Spells of Seduction—Book 1
By Jessica Frost
Erotic Historical Fantasy/Paranormal Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, werewolves
Elizabeth Stuart thought she couldn’t hate the Duke of Norfolk any more than she did. After he wins her in a bet and she’s forced to live in his castle, she learns she was wrong. Penniless and distraught, she moves in, vowing to make him pay.
Richard Albert has loved Elizabeth for so long. When her father asks his help in protecting Elizabeth from the evil sorceress Pondora, he agrees wholeheartedly, not knowing Elizabeth’s father lied about why she’ll be staying with him. Now she thinks he’s evil incarnate.
George Albert’s not happy his brother brought Lady Elizabeth there. Considering the danger that lurks in Castle Norfolk’s dungeon, she’s no safer with them. But after seeing how much Richard loves her and realizing she’s the woman of George’s sexual dreams, whom he so desires, he changes his mind and plans on making every one of his erotic dreams come true.
Soon these three get caught in a web of deceit, sex, and love. Little do they know Pondora has figured a way past the castle’s enchantment and intends on executing her deadly curse.
This book was a joy to read for the pure historical erotic romance and paranormal elements. I am a sucker for a werewolf erotica and this one was a treat. The fairy tale elements, combined with the erotica were wonderful. I haven't read many historical erotica pieces, and had to pause a little to get used to the language, but once I did, it was very enjoyable.
What I Liked:
The plot was flowing and the sex was hot! Who doesn't like sexy werewolves?
What I Didn't:
It wasn't really a dislike, but it took a bit to get used to the historical nature of the story. I am used to contemporary erotica. Once the story began to flow, I was fine.
If you like smoking hot erotica, give this a try. The period piece will grab your attention and not let go. The dialogue is believable, the action between the characters natural and the sex scenes are steamy? What more can you ask for on a hot summers night than that?
Elizabeth continued to search, opening doors to empty rooms or storage areas, until she came to a door and, upon opening it, was surprised to see a man sat on a chaise longue reading a book.
“I’m terribly sorry. I thought this was the door leading outside,” she said blushing, trying to close the door behind her.
He instantly stood up, a look of shock plastered on his face. His wide eyes just stared at her while he remained silent. Then he broke eye contact and cleared his throat.
“It’s quite all right.” He approached her with a bright smile. The sparkle in his sharp eyes looked familiar and she lost her breath for a moment. “You must either be Lady Elizabeth or her sister, Ann.”
He took her hand and bowed, bringing her hand to his warm lips. Never breaking his fixed gaze on her, he continued, “But from my brother’s description, you must be the beautiful Lady Elizabeth, no doubt.”
Her cheeks warmed at his compliment and she couldn’t help but stare back at him in a trance. His beautiful azure eyes bewitched her, as did his full lips and strong chin. When she finally acknowledged in her mind she had been gawking, she immediately lowered her gaze to the floor in embarrassment. Words to reply came languidly as time seemed to stop. After taking a shallow breath, she said, “I didn’t realize the Duke of Norfolk had a brother.”
He chuckled. “Younger brother who gives him more headaches than he’d care to have, I’m afraid. Perhaps that is the reason he never mentioned me. My name is George.”
“Oh, well, your brother and I haven’t really spoken often, or for long. We’ve barely conversed.”
His brow lifted in apparent surprise. “Really? And yet here you are, Norfolk Castle your new permanent residence.”
“That, my lord, is your brother’s doing, not mine. I had no say in this arrangement he and my father made.” Her anger rose.
“Ah, yes, the supposed bet. Yes, yes, I had forgotten about that.” He walked around her tapping his index finger on his pursed lips while he looked her over like a prize.
It was obvious the Duke’s brother had his same rude manners and disrespect for women. Yet surprisingly a part of her found George’s admiring attention flattering. Before she could open her mouth to put him in his place, he remarked, “What if there were no bet, my lady?”
“Pardon me?” She frowned, not understanding his question completely.
“What if there really were no bet? Would you have come to live here just the same?” he asked as he came to stand before her a mere few inches away. She could swear she heard his heart beating for how close he stood. His virility seemed to intoxicate her that instant.
“If there were no bet? Well, of course I wouldn’t.”
“Ever!” she reiterated with a firm tone.
“Even if your life were in danger?” George said, inching his face closer to hers while his gorgeous eyes fixed on her lips.
Her lips throbbed under his hungry stare and her voice cracked. “No, not even then.”
He broke his gaze then and frowned. “I see.” He turned and walked to the window, staring outside with a blank, far-off expression for a moment.
Feeling awkward, and disappointed he had diverted his attention elsewhere, she made her way to the door. “I’m sorry for interrupting you. I’ll be on my way now.”
He turned to look at her. “Where was it you were headed, my lady?”
“I was trying to find the door that led to the garden outside. I saw it from my bedroom upstairs and wanted to take a leisurely walk in it.”
“It’s a beautiful day outside and the perfect time for a walk in the gardens.” He walked up to her and extended his arm for her to take. His brow lifted and a smile spread over his lips. “If my lady would allow me the honor of showing her our prized gardens, I’d love to show them to you.”
Blushing once more, she replied, “I don’t want to be a bother, my lord. You were reading when I interrupted you.”
“Yes, and the book was dreadfully boring. I’d much prefer the company of a beautiful lady.”
Her brow lifted in warning at his wording and he laughed at his gaffe. “I mean I’d much rather accompany a beautiful lady to see our gardens than read a boring book.”
She looped her arm through his. A tiny shock, when her hand made contact with his, traveled through her arm and targeted her chest. Her breath caught in her throat and her legs became weak for a second.
He pulled her in closer, wrapping his arm around her waist, and began to guide her through the door into the corridor.
Being so close to him as they walked made her palms sweaty and her mouth dry. She wished the lump in her throat would dislodge so she could begin to breathe again. Her bodice tightened on her breasts as she tried to expand her chest to take in air. Then an uncontrollable, arousing urge she had never before experienced overcame her.
In fear of the unbounded excitement surging in her body, she desperately wanted to break free from him and run in urgency.
An interview with the author...
1. Erotica and fairy tales are a potent mix. What inspired you about this story?
My story isn’t really based on a fairytale. It is something completely different and the first novel opens up the reader to a much more complicated storyline that will take time to unfold. With each new installment, more layers to the big story will unravel for the reader and for the characters. But you do see creatures from fairytales and folklore in the stories, so in that sense it does follow the fairytale pattern. There are mermaids, shape shifters, werewolves, vampires, witches and sorcerers in the series.
2. What was the spiciest scene you ever wrote?
Spiciest? Hmm, I have to think about that…
I’d say it’s one of the sex scenes in “Pleasuring a Slave”, the third novella in my “Spells of Seduction” series coming out in July. It involves a make-shift apparatus that has the heroine bobbing up and down in throes of ecstasy. Ordinarily that would be physically impossible to pull off, but the heroes are sorcerers, so…where there is magic, there is a way. J
3. Menage books have a spicy quality all their own. How did you get interested in writing erotica and menage in particular?
I write exclusively for Siren Publishing and I kind of stepped into it. In the beginning I didn’t know if I could do it, but then I found my voice and tricks that helped me create the stories and make my heroes stand apart from each other. Now the stories come naturally to me. What I like about writing m/f/m ménage stories is that there is not only sexual tension between the heroine and the heroes, but there is at times this competitive nature the heroes take on simply by instinct or nature. Nature’s law is that there is only one alpha, but in a ménage story, the role can be appointed only to one, or shift later onto the other. What gets interesting and fun to write is having the role shift back and forth. It makes the sex scenes pretty hot and dynamic to say the least. J
4. Tell us about the first time you had to write a sex scene. Did you blush? Laugh?
No, I cursed at myself because I had writer’s block. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to write. It’s one thing to write the love scene in a romance story, but it’s entirely a different thing to have to write explicit sex scenes where graphic descriptions depict almost everything that’s happening.
But then I thought about it and said that the job of a writer is to have the reader feel, see, hear, smell and taste what is happening to the characters in the story. So the reader of an erotic romance is looking for this in the story, and especially in the sex scenes, of the book he or she buys to read. If I didn’t have the reader actually feel like he or she was sensing every sexual, emotional, and physical pleasure happening to the heroes and heroine, then I didn’t live up to the job of the writer.
Once I focused on my goal, then it got easier to write and now I have no problems writing the sex scenes anymore. They come as easily as the rest of the storyline does.
5. What is the one erotica book that makes you go all melty?
I don’t read erotica stories. I do read erotic romance stories, but none comes to mind that made me melt. Believe it or not, I’m a sucker for sweet historical romance. “Pride and Prejudice” is one of my favorite. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan. Mr. Darcy is the best hero ever in my eyes!
6. What is your favorite kind of erotica? BDSM, fantasy, romantic...
It would be a tie between fantasy and historical, I’d say. I love both and it depends on my mood.
7. What one thing would you tell prospective erotica writers?
Try to find your own voice in prose and be true and constant to it. Don’t try to mimic the best selling erotic authors’ styles because the muse will not always back you. Creativity must be spontaneous and liberated. Follow your heart and mind and write something you can be proud of in the end. Don’t just go for the hot bondage sex or male/ male storylines that are popular nowadays, or whatever else that is selling like hotcakes.
I think readers can empathize and sense when a writer forces a writing style and it didn’t coming naturally. And in some way, this does take away from the story and the readers’ appreciation for it.
You will always have fans of your work as you will always have critiques of it. But in the end it is your opinion that really counts. If you love it, all of it, then that’s what matters most.
8. Do you listen to music while you write?
Most definitely. It lets me shut out the world and immerse myself into the fantasy world I am creating. I love to listen to instrumental music, especially soundtracks to popular movies like “Gladiator”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Lord of the Rings”, etc.
The music is so powerful that it inspires my mood and thus my muse to write. It also relaxes me and makes the time breeze by effortlessly.
9. What is your idea for the perfect summer night?
A full moon, an isolated sandy beach to walk on, a gentle breeze, soft romantic music playing in the background and not a worry in the world. Just pure enjoyment, rest and relaxation.
10. What is your current writing project?
I am writing the fourth novella in my “Spells of Seduction” series, tentatively entitled “True Loves’ Bites”. It involves vampires, but they aren’t your stereotypical vampires we’ve come to know so well. They are far more complicated and misunderstood creatures whose sexual urges seem to have no limits.
They try to defy the laws and physics of vampirism and get themselves into loads of trouble for it. They will meet and interact with important past characters in the series, and that’s when the fun begins and the danger intensifies.
About the Author:
Jessica Frost has always had a passion for fiction and the written word. Add to that her wild, vivid imagination and her pure romantic tendencies and she soon realized she had the traits needed to become a romance author. She decided to take the very big first step not that long ago and wrote her first erotic romance story. And she has not looked back since. Being a romance writer is a dream come true for her. Having the opportunity to create fantasy worlds where anything and everything can happen is an amazing feeling. She hopes these worlds and the delightful characters she creates will bring hours of enjoyment to her readers as they have done for her.
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