Warning: The book I am currently featuring is only suitable for 18 years plus and is sexually explicit at times, and uses explicit language.
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This week I am moving further into my new book, Snatched. Bhodan and the other men go out robbing, but only he returns, badly wounded. Laryssa is faced with the decision of whether to abandon the man to his fate – almost certainly death – and escape, or stay and save him. She chooses the latter. Her gentle ministrations touch him and he begins to reveal the story of his past. (I have been a little creative in the punctuation, to keep within the line limit.)
“It was my father.”
Laryssa looked at him with some puzzlement.
“My face,” he said softly, “It was my father who did it.” He paused, as though the effort of saying this to her—to anyone—was as much as he could manage right now.
“I was sixteen and my father was drunk, as he often was. He used to beat my mother very badly sometimes, and that night he started again; but he went much further than he usually did, and he killed her. So I attacked him with a knife, and in the struggle, he turned the knife towards me and cut my face.”
“What happened to your father?”
Bhodan paused for a long while, clearly reflecting on what had been a traumatic time for him. “I killed him,” he said simply, “with the same knife he used on my face.”
(NB In case you wonder why the three women didn’t escape while the men were gone, Bhodan takes their shoes, and their feet would have been cut to ribbons by the brambles in the forest.)
Snatched by Juliette Banks has just been published, and is available from the following places.
Loss. Passion. Sacrifice.
It’s the worst day of Laryssa’s life when bandits snatch her beloved daughter Sofiya, carrying her away to places unknown. Vowing to save her, come what may, Laryssa sets off on a long and difficult journey to find the nineteen-year-old.
When she stumbles across a half ruined castle in the middle of a forest, she realizes she’s found the very place where Sofiya is being held by four men. In desperation, Laryssa begs to be allowed to stay with them, to cook and clean, and even offers her body for use to the leader of the gang, a man called Bhodan. Not knowing who she really is, he grudgingly accepts.
Bhodan is a dark man with a troubled past. With livid scars marring his otherwise handsome features, he is gruff, ruthless, and cold. Somehow Laryssa, the woman he has employed to cook and clean for himself and his men, and to service him sexually whenever he desires it, manages to see past his harsh exterior. Her growing attraction to him is undeniable, and no one is more surprised than Bhodan himself to discover that he is beginning to reciprocate those feelings.
Sofiya is not the only girl to have been captured by the gang; Hanna, a girl close to her in age, was already being held when Sofiya arrived. Laryssa is desperate to rescue them both, but knows she must bide her time until the moment is right.
When the four men decide to leave the women alone to go thieving, Laryssa sees her chance. However, she is unprepared for the emotional dilemma she will face when only one of the men – Bhodan – returns. He is badly wounded, and she finds herself unable to leave him alone, as he will undoubtedly die.
Torn between the love of her daughter and the passion Bhodan has awakened in her, Laryssa faces a tough choice. Should she send Sofiya and Hanna back to their village alone to face their demons, or should she accompany them and risk losing what could well be her last chance of experiencing boundless passion and love after years spent alone? Can she forgive Bhodan for what he has done in the past, or will she decide that her daughter’s happiness is more important than her own.