I’m continuing First Kiss Friday this month by featuring a few of my fellow chapter members from the San Francisco Area Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Today I have author Regina Kammer and an excerpt from The Pleasure Device (Harwell Heirs Book 1). Get our your fans because this lady can write! Happy reading and enjoy!
Helena shifted her weight from one foot to the other and back again. “What’s it like?”
“What’s what like?”
“Falling in love.”
A spine-tingling shiver shot through him. How the devil was he supposed to answer that? It’s like what I’m feeling right now for you? Well, at least he imagined that’s what falling in love felt like. “It’s a sensation of just wanting to be with someone, no matter how mundane the situation. I think magazines and novels will tell you it’s all flowers and carriage rides, but really it’s feeling comfortable and elated all at once. I think you’ll know when you’ve fallen in love.”
“And how will I know if he loves me back?”
That was something Nicholas could not answer. He hoped Helena felt something for him, thought she might, but short of outright asking, he really didn’t know. “He might tell you.”
“Then what do I do if he does love me?” she said timidly.
“What do you mean?”
“I mean, what if he wants to kiss me? I’ve never been kissed before. I wouldn’t know what to do.”
The shiver stirred inside, swirling around his heart. “Never? You’ve never kissed a man?” Why on earth no one had ever tried was beyond his comprehension.
She stepped closer to the elm, to the crook of a large low branch. Nicholas joined her, moving until he could see her face illuminated by the tiniest sliver of pale moonlight. A stubborn root raised above the earth meant he had to be very close to her to get the view. Very close. The warmth of her flesh, her delicate perfume enlivened his senses.
“Is it nice?” she asked eagerly.
Nicholas felt his burgeoning arousal grow more insistent. “Is what nice?” he said, stalling.
“When you kiss Lady Foxley-Graham.” She shifted again, ever so slightly, but enough that her hand touched his. Her bare, ungloved hand.
Every nerve in Nicholas’ body came alive at the contact. “It is very nice,” he choked out.
Her fingers, delicate and soft, threaded through his. “Will you…will you tell me what it’s like?” Her eyes widened at the prospect of merely listening to him tell her about kissing.
Nicholas swallowed hard. “When two people kiss you don’t just feel it on the lips.”
“No?” she asked ingenuously.
“No. You feel it…other places.” As if on cue, his cock twitched to full stand.
His body ached from self-restraint until he could bear it no longer. He bent his head and brushed his lips against hers, his heart thrilling at how wonderfully soft and warm she was.
Helena flinched a little in surprise, a reaction that only encouraged him, his determination to explore emboldening her. Nicholas pecked gently at her upper lip, then the lower, then repeated the motion more languidly. She placed her hands tentatively on his shoulders, holding herself steady before sliding her hands around his neck drawing herself more closely to him. An eager pupil, she mimicked his tasting of her by eagerly tasting him back, her sighs of desire natural, instinctive. When he tantalized her with his tongue, she opened her mouth for him, letting him plumb her depths, letting him take his pleasure with a rumbling growl, mewling her yearning approval. She was an absolute natural at the game.
He pulled back, panting, incredulous. “That was your first time?”
“Yes.” She was breathless. “I felt it.”
“Felt the kiss in…in other places.”
In Victorian London of 1879, a new device for the treatment of hysteria has just arrived from France. Dr. Julius Christopher plans to use the invention for his own salacious scheme. Can Dr. Nicholas Ramsay prevent his beloved, the virginal debutante Helena Phillips, from being the next patient?
The Doctor and The Debutante
Nicholas Ramsay, renouncing his aristocratic heritage and dark past, has chosen a career as a doctor. He arrives in London ready to embark upon his practice and find a suitable wife.
Helena Phillips, born into scandal and disgrace, is making her London debut. To atone for the circumstances of her birth, she must find a titled husband—no less than an earl will do.
A Dangerous Passion
Nicholas and Helena’s chance encounter during the Season leads to a dangerous attraction—and forbidden explorations. A taste of passion leaves Helena longing for more, and her lovesick wretchedness is confused for hysteria, a mysterious ailment afflicting many Victorian women.
A Devious Scheme
Dr. Julius Christopher’s new electro-mechanical vibrating machine for the treatment of hysteria is the perfect device to test his radical theory of female sexuality. To fully explore his hypothesis, he requires a virgin and seeks to ensnare Helena for his experiment.
Can He Save Her?
Nicholas is determined to rescue Helena from the clutches of Dr. Christopher. But to prove he is worthy of Helena’s hand, Nicholas must reconcile with his past, embrace his future, and show her pleasure is more profound when coupled with love.
The Harwell Heirs
Victorian aristocracy has very strict rules concerning marital connections and familial obligations. But the Harwell heirs—Helena, Sophia, and Arthur—discover love doesn’t always follow the rules. Scandalous affairs force these scions of society to choose between duty and desire, deference and destiny.
Book 1: The Pleasure Device http://kammerotica.com/books/pleasure-device/
Book 2: Disobedience By Design http://kammerotica.com/books/disobedience-design/
Book 3: Where Destiny Plays http://kammerotica.com/books/where-destiny-plays/
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Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels make history sexier, whether the era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She’s even sexed up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, Story Ink, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.
Twitter @Kammerotica https://twitter.com/Kammerotica
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0054EIEMI
Great excerpt – looks really fun!
And I just LOVE the cover!
Jasmine Haynes said:
Love this excerpt! Thanks for sharing!
It’s a great excerpt, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by Jasmine!
Hi Sherry! Thanks for having me on your blog today. This was a fun book to write!
I have it in my Kindle to read. Can’t wait. Thanks for being my guest. You and your characters are always welcome!
tricia linden said:
Great writing by Ms. Kammer. It has me verrrry interested. Thanks for sharing.
I know right? I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while now!