The Marquis and the Mistress by Dominique Eastwick

The Marquis and the Mistress
By: Dominique Eastwick
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Published: May 30, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: Short Story
Heat Level: Spicy
Reviewer: Toni
Date: May 29, 2014


Lord Simon James Winston, seventh Marquis of Breckinridge, can have anything he wants, except the woman he loves. After Chandra, his lover of two years, spurns his marriage offer, he does his best to forget her. When friends discussed the services of Madame Eve one night over cards, it seems like just the thing to get him over his heartbreak.

Mrs. Chandra Mallory wants nothing more than to marry her lord, but deep-hidden secrets threaten to destroy that dream. On a whim, the widow calls on the services of Madame, hoping a night of passion can help her move on.

Can one evening heal past hurts and concerns and help a marquis and his mistress realize true love is always worth the chance?

I went into this short story with high expectations. The question is where they met?

Simon is a spurned man and Chandra is a heartbroken woman. Both want to move on so they seek the services of Madame Eve. Each are shocked and a bit angered that they are each other’s perfect date and that each were going to spend the night with a new lover.

All I can say is wow! My expectations were blown away. It was like a novel all wrapped up and packaged with a great big bow. You had their beginning, middle and end. The only thing missing is an even more happily ever after epilogue. Yes, I am totally vested in this couple. So much so, I’m up at 1 am writing how much I adored this story.

I don’t know how Ms. Eastwick did it, but she did a fantastic job writing this short story. She superbly developed the characters in such a short time and the way she detailed their relationship was brilliant. It was filled with color, love and light. I can’t recall a 1NS that filled so many slots.

Congratulations on such a great job! I can’t wait to see if she has more in store for this group of card playing men. Bravo, bravo.

My review of the first in the 1NS House of Lords series.

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July 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Thanks for the reassuring review. I'm always a bit wary of short stories.

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