One harlot. One criminal. Unexpected passion. And a mistake that can cost them their lives.
“The Tender Touch of Night” is a stand-alone novel in the Belle House series.
Maude Daly, better known as ‘Ginger’ among the clients of the Belle House, is used to fine clothes and luxurious lifestyle. But what a woman wouldn’t do for love! On a mission to rescue her lover from a gambling debt, young beautiful Ginger ventures into the worst slums of Victorian London. A string of unfortunate events, and she finds herself in the den of a notorious street gang and the king of the underworld himself—Frank Handley.
Frank ‘Lucky’ Handley grew up on the streets. An orphan, a ruthless fighter, a criminal, and an unsung hero of the slums. To him, the slums are his Holy Grail, money is a commodity, and so are women. So the day Ginger falls into his arms, he decides to use her connections with her rich clients to his advantage. And, well, he wouldn’t be Frank Handley if he didn’t toy with such an elegant creature from the luxury brothel on Piccadilly.
So begins the game of cat and mouse.
But Ginger’s games are gentle and take Lucky by surprise, setting his thoughts on fire. Lucky’s games are dangerous. And there is someone in the shadows, waiting for him to make a mistake.
Twists, turns, revenge, and plenty of steamy scenes in Book 2 of the Belle House series.
WARNING: The book contains violence and scenes of an explicit nature. The Belle House is a brothel, and many characters are of the world’s oldest profession. That being said, if you have issues with any of the above, please, don’t purchase or read the book, for it’s not your cup of tea, and your anger is not mine. Thank you.
Miss Emily Price is in desperate need of funds. With her family estate mortgaged and her young brother not yet of age, it falls to her to save her family from financial ruin. What is a lady with no title or connections to do? Auction her virginity at one of London’s most notorious brothels.
Heir to a baronetcy, James Hughes has always been caught between two worlds. His fortune and education help him pass for a member of the ton but his career as an engineer and his family ties stop him from actually becoming one. Quiet and serious-minded, he knows he needs to marry into the peerage for his sake, as well as, his family’s. But when he finds himself by chance at an auction in London’s infamous Scarlet Salon he throws his ambitions to the wind to bed the lovely Miss Price.
It doesn’t take long for Emily to lose her heart to her dry-humored, generous benefactor. But when their affair goes public in one of the most scandalous newspapers in town, Emily must decide if she must cast her feelings aside and leave James to pursue his societal ambitions, and James must decide if family and duty are worth giving up the chance of love.
Scandal, manipulation and ambition hinder the lovers’ path to happiness. Only they can decide if love is worth fighting for.