Title: The Servant Duchess of Whitcomb (Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Vicktor Alexander (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 27, 2015 – 304 pgs
Orley Garrick is known throughout Angland not only as the man with two dukedoms but also as the hero who survived a brutal kidnapping at the hands of Nafoleon’s army, never once betraying the secrets of His Majesty. Still haunted by his memories, Orley pushes his crippled body to dangerous limits, all in an attempt to run from the demons of his past.
Until he meets Chester Boland, a maid in his friend’s household. Orley is besieged by desire for this gorgeous male woman, and by a connection he cannot ignore. But there are those within the Remmington Realm who take issue with the Duke’s choice—especially given Chester’s Tafrican lineage.
Having stared death in the face and won, Orley proposes they steal away and elope. However, before they can begin their new life, they uncover dangerous secrets that go deeper than they could ever imagine—involving those they trust the most.
Orley and Chester must discover exactly how deep these secrets run before their enemies make sure Chester is removed from Orley’s arms… forever.
Let me say this world this author created was amazing! This is a warning that this is a MPEG book I know some are okay with that like me and some not so much! I do have to say the way the they delivered the baby was very different then anything I have read before.
Now I will admit I did not read the first book in this series before this one and I was honestly so lost through some of this book. I would definitely recommend reading the first book in this series before this one.
Orley is a duke who has fought in war and still has the scars both emotional and physically from this. He is visiting a good friend and is woken by the maid Chester which he feels a instant attraction towards. Chester also feels the same attraction towards Orley. They both go through a lot to be together.
Now with this book because I did not read the first book it took me awhile to figure out what was going on in this world. Chester was born a man but since he has female reproductive organs she/he is actually considered a woman just like some of the men in this world are born woman. The sex you were born is the name you are given hence Chester who was born a man but is a woman. I hope I explained that right. This is a very different take on transgender than I have ever read before and can I say I loved how the author wrote these characters even though it did take me awhile to figure everyone out.
Now as much as I loved these two characters and their story I have to admit there were a few parts that did drag for me.. But otherwise this book was filled with this amazing world that was created by this author that had some action, angst and so much steam.
All together I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!
THE SHARP retort of gunfire exploded around Orley Garrick, Duke of Whitcomb, and he ducked, trying to avoid the debris and the bodies of fallen soldiers around him as he surged forward. The smoke from the countless rifles burned his eyes as he desperately looked for the person who had caught his eye. He heard the cries of the dying calling out to him as he rode his horse farther into the thick of battle. Using his sword, he cut down an enemy soldier who raced toward him, mouth open as he let out a battle cry. Orley closed his eyes against the spray of blood across his face and blocked out the sound of the man’s death gurgle as he fell to the ground beneath his own horse.
Orley raced on toward the figure in white who didn’t belong on the battlefield. He called out a warning, telling the woman to be careful, because there was no way a man would be on a battlefield wearing a long, flowing white chemise, free of dust and bloodstain, appearing almost angelic among the crowd of soldiers. The woman didn’t stop. Instead she walked straight toward the commander of the enemy soldiers, and fear filled Orley. He wasn’t sure why; he didn’t know the woman, and yet he could not let anything happen to her.
At that moment, the woman turned to look at him, and Orley gasped when he realized the woman in front of him was not female as he’d suspected but male. Why in the world was a lady on the battlefield?
“You should not be here!” he yelled, trying to warn the male, but just as he got close enough to lift the woman onto the back of his horse, an enemy soldier plunged his sword through the woman’s back and out through his chest.
Orley watched helplessly as the woman’s eyes widened moments before he collapsed to the ground, and a grief unlike aught he’d ever experienced ripped through him.
He was not sure how he knew, but the dying woman belonged to him, and someone had just taken him away.
Tossing his head back, Orley let out an anguished shout at the heavens.
1) What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?
Historical, Interracial, Transgender/Intersex, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Romance, Regency, Military, Action, Intrigue. I am a huge history nerd and the Regency and Medieval time period are my favourite eras after the American Civil War. I wanted to write a series set during the Regency time period, reminiscent of the Harlequin Romance and Harper Collins books of old. The kind where there are betrothals, forced marriages, pregnancies that lead to marriage, highwaymen who kidnap the young, virgin, lady and seduces her into a relationship, etc. However, I wanted it to be a gay romance series, paying homage to the transgender/intersex community, I wanted my “men” or my “males” to be able to get pregnant, but I still wanted to keep it historically accurate. So I figured out a way to do it. It all came because of a question I asked myself: “What if there were certain females in the Regency period who were called dukes and certain males who were called duchesses and could get pregnant? Then there would have to be females who could get their spouses pregnant… how would that work?”
In regards to this particular novel one of the things I love most about England’s history is that while people frowned on interracial relationships, they were never really illegal. So too, when it came to slavery, it didn’t really exist in England. There were plenty of noble gentlemen who were involved in the slave trade but they didn’t really have slavery. Actually having an African servant meant you were a person of great standing, and could afford to “purchase” and employ an African. There were many Africans who lived in the Lower East End and were barristers, blacksmiths, etc. So, knowing that I wanted to envision a pairing (or more) where someone who was part of the nobility married and had a child with an African male. What type of scandal would that cause? How would people react?
And because of the time frame the series is set in: 1811-1820, the Regency time period, there was also the added bonus of my being able to engage many of my characters in the tense, dangerous adventure of the Napoleonic Wars, which Orley is a wounded soldier of, and his friends all served in. So this book, this series gave me the chance to combine my love of writing history, with writing romance, and also paying homage to a community that isn’t often discussed or written about.
2) How many days a week do you write?
I write 5 days a week. Monday-Friday. I take Saturday and Sunday off for Shabbat/Sabbath because I’m Messianic Jewish and I spend that time resting, reading the Torah, and catching up on reading, watching television/movies, spending time with friends, cleaning, cooking, and having fun.
3) On average, how long does it take to write a book?
It all depends on what kind of book I’m writing. I used to be able to write 10k-18k words a day, so a novella can take 2-3 days, and a novel can take anywhere from 5+days. Writing The Servant Duchess Of Whitcomb only took me 9 days because one day I wrote 18k words.
4) Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?
No, I don’t have a trailer for the book. I would love to have one for it though. I think it would be awesome. I would love to have one done for the entire series at some point. I’d actually love to have actual people in it as well, in costume, speaking the lines. British people, or people who can speak with an authentic British accent.
5) If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?
I don’t know. LOL. I think I’d be Jin from Change Of Heart by Mary Calmes.
Vicktor “Vic” Alexander wrote his first story at the age of ten and hasn’t stopped writing since. He loves reading about anything and everything and is a proud member of the little known U.N. group (Undercover Nerds) because while he lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps sports, he also breathes history and science fiction and grew up a Trekkie. But don’t ask him about Dungeons & Dragons, because he has no idea how to play that game. When it comes to writing he loves everything from paranormal to contemporary to fantasy to BDSM to historical and is known not only for being the Epilogue King but also for writing stories that cross lines and boundaries that he doesn’t know are there. Vic is a proud father of two daughters one of whom watches over him from Heaven with his deceased partner Christopher. Vic is a proud trans* and gay man, and when he is not writing, he is hanging out with his friends, or being distracted by videos of John Barrowman, Scott Hoying, and Shemar Moore. Vicktor has published numerous bestselling novels and has a WIP list that makes him exhausted just thinking about. He knows that he will be still be writing about hot men falling in love with each other, long after he is living in an assisted living facility, flirting with the hot, male nurses.