When Lady Eloise of the Isle of Venn becomes betrothed to the King of Ystria, she looks forward to a life of luxury and status at the royal court. She certainly doesn’t anticipate being shipwrecked on the way to her wedding, escorted by the King’s assassin, Severin de Meynard, the most hated man in the kingdom. Nor does she anticipate them having to make their way back home to Ystria on foot, through hundreds of miles of enemy territory. Above all, she doesn’t expect to fall in love with the cynical, ruthless Severin.
Eloise and Severin struggle to control their growing attraction to each other because if they do not—if she returns to the King no longer a virgin—then they will both be executed. Yet their passion threatens to be far stronger than their self-control. Severin and Eloise are torn between duty and their burning need for one another, and both will face bitter sacrifice before the end.
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About the Author
Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.
Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She's also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora's Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology 'Geek Love'.
Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and - for five years of muddy feet and shouting - as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage.
Her work has been described as: "Hardcore and literate" (Madeline Moore) and "Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love." (Portia Da Costa)
Janine blogs regularly at www.janineashbless.blogspot.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Phenomenal. Strong characterization, well-plotted and extremely well-written. Erotica as literature, and very well done. Probably my favorite of Ashbless's pieces, and a story I come back to again and again.
Reviewed by Robin Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I chose this book because of the title along with the blurb. I guess I was expecting more. I found myself a little disappointed over the predictability of what was going to happen. This is a somewhat typical story of the virginal maiden slated to marry the King. Although he is handsome in his own right he doesn’t have the time to travel to get his betrothed. So in his stead he sends his right hand man. Kind of sounds like ‘Shrek’. So dark and sort of roguish Severin is sent to bring Eloise to his king. First the ship goes down and only the two survive. Washed ashore they end up walking all the way to the king. Along the way they find themselves drawn to each other. Eloise does pitch in and help as they pretend to be commoners as they work for a place to sleep along with food to eat. Warning: This story contains masturbation by both Eloise and Severin. The sex eventually finds them having anal sex in order to keep her virginity in tack. I found the characters to be somewhat lacking in that Eloise was just went along with things being very complacent. She seemed to need some backbone or spirit. She was just a little too flat for me. I couldn’t grasp her as believable. Severin had a little more depth as he was somewhat of an assassin but still a little boring. He was made out to be this strong dark character but when it came to the sex scenes he seemed a little too gentle as I thought he would be stronger and take what he wanted. Overall Ms. Ashbless wrote a somewhat pleasant story but I personally would have enjoyed it more with some depth. It seemed as if we were going on a daily walk and this was an everyday occurrence in our life. Nothing new just kind of …blah.