Jackie is writing in with help finding a novella she really enjoyed, but the whole story of her history with romance is pretty awesome.
Hi, ladies! I’m a huuuuuuge fan and avid devourer of your insightful and
hi-freaking-larious website! Trashy romance novels have always held a
special place in my heart (and loins) as I’m the youngest of four sisters
by 15-12 years…which means that I became quite adept at sneaking their
bodice rippers when I was 8 years old.
Our Mom was a huge prude so anything
remotely heave-y or turgid-y had to be hidden around the house. (She even
ripped down my sister’s poster of a bare chested dude and burned it on the
gas stove. Truth.) I’d sometimes literally stumble over their secret hidey
holes and read the shit out of those forbidden fruit-tastic novels, but I
wasn’t so good at re-hiding them (like under the bathroom scale—I never
claimed to be a crafty child).
Anyway, I’m throwing myself at the collective feet of all of you omniscient
smart bitches to ask for help to locate an anthology book featuring a story
by Veronica Sattler. I think it was a Valentine’s Day anthology published
in the mid to late ‘90s and it might have featured cherries, chocolate, or
hell, EVEN BOTH MAYHAPS! in the title or cover art.
All I can remember is
that it was a contemporary story, but it’s not her “Wild Cherries”
I remember being so struck by it because I had also
just finished reading Sattler’s super fantastically crazypants “The
Bargain,” (in which Ashleigh Sinclair, an innocent brothel kitchen maid,
gets tricked into being Lord Brett Westmont’s “governess” of sexy times
by order of Brett’s Duke/Grandpa who’s all, “Grandson, you’re a rather
competent rake, but you need to be taught by a PRO!,” while Brett’s all,
“Uhhh, I wield my turgid wang o’ debauchery quite well, but thanks for the
free ho, geriatric Gramp-bro!,” and Ashleigh’s, like, “Ahem, I’m a 19th
century English rose—why the shit am I named after a day shift 80’s
stripper?”) and I just needed MOAR MOAR MOAR of Veronica Sattler.
Ok, enough rambling! This bitch is forever grateful and thank you so damn
much for your help!
While I know plenty of awesome Ashleighs, I have not encountered that name in the historical romance world, at least, not on a female. I may be wrong about that.
Anyone recognize this book?