Posts Categorized: Historical Erotica

Rebel Bride by Elizabeth Moss

July 4, 2017 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rebel Bride by Elizabeth MossRebel Bride by Elizabeth Moss
Series: Lust in the Tudor Court #2
Published by Hodder on March 27, 2014
Genres: Erotica, Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars
He is under her spell...

Hugh Beaufort, favoured courtier of King Henry VIII, likes his women quiet and biddable. Susannah Tyrell is neither of these things. She is feisty, beautiful, opinionated and brave. And Hugh is fascinated by her - despite himself.

Their lust is undeniable...

When Susannah pulls her most outrageous stunt yet and finds herself lost in the wilds of England, Hugh must go to her rescue. Neither of them is prepared for the dangers that lie in wait. But most dangerous of all is their desire for one another. Alone together in the forest, far from the restraints of court...

Their passion knows no bounds

You don’t need to have read the first book in the series to thoroughly enjoy REBEL BRIDE.  This installment of Elizabeth Moss’s sexy Tudor trilogy features Susannah Tyrell (sister to Eloise from the first book) and Hugh Beaufort (a friend of Lord Wolf, Eloise’s husband).  And if you read the first book and thought Eloise was a stubborn heroine, well that’s only because you haven’t read about Susannah!  She puts a mule to shame – but in a delightful, sexual tension-building sort of way.

Susannah is desperate to escape her father’s plans to marry her off to an old (read that literally) friend of his.  In a mad-cap plan, she dons boy’s clothing and runs off to seek shelter with her sister in London.  Of course, things don’t go according to Susannah’s plan and soon she needs rescuing.  Enter Hugh Beaufort, sent to find Susannah by Lord Wolf.  The two immediately clash – Hugh likes his women pliable and obedient, but Susannah is anything but!  However, they cannot deny the lust they feel for one another and their forbidden romance soon puts them at odds with society’s expectations.

Overall, I’d describe this book as a guilty-pleasure read.  This is an erotica novel, so the sex is scorching hot, almost to the point where the plot is secondary.  But placed within the context of the Tudor period (one of my favorites!) and juxtaposed against a decidedly feminist heroine, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and can’t wait for the next book!

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Deceived by Jess Michaels

October 16, 2015 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Deceived by Jess MichaelsDeceived by Jess Michaels
Series: The Wicked Woodleys #2
Published by Jess Michaels on October 13, 2015
Genres: Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 236
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
five-stars
Josie Westfall spent a lifetime feeling alone and bullied and an unfortunate incident involving her best friend’s brother, Evan, only made things worse. Still, when she and her mother are invited to the wedding he will be attending, they can’t exactly refuse. She hopes to avoid him, but instead they are thrown together and she is shocked to find that she actually begins to like the man she’s thought of as an enemy for years.

Evan has always felt terrible about what he said to Josie years before, but he’s never quite been able to make it up to her. When he tries, he discovers Josie may have a few secrets and some information about his missing sister. Now he must decide, should he betray her by trading on the unexpected attraction between them and discover what she knows? Or could the possibility of love be worth more than anything else?

Josie Westfall has loved Even Hartwell from the moment she laid eyes on him.  As children, they and their siblings played together.  At least until Even discovered older girls and a desire to impress them.  When Evan inadvertently humiliates Josie, his careless actions spark a decade of cold shoulders and withering looks and his subsequent attempts at apologies fall on deaf ears.  It isn’t until Josie and Evan are thrust together at his sister’s wedding that Evan realizes just how attractive Josie is and Josie acknowledges her feelings for Evan never went away.

Jess Michaels has done it again!  A brilliantly crafted love story that draws the reader into the lives of these regency ton, adding a frustrating mystery surrounding the disappearance of Evan’s sister Claire, and teaching life lessons we could all learn at some point or another.  In DECEIVED, Evan and Josie must learn to let go of their past mistakes and focus on forging a new future together, even when that future might not be the one they originally planned for themselves.

Josie is curious, compassionate, and fiercely loyal. Evan is charming, even when you want to hate him, and honorable.  He can’t allow himself to give into his brother’s scheme to force information about Claire’s whereabouts from Josie any sooner than he can resist the temptation to give into Josie’s seductive requests.

DECEIVED is the second in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone.  Pick up your copy today!

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Forbidden by Jess Michaels

August 25, 2015 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Forbidden by Jess MichaelsForbidden by Jess Michaels
Series: The Wicked Woodleys #1
Published by Jess Michaels on August 25, 2015
Genres: Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 239
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
four-stars
Jude Samson has worked for the Woodley family for such a long time that he is seen as a brother. But he has very unbrotherly feelings toward the youngest of the clan, Lady Audrey. When they find themselves off at the family’s country estate, long simmering desires will come to the forefront and Jude won’t be able to stop himself from taking that one, oh-so-forbidden taste.

After seeing what it has done to her family, Audrey is afraid of passion. But the moment Jude touches her, fear is washed away by intense and powerful lust. Only Jude has a secret that could destroy everything that is beginning to develop between them. And when it comes out, it will change everything.

Audrey Woodley is still reeling from the kidnap and loss of her beloved sister.  She hasn’t been the same since Claire left and Audrey knows for certain that her mother has yet to recover, though she hides it well.  The only person that seems to draw Audrey from her shell is Jude Sampson, longtime friend of the family and estate manager to Audrey’s eldest brother. Audrey and Jude have been friends for years, but Audrey has always longed for something more between them.  When Audrey and Jude accompanying Audrey’s mother to one of their other estates, Audrey quickly learns that the long-held attraction is mutual.

Right away, readers need to understand this is NOT a historical romance novel.  This novel and many of Ms. Michaels’ other books (go check those out!) are a sub-genre I would classify as historical erotica.  Love scenes are plentiful, emotional, and very, very steamy.  The plot, while holding to many of the traditional conflict requirements of a historical romance novel, also carries with it a strong plotline influenced by the sexual exploits of the hero and heroine.  In a nutshell, this is a well-written historical romance novel that features a lot of sex between the main characters.  Enjoy!

Jude was a complex character and I sincerely hope his backstory will be explored some more in future books.  He straddles the world between not-quite-a-peer and not-quite-a-servant.  Though he has aristocratic lineage, he and his mother were disowned upon the death of his father and they have survived through sheer force of will and tenacity.  And through the generosity and friendship with the Woodleys.  But Jude carries a dark secret that could jeopardize both his job and friendship with the Woodleys and destroy any future he has with Audrey.

Audrey, on the other hand, was a little flat at first.  But that appears to stem from her fear of passion and constant struggle to present a perfect and unflappable demeanor to everyone around her.  She has had to stay strong and be the glue holding her family together for so long that it has zapped both her energy and personality.  Thankfully, the real Audrey shines through once she and her mother escape the confines of London and she is shown to be an enterprising, hard-working woman who will do anything for those she loves.

Jude and Audrey’s relationship builds quickly, but stands firm on the foundation of their pre-existing friendship.  I loved reading about how these two characters overcame class divides to find love and happiness.  What a wonderful kick-off to a new series!

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A Marquis for Mary by Jess Michaels

June 9, 2015 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Marquis for Mary by Jess MichaelsA Marquis for Mary by Jess Michaels
Series: The Notorious Flynns #5
Published by Jess Michaels on June 9, 2015
Genres: Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 107
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
five-stars
Mary Quinn is almost at the end of her rope. After two years under her sister and brother-in-law’s protection she may soon have to return to her terrible father’s house if she cannot find a husband. In her desperation, she bumps into Edward, Marquis Woodley. Drawn to each other, they are soon thrown into a scandal that leads to an engagement.

But as the pair grow closer and their wedding looms, Woodley’s past and the horrific circumstances of his first wife’s death may keep them from the happy ending that will save them both.

Mary Quinn’s time is running out.  She managed to escape the overbearing, callous house of her father for the last four Seasons, but through no fault of her own remains unmarried.  Her father sold her sister into marriage twice before and Mary knows if she does not marry this Season, then her father will reclaim control of her life and force her to marry whichever Lord will take her.  Lord Edward Woodley has hidden himself from society since the tragic death (and secret suicide) of his late wife.  But now he is forced to re-emerge in order to find a bride and begin the task of producing heirs for the title.  A chance encounter with enchanting Mary Quinn on the terrace at a ball quickly turns into a forced marriage that may just work in both their favors.

Mary yearns for the love and devotion she sees reflected in the marriages of her sister and friends.  She believes in herself and knows she is worth more than whatever pittance her father will sell her for in order to enter the ranks of the ton. Though her father infuriates her sometimes, Mary loves her family and is very loyal to those she holds dear.  Mary and Edward’s marriage is arranged hastily, but she quickly opens to the idea and reality of marrying Edward, realizing that she has been falling in love with him since the moment they met on the terrace.  Edward is unpolished from his years of hiding from society, but this makes his reactions to Mary genuine and charming.  His nobility and honor are his defining characteristics and they inform everything he does.  You can’t help but fall in love with him.  Together, Mary and Edward are a perfect match, their love sweet and devotional.

This is the transition novella between Ms. Michaels’ Notorious Flynns series and the Wicked Woodleys series. Though you do not have to have read the other Notorious Flynn books to understand and enjoy this novella, I highly recommend you do anyways not only because they are fantastic reads, but also so you can fully enjoy the nuances of the secondary characters in this novella who feature in the other books.

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Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

May 12, 2015 Erotica, Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wolf Bride by Elizabeth MossWolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss
Series: Lust in the Tudor Court #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 5, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
England, 1536. Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors. Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who - though she is loath to admit it - frightens her not a little. Then comes that first kiss. It awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees first-hand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives. Dare she surrender her body and her heart?

Lady Eloise Tyrell serves as a maid of honor in the court household of Queen Anne Boleyn.  Inspired by the love and passion of King Henry and Queen Anne, she dreams of finding and marrying a man who loves her instead of one who treats her as chattel.  But her dreams are crushed when she discovers that her father has betrothed her to the formidable Lord Wolf, a favored, battle-hardened soldier to to the King.  Lord Wolf does not believe in love – not after his heart was ripped out and stomped on when he was still a young man of eighteen.  Ten years have passes since then and he believes that love makes a man weak.  Marriage is a necessity that provides a honorable outlet for his carnal lusts and an avenue for continuing his family name.  But then Wolf sees the woman Eloise has become since he left for the battlefields and he fears that all his long-held beliefs are about to come crashing down around him.

I love books set in Tudor England.  It’s my favorite historical period – full of passion, intrigue, and just the right amount of court politics to keep everything interesting.  WOLF BRIDE does not disappoint.  Set just before the condemnation of Queen Anne, this novel is full of rich, historical characters and has an interesting plot steeped in historical details.

Eloise is headstrong and passionate – a troublesome combination for a period that condoned the beating of disobedient wives.  But she’s also fiercely loyal and ready to step up to defend her family when necessary.  Wolf is reputed to be a tough, formidable soldier, but he’s also cunning and able to easily navigate court politics – even to the point of skillfully manipulating King Henry (a dangerous game indeed!).

The sex in this novel is scorching hot!  I would definitely place this more in the historical erotica category than the historical romance since the sex does play an important expository role in moving the plot along.  It is NOT “Fifty Shades of Tudor Sex,” but that’s a good thing!  Readers picking this up hoping for kinky bondage or any kind of BDSM will be disappointed.  Instead, readers are treated to an array of sensual love scenes that exhibit Eloise and Wolf’s growing love and passion for one another.  Scenes that will steam up your e-reader and have you reaching for the nearest glass of ice water!

I can’t wait to read more novels from this series!

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The Widow Wager by Jess Michaels

April 21, 2015 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Widow Wager by Jess MichaelsThe Widow Wager by Jess Michaels
Series: The Notorious Flynns #3
Published by Jess Michaels on April 21, 2015
Genres: Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 241
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
five-stars
Crispin Flynn has been on a downward spiral ever since he lost the woman he loved and watched his brother forced into a life he never would have chosen. His response has been drinking and gambling his way to utter ruin. One night, deep in his cups, he places a dangerous bet that results in him being forced to marry Gemma, the widow of the Earl of Laurelcross.

Gemma once had a passionate side, but has been hiding it ever since her much older husband died during the act of making love. Now she finds herself the much unwanted wife of one of the biggest libertines in London and the subject of even more gossip than ever.

Once they determine they cannot escape the marriage, the two begin a slow circling of each other. Passion is easy, but can they overcome mistrust and secrets in order to make the worst night of their lives one of their best? Or are they bound to lose each other before their love can take root?

Another knock out of the park winner from Jess Michaels!  This book had me actually laughing in my chair.  And we finally get to read Crispin’s story!  I’ve been wondering what’s been going on with him since the first Notorious Flynns book.

Crispin Flynn once loved and lost a wonderful woman – first to marriage with another and then to death.  And he’s never gotten over it.  Instead, he’s found hollow comfort in whoring, drinking, and gambling, stumbling from one vice to another without a thought or interest in the consequences.

Gemma was sold off by her father as a prized broodmare to an elderly Lord; but when that Lord died before any children were conceived, Gemma was tossed back to her family like day-old fish.  And now she’s been sold off again, gambled away by her “loving” father in a game of cards to none other than Crispin Flynn!

Crispin and Gemma are two deeply wounded souls who find it very difficult to open up to others, especially each other.  I loved watching these two grow closer.  Gemma is almost like a healing balm to Crispin, pushing boundaries when needed and comforting at other times.  Crispin is exactly what Gemma needs too and together their love really heats up the pages.  Wow!  The sex scenes in this book are scorching hot, even a little kinky.  I loved it.

A gripping, emotional tale of love, betrayal, and what it means to be family.

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The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London

March 20, 2015 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★½

The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia LondonThe Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London
Published by HQN Books on January 27, 2015
Genres: Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Format: Audiobook
Goodreads
two-half-stars
A plan born of desperation…

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected—and scorching—twist.

…and altered by passion

Governed by routine and ruled by duty, Jeffrey had no desire for a wife before he succumbed to Grace's temptation. Though his golden-haired, in-name-only bride is the definition of disorder, he can't resist wanting her in every way. But once her secrets meet his, society might consider their lives to be ruined beyond repair…while Jeffrey might just see it as a new beginning.

Grace Cabot, once the unblemished gem of London society, is desperate to marry Lord Amherst before her mother’s madness is discovered.  It’s not that she loves Amherst, but he is a bit of a rake and would eagerly come meet her if Grace encouraged a secret tryst.  One that just so happens to be discovered by the Reverend.  Except that it’s not Amherst that shows up – it’s his brother, the stoic and aloof Earl of Merryton, Geoffrey Donovan!

Geoffrey is definitely the protagonist of this novel, which is a bit of a switch from the traditional female lead of romance novels.  He is painfully OCD and strives for order and decorum in all aspects of his life.  His aloof, commanding nature hides the dark, erotic images that seem to plague his every thought.  Geoffrey was so stiff and controlled throughout much of the novel, that I didn’t really start to even begin liking his character until almost the end.

Grace wavers between passiveness and defiance, family honor and selfishness.  I found her a difficult character to connect with emotionally.  For a large portion of the novel, I thought she was selfish and shallow without an interesting thought in her head.  NOT a charming heroine.  I warmed up to her as the novel progressed, particularly by the end, but still cannot say that I really like her character.

I wasn’t really sure what the plot was in this novel.  The beginning is somewhat interesting, if not very flattering to Grace, but what then follows is an awkward series of sexual encounters interspersed with Geoffrey’s dirty thoughts and struggles with OCD. Yet, for as often as Geoffrey seems to struggle with prurient thoughts, the sex scene are remarkably short.  Although, in the beginning that is a good thing because of the following (Which I put in a separate paragraph to clearly warn those who need/want to know about these scenes in romance novels):

Trigger warning!!  Geoffrey and Grace’s first sex scene is borderline rape.  The third sex scene is absolutely rape as Grace explicitly says “No” and Geoffrey has sex with her anyways!  It is degrading and disgusting and really makes me dislike Geoffrey as a supposed “hero.”

Accordingly, I didn’t think there was much chemistry between Geoffrey and Grace, which is surprising given how long this book is.  I did like the idea of introducing mental illness into the novel since serious issues like this are not often addressed in historical romance.  However, I can’t really forgive boring or unlikeable characters placed in a plod-along plot.  I’ve read other works by this author and loved them, but this one just fell flat for me.

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The Scoundrel’s Lover by Jess Michaels

March 10, 2015 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 2 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Scoundrel’s Lover by Jess MichaelsThe Scoundrel's Lover by Jess Michaels
Series: The Nortorious Flynns #2
Published by Jess Michaels on March 10, 2015
Pages: 234
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Annabelle Flynn is the sister of London's two biggest libertines, and her reaction has been to become the picture of purity. But the sensual nature of her family has not been lost on her and she is troubled by urges she dare not follow. She ignores the demands of her body and instead throws herself into two different activities. One is pursuing a proper marriage in Society and the other is trying to save her broken brother by following him into the shocking Donville Masquerade, part of a hell run by the mysterious Marcus Rivers.

By day, Annabelle pursues ladylike endeavors and seeks a staid husband to combat the wild reputations of her brothers. By night, she inserts herself into Marcus's business... and eventually she finds herself seduced into his bed.

But can a not-quite-proper lady and an entirely unsuitable cad find anything in common outside of the bedroom? And will Annabelle be willing to trade passion for cold, calculated 'perfection'?

Annabelle Flynn is the sister of the notorious Flynn brothers, Rafe and Crispin.  Though she’s not exactly squeaky clean herself, Annabelle hopes to use Rafe’s elevation to a Dukedom to secure a respectable society marriage.  Except she is still a Flynn and family sticks together so when Crispin spirals out of control in the infamous gambling hell known as The Donville Masquerade, Annebelle doesn’t give it two thoughts before marching over there to rescue him.  There she encounters Marcus Rivers, longtime friend of Rafe and Crispin and owner of The Donville Masquerade club.  The attraction between Marcus and Annabelle sizzles right from the start and Marcus agrees to let Annabelle come to the club under the guise of watching over her brother, but soon the temptation of their attraction becomes too much.  And what happens behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there.

Annabelle is a fantastic character.  She’s witty, intelligent, and incredibly loyal to her family.  She struggles with her darker Flynn desires, trying not to think about them or tamping them down, since she believes these desires are unacceptable in society.  And that’s the fundamental character question Annabelle’s character presents: do you embrace who you really are and what you really want or do you confine yourself to the strictures of what society believes you should want?

Marcus Rivers is quite interesting too.  Wild, demanding, and highly improper within the walls of his club, he’s quite able to play at being the respectable gentleman when in the company of others.  He has a tragic backstory that really tugs at a reader’s hearstrings and his utter devotion and desire for Annabelle is charming and sweet.

Together, Annabelle and Marcus are a fantastic couple.  This is Historical Erotica at its best.  Steamy and sensual like an erotica novel, but with the well-paced plot and character development expected of a historical romance novel.  Annabelle and Marcus are so perfect together – like two halves of a whole.  It was almost heartbreaking to read how neither believed they could have what they wanted (each other).  The push-pull of Annabelle wanting both Marcus and a respectable society marriage or Marcus wanting Annabelle but trying to respect the boundaries of both society and his “debt” to the Flynn brothers.  In the end, love and happiness wins out of course, but it makes for excellent reading material!

Although this is the second in the Notorious Flynns series, you do NOT need to read the first to thoroughly enjoy this second installment.  I recommend that you do, of course, just because both are great books, but it’s not necessary.  The third book, THE WIDOW WAGER, is Crispin’s story and will be released April 21, 2015.

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The Other Duke by Jess Michaels

January 13, 2015 Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Other Duke by Jess MichaelsThe Other Duke by Jess Michaels
Series: Nortorious Flynns #1
Published by Jess Michaels on January 13, 2015
Genres: Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 232
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
five-stars
For years Serafina McPhee has been engaged to marry the heir to the Duke of Hartholm and for almost as long, she has been struggling to find a way out of that engagement. When he suddenly dies, she does not mourn but thrills at the idea that she will be free. Unfortunately, best laid plans go awry when the next in line for the title, her intended’s cousin, Raphael “Rafe” Flynn is forced to take over the engagement. But Serafina knows Rafe’s reputation as a libertine and wants nothing to do with him, either, even if he is devastatingly handsome.

She proposes an arrangement: she will agree to the marriage and provide Rafe with his heir and spare. Once she has done her duty, he will let her go. Rafe is intrigued both by her beauty and by her utter disgust with the idea of being his bride. Women normally fall at his feet, not cringe away from him. However, since their arranged marriage is not something he can escape, he agrees to her terms.

But when he finds out on their wedding night the truth about her torture at the hands of his predecessor, he finds himself driven not just to fulfill his bargain with his new bride, but to introduce her to desire. While they move closer together, surrendering to wicked pleasures, dangerous emotions may violate every agreement they’ve made.

Instructed from childhood on how she will dress, how she will act, and even whom she would marry, Serafina McPhee has not been allowed to make a single decision in her entire life.  When her abusive fiance dies days before the wedding, Serafina thinks she will finally be free.  But a pesky marriage contract with airtight language insists that she shall marry the Duke of Hartholm.  Enter Raphael Flynn, estranged cousin to Serafina’s former fiance and now her new fiance!  Trapped into a marriage neither wanted, Serafina and Rafe learn to make the best of a bad situation and along the way Rafe shows Serafina that not all men are the callous, heartless beasts she has had the misfortune of knowing all her life.

Serafina is a guarded, but intelligent young woman.  She has suffered tremendously at the hands of a cruel, degenerate fiance and a father who couldn’t care less what she wanted.  And yet despite this background, Serafina remains a caring, astute woman able to analyze others and identify their needs of the moment.  When presented with Rafe, she quickly assesses both her own and Rafe’s positions in the contract and takes control of marriage negotiations with the aplomb of a skilled solicitor.

Rafe is teasing, playful, and charming, but when he is informed of Serafina’s past, he is protective and very understanding.  Despite having a reputation as a scoundrel, his honorable side is quite prevalent and he exhibits a great deal of compassion and patience as Serafina works her way through overcoming her inner demons.

In true Jess Michaels style, the sex scenes are sensual, inventive, and – while numerous – come as a natural progression of the plot and character development.  Rafe and Serafina compliment each other so well and Rafe’s process of teaching Serafina about intimacy is both hot and heart-breaking as it gives her  things she never had – passion, love, and control.

Now, I will warn readers – as I always do – that rape does play a minor part of this plot.  While I would normally knock an entire star off for the use of this as a plot device, I would like to point out that the way Ms. Michaels handled this sensitive subject was very well done; so much so that she earned that star back.  There are no overly detailed descriptions of what happened – barely enough to convey the idea even.  And rather than harping on it time and again, the focus is instead on Rafe’s determination to make Serafina feel safe and loved, never worthless or less of a person for it.  Rafe places the blame squarely on Serafina’s former fiance and makes it his personal quest to replace all of Serafina’s bad memories of intimacy and love with new, happy ones.

It’s no surprise why I love Jess Michaels’ books – compelling characters, a well-paced plot, witty dialogue, humor, and spicy romance.  THE OTHER DUKE has all of these things.  I loved watching Serafina and Rafe fall in love with each other AFTER their marriage and can’t wait to see what is in store for the other books in this series.

HIGHLY recommend picking this one up!  I read this all in one sitting because I simply could NOT put it down.  🙂

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A Measure of Deceit by Jess Michaels

December 12, 2014 Erotica, Historical Erotica, Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Measure of Deceit by Jess MichaelsA Measure of Deceit by Jess Michaels
Series: Ladies Book of Pleasures #3
Published by Samhain Publishing on December 9, 2014
Genres: Historical Erotica, Historical Romance
Pages: 239
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
four-half-stars
The Ladies Book of Pleasures, now credited with two marriages and countless other affairs and liaisons, has Society all aflutter. The one person not benefitting from its scandalous advice? The author herself.

From the safety of her anonymity, Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood, enjoys the blissful results of her handiwork—and pretends she does not miss the passionate proclivities she penned. But when her handsome editor begins making the rounds of Society parties, she wonders how long her secret will be safe.

Connor Sheridan wants—needs—to know the answer to the one burning question on everyone’s lips: the mystery writer’s identity. And it’s not just because their correspondence, delivered via untraceable couriers, has made him smile, frown, or imagine her engaged in erotic escapades—with him.

Other letters have begun landing on his desk, letters written by a decidedly unfriendly hand. And though it may threaten her reputation, the safest place for her could very well be his arms. Whether she likes it or not.

Warning: This book contains secret identities, dangerous liaisons, and a very sexy Scot.

Lady Grace Hollis, Duchess of Jameswood, has kept a scandalous secret  – she is the author of The Ladies Book of Pleasures!  She has spent years corresponding with her publisher, Connor Sheridan, and now that he has appeared on London’s social scene, she is determined to discover exactly what he knows about “the mysterious author” before he can reveal her shocking secret.  Connor has fallen in love with the witty and beguiling woman he only knows through her wordcraft and is resolute in finding her.  After the success of her first book, Connor asked the Author to write another.  But then she cuts off all contact!  Connor refuses to allow this misunderstanding come between what he knows is a mutual attraction and journeys to London to find her.  What he finds is Lady Grace Hollis –  a charming, attractive woman.  The Author herself!  Sparks fly and soon Grace and Connor are in bed together.  But then Connor begins receiving threatening letters intended for Grace that vow to reveal her true identity.

I absolutely love stories that are based on intellectual attraction, especially when complimented so well with burning physical attraction too.  A Measure of Deceit does not disappoint!  Grace and Connor entertain with quick, witty banter showcasing their sharp intelligence and when the bedroom doors close, bedsheets ignite with sultry desire.  Ms. Michaels is truly gifted with the ability to craft well-written sex scenes that are emotionally charged, inventive without being ludicrous, a few shades of kinky, and that convey the deep connection of the characters in a way that sets her books above your run-of-the-mill erotica.

Grace is a remarkably tolerate and kind woman who definitely know her own mind.  When she wants something, she goes for it and woebetide anyone who stands in her way.  She’s stubborn that way and that stubbornness gets her into trouble more than a few times.

Connor is an attractive mix of dominant and sweet.  He is self-reliant, but has a past that causes him to view the upper class as worthless and lazy.  This obviously causes some major issues with Grace that must be worked out over the course of the book.

A great finish to a fantastic series.  As always, this book has a balanced mix of romantic emotion and scorching hot erotica.  The cast of secondary characters were well-rounded and actually added to the narrative instead of being props in the background.  I’m sad to see the end of this trilogy, but eagerly await the next series from Ms. Michaels.

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