Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/24/22 ~ Only Pleasure Will Do ~ “Can I Help You?”

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I have a sad note for all those who are regulars here on Weekend Writing Warriors. I saw on Facebook this week that one of our regular writers, Ed Hoornaert, passed away on April 10, 2022. I’d noticed that Ed had suddenly stopped participating in our blog hop about six months or so ago. I’d seen that he’d had surgery and assumed he’d be back once he felt better. But as the weeks went by, I began to fear the worst. Apparently, there were several maladies after the surgery, one illness after another according to his son. I sorely miss Ed’s dry sense of humor and pithy comments on our posts. I am certain he will be missed by all our WWW family. RIP, Ed.


Moving on to today’s post, I’m back with snippets from the final book of my House of Pleasure series, book 5, Only Pleasure Will Do. Enjoy!



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.

In this snippet, Amorina Vestry has been kidnapped and Bow Street Magistrate, Reginald Matthews has found her, then is locked in the same dungeon as her. They have been trying to pick the door’s lock, but Amorina is much more interested in Reginald at the moment. We are in Reginald’s POV. Enjoy!


“Can I help you in any way?”

“No.” Stifling a groan, he tried to concentrate on the lock, but the knife slipped out of his sweaty fingers, clattering to the wooden floor. He snatched it up and stood, wincing as his cock brushed the rough material of his pants. Stiffly, he turned to go down the steps and was met with the frank stare and smiling lips of Madam Vestry.

“I actually believe I can help you, Sir Reginald.” Her gaze shifted from his face to his crotch.

“I don’t think so, madam.” He hurried down the steps, determined to rush past the temptress at the bottom, but when he set his foot on the dirt floor once more, she seized his arm in a strong grip.

“You protest vigorously for one so obviously in need.”

And a little more for good measure…

A confident smile lit her face. “It may not be the most comfortable of surroundings, but I promise you, that will matter little in the end.” She peered up at him, dropping the smile and facing him with a seriousness in her eyes that surprised him. “If Tommy Redmond is indeed behind this scheme, we may need to face the fact that he likely wishes me dead. And you as well if it will keep my death secret. For myself, if these are to be my last hours on earth, I wish them to be spent in pleasure rather than fear.”

The woman had courage, he’d give her that. Most women would be crying and shaking with fear if they believed they were facing death. Well, save for his cousin Katarina, who, he was sure, would meet it with the same fortitude as the woman who stood before him. Despite his admiration, however, he would not take her offer. “A bold attitude, Madam Vestry, and one whose validity I cannot deny. Still, even in these extreme circumstances, I will not allow myself to take advantage of you.”

Her throaty laugh sent a shiver of renewed desire down his spine.

“Do not fear on that account, Sir Reginald. No one takes advantage of me. I make certain of that.”


Only Pleasure Will Do is available in print and e-book format on Amazon, and in e-book format only on 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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11 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 04/24/22 ~ Only Pleasure Will Do ~ “Can I Help You?”

  1. Danii X says:

    I am so incredibly sad to hear about Ed! I was wondering why I hadn’t seen his name on the linky. I will miss his witty comments and Effing!

    Great snippet!


  2. Diane Burton says:

    I’m so sad to learn of Ed’s passing. I always enjoyed his posts and his comments on ours. I’ve been wondering what had happened. Thanks, Jenna, for letting us know.

    What an interesting snippet. I love her fortitude. Nobody is going to get the best of her.


  3. Quite a twisty situation they’re in. I like her determination and her self possession! Great snippet. Thanks for the update on Ed H, sad though it was. I had feared the worst for a while now. He was a great contributor to the group for sure. BTW, I couldn’t get here from the WeWriWa linky. I had to google search your blog but I wasn’t going to miss your snippet! Love Regency romance and you do it so well.

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you so much, Veronica! Yes, it was so sad to see the confirmation of my fears. I suspect the same thing has happened to Charmaine–she hasn’t been part of the WWW group for a very long time now. I’ve looked but sadly have not been able to find out anything definitive about her.

      Thank you for all your encouraging words! They are much appreciated! 🙂


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      I signed up on my phone, and had to type in my link–I suspect I entered it wrong. 😦


  4. nancygideon says:

    “Stiffly, he turned” – indeed! Great snippet, as always. Soooo sorry to hear about Ed. I loved his snippets and have been missing him as part of the group. Had the pleasure of meeting him in AZ at a book festival and gave him a hug. Thanks for letting us know.

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  5. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about Ed! I was waiting for him to return after his surgery as well.

    Definitely no one taking advantage of Madame Vestry in this situation!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Karen Hackett says:

    My condolences for the loss of your friend. The excerpt sounds adventurous.

    Liked by 1 person

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