Saturday, September 26, 2020

Innocent by #AsheBarker a #mystery , #suspense , #eroticromance


By Ashe Barker



  • Ashe Barker Books, 2020
  • Second edition released July 2020
  • Contemporary, erotic romance, mystery
  • Approximately 50,000 words
  • HEA ending


                          Appearances can be deceptive



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Innocent until proven guilty … or until someone finds out.


Aidan Blake needs a plumber. Fast. His boiler is dead, his creaky old house crumbling around him. When his elderly neighbour recommends a local trader, George Mahon, Aidan jumps at the prospect of hot water and warm radiators.


But George, short for Georgina, is not exactly what he had in mind. He was expecting

something else entirely. A man for one thing, not the gorgeous single mother he finds in his house at the end of a long day of work.


Aidan turns out to be full of surprises too. Who would have imagined the smart, geeky businessman would have a BDSM playroom in his attic and a collection of whips and canes to make George’s head spin. And her bottom clench, though that’s another matter entirely. Maybe she;s not such an innocent after all. What does a girl have to do to get to play with those toys?


Just ask, it would seem. As they enter into a professional and personal agreement which soon blossoms into a sultry, kinky relationship, George continues to be surprised by Aidan's kindness and generosity, not to mention his skill with a spanking paddle.

First impressions aside, the two begin to build something together. And while they peel back the layers to discover their hidden depths, the old house yields up the mysteries of its own secret past. They soon realise that at first glance, nothing is ever quite as innocent it seems.  


Innocent was previously published under the title First Impressions, with different cover art.




Innocent is all about not taking everything you see at face value. Both Aidan and George start out by making assumptions about each other, which turn out to be a long way from the truth. Still, that makes for some interesting discoveries as the story unfolds. Luckily they are both pretty adaptable people so manage to adjust their thinking somewhat, which is when the real fun starts. Even so, there are still some surprises waiting for them as George gets to grips with ripping Aidan’s rickety old house apart.


I really enjoyed writing Innocent, not least because I love writing strong, feisty heroines who can stand on their own feet and get things done. George is an example of that, a woman doing a traditionally male job and managing on her own. Her experiences with men have not been great so far, but she has her lovely baby daughter to show for it so isn’t complaining. Not that complaining is George’s style at all. She just dusts herself off and gets on with it.

First and foremost, I love writing strong, feisty heroines who can stand on their own feet and get things done. George is an example of that, a woman doing a traditionally male job and managing on her own. 

Secondly, for me sexy characters are a must, but so is an intriguing location. I set this story in a small coastal village in Northumberland, in northern England. Alnmouth is a real place with a pretty little harbour, a tiny beach and multi-coloured cottages.

Third, of course, we need a sexy alpha male to get the juices going. Aidan comes as a surprise to George, not the sort of man she is interested in at all. He seems nerdy, wealthy, way out of her league. But he is kind to George’s little girl, he sorts out George’s computer and helps her to get her business accounts in order. As if that were not enough, he even introduces her to the pleasures of a decent spanking.

Sounds like a keeper to me, but will George think so?


Among other things, Innocent is the story of a young woman discovering the hidden depths of her own sexuality. Practical to the core, George has her hands full caring for her baby daughter as well as trying to get her ailing plumbing business back on its feet. She has neither the time, nor the energy, to spare for messing about with handsome, fiendishly sexy clients. All that goes out the window as soon as she sets eyes on the kinky playroom Aidan has in his attic.


Among other things, Innocent is a story about a woman doing a man’s job – or so Aidan thinks. George soon sets him straight. George is practical to the core, a skilled plumber and electrician. She works hard and there is pretty much no DIY task she can’t tackle. Her paperwork is another matter entirely. Aidan is more of a computer geek. While she is crawling about in a boiler suite and steel toe-capped boots re-wiring his house and fitting a new boiler, he is sorting out her ailing laptop and installing spreadsheets.

They make a great team, and never more than when George’s submissive nature starts to assert itself after she discovers the kinky toys her nerdy client likes to keep in his attic.


Innocent is a contemporary erotic romance, the story of a female plumber. My character, George, (short for Georgina) was inspired by a fabulous woman I met whilst picking up my daughter from school. Natalie always showed up at the school gates in overalls and steel toe-capped boots, so we got chatting and I asked if she was into DIY. Turns out she retrained as a plumber when she lost her job in a supermarket and had never looked back. She was self-employed, working hours to suit herself and her children, and earning decent money.

I like to write about self-reliant women with talent, determination, skills, and George definitely fits that image. She’s good at what she does and there’s pretty much no job she won’t tackle.

 The story is set in the North East of England, an area I know quite well and love to visit. I like to use atmospheric locations when I can, it gives the story an extra dimension I think. Alnmouth is a gorgeous little coastal village with a pretty harbour and a beach. I don’t get the impression that much ever happens there, so maybe the goings on in Innocent would be just what they need to liven things up.


I loved writing Innocent. It was an opportunity to set a story in one of my favourite places, the North East of England, as well as create a lovely, feisty heroine to keep her sexy alpha male on his toes. But Innocent is more than just a kinky romance, although there is plenty of that in the book. It is also a mystery, and it has its serious side too but I won’t be giving away any spoilers. All I’m saying is, people, and houses, are rarely as innocent they seem.


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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.


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EXCERPT 1 (PG Rated)


Startled, she glanced up at him as he entered, and closed the magazine in a hurry. Her expression was a guilty one, as though she’d been caught out. Which he supposed she had. She smiled at him, a wary, hopeful little grin. Something odd happened in the pit of his stomach. He told himself it was the baby. He liked babies.

“Ah, you’ll be Mr Blake then. You’re early.”

“I am. Aidan Blake that is. As for early…”

“Mrs Mathers said you wouldn’t be back until late. Well, later.”

“Did she? Where’s George?”


“Yes. George, the plumber. His van’s outside.”

“I’m George. It’s my van. Is it in your way?”

She made to disengage the nursing infant but Aidan gestured for her to remain where she was. “Your van? But, I was expecting a plumber.” His heart sank. Cold showers beckoned.

“I am a plumber. It says so on my van.” A note of indignation had crept in.

Not sexist by nature, Aidan could have kicked himself for his hasty assumptions. “Yes, I apologise. But I was expecting a burly, beefy bloke, and you’re—well, you’re just not that. Even so, I had no business assuming…”

George smiled at him, a genuine expression this time which went beyond pleasant in Aidan’s view, definitely tending toward the breath-taking end of the scale. Dazzling even. He might have smiled back had he not been so stunned.

She shifted the nursing infant in her arms. “Look, I shouldn’t be doing this here. I wouldn’t have, not usually. But the job took longer than I imagined it would, and Lily was hungry, so… Anyway, I’ll go feed her in the van.”

“No, that’s fine.”

“It isn’t fine. I’m embarrassing you. I know some people can be squeamish about breastfeeding, so I’ll just…”

Aidan could be described as a lot of things, but squeamish was not one of them. Especially not where anything to do with female anatomy was concerned, though coming across a woman breastfeeding in his kitchen was not something he’d had to contend with before. Still, a first time for everything. He dumped his briefcase on the table next to the discarded magazine and turned toward the sink. “Please, stay where you are. Finish off… well, just take your time. Would you like a coffee?” He paused, turned to her, “That is, if I have water?”

“You do, and it even runs hot now if you want that. White please, no sugar.”

“Alleluia. You fixed the problem then?” He reached for his jar of instant.


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Monday, September 7, 2020

Pursuing Her Pirate by Jaye Peaches , #piratepassions , #historicalromance , #pirates

Pursuing her Pirate

Jaye Peaches

Previously published as part of Pirates, Passion and Plunder Anthology
(22.6k words)

Held captive as the personal hostage of a pirate captain,
Esme desperately pursues her true love.

Esme has her heart set on one man. Unfortunately, he’s a pirate. Her only hope in catching his attention is to do something drastic and risk her life. Relying on the loathsome act of pressganging, she uses her disguise to gain access to his ship. However, Captain Flynn Bartoc has other plans for Esme, and she’s not going to win anyone’s heart if she’s tied up in his cabin.


She was by the stern window of his cabin. “What’s going on?”
“A frigate of His Majesty’s navy. We must make sail. With luck we’ll be away before it can turn to follow.” The wind at least was in his favour.
“Leave!” She held out her wrists. “Untie me. I’ll row myself ashore.”
“It’s too late.”
He folded his arms across his chest. “Don’t argue with me.”
“I’ll swim—”
He laughed. “The current will drag you out to sea. It’s called the tide.”
She stamped her foot. “I know about tides, and the stars and the leeward winds. I know how a ship tacks and wears. I can read a chart.”
“My, my. You have been well-schooled, but by whom?”
She bit her lip. “Nobody,” she said, surly.
“I thought as much. Getting grand ideas will not serve you well aboard my ship.”
“You can’t keep me here—”
“What do you propose I do with you? Let you wear a dress among my men or have you continue your disguise?”
Her lips trembled. “I do not want them to know.”
Her bare breasts, which she’d tried to cover with her buttonless shirt, were topped by the prettiest of nipples. Firm little pebbles that caught his eye. She tossed her long hair off her shoulder. Another tease that invigorated the hardening member in his breeches. Now that she wasn’t going anywhere, there was plenty he planned to do once they were safely away. He couldn’t believe his good fortune. He’d have to tread carefully, though. His men would be quick to envy him if they knew that he had a woman in his cabin every night. They’d chosen him to be captain because he was considered lucky, and dangerous. He was also making them richer, and in their hearts, they would give him whatever he wanted if there was gold in their pockets.

Jaye Peaches is an Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of historical, Sci-Fi and paranormal erotic romances. These stories weave together the kinky journeys of lovers, their struggles and dedication to each other. All her books contain spicy scenes of carnal pleasure and sensual exploration. If you desire a little thrill, something to entice, then delve into one of her books. 

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Deputy's Bride by Anita Philmar #Historical #Western #HEA

A hot, historical western stand-alone story with a satisfying HEA.

Texas Deputy Bo Kildare is looking for a special kind of lady, one that is willing to meet his special requirements. No sweet little virgin will do, he wants a woman who knows how to please a man, perhaps two.

Recently widowed, Sarah Elizabeth Foster-LaFever has lived in the public eye for the last few years and wants out. Her reputation as Micah LaFever’s wife has left her penniless and without many viable options until Bo comes calling.

Now, she believes she found the perfect man until her past rears its ugly head. Can murder and corrupt dealings keep these two lovers from making it to the alter?


“Why Bo Kildare? You’re just the man I’ve been looking for.”

The fridge wind and the chilling words sent a shiver down Bo’s spine. His foot faltered on the wooden planks of the sidewalk. For months now he’d dodged every married woman in the territory. All of them had joined forces and decided he needed a wife. More mothers than he could name had introduced him to their daughters. Some even offered dowries for a quick marriage proposal. He’d manage to avoid the snare of virginal bride but it had been a close call a time or two.

As the deputy of Walker County, he had to be nice to the general population, but his patience was fried. After his long trip from Austin, and with another three or four hours ride before he’d reach his ranch, he didn’t need this hassle right now.

Forcing a smile on his face, he turned.

Madeline Cowden, his only friend in this war against the plot to get him devoted wife, stepped forward and wrapped her arm through his. “I believe I have the answer to that little problem you’re having.”

He grinned, delighted with the news that she might have found him a suitable lady to meet his unique situation. “Good. Why don’t we get in out of this bitter breeze and discuss the matter?”

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This book is the third book in the Naked Bluff, Texas series. As a Texas girl, I enjoy stepping back in time and discovering some of the Lone Star State's history.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Sassenach Bride by Ashe Barker , #KindleUnlimited , #historicalromance ,#meninkilts

Sassenach Bride
By Ashe Barker

       Approximately 74,000 words
       HEA ending

Sassenach Bride is a stand-alone sequel to The Laird and the Sassenach.

Tag Line -       An unwanted bride, a vengeful monarch and a formidable northern lord


James McGregor would never have imagined himself taking an Englishwoman as a wife, let alone a disgraced lady-in-waiting, but when he is ordered by the king to marry twenty-two-year-old Eleanor Falconer he is left with little choice. His reluctance is quickly overcome by his bride's beauty and grace, but he soon realizes that she will still require firm-handed correction.

Even with her cheeks blushing and her well-punished bottom burning, Eleanor cannot hide her body's response to James' stern dominance, and their wedding night leaves her sore, spent, and shamefully satisfied. But when the king seeks to use her as a pawn in his scheming against her new husband, can Eleanor trust James with the truth even with everything she loves in jeopardy?

Publisher's Note: Sassenach Bride includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.

Sassenach Bride : Author Synopsis

Forced to wed by a vengeful monarch intent on ruining both their lives, Jamie MacGregor, Earl of Etal and Eleanor of Ashingburn have nothing in common.  He is the son of a Highland laird, and she a gentle born lady from Dorset in England.

Shy and lacking in confidence, Eleanor’s past is laced with tragedy. She is an unwanted bride but resolves to face her humiliation with quiet dignity and as much courage as she can muster when faced with her formidable new husband.

Jamie can see no option but to do as his king demands and marry the disgraced lady from the other end of England. He doesn’t have to like it, or her, but he will do what needs to be done to save his earldom.

Against all the odds, mutual attraction flares between the mismatched couple. Jamie and Eleanor find they actually like each other. Could they, against all the odds, be happy together?

But Henry VIII of England has a long reach and he will have his way. Eleanor must obey his demands that she destroy her new husband’s property and plot against the lives of his friends or the king’s vengeance on her fragile family will be even more terrible.

When her surreptitious acts of sabotage and attempted murder are discovered, what penalty will Jamie exact?

Will Eleanor die for her crimes?

Can the wrongs of the past ever be righted?

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Sir James turned to glance at her again. “How old are you, my lady?”
“I am twenty-two.”
“And not yet wed. Why is that?”
“You know why not, my lord.”
He shook his head. “I am not referring to your recent… misadventures. You were twenty-one and still unmarried when you went to court to serve the queen. And, if I have understood the course of events accurately, you were still a virgin then.”
Eleanor cast a quick look to either side and realised that the rest of the party had dropped back. She and Sir James were out of earshot.
“I… that is true, my lord.”
“No proposals of marriage? No suitors sniffing around your dowry? I assume you did have a dowry.”
She glanced sharply at him. “I expect the details of my dowry are well known to you, my lord.”
He shook his head. “I do not recall that any mention was made of it in the missive I received from His Majesty. My instructions were clear, with or without the compensation offered by any settlement.”
She could not have felt more mortified had he asked her to make the payment to him from her own funds. Eleanor sniffed and tipped up her chin in an attempt to maintain some semblance of dignity. “My father is a wealthy man, and he will be generous enough. I suggest you take the matter up with him.”
Now he smiled, and she wondered if his amusement might even be genuine. Did he enjoy humiliating her? “Aye, well, we shall see. You did not answer my question regarding previous suitors.”
“There were none, and I was glad of it. I had no wish to marry.”
“That is not your choice to make, as I am quite convinced you will appreciate by now.”
“That is true. Perhaps I was just lucky.”
His expression was sardonic. Sir James let out a mirthless chuckle. “Are you trying to tell me that your good fortune ran out?”
Eleanor could have bitten her stupid tongue off. What in the name of all that was holy had possessed her to say such a thing? Had she not resolved to make herself agreeable, to win him over, not antagonise her future husband?
“My apologies, sir. I did not mean any offence. I simply meant to say—”
James laughed, and this time he did seem genuinely amused. “Eleanor, if you and I are to have any hope at all of a decent life together, we must be honest with each other. You can say what you like to me without fearing that I will take offence over an unintended slur. I do not blame you for not wishing to marry, and I am under no illusion that you may have changed your view. Neither of us chose this, but we will make the best of it, shall we not? I intend to do so, if only to irritate His Majesty.”

More about Ashe Barker

USA Today best-selling author Ashe Barker has been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres. She still loves reading, the hotter the better. But now she has a good excuse for her guilty pleasure – research.
Ashe tends to draw on her own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to her plots and characters. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea.
Ashe lives in the North of England, on the edge of the Brontë moors and enjoys the occasional flirtation with pole dancing and drinking Earl Grey tea. When not writing – which is not very often these days - her time is spent caring for a menagerie of dogs, tortoises.  And a very grumpy cockatiel. 
At the last count Ashe had over sixty titles on general release with publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and several more in the pipeline. She writes M/f, M/M, and occasionally rings the changes with a little M/M/f. Ashe’s books invariably feature BDSM. She writes explicit stories, always hot, but offering far more than just sizzling sex. Ashe likes to read about complex characters, and to lose herself in compelling plots, so that’s what she writes too.
Ashe has a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keeps thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from her.

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