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12 May 2014

Please note  - this review contains some erotica

Trial Of Love
Christina OW
Second Wind Publishing LLC
Publication Date
19 Feb 2014
Regency Erotica Romance


 After her mother’s death, Melanie’s life in America is full of heartache. Still, she has never allowed herself to despair. She was responsible for the care of her beloved father. Then he remarried a woman to wicked to be considered a mother to Melanie or her two sisters. After years of abuse, the stepmother sells Melanie off—to work in a brothel, and about to be sold to the highest bidder. Through a series of fortuitous events, Melanie falls into the care of Christopher, Earl of Ashworth, who has family issues of her own. The solution to his problems—and redemption for Melanie—wind together toward destiny.

She nodded, holding tight to his jacket, “Thank you Christopher. I can sleep peacefully now.”
He pulled away and arched a brow at her, “And what is my reward?”
She giggled, “A smile.... and a kiss.” Her hands slid up to his neck as she reached up to kiss him. “Just one,” she warned.
“Just one,” he repeated lowering his head, shortening the trip and capturing her lips. He sighed at the contact, wrapping his arms around her frame and holding her tightly against him.
She tasted so good. Like honey full of hope and love. He could only imagine what the rest of her tasted like. At that thought, he pushed his tongue into her mouth deepening the kiss. She moaned, pulling his neck to her.
Just one... just one long one... He thought.
Christopher’s hand sank to her arse and pushed her up his knee to straddle his thick thigh. He rolled her hips against his thigh releasing a shivered gasp that quickly turned into a heated moan. She lifted her thigh to press against his arousal. Christopher’s member jumped at the contact, sending a fierce heat rushing through him. He lifted his thigh a little higher and pushed her parted thighs to his hip to greaten the contact.
She whimpered, rolling her hips again and pressing her thigh harder against him. Christopher felt his control leave him. He wanted her, then and there, damn the consequences!
As if to counter his resolve, he felt a wet chill rush down his head and down his back. Melanie screamed, pulling away.
Christopher stood, facing the heavy familiar chuckle, “Nicholas!” He hissed, pushing his wet hair back.
“Chris, five more seconds and you would have taken her in your grandmother’s studio.” He announced in a whispered laugh.
Nicholas then turned to Melanie and took her hand, kissing the back of it. “It’s a pleasure to finally meet you Miss Monroe.”
She pushed her wet hair off her face and curtsied, “It’s a pleasure to meet you too Lord Townson. I’ve heard so much about you, and I am relieved it was you, not the Countess who found us.”
Christopher turned to her with a betrayed look, “You are glad!”
She glanced at him with a familiar chastising look. He’d seen it on many well breed ladies—it annoyed him. “I know what taken means Lord Ashworth.”

My review:
Melanie is in trouble. Her step-mother sold her into slavery from the native US and she is brought on a ship to England to be sold into a brothel. What hurts Melanie most is leaving her young half-siblings behind for whom she acts more like a mother and now she fears the worst for them. As she is just about to be 'purchased' in the brothel, she manages to escape - straight into the carriage of  Christopher Earl of Ashworth. Erotic tension between those two is sky high right from the first moment the set eyes on each other. Christopher takes her home to stay with his grandmother Nancy - who takes a liking to Melanie and can see that those two are made for each other. But Melanie is only a slave, and to complicate matters, her 'purchaser' from the brothel turns up and is a business associate of Christopher's. 

Christopher though can hardly contain his lust for Melanie. She is determined to keep her virginity for her husband. Can they keep their hands of each other? Let's just say it doesn't all get smoothly for those two. I did enjoy the erotic scenes who are just right for this story - not too soft, not too dirty. And the cover is beautiful.

The story is set in Regency England and pretty much is contained to the love / lust story between Melanie and Christopher. The list of characters is not too large and I quickly got to know all of them. My favourite character was Christopher's grandmother Nancy. She will become like a grandmother and adviser to Melanie as well. I didn't really warm to Christopher. It is difficult to explain why without giving too much of the story away, but he just isn't always a very nice person. But than, that is life I guess - no one is only good or only bad.

In the Epilogue, the author takes us back to Melanie's half-siblings whom she has never forgotten about, and I think this may be where the 2nd book will pick up on. I'm curious to see whether Melanie will manage to find them. 

So, if you like stories in a historical setting with a dash of erotica, than give this series a try.

About the author:  

Christina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. She is the author of Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Regency Romance books and a poet of currently 3 titles. She loves reading novels that take her on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She's always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. She always imagined scenarios and wondered how they would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions they would invoke. Thus began her writing career.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My love for reading novels started a very long time, about when I was 10 or 11. I was in awe of how a person’s imagination could just take form and fill up pages. I loved the fact that I would read the words and watch it play out in my mind. Some of the books became way more interesting than watching TV!
I’m a person who lives in her head more than the outside world because off all the stories in my head. So I figured maybe I should put down all the stories I had in my head on paper, and share them, see if everyone else loved them as much as I did.

What about historical/regency romance?
I wasn't much of a fan because the books I'd read so far the characters just seemed stuffy and annoying. But then I found several books published by Second Wind Publishing and I was hooked!
Their books were more than just trying to be historically accurate, they had everything and they seemed to come alive through the words and I couldn't stop reading them. I'm a huge Regency fan now.

Do you have a favorite and a least favorite scene in the book?
Yes, I do have a favorite scene and a scene that I didn't like writing but was necessary in the book. A person’s character is built buy the positive and negative things in their lives and the same goes for books.

Is TOL apart of the series? How many books are in the series?
Yes, Trial of Love is apart of the series and the first book. So far, there are 3 books in the series, TOL, A Lady Unbecoming and Lady Nancy.
I'm still playing with the idea of adding more books about some of the supporting characters in TOL. I'll see how these 3 books go first then take it from there.

Any more new releases for 2014 from you?
Yes. His Paris Affair (Albury Affairs #3) will be out in late June and I'm expecting Book #2 of the Slave Bound series A Lady Unbecoming to be released later on this year.

Trial Of Love, a turbulent love story about a slave from America and the Earl who saved her from a fate worse than death.

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