Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Sexy Barechested Sword Wielding Hero on WIP It Up Wednesday


I’m excited to be back on WIP It Up Wednesday to bring you a steamy clip from my latest release.  Innocence Enslaved is my first medieval erotic romance, and I was thrilled to co-author it with Melody Parks.


You’ll find a sexy, bare-chested, sword-wielding hero, a beautiful innocent maiden who falls in love with the man who saves her by taking her as his pleasure slave, and a wicked villainous earl that you will love to hate. Throw in intrigue, danger, plot turns and twists, hot sex and kink, hotter spanks, and sizzling romance, what more could you ask for?  Hopefully, Melody and I didn’t leave anything out and you will fall in love with Corbet and Emilia as much as we did. 


In this scene, Emilia comes across a training field near Corbet’s home, full of strong, sword wielding men, one bare chested on in particular takes her notice. 


Now, let’s dive in… Enjoy!



Innocence Enslaved
By Maddie Taylor and Melody Parks


At first, she didn’t notice anything except the powerful, well-muscled body that moved with an easy grace, the tanned contoured chest, smooth and sleek as though cast in bronze, shoulders that seemed a yard wide, and thickly muscled arms that bulged and flexed, at least the one that still held the heavy long sword did. She could only stare, tongue-tied at the stunning sight, not noticing until the last moment the damp brown hair that curled up on the ends, and the swath that had fallen over his forehead, the same one he flipped out of his eyes with a graceful toss of his head. It was then she took note of his golden brown eyes.


By the saints!


Her inventory stopped right there. Corbet was absolutely magnificent and he was nearly upon her.


“Emilia,” he called out, the sound of her name in his deep, slightly breathless voice making her heart skip a beat. “Why are you here?” He bent low, retrieving the errant sword before moving closer, not stopping until he was less than a foot away. That put her in intimate proximity with his bare chest. “A training field, particularly one prone to errant flying swords, is no place for a female.”


“I, uh, didn’t know,” she started to explain, but her words came out of her dry throat like a croaking frog. She swallowed, licked her suddenly parched lips, and tried over. “I but followed the path, not knowing where it would go, sir. I’m sorry.”


He stood so close and was so very tall, he blocked out the sun. She squinted up at him, but with the harsh glare coming from behind him, he was cast in dark silhouette.


“Are you all right?” he asked suddenly. “You seem a bit unsteady. Maybe it’s the heat. Try the stream up the hill by the house. It should be cooler there this time of day, as will the water if you’d like to swim.”


“A swim,” she said inanely, her gaze fixated on his flat male nipples.


“Uh, yes… That would be, um, nice.”


“Emilia?”


“Hmm?” she replied, barely able to put thoughts together, let alone speak as she watched a bead of sweat trickled down the center of his chest and disappear beneath the waist of his braes. He twisted suddenly and stabbed the points of both blades into the earth. Then he angled his head to look down at her. One hand came up to brush a few strands of hair that tickled her cheek in the breeze. Still, like a tongue-tied fool, she said nothing.


“This area is off limits from now on,” he said more gently, and was that amusement in his voice? She glanced up seeing his full lips twitch. Yes, that was definitely humor she heard.


“Did you understand me, little one? My training field is not a place I’ll allow you to frequent.”


“Yes, I understand,” she whispered, stiffening when both his hands came to her shoulders and spun her about.


“I need to get back to it,” he said close to her ear. “Run along now, to somewhere safe. I don’t want you hurt.”


When she took a step, he took several, moving back to the center of the clearing. She dared one last glimpse over her shoulder at his extraordinary physique, turning fully when with ease, he tossed the heavy blade to the other man. She froze, gawking like an idiot at the muscles flexing in his arms and shoulders.


Long moments passed and she still didn’t move. Then the shorter man cleared his throat and jerked his chin in her direction. Corbet twisted his head enough for his golden gaze to bore into her.


“I said now, Emilia.”


This time, with the warning beneath his command unmistakable, she snapped to obey, but as she took a hurried step backward, her heel caught on a large rock she hadn’t noticed before and she stumbled. After righting herself, she looked up in time to see his white teeth flash brilliant against his tanned skin.


“Do you need help finding your way?”


“No, sir,” she replied with a squeak.


“Then I’ll see you at supper.”


The amused laughter of the other men who had stopped and were observing broke through the spell his half-naked, sweat-gleaming, magnificent form had cast upon her. Whirling about, she retreated at double the speed of which she had arrived. She didn’t stop until she was back in the front yard, then paused to catch her breath and cover her flushed face with her hands. Zounds! Why did she embarrass herself so every time they met?



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When she is abducted from her village, eighteen-year-old Emilia Selkirk’s world is turned upside down almost instantly. Stripped naked, bound, and placed on the auction block, her fate seems hopeless indeed, until a tall, handsome man speaks up to bid on her. His firm, commanding voice sets her blood on fire even as the kindness of his tone warms her heart, and she dares to hope that the future may not be as grim as she feared.



Corbet Mills, a wealthy merchant, has sworn off love forever. He has seen more than enough cruelty for one lifetime and slave auctions hold no interest for him, but when he sets eyes on Emilia he is captivated. Perhaps it is the quiet defiance evident in her pose or perhaps it is simply the alluring curves of the young redhead’s beautiful, naked form, but something about her calls to him, and he finds he can’t leave her to the cruel intentions of the leering crowd.




Intent on playing the part of the hero and keeping Emilia safe and pure until he can return her to her family, Corbet does his best to resist her allure. He provides for her, cares for her, and guides her, even when that means taking her over his knee and administering a long, hard bare-bottom spanking to correct her behavior. Yet, as he struggles to contain his growing desire to claim Emelia as his own, an old enemy takes a deeply unwholesome interest in her. In the midst of intrigue, danger, revenge, and murder, can Corbet protect the woman he has come to love?



Publisher’s Note: Innocence Enslaved is an erotic romance novel written in collaboration by Maddie Taylor and Melody Parks. It includes spankings, sexual scenes, exhibitionism, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.



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