Tight Laced: A Steamy Victorian Novelette
by Roxy Soulé
In TIGHT LACED, the first of the Dragon Duchess series, Lady Lacilia Bloomsbury (Lacy) is bereft after her beloved father, the Earl of Highcastle, dies, leaving her with a spiteful, conniving stepmother – the Countess Bloomsbury – and a less-than brilliant half-sister, Sarah Jane.
When dashing Duke Darlington Moore of Blantyre Highmeadow arrives to pay his respects, Lacy’s stepmother figures out a way to blackmail him into marrying the highly undesirable Sarah Jane. After all, Blantyre has just suffered a horrible mining disaster (an actual 1877 event), the duke’s estate is in jeopardy, and the countess holds a note that the duke is not able to repay.
Darlington has no choice but to agree to the betrothal.
After happenstance finds them alone in an inn one night, Lacy and Darlington uncover a burning desire for one another. One that cannot be contained. When the countess discovers the tryst, Lacy is called out as a “sexual deviant” and sent off to an asylum.
Darlington must make a choice. Keep his family solvent and marry a woman he does not love, or risk everything to clear Lacy, and save her from torturous “cures” where she will never feel pleasure again. With a little help from the late earl’s valet, Darlington sets off on a daring rescue.
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