Viridis - A Steampunk Romance & Mystery (The Viridis Series Book 1)
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In steampunk Victorian London, where airships dot the sky and tinkerings abound, Lady Phoebe Hughes develops an herbal elixir, Viridis, unlike any other. London’s elite flock to her club to experience the euphoria and heightened senses the drink brings, an orgasm brought on by a single kiss. But when Lord Hawthorne is murdered after leaving her club, Phoebe is shocked to find that not only was he working for the Special Services to infiltrate the Cause, a movement fighting for the city's poor, he was also in possession of her secret formulation for Viridis.
Adding to her difficulties is the unexpected return of Mr. Seth Elliott, a brilliant tinkerer who stole her heart and imagination, only to abandon her when she needed him most. Unable to ignore all that is between them, Phoebe finds herself falling for Seth once again, only to have a powerful rival for her affections wrongly accuse Seth of attempted murder. As Phoebe struggles with a way to free her love, revolution, conspiracy and murder threaten to ruin it all.
*** Author's note: This novel contains explicit sex scenes and violence, making it unsuitable for those under 18 years of age. Though there are several explicit sex scenes, this novel is more of an erotic romance, rather than straight erotica. ***
Devil on a Sparrow's Wing, book 2 in the Viridis series, is now available.
scream.” He whirled to face her, her arm still tight in his grasp, his entire body shaking not only with anger, but worry. “Damn it, Phoebe. Is this what ye’ve been getting up to while I was gone? Trying to get yourself killed? Or worse? Ye’ve yet to tell me what ye’re doing here.” Though concern flooded his handsome face, darkening his normally bright eyes, she could not get past his demanding tone. For days, weeks, months, she had dreamed of him coming back to her, and yet now that he was
this, for I do not want to worry them.” He nodded then escorted her back to the steam coach and drove them to his home, his body rigid with fury. Her injuries looked far worse in the bright lights of his kitchen. He sat her down at the table and busied himself with the kettle and teacups, wrestling with his emotions. If he addressed her at this very moment, he knew his anger would get the best of him. Shaken and hurt, what she needed right now was someone calm and levelheaded. Independent as
“Phoebe, about what happened.” He gave his head a shake, making her stomach clench. She knew he was not speaking about the incident with Victor. “I’m sorry, aye? I hadna meant to—” “I hope you’re not being too hard on the lad, my love.” Seth walked into the hall, making Phoebe’s heart race. She gave Gavin a quick glance, before walking over to Seth, managing a bit of a smile. “No more than he deserves.” The three of them sat by the fire, eating and drinking, conversation slowly returning to
Farthing would be sending Samuel to her aid. “Samuel, I’m not sure I have any errands to keep you busy enough to keep you here on a regular basis. And as for accompanying me, I really don’t venture very far from the house or Viridis. Not that your help isn’t appreciated.” She saw the disappointment in his face, and it broke her heart. “I can do work around the house, too. Fix the place up for ye, seeings as I’m real handy like. And run out for your girls to get them anything they might need so
had known each other. If anyone might know, it would be she. “Did Niles ever mention to you anything about Phoebe or Viridis? Is there anything at all you can think of, perhaps looking back on it now?” “I surely didn’t realize anything amiss at the time, or I’d ‘ve said something. Lady Phoebe has been real good to me and mine, and I couldn’t stand by and let her be robbed, had I known.” “No, of course not, but any information you can think of may be of help. I do not believe he was stealing the