‘What a Duke Wants’ by Lavinia Kent

wadw lkSTORY: What woman would refuse a Duke’s kiss?

Running from a dark secret past, Isabella Masters craves peace and stability, a life far from the prying eyes of society.

She does not dream of landing a lord.

But in the arms of a stranger with magnificent eyes, she loses herself in one breath-stealing kiss— only to discover she has been misled by a reluctant Duke.

Angered but enthralled, she dares not submit . . . though her passionate heart begs her to. He cannot wed her . . . but he must not lose her.

Only one possibility remains— one too scandalous to consider . . . yet too tempting to resist.

REVIEW: We finally have Isabella’s happily-ever-after, but you won’t be lost if you don’t read the previous books in the series. However, I’m one of those people that just loves to read them in order, because the family dynamic is something I can’t get enough of when it comes to series of any kind.

Isabella Masters has been on the run from bad men for a while now, and under those circumstances, it is imperative she hides her identity well. When we meet her, she’s traveling towards London, a place she doesn’t want to go, under the assumed name of Smith and as a child nurse to baby Joey.

Mark Smythe, the newly minted Duke of Strattington, is on his way to London as well, trying to adjust to his circumstances of inheriting a dukedom after his uncle and his cousin die. Not expecting it nor wanting the responsibility, he has a hard time accepting and adjusting to the life he must now embrace.

Our hero and heroine encounter each other one night as both are trying to find some rest and peace after a long day of travel. Their first meeting is full of funny double entendre; yet, by the end of the night, we can’t help but like both of these characters in spite of their holding back their real identities from one another.

From that point on, Ms. Kent takes us on a predictable journey of assumed identities, chasing villains in a blue coat, and one nasty employer; but throughout all that, as I came to know these two so well, being predictable actually made the story more intimate to me.

My heart went out to both of them as they struggled with their choices and their feelings for each other. As they both come to terms with who they really are and the choices get narrowed, their decisions become even harder to accept. Or are they?

WHAT A DUKE WANTS is a fast paced, fun, and very entertaining read with a predictable plot, yet it will make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

Melanie for RRAH

Spotlight on Lavinia Kent and ‘Sarah’s Surrender’!

ss lkBOOK BLURB: Five years ago, Miss Sarah Swilp had been deeply in love with Jonathan Perry, the second son of an earl. But when Jonathan inherited his aunt’s lands and money, he turned cold, demanding Sarah’s maidenhood and uttering those unforgettably cruel words: “You do know I won’t marry you.” She refused, of course, and that spoiled everything. Now, just as she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience, Jonathan reappears—and after Sarah gets one look at his lean, hard body, the embers of desire burst back into flame.

Over time, Jonathan has learned quite a bit about the art of pleasure—though nothing has ever given him so much joy as the husky timbre of Sarah’s laugh. It had hurt to leave her, but what other choice did he have? Perhaps he’d been too afraid of ending up like his brother, targeted by a woman seeking a title. Seeing her again, Jonathan can’t help wondering what might have been if only Sarah had surrendered to red-hot lust. Fortunately, judging by the wicked look in her eyes, it may not be too late to find out.

Sarah’s Surrender is intended for mature audiences.

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Mr. Meyers had been right. She did have no choice. She’d been so foolish to pretend she did, to hope that a knight might show up at the last moment and save her.

She took one step down, ignoring the urge to see if Jonathan was still watching her.

Mr. Meyers was not so bad. He had all his teeth. He wasn’t mean, or at least she didn’t think he was. These things were hard to tell from public appearance. Papa had taught her that.

Another step.

And he wanted to marry her. She wasn’t quite sure why, although she rather thought he liked the fact that she had no choice, that she would be forced to always be grateful to him. And he thought she was obedient. Papa was always telling his friends how good she was at doing whatever was demanded. If only he knew the truth—but perhaps it was best that he didn’t.

She hadn’t liked the look Mr. Meyers got on his face at Papa’s words, but what choice did she have?

And he liked her breasts. There was no mistaking that.

Another step. Keep ignoring Jonathan. Perhaps he wasn’t even there anymore. No, don’t think about him.

Think only of Mr. Meyers.

How did you tell a man you were now willing to marry him?

She braced her shoulders. You just did it. It was no different than most of life. You just did it.

How many things had she done just because there was no choice?

Too many to even begin to count.

She should be well practiced by now. It should not be this hard.

Only it was.

She’d had dreams, so many dreams. And none of them had included marrying a man her papa’s age, a man who clearly would never regard her as a person, let alone someone special.

Perhaps she was misjudging him. He must hold her in some esteem if he wanted to marry her.

Three more steps down.

She could do this.

There was no choice.

She hurried down the remaining steps and without giving herself time to think positioned herself a few feet from Mr. Meyers.

She felt his eyes fall upon her, felt the icy flicker as his gaze swept up the green gown and stopped at her chest.

Pulling a deep breath in, she let her breasts swell against the bodice.

He licked his lips, glanced once at her face, and then turned and walked away.

A cold knot formed in her belly.

REVIEW: I am such a huge fan of this author but for some reason she’s writing now this genre that I’m just not a fan of. I love her prose, her characterization and her plots. They are interesting and entertaining and the dialogue is wonderful, BUT then comes the explicit, erotic stuff, and I am put-off. Especially the BDSM stuff. I’m not into it so you may think I didn’t like this read, yet I’m going to surprise you and tell you I liked it a lot. I just skipped all the explicit sex parts.

Am I recommending it? Of course I am! To all my bookworms that are into the BDSM and erotica, you’ll love this one very much, and for all those that are not, you’ll still like the set up and the journey these two go through in order to be together.

Melanie for b2b

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LaviniaKentAUTHOR BIO: Lavinia Kent never knew that most people don’t make up stories in their heads to pass the time. She still has a hard time understanding how those who don’t survive the doctor’s waiting room or a grocery store line without another world to escape into.

Growing up in New York state and Wisconsin, Lavinia graduated from Wellesley College and, for reasons that are still not quite clear, also holds an MBA from Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown University. Lavinia has remained in Washington ever since.

She lives under the gracious (and usually benign) rule of Erzsebet, the cat, along with her husband, three children, one cockatiel, two rats, and Erzsebet’s younger, subordinate tomcat, otherwise known as The Golden Snitch.

As the mother of three, Lavinia finds “leisure time” to be ever-elusive, but when she is not reading romance novels, she watches far too much HBO and reality television. It must also be noted that she has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Buffy and Doctor Who.

Lavinia was a two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and is proud to be a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee.

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‘Mastering The Marquess’ by Lavinia Kent

lk mtmSTORY: One night of fierce passion and unbound pleasure leaves two strangers craving much more in Lavinia Kent’s sumptuous novel of sensual discovery.

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

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‘Price of Desire’ by Lavinia Kent

POD LKSTORY: A Military Hero and a Despairing Wife . . .

Captain Wulf Huntington and Rose, Lady Burberry, become lost in pleasure on an anonymous afternoon and evening caught in time.

But reality intrudes sooner than either thought possible when both learn the other’s true identity and all the reasons why their love cannot be. He must return to military life and she to the only life she knows.

Until . . .

Years pass and now the widowed Rose seeks another husband. At a country house party organized to meet eligible men, an angry Wulf intrudes. He wants answers from Rose, answers she is not willing to give. Will past betrayals and secrets keep the lovers apart or will they come to embrace a love for all time?

REVIEW: This is the second installment of Ms. Kent’s Desire series, and this is Rose’s story and the price she pays for giving into her desire to be free of worry for just one warm summer afternoon.

The hero of this story, Captain Wulf Huntington, we met briefly in the first book and I just knew this guy was going to be complex and compelling. He’s an Alpha hero to the bone, big, strong and handsome; man who’s been through hell while in battle at Waterloo and whose personal story, when he finally breaks down and tells it, will break your heart.

In the Prologue, we meet the young Lady Rosalind Burberry who is tending her own gardens and is having a ‘fight’ with a rose-bush that’s too stubborn to budge, and out of the blue a young, strong and way too good-looking man stops by to help her out with it. Both are immediately taken with each other, regardless of her married state, which of course he knows nothing about. Talk about sexual tension!

Wulf is on his way to Lord Burberry with an errand and coming upon this beautiful woman who is flirting with him and is desirous of his ‘full’ attention is what he feels something he needs to cleanse himself from all the carnage he’d witnessed from the battles he’s been into, and Rose feels that after many years of celibacy in her married life, it’s something her soul just had to give into, to prove that she’s still a woman. Neither is aware that the price they’ll be paying for that afternoon would be high and the memories would be with both through the next five years of their life.

Once more Lavinia Kent goes all out in her characterization of these two very stubborn, very strong and very passionate people. I loved them both and yet I wanted to strangle Rose! No, I’m not going to tell you why. You’ll need to read the book to find out why.

There’s so much I want to ‘blurt’ out about this book, but if I start ‘gushing’ I’m sure I’ll be giving away too much of the plot! Needles to say, there’s a mystery here too, great dialogue and secondary characters of Marguerite, Rose’s sister and Tristan, Wulf’s friend as well as a comeback of a sort by Lady Smythe-Burke and her nephew, Duke of Westlake.

There’s only one thing I found a bit too irritating and it’s Rosalind’s indecision and constant back and forth in her own reasoning about why she’s set on a course of action. I think it just went on too long. That however did not make me enjoy this book any less.

For some reason, I noticed that this book is even longer than the first by a good margin, yet only priced at $2.99. I highly recommend it and hope you’ll sample it on Amazon, like I did, and buy it.

I cannot tell you how eager I am to read the last book in this trilogy, ‘Taste of Desire’ which will be Tristan’s story. I just read the sample of it and went numb, and I bet you would too! It’s coming out in late February and I am glad it’s a short month!

*Book bought from Amazon.