Today we have a guest post from Nicola Davidson! Her book, The Devil’s Submission, hits shelves today!
Nicola Davidson’s answers to Lady Eliza Deveraux’s (The Devil’s Submission) top 5 irritating habits…
We, the footmen and maids, love and respect our mistress Lady Eliza. But sometimes…GOOD GRIEF.
5. Difficulty in delegating. Her ladyship is an excellent organizer, but sometimes she needs to sit back and let others assist. Like the time she chased a recalcitrant rooster for six hours because she deemed it her problem to resolve. A lovely calico gown was sacrificed to the rag bag, and the rooster still roams Lincolnshire, sporadically returning to crow triumphantly at the window. Most unfortunate.
4. The midnight kitchen raids. We wish milady would simply admit she loves cake, and eat it openly during the day. It is unfair to keep blaming the local squirrel population for depleted supplies, and raspberry jam is annoyingly difficult to remove from delicate nightgowns.
3. She is ashamed of her curves. Gah! Every day, so many of us maids stuff our stays with padding to entice the lads or silence the cheeky rascals who compare us to a plank of wood. Lady Eliza looks like a portrait of Venus, especially with that fine red hair. But does she let us dress her in sensual gowns that complement her bosom and hips? Nooooo. She covers up like an ancient, vinegar-drinking spinster. Infuriating!
2. She sometimes retreats at the very time she should charge on. Like the occasion that her husband Lord Grayson sent her away. She should have donned armor and regrouped. But no, she fled from London to the back end of bloody Lincolnshire. Do you know how hard it is to get decent entertainment here? Few shops, inadequate theater troupe, and the tavern to church ratio is quite, quite around the wrong way.
1. But the number one irritating habit our mistress has: listening to, and following the guidance of, her mother Countess Brimley. We would say the countess is a turnip-brain, but that is a grievous insult to innocent turnips everywhere. So we will instead say she is shallow, selfish, and oblivious to the finer feelings of those around her. Slap her, Lady Eliza! We would provide the very best cake for the show.
About the book:
Disinherited by his parents and estranged from his wife, Fallen pleasure club co-owner Lord Grayson ‘Devil’ Deveraux long ago learned to place his trust in ledgers rather than people. But his ice-cold reserve hides the scandalous truth: he’s a man who craves pain with his pleasure, and a loving lady to instruct him.
Banished to the country when her whirlwind marriage collapsed, Lady Eliza Deveraux never knew why Grayson fell out of love with her: she’d tried so damned hard to quell her fiery self and be a proper, obedient wife. But when Eliza is forced to return to London and back into Grayson’s intoxicating world, banked passions reignite. Can a marriage built on secrets and pretense truly get a second chance?