Today author Pippa Greathouse brings two excerpts from her historical romance Merrie’s Hero, (The Strasburg Chronicles, Book Two). Read on! You know you want to!
So he thought she needed a husband’s discipline? Fine. It only strengthened her resolve never to marry!
Merrie had adored Francis Adams since she was a child. But when she was thirteen, he had scolded her and smacked her bottom, for letting her puppy run out into the street and then running after it. She had decided then, she never wanted to see him again. Ever.
Now, six years later, coming home from school, she was shocked to find that he wished to see her again, even more shocked when he asked to marry her. But as drawn as she found herself to him, she did not like feeling his chastening hand on her bottom. Francis, on the other hand, seemed determined to use it; whenever and wherever he thought she needed it.
Merrie had hoped for a marriage in which someone loved her desperately. She knew that she felt that way; but did Francis? The words I love you seemed as if they were destined never to reach her ears.
Or were they?
Publisher's Disclaimer: Merrie’s Hero is a historical romance, containing sexual scenes between husband and wife and adult spanking.
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She was moistening her dry lips, still unable to raise her eyes.
"Tell me, Merriweather—"
"Merrie," he acknowledged. "Are you still upset with me for threatening you, six years ago?"
She gasped, unable to believe he had actually brought it up. Pulling free from his arms, she took a step back.
But Francis, seeing how close she was to one of the staff with a serving tray full of champagne goblets, reached for her. When she saw his extending hand, she quickly backed up another step.
That is when it happened.
Francis could not reach her quickly enough to prevent it. The servant, with his back turned, did not realize until it was too late that Merrie was right on top of him and turned just in time to have the whole tray of full goblets knocked completely out of his hands. As it went flying, the ballroom erupted in gasps. Merrie, seeing the chaos she had caused, cried out in embarrassment. Francis reached for her once again, but she evaded his grasp and disappeared into the crowd.
His wife stood in the center of the room, holding the towel in one hand, a mirror in the other, facing him. Slowly, he moved toward her. His face broke out in a broad smile.
"Turn, my little miscreant," he ordered softly.
She obeyed silently. Her dark auburn curls ended a little less than halfway down her back; but her hair was still thick and full. There was another layer below her shoulders that curled gently. Soft bangs brushed across her forehead, and tendrils escaped at her temples. With ribbons woven through her hair, the effect was charming.
"Adorable," he said softly. "Liliana, you have done well."
"Do you really like it, sir?" Merrie grinned.
"I was forced to cut off almost a foot and a half, Sir Francis. We shall not have too many choices in the way I can style it for a while. But I am quite pleased with it."
"So, perhaps now, sir…" Merrie's dimples were showing. "You can relax."
His smile disappeared. "Relax?"
Merrie could not miss the look in his eyes as he stared down at her. Her eyes were large now; his voice fierce.
"Merriweather Lynne Adams. You. Little. Brat!" He was punctuating each word now, with narrowed eyes, as he approached her. "Relax, you say?"
His eyes caught Liliana's expression of uncertainty, and he turned to her. "Leave us, please, Liliana."
The maid hurriedly curtsied and left the room, and Francis closed the gap between them and pulled Merrie roughly to her feet. Just as roughly, he threw her over his shoulder. "I intend to have a…discussion with you, young lady," he said, his voice gruff.
Striding into the bedroom, he sent the door to, forcefully, with his heel.
More about Pippa Greathouse:
Pippa Greathouse has been writing since the fifth grade, after each student was given an assignment to read aloud a story to the class of her their writing. One horrified teacher later and a class of students who thought the horror story was “cool,” and she was hooked.
She is married, and has two fantastic children, who have grown and left the nest.
Since then, the writing has continued. She now is an author for Blushing Books, and still loves what she does. Her favorite genre is writing historical fiction romances, where men are “strong, Alpha men” and their feisty ladies respond to that. And historical fiction is perfect for that! However, she also loves writing contemporary romantic fiction.
Visit her website: www.pippagreathouse.com
Follow her on twitter: @PippaG6
Don’t miss these exciting titles by Pippa Greathouse and Blushing Books!
The Strasburg Chronicles
Cinderella’s Lawman: Book Three, March 8, 2017
Lucy Grace’s Return: Book Four: April 5, 2017
Macie’s War: Date soon to be announced.