Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'The Wedding Bed' by Ava Archer Payne

About the book:

The Wedding Bed
Ava Archer Payne
Release Date: 1/14/14
AAP Publishing
Victorian Erotic Romance
Novella (50,000+ words)


They called him the Tiger of the Thames. Derek Arindam Jeffords, Lord Keating. The son of a British peer and an Indian native, he was deemed too large, too powerful, too untamed to be comfortably assimilated into London society, particularly given the exotic blood that flowed through his veins.

Miss Calla Lily Staunton found herself in desperate straits. Desperate enough to offer a bride price for her hand in marriage. When Lord Keating accepts her scandalous offer, she is reluctantly drawn to the mysterious stranger who shares her wedding bed…

Read an excerpt
Miss Calla Lily Staunton. Her given name had meant nothing to him, but he remembered her. 
The wild one.

The troublemaker.

The one who’d attacked a cobra with a stick, smoked a hornet’s nest, and challenged him to a horse race across along the muddy banks of the Hooghly River. The one who’d attempted to adopt a tiger cub after local hunters had shot and killed its mother. 
The scar along her jaw was a reminder of the folly of that act—a lifelong reminder, evidently—proof that the cub, though young, was not nearly as docile as she’d assumed.

The Hindu woman kept speaking, and the word nayan caught his ear. Matchmaker. He forced his attention back to her agitated monologue in time to hear, “…has come to England to marry.”

His gaze returned to Miss Staunton. “My congratulations. And who is the lucky groom?”

The lamp beside her sputtered and flared, enabling him a better view of her face. Her eyes, he noted, were not brown at all, but blue. Deep blue. Eyes that suddenly twinkled with devilish glee. Her remarkable lips quirked upward as she replied with a single word that made his blood run cold.


Praise for AVA ARCHER PAYNE’S Hot Historicals:

“Once I started reading I was hooked and finished it in one sitting!”

“The perfect amount of romance and erotic pleasure…kept you wanting more!”

“Highly recommended as a rich erotic historical, even for the choosy reader.”

“The historical time period and personalities are perfectly crafted. A nicely polished story with just enough heat. Love it!” 
“I will be reading this book again and have decided to order the other books by this author. Yes, recommend the book highly.”



AVA ARCHER PAYNE.loves to write "Hot Historicals" (50,000 words+). These shorter, steamier novels combine the best-loved historical romance elements—a feisty heroine, alpha hero, and witty banter—with lots of erotic spice.

She is also the author of five traditional (100,000 words +) historical romance novels written under the pen name VICTORIA LYNNE, published by Dell, Avon, and Berkley. She's received two RITA Award nominations, and has consistently earned Romantic Times' coveted "Top Pick" award.

All of her novels are now available on Kindle. She loves to hear from readers! Please feel free to message her on Facebook. Happy reading to all, and thanks for visiting her page!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Andrea,
    Thanks so much for spreading the word about THE WEDDING BED. Happy reading to all!


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