Marcus Wilding: Duke of Pleasure by Carole Mortimer

October 17, 2014 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★

Marcus Wilding: Duke of Pleasure by Carole MortimerMarcus Wilding: Duke of Pleasure by Carole Mortimer
Series: Dangerous Dukes #1
Published by Harlequin Historical on September 1, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 51
Format: eBook
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He's the most accomplished lover in England, and the finest tutor in pleasure that ever lived!

Lady Julianna Armitage is on a mission:

- The goal: Discover passion and learn the true art of lovemaking, something she never experienced in her short, loveless marriage.
- The teacher: The devastatingly handsome Marcus Wilding, Duke of Worthing; the one man she could never have…until now.
- The outcome: Pure, decadent, indulgent satisfaction!

Julianna is determined to maintain control, but as Marcus unleashes a sensual siege that awakens her every sense, it soon becomes clear that losing control can be the most delicious thing of all!

Nearing the end of her mourning period, Lady Julianna Armitage makes the resolute decision that she will never remarry and will instead embrace the freedom of her independence and take a lover.  Since her husband was cold and hearltess towards her, she turns to her brother’s friend, Marcus Wilding, to teach her how to please a man.

There isn’t much to say about this very short novella.  97% of the story centers around Marcus’ lessons which are premised on the five sense – sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.  The dialogue is stiff, the words belying the internal thoughts and desires of both characters.  Julianna’s characterization wavers between innocence and carnal knowledge — she is a lady who wants to take a lover, yet is scandalized at the thought of seeing a naked man; though she spent three years in a cruel marriage and is in desperate need of lessons in how to pleasure a man, she turns out to be surprisingly adept at doing all the things she asked Marcus to teach her despite her complete lack of experience.

The “romance” is of the insta-love variety, which actually comes from a dance they shared together at Almack’s four years earlier.

This novella is free on Amazon right now (DATE), so for that reason alone, it is worth reading.  Otherwise, just borrow it.

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