Friday, August 8, 2014

REVIEW: Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent

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.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.


Thank you first and foremost to NetGalley and Random House for allowing us to bring you this review.

There are a number of things that I really liked about this book, one of them being that even though it is separated into three different "books" within the book it is still one fluid story.  I also enjoyed that this is a historical BDSM story which is something I hadn't ever come across before. Geoffrey is a very strong character who at times could be a bit rigid, but it is so nice to see how he develops into a loving husband when he'd never even planned on falling in love. He originally has a way thinking on how his wife should be treated, but learns that she is his equal and can accept him just the way that he is. Louisa's first husband left her feeling like she wasn't enough but with the help of Geoffrey is shown that she is a desirable perfect woman. He also shows her that the type of relationship that she desires isn't wrong and learns to grow into her true nature. 

Though there are things that aren't easy to read, especially when the Countess has become obsessed with Geoffrey and wanting to hurt Louisa, the story isn't hard to read in general. I look forward to reading what else might come with this series and the other characters introduced to us in it.

Happy Reading... Adri

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