Madoc

Trumbull Family Saga

Book 7
Jenn LeBlanc
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I regret everything that’s happened since I died. 


Possibly everything up until that point as well. 

My name is Madoc, and I’ve been ordered to return to London and take up the title which was given to my younger brother, Grayson, in my absence. 


I’ve also been ordered to make amends with my family. Impossible. 

Until she comes along. 

It was my fault really, scaring the wits out of her to the point she fainted. But I cannot in good conscience abandon her to the dark of London. I have to find who she belongs to…


The problem is… I want her and the only way to protect her is to send her away. 

Forever.


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There's nobody in my life. No family, no friends. I don't seem to be on the same wavelength as other people, there's just something about me, something that keeps me from clicking with others. It's fine (at least that's what I tell myself) because I looove my work. I'm a researcher and I get obsessed with falling down rabbit holes. Love it. Until I fall down the wrong one and this Alice in Wonderland story becomes so much more than I'm prepared for. 


The man who rescues me, kidnaps me, takes me, terrorizes me... it's all semantics when faced with what I feel. Like a lock finding its key. I'll allow him anything, almost. I won't allow him to hide from me, and I won't allow him to walk away when I know... I KNOW... that he feels the same way. 

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About the author

 Jenn LeBlanc is a Colorado girl living in a Hollywood world. A storyteller in words and imagery she writes wildly original illustrated Victorian erotic romance and hangs out at the Ripped Bodice bookstore in California.


Creator of the Illustrated Romance Jenn wrote, photographed, and published the first ever Illustrated Romance and is Queen of Studio Smexy, a groundbreaking custom and stock photography studio in Los Angeles and Denver that specializes in romance novel covers. She works with authors and publishers to create powerful, inclusive, and representative cover images in an ever-changing publishing landscape.

Jenn is currently The Vice President of Programs for the Orange County Chapter of RWA and is also a current member of Los Angeles Romance Writers as well as a PAN member of Romance Writers of America.

She loves getting new research books and chatting with readers.

The Rake and The Recluse is the first book in the illustrated Lords of Time erotic romance series, a family saga.
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Publisher
Jenn LeBlanc
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Published on
Dec 25, 2018
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Pages
376
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ISBN
9781944567316
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Time Travel
Fiction / Sagas
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My name is Amelia and I’m in love with two men. The first is my best friend, has been forever, as unconventional as that may be. 


The second is the man I’m contracted to marry, have been forever, or so it seems. 


The problem is I can’t live without Ender. He grounds me, understands me, he helps me when nobody else can. 

But Charles—Jacks… he has no intention of sharing me with another, friendship or otherwise. And Charles… he makes my head spin. I can’t seem to control myself around him and since I have such a hard time staying grounded to begin with… 

Well… that’s my dilemma.


...


Amelia is to be my wife. I don't like that there's a discussion about this, but here we are. I also don't like that the discussion includes another man and yet... here we are. I want her. I've always wanted her. She will be my wife, no matter what I have to do... or who I have to deal with. I will deal with it. 


...


Jacks doesn't understand her, he doesn't, He doesn't know why she acts the way she does or how to help her when she falls into a place that seems so terrifying from the outside that I can't imagine what it's like for her on the inside. I love Amelia. I always have, and I always thought we would end up together, I thought— wrongly, apparently—that Jacks would give up. But he didn't. He's here in London to claim his rights under the years-old contract their father's bartered for her hand. And it doesn't look like he'll relent. So I'll have to walk away and lose her forever, unless we can find another way, the three of us, to make this work.  

My family wants me to find a wife. It's my brother's fault really because he's behaving badly. Mother wants a nice marriage, to a nice girl. The problem with that is that I'm already in love with someone else. We could never be married though, it just isn't possible. 


So I dance with my friend Celeste, to protect her from the vultures who want her for her money. She would make a lovely wife, to someone who wants to be a husband. The thing is... I really like her, she's lovely and so brilliant. And when she discovers my secret she's the only person I can talk to about the pain he's left behind. 


But something else happens in his absence, nothing we'd planned, nothing I could have foreseen... and now that Celeste and I have become so much closer the only thing left to do is to figure out how to reconcile that with the one truth I've known my whole life... that I can not live without Calder. 


...


I don’t know what I want… but I do know what I don’t. I don’t want to be touched… not in the way a husband touches a wife. 

That would be fine except that my family wishes me to marry, to get me out of their home and under someone else’s responsibility. 


I met a man, Quinn, who may be amenable. He’s nice enough on the dance floor. We would suit well enough. I decided to follow him one night, to find out if he has a mistress and see if he’d be amenable to an arrangement of sorts. 


Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d discover that his mistress… is a mister. 


Never in my wildest dreams did I think seeing them together would arouse me in ways I never knew possible. 


Now I have a problem because I won’t come between them, not ever, not for anything. A love like that deserves to be together. And yet… I want for something I never wanted before… could there be another way?

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