The Duchess, Her Maid, the Groom & Their Lover
By Victoria Janssen
(Spice, Paperback, 9780373605262, 379pp.)
Publication Date: November 2008
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Wretched be the woman of wealth and fortune who fails to produce a suitable heir.
And wretched is what Duchess Camille feels living with the cruel and debauched duke. But that soon turns to desperation when she learns her lecherous husband is plotting to have her killed to make way for a more nubile and fertile companion. Knowing she cannot sit idly by and wait for death, she flees into the night, taking with her her own young loverthe stable hand Henriand her most loyal servants.
With a mind to finding refuge with Maxime, her first love who years ago ignited her sexuality, Camille and her servants take cover in brothels along the way and succumb to the physical delights on offer, sating their longings and fueling jealousies with one another. But the duke's men are not far behind, and Camille knows they must press on, hoping against hope that the man who has every reason to turn her away will remember the fervent passion that once coursed between them.
Frequent themes in her stories include role reversal, creating families and empowering women, usually through unconventional means.