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Mastering the Marquess (Bound and Determined Book 1) by [Kent, Lavinia]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 140 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Bound and Determined (4 Book Series)
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“Steamy . . . [Lavinia] Kent’s lively prose keeps the reader drawn in from start to finish.”Library Journal (starred review)
“Sexy, steamy . . . an entertaining read.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“[A] tale of sexual exploration and liberation . . . the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
“A very sexy read.”—Chelle’s Book Report
“A wonderful historical romance . . . sweet and an enjoyable read. Romance lovers, if you want something with some heat, then this is a book you'll want to check out.”—Imagine a World

Product Details

  • File Size: 3301 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (July 29, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mastering the Marquess ranks as one of the top 5 erotic romances I’ve read lately. Though the plot isn’t particularly believable (more about that later), details were so lushly abundant that I felt like I was right there in 19th century England.

The sex scenes were scorching. My favorite was Louisa and Geoffrey’s first meeting at the bordello. I loved the pages about her blindfolded exploration of his body, to allow her to get comfortable with him. Parts of it were hilarious, parts of it were touching, and every word of it was fascinating.

About that plot… How likely is it that a member of the ton would:
a) Arrange with a bordello madam to be relieved of her virginity?
b) *MILD SPOILER ALERT* Happen to run into that same reliever-of-virginity in society AND unknowingly marry him?
c) End up in a D/s relationship with said person after marriage? (this is Victorian England)
Not that these things COULDN’T happen. Just that the probability is, oh, roughly the same as Prince Charles performing at next year’s Super Bowl halftime. But that’s okay, because not every book has to be believable.

The characters: Louisa was a bit of an odd character. It’s hard to believe anyone could be married for six years and still be that innocent. Still, it was Victorian England… Geoffrey was a multi-faceted hero, well in touch with his sensual side and easy to love. But every great story needs a villain, too: the Countess, scorned by the Marquess, would go to any lengths, literally, to get him back. Warning: Some may find the revenge scene at the end tough reading.

Highly recommended.

*ARC from NetGalley in exchange for agreement to review*
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3.5 stars
Mastering the Marquess is a passionate story of finding true love in an era when it was usual for a marriage to be based on social standing and property rather than a true love match.

Louisa, Lady Brookingston, is a widow, a virgin widow who has decided to find a husband after mourning her childhood sweetheart for two years. However, being a virgin, she feels would unjustly damage her former husbands reputation so seeks out Madame Rouge, owner of a gentlemens club, to help her loose her virginity and give her the wedding night she missed out on. Madame Rouge is discreet and she knows her clients well. Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, is the perfect candidate and he is intrigued by the offer of an anonymous night of instructing a widow in the delights and finer points of sex. They spend a night of unbridled passion, hot and steamy, tender and sensual, and is more than anything Louisa could have hoped for. But to remain anonymous, and in doing so, preserve her dignity, she must walk away from Geoffery and back into her structured life and move on. That night, however, haunts both of them until a meeting and a proposal has them daring to hope that they have found their way back to each other.

The chemistry between these two was intense and they definitely have more than a passing connection on a very visceral level. The love scenes were scorching hot and you could feel the connection between them. Both characters really appealed to me as they were mature adults and therefore acted maturely. Geoffery was into BDSM behind closed doors, and demanded order and control in his life. While Louisa was somewhat lead by what society decrees because of the lack of her personal experience and close friendships, she is still independent and forthright.
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The first half of the book was a solid three stars, the last half a one-star. The sweetness turns to a relationship that isn't kinky. It's abusive. I lose all sympathy with the characters at that point. She tries to redeem it, but it's too late. There is also a very lengthy rapey scene that really was disturbing. Read the first few chapters then put it down.
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4.5 Stars

Lavinia Kent’s Mastering the Marquess boasts a tight plot and rich characterizations. Set in London, this atmospheric tale portrays the romance between Louisa, Lady Brookingston, a strong-willed widow who is still a virgin after marrying her childhood sweetheart after he returned from war with a debilitating injury, and Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, who has agreed to deflower her and teach her how to perform wifely duties for a future husband. Louisa does not want to have her beloved deceased husband’s reputation soiled if a future husband finds out that she is still a virgin. She is paired with Geoffrey by a local madam that Louisa found out her husband John had visited during their marriage. She asks Madame Rouge to arrange for her to anonymously lose her virginity. The tension between the two quickly heats up, as the whole scene plays out with her blindfolded and him in a mask. Geoffrey finds himself extremely infatuated with the brave and somewhat brazen widow. He wants to see her again, but she is not interested in being a mistress. She wants a husband and children before it’s too late for her. Geoffrey does not want to be married because of his own family experience. Before they can find happiness together, they must deal with the sins of Geoffrey’s past. The romance between Geoffrey and Louisa is compelling, but what really sets this book apart is Kent’s ability to make the period come alive. With the ease of a skilled seamstress, Ms. Kent weaves in dozens of details, touching on everything from the food and room decor to the “business” of marriage during that time. Kent doesn't shy away from developing her characters either.
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