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The Riding Crop by Karyn Gerrard

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Riding Crop, 1

Gideon ‘Lord Craven’ Broyles pursues his naughty, nocturne adventures in the secret, salacious underworld of the east-end of 1887 London. The sexy and dangerous viscount will try everything just to have any kind of emotional reaction.

Olivia Durham is known as ‘Mistress Birch’ at the infamous club, The Riding Crop. Wielding a crop of her own, she coolly dispenses lashings to her male, aristocratic clients. Her world is shaken when Lord Craven makes a shocking proposal.

Is it possible two emotionally closed off people can find intimacy? What lengths will they take?

Be Warned: BDSM, voyeurism, m/m sex.


Excerpt:

Olivia opened the door to the gold room and locked the door behind her. Slipping the key into the side pocket, she removed the cloak and laid it across the nearby chair. She turned and the sight of Lord Craven made her gasp softly.

The viscount laid on his side on the velvet settee propped on one elbow, a snifter of brandy in his hand. His coat and waistcoat removed, his white shirt was unbuttoned to his waist. A muscled chest dusted with a sprinkling of black hair was evident, along with a flat stomach. Tight black trousers did nothing to hide the quite prominent bulge. Long, graceful legs stretched past the end of the settee. His feet were bare and elegantly shaped. Her gaze roved back to his face. He was in a word—stunning. A lock of his black-as-midnight hair hung over his forehead in a carefree manner. Thick black brows only enhanced the obsidian shade of his eyes. The lashes were thick and long. His face was handsome beyond reckoning, with a sturdy, well-shaped jaw and sharp, high cheekbones any woman would envy. His gaze met hers, and a frisson of heat trickled down her spine. The face, beautiful in its masculinity, showed no warmth at all. His eyes narrowed as he looked her over quite thoroughly. She tapped the crop against her white leather gloved palm. Olivia did not look away. The man’s intelligent and cool gaze did not intimidate her.

Lord Craven sat the snifter on the table, swung his long legs over the side and stood. Broad shoulders tapered to narrow, muscular hips. His body was as stunning as his face. He appealed as no man ever had. Olivia tamped down the spark of attraction. Merely the twitching of a corpse, she reasoned.

“Mistress Birch, I presume?”

His voice sounded deep, but raspy.

“Yes. I rarely take on two clients in one night.”

He bowed slightly.

“I am honored, then.” His arm inclined toward the nearby chair. “Shall we discuss terms?”

Taking a seat, Olivia watched as he sat on the edge of the bed and crossed his long legs.

“As Pan may have told you, I allow three strikes. How hard and deep I wield the crop is up to you. As he also no doubt told you I am not to be touched, nor will any sexual congress pass between us.”

His thick eyebrows arched in question. “Indeed? Seems to me a vast amount of coin paid out for the privilege of being whipped as a naughty school boy. I have another proposal in mind.”


Read A RIDING CROP FOR TWO for more about Olivia and Gideon

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  1. The Long and Short of it Erotic Romance Review

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Oct 2012

    When you’ve exhausted all your avenues, yet still need more what do you do? Lust after the ungettable get of of course!

    Lord Gideon Broyles, or Lord Craven as some know him, is sick and tired of the same old sexual escapades he’s been having for over a decade. After doing all the normal things like balls and assemblies what he really wanted, craved even, was something that moved him. Feeling devoid of emotion, Gideon was constantly searching for the one person, that one thing that stir his lust and filled his void.

    This leads him to the newest pleasure house called The Riding Crop. There isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done over the years, feeling as debauched as he can be including sexual encounters with men. While there he sees something he’s never experienced before, he’s never seen a man and a woman make passionate love. He’s never kissed nor pleased a woman like what he was watching. The show brought home the fact he was empty inside.

    But then he sees her. Mistress Birch, in action. While he’s not so much interested in relinquishing control to her as is her speciality, he still wants her. Lust, finally.

    Olivia Durham has had a rough life since she was a young girl with stars in her eyes. One mistake and her world crumbles around her and leaves her with nothing. Now she’s created a different life for herself in order to gain back the control she lost one dark night. But one thing she had no control over was her response to meeting another lost soul.

    When I started this, I was going down a path that was very hedonistic. But when the door closed behind Olivia, locking her in the room with Gideon the book took a very different turn. It was sad mostly, but then turned into something beautiful and loving. I think Karyn Gerrard did a wonderful job with this very short story. I would highly suggest reading anything written by her after having completed this tale of the unexpected.


  2. The Long and Short of it Reviews

    Posted by Unknown on 23rd Oct 2012

    When you’ve exhausted all your avenues, yet still need more what do you do? Lust after the ungettable get of of course!

    Lord Gideon Broyles, or Lord Craven as some know him, is sick and tired of the same old sexual escapades he’s been having for over a decade. After doing all the normal things like balls and assemblies what he really wanted, craved even, was something that moved him. Feeling devoid of emotion, Gideon was constantly searching for the one person, that one thing that stir his lust and filled his void.

    This leads him to the newest pleasure house called The Riding Crop. There isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done over the years, feeling as debauched as he can be including sexual encounters with men. While there he sees something he’s never experienced before, he’s never seen a man and a woman make passionate love. He’s never kissed nor pleased a woman like what he was watching. The show brought home the fact he was empty inside.

    But then he sees her. Mistress Birch, in action. While he’s not so much interested in relinquishing control to her as is her speciality, he still wants her. Lust, finally.

    Olivia Durham has had a rough life since she was a young girl with stars in her eyes. One mistake and her world crumbles around her and leaves her with nothing. Now she’s created a different life for herself in order to gain back the control she lost one dark night. But one thing she had no control over was her response to meeting another lost soul.

    When I started this, I was going down a path that was very hedonistic. But when the door closed behind Olivia, locking her in the room with Gideon the book took a very different turn. It was sad mostly, but then turned into something beautiful and loving. I think Karyn Gerrard did a wonderful job with this very short story. I would highly suggest reading anything written by her after having completed this tale of the unexpected.


  3. Loved Lord Craven

    Posted by MA on 22nd Oct 2012

    Thanks to the author for giving the readers such a hot, and quality free read.


  4. Arousing dark secret desires that are within us all.

    Posted by Evelyn Lillith on 3rd Aug 2012

    I loved this. Ms Gerrard does not disappoint. Her evocative description really sets the scene and creates an image of a time long past but arousing desires that we try to hide from. I would not mind being on the end of Mistress Birch's riding crop myself. I can't wait to read more of this author's work.


  5. Short, Sweet, and Hot

    Posted by Chellesy on 10th Jun 2012

    Ms. Gerrard did not disappoint! The Riding Crop is the perfect (and full) story packed into just a few pages. It's also naughty, a bit kinky and full of heart.. my fave kind!

    I look forward to reading more of your work. :)


  6. Perfect Bedtime Story

    Posted by Evie at In Love with Romance on 26th May 2012

    This one falls within my "perfect for bed time" category. It is a really short read, but goodness I couldn't get enough.

    What surprised me was that for such a short read, the way the characters were described, their actions, and their dialogue did not leave me wishing they'd done or said something else, as it usually is the case with short reads. This one, left me craving for more because it was that good.

    I can't really say more because I'd spoil it. All I can say is that there couldn't be a better match in characters than Gideon and Liv.


    Dear Karyn,

    You must write a sequel to their story. It's too great a story :)


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