My next Victorian Romance is due out next weekend – yippee!
In the meantime, here is another snippet from Viola’s Heart Strings, which tells of the marriage between a baronet, Sir Anton, and his young innocent bride, Viola. She’s in trouble after recounting bawdy jokes with Anton’s cousin over dinner.
“I’m not a man to be trifled with, my love. I have a business head and I’m not one for affection or trivial chatter. You must try harder.”
“Then, let us leave it there.” She kissed his breastbone and took a deep breath. “Perhaps, in the future, you should consider spanking me.”
She heard the quickening of his breaths and waited.
“Not today. However, I do wish for us to explore other possible avenues.” Anton stroked her back with long sweeps of his hand.
She pondered his enigmatic reply, but said nothing. Now wasn’t the time to seek out his darker side. It was there, whatever Francis said about his cousin being honourable, in the bedroom, her husband’s nature was very different to what he demonstrated in public.
After a chance meeting, young Viola Pritchard finds herself married to the enigmatic Sir Anton Valise. The innocent Viola falls fast for her new husband. She loves him and only wishes to please him and be the wife he wishes her to be. She’s surprised to find that she craves Anton’s passionate and dominant lovemaking, and even lusts for him to take her in more erotic ways.
Determined not to repeat mistakes from his past, Anton tries to keep Viola at a distance. Her sweet submission and unflagging loyalty prove to be his weakness. The baronet introduces rules to ensure his new wife will remain obedient, not trusting that her intentions could be so pure.
When Viola discovers a series of secret rooms and a diary left behind by Anton’s late wife, she unearths a chilling mystery. With tension between the couple rising, Anton and Viola’s relationship reaches a crisis point. Can Viola crack the armor around her baronet’s safely guarded heart?
Read an excerpt – sent to the corner
5* Amazon Review
This was perhaps one of the best books I’ve ever read in the D/s genre (and I’ve read many!). Viola’s Heart Strings is an erotic, well-written tale about a young woman who meets and falls in love with a baron who has particular tastes: the need for control, obedience, and submission. As Viola learns to obey her husband, he teaches her to embrace her own sexuality inherent in her submission, and thus begins their sensual, sometimes dark, heavily erotic evenings of sexual pleasure. Though gentle and kind, her husband remains aloof, and Viola yearns to discover the secret he keeps from her and his mysterious past.
This book is deeply erotic but tastefully done, filled with mystery and intrigue, and unabashedly sensual in the exploration of power play, self giving, and love.
5* Amazon UK
Fabulous erotic story of concealed desire and irresistible passion. Characters really pulled me in. A great read, especially for those who like their history spicy and their heroes dark.
5* Manic Readers
I always enjoy Peaches’ books. She has a variety of time periods, sections of the world, & her love & sex scenes are always hot & imaginative.
Viola is an impoverished companion to a demanding rich woman when she meets Sir Anton in Nice. Anton is on a grand tour trying to forget what happened to his first wife, plus attending to various business matters on the continent. He decides that viola might be a good fit for him. He’s looking for a submissive wife who will accept his kinks & look good on his arm. He’s hardly prepared for Viola’s inquisitive nature, which causes him to teach her quickly about his demands.
There are a few villains, a lot of sex, & final retribution as Viola & Anton discover each other’s secrets & lies, & eventually become more than master & submissive. I liked these two, & the mystery was pretty good too.
This was a good read. I enjoyed the author’s writing and the progression in the leads romance was great. I also enjoyed the mystery element in it. I’m not a fan of books with spanking and BDSM but in this book it wasn’t over done so I appreciate that.