Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 03/13/22 ~ Only Marriage Will Do ~ Discovered

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !

For the month of March I’m bringing back snippets from my House of Pleasure series. I’ll post snippets from each of the five novels, with this week’s offering with Only Marriage Will Do. I’m doing this instead of giving snippets from my current WIP because I’m not certain the publisher will allow sharing so far before release (June 29). So until I know for certain it’s ok, I’ll stick with my first series.


Not all happy-ever-afters begin with “I do.”

Two unexpected callers turn Lady Juliet Ferrers’ world upside down. The first claims to be married to her via a proxy marriage, a statement she can scarcely credit—except she was betrothed to him once upon a time. To deter him, Juliet acts boldly when a stranger appears, declaring he is her husband. But when she is finally alone with the handsome visitor, she finds herself hoping she can turn her falsehood about their marriage into truth.

Captain Amiable Dawson seems to have stepped into a fairy land when a beautiful young woman he’s never met introduces him as her husband. The more she explains her situation, the less he is inclined to believe her, yet Amiable is a pushover for a damsel in distress. Against his better judgment, he agrees to accompany her to her family’s estate far to the north. Along the way the passion between them sizzles until a happy-ever-after is all but assured. However, the question of Juliet’s true husband rears its head again, forcing Amiable to wonder if he is married to the lady or not.

When his rival abducts Juliet, Amiable is compelled to choose between the woman he loves or the law of the land that decrees she is not his wife. Desperate to rescue her at any cost, his last resort may be to kill the man who stands in the way of their happiness.


After almost an hour of tossing and turning in her wretched bed, Juliet had sent Glynis to the kitchen to see if they had kept hot water over the fire–perhaps a bath would soothe her enough to make sleep possible.

She slipped on her robe and padded to her traveling trunk at the end of the bed,  lifted the lid and pulled out the box that held her soaps and perfumes. As she checked the vials, a tentative knock sounded at the door.

“Come in, Glynis.” She uncapped a vial and sniffed the contents–jasmine, so no, not for the bath.

The door opened.

“Are they bringing the tub? I think the lavender oil will help me relax.”

“Very good, my lady.” The deep masculine voice froze her, vial in hand.

And a little more for good measure…

Her head snapped up.

A towering male figure stood shadowed in the doorway.

Dear God, Philippe had found her.

“Or is it Mrs. Dawson perhaps?”

No accent. He was not Philippe. A hired thug sent to kidnap her?

Strength drained away. She dropped the box and whirled around, seeking a way out of the room that suddenly seemed to close in on her.

Bottles crashed and the reek of jasmine filled the room. Juliet shrieked and stumbled back behind the bed. Trapped. Easy prey.

The man raced toward her, calling out something she couldn’t hear for the blood pounding in her ears. The candle he carried blew out. He cursed and reached for her.

“Nooo! Get away. Don’t touch me.” Slapping at his hands, she twisted to avoid him and landed with a thud, flat on her back. Air rushed out of her lungs.

He sped around the end of the bed.

She struggled to scream for Glynis, but produced only a high-pitched squeak.

The man knelt beside her.

Dear Lord, where was her rescuer now?

“Are you all right, Lady Juliet?” The concerned tone and familiar voice of Amiable Dawson answered her prayer instantly.

She slumped against the floor and blessed air raced into her lungs. He had come for her.


Only Marriage Will Do is available on Amazon in print and in e-book format on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, and B&N.

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

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8 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 03/13/22 ~ Only Marriage Will Do ~ Discovered

  1. I like Amiable! This is such a good story. 🙂

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  2. Siren X Star says:

    Great intriguing snippet!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Good – exciting and climatic end.

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  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    The scene is so vivid! Well done!

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  5. Drama and more drama! I felt her panic clearly, really well done snippet.

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  6. daryldevore says:

    Yay the hero arrived in the nick of time.

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  7. Karen Hackett says:

    Wow! What a predicament Juliet is in! Amiable is an unusual name.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. nancygideon says:

    Just when you’re in need of a hero . . . he appears! Amiable is my favorite. Just his name says it all – eager, willing and more than able!

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