Early in 1994, my husband and I were really struggling. We were in our early thirties, had already been married eleven years, his family business had recently gone under, I was working part-time while going to school full- time, and raising our two year old son. In a nut shell we were financially, emotionally, and even physically exhausted. Needless to say, stifled by the stress of daily living, our once burning flame of passion had dwindled to a mere flicker and was in grave danger of fizzling out altogether.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I found myself desperate to do anything to “bring back some loving feeling” in our marriage. Given our financial straits, a romantic weekend getaway was completely out of the question, and even night out on the town was cause for hesitation given both the expense and the difficulty of finding a trustworthy babysitter.
Convincing my Mom to take our son for the night, I decided to plan a romantic evening right at home— an intimate dinner on the back patio with stars, soft music, and candlelight. While neither of us can now remember what was actually on the menu, we both still vividly recall my husband’s reaction when I greeted him at the door in sexy lingerie. The chocolates and flowers he had brought home, and even the dinner were quickly forgotten when we snuffed all the lights and made love on patio. It was incredibly romantic, more than a little illicit, and certainly served to rekindle the romance. We have now been married twenty-nine years and are still going strong.
As for the Valentine’s present of 1994, it arrived a bit later, thirty-nine weeks later to be precise, with the birth of our second son, Brandon!
A lover of history and deeply romantic stories, Victoria combines these elements to craft romantic historical novels and novellas for a mature reading audience. Her writing influences are Georgette Heyer for fabulous witty dialogue and over the top characters, Robin Schone , Sylvia Day, and Charlotte Featherstone for beautifully crafted prose in stories with deep sensuality, and Lila DiPasqua for creative vision in melding history with eroticism. Ms. Vane also writes critically acclaimed romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee.
To celebrate her visit here today, Ms. Vane is giving away a copy of her historical novella A Breach of Promise to one lucky person who leaves a comment on today’s post:
Title: A Breach of Promise by Victoria Vane
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical, Erotic, Romance
On the night of her betrothal, Lydia Trent receives just a taste of what ecstasy will be at the hands of her fiancé…and then he leaves her wanting. After waiting six years, and tired of being neglected by her exceedingly reluctant husband-to-be, Lydia decides to break it off.
When Marcus, Lord Russell, receives Lydia’s letter requesting a release from their contract, he is stunned by her audacity. Confident he’ll have her eating out of his hand with his usual wit and charm, he’s determined to repair the damage. However, the headstrong woman she’s blossomed into is equally determined to thwart his every effort to win her back.
Marcus discovers, in spite of her conviction to end the union, Lydia is more responsive to his touch than he ever imagined. He just needs to get her alone to unleash the promised passion he sees within his wanton virgin. Marcus will use any tool in his arsenal to exploit her weakness—his kisses, his hands, his mouth…her own body. In short, he’ll just have to ruin her!
Read my review of A Breach of Promise HERE
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