Lady Brookingston married the man she had loved since they were children. John came back from war injured and the marriage was never consummated. Now John is gone, and she is widowed without ever having lost her virginity. Time has passed and she wants to remarry, but does not want her husband’s memory sullied over the fact he was unable to perform in the marital bed. She makes her way to a discreet Madame to ensure that her virginity is taken before she moves on with her new life. The Madame sets her up with the Marquess of Swanston, a man who loves control and obedience. Louisa experiences a night of passion she never thought possible with Geoffrey. It was only supposed to be for one night, but fate can be a fascinating thing.
In a time when marriage and sex was done not as pleasure, but to produce heirs, everything Louisa had heard about sex made it sound like a painful yet necessary chore. Louisa was a character who started as extremely naïve, and it was compelling to watch the change Geoffrey brought about in her. Geoffrey came from a family who never took life very seriously. He was forced to grow up quickly, and take care of family affairs and finances. He needed structure and control to thrive, and he never got that at home. When he became a man he used domination in the bedroom to meet those needs. He may have seemed dull to people in London society, but behind closed doors he is all alpha male!
Most regency novels I have read have scenes that were risqué for the times, but Mastering the Marquess is by far the most erotic I have ever encountered. It is definitely the first regency I have read that involved domination and bondage, and I was left thinking there should be a lot more of it. I am a fairly new fan of regency novels, and of course I love erotica, I can’t help but wonder how I missed Kent’s work! Her writing is sultry, and her portrayal of London society was everything I expected and more. This story was so much more than bondage and ball gowns; there was a real story there. The characters had barriers to cross, and had to learn about each other as well as themselves. I cannot wait to see more from Kent, and seeing how this is only the first book in the Bound and Determined series I am already on the edge of my seat wanting more!
Publication Date: 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.