Ravishing Ruby: A Bound and Determined Novel

Ravishing Ruby: A Bound and Determined Novel

by Lavinia Kent

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Torn between duty and desire, London’s most infamous madam fights for a future with the love of her life: an insatiable, ruggedly charming American sailor.
Emma Scanton’s grandfather wants her to marry. Though he means well, he has no idea that his sweet, shy granddaughter leads a double life as the proprietress of Madame Rouge’s. “Ruby” doesn’t mean to disappoint her family—in fact, there’s quite a bit about the job she would gladly leave behind—but she cannot bear the thought of losing her most beloved admirer: Captain Derek Price. What would she do without his muscular arms encircling her waist or his rough chin scraping her cheek? No, marriage is out of the question, for Ruby and for Emma.
Beckoned back to England to assume his role as heir to the family fortune, Derek will soon enter into a suitable marriage. But not without one last visit to see Madame Rouge. During the long months away, Derek could only think of Ruby: her luscious lips and cobalt eyes, the swell of her breasts against the bodice of her gown. Derek’s rich, attractive fiancée, selected for him by his family, is perfectly lovely. But Derek wants the ravenous, ravishing Ruby . . . for far more than one night.
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Praise for Ravishing Ruby
“Kent skillfully rounds out a full narrative of ­Ruby’s and Derek’s distinct struggles, while keeping the text chock-full of varied, vibrant . . . scenes—Ruby and Derek’s chemistry is just as explosive during their unbridled trysts as with their slow, ardent lovemaking.”Library Journal
“A quick read but a highly enjoyable one that had just the right amount of angst and emotion, as well as a few fun twists.”—The Romance Factor
“Kent has very strongly established herself as a writer of sensual and steamy Regency romance.”—Libromancer’s Apprentice
Praise for Lavinia Kent’s Bound and Determined series
“A refined, sophisticated and tasteful historical romance . . . The mood is very seductive but still playful, and the sex scenes are scorching hot. . . . Revealing Ruby is superbly written, moves along quickly; it’s a very enjoyable read.”Fresh Fiction, on Revealing Ruby
“Steamy . . . Kent’s lively prose keeps the reader drawn in from start to finish.”Library Journal (starred review), on Mastering the Marquess
“Sexy, steamy . . . an entertaining read.”Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews, on Mastering the Marquess
“[A] tale of sexual exploration and liberation . . . the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read.”Heroes and Heartbreakers, on Mastering the Marquess

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101965009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: Bound and Determined , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 285
Sales rank: 131,913
File size: 924 KB

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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Ravishing Ruby: A Bound and Determined Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Ruby is Madame Rouge, owner and operator of a famous and, if you will, elegant pleasure house in London. She takes very good care of her girls and creates an atmosphere that ensures all her patrons have a memorable experience with class, comfort, and attention. But Ruby is also Emma Scanton, the illegitimate daughter of a duke, raised by her tradesman grandparents in the countryside. She visits them whenever she can and they know nothing of her other life in London. Captain Derek Price is an occasional patron of Madame Rouge’s. The first time he appeared, Ruby broke her own rule and seduced him for herself and now, whenever he’s in town, though rarely, he visits her. In addition to smoking hot sex, they have intense and often personal conversations. They share their pasts, their fears, and their hopes and dreams. But Derek intends to marry an heiress and move to America to further his mill business and Ruby’s hand is being forced into marriage by her grandfather. And this is where the story gets a little cloudy and slow. I don’t quite understand why Ruby’s grandfather is threatening her to marry when she seems to have her own successful and lucrative life in the big city. Derek seems to need to wed an heiress but his intended wants a very different life than he does. Derek wants Ruby but I also don’t see why he can’t have her. They are both unconventional free spirits who love each other but won’t admit it. They think it’s just a sexual relationship but, deep down, both know (and hope) it could be something more and are afraid to hope that it’s real. Ravishing Ruby is the third book in Lavinia Kent’s historical erotic Bound and Determined series set in Regency England. Its stories revolve around Madame Rouge’s House of Pleasure and the men and women who make matches there. But I feel it somehow loses steam in this one, though the writing is excellent as it has been through this strong and smart series. The flaw here is an implausible plot conflict that is only moved forward by coincidence as both Ruby and Derek have connections in the textile industry. This series is best read in order to follow the continuing threads of sub plots and romances as former characters make cameo appearances throughout each book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each is better than the last...!
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
Once again I'm impressed with the historical references and accuracy provided by Lavinia Kent. We to revisit Ruby, Madame Rouge, once again and it's no less fulfilling this time around. The idea of a Madame having such connections is just downright fun! The harshness with which society treats those that don't conform to their standards is brought to play in the forcing of a young lady to enter into the profession but then we get to see how Ruby took what she was given and made the best out of it, ending up finding love and a sense of harmony with her family.
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
Emotional And Steamy What does sweet Emma Scanton, Ruby and Madame Rouge, have in common? They are one and the same person. Seduced and ruined at the age of seventeen by a young lord, Emma is rejected by her father. She’s forced to make her own way in life, and to her luck, buys the brothel from her mother’s friend, Madame Noir, who wished to finally retire. Now, at twenty-eight, she is Madame Rouge, one of the famous madames in London. Ruby has many rules, one is never to indulge with her patrons. But there’s one irresistibly handsome sea captain she wants as lover. Ruby bent the rules for one night, three months ago, and once again, he appears at her doorstep. American captain Derek Price is commanding and focused on building his trade in textile between merchants in London and his family in Rhode Island. But he can’t get Ruby out of his thoughts ever since the one night, she came to him to join in his bath as Emma. Emma with her blonde beauty and seeming innocence, not as sultry Ruby with a red wig, wielding lush curves in seductive allure. Only Derek knows her secret. She plays as Emma when she visits her grandparents on Sundays. With Derek she recognizes the same emotions in herself, that of desire, need, pain, and the wanting of more. Except, Ruby has consigned herself to a life that includes an exhausting, yet profitable business, but she’s left feeling lonely and disheartened, deeply wishing for love and family. Derek wants his family’s approval, and that means getting married to Anne whose family would help build the business in America. With the news of Derek’s impending engagement, Ruby’s dream is in danger of being crushed, and her heart along with it. Ravishing Ruby is deeply emotional, both entertaining and titillating. There is so much desire and sizzling chemistry between Ruby and Derek, you can’t help but feel they belong together. I love the idea of Ruby being portrayed as a strong heroine; intelligent, headstrong, with sturdy determination to make a success of herself. But also sensual and playful with her games of seduction. She refuses to be victim of men’s thoughtlessness; first the young lord who ruined her and then by her father who tossed her away when he found out, and a grandfather who refused to acknowledge her talent with business. Yes, that certainly pulled at my heartstring as to why she had so very little support. Even though her grandparents love Emma, they hadn’t fully accepted her except to say she was a distant cousin because she was illegitimate. And they don’t know she’s Madame Rouge. Thank goodness that didn’t matter to Derek as he came to his senses, admitted he loved and wanted Ruby. My only complaint is the ending. Though Ruby and Derek declare their love, and voiced their choices of future possibilities, I was left wanting. An epilogue of their future would have rounded the story out very nicely, and put my inner romantic girly to bed with warm feelings. In conclusion, the characters are admirable and likeable, the story is strong with twists and lush descriptive scenes, and the writing is fluid which made for a very enjoyable read. Beware, this is an erotic historical romance, and there is a lot of sizzling hotness coming off the pages. I love my romance plenty steamy, and imaginative, and this story has pages and pages and pages of it. I did get a bit dizzy. But after a pitcher of margarita I was feeling no pain and quite amorous. So, there’s your caution. I recommend Ravishing Rub
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Bound and Determined series. Emma Scanton's grandfather is determined that she will get married. If she doesn't, he will cut off on contact with her grandmother. Not wanting to give up her family, Emma agrees to his demands on the condition that she has some time to find her own husband. The problem is that Emma is also known as Ruby the owner of Madame Rouge, a high end brothel and the one man that she could see marrying doesn't know about her life as Emma. Captain Dereck Price is just about to get engaged to an English heiress. But he can't get his one night with Ruby out of his mind. Deciding that he can continue his visits until he is in fact betrothed, he never imagined that he would get so close to the red-headed beauty. Now he must make a decision of following his heart or the wishes of his family. So after reading Revealing Ruby, I wanted to know what happen to Ruby and her Captain!! Kent did not disappoint. The chemistry between Ruby and the Captain was red hot and not just in the bedroom. You could feel the connection they had just when they are talking and learning about the other. They were able to open up to each other unlike what they have been able to do in the past. Keep in mind that this is another read that is not for the faint of heart! While it is definitely erotica, he does have a very worthwhile storyline. Thanks go out to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.