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    9/12/2006
    Parlor Games by Jess Michaels, Leda Swann, Julia Templeton

    Parlor Games Summary
    Do you dare open the door and enter a place like no other?

    In these three historical tales of sensual awakening, nothing that stimulates and titillates is taboo, ecstasy comes in many sizes, and pleasure is its own reward . . . a world of seduction and sensation, where inhibitions are unlaced and desires long corseted are gloriously freed. . . .

    Fallen Angel Jess Michaels

    London's greatest beauty and most notorious madam employs the services of a disgraced Bow Street Runner to keep her safe from a stalker . . . and satisfied after dark.

    Parlor Games Leda Swann

    An innocent virgin enters a brothel to escape starvation and receives expert tutelage in the steamy Victorian parlor games that rakish gentlemen indulge in. . . .

    Border Lord Julia Templeton

    Fleeing an unfaithful fiancé, a nubile young lovely finds herself the prisoner of a lustful Scottish laird and must bow to his every erotic whim. . . .


    Parlor Games Excerpt
    Sarah Chesham pushed open the door to the coffee house and stumbled over the threshold. The interior smelled heavenly – of dark roasted coffee beans and mouth-watering grilled meat – but it was dark and smoky, and her tired eyes took a few moments to adjust to the dimness of the light.

    She made her way through the gloom to the closest table and sat down at it, settling her skirts over tops of her sturdy work boots. Elbows resting on the table and her head in her hands, she concentrated on catching her breath and calming the over-rapid beating of her heart.

    A buxom young woman in an apron bustled up to her. “What can I get you, dearie?”

    Sarah raised her head. “A ha’penny cup of coffee. And a chop,” she added with reckless haste, just as the serving woman had turned to walk away.

    She counted out three pennies with careful deliberation and placed them to one side on the table. Her purse was left anxiously light, but there was no help for that. A girl, even an unemployed girl with scarcely a shilling in her pocket and no prospect of getting more, had to eat.

    Her plate, when it came, was piled high with more meat than she usually eat in a month. The smell as the chops wafted past her nose was so delicious that she almost fainted with the joy of it.

    Still, she shook her head and pointed to the three pennies on the table. “I can’t eat all that. I only wanted the tuppence ha’penny dinner.”

    The young serving woman winked broadly at her. “You look like you need feeding up. I won’t tell if you won’t.” And she set the entire plate of food down on the table in front of her.

    Sarah had been brought up to eat daintily, but she was too hungry to remember her lessons. She wasted no more time arguing in the face of such unlooked-for good fortune, but tucked into her pile of chops with gusto, barely remembering even to use her knife and fork in her haste to fill her belly.

    The serving woman pushed the door of the study closed with the toe of her boot. “There’s a girl out in the front parlor who looks a likely prospect.”

    The older woman sitting behind the desk took off her spectacles and laid them aside on the blotter. “Is she pretty?”


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    3 Comments:
    1. Parlor Games is on my TBB list, the book sounds really good

      By Anonymous Danny, at 9/13/2006 02:11:00 AM  

    2. I have this one on my list, too. I heard so many good things about it.

      By Blogger KimW, at 9/13/2006 05:25:00 AM  

    3. Parlor Games is also on my TBB list. It sounds so good!

      By Anonymous Cherie J, at 9/13/2006 01:56:00 PM  

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