Bound by Bliss

Bound by Bliss

by Lavinia Kent

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In Lavinia Kent’s luscious historical romance, a free spirit learns her true desires from a master of the heart—and of the body.
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 intended for mature audiences.
Praise for Lavinia Kent’s 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

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553394177
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Bound and Determined , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 398
Sales rank: 49,985
File size: 1 MB

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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Bound by Bliss 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a really good historical romance book. i loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romantic and powerful with a unique point of view from the heroine. Loved!
artfullee More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love reading about this time period and I was looking forward to hearing Bliss' story, the third installment in Lavinia Kent's Bound and Determined series. I knew she had a lot of spunk and determination, mixed with a healthy dose of curiosity, and I knew we would certainly be going on an adventure with her. Bliss is the younger sister of Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, whom we met in Book One. She wanted to live a real love story, to have utter love and devotion from her husband, but circumstances lead her to change her views. She wanted it all or nothing. Now she resists marriage, not wanting to put her heart in danger of being hurt or betrayed. She is quite happy to live out her days as a spinster, enjoying freedoms that a wife would not have. She knows what is proper, what is expected from a lady of her standing, but that doesn't mean she agrees with the constraints of the time period. She is fiercely independent and I just loved her spark, her zest for life and her curious nature and need to experience as much as she could in her lifetime resonated deeply with me. When her brother issues her with an ultimatum, marry Stephan, the Earl of Duldon, or find her own husband, she embarks a daring journey to find the perfect fiance. Stephan is in love with Bliss, and has been for years. He also has darker carnal desires than what he thinks his society wife would have, so resigns himself to settling for a wife for appearances and bloodline, while satisfying his needs with trips to Ruby's. When Bliss rejects his proposal and voices her desire to find the perfect fiance, while asking questions about what goes on at Ruby's, he has no choice but to step in to help her with her plan, keeping her safe, while thinking he can win her over while in her company. I just loved this pair and the daring escapades they went on. Bliss had such a thirst for knowledge and her air of innocence added to the sizzling chemistry between them, their lust for each other was tangible. I loved their banter, their sense of humor, the wonder in Bliss' discoveries and their burgeoning romance was a joy to watch. They suited each other perfectly, and I loved seeing Stephen realise that Bliss may be more perfect for him that he ever imagined. I loved their intimacy, their honesty and openness, their trust in each other. The added excitement when Bliss' curiosity gets her in a sticky situation added excitement and intrigue to the story and I thought it was well played out. At times her inner dialogue was very detailed and slightly drawn out but she is young and I thought it went with her curious personality. Overall another great addition to the series and I loved the epilogue. I'm really looking forward to the next two installments and hopefully Ruby's HEA. She deserves it.
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Brit_Nanny_Reads More than 1 year ago
I have to say I was unsure of this book when I started reading Bound By Bliss, with words like “particular tastes” and “to be a man of uncertain tastes”, I was thinking “what the heck am I reading?” But as the book unfolds, it is such a racy story. We start the book, with neither of the lead characters! Lady Perse has decided to visit Ruby, aka Madame Rouge (an upper class brothel owner, with a surprising connection to the Lady), to discuss her nephew Stephan Perth, Lord Duldon, and his choice of bride. She asks Ruby to find Duldon a wife. Stephan Duldon has found the women he wants to marry; he wants Lady Bliss Danser. He wants to be her master, to make her behind red, ultimately he wants her to submit to him (that’s right, only BDSM ladies). But Bliss doesn’t want to marry Dull Don, even though her heart beats only for him…thus begins a cat and mouse game between them, with a few dirty rats thrown in for good measure. I REALLY enjoyed Bound By Bliss, it is BDSM-lite with one voyeuristic m/m scene, and so if you dislike a gay scene, this might not be the book for you. I have to admit that this is my first every historical BDSM book I have every read. It wasn’t silly or cringe-worthy, but tastefully written, with a solid plot. I found the characters very fascinating, from Lady Persey to Bliss, you can almost picture them in your mind, like you know then personally. I would have liked to know a little more about Bliss’ family, but I am thinking that that could be in another book. I will say again, I found the whole book a delightful change and I normally don’t discuss the art work on the covers, but this is one of my favorite covers! It is earthy, classy and sexy all at the same time. I give Bound By Bliss 9 out of 10.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the series! Bliss and Stephan's chemistry is off the charts and their scenes are sensual and erotic. I'll admit to squirming in my seat as I read them. I love that Stephan was clear about what he wanted from the start, and refused to let Bliss give up on them.  Highly recommended for lovers for erotic historical romance.  I'm really looking forward to Ruby's story. ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
CrisConquers More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Combo of Regency & BDSM Bliss has known Stephan Perth, Earl of Duldon her entire life and has wanted him for as long as she can remember. But having learned at a young age that we sometimes lose those we love and that trusting others with your heart can leave you vulnerable, Bliss refuses to marry Stephan. As much as she is enticed by the way he watches her and the dark promise in his eyes, Bliss refuses to open herself up to the possibility of loving and losing him. Stephan has been waiting for Bliss to be ready for him for years. He's always known that she was the wife for him, even if he didn't expect to be able to share his darker, more dominant side with her. The desire is clear in her eyes but she continues to push him away, claiming she wants a marriage with someone she can trust. How better to earn her trust than by helping her explore her sexuality and allowing her to experience all those dark fantasies that have been playing through her mind? I truly adored both of the main characters! Bliss is a curious and strong woman who has spent her whole childhood being let down by those who she loved and needed most. She struggles with a vein of fear that keeps her from trusting Stephan with her heart. I really connected with her character and loved that the author didn't try to tidily sweep up her worries in one fell swoop. Bliss is a work in progress and her feelings for Stephan and the love and desire he shows her everyday help her overcome her fears bit by bit.  Stephan is an amazingly understanding hero who knows what he wants and is willing to compromise and work with Bliss to get her to a place of acceptance. Though he is a dominant lover and likes to be in control, he constantly reminds Bliss that she always has the power to choose. He gives her a safe environment to explore her fantasies and test her boundaries. His seduction and his control were hot but his understanding and reassurance made him all the hotter. The chemistry between Stephan and Bliss is amazing. There is such a wealth of eroticism and sensuality in the novel that infuses every touch and every kiss. That slow build, which begins through curiosity and voyeurism grows to an inferno. There were so many diverse and creative sex scenes that really allowed the characters to explore all the stages of their relationship and their desires.  Bound By Bliss is the first novel I've read by Lavinia Kent but I loved the way she wrote her characters and her erotic scenes so much that I can't wait to start in on the rest of the series. If you're looking for a sexy as sin read with a bit of a BDSM bite and a regency setting, then this is the novel for you.  Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Bliss doesn’t want to marry. Lord Duldon has been waiting to make Bliss his and has a plan to make it happen. Very sexy and entertaining read. I enjoyed the interaction between Bliss and Stephen and the story kept me entertained throughout. Wonderfully sexy historical read!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I think this one just wasn't what I had expected. I had expected a little more seriousness on the historical aspects, but it seemed that the history was more of just a bit of a backdrop for everything instead of an actual part of everything. I really enjoy my historical settings and this one fell a little flat there. The erotic part of the story was definitely on point. It's more of a low key BDSM with some light bondage, spanking, and feathers for the most part. But it was very sensual - he loved the anticipation. The scenes were written beautifully and they really flew above the rest of the book. I also like a lot of story to go along with my erotica. It fell a little flat there as well. Bliss's reason for not wanting to marry Stephan is a pretty bad one, once we find out what it is. She refuses to tell him why she's been mad at him for several years though - it just didn't make sense to me at all. He does everything he can to show her that he cares and wants her, but a very minor slip years ago looks like it is going to ruin their chance at being happy together. This part was just too drug out for me. I did really like the characters overall - just wasn't quite enough to balance out the rest of it. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Lavinia Kent has been a wonderful new discovery. She writes elegant, eloquent erotic historical romance. The sex is very graphic and frank, yet tastefully described. It titillates and tantalizes, yes, but it also advances the story, pushing it to the boundaries of sensual delight. We see the sexiness of history: the civilities observed hid behind den the inner passions of the characters. The title of this, the second in Kent’s Bound and Determined series, has a double meaning: bound as in BDSM (bondage) and Bliss is the heroine’s name. Bliss is the curious and adventurous younger sister of the Marquess of Swanston, the hero from Mastering the Marquess. Unfortunately, she befriended the over-the-top and wild Countess of Ormande in that story so has been intrigued by that lady’s proclivities and boundary-pushing tendencies. Bliss fears abandonment though, in this case, death, which is a natural cycle of life. Thus, she fears marriage as well. She’s afraid to trust and risk. Bliss also wishes to explore sex and all its pleasures, something distinctly at odds with being a lady in polite society. But there have always been unconventional people in history so this is not so surprising, at least to me. Think Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Luckily, Stephan, the Earl of Duldon, has a preference for the rougher side of sex and thinks he must have a nice, sweet, and biddable wife for heirs and indulge his darker side at Madame Rouge’s Pleasure House for Gentlemenand is only to happy to indulge Bliss, his future wife. The only problem I have with this is that I find it difficult to believe that Stephan would be faithful to Bliss. He claims to have always loved her but he makes no attempt to court her, until her brother expresses interest in a match. Which brings me to another odd point in the story. When Bliss finally agrees to marry Stephan, her brother objects, which I completely don’t understand. Also, Stephan’s aunt, the eccentric and powerful Lady Perse, seems not to desire a match between Bliss and Stephan, yet she secretly engineers one. So, while this book is very well written and entertaining, I am confused by some of the plot points. However, this does not dampen my enjoyment of the story. It’s seductive, it’s graphic, it pushes the boundaries, but it is never clumsy or awkward. 
PansyPetal More than 1 year ago
3.5 our of 5 stars 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.   I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
TheBookFairyReviews More than 1 year ago
Bliss Danser is not ready to marry. Lord Duldon is ready to marry and ask asked for her hand. Swanson her brother is not to keen on the match and has given to the choice to Bliss. Passion flare and heat comes barreling down on Bliss as she tries her hardest to resist Lord Duldon. Sex in the marriage bed is such a taboo subject in this time period. Delight of the flesh were kept in secret and pushing men to go to places respectable women did not dare to go. That was what The Earl of Duldon had resigned himself to, until his Bliss began asking questions and refusing his hand in marriage. Have you ever been curious? Well Bliss is just that and what we get is a book that takes us into the mind of a curious woman hell bent on getting her way. Sensual, thrilling and sexy as hell this book will take you to high delights and scary situations. Stephen the Earl of Duldon is a master of pleasure and patience! You won't be able to put it down!! Dare I say that you wont want to put it down. You will be just as curious as Bliss Danser.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I must tell you this is a book for readers over 18! This is truly a XXX story.  Lavinia has put together a very interesting story line. I am not a prude but this was a bit more than I expected. It did make for a good read if you like this. If not don't take this. Bliss is a free soul. She wants to be free and not held back by a husband. Stephan is her childhood friend and he loves her. She refuses to marry him so he dares her to find what she will be missing. She has lost everything she ever loved. This book also needs to help the reader through the ending. I liked this book and hope you will too. Please grab this book to read. Enjoy your reading!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Ms. Kent’s erotica is sophisticated, elegant, and as delicate as the finest lace. BOUND BY BLISS is historically accurate, delightfully sensual, as easy to read as it is to slip on silk underwear. Ms. Kent’s Bound and Determined series is even BDSM for people who do not care about that style of romance: this book has nothing to do with characters named Christian and Ana. BOUND BY BLISS is spectacularly well-written, and I love the respect Lord Duldon shows the delightful Bliss. I am not a reader of erotica per se, but I love this series, and this book, for its elegance, its sophistication, its wonderful characters and character development. A gorgeous historical romance that happens to be a tad kinky!
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this book. I really love the adventures and Madame Rouge's and the love matches that are revealed there. I was surprised though by how much this book focused on sex. I almost felt that there was too much of it and if you know my reading habits that will probably come as a bit of a shock. I found myself wanting more of the characters and less of the bedroom. You can feel that there is so much more going on with Bliss and Stephan, they are such deep characters that I almost feel that things were missed by the sex, it was almost a distraction. I rated this a 4 and I believe it is a 4 but could easily have been a 5 had there been a few more scenes of seeing these characters interact with each other as well as others in the book more.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The third title, yet second full novel in this series, I’ve not read the earlier books in this unique historic erotic romance series from Lavinia Kent.   In this title, Bliss is the daughter of the Earl of Mirth (Love those titles by the way) and she is an impetuous, somewhat unruly young  woman. Her brother fears she is a scandal in waiting, and demands she end her flirtations and marry.  Stephan is the Earl of Duldon, and has carried a flame for Bliss for ages. While he’s more than willing to marry the recalcitrant young  woman, he knows that a proposal will send her packing. Instead, he offers to help her find the perfect fiancé, while he hopes his constant attentions will turn her eyes in his direction.  Bliss is wholly reckless and I completely understood her brother’s desire to marry her off: until Stephan and her experimentation with  him, she’d never wholly crossed the lines of propriety in terms of the time, but it was close. Very close. She’s determined not to marry, or more succinctly, marry anyone who can give her a challenge, I saw a bit of a ‘novice’ schemer in Bliss, even as I enjoyed her.   Stephan is a dominant, and desires his will be done in the bedroom and elsewhere. His attraction to Bliss starts with him subjugating his nature to not scare her: soon he sees in Bliss the ability and desire for more. She’s intrigued and quickly their pact to find her a husband move them into the bedroom.  Still, Bliss is determined not to take their relationship further than dalliances and her sexual edification.   Here is where the book had moments of over-looking a clear push and pull tied to both emotional and sexual desires. Kent went to great  lengths to build our understanding and belief in their emotional connection: those passages were unnecessarily wordy and only kept  the fairly ridiculous stubborn behavior of Bliss in the forefront. She was submitting in every way possible in the bedroom, she was curious about Stephan’s every move and moment, and she spent long passages thinking over their time and her feelings, convincing herself, not this reader, that she was simply enjoying a dalliance.  Well-crafted and exceedingly hot, the sexual scenes were laden with BDSM and submission, although Stephan’s concern for and willingness to allow Bliss to explore her fantasies, all while gently reminding her that she has choices and he will comply added levels of depth to their interactions.  While Stephan is hardly unselfish in his behavior, his careful crafting of a situation that is open and appearing to be under Bliss’ control give her choices not often afforded to women of the time, and opens the door for her to see that marriage to Stephan may NOT be exactly what she expected.   Aside from some over-wordy passages and some repetitive interior monologues, the story is unique, sensual and very sexual, all while  holding a connection to the era. While social convention is flaunted, the characters feel real, honest and plausible and kept me interested as I waited for Stephan to get his wish.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility.