasure bent on a final night of carousing before donning the leg-shackle of marriage. To his shock, he recognizes the woman in his bed as a lady of the ton and resolves to save her from life in a brothel. After whisking her away under his protection, Tris endeavors to find her a husband, to secure her future and stem his own intense longing for the beautiful woman. With growing anguish Tris fears he can never make Violet his own for the impediment of his coming marriage pales in comparison to the secret he must hide from her or risk her loathing him for the rest of their lives.
This snippet moves ahead to the chapter where Violet has met her customer, a handsome, virile gentleman with lust in his eyes. The scene begins several pages further on from last week’s. Violet and “Lord John” are in bed.
Bounding up, he pressed his knee between her thighs and her whole body tensed, waiting for the pain; tears slid down her cheeks as she tried to stifle a sob.
“Did I hurt you?” His kind voice held a desolation all its own.
How could she rail against such kindness? Even that bit of comfort was denied her.
“No, my lord,” she said and fought the tears, but they choked her voice even worse when she held them back. Instead, she concentrated on controlling her breathing, hoping that would calm her and in just a few minutes it would be over.
“I know you haven’t had a man before,” he brushed her hair back from her forehead, a soft touch that devastated her with its gentleness, “it will hurt, but not very much, and not for very long.”
No, not for very long–only for the rest of her life. She buried her head in the pillow and sobbed.
And now a little more of the scene :
Suddenly, her hands were free and his weight eased off her.
“Look at me.” Lord John grasped her chin and her eyes popped open. He wiped his thumb over her cheek, collecting the tears she could not stop. “Is Madame Vestry forcing you to do this?”
Violet blinked rapidly and shook her head. “No, my lord. I came to her of my own free will.”
He scowled and moved back on the bed.
Odd he would be interested in her woes. “I have no one and nothing, my lord.” Despite the heat stinging her face, she forced herself to continue. “Except for my body.”
Only A Mistress Will Do is now available on Amazon.
And Feb. 15 thru Feb. 22 I’ll be on a blog tour with Only A Mistress Will Do through Hot Damn Book Tours. If you would like to host me on your blog, please contact Hot Damn Book Tours to arrange a day. I’d love to be a guest on your blog!