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After living a checkered past, and despite an avowed disinterest in domesticity, multi-published erotic romance author Anya Richards settled in Ontario, Canada, with husband, kids, an adorable pup and a cat that plots world domination, one food bowl at a time. Her slightly darker alter-ego, Anya Delvay, emerges occasionally to write erotica.Interested in all things historical and hysterical, Anya describes herself as intensely curious, (although the word ‘nosy’ has been bandied about) and a life-long people-watcher. Using what she’s discovered about people, places and various weird and wonderful things, Anya has written contemporary, historical and paranormal/fantasy romance novels, novellas and short stories for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Cleis Press and Spice Briefs.
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Historical erotic romance (Regency-set)
For Claire Montjoye, widowhood is no release from scandal. Used as sexual currency by her notoriously libertine husband, she longs for a life of quiet respectability. But the ton’s disapproval ensures she will never be truly accepted—and any man openly seeking her company will be tainted.
When Xavier Westbourne pulls her away from peril, his touch fills her with yearning for unattainable dreams. Accepting his invitation to the opera is not only unwise for him, but dangerous to her lonely heart. But perhaps taking him as a lover will be enough.
Scion of one of Society’s most upright families, Xavier knows propriety as a cold, brutal master. Having endured one loveless marriage, he refuses to repeat the mistake, even for his motherless son. Yet Claire easily breaks through his wall of reserve, and her offer of private instruction in the sexual arts is irresistible.
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Claire sat, awash with emotion, allowing the music to move her, using it to release the myriad feelings building inside her as they spoke. Why was life so unfair? Without doubt, Xavier Westbourne’s wife would have wanted for nothing. She would have had his full attention, loyalty, perhaps even love, without having to experience a moment’s unease, much less shame, or fear, or degradation.
Yet Mrs. Westbourne had scorned her marriage and husband, perhaps thinking of both as normal, even boring. How she would have loved to have such a gloriously banal marriage! A tear escaped before Claire even fully realized she was crying and she reached into her reticule for her handkerchief, thankful the aria was a particularly moving one. Let Mr. Westbourne think she was crying for the plight of the soprano, rather than for her own.
Drawing in a deep breath, she silently berated herself. Her refusal to succumb to self-pity had, to this point, been steadfast. It was a horrid, useless emotion, almost always engendering apathy and a morbid sense of powerlessness.
Claire glanced over at the man beside her out of the corner of her eye. Did Xavier Westbourne recognize the singular nature of their conversation, the understanding between them? The connection was so strong, it had even overshadowed their instinctive physical attraction.
Subduing a sigh, Claire wished there was some way she could reawaken and revitalize the confidence she sensed had been damaged during the course of his marriage.
She refused his offer of refreshments during the second intermission, asking quietly, “Are you still angry at me for what I said earlier?”
He looked out across the theatre, avoiding her gaze.
“Yes, perhaps still a little, but I am more curious now than angry.” He leaned forward, putting his elbows on his knees, hunched as though braced for a blow. “You see, I have just decided that, for the sake of my son, I should remarry, but the thought of again going through what I did with Marissa fills me with unease. If I, indeed, missed the opportunity to make things better, I would know, so as to be able to avoid making the same mistakes.”
Excerpt One Question: What did Claire refuse to succumb to?