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His Spoilt Lady: The Adventures of Linnett Wainwright, Book One

By: Vanessa Brooks
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: �2014 by Blushing Books� and Vanessa Brook
11 Chapter / 56,600 Words
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The young and beautiful Lady Linnett Wainwright refuses to submit to anyone, doing as she pleases at all times, whether it's riding her horse across the English countryside or throwing tantrums at Lavenstock Hall, her home.

Her father indulges her in all things except when it comes to the man who will marry his precious, spoiled girl. For this, Sir Thomas chooses his business partner, John Foster, who arrives in England from America to be met with the haughty disapproval of a woman he nevertheless falls for passionately.

Foster becomes determined to throw Linnett over his knee to teach her the discipline she's never had and show her that he is her master. He believes she will need that discipline and protection if she is to survive a dangerous voyage with him across an ocean filled with pirates to the unknown wilds of the Colonies. Linnett on the other hand, thinks she has her whole life planned out, chasing after a childhood sweetheart even as the handsome John Foster lights a fire in her heart - and on her backside.

Chapter One

The household held its breath, waiting for the enraged young mistress to leave for her daily ride. Until that time came, there would be no peace for anyone, and the cause of her rage? The lady’s father had informed her, only that morning at breakfast, that the man he had chosen for her future husband was due to arrive this very day. Since then, any of the household staff who had the misfortune to encounter the young mistress had suffered the outraged lash of her tongue. When she had finally slammed out of the house on her way to the stables, her father, Sir Thomas Wainwright, had emerged from his study, mopping his brow with his kerchief. �He had hidden himself there after imparting the momentous news that so upset his daughter.

The household relaxed again, breathing a communal sigh of relief as the girl was seen to gallop away from the house. The staff, meanwhile, continued with preparations for their important guest: the finest sheets were placed on the bed, flowers arranged throughout the house, silver polished and cake and puddings baked in abundance. Despite all the fuss that had been called for, the staff privately thought the young man’s suit bound to fail, for rumour had it that the young mistress’s heart was engaged elsewhere. The rumour had come from the person of one Lottie Brown, the young mistress Linnett’s personal maid.

When word had reached Lavenstock Hall that at long last, Sir Thomas’s ship, The Tempest, had docked at Plymouth, the coachman Davis, who had been on standby for the past week, made haste to the port to fetch the important guest.

Whilst Linnett sought refuge from her irritation with a long gallop on her beloved horse, Pango, a certain John Foster disembarked from his ship, gratefully climbed into the large dark green coach that his English host had courteously sent to fetch him and promptly fell asleep.

John awoke and leant back against the comfortable leather seat, stretching his long legs until his joints cracked complainingly, then gave an all-encompassing yawn followed by a grateful sigh. It had been a rough sea crossing and a long one. Normally at this time of year, the trip from the American colonies took about eight weeks, but high seas and bad weather had delayed the return to England by another six days. It was a tremendous relief to be ashore. John was not a man who took kindly to a long period of inactivity for he was an athletic fellow who enjoyed physical hard work.�

Half opening his eyes, John gazed sleepily out of the small window. It was May in England, and the hedgerows were full of hawthorn blossom. The leaves on the trees were gently unfurling into soft light greens and pale yellows, and other trees were already in bud.� The scented promise of a summer not far away hung sweet and heavy in the air.� As the soft rolling green countryside of Devon rolled by, John relaxed, enjoying the sights and smells that only an English spring could offer. He found himself pondering the health of his host, an old and dear school friend and former business partner to his late father.

Sir Thomas was now John’s business partner since he had inherited his father’s half of the business. John had been invited to stay at Sir Thomas Wainwright’s country estate at Lavenstock Hall. This was for the express purpose of looking over Linnett Wainwright, the daughter of Sir Thomas Wainwright, to assess whether she would suit as his wife. John sighed heavily. He was under pressure from both sides of the Atlantic; John’s mother, who also resided in Boston, had her heart set on the match. Sir Thomas Wainwright was equally adamant that his girl and John would suit each other; both parents were keen to strengthen the business ties with a family tie. So here he was -- a brow-beaten man sent on an arduous journey to look over a chit of a girl he hardly remembered (and then only as small, fair, rather spoilt and precocious young miss). John doubted the girl’s suitability on the grounds that a gently raised English miss would not endure the rigours of the Colonies, let alone the arduous sea voyage required to reach the shores of the Americas.

The cumbersome coach lumbered on, the rolling motion lulling John into a much needed nap. Eventually, they passed through the lodge gates at Lavenstock. The coach lurched while making the awkward turn and John’s head snapped forward, rudely awakening him. Glancing blearily through the half opened window, John could see atop the brow of the hill a horse and rider, who, upon seeing the coach, turned towards it riding at breakneck speed down the slop of the hillside. John held his breath, admiring the fluid movement of horse and rider as they seemed to merge as one, the horse, a large black beast raced along with its tail held high, the rider lying forward, almost flat over the horse’s neck.

At first, John had thought the rider to be a man due to the fact that the rider was astride the horse, but he now perceived in profile the soft curves and shape of a woman. She had a mane of fair, russet hair, and it streamed out behind her, glinting, catching the sun’s rays. John saw her physical outline clearly as she swung her horse around, could this possibly be the girl that he had come to meet?� Intrigued, he watched her disappear around the side of the hill, and then he sat back in his seat, wide awake at last and feeling a strong sense of anticipation.

As the coach swept along between the rolling hills, a view of Lavenstock Hall emerged, its old twisted chimneys standing high above the trees. The house sat nestled in a small valley surrounded by parkland. The structure was originally built around Saxon times, hence the name ‘Hall,’ and different generations of Wainwrights had added to the original building over the centuries. For the most part, the house was Elizabethan in style, the windows mainly diamond-shaped and set in stone mullion. The architectural mix worked well, and the house had a mellow and welcoming appearance. At last, they drew up outside Lavenstock Hall, scattering gravel as the coachman bought the coach to a flourishing halt.� John was met by Sir Thomas Wainwright himself, beaming a jovial smile as he descended the Hall’s wide shallow steps, his arms flung wide in welcome. “John Foster at long last. Wonderful to see you, m’boy! How is your dear mother? She keeps well, I trust?”

�John stepped forward, holding out his hand with a warm smile, lightening the dark severity of his rather harsh features.� A tall man, he stood a head taller than his host. John silently assessed his host’s health, studying him closely. He knew that his partner had suffered a seizure before Christmas, and although Sir Thomas Wainwright had written assuring them of his recovery, John and his mother were extremely concerned. It was partly this concern that had prompted John’s decision to travel back to England and consider the suggestion that he should marry Linnett Wainwright. John noted Sir Thomas’s skin had a yellowish hue, his lips underneath his large white moustache holding a tinge of blue, and even his hazel-brown eyes appeared to have a grey film across the surface. John frowned, deciding that it was a good thing he’d decided to visit.

“Something wrong, m’boy?” Sir Thomas said, turning anxiously to his guest.

�“No, Sir Thomas, nothing...Mother is extremely well, I thank you. She sends you her regards and trusts that your health has much improved.” Sir Thomas placed a friendly hand on John’s shoulder. “I couldn’t be better lad; I tell you, leeches are the answer! A good bleed put me to rights. Upset m’ daughter I can tell you, she don’t take to me being bled, disagrees with the practice. I think it’s just a case of a female’s natural squeamishness. My wife was the same, don’t you know. Now come along inside; you must be exhausted!”

Gravel crunched as the coach pulled slowly off to the coach yard at the back of the house. Two footmen ran down the steps and gathered John’s luggage. Sir Thomas turned and led the way into the house, John following and answering questions regarding his journey that Sir Thomas flung cheerfully back over his shoulder.

On their arrival into the entrance hall, they met a young woman coming through from the rear of the house. She wore a dark green riding habit, her skirts unusually split down the middle. John guessed that this must be the rider he had watched from the coach. Sir Thomas went forward to greet her. “Well met Linnett m’dear! You remember John Foster, do you not?”�

Sir Thomas Wainwright beamed cheerfully at his daughter. She drew herself up straight, her back rigid, her haughty but beautiful face expressionless, one foot poised on the bottom stair, ready to ascend. Glancing only briefly at John, she spoke directly to her father.� “I may vaguely recall him, Papa” she replied in a disinterested tone. John stared, drinking in her looks; such an extremely beautiful girl, with a mass of dark russet gold hair the colour of wild honey, her build slender but full busted. It was her eyes, however, that caught John’s attention; they were certainly her most striking feature, a clear translucent green, almond-shaped and almost uncannily cat-like. John took a step forward, determined that the beauty should notice him.

“How do you do, Miss Wainwright?” he enquired politely. Linnett Wainwright raked her gaze over him insolently before turning her back on John and speaking only to her father. “Papa, I shall have a bath and prepare for dinner.” She spun and was gone, running lightly up the stairs disappearing from view. John raised an eyebrow. Whew! Well she may be a rare beauty, but no one had ever taught her any manners, thought John. Sir Thomas Wainwright was florid with embarrassment.

“So sorry, John, my fault entirely. I’ve quite spoiled her, you know, understandable now you see what a delectable little thing she is. Actually, she doesn’t mean to be rude, just her little way you know. Now come along in, how about a brandy, m’boy? Follow me.” He led the way into his comfortable library, where a fire burned cheerily in the large stone hearth, the yellow flames throwing reflections onto the many richly adorned books that lined the walls. The warm flickering light picked out the odd gleam of gold lettering on the books’ spines. After pouring out two goblets of brandy, Sir Thomas gestured John towards the chairs placed invitingly either side of the welcoming fire. They both sat in companionable silence for a while, sipping the warming liquid and contemplating the flames.

Eventually Sir Thomas spoke. “So to business, John: have you any more information about that pirate rogue Jacques?”

John shook his head. “Nothing, the man is like an eel; each time he slips away without a trace. Still we are lucky we’ve not lost as much to him as others. George Hayden has been unlucky, a whole cargo of the finest silks and satins, gold leaf for braid and ribbon. He has lost a small fortune.” Sir Thomas reached up and scratched under his wig thoughtfully. “All that finery being worn by those poxy French whores by now, I shouldn’t wonder. God damn the man to hell and back! Those Frenchies don’t even drink tea! Wonder where our cargo ended up, eh?”

John laughed and shook his head. “We shall never know. He will have got a good price for it, of that you may be sure. Tea is worth almost as much as gold these days! Providing we don’t experience any more misfortunes of the kind, we can cope with the loss of one cargo. We were lucky not to lose the ship as well. Our next shipment out is in three weeks, aboard the Tempest. Do you plan to travel with it on your return to Boston?”� Sir Thomas rose to fetch the brandy decanter, and John nodded assent to his enquiring gaze, holding out his goblet for a refill.

“That was my plan, yes. There is a problem, though.� This tea levy that Lord North has introduced -- the colonists are enraged by what they see as an attempt by the English Government to redeem their losses from the war with France by exploiting them. So they are simply not buying tea,” John explained, shaking his head.

Sir Thomas looked thoughtful. “Well, there was a great fuss made about the Declaratory Act in ‘66, after the Stamp Act was repealed in Parliament. That blew over, but I tend to think this will lead to a temporary dip in relations with America, only a minor business setback I am sure.”

John shook his head pensively. “I wish I could share your confidence, sir, but the mood in Boston is very anti-English, especially now with a garrison stationed in the town. Mother, however, continues to hold her lavish tea parties, and so far has kept up at least our regular sales.”

Sir Thomas chuckled, saying, “Wonderful woman your mother, has a head for business as sharp as any man! Still, it wouldn’t hurt to look at the possibility of carrying some other cargoes, just in case this gets out of hand. You are still adamant I suppose that we shouldn’t touch on the slave market?” John nodded his face grim, “I will not be involved in trading in human misery, Sir Thomas.”

“Well, well, we could think about cloth then eh? The mills in the North of England are churning out some wonderful materials, thanks to the new machinery and at a good price, too. We could make quite a profit, I’d be bound. Leave that to me; I’ll make some enquiries, my boy. Now then, what do you think of my girl Linnett, a little beauty eh?”

�John sipped his brandy, pondering his careful reply. “She is certainly a rare beauty. I wonder, though.....will I have enough time to court her?� She seemed a trifle, er, frosty, when we were introduced just now. Three weeks seems a short time to woo a reluctant bride. Have you told her of your intention to arrange this match for her?”

“Well, ye....es...� I said what a handsome fellow you were and told her that you were my partner in business now that your father had passed on. I said it would be a splendid thing if the two of you made a match. Linnett’s a little umm, highly strung�.all came as a bit of a shock for her!”� Sir Thomas refilled John’s glass. “Give it a few days, John. I know my girl, see if I don’t! She’ll come around. Why, I’ll wager by this time next week, you will have her eating out of your hand!”�

Denise on 09/19/2014 04:52pm
I was giving this a 5 out of 5 until the end. None of the going after him was needed or necessary. I would have been so much better if it was them in the cabin and learning about each other. That she made other people suffer, due to what she did, went against her character. It seemed the author needed another reason to have him beat her, and it could have been told so much better. I know they were far enough away from Boston, but he should have made an effort to get there. I don't believe she would have come around to him to think of him as her master, etc. I don't see it in her. Shame, it really was a wonderful story.
Denise on 09/19/2014 04:52pm
I was giving this a 5 out of 5 until the end. None of the going after him was needed or necessary. I would have been so much better if it was them in the cabin and learning about each other. That she made other people suffer, due to what she did, went against her character. It seemed the author needed another reason to have him beat her, and it could have been told so much better. I know they were far enough away from Boston, but he should have made an effort to get there. I don't believe she would have come around to him to think of him as her master, etc. I don't see it in her. Shame, it really was a wonderful story.
Redrabbitt on 09/17/2014 06:54pm
Lady Linnett Wainwright is a very spoiled brat, never having been corrected by her parents and allowed to get away with everything. John Foster arrives from Boston America in England per request from his mother and Linnett's father to make a marriage and further the joint business set up between the elder Foster and Wainwright. Linnett makes a fool of herself at a party and sets in motion John's insistence that they marry soon and travel back to America. This story has mystery, suspense, high sea tragedy, pirates, and several near death encounters . It has lots of spankings, all very well deserved, and explicit sex scenes. This is the beginning of a series, and the title fits this story well.
Redrabbitt on 09/17/2014 06:54pm
Lady Linnett Wainwright is a very spoiled brat, never having been corrected by her parents and allowed to get away with everything. John Foster arrives from Boston America in England per request from his mother and Linnett's father to make a marriage and further the joint business set up between the elder Foster and Wainwright. Linnett makes a fool of herself at a party and sets in motion John's insistence that they marry soon and travel back to America. This story has mystery, suspense, high sea tragedy, pirates, and several near death encounters . It has lots of spankings, all very well deserved, and explicit sex scenes. This is the beginning of a series, and the title fits this story well.
JK on 09/17/2014 01:32pm
This story was great! It had lots of action from the very beginning and left you wondering if anything was going to go right for this couple! A rousing tale of a very spoiled young lady and an alpha male that was NOT going to put up with it! Full of exciting adventures!
JK on 09/17/2014 01:32pm
This story was great! It had lots of action from the very beginning and left you wondering if anything was going to go right for this couple! A rousing tale of a very spoiled young lady and an alpha male that was NOT going to put up with it! Full of exciting adventures!
Katy Beth McKee on 08/30/2014 01:10pm
Linnett is spoiled and willful yet she has a strength as well. Now she is wed and off to a whole new world. It will take her strength to survive but she must also learn how to temper her behavior and impulsiveness. John has to be strong enough to be what she needs. Great story with lots of adventure. Looks like a great beginning to a new spanking series.
Katy Beth McKee on 08/30/2014 01:10pm
Linnett is spoiled and willful yet she has a strength as well. Now she is wed and off to a whole new world. It will take her strength to survive but she must also learn how to temper her behavior and impulsiveness. John has to be strong enough to be what she needs. Great story with lots of adventure. Looks like a great beginning to a new spanking series.
A Hopkins on 08/29/2014 12:02pm
As much as I liked the rest of the book I just had a hard time relating to Linnett. It just seemed like she wasn't able to come out of her spoiled shell till the very end. If there's a sequel however I could see a lot of promise in it.
A Hopkins on 08/29/2014 12:02pm
As much as I liked the rest of the book I just had a hard time relating to Linnett. It just seemed like she wasn't able to come out of her spoiled shell till the very end. If there's a sequel however I could see a lot of promise in it.
madpuss on 08/29/2014 03:19am
Entertaining from start to finish and well described. I enjoyed it. Linnett and John were definitely not perfect. Linnett was a spoilt self-centred brat that never took responsibility for her actions or thought things through before she acted. John was right to try and get Linnett to listen and obey him for her own safety but John on occasion spanked Linnett in anger instead of calming down first. Also, he wanted Linnet to understand him but he didn't always try to understand or listen to her. If he had listened, some of the awful things that happened may have been avoided, instead her concerns were ignored. Good (though tragic) story. John already knew he loved Linnett. The story has a happy ending insofar as Linnett realises she does love John so hopefully they have a future and can start afresh in America.
madpuss on 08/29/2014 03:19am
Entertaining from start to finish and well described. I enjoyed it. Linnett and John were definitely not perfect. Linnett was a spoilt self-centred brat that never took responsibility for her actions or thought things through before she acted. John was right to try and get Linnett to listen and obey him for her own safety but John on occasion spanked Linnett in anger instead of calming down first. Also, he wanted Linnet to understand him but he didn't always try to understand or listen to her. If he had listened, some of the awful things that happened may have been avoided, instead her concerns were ignored. Good (though tragic) story. John already knew he loved Linnett. The story has a happy ending insofar as Linnett realises she does love John so hopefully they have a future and can start afresh in America.
Marybeth on 08/28/2014 07:03pm
This was a different story. Linnett is the spoiled daughter of Sir Thomas Wainwright. He wants Linnett to marry John Foster, the son of his good friend and his business partner in the shipping business. Linnett wants to marry a childhood friend of hers. She wants nothing to do with John. At a ball neighbors were holding, Linnett finds out that Charles is going to marry someone else. She is heartbroken, but she tries to get Charles in a compromising position so that they have to marry. John spoils that by getting in the coach with them. Charles realizes that he needs to get out of the carriage because he really doesn’t want to be forced to marry Linnett. Instead, Linnett gets her first spanking and is made to marry John. She asks her father if she could stay with him after she and John married. Her father thought it was a good idea and spoke to John, but he turned that idea down. But, no one tells Linnett, so she thinks that their marriage will be in name only. So, she is surprise they will have a marriage night and the next day when they board the ship to the colonies she thinks that they are saying goodbye to John. To say she is surprised to find out that she is leaving everyone and not being able to say goodbye really hurts her. John makes a lot of missteps in this relationship and LInnett needs to grow up. But, she has legitimate complaints about how she is treated. I liked the story, but I didn’t care for how Linnett’s character was written. She is immature and vain. She has good qualities as well, but we aren’t shown them very much. I think this could have been a better book if John had explained more and had been consistent. I give this story 3 stars.
Marybeth on 08/28/2014 07:03pm
This was a different story. Linnett is the spoiled daughter of Sir Thomas Wainwright. He wants Linnett to marry John Foster, the son of his good friend and his business partner in the shipping business. Linnett wants to marry a childhood friend of hers. She wants nothing to do with John. At a ball neighbors were holding, Linnett finds out that Charles is going to marry someone else. She is heartbroken, but she tries to get Charles in a compromising position so that they have to marry. John spoils that by getting in the coach with them. Charles realizes that he needs to get out of the carriage because he really doesn۪t want to be forced to marry Linnett. Instead, Linnett gets her first spanking and is made to marry John. She asks her father if she could stay with him after she and John married. Her father thought it was a good idea and spoke to John, but he turned that idea down. But, no one tells Linnett, so she thinks that their marriage will be in name only. So, she is surprise they will have a marriage night and the next day when they board the ship to the colonies she thinks that they are saying goodbye to John. To say she is surprised to find out that she is leaving everyone and not being able to say goodbye really hurts her. John makes a lot of missteps in this relationship and LInnett needs to grow up. But, she has legitimate complaints about how she is treated. I liked the story, but I didn۪t care for how Linnett۪s character was written. She is immature and vain. She has good qualities as well, but we aren۪t shown them very much. I think this could have been a better book if John had explained more and had been consistent. I give this story 3 stars.
K Tyler on 08/27/2014 08:24am
This is a new author for me and what a joy. This is not the typical story of a spoiled brat. Linnett’s father seeks the assistance of his business partner to marry his wilfull daughter has he is ailing. Linnett thinks she is running the show but soon a John begins to teach her through a blushing behind that the Linnett show has been canceled and the action begins as they journey oversees to the colonies. It will be necessary for John to convince his wife that obedience will directly effect their survival. What a story!
K Tyler on 08/27/2014 08:24am
This is a new author for me and what a joy. This is not the typical story of a spoiled brat. Linnett۪s father seeks the assistance of his business partner to marry his wilfull daughter has he is ailing. Linnett thinks she is running the show but soon a John begins to teach her through a blushing behind that the Linnett show has been canceled and the action begins as they journey oversees to the colonies. It will be necessary for John to convince his wife that obedience will directly effect their survival. What a story!
Rhonda on 08/24/2014 12:24pm
The author worked very hard and was successful in giving the story the feel of the time period right before the American Revolution. The newlyweds embark on a trip from England to the colonies to start their new life together. Unfortunately I never warmed up to the two main characters Linnett and John. Nevertheless the storyline and their relationship grows as they close the Atlantic to their home in Boston and the get their HEA.
Rhonda on 08/24/2014 12:24pm
The author worked very hard and was successful in giving the story the feel of the time period right before the American Revolution. The newlyweds embark on a trip from England to the colonies to start their new life together. Unfortunately I never warmed up to the two main characters Linnett and John. Nevertheless the storyline and their relationship grows as they close the Atlantic to their home in Boston and the get their HEA.
Meg on 08/24/2014 11:21am
Linnett Wainwright is a very spoiled, English woman whose ailing father has asked his business partner to wed. John Foster arrives from The Americas to see Linnett and discovers that not only is she a spoiled brat, she hates him on sight. John doesn’t let her attitude sway him, telling her she will be his wife. Caught in an awkward situation with the man she thought she loved, Linnett has no choice but to agree to the marriage. Determined to be a wife in name only, she is under the illusion she will be allowed to remain in England in her childhood home while her new husband returns to Boston. John quickly nixes that plan and they set sail on The Tempest (a ship in their fleet) for the long sea voyage. Tragedy strikes again and the couple are lucky not to perish. Linnett continues to be a very self-centered brat even though John has been attempting to teach her that if she continues to misbehave, he will continue to redden her rear. It is a book about determination on John’s part to convince his wife that while he loves her with all his heart, it is his responsibility to teach her to obey him for her own safety. Ms. Brook writes a good story with great descriptions that allow the reader to put themselves into the scenes.
Meg on 08/24/2014 11:21am
Linnett Wainwright is a very spoiled, English woman whose ailing father has asked his business partner to wed. John Foster arrives from The Americas to see Linnett and discovers that not only is she a spoiled brat, she hates him on sight. John doesn۪t let her attitude sway him, telling her she will be his wife. Caught in an awkward situation with the man she thought she loved, Linnett has no choice but to agree to the marriage. Determined to be a wife in name only, she is under the illusion she will be allowed to remain in England in her childhood home while her new husband returns to Boston. John quickly nixes that plan and they set sail on The Tempest (a ship in their fleet) for the long sea voyage. Tragedy strikes again and the couple are lucky not to perish. Linnett continues to be a very self-centered brat even though John has been attempting to teach her that if she continues to misbehave, he will continue to redden her rear. It is a book about determination on John۪s part to convince his wife that while he loves her with all his heart, it is his responsibility to teach her to obey him for her own safety. Ms. Brook writes a good story with great descriptions that allow the reader to put themselves into the scenes.
SH on 08/24/2014 11:16am
This was such a fun book to read! Linnett is such a spoiled young woman and is used to getting her way in everything. Then she meets John and she has definitely met her match, she just doesn't realize it. The sparks and chemistry between them is very well written. I look forward to book two!
SH on 08/24/2014 11:16am
This was such a fun book to read! Linnett is such a spoiled young woman and is used to getting her way in everything. Then she meets John and she has definitely met her match, she just doesn't realize it. The sparks and chemistry between them is very well written. I look forward to book two!

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