Mastering the Marquess
Loveswept / July 29, 2014 / $2.99 digital
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.
Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess is probably the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read. This unlikely tale of seduction between two people who don’t actually meet opens right away with the details of an illicit night neither one of them can forget. Sexual tension drips from the pages. Both of these characters are currently in a transitional period, and their lives are going to take a sharp turn into unknown territory.
Louisa, our heroine, is trying to dispose of her virginity in order to keep her late husband’s reputation intact. She seeks help from a madam of a house of ill repute, which she learned of from her late husband, who frequented the brothel himself. Madam Rouge matches her with the Marquess of Swanston; what occurs between them is an intense connection neither had experienced before, enhanced by the fact that both are blindfolded. It’s an explosion of their senses, and is liberating, as well. Louisa does not need to conform to the constraints of being a lady and Swanston doesn’t need his usual methods of control.
Her hands were still on him, moving in pattern with her mouth, feeling everything, squeezing, testing, petting. It was a massage and more—the most erotic thing he had never imagined. “
They exchanged false names to protect their anonymity. “Charles” showed her a fantastic wedding night in an unhurried, sensual manner. They spend one night together, and must go their separate ways. But thoughts of that night linger for both; the evening they shared surpassed her expectations. As was the tradition, her mother gave her brief instructions, based on her experience, on what to expect. Louisa used that and had also witnessed livestock during fornication.
“Your mother told you to look at the ceiling? Did she also tell you how to position your body?“
”No. She didn’t say anything about that. Just that it wouldn’t take too long and that it might be unpleasant, but it would only hurt for a bit. I am not a fool, though. I have seen livestock.”
Geoffrey, aka Charles, is a dominating man behind closed doors. To his family, he is stuffy and doesn’t partake in any fun activities. In actuality, he craves control, whether it be in his office dealing with accounts or in the bedroom tying up a new girl from Madam Rouge’s. He goes to great lengths to keep it discreet. With “Grace,” he cannot use these usual controlling manners and is discovering that, with her, he may not need it.
This was a sexual tale of sexual exploration and liberation. The plot thickens and has many twists and turns. These characters are extremely likeable, leaving me wanting the second book in the series, and wanting to know what other characters might be introduced.
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