Wow, thank you for your reviews! It’s been awhile since I got several at one time like that. I have private messaged some of you to respond to your comments, but as I cannot do that with all of you, I will respond to a few of you here.
Hahachic, glad to have you along for the ride. And thanks for the compliment on my writing. :)
To the anonymous commenter a few weeks back, I say I’m glad you like the “thrilling seduction mood,” because there is more of that to come. I’m only on chapter 3 of the second volume, so although story-wise I’m at a sort of culmination of volume 1, as far as I am concerned I’m just getting into the thick of it. So you can expect any seduction to get much more intense. (I look forward to it. <3 )
Ah, Bookworm, you are absolutely right: I left the end of chapter 3 very open-ended. I did that on purpose (though mostly I was just looking for a plausible stopping point to end the chapter, since I was already at about 30 pages handwritten). I did it because Rome’s admission and his question of what to do next are the pinnacle questions, and to answer them will take at least a chapter—especially if I want to cover Labriella’s interpretation of how things went leading up to that question, and why she said “yes” to “rutting” a whacked-out Rome.
And you’ve anticipated the epic question: How much weight does Rome’s promise to Kit pull, and what happens when Labriella finds out about the promise? Remember that although Kit manipulatively drew up the promise (which means she had a hand in sending Rome to the nobles behind Labriella’s back), Rome is the one who agreed to it. How much is Rome holding himself back on principle, and how much is he doing it for the sake of the promise? And if it is for the sake of the promise, is that for Labriella’s sake, or for Kitiora’s sake…or does he have ulterior motives? So many complicated questions. ;)
NEXT CHAPTER starts off, as I mentioned, with Labriella’s take on what happened at the end of last chapter. Remember that when she walked outside looking for Rome, she had no idea what was going through his head—or that the prostitute/tavern wench had followed him. She doesn’t know anything about the tavern wench in general, either—how she and Rome know each other, why she would be talking to him, etc. Labriella also had to come find Rome, and attempt (from what she saw, in the dark) to draw her own conclusions about what was going on, what was happening to Rome, why, and how to fix it. The whole point of Labriella coming to town in the first place was to sort out her emotions…but what she’s gotten is a whole new ball of emotion. If the tavern wench, who is in a dark alley with Rome, tells Labriella that he kissed her, what is Labriella’s response going to be if Rome says he wants to be near her? How many instances of Rome drawing her in and then pushing her away are going to influence her decision? And what does “moving forward” mean to Rome, who has so many limitations set? Add to that that, technically, the tavern wench is a prostitute, and Kitiora has already interfered behind-the-scenes, and this is making to be a very complicated situation.
Oh, I do so love complex things. <3