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Historical Romance, Historical Erotica, Romance, Erotica, Erotic Romance
The Ruttingdon Series Book 3
Release Date: 8/1/16
Publisher: Blushing Books
Never trust the wrong man, especially with your heart. But how does one know ahead of time he is the wrong man?
In the case of innocent vicar’s daughter Faith Halstead, governess to a middle class family with a marriageable son, one only finds out he is a cad after it is too late. Now she is alone in the world, a fallen woman, facing a bleak and uncertain future.
While leaving London in disgrace, a chance encounter on the train lands Faith in front of the darkly dominant Duke of Buckingham. He is in search of a woman to serve as his slave at an upcoming Ruttingdon Club house party, and the shy, modest young woman has unaccountably captured his attention.
Desperate for any excuse not to return home to her harshly judgmental father, Faith rashly promises to serve as the duke’s absolute slave for a week, alone with him at the secluded Ruttingdon Hall.
Will his dark and brutal desires and the oftentimes sweet pain he inflicts upon her ripe body drive her away, or will the awakening desires in her heart seduce her into staying longer with him – perhaps forever?
Publisher’s Note: This book contains adult, consensual spanking and discipline, and graphic descriptions of sexual activity, including breath play. If such material bothers or offends you, please do not read it.
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Faith swallowed hard. “I may be a fallen woman, your grace,” she said quietly, “but I am not a woman who will suit your needs either.”
“You don’t know what they are yet,” the duke pointed out. “And, may I say, that you are not exactly in a position to be choosy.”
Faith’s head snapped up and she glared at the duke.
He smiled at her. “There you are,” he said softly. “I wondered if there was a bit of spirit left in you.”
He pushed the piece of paper on the desk towards Faith.
“There,” he said. “There is a document stating in plain terms what I would expect of my mistress, and what her remuneration would be.”
Faith did not look at the document.
“Why are you offering me this?” she asked, confused. “You have a woman waiting for your carriage at the railway station. She is more worldly than I, and fully aware of what you need. I am not like her, your grace.”
“Read the document,” the duke ordered.
Her hands shaking slightly, Faith picked up the sheet of paper and started to read. She felt her cheeks begin to flush again after the first few sentences, but a mixture of horror and fascination kept her reading the scandalous document.
It was a contract, of sorts, she realised, a little like the one that she had signed on becoming the governess to the Bateman children. It spelled out, in simple terms and plain language, what the mistress of the Duke of Buckingham would have to endure, and how she would be remunerated. Faith’s eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw the amount, neatly penned in at the bottom of the page.
Ten thousand pounds.
Ten thousand pounds!
It was an unbelievable amount of money, an absolute fortune, especially to a poorly paid governess such as Faith. She had thought that she was lucky to be paid twenty-five pounds a year by the Batemans; one month’s work for the Duke of Buckingham and she would earn what she never would earn working as a governess!
She took a deep breath. Now she understood why fallen women turned to sin. It seemed to pay a lot better than virtue did!
About the Author:
I’m Louise Taylor, and I love reading and writing historical romance novels! I’ve now written seven full length erotic historical romances, and all my novels are published by the lovely people at Blushing Books.
All my books have elements of power exchange, spanking and BDSM but none of my heroines are weak-willed or easily dominated – they make their men work for their love!
I live on the beautiful Welsh coast, and I love walking the cliff tops and visiting some of our wonderful historical ruins. I get my best ideas when I’m in the great outdoors and you can usually find me chasing after the piece of paper I’ve just scribbled my notes on!
I live in a late Victorian house with wonderfully high ceilings and no central heating – thank goodness for my fabulous fireplace! I’m owned by Alfred The Great, an enormous tom cat with very decided ideas about who gets to sit on the right side of the sofa and how long I am allowed to stay in bed in the morning.
Visit my website here: www.louisetaylorlove.com
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How many books do you currently have published?
Having Faith is my sixth full length novel, but my seventh, Keeping Faith, will be released on September 3rd 2016! They are Volumes One and Two of the third book in my The Ruttingdon Club series. The story got so big I had to split it over two books!
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
I very much enjoyed Spanking The Heiress – lots of buried treasure and secret passages in ruined castles! The Incorrigible Miss Spencer, the first in the Ruttingdon Series, was a departure away from light spanking and towards more intense BDSM.
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?
I’m always working on a book! I’m writing the fourth in The Ruttingdon Club series about a very strict doctor and his un-cooperative patient, and I also have the fourth book in my Victorian Vices series on the go to!
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
Oh, every writer gets blocked. I tend to wander off and clean the bathroom or kitchen for a while. Somehow scrubbing things gets the creative juices flowing for me!
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?
Oh yes! After writing The Incorrigible Miss Spencer and Annabelle’s Awakening about the irrepressible Annabelle Spencer, I was looking forward to writing a third book about a different character. Annabelle did make her way into Keeping Faith, however – it was impossible to leave her out!
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?
Annabelle Spencer, Duchess of Rothmuir. She’s full of energy and curiosity and not scared of anything! She’s intellectually curious, too. She takes every opportunity to widen her horizons and had a kind and caring nature.
My least favorite characters are my villains. I try and and make them as evil as possible, so I end up really hating them. Sir Alec Salcombe from Spanking The Heiress used to be my worst, but I’ve surpassed him with Sir Leslie Baynton in Keeping Faith. Trust me, you’ll hate him.
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?
The scene where Sir Leslie Baynton gets his just desserts. That was satisfying!
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?
You have to keep plugging away at it. Writing even a small amount as often as you can means that you have something to work with, edit, revise and improve. Carve out as much time as you can for your writing.
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?
It depends; if you like historical romance with a little light spanking, I’d say try Spanking Miss Sophia. Its my second book, but it’s much better than my first. If you prefer your romances a lot steamier, try The Incorrigible Miss Spencer which introduced the secret and exclusive Ruttingdon Club for aristocrats who enjoy doling out pain along with pleasure.
Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?
There’s a free chapter of Keeping Faith at the end of Having Faith – just in case you can’t cope with the month wait between releases!
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
I love Julia Quinn’s regency romances, especially her Bridgerton Series. I’ll read anything Anne Gracie writes either! I love Golden Age murder mysteries – think Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers – as well as epic fantasy by authors like George R R Martin and Melanie Rawn.
What about television shows? Movies?
I’ve really enjoyed the latest Star Trek movie (I’m a huge Trekkie!) and the new Ghostbusters film, but I have so many favourite movies that there’s just no room to list all of them! I tend to prefer comedies over drama – life’s too short not to laugh! I love crime procedurals on TV, but summer is a bit of a bad time for good TV shows. I have enjoyed Stranger Things on Netflix recently. That was excellent!
Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?
Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett. That book spoke to me when I was a teenager. As well as being hilariously funny, I really empathised with one of the main characters. It’s my go-to book when I want to cheer myself up.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?
I love talking to my readers! Please get in touch!