Beauty isn't perfection—it is the ability to see beyond the flaws.
Victorian England is not kind to those born without privilege, and yet Lillian Lancaster has made a home for herself and a scrawny feral cat. Lilly is happiest working in the gardens, knowing she can never match their beauty. She is one of the flower-girls on the streets selling the bouquets she makes with love for mere pennies. When her very livelihood is threatened by what was intended as a kindness, she assuages her conscience by crawling through the hedge and taking only what she needs to survive. On the day her presence is threatened to be discovered, she takes refuge in an oak tree and witnesses a scene that will change her life.
The moment Phillip Carrington sees Lilly hidden in the foliage, he is intrigued. The moment he holds her, he is captivated. The moment she gives him her trust, he knows he wants to spend the rest of his life convincing her that she is the most beautiful bloom in the garden.
Will his love be enough to teach this young woman that her past does not need to keep her trapped in fear? Will learning what happens behind the etched-glass doors of the special school run by Miss Eleanor Summers frighten her, or will it let her see that what she perceives as flaws are actually to be viewed as part of the beautiful soul that lives inside her? Will she place her trust in Lord Carrington and, with the gift of her submission, allow him to lead her away from the darkness?
Lilly Blossoms is the third book in Maggie Ryan's bestselling Lessons in Submission series and yet it can also be read as a stand alone.
Disclaimer: This is a book based in the Victorian era and includes the dynamic of age-play. It includes the spanking of adult women and explicit sexual scenes, including anal play. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
By the time he walked back through the house, Lord Martingham and Eleanor were by the front door, obviously waiting for his return.
"There you are," Douglas said, giving Phillip a clap on the back. "Everything taken care of?"
"Perhaps," Phillip answered and then grinned. "How about your little one. I didn't get to tell her good night."
"She's already tucked into bed," Douglas said. "She did ask me to inform you that she did make her apologies as she promised. Oh, and she was very pleased to discover that Joselyn's papa doesn't approve of fighting either."
Phillip laughed. "So there two little ruffians going to bed with red rears?"
Douglas nodded as Eleanor smiled, slipping her arms into the men's. "Lord Carrington, I'm sure that you would be harder pressed to find any little one in bed without a tender bottom. Our papas are known for using their special time to give their precious girls a reminder to behave even if they haven't been caught fighting."
"Don't fret," Douglas said, "I assure you that your little niece was quite happy when I kissed her goodnight and wished her sweet dreams."
Phillip chuckled. Just as Rachel was not really a little girl, they were not truly uncle and niece. He had been a friend of Douglas's since childhood, and once he'd found and fallen in love with his wonderful woman who was also his special little girl, Rachel had become Phillip's honorary niece. Knowing how much the two loved each other, he had absolutely no doubt that his friend had made sure Rachel received a very nice treat.
#1 International and award winning best selling author for Blushing Books. I write both contemporary erotica and historical spanking romances. I enjoy writing about characters that enjoy the provocative D/S lifestyle of today’s times as well as taking a step back into the past to write stories that take place in the Victorian era with age-play as a theme.
I live in the great Lone Star state with my wonderful husband. I have always loved reading. Growing up in a family with four children, it was difficult finding a place to be alone. I was probably one of the squeakiest clean girls on the planet as I would spend hours in the tub so I could read without being bothered. It wasn’t long before I began to make up my own endings to the books I was reading. From there, it just seemed natural to begin writing my own stories.
I never try to restrict myself to any one genre because there are just too many delicious possibilities out there and inside my head. I admit to being somewhat of a romantic though as my stories always must have a great deal of love, passion, corporal discipline and, of course, great, mind-blowing sex. I want my readers to be able to see, hear, feel and know the characters that I’m creating as well as I do when I bring them to life and transfer their stories to paper. I want my women to be strong of character but also strong enough to know that submission given in love and trust to your partner does not make you weaker, it makes you far stronger. I want my men to be sexy, strong, demanding alpha males who know how to take what they want while acknowledging it is a gift they have been blessed with by the women that have chosen to submit to them. I want there to be no doubt that they truly would die for the other no matter how others might view their relationship.
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