Jarrah Miyan, a young half-caste aboriginal man, is supposed to seduce a white woman into an affair so her greed-driven husband can gain full control of her inheritance, including the rare collection of black opals she keeps under lock and key. When he walks into the study to meet the poor chit he's to take advantage of, he expects to find an aging woman who smells of stale perfume and gin. Who he finds though is the most beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes on—the same woman whose pale thighs had been wrapped around him just a few hours earlier as she'd begged him to give her pleasure.
After their night of passion together, Emily Holtz doubted she would ever see Jarrah again. To have him standing before her now, asking for employment at her cattle station, was not a situation she had prepared herself for. She agrees to hire him on one condition. He has to spy on her husband and get her the incriminating evidence she needs to apply for a divorce. She's spent years in a miserable arranged marriage, and she's desperate to escape. But her husband is a dangerous man, and he will stop at nothing, including murder, to get what he wants.
As they begin to develop feelings for each other, Jarrah worries about what will happen when Emily discovers that he's been working for both her and her husband. Not that they could ever really be together, as society would never accept that.
Content Warning: contains sex, strong language, and some violence.
Several interviews ago I was asked by a local newspaper why I chose to set all of my historical romantic suspense books in either our quiet little town, or one of the equally small surrounding shires, instead of in a more well-known and historically exciting capital city of Australia. I must admit I did think about it for a while before I answered. When finally I did, I gave her the most honest of answers – because the history of our little town here in North Queensland, and other little settlements surrounding us, is iconic and some of the most fascinating I’ve ever read about.
Is this history taught in schools around the world? Sadly it’s not. But the birth of these towns was unlike any other – developing scrub land into functioning towns; the birth of industries; a slave trade that is still rarely spoken off. All of this people lived through, holding their loved ones close to them, praying to whatever they believed in that them, and their families, might survive the struggle to live another day. Though it sounds whimsical, what helped these settlers survive through all of this was love – love for their families, but also their love to survive in what was then a new country.
I grew up on stories of the founding of my hometown in the Burdekin Shire, along with the settlements of Ravenswood, Brandon, Bowen and Sarina. The stories I was told though weren’t some fanciful dream-like romantic tale. They were tales of hardship, drought, and the birth of the sugarcane industry. The only romantic thing in all of it was how my own forefathers, who lived such lives to develop these towns, survived it all with their wives by their sides, supporting and loving them through every obstacle. It was because of this that I decided to start writing in the first place. I wanted to bring these stories of struggle and hardship and a love that could survive it all to the rest of the world.
It is true that our histories may not be as famous as say the Eureka Stockade or the settlements in such iconic states as New South Wales. Most of the townships I set my books in, though once booming settlements now have little more than a population of a few thousand people, but the towns in North Queensland have their place in the history books.
Was the reality as romantic as what was told in my books My Gift to You or Passions in the Dust? Or was it as scandalous as what could be read in Mistress of Purity or Shrouded Passions? In truth we will never know. But I like to think that through my romantic tales I can brings these towns back to life and give them a place in every readers heart just like they have in mine.
About the Author
Faye Hall is a published author of Historical Erotic Romance novels & e-books. Faye's passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800's.
Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.
Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.
These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.
Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.
Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.