Violet Plover is the downstairs maid at Lord Hardcastle’s manor. She was forced into taking the position after her father’s health was complicated. Although, Violet is now resigned to her lot in life she still manages to try to have some fun. Her curiosity about the Lord of the manor, who also happens to be a magician, is the first thing that gets her into trouble. But through a turn of events Lord Hardcastle discovers that she has a background in the theater and would be a perfect addition to his magic act.
I really enjoyed this endearing story about a woman who is down on her luck and ends up having her dreams come true. Etta Stark shows a promising start with her first book. The characters were very believable and Lord Hardcastle and Violet have a chemistry between them from the very beginning. It wasn’t a typical historical romance as the hero was a magician and the show business theme was the backdrop. I loved that part of the story, it made it more than just the typical Lord and servant story it could have been.
A few things that were true to life that I really appreciated: At one point Lord Hardcastle corrects Violet’s behavior during one of their rehearsals and then realizes that if he spanks her before a show, she may have trouble fitting into the tight spaces their act requires. I thought this was a good detail to address, it made it seem more real. And it was a cute device to use to build to the spanking she is promised when their tour is over.
Another thing was Violet’s relationship with another maid named Franny. They are shown to be very good friends at the beginning of the book and then as Violet’s relationship grows with Lord Hardcastle Franny ends up becoming jealous and angry with Violet. I liked this story arc and also thought it seemed very real. I liked how all of the characters changed and grew as the story went on.
Overall I found this to be a light-hearted and sweet historical romance. I am looking forward to more great things from Ms. Stark!
When beautiful Violet Plover is forced to take a job as downstairs maid to support her ailing father, she resigns herself to a life of drudgery. But a chance to catch a glimpse of her enigmatic employer becomes a turn of fortune when he decides Violet’s spirit and uncanny athleticism can be put to better use.
Lord Hardcastle’s wealth allows him to live an unorthodox life as a magician, hobnobbing with the likes of Harry Houdini as he wows audiences all over Europe. Taking Violet as his assistant means investing hours of training, and demanding complete obedience to his will. And while Lord Hardcastle may have an unconventional profession, he is very conventional in his views on discipline. As a schoolboy, he endured the cane and considers it a useful tool for the correction of his headstrong assistant.
As Violet’s training progresses, her existence literally becomes a balancing act between her life as a commoner and her growing romantic role in Lord Hardcastle’s life. Will their relationship fail? Or will this strict, wealthy aristocrat effect the biggest transformation of his career by turning a scullery maid into Lady Harcastle?
This romantic Victorian romp features a sweet storyline and lots of punishment sure to appeal to fans of British discipline!
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By Dinah McLeod
Anyone who reads Celeste Jones knows what to expect with one of her historical novellas: a feisty heroine, sex, spanking, more sex and maybe another spanking thrown in, just for fun. To say that this is a delightful read would be an understatement.
Her heroine, Sarah McLean is different from the others I’ve read about from this author: she is one-hundred percent feisty and unapologetic for it. After causing a scandal that causes her to flee her home country, she lands in England where her father is determined to find her a proper husband. Instead, on the verge of another scandal she is married in quiet haste to Lord Amherst, who takes his duty of disciplining his naughty bride very seriously indeed.
I had to keep reading to see what scrapes Sarah would get herself into—and trust me, it is one after another! This book is laugh-out-loud funny with sexy spankings! Get your copy today and enjoy!
By Etta Stark
I love a spanking story. Preferably one with a historic setting – late Victorian period is my absolute favourite. Throw in a socially mismatched pair of lovers and some sparkling dialogue and you’ve got my perfect book.
Casey McKay’s Emmaline’s Groom ticks every single one of my spanking preference boxes and does so with great style. It’s fantastic. I feel like I have I have just acquired my very own bespoke romance writer catering specially to my own personal requirements.
Although to be fair, I’m probably far from being the only person likely to be enchanted by Emmaline and Leo’s story.
Lady Emmaline Lawford is the much indulged daughter of the Marquess of Stanhope. During a stolen week of intimacy, she surrenders her virginity to one of her servants, Leo Colston, whom she has always loved. The couple’s plans to marry are derailed as Emmaline is forced to accept a suitor more in keeping with her station. However, some outrageously scandalous behaviour on Emmaline’s part exposes their secret and forces a marriage between Emmaline and Leo. We then follow the couple as they start their married life together on a voyage to America, their soon-to be new home. A lot of spanking and some very sexy lovemaking ensues as well as a sub-plot about a jilted husband which provides the more suspenseful aspects of the story.
My one criticism of the book – and it’s not a criticism so much as an observation – is that the book sometimes feels more like the continuation of an existing story rather than the first in a series. There is so much already happening that I found myself re-checking Casey’s blog and Amazon to see if there was an earlier book I’d missed.
I especially wanted to know more about the backstory between Emmaline’s oldest brother, Samuel and his wife, Clara. How did the stuffy Earl of Darlington feel about being matched to a rich American heiress who tells servants not to call her ‘Lady’ because “titles make me crazy”? What compromises did they need to make to reach the state of wedded bliss we see them enjoying in Emmaline’s Groom? There’s probably a clue in Samuel’s remarks to Leo in the aftermath of Emmaline’s scandalous behaviour: “If Lady Clara were acting like my sister, she would be in for a session with the strap.” I so want to find out more about this couple.
Of course this isn’t about Samuel and Clara. Emmaline’s Groom is very definitely Emmaline and Leo’s story.
Despite their obvious love for one another, Emmaline and Leo have to work hard at their relationship. Emmaline needs to control her impetuousness while Leo needs to learn how to reign in his temper. And, to their credit, both try very hard to do so. Emmaline especially recognises that she can no longer act like a pampered princess and must learn to be adjust to life as an obedient wife of a working man. She is refreshingly aware of her shortcomings and tells Leo: “Sometimes even when I have the best intentions, even when I am trying very hard to stay out of trouble, I cannot.” Luckily Leo is just the man to give her the discipline she needs whether it is daily maintenance spankings or a stern lesson in obedience with the strap.
The best scenes are those when the pair are sparring off one another. Their conversation is so natural and sweet and witty that I could happily believe that Emmaline and Leo were made for one another,
This is one of the most delightful, romantic books I have read in a while. I enjoyed it hugely.
By Kallista Dane
Today I’m reviewing Emily Tilton’s hot BDSM tale Geoffrey’s Rules.
Along with describing scenes of raw passion and strict punishment, Emily loves to explore the limits, the boundaries, the why and even the why notbehind BDSM relationships. Geoffrey’s Rules is a detailed, highly erotic account of one young woman’s journey from forbidden desires to sometimes guilty fulfillment of her need to be taken in hand by a dominant male.
Chloe is a young college student, a secret spanko devouring erotica alone in her bed, dreaming of finding the perfect man who will fulfill all her submissive fantasies. Geoffrey is an intelligent, successful businessman who is also a forceful Dom and he makes no secret about it. When Chloe meets Geoffrey under embarrassing circumstances, she discovers that she is intrigued by his frank assessment of her as someone who needs to be punished for her shameful behavior – and that he’s just the man to take on the job.
From the beginning, Geoffrey makes it clear that strictly following his rules is Chloe’s only role in their relationship and he’s more than willing to punish her naughty bottom when she doesn’t. She finds herself leading a double life as a feisty, outspoken grad student who spends her weekends kneeling naked at the feet of a powerful, sometimes arrogant man. Over time she finds herself relishing her role as submissive, while being torn by her need to be treated as an equal partner in the rest of their life together.
This is a long book and it delves into Chloe’s underlying thoughts about being in a D/s relationship and what it means to her as a modern woman making her own way in the world. If you’re looking for light reading that you can skim through for the scenes that get you hot, there are plenty of those. But if you ever ask yourself why real women enter willingly into D/s relationships and how those relationships can work in the day-to-day world of business and home life, you’ll be fascinated by the way the interactions between Chloe and Geoffrey grow and change over time.
Reviewed by Patricia Green
From the same imagination that brought us The Count’s Discipline, and Geoffrey’s Rules, comes a wonderful new book by Emily Tilton: Tamed by the Highlander. Everything I’ve read by Emily has been eloquent, her words flowing like honey on the page. Her attention to detail is fantastic, and the reader is immersed in time and place as deeply as it’s possible to be.
Tamed by the Highlander tells the story of Elisabeth Grant and Angus MacGregor, the sixteenth century Lady of Urquhart and the Highlander who saves her virtue. It isn’s saved for long, because Elisabeth trades it to Angus for a chance to remain in the highlands, near her beautiful Loch Ness. Although Elisabeth and Angus would appear to have little in common, their love for the highlands is enough of a start. They also find that Elisabeth is passionate about more than the highlands; she is also enflamed by Angus’s spankings as well as his lovemaking. Although she is quite reluctant to admit her shameful feelings, Angus ferrets these things out of her, and once the dam has burst, Elisabeth is honest with herself and Angus.
The spankings are plentiful and believable and the sex is hot. The story is a good one, as well, including some good old-fashioned sword-wielding. I particularly liked the language in the book. It added tremendously to the period feel and defined the setting as well as any long-winded description of table fare might do and was a lot more interesting.
I would encourage you to try this historical romance by Emily Tilton. Tamed by the Highlander is a book you’ll recommend to others, as I am to you.
Review by Celeste Jones
Journey’s Valentine is the latest installment in Patricia Green’s Journey Series. I’ll admit this was my first book in this series but I expect I’ll be reading more about this interesting family appropriately named by their poker playin’ mama…Ace, Deuce, Trey, Queenie and Jackie.
Journey’s Valentine is a continuation of the story of Deuce and his wife, Pilar. They’ve only been married a few months and want to start a family, but Pilar has been offered a promotion at work which would include even more travel and time away from her family.
Add in a family crisis, a tantrum by Pilar, some discipline and a lack of communication and you’ve got an action packed story full of emotion, spanking and, eventually, a happy ending for this couple.
I found this story entertaining and relatable. It’s so easy when you’re observing another couple, whether real or fictional, to see how a simple solution could resolve a major problem, but when you’re in the middle of the storm, it sure doesn’t seem so easy or obvious. That was the case with Deuce and Pilar.
One of the things that resonated with me about this story was Deuce’s realization that he’d been slack in disciplining Pilar because she’d been under so much stress, but all those little things culminated in a big explosion that rocked their marriage.
Fans of The Journey Series will be thrilled with this latest visit to the Journey family, but even those who haven’t met all the players will still enjoy this sexy read. And, if they are like me, they’ll be glad to know there are several books available to make you feel like part of the family.
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