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#BookReview – “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” by Maggie Shayne

Blurb

In “Everything She Does is Magick,” a trio of matchmaking witches chooses unsuspecting little Nathan McBride as the perfect mate for their baby niece. The future looks rosy indeed, except for one little catch: they must keep him a virgin!…A lady private eye on the run from some dangerous gangsters invokes a spell of protection in a fit of desperation–and conjures up a dashing musketeer looking for his damsel in distress in “Musketeer By Moonlight.”…And in “The Con and the Crusader,” Jack McCain jumps into a well-and into the past. Mistaken for a criminal, he’s headed for prison, until he’s freed-with a wedding proposal!

Review

There are three novellas in this anthology.

In “Everything She Does is Magick,” witch healer Aurora Sortilege works as a doctor in the ER. Raised by her eccentric aunts, she’s used to many of the town’s residents calling her names and being afraid of her. Though few people actually believe the Sortilege women are witches, they certainly like to spread cruel gossip about the women. Worst of all is Nathan McBride, the boy who lived next door to Aurora when she was growing up, and the secret object of Aurora’s affections.

Nathan never liked Aurora, but that stemmed from jealously, not his honest feelings. After years of no contact with her, he winds up in the ER after yet another failed attempt at wooing and bedding a woman. Desperate to lose his status as a twenty-nine-year-old virgin, he asks Aurora for help, but their past animosity and present tension drives a continuous wedge between them. Still he’s convinced his malady has something to do with Aurora, and he has no idea how right he is.

I really enjoyed this story. Nathan and Aurora are such likable characters. They often bickered and bantered with each other, but you can easily see the love and affection beneath their acidic barbs. Aurora’s aunts are quite awesome, and I loved how they manipulated the H/h into fulfilling their destiny.

4 Stars

In “Musketeer by Moonlight,” Mary Catherine Hammersmith, better known as MC Hammer, runs her own private investigation firm, and she’d accidentally taped a phone conversation about a gangland hit. Now she’s on the run from a mobster and takes refuge at her aunt’s house on Halloween night. Even though Aunt Kate is a witch, MC doesn’t believe in witchcraft but performs a protection spell, anyway, just for fun. After the smoke clears, she meets the type of man she’d thought she wanted.

Alexandre is a Musketeer from 1400s France and chivalrous to a fault. Once he finally realizes he’s traveled through time, he vows to help MC, a fair lady in need, and then return home. MC helps him adapt to the modern world, and a love neither expected quickly blooms between them.

Wow. I love this story. There’s romance, humor, and action. MC is a great female lead. She’s strong and smart, but in way over her head. Alexandre is dashing, suave, and mouthwatering sexy. Their strength blends together, and they mutually respect one another.

5 Stars

In “The Con and the Crusader,” pioneer widow Emily Hawkins lost her husband a few months earlier, and she has to pay the final mortgage on the farm by harvest time, or she’ll lose everything. But Emily and her two children (her departed sister’s children) can’t do all the work by themselves. She needs a husband to plow and harvest the fields, but she wants it to be a business arrangement. To have control in the marriage, she needs to find a man bound for prison, one who would be at her whim.

Modern man Jack McCain has always shied away from hard work—something his departed witch grandmother had always chastised him for—and he likes to con criminals out of their money. As Jack runs through the woods to try and escape the goons chasing him, he comes across a magic well and accidentally falls down it. After making a wish to survive and in turn work harder than he ever had in his life, he winds up in the year 1890 and bound for prison. Emily picks him to be her husband, and he finds himself strapped to ready-made family and a farm. But Emily needs a strong, honest man, and Jack doesn’t know if he’s up for the task.

I soooooo love this story. Emily is strong and determined, but so blind to love and her own worth as a beautiful, desirable woman. Jack is so damn smart and conniving, but he matured a lot throughout the story and learned the meaning of responsibility. I really enjoyed these characters.

5 Stars

The novellas are well written in duel POVs. The sex scenes were brief but romantic. There are a few typos in each story, but nothing major. Maggie Shayne is one of my favorite authors, and I look forward to reading more of her books.

Book Overall – 5 Stars

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#NewRelease – “Monsoon Fever” by Lisabet Sarai

Historical multicultural MMF erotic romance
15,000 words
Smashwords and Amazon KDP 
ISBN (Smashwords): 9780463164501
ASIN: B0994WZP4B

Tag Line – Why not enjoy the flesh that the gods have given you?

Blurb

When a charismatic lawyer arrives at their remote Indian tea plantation, he tempts a married couple with forbidden carnal delights.

Priscilla and Jonathan have grown apart. Anil Kumar, solicitor to Jon’s father, enchants both Priscilla and Jon with his beauty, poise and wisdom. Will the illicit cravings he excites be the final stroke that destroys their marriage? Or the route to saving it?

Excerpt (R-rated)

They stood facing each other in the parlour, a triangle of muddy, dishevelled bodies. Now that the emergency was over, no one knew what to say. An awkward silence filled the spaces between them. Tension crackled in the humid air.

Priscilla looked from one man to the other. Jon’s hair was matted with dirt. There was blood smeared across his naked chest, but thankfully, she did not see any wound. Anil’s fine suit was torn in two places, with the pale lining gaping out of the gashes. He was barefoot, the sucking mud having swallowed his shoes. A dark bruise swelled above his right eye.

She knew that she looked no better. Her filthy hair stuck to her forehead in damp strings. Her clammy skirt clung to her thighs. Her blouse was in tatters, the seams split from her exertion. Her lace camisole, now a muddy brown, was clearly visible.

They were tired, battered and bruised. But they were alive, when not everyone had been so fortunate.

Inexplicably, her heart soared. These two courageous, compassionate men—they had saved lives tonight. She felt blessed by their presence, full of joy, power and love—for both of them. 

She walked over to Jon, pulled his face to hers, and kissed him, open-mouthed. He was tentative at first, but in a moment he became eager, pulling her to his chest and mashing his lips against hers. He smelled of earth, iron, and sweat, masculine, intoxicating. Priscilla’s nipples became hard little pebbles that set up exquisite vibrations each time they brushed his flesh. He reached behind her, grabbing her buttocks and forcing her pelvis against his. The hard bulk of his erection prodded the mound at the juncture of her thighs. Her sex, already damp, gushed in response. Boldly, she reached down to fondle his cock through his trousers. Her quick squeeze made him gasp.

Before he could completely recover, Priscilla moved away from him to Anil. The native’s dark eyes followed her every gesture. The hint of a smile played across his full lips. He met her kiss halfway, sinking his tongue deep into her mouth while massaging her breasts. Priscilla feathered a quick caress across his swollen groin before breaking the embrace.

She took Jon’s hand in her right, Anil’s in her left, and led them toward the bedroom. “Come,” she told them. “I think that we all need a bath.”

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About Lisabet

Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – over one hundred titles, and counting, in nearly every sub-genre—paranormal, scifi, ménage, BDSM, GLBT, and more. Regardless of the genre, every one of her stories illustrates her motto: Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

You’ll find information and excerpts from all Lisabet’s books on her website (http://www.lisabetsarai.com/books.html), along with more than fifty free stories and lots more. At her blog Beyond Romance (http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com), she shares her philosophy and her news and hosts lots of other great authors. She’s also on Goodreads, Pinterest, BookBub, BingeBooks and Twitter

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#BookReview – “Never Let Go” by Selena Fulton

Blurb

Kendra Prescott, a high-powered Atlanta real estate broker, is sent to England to coax the owner to sell a beautiful cottage. Family portraits line the stairway, and Kendra finds one man, Benjamin Sheffield, fascinating. Too bad he lived almost two centuries ago.

In 1863, Benjamin Sheffield escaped England because of a trumped-up murder charge. He came to America to disappear in the vast Western frontier but was delayed by a little thing called the War Between The States.

When Kendra trips on a rock and loses consciousness, she wakes in the middle of Civil War-torn Georgia. She doesn’t know what happened to the cottage, but when she sees Ben, she realizes he is the key, her only chance of returning to her own time. Trouble is, now that she’s met him, she isn’t sure she wants to.

Review

Kendra Prescott’s life revolves around her work as a buyer for an Atlanta real estate company, and she goes to England to meet with the owner of a picturesque cottage in hopes of making a deal. While at the cottage, she finds an old family portrait of a gorgeous man from the 1800s, and then she takes a tumble down a hill and hits her head. When she wakes up, she finds a man standing over her with a gun in his hand.

Benjamin Sheffield left his home in England and is now fighting in the American Civil War, in 1865. His honor demands he help the strangely dressed woman he found in the mud, but her attitude and sensual appeal tries his manners and patience. Though he doesn’t really believe her outrageous story, he knows he can’t leave a lone woman in the middle of a war zone.

I liked the H/h for the most part. Kendra is a snarky, strong-willed woman but becomes very dependent on Ben. His past haunts him, but he’s still prepared to help Kendra. Their attraction was almost instant, which I liked, but their love bloomed far too fast. The time travel part was never explained, which was disappointing.

Anyway, the story is well written without any typos, and I enjoyed Ms. Fulton’s voice.

3.5 Stars

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#MFRWHooks – She never would’ve deemed him a failure…

Book 2 in The Montana Ranch series
Heat Rating – Sweet – 1 Flame
Contemporary Western Romance novella

Blurb

Melody Bennett’s parents trampled on her teenage romance with a drifter ten years earlier. After he disappeared without a word of goodbyes on the night they had planned to run away together, she casts aside her foolish notions of happily ever after and works hard on her family’s ranch.

Max Fortaine returns with a heart guarded by secrets and a sizable bank account that took blood, prayers, and tears to fund. The cowboy disrupts Melody’s peaceful life with stolen kisses and a promise for more. After a lifetime of running, mistakes and regrets, he vows to reclaim the only woman he’s ever loved…if only her overprotective father didn’t stand in his way.

Excerpt

“You were eighteen, fresh out of high school. The year we spent together was wonderful, but we were fools to think it would last forever.” Max tunneled his fingers through his short hair. “The only life you knew was what your father wanted you to know. I left because I loved you, and you’ve led a good, safe life without me in it.”
What a crappy excuse. “You stole my choice. Hardships and problems are part of every relationship. I wanted to work through them with you.”
“Please, darlin’, see this from my point-of-view. I didn’t want the woman I planned to marry to hitchhike, to sleep under bridges, or to rely on strangers for her next meal. I didn’t want you to beg or degrade yourself to get by. I would’ve tried to protect you from all that, and I would’ve failed.” He held his arms open as though in a plea for her to understand. “I couldn’t be a failure in your eyes. You probably would’ve headed back home to Willow Creek after a few months or a few years, and I wouldn’t have blamed you if you did.”
He left without a word of goodbye to protect her from the world—a rough, cruel place he had to survive in on his own? She hated and loved him for it. Who knows what would’ve happened back then if he’d explained his fears to her when they were making their plans to run off. She likely would have promised him anything to appease him. At the time, she would’ve meant it. Now, older and wiser, she wouldn’t deny the truth in his words—she might’ve left him. That shamed her, but she never would have deemed him a failure.
She rubbed tears from her cheeks. “Thank you for telling me. That’s actually better than I expected.”
“You thought I never loved you, that I used yo, right?”
“Yes.” Her chest throbbed from her pounding heart. “How could I not?”

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#BookReview – “Change of the Heart” by Kelly Wolf

Review

Camille White is sleeping with her boss and plans to wow him with a promotion-worthy presentation at the costume-required office Christmas party, but everything goes awry. Turns out, he’s only been using her for sex and fires her when she refuses to sleep with him. Camille grabs a cab, hurt over being used and shocked over her stupid choices, and the crabby cab driver isn’t making her night any easier.

Matt Day knew the woman he just picked up in his cab was trouble, especially since she’s dressed like an angel. He just wants to go home to his crummy apartment, but he drives to Upstate NY in a snowstorm to take her home. When they get stranded in the snow, they walk the rest of the way to her place and come to an understanding—one night, just sex, no strings attached. But when morning comes, their simple arrangement becomes much more complicated.

I really liked the H/h. Matt and Camille have both been scorned by the opposite sex, and their baggage is eating away at them. Even though there’s no declaration of love, the emotion is definitely there between them.

There were a few typos, nothing major, and a lot of telling (mostly in flashbacks), instead of showing. There are also some unanswered questions. I enjoyed the story but really wished it would’ve been longer.

3 Stars

(Note: this book is no longer available for purchase or review anywhere that I can find online. Sorry, readers, if you wanted to grab a copy!)

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#BookReview – “Forever” by Kamery Solomon

Blurb

Raith has never been in love. In fact, he’s spent his entire existence as the terror in mortal nightmares. When he enters Emilee’s dream, he discovers that not only do his powers not work on her, but she can see him as well. Being Fae, he isn’t allowed to show himself to a human, but there is something different about Emilee. Will he be willing to risk it all?

Review

For centuries, Raith has snuck into the dreams of humans to cause mischief and mayhem. Though he used to thrive on being a troublemaker, he’s since become bored with his immortal life as a Fae. When he wanders into Emilee’s dream, he soon realizes he can’t control her dream and twist it in any way he wishes. She’s different, and he doesn’t know why. Emilee can also see him, which has never happened to him before. As they interact and get to know one another in the dream, Raith soon realizes what he needs to be happy and complete, but a Fae and a human cannot have a future together. Or so he believes.

I really enjoyed this story. The H/h are strong characters, and they have an instant connection. Raith was definitely mischievous, but he matured as he fell in love with Emilee. She was exactly what he needed. Emilee, as well, needed an escape from her own sad life, and she literally met the man of her dreams.

The story is told only in Raith’s POV and in first person, so the reader really gets to know and understand what makes him tick. The pacing was a little slow and repetitive at times, and there were some typos, but nothing major. The ending is abrupt with unanswered questions, but there is a satisfying HEA.

Anyway, this is a very sweet, heartwarming, and mostly clean (no sex) novella, and I’d like to read more from Ms. Solomon.

4 Stars

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#MFRWHooks -“Your bra would be at the bottom of the stream. I guarantee it.”

Book 2 in the Arresting Onyx series
5-Flame Romantic Suspense

Blurb

Injured Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden never expected Calista Barlow, the sassy blonde waitress he’s craved for months, to ring his doorbell. She slips into his heart—and his bed—but he’s obsessed with a gangland investigation that threatens his career and maybe even his life.

Calista doesn’t trust easily, not with a daughter to protect and the stalker who keeps calling her. After her violent ex-boyfriend returns, she finds solace in Jim’s arms.

Jim may have to forego his need for answers to protect the ready-made family he adores, but how will he and Calista escape an unseen enemy that is always one step ahead of them?

Tagline – When threats escalate, will Jim and Calista succumb, or fight for a love they can’t deny?

Excerpt

He patted his belt, then frowned and looked down. “I forgot. I feel naked without my firearm.”

He’d stored the holstered pistol in the glove box after arriving at the fairgrounds.

“I’m sure you do. You wear it all the time, even at home.”

“Just a precaution.” He smiled as she walked her fingers across his warm, lightly tanned arm, bypassing a bruise. “Open carry is illegal in this state, so I couldn’t bring mine here with the way I’m dressed. It’s too damn hot to wear a blazer.”

“As long as you keep your firearms away from Lacey, I don’t mind if they’re in the house. I had a long talk with her about gun safety the other night, and she knows not to mess with them.” Calista tightened her fallen ponytail. The sun blazed, threatening to melt everything on the ground, including her. “I can’t believe it’s so hot. What time is it?”

Jim checked his watch. “Around six. Things should cool off by nightfall.”

“Too bad there aren’t any water rides. I would try to bribe the carnie to let us go again and again without getting back in line.”

“No way. Mia did that when she was a teenager. She’d flirt and ride for free. Too many of those guys thought a free entry or one with no wait meant they could get into her pants.” He tilted up Calista’s chin with his fingers. “I’m not in the mood to get into a fight tonight.”

“Ah, my knight in shining armor.”

“Damn right. If only the fair offered a romantic boat ride, I could get you alone for a few minutes. We would sail down the tunnel without a care in the world.”

“We wouldn’t come off that ride fully clothed.” He chuckled and kissed her. “Your bra would be at the bottom of the stream. I guarantee it.”

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#BookReview – “Playing Doctor” by Julie Rowe

Blurb

Dr. Abigail Westward has been home after two tours of duty in Afghanistan for about two months and she’s taken up an unusual hobby. A hobby that has the local sheriff scared stiff: tossing lit dynamite sticks into the still waters of Lost Lake in Montana. After locking her up for twenty-four hours, then a couple weeks later for forty-eight, the sheriff is getting desperate to find a way to combat Doc Abby’s explosive habit. He calls in a very special Doc-sitter, Jacob “Smitty” Smith, a fellow soldier of Abby’s and the only man who might be able to find out what was really going on with Bandit Creek’s doctor.

Smitty is in Bandit Creek for one reason and one reason only. He loves Abby, has from damn near the moment he met her in Afghanistan. He’s stayed at arm’s length until now because getting involved with anyone while on a combat mission is just plain stupid. But combat is over for both of them and he’s waited long enough. He wants her and he’ll play dirty to get her because he knows she’s hurting deep down in a place she doesn’t want anyone to see.

Seeing Smitty waiting for her on shore, Abby gives up the dynamite with little or no argument. It’s far too much fun to verbally poke at him and the sheriff, until she finds out he’s been hired by the town of Bandit Creek to ride herd on her. She’s resistant to the idea right up to the moment someone attempts to shoot her in the middle of town. Now she and Smitty have to figure out who wants to kill her and why before he’ll go, because if he stays she’s not sure she’ll be able to resist temptation. Smitty is her only weakness. He’s the one man she trusts absolutely, the one man she loves, the one man who knows her terrible secret.

She’s a doctor who’s guilty of murder.

Review

In the first book of the Bandit Creek series, small town doctor Abby is suffering from PTSD from her time as a highly skilled Army medic. To blow off steam and to feel better, she lights up dynamite and throws it in the lake.

Smitty belonged to the Special Forces division of the Marines, and he was assigned to Abby’s med unit as security detail. They became good friends while fighting for their lives in Afghanistan, so when he shows up out of the blue in her little town, she readily accepts his help. What she didn’t expect was for romance to bloom between them or for a mystery military sniper to target her.

Abby is a strong, snarky woman and hides her pain through humor. Smitty is levelheaded, protective, and just the friend she needed.

The story is told only in Abby’s POV and in third person, so the reader gets to understand her pain, regret, and self-contempt. I liked Smitty, but I couldn’t really connect with him. I didn’t feel like I got to know him, so duel POVs would’ve been nice.

The story focuses a lot on PTSD, which doesn’t make this a light read. There weren’t a lot of taglines, so sometimes I didn’t know who was speaking. There were also some typos, and I’m not talking about the use of British English.

Anyway, the sex scenes were hot. Abby and Smitty made for a great couple.

3 Stars

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#BookReview – “Covet” by Felicity Heaton

Blurb

Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah, a mortal female belonging to a powerful patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore.

He will risk everything to claim Lilah.

Lilah has fought her desire for Javier, but each glance he steals, his eyes promising pleasure and so much more, ignites a fire inside her that will no longer be denied.

She will risk everything to win his heart and her freedom.

When their resistance burns away in the heat of a wild moment, what will await them–the eternity they desire or death?

Review

In book one in the Vampire Erotic Theatre series, Lilah is a human working as a servant in a vampire-only London theater. Even though a cruel aristocratic vampire owns her, she’s fallen in love with her boss.

Javier, along with three other vampires, owns the theater. He’s been secretly in love with Lilah since he met her, but since another vampire owns the delectable human, he’s kept his distance. After a month apart visiting his family, he returns to the theater and finds himself alone with her. His lust finally burns out of control, and they make love. Knowing he’s broken the law and will soon face death, he spends his remaining hours with her, slowly coming to the realization that the bond between Lilah and her master may not be as strong as it should be.

Javier and Lilah were dark, sensual, and entertaining. They’ve both been fighting their desire for one another, but once they finally gave in to lust and passion, the love they’ve been denying overpowers them. I loved seeing them come together. The sex scenes were scorching!

I haven’t read many books in Ms. Heaton’s various vampire series, but I think some of them are interconnected. That seems to be the case with this one, due to Javier’s family and his sister’s recent marriage to a human.

Javier’s friends and business partners—Callum, Antoine, and Snow—are great secondary characters, and I’m interested to know more about Snow in particularly.

I didn’t notice any typos, but I had to reread a few passages due to odd word choices. Anyway, I like Ms. Heaton’s writing style, and I would love to read more books in this series.

5 Stars

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#NEBT – “His Innocent Bride” by Kryssie Fortune

Publisher Stormy Night Publications
Release Date August 18, 2018
Genre Regency Spanking Romance

Tagline – Consummating her marriage shouldn’t be so hard.

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#Regency #spanking #romance #murder #mystery #HEA #Dominance

Publisher’s Blurb

Going about her mundane life in a small fishing village, Alethea never dreamed she would end up with a man like the Earl of Deanswood, yet when she caught the handsome gentleman’s eye he wasted no time in making her his wife. Unbeknownst to Alethea, however, her conniving mother has convinced Deanswood that she has no interest in the marital bed. Devastated by his seeming disinterest, Alethea searches for someone to instruct her in the ways of enticing a man.

When a friend informs Deanswood of Alethea’s plans, he decides to train his new bride himself. Soon enough, Alethea finds herself naked, blindfolded, and helplessly bound as she is thoroughly spanked and then brought to one blushing, quivering climax after another. But when Alethea’s life is threatened by her mother’s vicious scheming, can Deanswood protect his innocent bride?

Publisher’s Note: His Innocent Bride is a stand-alone novel which shares the Regency-era setting of Wickedly Used. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Excerpt (PG-rated)

Stonehurst’s eyes shone with mischief. “Your wife came to my establishment earlier. She offered me five guineas to fuck her.”

Deanswood spluttered and almost spat out his brandy. “She did what?”

Stonehurst leaned back and savored a second sip of his wine. “Do you want me to repeat it? After you’ve drawn everyone’s gaze? I didn’t take her money or screw her, of course. Let’s find somewhere to talk.”

Anger turned Deanswood’s features haughty and harsh. Fists curled, he glowered at his friend. Make that former friend. He’d rather beat Stonehurst senseless than talk. “You keep your bloody hands off her.”

All Deanswood had wanted was an heir and a spare. Instead, his wife barred him from her bed—unless a quick screw with no foreplay or kisses once a month counted. He’d rather have stayed single.

He’d dreamed of a wife with a warm smile and sweet nature. Curves that made his mouth water and his palms twitch would be a bonus. Leg-shackling himself to Alethea Allerton was the biggest mistake he’d ever made.

He should have made it clear that he expected to bear his children and submit to the occasional spanking. In return, he’d teach her about passion, bondage, and obedience. Until his mother-in-law collared him in the library, he’d been looking forward to his wedding night. His mother-in-law’s words had kyboshed that.

Stonehurst struggled to contain his laughter. “So, what really happened on your wedding night?”

“It’s none of your business,” Deanswood snapped.

Unabashed, Stonehurst grinned. “Your wife made it my business. Her dress sense is shocking. Is that why you couldn’t perform last night?”

Stonehurst was right. Alethea had involved him in the tangled mess of her marriage. “Did Alethea say I couldn’t… Of course, I could… Damn it, I don’t have to explain myself to you.”

“It might help to talk about it,” Stonehurst suggested.

Deanswood sighed. “Nothing else seems to. After I’d thrown Lady Babs out, my new mother-in-law collared me in the library. She read me an endless lecture on the sins of marital sex. I’d rather take a dressing down from Wellington than endure that again.”

Inwardly, Deanswood fumed. Why the hell had his wife waited until after the ceremony to send her mother to tell him she didn’t want sex? He supposed she was eager to get her grasping hands on his fortune.

When he learned his wife planned to cuckold him, his eyes narrowed and lips thinned in anger. A trip to Gentleman Jackson’s boxing salon beckoned. Going a few rounds with the champion might calm his soul.

Stonehurst’s teasing manner vanished, and he held up both hands, palm out. “I never touched her. We’re attracting too much attention. Walk with me.”

Deanswood had fought alongside Stonehurst in the Peninsular War and again at Waterloo. They’d shared too much to fall out over a woman. That said, Stonehurst enjoyed the earl’s discomfort far too much.

More about Kryssie Fortune. 

Kryssie reads everything and anything, from literary fiction to sizzling romance. Her earliest memory is going to the library with her mother. She can’t have been more than two at the time. Reading, especially when a book’s hot and explicit, is more than a guilty pleasure. It’s an obsession. 

Kryssie loves to visit historic sites, from Hadrian’s wall to Regency Bath. The first book she fell in love with was Georgette Heyer’s The Unknown Ajax. After that, she devoured every regency book she could. Part of Kryssie’s psyche lives in in in Regency London. She longs to dance quadrilles and flirt behind fans. Of course, Kryssie’s heroines do far more than flirt. 

Kryssie lives in Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast –about thirty miles from Whitby, where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. She enjoys gardening, travel, and socializing with her author friends. You’d be surprised how many erotic romance authors live in the North of England.

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