Emotionally scarred in the horrific accident that took her husband's life, Lady Cranfield is imprisoned by her lingering terror of horses and carriages. She longed to be closer to the fascinating Earl of Ruel. She sensed intuitively that he could teach her how to overcome the terrors that held her in bondage.
And now she's willing to risk almost anything-her reputation, even her virtue-to find out. But what he proposes startles her.
When the shy, studious and socially awkward young widow approached him, Ruel instantly sensed she would be the sweetest, most submissive experience of a lifetime-if only he can gain her total and complete trust. He makes her a non-negotiable offer. His help in return for her submission and obedience.
But Lady Cranfield grew up neglected by her ducal parents, raised by servants and then later ignored by her handsome, charming husband. She's learnt to protect her heart at all costs and she trusts no one but herself.
How can the jaded Earl of Ruel break through her self-protective defenses and show her how to love when he has spent his lifetime avoiding that tender trap?
Type: Historical Erotica, BDSM-lite
Heat: 4 out of 5 (BDSM, brief f/f, anal)
Rating: 4 out of 5
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The gist is that after being traumatized and left a widow in a carriage accident Anne has suffered from severe PTSD ad hasn't bee able to leave her home. She's fascinated by Ruel who is visiting, seems fearless and embraces life and can't resist his offer to help her take control of her life back--by spending a month with him as his submissive.
Anne was a heroine that I think, on the surface, many people may write off for being weak and grating--lord knows that's how most of the people in her life treat her-- but I thought she was a wonderful heroine and rather complex. She's socially awkward and can seem cold because of it, is fixated on philosophy and understanding everything, and has been left emotionally broken. I really felt for her and all of her struggles and loved watching her with Ruel. There were some crazy emotional scenes that had me chocking up as she worked through her fears.
Now, Ruel. Yum. He was totally rocking the dom mode. He likes being in control, is jaded about marriages for love and embraces the hell out of his debauched life but Anne has set his world on a spin and really tests everything he's held firm to for so long. I liked seeing him lose control of himself and getting all flustered over her. He's far from perfect and, well, a couple times he really needed a smack down but he had so many qualities that made me love his character. I really liked that he doesn't mind hard work--mucking stalls, chopping wood, etc. And that he defends and cares for Anne even when he's having 'moments' of assery.
The BDSM aspects were great. They aren't too heavy--some light bondage, spankings, submission. There are some holy hell make you fan yourself moments and some sweet ones too which totally worked for me.
All in all, an excellent historical erotica that'll spice up an evening in. They were really just a great pairing and I enjoyed their time together in and out of the bedroom.
Have you read Blackthorne? What did you think?
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