Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bound by Bliss Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @readloveswept @LaviniaKent

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Welcome to my post for the Bound by Bliss book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card and a Loveswept mug. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Historical/Erotic Romance
Series: Bound and Determined #2

In Lavinia Kent’s luscious, erotic historical romance, a free spirit learns her true desires from a master of the heart, of the body—and of the sweetest discipline.

Lady Bliss Danser, daughter of the Duke of Mirth, is a scandal waiting to erupt. Which is why her highly conventional brother wants to saddle her with Stephan Perth, Earl of Duldon, the only man he thinks will marry her. Worse, Stephan keeps threatening to punish her, to teach her just how a woman should behave. His words may cause Bliss to tingle in the strangest places, but that doesn’t mean she likes the man himself.

Stephan has secretly desired Bliss for years, but he knows how close he is to losing his beloved. Careful not to rile her impetuous heart, he promises only to aid Bliss in her search for another fiancĂ©. And if she’s determined to understand the male body first, he’s happy to comply in that regard as well. However, she must follow his rules or face the consequences. Slowly he takes Bliss to the darker, steamier side of his world . . . where she realizes that Stephan is everything she’s ever wanted.

Bound by Bliss is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A red hot romance that turned the heat way up, Bound by Bliss was a sweet and spicy historical romance. I liked this book. I thought it was a great romance.

Bliss was a vivacious, determined type of heroine. She would try anything once and that included anything in the bedroom as well. My only issue with her was that her reason for not wanting to marry Stephen was...somewhat ridiculous, considering she held it against him for years. But, other than that, I liked her.

Stephan was great. He was determined to win Bliss and if that meant indulging her curiosity, so much the better for him. But, really, he was sweet and sincere in his love for Bliss and that made him a wonderful hero.

The romance was hot off the charts. There was more than enough to get you fanning for face as the steaminess kept on coming. And, I really thought Bliss and Stephen were a great couple. They were well matched, in bed and out.

The plot moved swiftly and kept me interested all the way through. I liked the story and the ending was great.

Bound by Bliss was a sweet and spicy romance that is sure to turn up the heat. Romance lovers, if you want something hot enough to get you fanning your face, then you'll want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Madame took another gulp of the tea.

It had been strange enough when Louisa Brookingston—now Lady Swanston, the widow of one of her clients—had sought her out. Having Lady Perse visit was beyond any dream—or nightmare—she had ever imagined.

“Give me a moment and then send her in.” There was clearly no way to get rid of the lady other than meeting with her if half of what she’d heard was true. “And have a fresh pot of tea and another cup brought in—and cherry tarts.”

She’d hardly finished the words before Lady Perse stalked into the room. Or, at least, she assumed it was Lady Perse. It was hard to tell beneath the heavy veiling. Lady Brookingston had also come veiled, but her light covering in no way compared to the heavy pile of black draping that confronted her now.

“You know who I am?” The lady spoke without bothering with introduction.

“Lady Perse, I presume.”

“Good.” Without another word, the woman pulled off her veils and dropped them on the settee, revealing a very narrow figure beneath the most amazing head of hair Ruby had ever seen. It was as if someone had set a very large puff of swan’s down upon her head.

What did one say to that? “May I offer you some refreshment?” she said, gesturing to a comfortable chair.

Lady Perse stared at the chair a moment, her nose wrinkling slightly, and then sat on the very edge. “Tea. You do have tea? I am not quite sure what to expect in such a place.”

Ruby straightened in her chair, imitating Lady Perse’s straight posture. “Yes, I have tea. It will be here in a moment.”

Lady Perse pulled a fan from her reticule and vigorously waved it in the air.

“Those veils are quite stifling. I will have to be sure my dear Lord Perse lives a long life. I could not bear to wear them daily.”

Ruby merely nodded. It was important to find out why Lady Perse was calling.

“And how may I help you? I assume there is a reason for your call.” There were times when it was best to be direct.

Lady Perse removed her gloves. “I need to talk to you about my nephew.”

“Your nephew? I was not aware you had a nephew.” And Ruby knew all about Lady Perse’s relations.

“By marriage. My husband’s sister’s son, Stephan Perth, Lord Duldon.”

Duldon. That explained much. Her mind flashed to the tall stiff man with the startling eyes, dark gold curls, and a face that rarely smiled, but when it did . . . Yes, Ruby could understand why there might be questions in regard to Lord Duldon. He had been a frequent visitor over the years, a visitor of very particular tastes. “I rarely speak of patrons—assuming he even is one of my guests. What exactly would you like to know?” she asked.

Lady Perse shut her lips tight for a moment. It was clear she did not wish to say the words she knew she must. She glanced down at her hands for a moment and then raised her eyes to Ruby. “I have heard certain rumors about the boy. Rumors that he has rather unusual tastes. Rumors I would expect you to know the truth of.”

Ruby would never have referred to Duldon as a boy. The man was well over six foot and could out-glare the best of them. “I really cannot speak of such things.” And that was true. What a patron did was always held in the highest of confidences. And she certainly could not imagine discussing Duldon’s preferences with Lady Perse.
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About the Author:
Lavinia Kent is a former two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.

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