The Lost Love of a Soldier out 17th July

Over the next couple of weeks leading up to the release of The Lost Love of a Soldier, which is the prequel to The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, I am going to share some of the elements of the earlier books which speak about, Paul…

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As I said on Sunday, I only wrote  The Lost Love of a Soldier because readers asked for the prequel, but I really enjoyed writing it, of course Paul had already wandered into my imagination when I wrote The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, so it was wonderful to go back and add flesh on his bones, and colour to his life – particularly scarlet…

In the first chapter of The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, Ellen looks back several times, mentioning her past with Paul…

The Illicit Love of a Courtesan

Her eyes caught her reflection in the mirror hanging above the fireplace at Edward’s back. Her beauty was incomparable. She was not blind to it. She’d been told it dozens of times. It lay in the starkly pale blue of her eyes, the dark sweep of ebony hair across porcelain coloured skin. God had made her perfect in face and figure. The look of a Goddess, her husband, Paul, had once said. Then compliments had pleased her. Now beauty cursed her.

A sound escaped his throat, drawing her attention back to him. She didn’t know if it was a prompt, but she responded anyway. “It was obvious you could not afford the stake, my Lord. I am surprised you took the bet…”

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...A dart of longing pain stretched through her core, confirming his words. No man had stirred this reaction in her since Paul. He was right. Her body craved his.

“Come.” He stepped towards her and leaned down. Mesmerized by him she watched his movement, while uncertainty and fear warred with attraction.

His long, beautiful fingers wrapped about the bowl of her glass and lifted it from her hand… 

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Her lips brushing the pad of his thumb, she formed the single word of agreement, surrender, her arms lifting to his shoulders. “Yes.” No, for the first time since Paul, this was not surrender, this was choice.

The rhythm of her heartbeat lurching to an even greater pace, her gaze locked with his, captured by the invisible link she felt woven taut between them. 

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He wished to give her pleasure? The ice about her heart cracked and warmth seeped into her blood. This was more than lust, much more, it was longing beyond a physical need. She’d given herself to men for years, she knew what pleased them. None of them had cared for what pleased her. Pleasure during sex—was it still possible? If it had been like that with Paul, she’d forgotten.

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He wished to give her pleasure? The ice about her heart cracked and warmth seeped into her blood. This was more than lust, much more, it was longing beyond a physical need. She’d given herself to men for years, she knew what pleased them. None of them had cared for what pleased her. Pleasure during sex—was it still possible? If it had been like that with Paul, she’d forgotten.

Edward’s head bowed and his lips brushed her neck while his gentle fingers slipped the straps of her gown from her shoulders then followed the neckline of her dress, slackening the material and drawing it down… 

He did not just want her body, he wanted her soul. It had only ever been Paul’s. But with Edward Marlow she wasn’t sure she could keep it safe…

More excerpts to come 🙂

And a song to put you in the mood to read.

 

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Jane Lark is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romance stories, and the author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Romance novel in America, ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’.

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