Mastering the Marquess

Mastering the Marquess

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by Lavinia Kent
One night of fierce passion and unbound pleasure leaves two strangers craving much more in Lavinia Kent’s sumptuous novel.
The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war


One night of fierce passion and unbound pleasure leaves two strangers craving much more in Lavinia Kent’s sumptuous novel.
The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.
Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.
Mastering the Marquess is intended for mature audiences.
Praise for Mastering the Marquess
“Steamy . . . Kent’s lively prose keeps the reader drawn in from start to finish.”Library Journal (starred review)
“Sexy, steamy . . . an entertaining read.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“[A] tale of sexual exploration and liberation . . . the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
“A very sexy read.”—Chelle’s Book Report
“A wonderful historical romance . . . sweet and an enjoyable read. Romance lovers, if you want something with some heat, then this is a book you'll want to check out.”—Imagine a World

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Library Journal
★ 07/01/2014
In the debut to Kent's e-original "Bound and Determined" series, young, virgin widow Louisa mourns her husband and childhood love, John, but knows she must, and will, marry again. In order to avoid bringing shame upon her late husband's reputation, Louisa enlists the help of Madam Rouge to arrange the "wedding night" that she was never fortunate enough to consummate. With her own identity concealed, Louisa (as "Grace") spends an unforgettable night of lust with "Charles," the handsome, experienced, masked man who gives her all that she desires and more. Both regret parting, but feel constrained by their own societal expectations to enter respectable marriages. "Charles" is soon revealed to be Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, who is widely known as the uptight son of the jovial, irresponsible Duke of Mirth. Lord Swanston recognizes Louisa as his late friend's placid, pretty wife but is surprised to find that she stirs more than the distant appreciation he knew of years past. In an odd sort of reverse-courtship, the two enter a tentative marriage of convenience. Though the pair are wholly unaware of the passionate experience they shared only months before, it is only a matter of time before their darkest secrets and desires emerge. This steamy novel meanders a bit in the middle, with the amount of time leading up to Louisa and Geoffrey recognizing each other pushing belief, but Kent's (The Last Real Duchess) lively prose keeps the reader drawn in from start to finish. VERDICT A well-paced period tale that has a great balance of porn and plot.

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Bound and Determined , #1
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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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Mastering the Marquess 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
artfullee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Mastering the Marquess is a passionate story of finding true love in an era when it was usual for a marriage to be based on social standing and property rather than a true love match. Louisa, Lady Brookingston, is a widow, a virgin widow who has decided to find a husband after mourning her childhood sweetheart for two years. However, being a virgin, she feels would unjustly damage her former husbands reputation so seeks out Madame Rouge, owner of a gentlemens club, to help her loose her virginity and give her the wedding night she missed out on. Madame Rouge is discreet and she knows her clients well. Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, is the perfect candidate and he is intrigued by the offer of an anonymous night of instructing a widow in the delights and finer points of sex. They spend a night of unbridled passion, hot and steamy, tender and sensual, and is more than anything Louisa could have hoped for. But to remain anonymous, and in doing so, preserve her dignity, she must walk away from Geoffery and back into her structured life and move on. That night, however, haunts both of them until a meeting and a proposal has them daring to hope that they have found their way back to each other. The chemistry between these two was intense and they definitely have more than a passing connection on a very visceral level. The love scenes were scorching hot and you could feel the connection between them. Both characters really appealed to me as they were mature adults and therefore acted maturely. Geoffery was into BDSM behind closed doors, and demanded order and control in his life. While Louisa was somewhat lead by what society decrees because of the lack of her personal experience and close friendships, she is still independent and forthright. Particularly after her night with Geoffery, she is more determined than ever not to settle for anyone that comes to her door offering their hand in marriage. She has a fire and spark inside of her and I enjoyed how the relationship with Geoffery brought that out in her. I enjoyed their to and fro, each finding their place in the relationship, each exposing their vulnerability to the other and finding a peace in that that they thought was otherwise unattainable. There was a point in the story where I thought the anonymity of each character was carried a bit too far and made it a bit unbelievable that they couldn't tell it was their mystery lover once they came together again. Also a couple of times during this novel, I thought the narrative was slightly overdone, and that the language sometimes didn't completely feel like it came from that time period, but all in all the writing was expressive and engaging. Added to that, was a twist in the latter part of the book that kept me turning the page wanting to know how it would all pan out. I thought the addition of this villain added to the storyline and the growth of the relationship between Louisa and Geoffery. I really enjoyed how they worked through their relationship maturely and realistically and I could relate to both of them. A great book to start the series.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
3.5 STARS!! A very unique storyline - I liked that it was during the Regency Period, different what you usually read of bondage type themes. I did like the beginning, the teaching aspect, the mystery of it all. Where it started to fade from enjoyable to ok, was when they met outside the bedroom and didn't recognize each other - REALLY!!! I also, didn't care for the talk the Duke had with her prior to the marriage - I knew where this would end, but was relieved that it didn't go on and on and ended pretty quickly. I did like Ruby, which surprised me a lot. I am not going into the premise of the story, as it has been told, but the sex is very hot, very descriptive, very erotic, so be warned!! I didn't care for his sister, Bliss in this story and the next one is about her and as of now, I am not purchasing it. (lb)
JoanneWadsworth More than 1 year ago
Two strangers and one night of unbound passion. Mastering the Marquess is an erotic historical BDSM romance. There are so many elements to this book which I enjoyed, and then some I didn’t. I certainly connected strongly with the two main characters. Louisa, Lady Brookingston, is a woman who loves with all her heart and when she decided it was time to remarry, she didn’t wish to shame her late husband’s memory by having her new husband discover her virginal state. That’s when she sought out Madame Rouge to organize a night where she could learn what went on in the bedchamber. Geoffrey, the Marguess of Swanston, was the man Madame chose for her, and with both of them keeping their identities concealed, the sensual discovery during a night of unbound passion was five-stars hot. The author did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, and I would dearly have loved this book to have finished two-thirds of the way through before the story took a decided turn. Being a reader of romance, I found the heroine’s abduction at the hands of another and what she went through, difficult to read. I’d connected with her, and even though I understood why the author took the story in that direction, I would have preferred a less graphic portrayal of what was to come. The ending though was very sweet. This is definitely a book for a mature audience. Three stars from me.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved. Loved this book. Great, sexy love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Brenda Joyce & Lisa Kleypas. This story had a great flow and honest development of romance. The sex was steamy and well written. I will get the others in this series.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Mastering The Marquess by Lavinia Kent is an awesome read. There is a lot of kink it Geoffrey and Louisa's story, so if you don't want to read BDSM you may want to pick other reading material. I'm not a fan of BDSM, but I don't mind reading it if the story is good. This story is good and Ms Kent's characters were magnificent. I enjoyed the depth of the characters without all the angst you find in a lot of the BDSM books. Mastering The Marquess is well written. There is plenty of drama, a bit of suspense, a little humor and yes, there are sexy bits too. Ms Kent gets a big thumbs up for this historical romance. I look forward to reading more from Lavinia Kent in the future. Mastering The Marquess is book 1 of the Bound and Determined Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it...great story and sizzling !
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The story was good. Just a bit too wordy for my taste.
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Glad i found this author. Good story!
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Very well written! Great characters, even those you love to hate. Very well developed with a dfferent story line. BDSM, Historical, passion, danger and drama and nice length.
RileyMommy More than 1 year ago
Yes! Yes! And more please??? Cant wait for the second book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Myrt's Review Mastering the Marquess ( A Bound and Determined Book) by Lavinia Kent Hot Sexy Romance in a Bygone Era This is a spicy piece of erotica that takes place in London during the highly restrictive era when Polite Society ruled.  The time period is unusual for erotica but the story works well in that setting.  Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, the hero, has a strong penchant for BDSM and finds Louisa, Lady Brookingston, the heroine, to be incredibly innocent but equally open to the new experiences he is more than willing to share with her.  Their first encounter, which opens the book, takes place at a bordello and both are wearing masks.  Which is probably why when the two later meet and find themselves in a Society arranged marriage, they don't recognize each other! However, they are still incredibly attracted to each other and have many steamy encounters.  This is a very sexy story with two well written characters. It's a seductive romp filled with hidden and confused identities, a cruel villainess who wants the hero to herself and lots of provocative sexual situations in a historically repressive time. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Bound and Determined series by Lavinia Kent. Substance meets smut (splendidly) in this entertaining and intense erotic historical. Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, likes to be in control. After enduring the effects of a bohemian childhood of no restraints, the only way he feels calm and ordered is when he has complete control over a situation. He maintains his family’s finances and landholdings after his scatterbrained and reckless father nearly ruins the family. And this control extends to his unusual sexual proclivities for dominance. "With nobody watching it meant she was free. She could do whatever she liked and nobody would ever know." Louisa, the Countess of Brookingston, is a virgin widow. Yes, I know, you find this hard to believe but wait. Her late husband was wounded in war and had sexual problems which prevented their consummation. Instead, he visited Madame Rouge’s brothel to indulge his unorthodox and demanding sexual needs. After his death, Louisa seeks this same brothel to help relieve her of her virginity in order to spare her late husband’s humiliation for any future husband she might take. Ruby, Madame Rouge, assigns her Geoffrey, aka Charles. Louisa takes the nom de plume Grace as he initiates her in one night of uninhibited passion that is filled with both erotic sensuality and mind blowing dialogue. Geoffrey enjoys complete control over Louisa, who knows nothing about sexual intercourse but he’s also very considerate of her needs and pleasure, something she is surprised and delighted to discover. But she does ask lots and lots of frank questions that both startle and delight him. When he presses for further relations beyond their one night, she declines, preferring to maintain anonymity. "It was definitely not supposed to be about wanting. Ladies did not want. They were ladies. But she did want." A month later, they meet at a society soiree and this is the only part of the story that I find farfetched, as I also have in other similar stories I’ve read: they do not recognize each other despite their previous intimacy. They acknowledge there is something familiar about the other and they share a mutual attraction; in fact, Geoffrey learns that Louisa is the widow of his good friend, John.  “Somehow, in releasing her anger, her frustration, at him visiting Madame’s, she opened something inside herself. It felt like drawing the first good breath of fresh air after being lost in a fog.” As expected in an erotic romance, there is a lot of sex in this book but it is strongly supported by intriguing dialogue, a complex plot, and wonderful emotional characterization. The author portrays both Louisa and Geoffrey in great depth, their troubled pasts that now influence their current actions, and their mutual growth in a romantic relationship. The sex is tastefully and provocatively written and each encounter pushes the story forward effectively to its satisfying conclusion. Nothing in this romance is what I expected, from Geoffrey’s unusual past to Louisa’s strength and bravery in facing her new husband and her fears for their future together. They come to realize they must trust each other, both in their marriage and the bedroom. “This was all about trust. That was the only important thing here and now.” The villain in the story, the sadomasochistic Countess of Ormande, reminded me of the Marquise de Merteuil from Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos, in her mad need for revenge and power at any cost. And the characters of Blythe, Geoffrey’s wild younger sister, his good friend Duldon, and Ruby, Madame Rouge, are also fully and fascinatingly captured—I would love to read about them in future stories. A new and exciting voice in historical romance and a promising and very impressive debut.
ahlewis32 More than 1 year ago
While I've read several contemporary novels featuring BDSM themes and concepts, I've never read those concepts in a historical romance novel before. Lavinia Kent depicts the language, manners and mores of the Regency period accurately, bringing the time alive for the reader. Her characters are drawn well and I was able to immerse myself the characters' struggles. The story is the familiar "arranged marriage turns to love" plot, but Lavinia Kent's language and storytelling capabilities take it well beyond being a typical romance novel. Her descriptions of the scenes allowed me to actually be in the room with the characters, not just reading about them. I definitely see why Lavinia Kent is a master of her craft. MASTERING THE MARQUESS was a pleasure to read and I completely recommend it!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Do not read this hot hot book in public Author Lavinia Kent does an excellent job on this historical erotica book. Throughout the book the theme is extremely sensual with a few scenes that border on dark erotica but fortunately they are few and part of the storyline.  In the beginning I had a hard time with the slowness of read and though it was period correct my mind wanted to blaze through the reading. Main characters, widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston (aka Grace) and Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston (aka Charles) are dynamic together as they work through who they are in private versus what is expected in public.  It was refreshing that though Louisa was the proper lady, she was not afraid to ask for what she needed from Madame Rouge and Geoffrey.  Geoffrey was what every women would want, gentleman in public and master in private. How he controlled his dark side that he only showed to strangers feed into the back and forth interaction he has with Louisa pulling the reader further into the story. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. To see the full review visit my blog after August 14, 2014: sportochicksmusings.blogspot .com
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
MASTERING THE MARQUESS by Lavenia Kent is an interesting Regency Erotica Historical Romance. "Bound and Determined" #1 and what a beginning! With BDSM, determination, hot, steamy sex, romance and so much more, you can't go wrong if you enjoy lots of spice with your sensuality. From a bride, to a virgin widow, Louisa, Lady Brookingston is determined to lose her virginity once and for all without lessening her beloved husband's name. You see he was a war hero, who could no longer perform is husbandry duties. So off to a Madame she goes, yes a madame, Ruby, Madame Rouge, to be exact, a discreet proprietress of a London Gentleman's club, where she can explore and lose her virginity. What's the likely hood, during this era?? Well, apparently, it happens more than you might image...imagination is a powerful aphrodisiac. Enter, Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, who has his own proclivities, but deflowering an anonymous virgin, he's not so sure about. Until....Louisa is his temptation and his desire. An interesting, tale of sensuality with BDSM, determination, romance and the finding of love, with a few surprises along the way. An unusual read to say the least, but an enjoyable read. Please be forewarned, hot, dark, steamy, sex, and did I mention, arousing, and extremely hot! Yes, if you enjoy a mixture of erotic, Regency, romance, and extremely hot sex scenes, and BDSM, than MASTERING THE MARQUESS is right up your ally. An enjoyable read and one I would highly recommend to any historical readers, erotic readers, and romance in general, who enjoy a mix of erotic with their dose of Regency. A wickedly sexy, romp!! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: EXTREMELY SCORCHING REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
I did find the plot intriguing in this book. Lady Brookingston, Louisa is hiding a secret and doesn’t want her new husband to find out. After having been married for 6 years, she is still a virgin and not wanting to shame her former husband she does the only thing a Lady can do in her situation. Find a Madame to find someone that will follow all of your requirements and assist her in losing her virginity. The irony of this read is wonderful and so hot and sexy. The book is fast paced, the characters are entertaining and fun and the chemistry between Louisa and Geoffrey is hot, hot, hot. I loved it.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful start to an exciting series (at least I hope it's a series!)  The characters were so full and fun. I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning.  What a clever way to start a relationship between the 2 main characters, I have never read a book  with this kind of beginning.  I must say that I absolutely love how truly evil the villain is in this book.  She's an OMG Villain and it's so  much fun to hate her.  The writing was very good, the story have an excellent flow and was easy to read.  There are no moments that you think...hmmm...did I miss something, no, this book is written so well that everything meshes together very nicely. I do look forward to seeing more of the family, they are just a hoot and I'm sure are going to be such a handful going forward.  The lead-ins to follow up books was excellent, I am truly intrigued to see how it all plays out.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is so NOT  a kids book. I knew it crossed lines but even I had to put this down when those disturbing moments came along. Louisa is a widow whose husband was injured during the war. She goes to a Madame as she is still a virgin. She wants to marry, have children and yet loved her husband so much she doesn't want to let the Ton know he couldn't have regular sex. I can't go into how many ways this book surprised me with wicked twists-literally. If you don't like rough sex and hardcore BDSM don't  get this book. If it is your kind of story then you will enjoy following Louisa and Geoffrey as they fix her problems.   I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A super steamy, yet delightfully sweet read, Mastering the Marquess was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. It was a lovely, enjoyable read. Louisa was a wonderful heroine. She was a perfect lady, but a lady who wasn't afraid to step out of the bounds of propriety when it was called for. And she might act like a quiet lady, but if she got mad, all bets were off. I thought she was a lovely heroine and I really liked her. Geoffrey was also great. After living with his careless parents who would sooner ruin the family name and fortune than get their act together, he had an obsession with maintaining control. But, he was also very sweet and protective over those he loved. He was just wonderful, other than a couple of times I wanted to whack him upside the head for being oblivious, and I adored him. The romance was very hot. The chemistry between these two was off the charts and there was a ton of steaminess to keep you fanning your face. And they were also very sweet together. They understood and accepted each other and were unwilling to let anything come between them. I thought they were a perfect couple. The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. Mastering the Marquess was a wonderful historical romance. It was very spicy, but also sweet and an enjoyable read. Romance lovers, if you want something with some heat, then this is a book you'll want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review