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Her Mystery Duke [Kindle Edition]

Natasha Blackthorne , Ales C. DiIorio
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Erotica Romance ~ Light BDSM ~ Rubenesque / BBW ~ Regency
Historical ~ May-Dec ~ Non-virginal Heroine ~ Kept Woman / Courtesan ~ Novel Length, approx. 85,000 words.

Is he insane? Or is he the answer to all her naughty dreams?

Jeanne Darling spent her adolescence coping with her father's increasing illness and insanity. Left alone by his death and plunged into poverty, she did what she had to do to survive. Now still reeling from the overwhelming physical and emotional demands her father's care required, she values her peace above all. She doesn't need anyone or anything except her writing and the safety of her rented garret chamber. She's about to rise above her past and create financial independence for herself. What she absolutely does not need is the mysterious and possibly insane stranger who walks into the coffee shop and into her life.

David Somerville, the Duke of Hartley, has known pain and betrayal from the people closest to him. Born to privilege, power and wealth, and filled with idealistic vision for humane change, he gives all of himself to his political career. He keeps his life circumspectly under control. But one day, all the carefully arranged threads of his life unravel and his life intersects with Jeanne's in a way that challenges his view of everything he thinks he knows.

Leagues apart in society, they can have only one possible future, that of protector and mistress. And neither wants to risk deeper connection. However, their overwhelming attraction and resulting sexual games provide them with pleasures neither of them has ever known. Will their sensual journey lead them to discover a more emotionally profound side to domination and submission? Or will their seemingly insurmountable differences and passionate personal goals drive them apart?

Reader Warning: HER MYSTERY DUKE is a work of historical erotic romance. It is not meant to be a guide to or an accurate portrayal of modern BDSM lifestyles or practices. This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual acts and frank sexual language. It also contains light bondage, anal play, sexual toys, cunnilingus, fellatio, masturbation, voyeurism and spanking. Please be aware, there are no scenes of ménage or sexual sharing in this story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2058 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hearts Aflame Press (March 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' Hot Regency April 16, 2013
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A cruel trick followed by an act of compassion and fear for his life brings Jeanne Darling into the life of a man named David.

It's the early 1800's London and Jeanne is a struggling writer, making ends meet and supporting her insane father's confinement with the "help" in return for sexual favors, of a few men while she writes. She has the promise of a publisher, and extremely modest life but an independent one. Then she stops to help a man who could be either deranged or ill. Not knowing and fearing for his safety she takes him to her garett room. Thus begins a tender, extremely sensual relationship with a man who draws lines in the sand that Jeanne eagerly welcomes as she learns what true sexual freedom means for her.

The book shows a wonderful progression of an unusual relationship between Jeanne an David, especially with the social gap between them. He begins to want more than to put her in the jewel box of a mistress, and to be with him she eventually accepts. But she resists his desire for her to change and be more involved in his life, especially his political crusade on behalf of the insane. This almost breaks them apart. The ending is a lovely one, and it doesn't tie up all the issues with a halcyon outlook. It's pretty clear they will still have challenges to work through, but together.

The sex was seriously erotic and totally appropriate. David was a very thoughtful and firm dominant lover to Jeanne's flowering and opening submissive. For me the best dominant is an observant and thoughtful one with, and a good BDSM story has to have this type of dominant man, in control of his own desires, highly aware of and responsive to his submissive's needs and cues, and insistent on honest communication of feelings from both sides. After reading A Measured Risk and after Reading her Mystery Duke, I had the same desire - I want a man like that for my own!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, I've said I can't gush enough about Natasha's work and honestly I can't. This is another book I simply adored...Her Mystery Duke is another wonderful example of Natasha's writing and in my humble little opinion historical romance at its best. She always has the right amount of everything going on in her stories, but mainly the base element which is's hot and downright sexxy. I mean...could you imaging folks back then "doing it" the way this woman writes it? Lord, I hope would make the Regency period much much more interesting...lols.

Her Mystery Duke is a story of two people set literally worlds apart in social standards. Jeanne who is an aspiring writer is poor, female and alone. David is a rich and powerful Duke...a politician. But what draws these two together is their loneliness and as we read on, their carnal need for each other. Both of these characters are strong on their own, proving over and over again that they need no one or nothing to survive.

"You don't realize that this between us was never safe."

Jeanne more so than David. Being a woman in that time was not easy if you weren't married or the daughter of "somebody". So Jeanne survived the be best way she knew how...what she was taught. I felt so sad her character...I honestly don't know if I would have survived during this time and let me tell you, I consider myself a strong woman, but the things that we had to go through back then...jeez. And if you were below what was considered the social standard? Well...then it was probably ten times worse for you. But as Natasha says...her characters are not wilting females (thank good gravy!). No, ladies...these woman are very sexually aware. They know exactly what they want from their men.

David, I loved his character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenderly HOT! May 23, 2013
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I just loved this book. I was browsing around & came across this historical gem. It is set in the ealy 1800's.
I loved Jeanne Darling (she was a darling!) An authoress of children's stories on her own, poor and surviving due to gentlemen's favors (after her care and then subsequent death of her insane Father.) I also love David Somerville, the stuffy, alpha Duke of Hartley who also turned out to be such a tender soul.
Jeanne was finding out her passion for writing "children's fairie stories" was about to be published after one more story, when David appears on the streets of Whitechapel (not his part of town for sure!) due to what we are led to believe at first is Parliament intrigue (the Duke is a member) but later find out it is something else entirely (I can't say!) The Duke appears with a feverish amnesia calling Jeanne by the name of Therese (his previous mistress) and what can a girl like Ms. Darling do but to take charge of his well-being and nurse him back to health! This book had quite a few twists. Love that!
I also love the BDSM elements which were told in a couple's exploratory fashion which was quite believable. It was nice to see Ms. Darling admit her sensual nature to David. He doesn't shame her for this of course! Oh no, he wants to train her! With her approval naturally!
The ending was sort of unexpected (at least for me) so it made this story even better.
Tender moments, HOT BONDAGE, feisty heroine, A Duke who realizes just in time what an exemplary woman he has. Everything a good erotic historical novel should have. Thanks Ms. Blackthorne for a great read! ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her Mystery Duke was a great read and I would recommend it to those...
Her Mystery Duke was a great read and I would recommend it to those who love and to those who have not discovered Nathasha Blackhorne as a great author! A Must Read!!
Published 19 days ago by Kae Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Mystery Duke
This is the first story I've read by Natasha Blackthorne, an all I can say is I was riveted to the book from the first page to the last. Read more
Published 8 months ago by tjarch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow just wow!!!
I gotta say this is the second book I read from this author and she is great I must confess I cried somewhere in this book it kept so captivated ....Amazing book!!
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is the first time I have read any of Natasha Blackthornes books. I was really surprised at how well it was written. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Flora Chowning
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic historical, oh yes!
I have been reading historical romance since I was , well, probably too young. Anyone know Kathleen E. Woodiwiss or Rosemary Rodgers? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kelly Green
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I might fall in love with this author !!!!
Lots and lots of sex. But the story was real. It was different from all the other romance novels. It wasn't just a quick,sweet story.I fell in love with the characters. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book..
Natasha Blackthorne has become one of my favorite authors, I love her wonderfully sweet, strong, terribly damaged characters. And the love scenes are nothing short of a amazing! Read more
Published 16 months ago by KimBerly Addison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I loved this book, I wish it good go on! The story between the two is open and honest. I won't share much more for you want to find this out yourself. You won't be disappointed! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Fannie
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
awesome book. highly entertaining. i liked it a lot. plan on getting more books by this author immediately to try.
Published 20 months ago by LadyReader
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
I agree with some other reviewers, this story is just a bunch of sex scenes thrown together, which would be fine for me if those scenes were well written and hot, but they really... Read more
Published 20 months ago by laurach79
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Escape into the past with intensely erotic, emotionally driven love stories. Natasha Blackthorne writes character-focused historical erotica romance featuring strong internal conflicts played out in non-traditional and unconventional situations. Her stories are most frequently about the intimate journey of the characters as they learn to open their hearts to love.

Her heroines are not perfect ladies. They are wildflowers and wallflowers who enjoy flirting with the forbidden. Whether they are bold or shy, her heroines' strong desires and deep emotions drive the plot and drive their heroes to the point of no return.

"I haven't been disappointed with a Natasha Blackthorne historical romance as of yet...the men, yes..they are strong and dominant, but they also support their women in everything. These men are written with strength and purpose... Thank you Natasha for helping me love historical romance once again." ~ Salacious Reads

"Natasha Blackthorne has become one of my favorite authors, I love her wonderfully sweet, strong, terribly damaged characters." ~ Kimberly, a reader.

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