GENRE: Steamy Historical Romance/New Adult
This novella is priced at 99¢
About the Book
Sarah-Ann Jennings is quite happy to satisfy her master’s lust. Forced into domestic service by a penny pinching aunt, she is determined to make enough money to secure her own future and that of her eccentric younger brother. She rather enjoys him, besides.
There is, of course, no question of any emotional entanglement between them. Mr. Alfred Grand is a cold-hearted fortune hunter in search of a wealthy wife, after all.
For all that, when Sarah-Ann comes to suspect that somebody may be trying to poison him for reasons of their own, she is ready to put all her energy and determination into finding out who it is. This steamy romance set in the mid-Victorian UK is definitely for over eighteens.
Read an Excerpt
“Any bed that has you in it, my girl, must be a more desirable one than without.” So saying, he sat down and drew me towards him, lips parted. His mouth moulded mine. I liked that kiss, though a detached part of my mind could still note how he had been at the tooth powder again. He was a vain man, I knew, and besides, he made a habit of drawing in unwary witnesses with his flashing smile.
After more kisses, and much fondling and stroking through my nightdress, his hand slipped under it to fondle one breast, the fingers teasing the nipple.
After yet more kisses, each one deeper and more passionate, he broke off fondling me to draw my nightdress down to my hips, gazing delighted on my body and marveling at my breasts. Being so newly grown, they were round, and stood up as proudly as was a certain part of him that I was soon to discover.
“Such pretty ones: you have the body of one of those statues of Venus, come to life and warm.”
“I am quite shy of seeing yours, Sir, this being my first time.”
He smiled. “Then we’ll introduce you to it slowly.” He slipped the dressing gown off his shoulders.
I had guessed him to be well made, and so he was, with the muscular lean build and the chest raised above a hollow waist and hard belly of an athlete. Seeing him undressed, I was pleased to note his proportions were as fine as I had guessed.
He drew me to him to kiss again. I ran a shy hand down over that chest, and over his belly. There I paused. Hussy though I might be, I was yet too shy to explore further.
His breath rasped as he said, “Should you be shy of greeting Alf?” He drew his hand down. Mr. Grand’s first name was Alfred.
“I am always happy to oblige you,” I said, and let him slowly move my fingers under his dressing gown. Of course, unlike the shameless Molly with her wicked young man, I had never had to do with a man’s organ before. Many girls were terrified of them, but I found Alf interesting. He was standing to attention, of course, and a perfect size. That flesh felt strange to my fingers.
The story itself is well-written with only a few minor (easily overlooked) errors. I do wish the actual emotional gist of Alfred and Sarah-Ann’s relationship would have begun sooner. As steamy as the love scenes were, they delayed the beginning of what turned out to be a nice story for far too long. Plus, there was a good deal of repetition in the actual physical contact.
Also, because of their age and experience difference, it took me quite some time to warm up to both characters. However, once Alfred realized he was attracted to Sarah-Ann, despite the disparity in their social backgrounds, I could relate to them
If you enjoy short, quick reads with nubile young women and more mature men, you should enjoy this story. The hint of historical storyline adds to the appeal of the book.
About the Author
Marianna Green is lives in the UK, has a geekish fascination with English Literature and History, and an irrepressible sense of humour.
Marianna Green will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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April 15: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Marianna today for this stop on her tour.