Once upon a time, in Jolly old England, there was a giant fearsome criminal named Sonny Tubs. The word on the street was that bullets couldn’t hurt Tubs. Nothing could. He was the enforcer for Seth Sojourn, the meanest of all crime lords.
To be honest, the giant made Seth nervous, so he loaned him out to the people who ran one of his businesses, Dragon’s Cloud. (A very popular opium den and house of prostitution.) Tubs didn’t like his new bosses, but nothing he could do about it.
One evening, he and his stupid boss headed out for an abduction. Only, instead of letting Tubs pick the lock, the idiot orders him to keep watch as the fool tries to pick the lock having no clue how to do it. After a half hour, Tubs snuck in the back way and discovered their quarry sitting on the desk before the door with a gun, ready to shoot the idiot if he ever managed to get the door open. The young fellow was muttering about the fellow’s incompetency, which caused Tubs to chuckle. Before the boy could turn his gun on him, Tubs had the little fellow bagged and tossed over his shoulder as he headed out the front door.
And was the idiot outside appreciative? Not in the least.
When he dropped the boy in an upstairs room in Dragon Cloud, the boy remained outraged—for him. Never had a person said so many complimentary things to him before. And the boy wasn’t just making things up trying to get on Tubs’ good side either, because all the skills he’d admired, Tubs truly had. Still, this boy was the first person who ever noticed. Everyone else just thought him a big stupid giant.
Thus, when Xavier offered Tubs a job protecting Vic, Tubs agreed at once. For now on, protecting Vic would be his sole responsibility. He thought it the best job in the world.
While Xavier’s plan to take a holiday in Europe for Vic to have her baby incognito works well enough, complications during the birth almost takes both mother and child. Dr. Connors performs his first cesarean ever. While successful, it Vic takes months to recover. A prisoner to the bed, she spends her time encouraging marriage between two of their employees. Unfortunately, Xavier’s original negotiations with Tubs prevents the giant from acting upon his heart. While Xavier chases ladies enjoying the sun, Vic convinces Tubs to resign his service.
When Xavier and Vic return to England, the head of Scotland Yard awaits them at the dock. A great change in Parliament has occurred due to the fallout of their last investigation. England is crumbling beneath an outbreak of crimes and their help is desperately needed before lives are ruined and jobs are lost.
Tubs entered as she yelled out “ten”. His head hung low as well. “Sorry. I was outside measuring windows and had to take my shoes off in the kitchen before I could go further in the house.”
“Tubs, that’s the worse excuse I’ve ever heard. Why would you have to take your shoes off? Just admit it, you wished to avoid me because you know I’m upset with you for breaking Sara’s heart…and your own, by the looks of it.”
He breathed in heavily and his gaze met hers. Honestly, she’d never seen him sadder, not even the day they found him sitting beside an almost dead Xavier. Her temper faded against such misery.
“Why would you tell Sara your friendship with me precludes your love for her?” she asked, pointing to the chair.
He sat, his head hung low as he leaned his elbows on his knees.
“Can we just drop this?” he asked.
His questioned stunned her. Tubs had never challenged her before, and she didn’t like it at all.
“First of all, don’t you dare take over Davy’s occupation of questioning everything I do or say. You have been an exemplary employee up to now, and I don’t want that to change.”
“Then leave this be.” His massive hands opened and closed as if every heartbeat caused him pain.
“I don’t leave crimes ‘be’. I root about and put a stop to them. You know that!”
“This isn’t a crime,” he grumbled.
“The hell it isn’t! You two love each other and putting me in between that love is without question a crime to the heart and you will tell me why or…” Or what? While on a daily basis she threatened to replace Davy with a driver who obeyed her orders, she would never threaten to fire Tubs. But she needed leverage. Something he’d believe. “Or I’ll sit in this bed and worry myself sick because I seem to be hurting two people I love and I can’t fix it, because one of them won’t tell me the facts pertinent to solving this crime.” She ended this tirade with a stern glare at Tubs, although why she bothered, she had no idea. He was staring at the floor, rather than her.
“Tubs, you have to explain yourself, or nothing will be right between us. Please…help me fix this.”
Finally, he looked up, his eyes glassy with tears. “I gave Mr. Thorn my word that you would be my only priority.”
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Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved normally. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Ghost Lover—Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
Untamed & Unabashed—The youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Hardest Love — Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — Far too many secrets are being kept and as we all know, secrets have a way of coming out.
Trust me, you can’t go wrong with a Liza O’Connor book. Whimsical, whacky, romantic and adventurous, all wrapped up in a tidy well put together tale.