***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***Masquerade Series: Victorian Erotic, #3
Published by Copper Key Media LLC on August 2011; Republished May 9, 2013
Genres: Erotica, Historical, Romance
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Annelisa Fielding has had the blessings of wealth her entire life, thanks to her industrialist father. However, there is one thing even he can't give her: a title. So he arranges a marriage between his daughter and the Earl of Swindon, Thornton Sutcliffe. As long as his future bride is a virgin, the Earl will tolerate the marrying down because in return for taking Annelisa as his wife, her father will pay off his debts. Everyone wins, as far as the men are concerned, but Annelisa wants more out of marriage than a title and is willing to wait.
But she won't be able to wait if she doesn't find some way out of the marriage and fast because the deal is in one month she'll become Lady Annelisa Sutcliffe. The solution to her problem? Count Nikolai Shetkolov, a diplomat in the service of the Tsar and stationed in England. An honorable man, he's the perfect person to help a young lady lose the one thing her odious future husband prizes most. But Annelisa must watch out or she may get more than she bargained for with Nikolai
I’m not going to do a synopsis since I think the above pretty much sums the book up really well.
Annelisa Fielding our heroine is impulsive and independent. I sympathized with her character very much with the whole marriage arrangement to a much older man. I liked how she took charge and did something to rectify her marriage arrangement. Not the smartest plan, I admit, and pretty forward for a virginal miss, but Annelisa is definitely a woman ahead of her time. She has spunk and plenty of it.
Now Nikolai Shetkolov our hero is one sexy Russian diplomat. When he realizes that he unknowingly compromised Annelisa, he sets out to marry her. Since Annelisa refuses to accept his proposal of marriage, he blackmails her into sleeping with him in exchange for his silence. Now in real life I would have kneed Nikolai where it counts but it worked for me in this storyline. He wanted to buy more time to convince Annelisa they belong together since she is set in her ways.
Once these two get together without any subterfuge the chemistry was sizzling. I loved watching them come together. I wish the book was longer so we could have had more time to really get to know them as a couple. With the length being a novella, the author was still able put as much detail as possible for me to believe that these two will ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after.
I really liked the two main characters and I liked the concept. I enjoyed this sexy Victorian romp and will definitely check out more of Gabrielle’s book.
★★ Book was read in September 2011. I own my own personal eBook copy. ★★
Books in this Series:
(Note: Books in the series are not connected by characters just the time period)
- Vampire Dreams (Victorian Erotic, #1)
- Love’s Master (Victorian Erotic, #2)
- Masquerade (Victorian Erotic, #3)
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