The most dangerous men are the ones who seduce with words.
Flashy and irresistible, Lord Ashbee is used to getting what he wants. A hedonist, a ruthless businessman, and an exquisite lover, he is admired and warned about in the high society of Victorian London. When he encounters a beautiful young woman in the Belle House, the famous house of pleasure on Piccadilly, he is more than intrigued. With the help of in-house maid Krissy, he is determined to seduce the mysterious beauty.
Shy virtuous May is in hiding. She is confined to a small back room of the Belle House and does her best to avoid trouble. Especially Lord Ashbee. The last thing she needs is a man who can destroy her cover, not to mention her innocence. But a few encounters—and he already has her under his spell. When the tragedy is about to strike, no one is willing to help her. Except for Lord Ashbee.
On one condition—she will be his mistress.
Will Lord Ashbee get what he wants? Powerful men always do. But what happens when the passion becomes all-consuming? When the feelings go beyond lust? When May’s secret takes her away from him and he is faced with his dark past and deepest fears?
“The Tender Days of May” is a sensual, enthralling novel about pleasure, love, and scandalous education in the heart of Victorian London. It’s a stand-alone novel, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers. It contains explicit scenes for mature audience only!
Would you abandon the woman you love for your own indulgence?
Beth Meridian has returned home, hoping to leave her sordid past behind her and settle into a quiet life. When her childhood friend, Hannah Raeburn, offers her a place to stay, Beth knows it won’t be long until she runs into Hannah’s brother, Daniel. What she doesn’t expect is for him to reignite feelings deep in her heart, reminding her of the kiss they shared before she left town.
Daniel Raeburn’s past is scandalous, his sinful indulgences allowing him more wealth than he could ever need. Still, he wants more, and his gluttonous appetite for wealth and women leads him to buy into a partnership at the local hellfire club.
When Hannah goes missing, Beth and Daniel follow her trail through the Australian outback. Witnessing the womanizer Daniel is, Beth flees on a cattle train headed north. Desperate to explain his actions, Daniel follows her.
Arriving in the small town of Jarvisfield, Daniel is shocked to learn that Beth is now the owner of the largest cattle company in the area. He’s even more shocked to discover that the preacher controlling the town, and stealing from the townspeople, is his once business partner William Maxon. He’s convinced this man is also responsible for his sister’s disappearance. When he learns William has Beth picked out as his next victim, Daniel knows he must do whatever it takes to make her listen to the truth. But she has no interest in hearing anything he has to say.
Faced with losing the two women he loves, Daniel is forced to choose between their freedom and the possessions and wealth he has hoarded over the years. But even if he gives it all up, he still might lose everything.