Alysha Ellis lives in Australia and when she isn't busy drinking champagne, eating chocolate and letting her inner tart run free, she writes erotic comedy. Her favourite quote comes from Mae West… A hard man is good to find. Who could argue with that? Alysha tries very hard to be bad, because bad girls have all the fun.
Expected publication: January 23rd 2015 by Totally Bound
The aristocratic Lord Winslade provides a sensual feast to feed all the body’s hungers.
Gently-bred Susan arrives in 18th century London starving, penniless and desperate to find a job. When a chance-met acquaintance offers to help, Susan happily accepts a position as housekeeper in the home of Lord Winslade.
But the position is not what she expects it to be. She is greeted by a grim manservant, who locks her in a room and orders her to wear the scandalous costume she finds there.
She is forced to attend an erotic banquet of carnal and epicurean delights, presided over by the darkly sinister Lord Winslade.
Susan’s expectations of domestic service shatter as she is seduced into fulfilling appetites of an entirely different order.
Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Review by Ramona
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
(Based on Short&Light Read Category)
(Based on Short&Light Read Category)
I'm quite sure when Alysha Ellis entitled her short story Her Lord's Table, it alluded to more than just a meal. Dinner was served, but it's the side courses that made it more than ordinary.
Susan is a victim of circumstance in 18th century England: she was born a woman and her entire family, being all females, weren't allowed to handle their inheritance. One thieving lawyer and one dissolute stepbrother later, they have no funds and nowhere to turn. Susan gladly accepts an offer from the woman now living in her stepbrother's house to work in the home of an acquaintance.
Lord Winslade, unfortunately, isn't what she was expecting. Her job offer turned out to be more along the lines of "play doctor" than "play house." What is fortunate is that she attracts the attention of her host, who seems to understand that a gently-bred girl has no business at a gathering like that.
It's a little too late; Susan has learned quite a lot more about relations in the short time they took for dinner! But what is she to do with her new-found knowledge?
Now here are two interesting characters developed within a span of a few pages. Susan is a typical gentlewomen thrust into a most atypical circumstance. She can't even find words to describe what is happening right in front of her. Yet, she's drawn to it. It interests her, and that in turn interests Lord Winslade.
A man among men (as far as looks and other appetites are concerned), Anthony, Lord Winslade, is sophisticated, cultured, and debauched. In spite of his standing in society, he is known for hosting banquets where the guests bring as much interest as the meal. He can clearly see the guests' antics are affecting Susan in more ways than one - why not indulge her curiosity, then? But I can see a gentleman lurking deep within.
This is a quick, hot story that is a great remedy to a cold night! Despite my bone to pick about Anthony's quick turn around (although it being a short story, it's understandable) I enjoyed each and every bit. The heat wafted off the pages of Her Lord's Table in the scenes during and after dinner simply because Alysha Ellis managed to pack quite a full, highly erotic story into a few thousand words.
Note: Copy provided by publisher for an honest review.