Chapter Four: The Night before Christmas
Bliss is the word for it: they’ve “gotten to know” each other now that the hot sex has cleared the air, and it’s time for a merry Christmas and a merrier denouement and conclusion.
Lord Alex WALON has even offered to help with the chores.
But oh, noes! Melicent has discovered pages of Lady Loveless’ deathless prose, and is horrified – a blueprint for her seduction! He must have written it! No, he says, you did!
“You think that I wrote this filth?” Melicent demanded.
“It isn’t filth.” Alex felt moved to protest. “It is very well written and extremely erotic.”
So who is the author of this erotic, sensual prose that’s filled to the brimming tip with gossip and scandal? Who really wrote Lady Loveless’ erotic novels? Was it Melicent? Alex? The mutton?
I won’t tell – but I will say this: given the extreme brevity of the format, the leaps of emotional dedication and the combining-to-the-point-of-conflating sexual attraction with emotional ardor are elements to this story that the reader will have to forgive. But in four chapters, there’s a narrative worth pursuing, even if the protagonists are a little emo and prone to emotional outbursts and confessions, and the ancillary characters are flimsy and overly simplistic. Is it possible to embed a great deal of nuance to a character in four chapters? I don’t know. But it is possible to enjoy a morsel of romance over lunch.