January 15, 2019 4 min to read
Excerpt Reveal: Tainted Reasoning by Anna Edwards
Dark Sovereignty book 2, a dark contemporary romance.
by Amazon Bestselling author, Anna Edwards
Cover Designer: Charity Hendry
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“Why would I let the world see him? He’s imperfect. No, he needs to stick to the shadows where he’ll not bring shame to this family.”
William Cavendish is…different. Too much so for his merciless father to bear publicly. He was hidden away from the world his entire life until, in one dark moment, he did the unthinkable to save his beloved brother, gaining his own freedom in the process. But liberty has its own price. William struggles with a world he doesn’t understand, emotions he’s never experienced…and an alarming taste for the dark side he’s discovered dwelling within him.
Formally educated in law, Tamara Bennet is unlike most women of the day. Not bad for the daughter of a lowly lady’s maid. When she learns a secret society was responsible for the torture of her closest acquaintance, Victoria Cavendish, she vows to employ any and all means—legal or otherwise—to bring the society to its knees. At her side is Victoria herself, as well as Victoria’s husband, Nicholas, and his brother—the intriguing and troubled William.
Delving ever deeper into London’s darkest shadows, an undeniable attraction blooms between William and Tamara, bringing them closer and closer…until their actions stir up perilous forces determined to tear them apart.
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A laugh comes from the top of the stairs, and we all turn our heads to look up. A handsome man stands there. My breath catches at the sharp cut of his jaw, which is littered with stubble. He’s not dressed as formally as Nicholas but wears a forest green polo shirt and black jeans. His strong thighs are accentuated by the style of pants he’s wearing. I lick my lips. He has a similar look to Nicholas, and I guess this must be his brother, William. He’s the one who saved Victoria when the evil Scotsman tried to rape and murder her. I push past Nicholas and Victoria and run up the stairs to meet him. Throwing my arms around him, I pull him to me and give him a kiss on the cheek.
“Thank you, thank you,” I tell him. “I can never repay you for saving my best friend. You’re a good man.”
Turning back around again, I scowl at Nicholas who in turn looks at Victoria as if to ask ‘why do I get the crap kicked out of me, and my brother gets affection? Women are nuts’. He’s the reason my friend suffered as she did, and it’ll be a cold day in hell before I trust him.
“Enough, Tamara.” Victoria takes her husband’s arm and leads him into the side room I’d just come from. William links his arm through mine and assists me down the stairs, so we can follow them.
“He’s really not that bad. My father was an evil man. It took Nicholas a little while to step out from under his control. He loves Victoria intensely and will do anything for her–he worships the ground she walks on. You really don’t have to worry about her safety.”
“Really?” I roll my eyes again. I was well known for doing it at university when people annoyed me. It’s a habit I picked up from my mother–she was always doing it when I was younger. My mother is a placid person, most of the time, but get her onto a subject that irritates her, and her eyes start rolling around like a merry-go-round. “So why is her shirt all ripped?…and he was putting himself back in his trousers when I first saw him.”
“Sex,” William replies bluntly.
“I’m sorry?” I quiz in confusion.
“They were about to have sex. They do it most days…numerous times. I’ve bought a pair of headphones to escape the noise. They’re like rabbits.” Letting go of my arm as we walk into the room, he makes a circle with the index finger and thumb of his right hand and then sticks the index finger of his left hand through the middle of the circle. “All the time…like bunnies. Nicholas puts his dick in Victoria’s pussy a lot.”
My mouth falls open.
“William!” Nicholas and Victoria both chastise him at the same time.
“Inappropriate conversation in public,” Nicholas reminds him.
William shrugs. “But it’s true!”
Anna hails from the rural countryside near London. She previously worked as an accountant, and while she still does a bit of accountancy on occasion, the majority of her time is now spent writing and looking after her family.
An avid reader herself, Anna turned to writing to combat depression and anxiety after her diagnosis in 2015. She loves travel, hunky heroes with dirty mouths, demure but spunky heroines, and dramatic suspense. You will find all four woven into each of her magical stories.
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