Mastering the Marchioness

Em Brown

Cavern of Pleasures
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Regency Romance, Erotica
Advisory: This erotic historical romance contains light BDSM elements and submissive training. If you like your heat “wickedly hot” with yummy alpha males and headstrong young women, then dare to enter the Cavern of Pleasures… The last person Vale Montressor Aubrey, the Marquess of Dunnesford, expects to see walking into Madam Botreaux’s Cavern of Pleasures is his wife. Fortunately, she does not recognize him behind his mask for he has no intention of revealing his secret life as a Dom to his new bride. Harrietta, the new Marchioness of Dunnesford, knows that she, modest in means and countenance, should consider herself lucky to be married to such a desirable man as the Marquess, even if he is rumored to have had more mistresses than one can count. But if he can have his fun, why not her? And the dashingly handsome Lord Elroy seems just the man to make her forget about her loveless marriage. Vale knows that Elroy, also a secret Dom at Madame Botreaux’s, can’t be trusted not to hurt a submissive. To protect Harrietta, Vale must claim her as his own, but he soon discovers this feisty wife of his isn’t so easy to tame. Especially when things start heating up in the Cavern of Pleasures.

Welcome back all, So while reading this one I was enjoying a nice relaxing time in New Zealand. I’m so much of a reader that it took strangers prompting me to join them for a drink for me to snap out of it to stop reading!

After reading the blurb about this one I thought it was going to be about a couple that’s been married for years and are bored with each other. Hence why they separately go to this sex club place, the “Cavern of Pleasures”. Now I’m all for doing what feels right for you and your partner. But at the same time, you need to give it a good fair go before resorting to these methods I think.

The first surprise for me with this book is that this couple is newly married. Like REALLY newly married! And at that they are young, don’t have heirs and have known each other since childhood. Literally they only just got married and moved to London and yet they still haven’t consummated their marriage.

The thing that I found amusing about this book was that Harrietta didn’t know it was her husband Vale she was visiting, whereas he knew it was her. He’s trying to make sure that she trusts him, while at the same time doing something that is guaranteed to make her not trust him. Being as un-trusting as I am I don’t understand how this could ever work out in Vale’s favour. Surely when Harrietta finds out that Vale is her mysterious “my lord” she won’t be happy and will make his life misery?

So reading how Harrietta tries to remain independent while also having to rely on her husband really rings true for me. Like yes, I could survive and be fine without my partner. But do I want to? Will I enjoy the quality of life I enjoy now without him? No, I probably wouldn’t. Purely because two incomes working towards the same thing makes everything so much cheaper!

So Harrietta tries to do her independent woman act and ends up failing. Only to have Vale try to rescue her. Only he’s too late and she rescues herself. Kind of… (I’ll let you read it to find out what I mean by that) And yada yada yada. Typical regency romance story they figure things out and that’s the end of the story.

But what intrigues me about this is that it’s a series. And this is only the first book. Does the series change it’s character focus each book? Or does it continue to develop the characters in this book further? I look forward to reading the series. But that will have to wait.

Next week I will be reviewing “An Unconventional Affair” by Mollie Blake. I look forward to seeing you next week.

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