Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Racy #Regency Romance AN IMPROPER PROPOSITION by @AmyRoseBennett #Giveaway!

It's my pleasure today to spotlight fellow Historical Hearts author Amy Rose Bennett to help celebrate her debut release, An Improper Proposition. Congratulations Amy Rose!

Amy Rose is also generously offering an Amazon GC for an ecopy of her novella for one lucky person who leaves a comment on this post :-)

Author Bio:
Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favourite genre.  She has a passion for creating emotion-packed—and sometimes a little racy—stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed heroines and rakish heroes always find their happily ever after.
Amy is happily married to her own Alpha male hero, has two beautiful daughters, a rather loopy Rhodesian Ridgeback and a Devonshire Rex cat with attitude. She is a Speech Pathologist, but is currently devoting her time to her one other true calling—writing romance.

My debut release, an erotic Regency novella was published by Steam eReads in April this year:
An Improper Proposition
Fraternizing with one’s footman—no matter how young and handsome he is—is not the done thing…but Lady Bianca Wells is going to do it anyway…

Widowed countess Lady Bianca Wells secretly lusts after her much younger, rakishly handsome footman Harry Blake. Even though he has been in her employ for six months, she has not succumbed to her indecorous urges to take him as a lover… until one wicked night at an isolated country inn when she throws caution to the wind and offers Blake a wholly improper proposition.

Harry Blake, the bastard son of a duke and governess, is the epitome of the perfect footman, except for one thing—he fantasizes about seducing his beautiful mistress. When Lady Wells proposes that they become lovers for one night only, he is torn. Even though he wants her with every fibre of his being, he suspects that forbidden fruit once tasted, can be awfully addictive. He wonders if one night of passion will be enough, for either of them—especially now that he realizes he might very well be falling in love with his bella Bianca.

But when all is said and done, Blake can hardly refuse such a tempting proposition, no matter how unwise or improper. He just prays that he can put a smile on his mistress’s beautiful face…

Set Up: Lady Wells feels shaken after a drunken patron propositions her for a kiss at the inn she is staying at. Her footman, Blake comes to her aid, then escorts her to her room…
The sooner she dismissed Blake for the evening, the better. For a servant who’d only been in her employ for six months, he read her too well. And she had come to rely on him far too much. This growing familiarity between them was a problem, but one she wasn’t fit to deal with right now.
She turned back to address him and her breath hitched. He really was too handsome to be her footman. Even with his black hair hidden beneath his periwig again, his chiselled jaw, wide mouth and sparkling emerald green eyes set him apart from most other men of his station. Indeed he was as handsome as any young buck of the ton. Or so her close friends repeatedly told her. Those same friends—including Lady Jameson—who also whispered to her that she was mad not to have a fuck or two with him.
Stop gawping at him like a foolish adolescent girl, Bianca. Dismiss him, before you do something you regret.
With a trembling hand, she pushed a strand of her blonde hair away from her mouth and found her voice. “Well, thank you again for your timely intervention, Blake. That will be—”
“Do you have any brandy, my lady?”
She arched an eyebrow. “Why?”
Blake held her gaze. It was one of the things she liked about him so much. He was respectful yet not easily intimidated by her when she played the haughty dowager countess.
 “Please forgive my impertinence,” he at last responded, his forehead dipping into a frown, “but you’ve had a shock and it might help. Would you like me to fetch you some from the taproom?”
“No, that won’t be necessary, but thank you.” Now was the time to bid him good night but for some reason, she couldn’t do it. She supposed it was because she found his strong male presence reassuring after what had happened only minutes before. She stepped back from the door, opening it wider to admit him. “But perhaps you could re-stoke the fire for me…Tilly has retired early with a headache.”
“Of course, my lady.”
Bianca shut the door after him and leant against the smooth wood panels, watching him as he removed his white gloves before he bent low to toss several logs into the grate. His wide shoulders strained against the navy blue superfine of his liveried jacket as he moved. Such power and grace for such a tall man. She suspected he’d developed his athletic physique when he’d served as a corporal in Wellington’s army. Not for the first time, she wondered how he would look without his livery. She bit her lip.
Stop behaving like a vixen on heat, Bianca. Tell him to go. Now.
But she didn’t. She crossed to her travelling trunk at the foot of the four-poster bed and after rummaging around for a moment, pulled out a bottle of sherry. Her medicinal sherry, she liked to tell herself. In truth, a nip or two before bed was her one and only vice. Aside from lusting after Blake.
“Would you like some?” she asked, brandishing the bottle. Her cheeks grew unbearably hot. She was crossing into wild, unchartered taboo territory, but she couldn’t seem to stop herself. “Think of it as a thank you…for your chivalry.”
Blake replaced the poker in its stand and frowned, clearly torn. Would he follow her across the line? Bianca’s heart slammed against her ribs as she waited for his answer.
He rubbed the back of his neck with one hand, then met her gaze. “I won’t say no, my lady.”

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Cassandra Samuels said...

Love the teaser Amy. I am so glad this is out in the world so everyone can enjoy it. Congratulations on the release.

Amy Rose Bennett said...

Thanks so much for the congratulations, Cassandra. I'm glad you like the excerpt. It's certainly a wonderful feeling having one of your story's out there :D!

Anonymous said...

Great teaser Amy - the hero can stoke my fire any day! Good luck with your release.

Amy Rose Bennett said...

Hi Areadersreviewblog! Thanks so much for your good wishes :) And I'm so pleased you like the teaser and the sound of the hero, Blake. I think he's kinda hot too ;)

Maggie Steele said...

I really the premise of this story. Wealthy widow + footman is not something I read about everyday!

Amy Rose Bennett said...

Hi Maggie. Thanks for dropping by :) I'm glad you like the idea of my story. Footmen were often chosen for their looks and height (or so I've read) so I thought why not have a bit of fun with that and write an upstairs/downstairs Regency romance? My heroine, Lady Wells, is also a little older so there's also a bit of a cougar romance going on ;)

Amy Rose Bennett said...

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. The WINNER of an Amazon e-book copy of AN IMPROPER PROPOSITION is Areadersreviewblog! You will receive your e-mail copy soon! :)

Amy Rose Bennett said...

And thank you Christina Phillips for having me on your blog :) !

Christina Phillips said...

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to help celebrate Amy Rose's new release! And congratulations to areadersreviewblog!