MASTERING THE MARQUESS
Written by Lavinia Kent
Published by Loveswept
July 29, 2014
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.
Mastering the Marquess is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
Author Lavinia Kent does an excellent job on this historical erotica book. Throughout the book the theme is extremely sensual with a few scenes that border on dark erotica but fortunately they are few and part of the storyline.
In the beginning I had a hard time with the slowness of read and though it was period correct my mind wanted to blaze through the reading. Seriously I am not sure how the author did it but for once I actually read in a slow easy manner as the author intended.
Main characters, widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston (aka Grace) and Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston (aka Charles) are dynamic together as they work through who they are in private versus what is expected in public.
It was refreshing that though Louisa was the proper lady, she was not afraid to ask for what she needed from Madame Rouge and Geoffrey. There are times further in the story when I felt the author played too much on her innocence but it did not distract from the story.
Geoffrey was what every women would want, gentleman in public and master in private. How he controlled his dark side that he only showed to strangers feed into the back and forth interaction he has with Louisa pulling the reader further into the story.
I was intrigued with Geoffrey’s sister, Blythe, and his prior lover, the Countess, and am curious as to why they behaved the way they did. And am wondering if a second book will explain this unusual relationship.
This book is a must read for those who love erotica but be warned you will read it at a slower pace if you are a fast reader like me.
I was given this ARC by NetGalley for an honest opinion
My Reviews of the series ~
Mastering The Marquess (Bound and Determined, #1) ~ My Review
Revealing Ruby (Bound and Determined, #1.5) ~ my review (not reviewed yet)
Bound by Bliss (Bound and Determined, #2) ~ my review (not reviewed yet)
Sarah's Surrender (Bound and Determined, #2.5) ~ my review (not reviewed yet)
Ravishing Ruby (Bound and Determined, #3) ~ my review (not reviewed yet)
Angel in Scarlet (Bound and Determined, #4) ~ My Review
A Very Ruby Christmas (Bound and Determined, #4.5) ~ My Review
Tangled in Sin (Bound and Determined #5) ~ My Review
About Lavinia Kent
Lavinia Kent is a former two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.
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