Protection (A Forbidden Love – Book 2) by Elise de Sallier
Genre: Romance/ Historical
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-231-0
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
In the much awaited conclusion to Innocence, A Forbidden Love – Book One, Nathaniel, the Marquis of Marsden, is left reeling at the revelation of Lisa’s royal heritage. Keeping her safe has always been his priority, and he is determined to protect her . . . from the King’s machinations, their enemies, and her own overly generous nature if necessary.
Although overjoyed to be reunited with Nathaniel, Lisa fears she made a better mistress than she will a marchioness. Longing for a return to the freedom they shared when he thought her a commoner, she does her best to live up to his—and society’s—expectations, but she’s only willing to compromise so far. Being kept in the dark is no longer an option. Despite the unexpected pleasure she discovered in Nathaniel’s arms, if there is one thing Lisa has learned . . . ignorance is far from bliss.
Praise for Protection:
“After the ending of Innocence, which was by far one of the best historical romances I’ve read, I wanted to scream. What was going to happen? How would it end? Would Lisa and Nathaniel finally be together, or had everything been for naught… Rarely, in the romance world, do we get the story from both the hero and the heroine, but Elise does an amazing job of pulling you in and letting you see the world far beyond the innocent maid we encountered in the first book.” –Amazon Review
“This book is filled with suspense, intrigue, secrets, romance and the kind of sizzling desire between Nathaniel and Anneliese that leaves you wanting more… I loved this story and was so extremely excited to read it and I will cherish it alongside my Jane Austin Collection… Elise de Sallier is an amazing romance writer bringing true romance back into our lives.” –CrazyDaisy Amazon Review
1. How does Protection lead on from the first book Innocence?
When my publishers decided to split my fan fiction story, A Forbidden Love, into two books, I was a little concerned (justifiably so!) While serialised stories have been all the rage for a while now, historical romances aren’t typically split in such a way, so I knew it would be a challenge. I was determined not to end the first book on too angsty a cliffhanger, so we ended it at a point where my hero and heroine have been reunited but with plenty of their epic tale still to be told.
After a foreboding prologue, told from the point of view of the disgraced Lord Copeland, the baron who shot Lisa’s father and now wants his revenge, Protection takes up where Innocence left off. We get to briefly revisit a favourite scene of mine, the proposal in the palace courtyard, but this time, we see it from Nathaniel’s perspective. Whereas Innocence was told from Lisa’s point of view, in Protection, we get to hear from Nathaniel as well, which I really enjoyed writing.
2. How have your main characters Nathaniel and Lisa developed in Protection?
Innocence is primarily Lisa’s tale, but both she and Nathaniel undergo quite a transformation. Lisa starts out extremely naïve about the ways of the world, having lived a fairly charmed existence, despite the loss of her mother when she was a girl. By the end of Innocence, she’s had her eyes opened to the realities of life as a servant and first hand experience of some of the injustices that plagued 19th century society—and still do today in many parts of the world. In surprising contrast, amidst the fear, confusion, and uncertainty, she has also experienced a degree of freedom unusual for a young lady of her class.
Nathaniel begins the story with a mind-set typical for a highly privileged aristocratic male. He’s also been burned by his own family’s experiences and consequently has some entrenched ideas about women being defined by their class and limited by their gender. By the end of Innocence, Lisa’s challenging opinions, their rewarding friendship, and the life-altering experience of falling in love have altered his perceptions. Even before discovering the truth of her identity—several layers of truth, some even she wasn’t aware of—he is willing to make what would have been enormous sacrifices for one in his position so they can be together and to prove the sincerity of his feelings.
In Protection, Lisa struggles with readjusting to the role of a closely chaperoned young lady while trying to live up to an entirely new set of expectations. Nathaniel, struggling with guilt over having made her his mistress, struggles to know how to treat Lisa. Determined to protect her from threats, both real and perceived, he makes the mistake of underestimating Lisa, causing them both grief and inadvertently leading her into danger.
I’ve also been told that Protection is very high in the UST factor! (Unresolved Sexual Tension)
3. Protection has a strong ‘fairy-tale’ feel to it. What sets it apart from all the other fairy-tales out there?
This question made me laugh, as I’ve recently been writing a fairy-tale type story on Fan Fiction Net, and it was only when I was a few chapters into the story that I realised how many ‘Cinderella‘ elements my Forbidden Love series contained! I’m not sure how different my stories are to other fairy-tales, not having read a great deal of the genre (I usually stick to more conventional Regency/historical romances), but I do know that I’ve joked with friends and family that I write ‘Disney for adults’.
4. How does it feel to have wrapped up the Forbidden Love series?
While I’ve definitely told Nathaniel and Lisa’s tale in full, I’m not entirely sure the Forbidden Love series is finished. I can’t quite get Nathaniel’s cousin, Michael, and his wife Eleanor’s, story out of my head, and I suspect I’ll have to write it at some point. It covers their time of ‘banishment’ in Ireland and shows how they manage to save their marriage as well as Eleanor’s transformation from a wholly dislikeable character in Innocence, to one who has, strangely, become a favourite of mine.
5. What have you learned through this experience?
I’ve learned that the editing process can be tough and extremely drawn out, and that splitting a historical romance into two books generates a lot of anger amongst some readers!
6. You are onto a new series now, tell us a little bit about that?
Hearts of Honour, is a Regency ‘romantica‘ series set in the village of Hartley. Each story is ‘stand alone’ but features characters whose lives are intertwined. The first book, Passion and Propriety, will be released on August 1st, and I can’t wait!
Here’s the summary – There is absolutely nothing improper about Hannah Foster, the vicar of Hartley’s eldest daughter, nursing the badly wounded Viscount Blackthorn back to health—that’s if the returned officer can be saved. At twenty seven she is two years the man’s senior, a confirmed spinster, and far too sensible to develop feelings for her patient. The fact he was once her childhood friend, has grown into a fine specimen of a man—his terrible scars notwithstanding—and seems as lost and lonely as she sometimes feels has no bearing on the matter.
Even if the unthinkable were to happen and William was to see past her plain exterior and recognise the caring, intelligent, passionate woman beneath, he is determined to break the curse that has plagued his family for generations by letting his bloodline die out. Hannah’s best friend, Grace—Hartley’s resident midwife-cum-herbalist’s, warnings are moot. A man of Lord Blackthorn’s wealth and position would never be interested in a woman like Hannah . . . would he?
7. I know this is going to be hard, but please try and answer the next questions with only one answer!
- Favorite TV show? Firefly
- Favorite movie? Impossible! (and not Mission Impossible)
- Favorite food? Chocolate
- Favorite animal? Sea turtles
A great believer in living happily ever after, Elise began her lifelong obsession with the romance and paranormal genres when she was far too young to be reading either. After more than thirty years of marriage to her very own romantic hero, she now knows great relationships don’t just happen, they take work . . . which doesn’t mean writing about them can’t be a whole lot of fun!
While raising a family, Elise established a career as a counsellor and family therapist. Seeking an escape from the stresses of her work, she discovered the world of fan fiction, and her timid writer’s muse made its voice heard. Two point three million hits, twenty thousand reviews, and an e-mail from an acquisitions editor at The Writer’s Coffee Shop later, and her life found a new and fascinating direction.
Elise likes to see her characters grow, experience passion and adventure, tackle some difficult issues, and find lasting love . . . eventually.
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