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The Shortlist

Waldorf Manor : Book Two

By: Bella Bryce
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: 2013 by Blushing Books and Bella Bryce
18 chapters, 59,700 words
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Bennett Fowler follows up on his best friend, Brayden James' shortlist, to find his own charge to look after. Completely against his beliefs and expectations, Bennett discovers feelings for his new charge will complicate their arrangement. How does a man with strong convictions plan to handle that?

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Chapter One

Elisabeth Warner blinked twice and inhaled a short breath; her inbox was empty, aside from the one email she stared at. The thick, black font of the unread message was like a silent prodding. Perhaps because of who sent it, the prodding seemed more deliberate: Brayden James.

‘What the bloody hell?’ Elisabeth whispered. Her eyes shot up to her bedroom door, wide open and considered padding across the floor to close it. It wasn’t as though she had anything to worry about, but somehow seeing Brayden’s name in her inbox made her feel exposed. And slightly paranoid. Elisabeth hadn’t told anyone that she’d responded to Brayden James’ online solicitation....

‘February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October; nine months ago,’ Elisabeth declared quietly to herself, her hands spread open as she counted out the time from her interview earlier that year to that dark and chilly evening.

She hadn’t even told her best friends she’d been invited for an interview at Waldorf Manor back in February. Or that she’d left in a huff. Brayden had obviously chosen another girl to live under his guidance since February. So why, then, was an email staring back at her with the subject, ‘‘Shortlist: A New Interview’?

Elisabeth double-clicked the email, flicking her laptop screen when the Internet took its jolly time opening the message. It read:

Dear Elisabeth,

I hope this message finds you well. I’m writing on behalf of my closest friend, Mr. Bennett Fowler.

In the same way that I sought out a legally mature young lady to reside under my strictly platonic guidance and discipline at Waldorf Manor earlier this year, Mr. Fowler will be holding interviews to ascertain the very same. He is looking for a suitable girl to join him at his estate, not far from Waldorf. I have, in that case, provided him a shortlist of my personal recommendations from my interviews in February.

I quite realise time has moved on and you may not be interested, especially considering your reason for leaving my final interview abruptly. In any case, replies of interest are due by Tuesday next. Mr. Fowler will interview Wednesday 22 October 2013. A simple ‘yes, Sir’ or ‘no, Sir’ reply with the appropriate greeting and signature is all that is required. If you write more or less, you will be disqualified. I will confirm approval, or not, by email straightaway.

The dress code is a typical solid coloured school pinafore of appropriate length, knee socks, a white shirt beneath, school shoes and a sensible hairstyle with a hair ribbon.

With best regards,  Mr. Brayden James

She read the email three times, the last time being the slowest to ensure she hadn’t missed anything. Detail was important, she’d learned from Brayden’s interview earlier that year. Brayden James even disqualified one girl during his introductory speech at Waldorf Manor when she told him she had to leave early to go to work. The girl hadn’t used a title of respect toward him or used a tone, which would have gained his understanding, so he had his chauffeur take her straight home. Brayden had known exactly what kind of girl he was looking for, so it hadn’t taken long for him to see attitude or temperament in one of them he disliked. Elisabeth assumed it would be similar with this Mr. Bennett Fowler chap.

Elisabeth glanced at the clock on her bedside table; it wouldn’t be long until the Warner house fell into its usual discombobulated backdrop. She re-read the line, ‘‘I quite realise time has moved on and you may not be interested, especially considering your reason for leaving the final interview abruptly...’

How could she forget? Elisabeth blushed at the memory of how she’d been so quick to entertain offense when Brayden told her that if she lived with him at Waldorf Manor she could carry on her hobby of sketching, but only when he gave her permission. Brayden’s idea of a disciplined and privileged life didn’t include hibernating away with her nose stuffed into her sketchpad all day long. Elisabeth promptly told Brayden she couldn’t carry on as a candidate in that case, because she drew at least four hours a day. Brayden replied that she could carry on, but that she simply wouldn’t. In Elisabeth’s mind, the idea that she needed permission to get lost in her world of drawings was ludicrous. She didn’t go anywhere without her sketchpad and woe to anyone who tried to tell her otherwise. At least, that was her thinking back in February.

After being driven home by Brayden’s chauffeur, Elisabeth deeply regretted her actions. After all, it had been her decision to apply for a lifestyle under his guidance in the first place. Was the idea of being limited to the amount of time she could spend drawing really worth losing the opportunity to live with Brayden? At the time it was. Certainly not after nine months of cursing herself to sleep every night, wishing she could take back her comment and have another chance at Waldorf Manor. Elisabeth promised herself that if there ever were another opportunity to live in a similar environment, she would quit drawing altogether if it prevented her from being chosen. She was talented, she could draw anytime, any place and no amount of limitation on her practise would change that. Elisabeth had spent every day since wishing for another chance, if nothing else, simply to escape her current living circumstances. She rarely thought of anything else. And there was her second chance, sitting in her inbox. It was almost unbelievable. Elisabeth quickly hit ‘reply’ before anything could distract her.

Dear Mr. James

Yes, Sir.

Respectfully, Elisabeth Warner

She hit ‘send’ and then exhaled. She was sure there would be no more chances after that one. Before Elisabeth could reread her sent message to Brayden just to satisfy her anxiety, she received a reply.

Elisabeth,

Good girl. Bring your sketchpad along to Mr. Fowler’s interview, please. Be ready at promptly 8:30 am standing on the corner of Canterbury Road and Ailsworth Lane near to you, so as not to cause a fuss with your neighbours when the limo arrives. If you have moved, let me know by way of reply. If not, no reply is necessary.

Elisabeth digested his reply quickly, feeling a sense of excitement. She had wanted to reconnect with Brayden somehow, if nothing else, to apologise. Then, seemingly out of nowhere she received not one, but two, emails from him in one evening. Elisabeth glanced at the clock again.

‘Blast,’ she said, and closed the lid of her laptop before jumping off her bed.

Elisabeth had rather burdensome and exhausting responsibilities in her family that produced dire consequences if they weren’t tended to promptly. All thoughts of escaping were interrupted as she abandoned the small, dark bedroom and exchanged it for the wailing and crashing of cupboards in the nearby kitchen.

 

Young Lady on 09/08/2014 09:24am
Oh Ms. Bryce!! You did it again!! I read books 1 and 2 in one day and plan to read 3 and 4 today! I CANT PUT THEM DOWN!! I will admit I don't like Bennet as much (although the little weasel is worming his way into my affections), so Solicitation was better for me, but I did LOVE the budding romance in this one, and getting to see Lucy be petulant and have a knock down drag out fight was pretty awesome. ;-) Again, VERY well written, nothing in the book makes you leave feeling dirty, and yet there are loads of spanks to make my little heart soar. *grin* Now if Damien could only get a sweet girl who he can spank but be fun and flirty and carefree with Bella will have given me all my little heart could want. ;-)
Young Lady on 09/08/2014 09:24am
Oh Ms. Bryce!! You did it again!! I read books 1 and 2 in one day and plan to read 3 and 4 today! I CANT PUT THEM DOWN!! I will admit I don't like Bennet as much (although the little weasel is worming his way into my affections), so Solicitation was better for me, but I did LOVE the budding romance in this one, and getting to see Lucy be petulant and have a knock down drag out fight was pretty awesome. ;-) Again, VERY well written, nothing in the book makes you leave feeling dirty, and yet there are loads of spanks to make my little heart soar. *grin* Now if Damien could only get a sweet girl who he can spank but be fun and flirty and carefree with Bella will have given me all my little heart could want. ;-)
Marybeth on 06/03/2014 06:58pm
This the second book in the Waldorf Manor series. Bennett Fowler, Braydon James best friend, has decided that he wants a relationship like Braydon has with Alice. So, he asks Braydon to email his shortlist from when he was looking for Alice to see if they were interested in a discipline relationship. Elisabeth responds to the email and Bennett picks her. He takes her into house and gives her discipline. He buys her new clothes that are more formal like he wears. I really enjoy this series. It is like age-play, but not. There is absolutely no sex whatsoever in this series. It is all about the relationships between the different characters. There are spankings, but they are matter of fact and done almost casually. I do think this story was a little short. We just get to a good part and it ends, ready for the next book. But, I did buy the next book!
Marybeth on 06/03/2014 06:58pm
This the second book in the Waldorf Manor series. Bennett Fowler, Braydon James best friend, has decided that he wants a relationship like Braydon has with Alice. So, he asks Braydon to email his shortlist from when he was looking for Alice to see if they were interested in a discipline relationship. Elisabeth responds to the email and Bennett picks her. He takes her into house and gives her discipline. He buys her new clothes that are more formal like he wears. I really enjoy this series. It is like age-play, but not. There is absolutely no sex whatsoever in this series. It is all about the relationships between the different characters. There are spankings, but they are matter of fact and done almost casually. I do think this story was a little short. We just get to a good part and it ends, ready for the next book. But, I did buy the next book!
Penny on 03/30/2014 10:24pm
I didn't read the first book in this series, but this installment was quite entertaining. The ending leads me to believe there will be more to come, since it was a bit open ended. I'd have like it if more was included in the individual story rather than having to wait for a conclusion. But again, the writing was engaging and the story interesting overall.
Penny on 03/30/2014 10:24pm
I didn't read the first book in this series, but this installment was quite entertaining. The ending leads me to believe there will be more to come, since it was a bit open ended. I'd have like it if more was included in the individual story rather than having to wait for a conclusion. But again, the writing was engaging and the story interesting overall.
jeanped on 02/25/2014 08:15am
After reading The Solcitation, the first of the series, I expected a lot from this second book, and I must say, Ms. Bryce did not disappoint... I found this book to be terrific... very well written, it comes to the point where you don't really have to read the first book to understand this second book, but it still would be much better if the books were read in their proper order, cause I guarantee and reader of this book, that you will want to go back and read the first book, once you read this one... BTW, if you want to see how Ms. Bryce viewed her book's characters, go to her blog... she has the photographs of all her characters, even Wellesley, the loyal butler!!!
jeanped on 02/25/2014 08:15am
After reading The Solcitation, the first of the series, I expected a lot from this second book, and I must say, Ms. Bryce did not disappoint... I found this book to be terrific... very well written, it comes to the point where you don't really have to read the first book to understand this second book, but it still would be much better if the books were read in their proper order, cause I guarantee and reader of this book, that you will want to go back and read the first book, once you read this one... BTW, if you want to see how Ms. Bryce viewed her book's characters, go to her blog... she has the photographs of all her characters, even Wellesley, the loyal butler!!!
LJ on 02/22/2014 07:36pm
I love Bella's style of writing. I love how the story is based on more then just the physical relationship. I love the desire the truly help and develop the characters lives.
LJ on 02/22/2014 07:36pm
I love Bella's style of writing. I love how the story is based on more then just the physical relationship. I love the desire the truly help and develop the characters lives.
drb on 02/15/2014 12:40pm
I actually read this one before Solicitation. I liked this one so much, I had to read Solicitation. Great read!
drb on 02/15/2014 12:40pm
I actually read this one before Solicitation. I liked this one so much, I had to read Solicitation. Great read!
Star on 02/06/2014 05:25am
Loved the second instalment in this series. I liked the fact you see a different side of Bennett than we did in the first book. Can't wait to see what happens in the third book.
Star on 02/06/2014 05:25am
Loved the second instalment in this series. I liked the fact you see a different side of Bennett than we did in the first book. Can't wait to see what happens in the third book.
angelia on 01/26/2014 07:32pm
Great plot well written This is the second story in the series It is a diffrent take on age play But is is a must read this writter keeps you turning the pages
angelia on 01/26/2014 07:32pm
Great plot well written This is the second story in the series It is a diffrent take on age play But is is a must read this writter keeps you turning the pages
KArc on 01/09/2014 08:22pm
This story about Bennett and Elisabeth was a pleasant surprise. At the end of the first book I wasn't sure I liked Bennett at all but he sure came across as a different person in this story. Though still a bit of a stick in the mud, he was honorable, and loyal and in the end quite lovable. The differences between Brayden and Alice's relationship and Bennett and Elisabeth's kept the stories new and fresh. I can't wait for the third book.
KArc on 01/09/2014 08:22pm
This story about Bennett and Elisabeth was a pleasant surprise. At the end of the first book I wasn't sure I liked Bennett at all but he sure came across as a different person in this story. Though still a bit of a stick in the mud, he was honorable, and loyal and in the end quite lovable. The differences between Brayden and Alice's relationship and Bennett and Elisabeth's kept the stories new and fresh. I can't wait for the third book.
JM on 12/30/2013 04:34pm
The second book was a fantastic follow up to Book 2 and totally changed my perspective on some of the characters! I CANNOT wait to read Book 3!!
JM on 12/30/2013 04:34pm
The second book was a fantastic follow up to Book 2 and totally changed my perspective on some of the characters! I CANNOT wait to read Book 3!!
Katy Beth McKee on 12/29/2013 10:59am
Like the first book in the series at first it seems harsh but when you see the end result and how the woman are responding to it it gives you a chance to rethink your initial assessment. We are seeing the men become even more human in this book and the budding romance between Bennett and Elizabeth is exciting. And what will little brother bring back from his travels. Will be interesting to see more from this unique group.
Katy Beth McKee on 12/29/2013 10:59am
Like the first book in the series at first it seems harsh but when you see the end result and how the woman are responding to it it gives you a chance to rethink your initial assessment. We are seeing the men become even more human in this book and the budding romance between Bennett and Elizabeth is exciting. And what will little brother bring back from his travels. Will be interesting to see more from this unique group.
SH on 12/26/2013 05:41am
Loved this story as much as the first one but I hope there will be another to follow! Bennett came into his own and was much more likeable than he was in book one. Loved the ending!
SH on 12/26/2013 05:41am
Loved this story as much as the first one but I hope there will be another to follow! Bennett came into his own and was much more likeable than he was in book one. Loved the ending!
Vera Dunn on 12/23/2013 02:47pm
This is quickly becoming my favorite series of books here on Blushing. The Shortlist is a very wonderful addition to the Wardolf Manor series, and it is every bit as good as the first. There is a slightly more romantic tone than in the first, and it was very sweet and chaste. The characters continue to surprise and entertain me, which is very good, and I am happily awaiting the next book!
Vera Dunn on 12/23/2013 02:47pm
This is quickly becoming my favorite series of books here on Blushing. The Shortlist is a very wonderful addition to the Wardolf Manor series, and it is every bit as good as the first. There is a slightly more romantic tone than in the first, and it was very sweet and chaste. The characters continue to surprise and entertain me, which is very good, and I am happily awaiting the next book!
miki on 12/23/2013 01:23pm
Was pleased to find book two and read it without delay. Now I am just anxiously awaiting a third book!!! I hope there is one. I was surprised to find another side of Bennett, as I had not really liked him in book one. I also knew it wouldn't be the last we would see of Elisabeth from book one!
miki on 12/23/2013 01:23pm
Was pleased to find book two and read it without delay. Now I am just anxiously awaiting a third book!!! I hope there is one. I was surprised to find another side of Bennett, as I had not really liked him in book one. I also knew it wouldn't be the last we would see of Elisabeth from book one!
Michelle on 12/19/2013 10:55am
I thought Bennett was not the nicest guy in the first book. It was great to see that his heart has softened in this book towards others. Most books I have read doesn't really make me think about my life choices but I find that Bella Bryce has a way to really makes you think what should really be a great example especially this day in age where morals seem to be going out the window. Thanks for having such a way with words.
Michelle on 12/19/2013 10:55am
I thought Bennett was not the nicest guy in the first book. It was great to see that his heart has softened in this book towards others. Most books I have read doesn't really make me think about my life choices but I find that Bella Bryce has a way to really makes you think what should really be a great example especially this day in age where morals seem to be going out the window. Thanks for having such a way with words.
Tia on 12/08/2013 11:02pm
This is the second book in a series, and I loved it nearly as much as the first. It is fantastically written and offers the addition of romantic interest between Bennett and his charge, Elizabeth, that was not seen in the first book. I absolutely cannot wait to see where the series goes next.
Tia on 12/08/2013 11:02pm
This is the second book in a series, and I loved it nearly as much as the first. It is fantastically written and offers the addition of romantic interest between Bennett and his charge, Elizabeth, that was not seen in the first book. I absolutely cannot wait to see where the series goes next.
Pammy on 12/08/2013 06:59am
This is the type of novel that draws you in. As I read it I found myself absorbed in the story, leaving the real world far behind. It is romantic and sincere and the age play elements seem natural to the storyline. This is a great book by a talented author, and I highly recommend it.
Pammy on 12/08/2013 06:59am
This is the type of novel that draws you in. As I read it I found myself absorbed in the story, leaving the real world far behind. It is romantic and sincere and the age play elements seem natural to the storyline. This is a great book by a talented author, and I highly recommend it.
Krista on 12/06/2013 03:28pm
I enjoyed this book thoroughly! So excited to see a different sight to Bennett (who, admittedly I didn't like in Book 1) and better yet we still get to see Alice and Brayden, whom we fell in love with in Book 1! Five stars for Bryce!
Krista on 12/06/2013 03:28pm
I enjoyed this book thoroughly! So excited to see a different sight to Bennett (who, admittedly I didn't like in Book 1) and better yet we still get to see Alice and Brayden, whom we fell in love with in Book 1! Five stars for Bryce!
Susan D on 12/03/2013 07:00pm
This is the second in what is obviously a continuing story. Although it could be a little longer the author ends the book at a good point to make you hope the next installment comes soon. In the Solicitation, book 1, the couple is in a platonic relationship. In The Shortlist it is during this book but will develop into a romantic one in the next book. I look forward to seeing how all the relationships develop. The British culture as evidenced in both books shows the difference between the wealthy aristocratic and lower socio-economic classes as well as the attitude toward spanking. It contributes to making the books a fun read.
Susan D on 12/03/2013 07:00pm
This is the second in what is obviously a continuing story. Although it could be a little longer the author ends the book at a good point to make you hope the next installment comes soon. In the Solicitation, book 1, the couple is in a platonic relationship. In The Shortlist it is during this book but will develop into a romantic one in the next book. I look forward to seeing how all the relationships develop. The British culture as evidenced in both books shows the difference between the wealthy aristocratic and lower socio-economic classes as well as the attitude toward spanking. It contributes to making the books a fun read.
MissyG on 12/01/2013 05:25am
This story, like the 1st in the series is a different brand of DD/AP. It is clean without the age play elements that are so common, no diapers, bottles and strict, cruel nannies. Instead its a beautifully written, descriptive story about yound women who need to be taken care of and the strong men who caretake while meeting their own needs to nurture, mentor and protect. We get to find out how Brayden and Alice from book 1 are doing 9 months into their relatonship and see some jealous antics between the girls. We also get to see a budding romance which is different from the 1st book and something that I found most satisfying. I want to see how that all turns out so will wait patiently for book 3. Although not erotic, this enjoyable read contains several strict and well-deserved spankings (with delightfully stinging implements) that I highly recommend
MissyG on 12/01/2013 05:25am
This story, like the 1st in the series is a different brand of DD/AP. It is clean without the age play elements that are so common, no diapers, bottles and strict, cruel nannies. Instead its a beautifully written, descriptive story about yound women who need to be taken care of and the strong men who caretake while meeting their own needs to nurture, mentor and protect. We get to find out how Brayden and Alice from book 1 are doing 9 months into their relatonship and see some jealous antics between the girls. We also get to see a budding romance which is different from the 1st book and something that I found most satisfying. I want to see how that all turns out so will wait patiently for book 3. Although not erotic, this enjoyable read contains several strict and well-deserved spankings (with delightfully stinging implements) that I highly recommend
Laney on 11/29/2013 07:33am
I loved this story. I think it is because I am in love with the idea of escaping the real world and just being taken care of and loved. There was no heavy age play. This was a sweet and romantic story. Great read. Well written. I can't wait for more!
Laney on 11/29/2013 07:33am
I loved this story. I think it is because I am in love with the idea of escaping the real world and just being taken care of and loved. There was no heavy age play. This was a sweet and romantic story. Great read. Well written. I can't wait for more!
Laurel on 11/27/2013 09:23pm
I did enjoy this although Elizibeth was not fully developed. It had more of Alice from the previous book. It jumped from Elizabeth and Bennett living together and then to their courtship.
Laurel on 11/27/2013 09:23pm
I did enjoy this although Elizibeth was not fully developed. It had more of Alice from the previous book. It jumped from Elizabeth and Bennett living together and then to their courtship.
Adele on 11/27/2013 05:44pm
Not as good as the first book, but I liked it a lot. I'm not sure the things i liked the most will not be shared by many. I like that Bayden and Alice are in this book a good deal. To many times a sequal pretty much drops the main charicters from the first book. The other thing I liked(no laughing) was Sullavan and how he struggeled with a new butker.
Adele on 11/27/2013 05:44pm
Not as good as the first book, but I liked it a lot. I'm not sure the things i liked the most will not be shared by many. I like that Bayden and Alice are in this book a good deal. To many times a sequal pretty much drops the main charicters from the first book. The other thing I liked(no laughing) was Sullavan and how he struggeled with a new butker.
Kzoo on 11/26/2013 05:57pm
I LOVED this book! And I haven't read Book One yet. This was a very sweet romance, with mild age-play involving the minor characters (from book one). Normally, I would find the hero very stuffy - a proper English millionaire in his three-piece suit. I prefer more of the rugged outdoors type of guy. But the author created a very likable character, and I found myself rooting for him! This author has a great way with words. The descriptions were fresh and original. The book was a delight to read. And I really can't wait for book three! (There IS a Book Three coming!)
Kzoo on 11/26/2013 05:57pm
I LOVED this book! And I haven't read Book One yet. This was a very sweet romance, with mild age-play involving the minor characters (from book one). Normally, I would find the hero very stuffy - a proper English millionaire in his three-piece suit. I prefer more of the rugged outdoors type of guy. But the author created a very likable character, and I found myself rooting for him! This author has a great way with words. The descriptions were fresh and original. The book was a delight to read. And I really can't wait for book three! (There IS a Book Three coming!)
JC on 11/26/2013 10:13am
A great sequel to The Solicitation. Not quite as good a book one but very close. But I have to ask Where is the rest of the book? I want the answer! I hope there is a third book and that it comes out quickly. I would say this is a must read, but only after reading book one.
JC on 11/26/2013 10:13am
A great sequel to The Solicitation. Not quite as good a book one but very close. But I have to ask Where is the rest of the book? I want the answer! I hope there is a third book and that it comes out quickly. I would say this is a must read, but only after reading book one.

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