He needed a clever woman who would stand up to his mother, reach for her papa, and lie ravished in his bed. In return, he would bind her to him and release her spirit.
Rosemary Thayer, suddenly alone in America, could finally do as she wished. It was the most frightening and exciting thing that had ever happened to her. She intended to capitalize on the opportunity by getting away from the man who wanted to marry her, and avoid homelessness and prostitution. Marriage would come eventually, but in her limited experience, men were trouble. If her secrets were out, no respectable man would ever look at her, let alone marry her.
Lord Edward Ashton was returning to England on one of his own ships to take up the newly inherited family reins as the Earl of Ashton. He would need to marry to ensure the line, but he had his own desires in a wife that he couldn’t ignore. Then he met Rosemary, full of secrets and intent on her own way, even if it risked her safety and innocence.
She would need a firm hand and, at least on the ship, he would need to take on that role for her. It would be a challenge, but as he looked into her pleading eyes, he knew he would entertain no other course. She was the woman he’d hoped to find, if she would only stop fighting him.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains domestic discipline, elements of age-play, and explicit scenes. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
Surprisingly enough, the only scene over the preparations came at the early family supper the night before the formal dinner.
“Rosemary, you need to remember you may not speak to more than one person at your side at a time. The room will be following you, so if you continually speak to one side or the other, or do not engage each side equally, your guests will be confused and slighted. If you like, dear, I can sit head opposite Edward and direct the guests. I know you like to sit at his right, anyway.”
“Thank you, no. I believe I can handle being equally conversant to those on either side of me.”
Edward remained quiet.
“It’s just that these neighbors and friends are used to me being hostess. With your backward ways, you will distress and confuse the guests.”
Her mother-in-law took a bite of food as though what she had said did not ruffle every feather Rosemary had. Rosemary felt her husband’s hand on her knee. She knew that would be looked upon askance, but it was his warning.
“Mother, Rosemary is the hostess, you are a guest. Do not interject yourself where you are not properly meant to be.” He continued to eat.
Rosemary tried to follow suit, but Lady Viola would not allow it. “I apologize for trying to help you have a successful dinner party.”
“If that is the case, Lady Viola, then might I suggest you cease to confuse the staff by attempting to countermand my instructions to them?”
“Like I said, I am trying to help.”
“Thank you, we shall do fine. Please conduct yourself in the position you hold while we are in residence. We shall leave soon enough.”
Rosemary turned to look at Edward. He swallowed his bite and took a drink of wine, seemingly undisturbed.
“Yes, Mother, I have other business interests to deal with and Rosemary needs to finish setting up our home in London. We will primarily live in Ashton House, for now. I did tell you that when we arrived.”
“Yes, but I thought you were saying that for your wife’s benefit. Not that you actually meant it.”
“Mother, I am not known to say things I do not mean. We will discuss our permanent residence when we prepare to become parents.”
“But the estate is your first priority. Parents?” She turned to Rosemary, her face distorted in repulsion. “It is your fault he does not live here. You have turned him from his family, his mother, and demanded he live several days away in London, where I loathe being. You are the poison in our wine.”
Before Rosemary knew what was happening, she threw her wine glass across the room, shattering. “Then, drink water!”
About the Author
International best-selling author, Alyssa Bailey, is a dyed in the wool Texan living amongst the beauty of Southeast Alaska. She lives where the sky meets the mountains; the mountains touch the ocean, and the wildlife frolic on land, sea, and air. Humans, the ultimate interlopers, are wedged in where allowed and are properly thankful for the privilege.
Writing fan fiction before it was a thing, life has a way of taking the wheel sometimes, and after twenty-years of back-road twists and turns, Alyssa returned to writing and now has adventures of a new kind. Writing romance of all flavors keeps life exciting.
Alyssa loves writing about domestic discipline and consensual power exchanges between strong, intelligent, sassy women who are not afraid to make a stand and men confident enough to give his woman space, but Alpha enough to keep her safe, in spite of herself.
If she can throw a little mystery, humor, and suspense in her stories, it’s even better. Her characters predominately live in Regency England amongst lords and ladies, in the Contemporary Realm amongst men and women of the world, and of course, Cowboys and Indians.
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Lone Wind Series
Releasing Manda (coming 2018)
Lords and Little Ladies
Lord Thayer’s Choice
Lord Ashton’s Decides
Black Laird Decrees (coming 2018)
Sweet Town Love
Chase Abbey Series:
Lord Barrington’s Minx (book 1)
Becoming Lady Barrington (book 2)
Lady Caroline’s Defiance (book 3)
His Improper Lady (book 4)
The O’Connor Series:
Liam & Jocelyn’s Story
Her Sweet Complication (Book 1)
Liam’s Lessons (Book 2)
Loving Liam (Book 3)
Ciarán and Katherine’s Story
His Gentle Persuasion (Book 1)
Rancher’s Creed (Book 2)
Katie Consents (Book 3)
Quinlan and Cheyenne’s Story
Quinlan’s Quest (Book 1)
Accepting His Way (Book 2)
A Balancing Act (Book 3)
Kelli and Parker’s Story
Meeting Her Needs (Book 1)
Kissing Kelli (Book 2)
Keeping Kelli (Book 3)
Cián and Molly (coming in 2018)