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Mastering the Marquess (Bound and Determined Book 1) by [Kent, Lavinia]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (29 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

This book absolutely had me in its thrall from the word go - but I did get confused by a twist, and never did understand why. I love the premise behind the story and absolutely loved the outcome, but in the middle I read on in the strong belief that it would be worth it - and it was. Looking forward to the next installments so that can be reunited with the lead characters, as they were great fun. I cannot overstate how erotic and charming Part One is - fabulous.

~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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Get me a blindfold and a rake. I liked this - it was a little too determined to push the BDSM agenda but not to any unpleasant end. If you like a good spanking then it's probably up your street.
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A new author to me but it will not be the last book of hers I read ! This was a good combination of regency romance with sexual domination/submission…
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a2d224c) out of 5 stars 137 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9999fd38) out of 5 stars A Rollicking Good Read 29 July 2014
By avidreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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*
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bd6c9c) out of 5 stars A great start to the series 16 Aug. 2014
By Artfullee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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. Particularly after her night with Geoffery, she is more determined than ever not to settle for anyone that comes to her door offering their hand in marriage. She has a fire and spark inside of her and I enjoyed how the relationship with Geoffery brought that out in her. I enjoyed their to and fro, each finding their place in the relationship, each exposing their vulnerability to the other and finding a peace in that that they thought was otherwise unattainable.

There was a point in the story where I thought the anonymity of each character was carried a bit too far and made it a bit unbelievable that they couldn't tell it was their mystery lover once they came together again. Also a couple of times during this novel, I thought the narrative was slightly overdone, and that the language sometimes didn't completely feel like it came from that time period, but all in all the writing was expressive and engaging. Added to that, was a twist in the latter part of the book that kept me turning the page wanting to know how it would all pan out. I thought the addition of this villain added to the storyline and the growth of the relationship between Louisa and Geoffery. I really enjoyed how they worked through their relationship maturely and realistically and I could relate to both of them.

A great book to start the series.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bd9348) out of 5 stars The sweetness turns to a relationship that isn't kinky 18 Aug. 2014
By Suzon George - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd64e94) out of 5 stars RATING: Hot and Steamy! 31 July 2014
By sgalley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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. Geoffrey emerges as a tortured but admirable hero, and even secondary figures like Geoffrey’s father, sister and "The Countess" take on a life of their own.

Their meeting that fateful night will change the course of their lives. Louisa and Geoffrey have to get past their fears and insecurities to love each other. Louisa struggles with confidence. Through Geoffrey, she learns her value as a woman. Similarly, Louisa's love eventually destroys the walls that Geoffrey has built around his heart, and brings healing to his soul.

I read this book in one night because I couldn't put it down!! I even had to re-read a few passages because I was so intrigued. Ms. Kent is willing to explore romance and sensuality in a way that very few romantic authors are willing to explore. If you're already a Lavinia Kent fan, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't read a Kent book before, you are in for a treat!!! I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Review copy provided by NetGalley and Random House LLC/Loveswept.
26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x997c36a8) out of 5 stars Read it for the hot headboard rockin' 29 July 2014
By Vox Libris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Do you ever read a book and realize that it wasn't intended to be the laugh out loud comedy that you'd been thinking it was?

Such is the case with this little gem.

Oh, faithful readers. What we have here is an erotically charged literary disaster.

Let's dispense with what masquerades as the plot, shall we? Poor Louisa is twenty-five, widowed, and still a virgin. (Don't ask. Seriously. DO NOT ASK.)

Oh, the shame.

Because Louisa is all "I'm so sweet and understanding and don't want to besmirch my husband's memory and reputation" and all, she decides to go to a Madame so she can get laid and lose the V card.

Enter Geoffrey, the Marquess in question.

Good old Geoff is a bit of a stud, and Madame Rouge (I am not joking) knows he's up for the part.


That's a little jokey about Geoffrey's recruitment, so to speak.

So the two enjoy a night of rockin' the headboard, only they are, at various times, blindfolded and can't see each other, so they don't know each other's identity. But OF COURSE they figure it out as soon as they're at a ball together.

That's the first half of the book.

The second half is about ... well, I'm not quite sure what it's about. Geoffrey and Louisa coming together (GET IT?) and staying together and all that stuff.

There is a story in there somewhere, faithful readers, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what it is.

Here's what I do know: strap on your vibrators, girls, because the sexy times are GOOD.

Good enough to pull this abysmal tome out of the zero stars basement all the way up to two whole stars. I'd give it more, except that during the "popping the cherry" portion of the festivities, Louisa asks a lot of questions that will cause you to laugh out loud.

It's one thing to have an ignorant heroine. It's another for her to be dumb.

Back to the sex.

Lavinia Kent writes some hot sex scenes, ladies, and for that reason, it's worth getting a copy and fast-forwarding through the - er - story to get to them. Let's just say that Geoffrey does not disappoint, and Louisa is an apt pupil. How these two manage to keep their hands off each other is a mystery, as is Louisa's quick loss of inhibition. Maybe it's the whole mask thing? She can hide her identity, which makes her a bit of a vixen?

Who knows, who cares.

So to boil down this review into one sentence: Read it for the sex.

If you read it for any other reason, you will be disappointed.

Published on VoxLibris.net
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