Rainbow Snippets heads for the stables

My snippet this week is taken from my historical short story, Brass Rags, which will be coming out as a standalone e-book for the first time on Sunday 3rd April and is now available to pre-order. It’s a very tongue-in-cheek tale of a young gentleman with, ahem, unusual tastes looking for love—or at any rate, lust—in low places:

Buggered, Algy thought sadly to himself some time later, was the one thing he was not. He kicked moodily at a dandelion—or possibly a rhododendron; horticulture had never been his forte—as he strolled through the rather lovely grounds of Blithering Coombe, Cedric’s father’s estate. It was a damned shame it hadn’t worked out with Hibbert—in many ways, he’d been the ideal servant: discreet, reliable and a stevedore in the sack.

Where on God’s green earth was Algy going to find another man like that?

As so often when his thoughts turned to potential lovers, Algy found his feet had turned towards the stables. There were so many interesting things to be found there—whips, bridles, assorted arcane items of leather and brass, their purpose lost in the mists of time…Algy adjusted himself hastily in his trousers.

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Brass_Rags_400x600In early twentieth century England, a good valet can be damned hard to come by—at least, when one’s requirements are quite so specific as Lord Algernon Huffingham’s. Algy likes a man with a firm hand. Preferably work-calloused, and applied with vigour to Algy’s aristocratic buttocks. He’s beginning to despair of ever finding a man who can give him what he needs and still respect him in the morning.

Disgraced footman Robert likes a roll in the hay as much as the next man. Preferably with the next man. But he’s more accustomed to following orders than issuing them—and some of his lordship’s requirements are a bit more extreme than he’s used to! Robert may be easy on the eye and flexible in his morals, but will he be able to rise to Algy’s challenge?

This story first appeared in the Men of the Manor anthology, and is due out as a standalone ebook for the first time from JMS Books 3rd April 2016

If you’ve got the anthology, this edition of the story is almost exactly the same as the one you have already.

Available to pre-order: Amazon | JMS Books

About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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22 Responses to Rainbow Snippets heads for the stables

  1. rapadmos says:

    Sounds like total fun.

  2. What a hoot! Yeah, I confuse dandelions with rhododendrons all the time. 😉

  3. AM says:

    Ha! I like Algy. This is so not my usual thing, but here I am thinking I’d enjoy this one. 🙂

  4. Cheryl says:

    Algy sounds like an interesting character to say the least. Leather and brass objects whose uses are lost seem to beg to find new and unusual uses.

  5. Louise Lyons says:

    This sounds saucy and heaps of fun!

  6. Jana Denardo says:

    This sounds like so much fun. Still laughing at not knowing a dandelion from a rhododendron

  7. Rian Durant says:

    Hahaha, you mademe laugh again! Poor flowers! 😀 I’m not in such “tie me and spank me” stuff but your style is damn enticing!

  8. Alexa Milne says:

    Sounds interesting – will there be a groom handy with those whips? Had to laugh as my Dad was a stevedore!

  9. Elin Gregory says:

    You never fail to make me giggle. 🙂

  10. P.T. Wyant says:

    Sounds like an interesting read. I’m loving the look into this character. (I hope you’ll be posting more — he has a fun attitude.)

  11. This sounds like so much fun!

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