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The Duke and the Thief, by Ashe Barker and Jaye Peaches. Adult, Historical Romance Release & Excerpt.

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Miss Eloise was a vision. Adam paused in the doorway to take stock and gather his wits.

Gone was the gaudy, provocative gown. The girl now wore a plain white nightgown that flowed to her ankles, buttoned up to the neck and tightly gathered at the wrists. She stood beside the foot of her bed, her hands folded before her and her waist-length ebony tresses loose about her shoulders and back. Her small, elegant hands were clasped at her waist and her bare toes peeked out from beneath the hem of her nightgown.

The whole effect was one of modesty, decency, and almost childlike innocence. Where downstairs in the parlour she had played the shameless harlot and gloried in that role, now she exuded purity and meekness. As he watched, she sank slowly to her knees and bowed her head. She laced her fingers together in a semblance of prayer.

“Very nice,” he breathed. Adam approached her and slowly circled the small form kneeling before him. He took a handful of her hair and lifted it, tested the weight of it before allowing the soft strands to slip from his fingers and cascade once more down her narrow back. He was uncertain which persona he preferred, the bawdy strumpet or the virginal maiden, and he had no doubt there was much more in her repertoire.

“Tell me about yourself,” he murmured.

“I was told you wished to see me, my lord. That I had displeased you in some way. Perhaps your bed was not made to your liking, or your boots were not polished properly. I… I had gone to bed, but when Mrs. Trott, the housekeeper, told me that you required my presence here in your chamber I felt I should hurry in order not to further incur your displeasure.”

Ah, the errant housemaid. Adam smiled. His work was not usually so pleasant in nature. He would enjoy this particular contract.

“Quite so. And tell me, what are you wearing under that nightgown?”

“Mrs. Trott is quite insistent that we do not wear anything beneath our night attire, sir. It is not healthy, she says.”

Adam silently blessed the fictitious Mrs. Trott.

“You are quite right regarding the reasons I summoned you here. My boots were positively dull when I came to wear them this evening, and you may see for yourself the parlous state of my bed. This just will not do. I have already had cause to warn you on these matters.”

She began to wring her hands most prettily. Eloise peeped up at him, her expression one of entreaty and supplication. “I know, my lord. I am so very sorry…”

“Sorry is not good enough.”

“I…I know, sir,” sniffled Eloise.

“You are to receive a spanking, my girl. A hard and very thorough spanking. This is necessary in order to teach you the importance of diligence and attention to detail in your work here. I shall not tolerate sloppiness such as I have seen today.”

“I’m sorry…” Eloise’s voice raised a little and her sniffles increased. The wench really was very good at this.

“I shall spank you first with my hand, then, when I consider you properly chastised, I shall finish the job off with this.” He picked up a hairbrush that had been lying upon a small dressing table. It was quite heavy, the handle and back fashioned out of bone and he knew it would deliver a solid whack when called into service.

He was gratified to see Eloise’s eyes widen a little. Despite her wealth of experience, she was far from oblivious to the discomfort he was about to mete out.

“You will remove your nightgown, then stand in the corner over there. I would like you to face the wall and lean forward a little, sufficient to present your bottom to me. Whilst you wait there for me to be ready for you, you will consider your misdemeanours and the punishment to come.”

“But, my lord. I have nothing on underneath. I would be quite naked.”

“Disobedient and lazy servants are punished when naked. You know this.”

“Yes, sir.” She pouted prettily.

“Then get to it,” he snapped. “You have until I count to five, then if you are not standing naked in the corner as I have directed you will find yourself introduced to my riding crop as well this night. Do I make myself clear?”


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Though she works two jobs and earns enough to keep herself off the streets of Victorian-era London, twenty-one-year-old Eloise Smith has developed a naughty habit of stealing trinkets from those around her. When a gentleman who introduces himself as the Duke of Savoy takes an interest in Eloise, he decides to put a stop to her thieving with the aid of his riding crop.

The duke knows how to deal with a young lady in need of stern correction, and when Eloise is caught with yet another item that doesn't belong to her, she is chastised even more shamefully. As she is forced to confess the full extent of her misdeeds with her well-punished bottom still on display, Eloise cannot help longing to be claimed hard and thoroughly, but the man who has set out to tame her has a secret of his own. Will the truth bring their newfound romance to an end?

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About Ashe Barker

USA Today Bestselling author Ashe Barker writes erotic romance and spanking romance in a variety of genres including contemporary, BDSM, paranormal, historical. ménage, gay romance and time travel. She is a #1 Amazon Bestseller and all her stories feature hot alpha males and sassy submissives, often with a lot to learn. Kink abounds, and there’s enough dirty talk to satisfy the most demanding smut lover. However dark and dirty the setting, love always emerges triumphant, and her stories never fail to deliver a satisfying happy ever after.

About Jaye Peaches

I'm an author of erotic D/s romances including Amazon bestsellers. All my books contain an element of BDSM, spankings or erotic games of sensual exploration. If you desire a little thrill, something to entice, then please take the time to read one of my books. Thank you!

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