Dark Fancyby Sabrina York
The sizzling prequel to Folly When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she’s ever known. Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her. Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all… See more details below
The sizzling prequel to Folly When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she’s ever known. Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her. Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days, she will at least once have known true passion. But James is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a wicked lord with a dark fancy. When Helena awakens his desire, he becomes determined to take everything she has to offer and more. No matter the cost. Inside Scoop: Whether they’re making love outdoors at a grand estate or getting naughty in a secret sex club in the city, James and Helena put the erotic back in erotic Regency romance. A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
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Meet Helena, a young lady of some consequence and possessed of a near-paranoid fear of the ‘peers of the realm’. Years at a rather uptight boarding school have filled her head with all of the worst case scenarios, and her discovery of impending nuptials to an Earl known only for his profligate ways cause her to run away to her friend staying in London. Found by a kindly, if not entirely cognizant old man, she is stashed in a potting shed and hidden from her own family. Unfortunately, she is hidden on the grounds of her affianced: while neither know the other by face nor name. Typical of the time, she is mere chattel to be traded for advantage, although her comely face and figure would have made her the talk of the ton at her debut. James is the new earl, struggling to make amends and adjustments to reclaim the estate from his old, and deceased uncle’s lack of care. Not particularly fond of the idea of marriage, he is looking to extend the lands and acquire some prime breed stock for his stables. When discovered by James, the two enter into an uneasy accord at first, when Helena thinks up a way to avoid the most offensive of all states: marriage. Propositioning James to ‘despoil’ her and ruin her for marriage, she feels this is her only choice. James, meanwhile, cannot contemplate the tasty morsel: reactive, attractive and responsive he is soon falling for her. With incredibly sensual detail, James initiates Helena into some mild Master/sub scenes: expecting instant obeisance, spanking and some mild bondage. When Helena’s responsiveness nearly proves to be his undoing, his thoughts turn to holding her as mistress. What he fails to see is the love that she holds for him, and he for her. Through several twists, turns and a chase to London the two manage to find one another and express their emotions honestly. Despite her diminutive size, Helena is possessed of strong will and passions, and she won’t take less than all she wants from James. James, for his part, is not used to choosing his words or contemplating the consequences of his actions on the more delicate feelings, so often he puts his foot into his mouth. Thankfully he does manage to make things right for Helena and himself, and the reader will close the pages with another happy ending. I purchased a copy of this title for my own library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Sabrina York captivates in Dark Fancy, the prequel to her novel, Folly. Through colorful descriptions of the era, York draws the reader into her erotic Regency romance. To avoid being forced into a marriage to James Tully, Earl of Darlington, Lady Helena Eloise Simpson runs away to stay with a friend in London. Helena gets lost on her way and finds refuge in a gardener’s cottage. When James finds Helena in his gardener’s cottage, he pretends to be the gardener. Helena, not wanting to be returned home, gives James her middle name and thus begins the mistaken identity part of our story. Hoping to have one night of loving passion, Helena plans to get out of her marriage by seducing the gardener and spoiling herself for her husband-to-be. Helena’s strong-willed nature and need to take control of her life made me fall in love with her character. Similarly, James is instantly attracted to Helena and decides to seduce her before he gets married. James and Helena’s intimate scenes are highly sensual and passionate, coupled with some sizzling hot light D/s rope play. James is arrogant, but I enjoyed his character when he is pretending to be the gardener. On the other hand, I didn’t like James’s plan to get Helena back when she leaves him after discovering his true identity. Nevertheless, Helena and James are an engaging couple because James has control in the bedroom and Helena’s stubbornness keeps him on the straight and narrow outside of the bedroom. With an appealing couple and intense devotion, Dark Fancy is a well-paced, entertaining read that will sweep readers away. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.