The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.
Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.
REVIEW: I love this author and have read all the books she wrote. This however wasn’t my favorite from her and the only reason for it, I think, is because of the length of the story.
Some authors can pull a novella off so well that we can’t even tell that it was a novella. They manage to wrap the plot and characters tight enough that the result is satisfaction for a reader. In my humble opinion, this novella failed to do that for me.
Ms. Kent is well capable of giving me characters with depth to them that I can easily fall in love with, as well as the stories with a believable and compassionate plot. Her sexual content is not just hot but sensual too. Yet in this story I found all of those rushed, and in the end I found not Ms. Kent’s writing lacking, but the story letting me down.
I never read ’50 Shades’ but I did read the synopses of it, and this to me was a bit too similar. An innocent woman is inducted into sensual and erotic pleasure by the sexually sophisticated man. Sound familiar?
I also never bought into these two not recognizing each other after their first encounter in which they wore only blindfolds. For me, if I’m not vested in characters, the story unravels no matter the good writing.
I will recommend this story to all Lavinia Kent fans and those that love historical erotica because there really are some steamy scenes in it. For all of you that have never read her before and are looking for a bit more out of your books please check out her backlist. All of them are well written, developed and executed.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher