I’m Ashe Barker, and I’m delighted welcome everyone to my blog to savour Sunday’s Six of the Best. Six paragraphs, that is, of something hot and sizzly to warm up the bank holiday weekend.
My latest release, A Scandalous Arrangement has been doing really well on Amazon since it came out last week, so I’m sharing a bit more from that. I’m so grateful to everyone who has bought the book and helped keep it in the top five for Victorian erotica.
Please note, this is an erotic historical romance suitable for 18+ only.
Here are the six paragraphs. I took ‘six of the best’ literally, so here is Victoria’s first caning.
“Stand in front of the chair, lean forward and place your hands on the arms.” Adam eyed Victoria, his gaze appraising. He would not usually use a cane so early in a relationship with a new submissive, but his instinct told him this would be just what Victoria needed. Her courage and curiosity were rampant and he intended to widen her horizons considerably on this their first real liaison. She would return to Hebden Bridge with much to consider.
She stepped forward and did as he instructed.
“Shoulders down and lift your bottom a little more please. Present your lovely derrière to me.”
“I must be mad,” she muttered, but did as he asked anyway. He chose not to take issue with her irreverent remark. A first caning was always a demanding event, a submissive was entitled to question her sanity he supposed.
Adam sauntered across the bedroom to his bag which he had left under the window. He knew she followed him with her eyes, twisting her neck to keep him in view. He crouched by the valise and opened the lid.
He heard her faint gasp when he retrieved the narrow cane and stood to face her. The rattan flexed between his hands as he walked back across the room. Victoria paled, but did not shift from her position. He needed to ensure that she did not move, at least this first time. She had consented to this, but she might still wriggle or worse still she might forget herself and attempt to protect her buttocks with her hands.
Here’s the blurb:
After a foolish wager costs her brother ownership of the weaving mill in Yorkshire which provides her income, Victoria Wynne is left with no choice but to confront the man who took the bet and seek to dissuade him from claiming his prize. Unfortunately for her, that man turns out to be Adam Luke, an experienced, ambitious entrepreneur who is intent on keeping what he won.
Upon meeting her, Adam is enchanted by Victoria’s beauty and charm as well as her nerve and self-reliance. Adam is a man of singular tastes, and when Victoria asks to manage the mill in return for a share of the profits, he offers her a bold proposal of his own. She will continue to run the mill as she has for years, but in return for a substantially larger portion of the profits she will also serve at his beck and call behind closed doors, submitting to him in any way he desires.
Wanting to earn enough money to buy back the mill as quickly as possible—and with some part of her shamefully aroused by the thought of kneeling naked at Adam’s feet—Victoria accepts his terms. But submission initially proves difficult for a woman used to running her own affairs, and soon enough she finds herself bare-bottomed over his knee for a firm lesson in obedience.
Adam’s plans for Victoria run much deeper than just an occasional spanking. She will be stripped naked, bound, and teased until she is aching for release, and then at last he will take her long and hard. As Adam continues to train her, teaching her to yield to his mastery while bringing her more pleasure than she ever thought possible, Victoria cannot help falling for him. But can a lifelong bond truly emerge from such a scandalous arrangement?
Publisher’s Note: A Scandalous Arrangement is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.