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New Release Alert: Upon Your Love by Marie Lavendar

My newest release!

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Amazon Universal link:  

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Publisher:  http://solsticepublishing.com/ upon-your-love/

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Book Trailer:  https://youtu.be/UVENg4kOros

My historical romance/family saga novel, Upon Your Love, book three of the Heiresses in Love Series, releases on February 28th. This is a Victorian era romance and the final book of the series. 


The Hill family saga concludes as loyalties are questioned, faiths will be tested and undying love may come at a terrible cost…

uyl-promo-aFara Hill, mother and faithful wife, is torn between her family at home and her urge to be at sea. Soon, she learns some disturbing truths. Was the past a fairy tale instead of reality?
uyl-promo-c-adrienne-and-christian1Chloe Hill, loving wife and young mother, questions her faith when her husband sets an ultimatum she cannot meet. Will she be able to keep her marriage from falling apart?
Adrienne Bellamont Hill, born…

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5 Star Review for UYR!

Thanks, R.R., for taking the time to read book one of the Heiresses in Love Series! I am honored by your kind words! 🙂



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This review is from: Upon Your Return (Heiresses In Love Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Marie Lavender’s Upon Your Return is a beautifully written love story set in the 1800’s. The relationship and trials between Fara Bellamont and Captain Grant Hill are carefully worded to capture hearts and minds.
Upon Your Return portrays the social and political struggles in France within the 1860’s. Particularly, the challenges Fara faces as a woman. The author touches upon the stirrings of feminism, classism, giving the read reality and life behind the romance.
Fara and Grant are strong, brave characters, both who defy the conventions of the time. Overcome obstacles for their love. Both characters are written with such care the reader keeps turning pages just to find out what will happen next.I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance stories and appreciates good writing. It is one of those books you won’t want to put down and in the end the characters will stay with you, much like, Catherine and Heathcliff. Enjoy.


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Yowza! Thank you so much! ♥♥♥

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A to Z Challenge: To Tempt A Scotsman by Victoria Dahl

As you know, I’m putting myself to the A to Z Challenge for blogging for the month of April.


For these posts, I’ll be giving an I Love Romance Blog score, not an official review, for books currently on my shelf at home (I know readers must wonder what books inspires us as authors) or ones that are on my TBR list (what I want to read so bad I can’t stand it!). For each book, I will give the blurb, a few lines from the text, then why I liked the book or why I’d want to read it. And for fun, I’ll give a heart rating!❤

This is my scoring system:

I hope these A to Z Challenge suggestions will help you find a new favorite author, or further cement your love for one, if that’s the case.

Let’s jump into our next book, shall we?

To Tempt A Scotsman by Victoria Dahl


Genre: Historical Romance


She Has Nothing Left To Lose–

After finding herself at the center of a very public scandal that left one man dead and another on the run, Lady Alexandra Huntington has exiled herself to her brother’s estate and is content to manage his affairs. But the arrival of darkly handsome Collin Blackburn awakens her curiosity and her desire–and the advantage of being a fallen woman is that she can be ruined only once. . .

Except Her Heart. . .

After a promise sworn to his father, Collin Blackburn is compelled to seek the aid of the woman who brought about his brother’s death in a senseless duel. Yet Lady Alexandra is not the shameless femme fatale he expected. In fact, Collin suspects she is guilty of nothing more than a hunger to experience passion, and the brawny Scot is certainly equipped to oblige. But the quick-witted, keenly sensual Alexandra has a few lessons of her own to impart–on life, love, and the delicious joys of succumbing to temptation. . .

A few choice lines from the book:

Yorkshire, June 1844

. . . The man stood only a few feet inside the door, tall and dark and glowering at Prescott. That alone was interesting. No one glowered at her brother’s butler. Prescott controlled access to a young and powerful duke.

Alexandra felt her prickling interest grow stronger. She edged a little farther into the room.

“If you’d care to leave a card, sir–”

“I do not have a card.” The man’s eyes flicked toward her, pinned her for a bare moment. He could not suspect who she was in her current attire, with her black hair pulled into a tight knot and the jacket hiding her curves. Still, Alexandra straightened at the brush of that silver gaze, even as it moved back to Prescott. The butler stood silent, not the least affected by the man’s coolness. Ten seconds passed. Then twenty.

With a stiff shrug, the stranger finally gave in to the impossibility of intimidating Prescott. “Please tell her I need to speak with her. I’m at the Red Rose.”

She watched as he turned, felt the soft tug of her impetuous nature. Who in the world was he? He should have been cowed by the butler’s utter indifference, but he looked self-assured to the very fiber of his being even as he was turned away.

His brown hair needed trimming and he appeared to have forgotten his cravat as well as his calling card, but the perfect cut of his brown coat spoke of wealth. And a Scot’s burr softened his deep voice—and sped her pulse.

Surely her brother would never speak of her to someone he didn’t trust. “Prescott.”

Ever unflappable, Prescott simply stepped aside. “My lady. A Mr. Collin Blackburn to see you.”

“Thank you, Prescott.”

Collin Blackburn froze at the sound of her voice. She watched him turn and step back inside, watched his eyes slide past her to search the corners of the huge entry for a more likely figure, but when he realized who she was, only the barest lift of russet brows betrayed his shock. “Lady Alexandra.”

She let him stare a moment, let him take in the oddness of her attire. No gentleman had ever seen her in riding breeches before, none other than her brother. She was dressed inappropriately, indecently even, but it mattered not in the least. She was a fallen woman. She’d earned the freedom to do as she pleased, so she let him look his fill and took the chance to study him as well.

He stood as tall as her brother but wider. Wide shoulders, broad chest. Definitely no padding in that coat. His body wasn’t bulky though. He was, in a word, solid.

His face looked purely masculine. Not handsome exactly, but stark and compelling. The slightly crooked nose spoke of an old fight, but his high cheekbones and wide mouth turned the mind to more pleasurable pursuits. She glanced back to the clear gray eyes that studied her so intently and saw his pupils tighten when he met her gaze.

“Thank you for seeing me.”

“Prescott, would you have tea brought to the office, please? Mr. Blackburn?” Gesturing back toward the hall, she spun on her heel to lead the way. Her long red coat opened as she turned, and she felt the hem brush against the buff riding breeches that hugged the curve of her thigh and hip. There was no mistaking the widening of his eyes, even at the corner of her vision. He’d had quite the view.

Gritting her teeth against the thrill that chased through her, Alexandra buttoned the coat and hurried toward the door of her cramped office. The morning room would be more appropriate, she supposed, but not dressed like this. Her men’s clothes would be a startling sight against a backdrop of flowered upholstery.

Alexandra stepped into the office and waved Blackburn toward a pair of chairs by the window. He waited until she took the chair opposite his, then sat and crossed a booted ankle over his knee.

“What did you wish to discuss with me, Mr. Blackburn?”

He let a heartbeat pass, then another. He watched her and frowned. A lock of hair fell over his brow when he finally inclined his head. “I’m here to ask a few questions.”


“About Damien St. Claire.”

The name tightened the muscles of her jaw in a painful bunch. Blood rushed to her ears, roared like crashing waves. She couldn’t move for a long moment, couldn’t make her throat work. A deep breath forced it open. “I think that you should leave,” she said very carefully, very evenly.

Blackburn shook his head, began to protest, but she stood and stabbed a finger at the door. “No. It’s obvious my brother did not send you here. Leave. You can find your way out.” She pushed past him to the desk and dropped into the seat behind it, hands frantically shuffling papers. A rush of hurt surged in her chest. Why would she think he’d be different than any other man?

Standing with slow purpose, he stepped toward her and leaned to rest his fists on the desktop. His jaw looked as hard as hers felt. “Lady Alexandra, I need to know what happened between you and St. Claire–and John Tibbenham.”

“Truly? How does it involve you?” Making an obvious show of widening her eyes, she looked up at him with mock dismay. “Oh, I’m sorry. You must have been one of my lovers. I find it so hard to recall them all.”

His eyes narrowed as if her words had been a slap, then a sneer twisted his mouth as he leaned close. “Believe me, my lady. If I’d been one of your lovers, you’d remember it.”

“Really?” Alexandra let her gaze drift down to rest on the front of his trousers.

His fists tightened to rock on her desk. “Dinna think–” he began, but she cut him off again.

“You are not the first man to come here on the scent of easy prey. A ruined woman who just happens to be an heiress? Is that what you were thinking? Not very original, Mr. Blackburn. Please get out of my home.”

“John Tibbenham was my brother.”

Alexandra stared at him for a moment, rage trapped like ice in her chest, cracking against her ribs. When his words sunk past the roar of blood in her ears, she flinched and looked down, back to her rumpled papers, away from the hate in his eyes. The heat that had rushed to her cheeks drained away.

My Score:

The 1800s is one of my favorite time periods; I don’t care if it’s early, mid or late. I just love all of it. And who can resist a steamy Victorian tale with a handsome Scottish hero? Not me! 😉

When Collin Blackburn approaches Lady Alexandra to exact revenge for her part in his brother’s death, he is shocked to learn the truth, that the lady isn’t who he thought she was. She’s innocent, a pawn in an evil man’s game.

But, Alexandra is the Errant Heiress, the center of such scandal, and she knows it’s not smart to want Collin. Still, when do we ever listen to reason? Especially with a fine gentleman kissing her senseless. When he puts her in her place and respectfully declines the offer of her body, Alexandra realizes she’s never wanted a man as much as she does with Collin. What does a girl do when she can’t have what she wants? She gets creative!

In her attempt to catch herself a Scotsman, all kinds of trouble ensues. I think you’ll enjoy the ride just as much as I did. I give this one four hearts! 😀

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A Short and Sweet Review for UYR!

Hi, readers! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about this cool review I discovered on Amazon for Upon Your Return, book one of the Heiresses in Love Series. Thank you, Crystal, for your kind words! 🙂


5.0 out of 5 stars A Fiery Adventure., July 9, 2015
This review is from: Upon Your Return (Kindle Edition)
A fiery adventure of unmistaken love. Never have I read such poignant literature. This author is my idol. I myself write historical romance, I can never hope to be as wonderful as she. This book will hold you captive and take you on a whirlwind of romance from the very first intriguing page to the very last. Well written and well executed. I cannot brag enough about this book.




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Upon Your Return discount!

Kindle Countdown for UPON YOUR RETURN for the next two days!

Upon Your Return discount!.


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Upon Your Return discount!

Hi, readers! I just wanted to draw your attention to this awesome bit of news. Upon Your Return, book one of the Heiresses in Love Series, will be going up on Amazon Kindle at discounted rate from May 11th to the 15th! Yay!

The sale will start at 99 cents and gradually go up from there.

So, mark your calendars, get your copy while you have a chance, and tell all your friends!  🙂

You can also join the Facebook event for a chance at other cool prizes!

Remember, it’s Monday through Friday! Here’s some more info about Upon Your Return, my first historical romance, a work I am particularly proud of.



Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.

But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.

Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.

Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society…

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Anyway, stop by Amazon from Monday to Thursday for a copy of Upon Your Return! You won’t be sorry! 😉


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Double 5 star reviews for UYR & UYH!

I just found these wonderful five star reviews. Thank  you, Kira, for your lovely words about the books in the Heiresses in Love Series!  🙂


This review is from: Upon Your Return (Paperback)
This is a great read. The characters just pull you in. The plot is amazingly put together. The over all love story is romantic. It also has a lot of funny moments. The fact that this is a great first start to a series put together makes me interested to read the others. If you love Historical romance and ship captains this is a great book for you. I would recommend my friends to read this novel any day.

Upon Your Honor

This review is from: Upon Your Honor (Paperback)
The book was a great read. Very interesting character development. The characters just pull you in wanting to read more about them. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Historical romance.


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My author interview on Crystal Miles Gauthier’s blog!

I wanted to bring a certain interview to your attention. I had no way to re-blog it from the site so I’m posting it here. Below, Crystal interviews me about my writing process, published books and you’ll even get an exclusive look at my work in progress, Upon Your Love. It was a blast being interviewed by Crystal, and you can catch her on March 30th on Writing in the Modern Age in a special interview with her and one of her characters, Troianne. Enjoy!

Author Spotlight

Author Interview

Marie Lavender


Author Bio

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 19 other books. 2014 BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors. Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Marie just released Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, in December of 2014. She released Magick & Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, back in March of 2014. Upon Your Honor, released in late April of 2014, is her second historical romance. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. A list of her books and pen names are as follows: Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

  1. Is being an Author what you thought you would do with your life?

Definitely! This is what I’ve always wanted. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with books, and I’ve written stories. When I was small, I would go around, telling my family, “I’m going to be a novelist!” That would result in a nod and a pat on the head, of course! LOL. But, I was determined to do whatever I could to make it happen.

  1. What made you decide to be an Author?

I can’t pin it down to any one thing, just that from a young age, I had stories in my head, stories that needed to be told. I never worried that I was going crazy or anything from those voices, but I knew I had to write them down. I saw characters and the scenes playing out, and I guess I just knew that was what I wanted to do for a living. I’ve never felt such freedom as I do when I’m in the zone, when I’m writing a scene.

  1. What would you tell any new authors that are breaking into the business?

My big advice is patience and perseverance. I know that sounds a little contradictory. It takes loads of patience to go through the long stretches of waiting to hear back from agents or publishers, the numerous rejections, et cetera. It also takes a lot of patience after you receive a contract or get published. Just like in regular life, there are going to be things you just don’t want to do. That’s too bad. Do them anyway. Divas don’t succeed in the publishing world, and if they do, they won’t for long. No one wants to work with someone who thinks they are better than everyone else. Don’t be high maintenance. So you got published? That’s great! But so did a million other authors. Now you have to do the rest of the job, and it’s not easy.

Perseverance will help you as well. During the tough times, it helps you get back up and try again, or if you’re marketing, you can try a new angle, a different resource. Never give up, always remember why you got into this game in the first place (I hope it’s because you love writing), and have a little patience on your journey.

  1. What is the strangest thing you have written about?

Well, I do have a work in progress that might be termed an alien romance. Is that strange?

  1. What is the hardest part of being an author?

I would say time management is difficult. Trying to juggle the business side of things with your everyday writing? And on top of that, trying to juggle being an author with your personal life? That’s not easy, and as an author, you have to get creative to get everything done.

  1. Do you love what you do?

Absolutely. Are there aspects of it that I don’t like sometimes? Sure, but there are parts of life we don’t like. Do any of us like going to the dentist or getting blood taken?

  1. Do you have a family?

Yes, I do. I don’t have any children yet, but I do have a large family behind me.

  1. What was your first published work?

Technically, my first published work was in a university publication back in 2005. I published two short stories titled “A Time to Fall” and “Unsettling Responsibility”. My first officially published book was Express Café and Other Ramblings, published under an alternate pen name Heather Crouse. It was a literary fiction and poetry anthology, and that was released in 2010. After that, I published fourteen more books before I published Upon Your Return, released by Solstice Publishing under Marie Lavender in 2013.

  1. What are you currently working on? Can you share any of it with us?

I am currently working on the third and final book of the Heiresses in Love Series, and I am almost done. It is a Victorian romantic suspense. It is titled Upon Your Love. Here is a teaser:

She clucked her tongue to alert Persephone and led her quickly by the reins under the cover of the trees. The rider was closer now and her mare shifted uneasily, blowing a breath out of her nose. Clearly, she heard the approaching horse as well. “Shh. It’s all right,” Adrienne whispered, stroking her neck. She tied the reins loosely to a tree and waited.

When the rider appeared from the forest, she could not see him clearly. It was a man, but the lapels of his coat kept her from recognizing him. His hair was dark and he glanced around as if searching for someone. Her? She shivered. Was it possible the man had been tracking her? If that was the case, her dagger would certainly come in handy. She watched as he got down from the horse and led it to the stream for a rest. The man took a drink as well, cupping his hands. He wiped the remnants of the water from his chin, and then seemed to search the area nearby. Adrienne crouched on alert, watching through her vantage point in the trees. From behind, she observed as the tension eased from his shoulders and he sighed.

A frisson of unease ran through her again. Taking it as a sign, she made certain he was still faced away before she quietly eased out of her safe haven. She stepped up behind him and lifted her dagger to his throat. She smiled in grim determination as he stiffened. “Who are you? Why are you here? Are you following me?”

“And if I was?”

The deep timbre of his voice made her shiver. “I would have to ask for your reasons, Monsieur.”

“I certainly haven’t come to kidnap you, if that’s what you’re worried about.” He sighed. “I didn’t expect you to be prepared, however. I commend the effort, of course.”

She frowned. The compliment threw her for a moment, but then she brushed it off. Surely he was only ridiculing her, and he thought he could overtake her somehow. She shook her head. He would be disappointed. “You will state your reasons and your identity, sir.”

“And if I don’t?”

“You will regret it, of course.”

“Indeed? Do you intend to harm an unarmed man?”

She scoffed. “Unarmed? No, I doubt that. With the way you seemed to be tracking me, I am sure you’re quite armed.”

“Right again. What will you do then?”

She lifted a shoulder. “This is Bellamont land. You’ve clearly trespassed. If I must, I will drag you straight back to the house. You know, I believe the foreman has a rifle. He can be quite formidable when he puts his mind to the task.”

“I’m sure,” he murmured.

“What say you then?”


“I say, Mademoiselle, that you have no idea who you’re dealing with.”

Before she could open her mouth to take him to task, she felt a blow to her arm and the numbing pain caused her to drop the knife. Everything else happened in a blur. As he turned, he caught her leg so that she collapsed. But, before she landed, he grasped her up in his arms. He was too close, she thought. Panic threatened inside of her, but she fought it by degrees. She was a fighter, not some idiot who would succumb to a man’s power. Gabriel had taught her many tricks, as had her father. She forced herself to go limp so that he’d pull her closer. She let her eyes drift closed and pretended to have swooned.

Mon Dieu,” he whispered.

Then she unmanned him with a swift rise of her knee. He coughed out a grunted response, and then released her.

She retreated from him, intent on finding her dagger, but did not see it. She would have to rely on the resources of the forest to save her if he pursued her further. Somehow she doubted he’d be able to. She turned and her mouth dropped open as she looked at her attacker.

His dark hair had fallen over one eye and he was hardly doubled over in pain. No, he was scowling at her and he seemed quite well. She had missed her target, she realized. His identity shocked her further. Why had Christian tried to attack her? “How…” she whispered.

“You are not as fast as I, Mademoiselle.” Then he laughed, but it was hardly full of mirth. “You little brat,” he bit out. “You almost had me there.”

She sucked in a breath and when she saw him advance, she backed away. But, it effectively put her back right up against a nearby tree. She cursed. Christian closed in, blocking her in with his arms as he braced his hands on the tree trunk. Her breath came out in harsh gasps and her stomach had certainly fallen somewhere at her feet. Dear God, what was he going to do? Struggling with his obvious intimidation of her, she managed, “Why are you trying to kidnap me?”

Some of the arrogance left his face. “I am not. I thought we already established that.”

“Then why…this?” she asked weakly. And why couldn’t she breathe? His clean, male scent was making her lightheaded. No, she thought. That just had to be terror.

“I was simply trying to get you alone so that we could continue our plans. I didn’t mean to make you see me as a threat. I certainly didn’t expect a dagger at my throat.” He reached out and cupped her face, stroking the line of her jaw gently with his thumb.

Adrienne gazed into his nearly black eyes. “P…plans?” she stammered, annoyed with the hypnotic effect he had on her.

  1. New release book cover?

SecondNature-final cover

My newest release is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy titled Second Nature, and it is the first book in the Blood at First Sight Series.

Purchase links:

Universal Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00Q7FWIWA

Publisher: http://solsticepublishing.com/second-nature/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/second-nature-marie-lavender/1120879883

CreateSpace link: https://www.createspace.com/5131233 

  1. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? If so why?

Not at all. I can’t really imagine doing anything else. I actually don’t think I could quit. The stories would still call; the characters would keep talking to me. Perhaps I would go mad if I stopped? LOL. But, seriously, at the very least, if I stopped writing, I think it would feel as if a part of me was gone. Writing is who I am; it is my heart. Why would I want to stop?

  1. What genres do you write?

I usually stick to romance or any romance subgenres, such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, romantic fantasy and paranormal romance, but I have also written literary fiction, mystery/thriller and poetry. Recently, I even attempted a children’s fantasy story.

  1. Anything else you would like to share?

You can catch more excerpts on my website, as well as other tidbits about me and my writing. http://marielavender.com/

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Teaser from UPON YOUR LOVE

I’ve been steadily at work finishing up the final book of the Heiresses in Love Series, Upon Your Love. Current word count? 112,816 words. Lots more writing to do before I even think of edits. So, I thought I’d drop by today and offer a teaser. For those familiar with the series, you may have wondered if I was ever going to pair Eric, Grant’s valet and family friend to the Hill’s, with someone. Well, here’s the answer and a sexy teaser:

“You don’t approve of women who give their favors easily,” she said at last, her eyes fastened on him once more.

“That’s right. It’s not snobbery in any fashion. I believe that some women are placed in that position because of circumstances I can’t even imagine. I do see why it occurs, but it’s not my preference at all.”

“In what context is it all right then?”

He wondered where this line of questioning was going. Judging from her reaction just a few minutes ago, she couldn’t be in a hurry to repeat that intimacy. “If two people care about each other and are attracted to one another, then I believe there’s no reason they shouldn’t act on their feelings. Unless there are reasons they should avoid it.”

“Such as?”

He shrugged. “One is too young or it’s an extramarital affair. In those cases, it is, of course, the proper thing to avoid getting too close.”

“And what about us? Would that be proper?”

He swallowed hard. Couldn’t she see that she was tormenting him? “Ah…yes, I suppose. But, you don’t feel that way about me, Claudette.”

She frowned. “You’ve kissed me many times.”

“So I have. But, if you felt any more for me, you would have told me by now.”

She began to pace around the room, his eyes following her like she was his body’s only compass. “And what if I was waiting on you?”

“Were you?” he murmured, then shook his head. “You don’t mean that. Awhile ago, you thought I’d hurt you, which I would never do, chére. What you’re saying is not possible.”

“You’re wrong.”

He frowned. “What?”

“I wasn’t afraid you had attacked me.” She sighed. “I was afraid I’d had too much to drink…”

“That I’d taken advantage of you?”

“No, only that I let you, that I consented. But, then I saw that you were still dressed.”

“It was meant to reassure you.”

“Thank you for that.” She crossed the room and sat beside him on the bed. When she reached out and touched his cheek, he steeled himself against the urge to lean closer. “You’re a good man, Eric. I’ve never known anyone like you. It would be an honor to be with you.”

Mon Dieu, was she saying what he thought she was? His most fervent dreams couldn’t possibly be happening right now. “The honor is mine, I assure you. For any moment I spend with you is unforgettable.”

A fine sheen came over her eyes, making her green gaze appear luminous. Tears, he thought, but she didn’t shed them. He kept his eyes on hers, absorbing her nearness until she leaned forward and brushed her mouth against his. The tingling sensation moved throughout his entire body, creating fires that weren’t quite there before. Helpless to resist her invitation, he let himself dive into the kiss, seeking her sweetness with his tongue. When they came up for air, he speared a hand into her long hair. “Ah, Claudette, you know how much I want you. I cannot hide it. But, I want do to this properly.” He took a deep breath as he looked into her pretty eyes. “Tell me ‘no’ now, and I’ll leave this room.”

“I don’t want to say ‘no’.”

He groaned. “If you don’t, I’m going to make love to you and I doubt either of us will be the same again.”

Her lips parted and he stole a kiss, knowing he was on the edge. They both moaned. “Say it. Tell me ‘no’,” he said, tearing his mouth away.

“No one has ever made love to me. I should like to experience that.”

Her voice was barely a whisper, but his body heard every word, leaning closer. It took a second for his brain to weigh in. He nodded, and knew that he had to go slowly because of her limited experience, and she clearly wasn’t going to brush him off. He paced himself by touching her gently, brushing her exposed shoulders and arms with his palms as he leaned in to kiss her again.




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New 5 star review for Upon Your Honor!

New review!

Marie Lavender- Multigenre Author

I just found this 5 star review for Upon Your Honor on Goodreads! Yay!

Pattimari‘s review
Dec 02, 14

Upon Your Honor is a book I bought, read, and think is an outstanding story with a great author. I was impressed and happy to know that this author had more books to buy and read. Marie keeps her reader entertained and feeling all the characters actions. She has a way with allowing the reader to visualize exactly what the character looks like and feels.
Great job Marie.
-Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi, Therapist, Author, and VP of PnPAuthors

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