Publication Date: 2014-07-29
Series: Bound and Determined #1
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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 by Lavinia Kent is the first book in her new Bound and Determined series. I have mixed feelings about this book. This book centers on Louisa, Lady Brookington, a virgin widow who asks help from Madam Rouge to find her a man to school her in the sensual arts. Enter Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston who has certain proclivities and reluctantly agrees to teaching the virgin widow in the sensual arts. After that one night together, Geoffrey can’t seem to forget his mystery lady.
The first part of Mastering the Marquess was very interesting and very, very steamy. I love the sexually charged atmosphere that Miss Kent painted between the hero and heroine. I really felt interested in finding out how their dilemma would solve itself and how they would find their HEA.
My thoughts changed by the second half of the book. Spoiler alert! By the time the second half rolled in, Louisa and Geoffrey end up getting married with BOTH of them not knowing who each other was! I could not understand how a blindfold or a half mask can make someone unrecognizable. I mean, I can identify my loved ones even when they are fully costumed so I don’t understand how they could not identify each other when they were intimate? I also did not find the second part as interesting as the first. Once they were married, the story fell flat for me and I couldn’t wait to finish it just so the book would be over.
Sensually erotic, I think Mastering the Marquess missed the mark.