Lord Archibald Cambury, Marquess of Camburton, has never wanted for anything . . . except normalcy. Although he adores both of his loving mothers, and his vivacious twin sister with her two husbands, he wants a wife. One wife. Full stop. Is that so much to ask?
Miss Selina Ashby appears to be everything Archie has always wanted in a marchioness: demure, soft-spoken, and pretty, with a quick mind and delectable humor. Yes, she is a bit forward, but he chalks that up to youth. Yes, she has a very particular friend in Beatrix Farnsworth, but he chalks that up to loyalty. He is a lord; she is a lady; they are in love.And so they marry. That should be the end of it.
But when Archie discovers that his wife is as passionate with her particular friend Beatrix as he is with his particular friend Christopher, his world is shattered. He must decide if Selina's love is big enough for both of them-and whether normalcy is truly more important than the love he feels for both the man and the woman who have become so dear to him.
|Publisher:||Riptide Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
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Once again Mulry has created a fast paced, racy novel that left me reeling. Yes sex (in many forms and permutations) was an integral part of this novel, but it was more than simply an interlude. It was part of who the characters were and helped to forward the novel. This is an enjoyable historical romance with lots of heat and spice. The well-developed characters in this novel truly helped to carry it forward. Not only did Mulry develop them as individuals, but also in their relationships with one another. The differing personalities of the characters serve to highlight who they really are, and show that opposites really do attract, and sometimes in the most unique of manners. This was a unique historical romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. Mulry turns up the heat on your typical novel of the genre and adds in elements that make it stand out, all the while showing it in a historical context. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
After growing up in a household with two moms and his sister having two husbands, Lord Archibald Cambury wants a little normalcy in his life, meaning the perfect Marchioness to be his wife. He begins to pursue Selina Ashby. Little does he know she has a few surprises for him. I really liked this book, the story held my interest. The characters are entertaining and the story sexy and fast paced. It you love erotic historicals, and if MM/FF/MF or not an issue for you this is a page turner. Enjoy.
This erotic novella is part of Megan Mulry’s “Bound” series, though the stories are not connected by characters, only titles. But they focus on unconventional relationships in the early nineteenth century Europe. Archie Cambury, a scientist and a nobleman, likes a calm and orderly world. So when Miss Selina Ashby, the daughter of a viscount, ventures into his life, he’s overwhelmed by her sexual precociousness and direct overtures. Archie needs a wife but Selina Ashby is a very unconventional woman. He is drawn to her but fears his life will be out of control. And he’s right. To his shock (and somewhat delight) she propositions him and he doesn’t know what to make of it. “…such vexation was yet another indication Selina Ashby was not the right woman for him. He did not wish to be vexed.” Archie’s own mother, Vanessa, has a female lover so he is no stranger to different sexual relationships. But he is uncomfortable with the untraditional. Yet he himself is bisexual. Or, at first, homosexual. Until he is attracted to the unorthodox and free loving Selina. His mother and her lover help break down Archie’s defenses and bring Selina and Archie to an understanding. Selina lives life to the very fullest, but on her own terms. She’s independent after breaking free of her dysfunctional family and she’s also a writer. She shares a romantic relationship with Beatrix, a pianist. But Selina wants it all: a home, a husband, children, and two lovers, Beatrix and Archie. She is attracted to Archie and is also curious about being with a man. When she makes advances on him (with the absent Beatrix’s blessing), Archie is excited and aroused but ultimately turns her down. He wants to do the correct and proper thing which is, of course, the last thing Selina wants. “God, how she loved his propriety. She wanted to slink around it like a randy cat, rubbing up against his upstanding self.” Luckily for Archie, he has Christopher, his bold and brash lover. Christopher brings out Archie’s wild side, something that Selina also wishes to do. Archie’s relationship with Christopher cements Selina’s determination that Archie is the man for her. If he is willing to enjoy a sexual relationship with a man, surely he won’t mind more than that. Or will he? But Archie only wants a wife and is not interested in more, until Selina and Christopher convince him. This part of the story seems a little contrived, as I can’t imagine anyone changing their mind so fast about something that seems so innate to their personality. But it’s a novella and the plot does need to move along at a quicker pace. Of course, being an erotic historical, the sex here is very graphic but it’s also tastefully and sensually written. The narrative is eloquent and often humorous as these two navigate a way to be together. My one complaint is I don’t really care for the cover; it seems awkward, uncomfortable, and staged. If you’re looking for an untraditional and historical erotic read, this novella (as well as the rest in the series) are entertaining and enjoyable.