When charm and persuasion fail…Only seduction remains…On the night of her betrothal, Lydia Trent receives just a taste of what ecstasy will be at the hands of her fiancé…and then he leaves her wanting. After waiting six years, and tired of being neglected by her exceedingly reluctant husband-to-be, Lydia decides to break it off. When Marcus, Lord Russell, receives Lydia’s letter requesting a release from their contract, he is stunned by her audacity. Confident he’ll have her eating out of his hand with his usual wit and charm, he’s determined to repair the damage. However, the headstrong woman she’s blossomed into is equally determined to thwart his every effort to win her back. Marcus discovers, in spite of her conviction to end the union, Lydia is more responsive to his touch than he ever imagined. He just needs to get her alone to unleash the promised passion he sees within his wanton virgin. Marcus will use any tool in his arsenal to exploit her weakness–his kisses, his hands, his mouth…her own body. In short, he’ll just have to ruin her!
Sub-genre: Historical Romance Novella
REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars
REVIEWED BY : Jill
Lydia Albinia Trent at seventeen is on the cusp of womanhood. Her engagement to Marcus, Lord Russell formalises the arrangement made between their mothers when they were children. The betrothal suits Marcus well enough as it will enable him to progress with his political and diplomatic aspirations, at the same time freeing him from any tiresome match-making endeavors. And besides, Lydia is perfect – pretty, dowered and malleable.
Six years later Lydia, tired of waiting for Marcus to return from his overseas appointment and finally wed her, informs him she wishes to break the engagement. But the prospect of losing Lydia’s dowry and wooing another sees Marcus determined to change Lydia’s mind. However the Lydia Marcus meets is no longer the child-woman he knew six years ago. Lydia is now educated, forthright and all grown-up. Winning back Lydia’s hand may also involve having to win her heart.
This story was quite the surprise. With erotic historical romance you don’t really expect much in the way of deep plot and characterisations, the emphasis being much more on the sex scenes. Let alone one rich in historical detail. But this short story delivered much more than the expected sex-fest. Set in the Georgian era with the background of the peace congress of 1748, author Victoria Vane has delivered a story with historical richness yet one that does not overwhelm the romance nor the delectable love scenes.
This beautifully written novella has it all. Historical depth, romance, lush love scenes and gorgeous prose befitting the era. Highly recommended.
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