The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton

The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton

by Stacy Reid

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Beneath Lily Layton’s sweet and charming exterior beats the heart of a vixen—one with shocking and scandalous secrets and desires. But as a genteel lady, she confines her forbidden fantasies, like those about her employer’s devastatingly handsome son, to her diary…until she loses it.

Oliver Carlyle, Marquess of Ambrose, has finally found the perfect wife, a woman who will not hide from his dark, carnal cravings. He just needs to figure out who she is. When he has a secret rendezvous with a mysterious stranger, suddenly he starts to believe she might be the author of the diary.

He’s determined to find out who his mystery woman is…

His biggest fear—and deepest fantasy—is she may be the one woman he cannot have.

Each book in the Sweetest Taboo series is STANDALONE:
* Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
* Passion and Ink by Naima Simone
* The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640636101
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/18/2019
Series: Sweetest Taboo , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 26,201
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

I am an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. I especially love romance and enjoy writing about people falling in love. I live a lot in the worlds I create, and I actively speak to my characters (out loud). I have a warrior way, “Never give up on my dream.” When I am not writing, I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead, Lucas Hood from Banshee, watching Japanese Anime, and playing video games with my love— Du’Sean. I also have a horrible weakness for ice cream.

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April 1818
Hampshire, England Belgrave Manor

The small, dark brown leather book appeared quite innocuous until one dared to fold back the worn cover and skim the first few pages. Oliver Simon Carlyle, the ninth Marquess of Ambrose, had been reading the same entry for the past several minutes, unable to credit the words written in such elegant, flowing script. Absolutely nothing at all indicated the lascivious and shockingly arousing content of what had revealed itself to be a diary of the most scandalous sort.

Dearest Diary,

My husband, God rest his soul, said my desires are abhorrent and unladylike and had admonished me most severely. I tried so hard to be proper, but it seems I am destined to be damned. Last evening, I stood in the eastern secret passage in Belgrave manor and watched as Lord R parted his lover's legs and licked her glistening slit. Lady W screamed, grabbed his head, and rocked onto his face. She appeared so wild and so wonderfully free.

To my utter shame and pleasure, I got wet, so achingly wet. I ran as quietly as possible through the hidden passage to my chamber and flung myself under the covers. God help me, I touched myself. I was not ladylike ... I thrust two fingers deep into my slippery channel and —

Oliver closed the slim black leather volume softly, a harsh breath hissing through his lips. He had been reading the diary for the last hour, unable to stop, though he was consciously aware these were the private thoughts of someone who would never have shared such private and wanton feelings with him. Or anyone else, for that matter.

These were the deepest secrets of a lady attending his mother's weeklong house party. The party had, in truth, been at his request, so that he could view a potential bride in an intimate setting instead of the more public marriage marts of the season. If Oliver recalled accurately, there were only fifty guests in attendance, and at least thirty were of the fairer sex. Now he was consumed with one question: who was the author?

The idea that a lady of the ton, even if she was a widow, had written such thoughts was positively indecent, and — since he was being honest — vastly intriguing and titillating to his jaded tastes.

With a rough scoff, he dropped the diary onto the stone bench on which he reposed. He would leave it where he'd found it, and possibly the owner would retrace her steps and recover it soon. Clearly, it had not been left to the elements and discovery for long. A light rain had fallen earlier in the morning, and the pages of the diary were dry ... and arousing ... and sinful.

Cursing himself virulently for his weakness, Oliver grabbed it and randomly picked a page.

Dearest Diary,

Sir Elliot offered for me today. I confess to being surprised, for though he paid calls upon me a few times, the baronet never expressed a romantic attachment of any sort. There is a distinct appeal to remarrying a man who already has his heir. I would once again be the mistress of my own home, and I would have the amiable companionship of Sir Elliot, without the expectation to produce issue, since he has his heir, a spare, and the most delightful little girl. If only he were not twice my age and more of a father figure to me. It is quite distressing to imagine running my tongue over his chest and down to his manhood as I had attempted with dear Robert. Perhaps Sir Elliot would be similarly disgusted with my wantonness and —

Oliver snapped the book closed and tilted his head to the sky. Bloody hell. She was young if she considered the baronet, who couldn't be a day over fifty years, old enough to be her father ... and her dead husband had been called Robert. That should narrow down Oliver's search.

What the hell am I saying? He had no interest in discovering the identity of the author. To what purpose? He couldn't return her diary with any explanation that would not cause her great distress. Even if he lied and said he hadn't read the pages, her mortification would be great, indeed.

Nor could he leave it where he found it on the grass under the cypress tree by the gazebo for another unsuspecting soul to stumble upon her lusty and scandalous musings.

Perhaps he should simply burn it.

He glanced toward where he'd found the damning journal, his gaze assessing each young lady who strolled by. None looked anxious, and a few gave him inviting smiles, no doubt hearing wedding bells, since it had been made known he was on the hunt for a wife. He was two and thirty and was quite bored. The usual debauchery that privileged gentlemen of his ilk enjoyed no longer seemed exciting. The pleasure gardens, the reckless racing, scandalous pursuits, and even the rousing debates in Parliament hardly moved him anymore.

There was an emptiness in his soul he couldn't understand, and nothing of late seemed to fill the void. He had bid his last mistress adieu over eight months past and been without a lover since. Oliver had seen no point in searching for another when his last three had left him so uninspired and frustrated. His mother had even clucked and urged him to take the waters in Bath to cure his ennui.

It was as if the world were painted in shades of gray, and he was waiting for a ray of something ... anything to burst through the bleak dreariness and inspire him to simply feel.

One of his closest friends, the Duke of Basil, had taken the plunge into matrimony several months past, and the man seemed at peace and happy with his new duchess. The arrow of envy that had pierced his heart whenever he spied them together had stunned Oliver.

He had never begrudged a man more in his life. The duke had found love with Elizabeth Armstrong, an American heiress, and had shocked society. His Grace also seemed content and not likely to procure himself a mistress, which meant the duke's American satisfied his darker cravings. And Oliver had some notion of what they were; after all, they had both shared Lady Wimbledon for a night or two ... at the same time.

Oliver wanted a similar happiness. In fact, he quite hungered for a wife ... and eventually, children. That need was tempered by his keen desire to find a lady who would appreciate all his desires — even the ones a few of his mistresses had labeled as depraved and shocking. That had been his main reason for not rushing recklessly into matrimony.

His father had taught him at the age of sixteen that a wife must never be subjected to his base and darker urges. Mistresses were designed for rough and carnal tupping, and it was to be expected that he should have two women to sate all his needs.

Except ... Oliver did not want that. He'd seen how it had torn up his mother and put a strain on his parents' marriage. But this was a notion that would have sent his father to an early grave, had he not already passed a few years ago.

Oliver stood, the book gripped lightly in his hand, and strolled down to the lakeside. The waters were blessedly empty, as most of the guests were playing croquet or already indulging in a light luncheon on the freshly mowed lawns. A few boats had been prepared for rowing, and he untied the ropes tethering one and climbed aboard. After securing the diary on the inside of his superfine jacket, he grabbed the oars and propelled himself farther out onto the lake. Once he was a safe distance from the shoreline, he stopped rowing and allowed the boat to drift at its own speed atop the placid waters.

Though he had decided to destroy the diary, he would first consume its pages. Interest had taken hold of his mind, and he wanted to read as much as possible, perhaps everything, before he chucked it away. He opened the slim volume once more and started to read. After a few minutes, a few truths made themselves evident.

The author was familiar with the inner workings of Belgrave Manor and its secret passages. Perhaps she had visited before and not just for this weekend's house party. A friend of his mother?

Oliver's closest friend, Thomas Pennington, the Earl of Radbourne, had been in residence for a few weeks, and the little minx had sojourned in the secret passages of the east wing, which led to the guest chambers Thomas stayed in. Oliver was positive he was the Lord R referred to in her diary entry. Apparently, his friend had a mole on his left backside and a manhood that could have been more impressive. Sweet Christ.

A rough chuckle escaped Oliver. What would Thomas say if he knew one of Oliver's lady guests traversed the hidden hallways and spied on him while he had his pleasures? No doubt the earl would be amused and seek to uncover her identity so he could seduce her, too. Thomas was a notorious rake and libertine who enjoyed the challenge of a conquest far too much.

A swift denial roared through Oliver at the very idea. If anyone were to seduce his mysterious author, it would be him.

He paused as that awareness settled inside him. He was vaguely startled to feel the prickling of heat rushing through his veins, since there had been a distinct lack of interest on his part for any female companionship of late. Oliver delved into the pages, engrossed in her musings. He vacillated from anger to amusement.

Her husband had slapped her because of her unladylike desires, and the shame she expressed for having them made Oliver wish the man were alive so he could call him out and put a bullet through his priggish soul. What a blathering fool, to have been blessed with a woman of unrestrained passion, only to reprimand her harshly for what appeared to be her natural sensuality. Her husband had been a man like Oliver's father, who believed wives should display no cravings of the flesh — those were reserved for mistresses.

As he read further, a pattern in her artful words emerged. Each time his mother had hosted an event, the mysterious author had made use of the secret passages of his estate. The widow was, indeed, someone intimately familiar with his mother, for her to have been invited to the last two balls and the garden party last month.

His heart slammed hard inside when his name leaped from the pages.

Dearest Diary,

The Marchioness of Ambrose introduced me to her son a few months past at her garden party, and I do not believe he even glanced at my face. I, however, was inexplicably aware of him, in a manner I have never felt with another man. He hardly notices me, nor do I recall the marquess ever favoring me with his charming sensuality. But I notice him — the width of his shoulders and the power in his body. I've found no flaw in those wide shoulders, lean waist, and long limbs. Ambrose intrigues me. There is something lonely about his eyes, and those unsmiling lips have been haunting my dreams of late. What would it be like to be held, kissed, and taken by such a man? This inappropriate need I can feel stirring inside must stop. However, I am at a loss how to do so. No doubt the marchioness would be appalled if she had an inkling of the cravings her son has been inspiring inside me.

Oliver chuckled. Sweet Mercy. With one entry, his interest multiplied infinitely. What he would do if he discovered her — or what he would say — eluded him, but now it seemed as if his entire existence hinged on meeting her. His mouth went dry, and anticipation scythed through his heart, the eager feeling making him falter.

He was not a reckless man, nor was he the sort to be controlled by his desires. If that had been the situation, he would have been haunting the darkest and most decadent brothels in London to purchase women to sate his rougher cravings. His friends had never understood the desire he had for a lover ... someone with whom he had more of a connection than simply riding them to fulfillment and never seeing them again.

He'd tried it once, had traveled to Soho Square and visited London's premier brothel and pleasure palace — Aphrodite. After several hours of debauchery, he had been wrung dry and his cock had hung limply, but inside there had been the echo of emptiness and unfulfillment that had lingered for months. He hadn't repeated the experience, to his friends' dismay.

Find her ...

The temptation whispered in his mind and arrowed down to his cock. Oliver scrubbed a hand over his face, unable to accept that he wanted to act with such recklessness. For it was certainly foolhardy to be so consumed with trying to find the author. Where in God's name would he even begin? The secret passages spanned both wings of Belgrave Manor, but from what he could tell, she only seemed familiar with the eastern one. What could he do? Haunt the corridors of his house simply to uncover her identity? And then what ... seduce her?

If his mistresses had been unable to accommodate his needs, he doubted a genteel, respectable lady would be willing to indulge them without hysterics.

What if she is the one?

He tumbled the idea through his thoughts. Without a doubt, she was a lady of society, young and seemingly willing to remarry. She wasn't a virginal debutante who would be prone to hysterics the first time he pushed his cock between her lips and farther down to massage the back of her throat. A groan escaped as the image blared through his mind. Frustration surged as the shadowy figure bent on her knees sucking his cock drifted away like smoke in the wind. He wanted her face, her hair ... it was this unknown woman he wanted to picture.

He glanced down at the diary clutched in his hands. He would probably regret the impulse, but he would find her. She was here in his home, perhaps traversing the secret hallways. Oliver had to start acting now. The house party would be over in seven days, and then she would vanish. He tucked the book inside his jacket, grabbed the oars, and pushed himself to the shore.

A few moments later Oliver strolled across the lawns toward the side entrance. A few short minutes later, he entered his manor.

"My lord," Branson, the manor's at times pompous butler, intoned.

Oliver handed him his jacket and top hat. "Where is the marchioness?"

"Her ladyship is in the Rose room, my lord."

Oliver ambled down the hallway, bypassing the library for a smaller and more intimate drawing room his mother favored. After a perfunctory knock, he pushed open the door and entered. His mother was seated by the windows, knitting, and the only other occupant was her lady's companion, Mrs. Layton.

His mother glanced up and, warmth lit in her hazel eyes. "Oliver, what a marvelous surprise. I thought you would have been in Town until Friday. I know you deplore house parties, and I believed you'd only be coming down for the ball. I'm quite pleased to see you are dedicated to the pursuit of a wife."

"Mother," he greeted her, bending low to press a brief kiss on her cheek. "I thought it prudent to be here as early as possible." She beamed in approval. His mother had wanted him to find a wife and fill the nursery ever since he reached his majority. Over the last few years, she had been encouraging him to make his choice, more like a thorn in his side than a loving matron. He'd made her the happiest mother in society when he had announced his intention to settle down.

There was a rustle, and he glanced around in time to see her lady's companion chewing furiously to get rid of whatever edible she had consumed. The lady quickly washed down the remains with a few healthy swallows of her tea. After setting the cup back in its saucer, she launched to her feet.

"My lord," she said a bit breathlessly, dipping into an elegant curtsy.

The dark blue muslin dress she wore seemed a bit tight, and her breasts strained delightfully at the top. He snapped his eyes upward, appalled at the direction his thoughts had taken. This was the second time he'd had an inappropriate thought about his mother's companion. The first had been a month ago, when he had come upon her on her knees in this very room, trying to reach for a button under the chaise. Her rounded ass had been temptation itself, and a visceral image of sinking his cock into her while she was in that very delectable position had blasted through his mind.

He had blamed his reaction on the fact he had been without a woman for several months. Oliver had suppressed the chaotic urges in his body and had departed without a word. He had never been the type of man to seduce servants or dependents in his own household. No, that had been his father, who had tupped every chambermaid he could get his hands on, humiliating Oliver's mother without regard for her honor and sensibilities.

"Mrs. Layton," he said, a bit too icily, for in her widened eyes he spied confusion at his terseness. Directing his attention back to his mother, he asked, "Have you compiled the list of eligible ladies?"

"Oh, Oliver, I am so pleased you are taking such interest. Mrs. Layton and I were just discussing the best candidates," she said, plucking a sheaf of paper from the small table and handing it to him.


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nelriv 7 months ago
This book was a little out there. In a roundabout way it is a love story. We have Mrs. Layton a widow who decided to keep a diary of all of her wanted thoughts. Her last husband was a vicar and constantly told her how she was wicked so Lily thought that her thoughts were wrong but she couldn't help her desires. She is working for Lady Ambrose and her son is gorgeous and she does have some scandalous thoughts about him. Lord Ambrose find this diary and sets out to find this woman, they have some secret liasons threw some secret passages in his home not knowing who the other was since it was dark. When he does find out who it is, he can't help but pursue her knowing that he could never marry her, she is not in his social circles but atlast love will conquer all and he wont care that he turns his mistress into his wife..There is some voyeurism involved.. Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
Anonymous 7 months ago
The plot hums along with wit and good writing; albeit, with a few grammar errors.
Kat Wiley 7 months ago
Can you say steamy?! The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton is book 3 in the Sweetest Taboo series. Though in a series this book can be read as a standalone. Stacy is such an amazing writer and I always enjoy reading her books and this is no exception. Her characters are lovable, the story is original and easy to follow. Can a couple from different classes fall in love? In this story they can and I just love that. To take a women who was married to a vicar and has a bigger appetite for sex is truly a creative way of thinking and that is what I love about Stacy’s books. She never ceases to surprise me. This story has a secret passage, a found diary, shyness, understanding, obsession, taking risks, kindness, misunderstandings, neglect, mystery and finding that one true love that enjoy the same things. I highly recommend this book is you don’t mind some really steamy sex scenes. ***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.
CaroleBurant57 8 months ago
Wowzers, I think I melted a few times while reading this's HOT, HOT, HOT!!! This is what I love about this author, she's not scared of pushing the limits in her historical romance stories. Oliver Carlyle, Marquess of Ambrose, finds a diary and out of curiosity starts to read it. Lo and behold, it includes a woman's deepest sexual fantasies and he wants to find whose diary it is because the fantasies are ones he has himself! Lily Layton, companion to Oliver's mother, is in a panic, wondering where her diary went to and searches all over for it. She and Oliver end up meeting in a dark, secret tunnel that she mentions in her diary but neither of them knows who the other is because they disguise their voices and it's so dark, they can barely see. There and then, he starts to give her the fantasies that she secretly wishes for.....I'm telling you, folks, it's HOT! lol I really loved Oliver and Lily's story and give this a solid 5 stars. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
moonfox1234 8 months ago
This delicious historical romance was scorching hot!! I really liked Lily and Oliver's story. I thought both characters were likable and I thought they made a good couple. It was very easy to feel for Lily. She has certainly been unlucky in love and I found my heart aching for her and quickly hoping that this time she would get lucky and get that HEA this time. As for Oliver, I liked him. I thought he was charming, honorable and simply a great guy. He knew what he wanted and was willing to go for it. Added to all this heat is some very heavy emotional drama. All together it creates a extremely fun and enjoyable romance.
BookReview4you 8 months ago
The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid is the story of Oliver Carlyle, Marquess of Ambrose and Lily Layton. Lilly is a twice widower who is now a companion with Dowager Marchioness of Ambrose who wants to play matchmaker for her and find her a new husband. In addition the Marchioness is planning to find her son a wife. Lily doesn't want to remarry since neither marriage was fulfilling for her nor her desires. Lily puts her thoughts in desires in a note book that now has gone missing. Oliver is board with his titled life and knows that he has to marry but wishes to find the women who has put such passionate thoughts to paper. Their romance starts in secret but their passion can't stay in the shadows for long. I totally loved their story! I am such a fan of Ms. Reid's romances...they have everything I love to read.
PegC51 8 months ago
Oliver Carlyle, Marquess of Ambrose is at the house party to find a wife. What he finds is a diary written by a woman who fascinates him, a woman with whom he can be himself in life and in the bedroom. Lily Layton has lost her diary and is frantic to find it before someone reads it and learns her dark and unconventional desires. Clues in the diary lead him to a tryst (or two) with Lily in a dark secret passage in the manor. Because these wonderful experiences occurred in darkness, neither knows who the other is. The search is on. When they discover each other in the daylight, what will happen? Stacy Reid has written a sensual and emotional story. Oliver and Lily are both quite likable. Oliver is charming, honorable, a little rowdy, and adventurous in the bedchamber. Lily is twice widowed and is afraid of trying love and marriage a third time. She is sweet, kind, generous, and, according to her diary, wishes to be adventurous in the bedchamber. I like the secondary characters. Lily’s family was wonderful and funny. Radbourne is a wild one, but a great friend for Oliver. Lady Ambrose is staid, as a society matron should be, but loves Oliver and wants him to be happy. The story has a little mystery (for awhile), uncertainty, humor, romance, drama, and hot naughty times in (and out of) the bedchamber. At a time when a potentially devastating disappointment is revealed, Oliver makes a most passionate declaration of love. Grab a fan and a hanky. This one sizzles and has heart!
Ajgray 8 months ago
Loved the story. It is well written, entertaining and highly sensual. The love between Oliver and Lily is not the norm for the ton but they have found a love that is rare in that day and time. Lily’s station in life is below the Marquess’ but love won out. There is a surprise at the end and it is worth reading to find out what happens. If you like steamy and sensual readings, you will love this book. I would highly recommend it as a great read.
Sunshine1006 8 months ago
If you found a diary with no name, would you be tempted to read it? Oliver, Lord Ambrose did and realized that the writer is a woman with desires as deep and dark as his own. Lily is a widow, who is a companion for Lady Ambrose, Oliver's mother. During a house party where Oliver is looking for a wife, he meets Lily. She is attractive but the catch of the season is looking for his equal, not an employee in his house. Lily is caught in a secret passageway watching two people make love when a man meets her. He knows she is the author of the diary but they can neither see who the other is and don't share names, only tantalizing things both want. Will he find out who she is and love her anyway? She is his match as no one else has ever been. He wants one woman, not a wife and a mistress. Loved this book. It is eroticism at it's best, a story as good as the sex scenes. I received this book from Net Galley and Entangled Publishing for a honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
saranko 8 months ago
WOW! This book was Hot Hot HOT! And I Loved every second of it! This is a story of a twice widow Lily Layton and her coming into her own. Her second marriage to the local Vicar did a number on her, as she was made to feel sinful and unnatural for her sexual urges. Now living as a lady's companion she writes down all of her desires in her private diary, including her longing for her employer's son Oliver Carlyle, the Marquess of Ambrose. The books starts out with Lily searching for said diary as she has unfortunately misplaced it on her walk. While she never mentions her name in the book she fears discovery if it should find its way into the wrong hands. Of course the diary makes its way to the Marquess' hands and lets just say from this point on you will want a glass of water and a fan near by!!! This book is right up my alley, plenty of steaminess with a solid story line. I often find that I end up having to compromise one for the other with most books, but not so with this one!! Do yourself a favor and pick this one up! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
SW0314 8 months ago
OMG. Loved this book! Lily loses her diary full of scandalous thoughts and desires featuring Oliver. As the Marquess, he needs to marry and produce an heir. Lily is a twice widowed companion to his mother. After a passionate interlude in the dark where neither is aware of who the other is, they find themselves drawn to each other in spite of the differences in social class. Reid uses her storytelling to develop the love story with situations that threaten their love for one another. Reid has done it again with robust character development and an intriguing story line. There are super steamy love scenes and it is well worth the read.
Historical_Romance_Lover 8 months ago
I loved Lily and Oliver's story!! Lily has been in 2 marriages that have suppressed her longings in the marriage bed and taught her that they are wrong. She writes about them in a diary in hopes of some how getting them out of her system. But one day she loses the dairy... Oliver finds a diary with all kids of fantasy, including some with him. He longs to meet the woman that seems such a perfect match for him. He ends up finding the woman and has a secret tryst, but he still doesn't know the identity of the woman. Could this mysterious woman be the love of his life? I loved watching these two come together. Lily who was afraid to express her desires and Oliver who thought he could never find a wife that would fill his every desire. Filled with lots of sensuality, it is not for the faint of heart!! Definitely another must read from Reid!
carvanz 8 months ago
Oh, this was sooo good! I loved the whole idea of a lost diary that held scandalous secrets and desires, one that is found by a man who longs for a woman to share his own darkest yearnings. Add to that the fact that these two meet in anonymity and neither knows the other. It was quite delicious. Lily was a wonderful heroine. She had dreams for her future and even though she was a lady’s companion she was fierce and strong. Having been widowed twice in marriages that lacked passion, she did not desire to remarry. However, that did not stop her from fantasizing about the carnal things she longed for. When the opportunity to indulge those fantasies arises she yields to the dark stranger. Oliver is ready to marry but having watched his parent’s relationship he knows exactly what he wants in his future marchioness. He wants everything. Companionship, love and a passion with his lady that is equal to his own dark urges. When he stumbles across a lascivious diary he is intrigued and determined to find the author of such open wants. And yet, even as he seeks a bride and hungers for the diary owner, he is drawn to his mother’s companion. I loved how this story unfolds. It was unpredictable and not at all how I thought they would discover each other. Their identities is not the conflict, although they certainly had to travel an unfavorable road to get to a place where they could be together. The true conflict is much more painful and my heart wept for Lily as she carries her burden alone. Once Oliver becomes aware of the situation I felt his own anguish. But holy heck! When he sets out to make things right with her it is one of the most beautiful statements of love I’ve ever read. Ever! This is a fast paced book and the chemistry between this hero and heroine was scorching as was the smexy times between them. They were perfect for each other! Full disclosure and a bit of a spoiler here that I won’t hide – they partake in two scenes of voyeurism, one where they are being watched and another where they watch. I would rather the hero not want anyone to see his lady or even hear her, but that is my own personal preference. The hero does take a “mine” stance during their scene but it wasn’t enough for me. Overall, this was a wonderful read that I will reread in the future as it had the perfect amount of wit, steam, angst, romance and one amazing epilogue.
MusicInPrint 8 months ago
Enjoyed this Erotic Love affair that lifted a widow to upper society. Reid tells a while not unusual tale but one that has interesting characters and a HEA. "Copy of this book was provided by Entangled via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my hones opinion." Other characters who would benefit from a story also.
Synergy 8 months ago
What a great romance! I’m a new fan of Ms. Reid’s! I think I’ve read 5 of her books in 4 days. I’m an insatiable reader, and her writing is a perfect example of why. Her characters are loveable, the writing is crisp and engaging and the sex scenes are smoking hot! If you’ve never read anything by her, this is as good a place to start as any. If you have, you already know the pleasure that awaits. Enjoy! I received an ARC of this book, from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
CathyGeha 8 months ago
Simon Carlyle, 9th Marquess of Ambrose has found a diary that has him intrigued. He would LOVE to find the woman who wrote it as she seems made for him. He is in the market for a wife and wants to be true to her...but...he also wants to have a wife who will meet his needs...all of them. This book felt “of the times” and at times reminded me of the book Fanny Hill and yet with a bit more heat and better quality of writing. Clandestine meetings, couplings in the dark secret passages of an estate home, fantasies fulfilled and even though I felt this in some ways more fantasy than reality I truly did relate to Lily and Ambrose as they worked their way toward love and what that could and would mean to both of them with the differences in their stations and having to deal with a secret Lily was carrying. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled – Scorched for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
PennySparkles 8 months ago
4 “Kinky historical” Stars Get your fans out people, this is one seriously hot read!! The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton is a fun, engaging and slightly kinky historical romance. Lily, an intelligent, charming and innately sensuous widow has been taught to deny and hide her carnal desires as it’s shameful and unladylike to crave such things. The only place she can let that part of herself free is while writing in her diary, and when she loses it all hell breaks loose. Oliver, the Marquess of Ambrose, is ready to settle down. Only he wants to find a woman who not only meets the social requirements, but who shares his most shocking desires. He wants a companion in every way possible and when he finds a most intriguing diary, he sets to find out who it belongs to as the lady seems to share his cravings for… naughty shenanigans. A mysterious encounter in a secret passage, leaves both Oliver and Lily enthralled with one another, but ignorant of the other’s identity. At the same time, Oliver asks Lily, as his mother’s companion, to help him chose a wife from his mother’s “selection”. Interacting as themselves they realize their mutual attraction translates into incredible chemistry but their difference in station is only one of the many obstacles in even considering a courtship. I absolutely loved this story. Oliver was one kinky lord and he really knew how to… do stuff. He was charismatic, bossy, sexy AF and the sweetest man at the same time. Lily had to fight some conditioning from her previous marriage, but Oliver was eager to help her out with that, and their encounters were off the charts hot. I absolutely loved them together, mysteriously rendezvousing or not. They were always hot but once deeper feelings begin to show it was even hotter. The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton is an easy to read historical with great characters, a delightful romance and lots of kinky, scorching hot sex. You definitely want to give this one a try. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
Noire 8 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton written by Stacey Reid is the third book in Entangled Publishings Sweetest Taboo Series. This one is a historical and the other two are modern so they definitely can be read as stand-alones. I was not quite sure what the taboo in this book was unless it was don’t tup your staff, the difference in stations or perhaps it refers to some of the fantasies in Lily’s diary. Oliver Carlyle Marquess of Ambrose finds a woman’s diary outside during a house party at his country estate and in it’s pages finds himself starring in some very steamy fantasies. The purpose of the house party is for Oliver to meet young women suitable for him to marry as he has decided its time to wed. Fascinated by the diary he searches its pages for clues never once suspecting the the mystery woman is his mother’s companion the twice widowed Lily Layton. Definitely a book to warm you up on a cold winters night. Super Steamy with some light bondage and Voyeurism. Publishing Date February 18, 2019 #NetGalley #TheScandalousDiaryOfLilyLayton #StaceyReid #EntangledPublishing
MoniqueD 8 months ago
Oliver Carlyle, the marquess of Ambrose, has finally decided it is time he got married. To this purpose, his mother has organised a house party where he might find a suitable bride. Oliver is a romantic at heart, but dispairs of ever finding a wife who would accept his preferred type of bedsport. When he reads a diary filled with naughty entries, Oliver's hopes rise. Is it possible that his dream woman is attending the house party? Who is she? How to find her without compromising her? Mrs. Lily Layton is beyond distraught! If anyone came to know that she, a proper widow and companion to the marquess' mother, is the author of such a diary she would be humiliated! THE SCANDALOUS DIARY OF LILY LAYTON is an ingenious and sexy twist on Cinderella, and it is so very, very well done! I love that Stacy Reid does not waste any time and that we get to the heart of the matter right away. While neither realises it, Lily and Oliver are secretly lusting after each other, they have no intention of acting on it; it just isn't done! And how beautifully Ms. Reid makes it possible for them to come together; this is one of the most convincing romances I have ever read between an aristocrat and a commoner. Even though this is a very, very sexy story, it is subtly done and felt genuine, not to mention the numerous delightful touches throughout. Lily is a wonderful character; apart from her long-suppressed sensual nature, she is very proper but she speaks her mind; she also has talents that she wants to exploit in the future. Oliver is lovely; he's a red-blooded male but respectful of women and the institution of marriage; his lustful nature does not preclude him being a gentleman at all times. Stacy Reid writes splendid dialogues, her prose is eloquent and lively, the sex scenes are super hot yet done very tastefully. The story flows smoothly, every action is carefully planned; nothing is convoluted or left to chance. Both characters are beautifully defined, with compelling backstories, and their attraction and affection are undeniable. While the eroticism is intrinsic to the plot, it is also a very romantic and surprisingly touching story. With THE SCANDALOUS DIARY OF LILY LAYTON, Stacy Reid demonstrates that it is possible to write a novel that is erotic, romantic, moving, and still remain faithful to the Regency era.
ViperSpaulding 8 months ago
Deliciously decadent chase for the ultimate prize! Oliver has come to the point in his life where it's time to settle down and marry for the sake of his title. But, he refuses to have an unfulfilling marriage like that of his parents, and that, coupled with his very specific tastes in bedroom activities, makes it practically impossible to find a woman that will meet all of his personal and societal needs. Ah, but then he finds the diary ... This delightful romance unfolds as Oliver investigates the ladies attending his house party, seeking to identify the author of the scandalous diary. He manages to meet her for a secret tryst that reveals their compatibility but not their identities. At the same time, he finds himself falling for the wholly inappropriate widow, Lily, his mother's companion and therefore completely off-limits. I was happily absorbed in this rule-breaking, breathtaking love story. Oliver and Lily show that true love supersedes all else, and being happy together is all that really matters. But Lily has a secret, one that threatens the very core of their happiness. Just when you think they have their HEA, this secret becomes unbearable, and Oliver is forced to make a devastating decision. This was an especially poignant part of the book, and was so beautifully written. After accepting the truth of what he could no longer deny, Oliver's devotion to Lily was unparalleled in its depth and really cemented the bond that these two have. I loved every angsty, romantic, and oh-so-very-steamy moment of this fabulous book. It checks all the boxes of what a historical romance should be. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.