Hooray!! The fabulous Monica Burns has a new book out! I love Monica’s very sexy and very cool historical romances, and her latest book is really something.
His Mistress is a sensually crafted BDSM historical romance, and is Book 1 in the Self-Made Men series. When Tobias Lynsted is blackmailed into marrying Lady Jane, neither realize they both belong to the same BDSM club, the House of Dark Pleasures. Tobias is haunted by dark secrets, until Jane becomes both his salvation and the mistress of his soul.
Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!
“I said kiss me again.” A sultry smile curved her lips. “Would that be such a difficult task to perform?”
Christ almighty, she wanted him to kiss her again. And she was ordering him to do so. She was a seductress demanding she be pleasured. Temptation threatened to overrule every sane thought he possessed. With one simple act, he’d awoken the beast inside him. A dragon that would devour her in one fiery breath. His gaze didn’t wander from her face as he struggled to devise a reason not to obey her command. In the back of his mind, a realization hollered out at him, but it subsided into the background as he shook his head as if doing so would clear it.
“I don’t think that would be appropriate, “ he choked out. “As you said earlier, a more private setting is called for.”
“Very well,” she murmured as she turned away and walked toward the door.
Relief lashed through him at the realization she’d spared himself and her from the darkness that flowed through his veins the moment she’d uttered her command. Disappointment followed a brief moment later. Bloody hell, he was mad to even consider the possibility of exposing her to his demons.
Tobias took a step forward to follow her then froze in his tracks as Jane locked the door. Disbelief made his muscles draw up taunt as she turned to face him and held up the key for a moment before slowly tucking it down into her bodice.
“There, I think we have all the privacy we could want. Wouldn’t you agree?”
There was a mischievous look on her face, but it was the determination in her voice that said he was in trouble. With a shake of his head, Tobias fought back the urge to give into her demands. Suddenly remembering the door into the earl’s study, he allowed himself a smile.
“I think my best course of action is to take my leave through your father’s study.”
He turned away with great effort as his mind flashed images of the dark, luscious valley the door key was nestled against. Even more dangerous than the image was the voice in the back of his head that said she needed to be kissed thoroughly. Kissed hard until she understood she was playing with fire.
Tobias crossed the floor to the door of the earl’s study and turned the knob. Locked. For a moment, he simply stared down at what should have been his salvation before he looked over his shoulder at Jane. Her lovely mouth curved in a slight smile, she rolled her shoulders in a small shrug.
“Father always locks his office when there are guests in the house.” The amusement he heard in her voice made him growl with frustration. In several long strides he was mere inches from her and returning her satisfied expression with a glare.
“You’ve no idea what you’re asking of me, Jane.”
“Oh, I think I do,” she murmured. “The problem is, you simply don’t want to do as I ask.”
“Ask?” bit out between clenched teeth. “I’d call it more of a command.”
“And would it be so difficult to surrender to my…command?” The softly whispered question was like a velvety iron fist to his stomach. He ignored the question.
“If one plays with fire, one should be prepared to burn, Jane.”
“You say that as if I’m in danger from you.”
“Maybe you are,” Tobias growled as the scent of her invaded his nostrils. God almighty, he wanted to bury his face in her neck just to savor her like one did the fragrance of a fine bottle of wine.
“Then I would like to experience that danger.” She reached out to brush her fingers across his unmarred cheek. “Now kiss me. I’ll not produce the key until you do as I say.”
“Do not forget that I warned you,” Tobias rasped as he tugged her into his arms with a suppressed violence at the way she’d forced his hand.
Not waiting for her reply, he crushed her lips beneath his. Desire pounded its way through his blood as he molded her to his body. Beneath the harshness of his kiss, she froze against him, and he prepared himself for her protest. It didn’t come. Instead, she became soft and pliable in his arms. Deep inside, he shouted the need to stop this madness, but he ignored the warning.
With a sharp nip at the plump skin of her lower lip, he waited for the gasp that would part her lips. A fraction of a second later, his tongue slipped past her teeth to plunder her sweet succulent mouth. Mint and a hint of citrus made her taste cool and tangy. The flavors reminded him of her strength and the occasional mischievous side she kept hidden beneath her serene countenance.
One arm wrapped around her waist, he caressed the side of her throat with his free hand. The pads of his fingers could have been touching silk if he’d not known otherwise. Eager to taste more of her, his mouth left hers to make its way across her cheek and down the side of her neck. A low moan broke free of her lips, while her head fell backward and her breasts press deeper into his chest. Immediately, his hand slid downward to caress the peach-toned swells of her breasts framed by her gown’s bodice. She was lovely, and she didn’t deserve his darkness touching her in any form.
Whew! *Vanessa fans herself*
And here’s the blurb:
One man’s submission to pleasure
As a solicitor seeking justice for victims of violence, Tobias Lynsted must maintain control at all times while working in the seedy underworld of London’s East End. The darkness of his world creates a need for the intimacy and release he can only find in the forbidden pleasure of submission. The kind of pleasure where a powerful man has the freedom to let go of his control for a few sweet moments of oblivion. But when a blackmail scheme forces him to marry, the last thing he expects in a wife is a woman who will satisfy the darker side of his nature.
One woman’s awakening
Lady Jane Grisham has no desire to marry, but choosing marriage over a life of destitution is an easy choice to make. Although Jane knows love is for the foolish, Tobias awakens her most wicked and darkest of desires. In the sinful world of domination and submission, Jane uses her blossoming skills to make Tobias surrender not only his body, but his secrets. But she quickly discovers that the true test of her strength is trusting Tobias with her heart.
You can check out a longer excerpt on Monica’s website, and also find buy links. Trust me – if you’re looking for a sexy, wonderfully emotional read, this is it!
For my readers today, Monica is giving away a copy of His Mistress. Just tell me how sexy you like your historical romances for a chance to win!
27 thoughts on “Guest Author: Monica Burns & Giveaway!!”
Thanks for having me on the blog, Vanessa. I’m really excited about this book. The fact that my Goodreads rating for the book is 4+ Stars makes me ecstatic, but clearly people have to read and decide for themselves. And for those worried about the BDSM label, don’t.
Trust me, I had never read a BDSM up until a year and a half ago. It was fairly light on kink, but it was the emotional aspects that grabbed me. That’s what HIS MISTRESS is designed to do. It’s supposed to grab readers with it’s emotional aspects. I hope folks will give it a shot. Oh, and you can read the whole first chapter over on my website. http://bit.ly/1c51LVK
Thanks again Vanessa for spotlighting HIS MISTRESS, can you tell I’m full promo mode? LOL
Happy to have you on the blog, dear!
Good luck with your new book. The historicals that I read are usually a bit tamer, but the plot of this one does sound interesting.
I love Monica’s books, Kim. They have a lot of heart.
I think that for me it depends on the story. If it flows well and the story fits a higher “heat” level, then I’m all for it. I just go where the author takes me 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I love your philosophy, Erin!
That’s a great way to look at it Erin, I think readers sometimes are influenced by media hype for this out that book. And as you indicate a book should be taken on its own merits. 🙂
Authors love readers like you, bn!
I agree with Vanessa on this, I love turning things on their heads especially where readers are concerned. Lol
I like my books with some heat in them. However, I have never read any BDSM books before. HIS MISTRESS sounds good though.
Cathy, there are various types of BDSM, and His Mistress is pretty vanilla. I dint even blindfold the hero. Lol
I love historical romances and Monica’s writing. So I’ll read them as hot as she wants to write them. 😉
Thank you so much for your support, Marcy. MWAH
I like ’em spicy with a nice splash of heat. Thanks for asking.
Well, I write splashes of heat all the time, Lisa. Be sure to check out The Rock It Readers giveaway where you can download my Love’s Portrait for free
Sometimes it depends on my mood, but usually the higher the flames, the better. 😉
Congratulations on your new release!
Thanks Julie, if you like heat, I’ve got it, but it’s romantic heat.some people want it raw, and I’m not sure I could claim that moniker. Lol
Sometimes I like them tame and sometimes hotter is okay. I even occasionally read the clean Christian romances. Haven’t read a BDSM either, so I’d like to try it, especially since you said it’s not too racy.
I really don’t care for super detailed love scenes.
Wow I can’t wait to read more!!!
Thanks Barbara, I hope you’ll check out the first chapter on my website too. The first chapter is completely free.
I like to be surprised. Open up a book and start reading and go, well, I wasn’t expecting that! Lol the story makes the romance work for me, not the other way around 😉
Joanna, a couple of people have reviewed His Mistress and said they were prepared to yawn, and instead they were blown away. Isn’t it always nice to be blown away by something in a delightful way?
I really don’t care for super detailed live scenes. I like a little left to my imagination. I have read some books that went to detail as noises that the body was making. That’s too much for me.
Katie, I think I commented on your post above.
I’m easy either way as long as it’s well written. I’ve read & loved books with hardly anything more than one kiss the whole book but was wonderfully romantic.