Virtus Sex: Author's Cut, Virtus Saga #1
Published By: eXtasy Books
Author: Laura Tolomei
Publish Date: April 26, 2019
Series: Virtus #1
Word Count: 139610
Heat Level: 4 Flames
Categories: Fantasy, GLBT, Menage, Multiple Partners, Paranormal, Erotica
This book was previously published as Virtus, The Sex but has been completely revised and doubled in size with the addition of many new scenes.
When Prince Duncan Caldwell loses his way home and knocks on a stranger’s door, looking to find shelter, he doesn’t know his life is about to change forever. Not because he can’t tear his gaze away from the beautiful woman who opens that door, but more so because she’s a stranger yet he can’t shake the feeling she belongs to him. And discovering she’s been banned from his home can’t stop the vortex of his feelings nor the truth of his world from crashing down on him.
This is just the beginning of the Virtus Saga, where nothing is as it seems. Not the world, since its all-pervading sex drive hides a scary lack of violence. Not the people, since soul mates Prince Duncan Caldwell and Lord Christopher Templeton share a love that is unrivaled until that fateful knock on Ylianor Meyer’s dilapidated shack.
This book starts the love and the passion that entwines fiery sex into this intricate three-way relationship. It’s a unique connection, laced with jealousy and violence that are unknown to their world. This is not just another erotic dark fantasy series. This is the making of a trio. Of three remarkable characters that must overcome their uncontrollable lust to face the truth about themselves and their planet if they want to defeat the darkness about to devour them. To be as one whilst three! To share power and love in equal measures. This is their real challenge, the lesson they must learn. Otherwise, how will their world survive?
PG (630 Chris+Elizabeth+Mother)
“But, Mother, Chris is Duncan’s best friend, almost like a brother, so who better than him to make your son come to his senses?”
Suddenly interested, Chris brightened. “What happened?”
Sophia Caldwell’s hesitation lasted a fraction of a second before plunging into the story. “Well…it seems my son had the bad taste of employing a woman as a stable keeper and of course, we aren’t very happy about it.”
“Mother, if Chris is to help Duncan, he must know the truth.” She turned to him, eyes alight with barely suppressed emotions. “You see, this woman is the daughter of my father’s mistress, a servant he had the misfortune of…fancying.” She frowned as if recollecting something. “I think you may have known her, too. She used to play with Duncan when they were still children.”
Ylianor Meyer! How could I forget? “Vaguely.”
“Anyway, when Father died, Mother banished this…creature from the house. Now Duncan has brought her back.”
Chris turned to Lady Caldwell. “You really banished her?”
“Of course, I did.” Sophia spat. “To have to suffer her presence after Charles died would’ve been intolerable.”
“So it happened after your mate died in…” He creased his forehead in an effort to remember dates.
“About ten years ago,” Elizabeth supplied.
“And you’ve had no contact with her in all this time?”
He raised an eyebrow. “Not even Duncan?”
Elizabeth shrugged. “If he had, he made no mention of it. But I really don’t think so.”
“Then how did he find her?” And more importantly, how did he manage to remember her?
“We…” Elizabeth faltered and looked at her mother. “We don’t know.”
“I’m not interested in how he found her.” Lady Caldwell scoffed. “I want him to kick her out again.”
Elizabeth shook her head sadly. “Unfortunately, he offered her the position her father once held as stable keeper.”
“Yeah, I remember her father worked here.” Using a cautious tone, he pretended memories were returning to him.
“Yes, well…” Elizabeth looked uncomfortable as if debating whether to include more information or not. Then she made up her mind. “Actually, there are gossips going around about her origins. Malicious lies, for sure, but—”
“My mate is not that creature’s father.” Sophia Caldwell almost shouted.
“Mother, calm down!” Elizabeth turned to look at Chris apologetically. “Please, forgive her. It’s still a touchy subject for her and she tends to get very upset about it.”
“Of course, I understand.”
“Naturally, we know she’s no blood relation.” Elizabeth’s tone was firm as if wanting to dispel any residual doubts. “It’s ridiculous even to think it, but people can be very cruel sometimes, especially if they can talk bad about someone.”
“That servant had the baby when pledged to John Meyer, our stable keeper,” Sophia explained in a gentler tone. “Charles never pledged to her and as you well know, Lord Templeton, that’s essential before you can have any children.”
Chris nodded in agreement.
“John Meyer is her father.” Elizabeth set the record straight once and for all. “Or rather was. He died just recently.”
Chris frowned skeptically. “And this made Duncan want to replace him with his daughter?”
“I don’t think—”
“It has nothing to do with John’s death.” Lady Caldwell was quick to end her daughter’s sentence. “That woman, just like her mother, is a witch and she used witchcraft to seduce and enslave Duncan into bringing her back here. That’s exactly how her mother worked her way into my poor mate’s heart.”
“Come now, Mother, they’re just women.” Elizabeth tried to argue persuasively. “That’s all. Can you really see Duncan fall prey to witchcraft?” She looked steadily at Chris. “Maybe you can find out why he insists on keeping her on the premises.”
He shrugged annoyed. “If I ever get to see him.”