Review: Bound by Bliss (Bound and Determined #2) by Lavinia Kent

February 21, 2015 Review 0

Review: Bound by Bliss (Bound and Determined #2) by Lavinia Kent

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 fiancé. 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.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Title: Bound by Bliss
Author: Lavinia Kent
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Mastering the Marquess, Sarah's Surrender
Series: Bound and Determined #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Mastering the Marquess, Sarah's Surrender
Published by LoveSwept
Source: Publisher
Published: February 24, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Historical Romance
Pages: 289
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: four-flames

I very much like the story of this series.  Well actually, the story surrounding Madame Rouge’s House for Gentlemen of Taste.  It began in book one, Mastering the Marquess, and has continued through Revealing Ruby and into this one.  In each story another nugget is divulged about the history of this illustrious establishment and its mysterious proprietress.   In Bound by Bliss some more nuggets were revealed which opens up another whole direction this overall story arch can go in.  I only hope it doesn’t take too many more books to reveal all and give Ruby the happy ending she deserves.  Just my humble opinion.

In the meantime there is the wading through other couples’ stories.  Lady Bliss Danser – younger sister of the Marquess of Swanston who was introduced in the book one. (Although in that book she was called Blythe. *sigh*) Stephen Perth, Earl of Duldon is the Marquess’ best friend.  Therein lies the conflict of this book.  Duldon was the boy next door.  Bliss has loved him since she was twelve and he was twenty.  Near the end of Mastering the Marquess, Duldon had announced his intentions to Swanston concerning his sister.

I got rather frustrated with Lady Bliss.  She was completely innocent and naïve, but insatiably curious.  She wanted things her way and saw no reason for otherwise.  She was a Danser.  They were expected to cause scandal.  There were times I just wanted to bop her alongside the head for her stubborn intractability.  I am really very surprised she hadn’t been fodder for scandal of some sort already.  Maybe she had some reasons for her belief that everyone she loved left, but really.  Get over yourself girl.

Duldon – he had a dark side.  Duldon was smart enough to know he did need to learn about himself and how to control his urges before he could marry Bliss.  But the time has come.

For two hundred and fifty pages Duldon chased after Bliss, using everything in his arsenal to convince her he was the one for her.  Some of it was fun and entertaining.  Some of it was downright HOT.  Some of it just dragged on and on and on and on.  The author does have a knack for writing a beautiful love scene, but sometimes she does get a bit carried away with every little detail.  I know, what an awful thing to complain about.  Unfortunately, after a while, I found myself losing interest.  Sadness.  But, I stuck it out and made it to the happy ever after, and a rather satisfying one it was.

If you like the pomp and grandeur of an historical novel, you may enjoy this.  If you like kinky erotica, you will like this.  It reads well as a stand-along novel, but you will miss the ongoing mystery of Madame Rouge’s House for Gentlemen of Taste. That is what keeps me coming back to this series.  I look forward to the next chapter.

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