What do the hounds of hell, time travel, a murdered girl, a coach ticket to Wye Castle, and a governess’ letter of employment have to do with waking up in 1763, the mate of wolf-shifter, Ian, the Earl of Wye? Emma’s about to find out.
Emma knows time travel’s impossible. So, the only other explanation for her going to sleep on Halloween night in 2013 and waking up in Wales in the year 1763 is that she’s insane. There’s a murdered girl, a coach ticket to Wye Castle, and a letter of employment to be governess to the Earl of Wye’s daughter. What’s a gal to do but go with the flow?Wolf-shifter
Ian, Earl of Wye, recognizes Emma as his mate instantly and senses she’s in danger. He knows Emma’s harboring a deep, dark secret. But, no matter what he does, she won’t confide in him. Then he finds Emma wounded and rambling about nine white gorgons who attacked her. The hounds of hell are Ian’s nemeses, and the fact they’ve reappeared in the mortal world after centuries of banishment can only mean one thing…
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Reviews for That Pearly Drop
Night Owl Reviews: Woohoo! What a fun and outrageous book! I just finished reading That Pearly Drop by Jianne Carlo, and I loved every second of this novel. The characters are delightful and so sinfully enchanting, they will most assuredly leave a reader with some exceedingly steamy nights.
— Reviewer Hitherandthee
The Romance Reviews: Ancient mythology, facts and legends have always fascinated me, and in THAT PEARLY DROP, you get a heaping helping of all of those and much more. Between hysterical dialogue and raw, erotic sex, fans of any genre of erotic romance will enjoy being transported into another time and place by Ms Carlo. I highly recommend THAT PEARLY DROP to lovers of almost any genre of erotic romance, you won’t be disappointed! I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
— Reviewer Delta
Midnight Attic Reader: The Murphy’s Time-Travel Laws prefacing each chapter were hilarious, especially coupled with Emma’s fumbling to explain her “colonial idioms” and I loved her nicknames for people. I hope to see more the C-men and I suspect we will see more of Emma’s friends from the future (present?). Great read and I look forward to reading the next installment!
Ian sets the basket down on the grass right above me. I sit up when he bends over and lick my lips when his testicles and ass are in full view. Balls fascinate me too.
My brothers are perfect gentlemen in public, but get them home and they’re forever scratching and re-arranging things. It irritates me to no end. But I believe watching Ian do the same would be hypnotizing.
He whips around and tosses three objects my way, one after the other. They disappear below the water and then bob to the top, soap and two rags.
“You were supposed to catch them.”
“My hand-eye coordination is dismal.” I reach out and gather the objects into my lap. Remembering his earlier comment, I ask, “How do you know about my penchant for being clean?”
The eyebrow waggle thing again, which is sexy, boyish, and exciting. “You’ve washed your hair three times since arriving. You perform your ablutions every morning and every evening without fail. You wash your hands before and after every meal. You insist the girls follow your rituals. The servants report to Banburn, who reports to me. I made it clear from your first day that no detail was to be ignored.”
The hairs on the back of my neck bristle. Everyone’s been watching me, and I never knew, never suspected for a moment. What have I given away subconsciously? How long can I keep up this charade?
I jump when Ian sits next to me and lifts me to sit between his legs. Looking back, I meet his intense gaze.
He holds up a small glass bottle. “A concoction my chemist insists he makes only for the hair. Smell.”
I grasp his hand and bring the open container to my nose. “Lavender?”
“He claims the essence of lavender softens the hair and brings out a natural shine.” Ian pours a dollop into one palm, places the bottle on the grass above the pebbles, and turns to me. “Face the springs.”
He massages the liquid into my hair. It’s both comforting and arousing. His cock’s turgid against the small of my back, and a sticky wetness soon moistens my skin there. His fingers are magic. I am boneless. My eyes are closed, and I surrender to his masterful kneading.
I must’ve dozed off because the next thing I know, Ian has me in his arms, and I’m floating in the pool. It feels like a fantasy. Me, Thor, and a hot lagoon. When I reluctantly open my eyes, he’s watching me, and though I can see the banked desire in his enlarged pupils, there’s a tender smile playing about his mouth.
Reaching up, I outline his sinful lips, and a blob of lather spills into the water. I check, and sure enough, my hair’s full of shampoo. “I guess it’s time to dunk?”
“One, two, three,” he says, and we submerge.
Beneath the surface, he threads his fingers through my saturated waves, and I follow some of the white globs of foam as they rise to the surface. His hands grip my waist, he sits me on one knee, and we break into open air.
I sputter and knuckle my eyes before searching for his face.
“Thank you.” He lifts a lock to his nose and sniffs.
“For what?” I haven’t felt so relaxed in months. “You did all the work.”
“You trusted me enough to sleep in my arms,” he replies and brushes his lips to mine.
About Jianne Carlo
Award winning author, Jianne Carlo’s motto is simple: Alpha Me Please.
While strong heroines, exotic locations, and cultural differences are her forte, she goes weak in the knees for warriors and alphas. Send her a man with an attitude and she’ll find the right woman to tame him.
Jianne loves hot and spicy food, stomach-plunging park rides, and is kept on her toes by her Viking husband of thirty-five years, and three, handsome grown sons. There’s nothing she likes more than hearing from readers.
Also by Jianne Carlo:
A Paratrooper in a Pear Tree
Manacled in Monaco
Notorious in Nice
Carnal in Cannes
That Pearly Drop
The Call of a Soul
Alpha Me Notl
Dark Chocolate Side of The Moon
Lucky in Red
Branded by Étaín
The Bear and The Bride
The Dragon Slayer
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Interview with Holly Hewson
HH: Jianne, thank you for talking with us at The Romance Studio. Your featured book is That Pearly Drop. Where did you get the idea for this sexy romance?
JC: The dh and I attended a wedding at Clearwell Castle in Wales. While there, I bought a book on Welch Mythology, and became fascinated by the tales. I also fell in love with the castle (the dungeon had been turned into a disco J). I kept trying to imagine what it must have been like living there in the 1700s. One morning I woke up with the time-travel /paranormal/suspense idea in my head.
HH: What do you like best about Emma and why will readers like her?
JC: I love Emma’s feistiness.
Emma can’t decide if she’s insane or dreaming when she wakes up after being hit by lightning (for the second time) in 1763. Fate throws a murdered girl, a boss in a tryst with his lover, and the hounds of hell at her. And each time something happens, she digs deep, puts on her big girl panties, and knocks ‘em dead. She’s also fiercely protective of Fiona and Jean, the two little girls she tutors. When their lives are threatened Emma puts herself in harm’s way to protect them.
HH: What do you like best about Ian and why will readers love him?
JC: Ian recognizes Emma as his mate immediately. He’s totally befuddled by her vocabulary, by her habit of putting air quotes around words, and her drop-dead sexy Victoria’s Secret black lace bra and thong set. But she won’t trust him with her secrets, and he’s frustrated as all get most of the book. He’s an alpha shifter with a wicked sense of humor and is overprotective to the max. He also totally adores his little niece who cheerfully wraps him around her finger and manages to come away the winner in their every negotiation.
HH: What makes this work different from your other stories?
JC: It’s written in first person and told from the point of view of Emma, who is logical and does not believe in time travel. I enjoy time-travel romances, but always wondered why the heroine so easily accepts being sent to the past (or future). So, I made Emma fight her new reality every step of the way.
I also loved being able to combine so many genres-paranormal, fantasy, mythology, time travel, and suspense.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
JC: This year I want to finish these titles:
Wilde Wolf – book 1 of The Wylfen Series (almost finished)
Ravaged by Nikolas – book 2 of The Beast of Bärvik Series (halfway through)
That Tantalizing Lick – book 2 of the Murphy’s Laws of Time Travel Trilogy
Wolf Without – book 1 of the Sanctuary Island series
Viking in Chains – book 1 of The Jomsviking Blood Brothers
HH: What do you enjoy most about being an author?
JC: I never plan my books. So, what I love most is watching the story evolve and wondering what character will pop up next. I think it’s because my day job is in finance and I always know how numbers are going to end up J
HH: What experience or experiences in your writing career have defined you to this point?
JC: Meeting Georgia Woods, my first editor and an amazing mentor, was the most important step in my career. Georgia’s now the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Taliesin Publishing and, as you can see we’re still working together.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
JC: To concentrate on writing five days a week at a minimum.
I‘m married, have three sons, have a full time job, and work 60 hour weeks, so my time is precious. I’ve cut back on TV a ton this year and am finding myself more productive.
HH: What do you enjoy reading?
JC: I’m assuming you’re referring to romance genres. I’m crazy all over the map in romance. For me, it’s voice rather than the genre, that counts. I don’t read much futuristic though. I just finished reading a cowboy historical, a paranormal suspense, an erotic regency, and a non-romantic thriller.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
JC: Website: www.jiannecarlo.com