I sat down at B&N and started reading this book during my "free" time. HA! I didn't even make it an hour. Fifteen minutes later, I bought the bookI sat down at B&N and started reading this book during my "free" time. HA! I didn't even make it an hour. Fifteen minutes later, I bought the book and headed home to finish reading in no time.
Hunter, the Marquess of Townsend, doesn't want to be shackled to the Lady Aurelia - hell, he hasn't even seen her in years. So he decides to ruin another Lady instead and force a marriage elsewhere. Best laid plans and all that....
A great story of a sheltered young lady and decadent rogue who overcome all odds to make their unlikely marriage work. Ms. Joseph weaves the BDSM practices and play into the story effortlessly to deliver a sensual tale of awakening. ...more
With the popularity of Gladiators taking over the small screen, I was hoping some of that would spill over intReviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
With the popularity of Gladiators taking over the small screen, I was hoping some of that would spill over into the romance genre. I enjoy my Regency Historical Romances immensely, but do like a change of era every now and again. Thank you Ms. Hawkeye, MY WICKED GLADIATORS fit the bill splendidly!
The story is told from Alba's point of view - fine with me, as I have no problem with that. She is the fine, upstanding wife of a prominent ludus owner, Lucius. (STOP - go to the end of the book and skim over the Glossary to acquaint yourself with the terms used.) Unfortunately, the ludus and Lucius are flat broke, and Lucius is doing his scheming best to make money to keep the ludus afloat. They include whoring his gladiators out to a high-paying widow, and forcing his wife to lie with a masked gladiator to satisfy the whims of a financial supporter.
Enmeshed in this deliciousness debauchery of sensuality, feasting, and violence is Alba's steadfastness in continuing to do what is expected of her. However, that soon begins to change when she realizes her husband isn't the man she always thought he was and it is high time she put herself first. One of the things that I liked most about this book was Alba's compassion. As she sprouts her wings, learns to love, takes charge of her life - she never loses the compassion for others. There is one point at the beginning of the novel where Alba takes her pleasure where she wants, but then feels guilty for it:
I felt an emotion that I could not quite define rising in my chest, and I stood, pushing Drusilla's hands away. "Do not judge me, Drusilla. Why are my actions so dreadful? Lucius fucks whomever he chooses, whenever he chooses. Why should I be miserable, simply because my husband has ceased to desire me?" I felt tears causing my throat to swell as I spoke, and to my mortification, I felt a hot trickle of tears spill down my cheeks.
Yes, Lucius is a snake is the grass and a leopard never changes his spots. He is the husband you love to hate.
Enter Caius and Marcus - the two champions of the ludus. Are they or aren't they lovers? Which one is the masked gladiator? Nope, not answering any of these questions for you. I'll just say that "the touch of this masked gladiator, this warrior, had wiped memory from mind, filling its empty spaces with ecstasy. . . " Yes, there is a bit of male romance. Just enough to wet your whistle and leave you aching for more.
In actuality, I didn't think Ms. Hawkeye would make this work: Slaves just don't get an HEA with their owners. But she did and very well. There's more here than just sex and gladiators fighting, but, hey, I didn't want to spoil the party. I'll leave that to the unstable widow, Hilaria! ...more
When Laurie asked me if I wanted to read BEHIND THE COURTESAN’S MASK, there wasn’t any hesitation from me – fo Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
When Laurie asked me if I wanted to read BEHIND THE COURTESAN’S MASK, there wasn’t any hesitation from me – for several reasons. I’ve been seeing Ms. Kaye’s name bandied about online and I haven’t had the opportunity to sample her work. Historical romance is rapidly becoming my most favorite sub-genre and lastly, Harlequin romances are my crack. ARGH!!!
Constance has arrived in London to settle her sister’s affairs. A twin sister she met only six months ago and now, gone after such a short time. When an unexpected visitor arrives on her doorstep, Miss Prim-and-Proper Constance throws caution to the wind and lets the stranger keep assuming that she is her sister, the infamous Courtesan, La Perla.
The “dance” these two engage in while negotiating for one night of her services will leave you quivering.
The writing is enticingly erotic and hypnotizing. And this is before the H/h get hot and nasty!
Dipping her fingers into scented oils, slipping her wrist through what looked like a swansdown manacle, Constance tried to conjure up the dark and pleasurable world that her sister had inhabited. What would it be like? How would it feel to be her? To sin with a virile man, a potent man, a desirable man? A man who found no shame in indulging his desire? She closed her eyes, caressed her cheek with the feathers of the manacle and shivered. Here in this temple of the flesh, which was Annalisa’s domain, it was almost possible to imagine the exquisite pleasure that might result. Arousal rippled through her.
If you have shied away from reading Harlequin romances (you know who you are - - I’m not reading those! - - wouldn’t be caught dead reading that! - - old lady books - - blah blah blah). . . .BEHIND THE COURTESAN’S MASK is a good place to start. This short story had me hooked in seconds flat. The emotional intensity that develops between Constance and Troy is impressive and highly flammable! Ms. Kaye has captured the emotional hungering in BEHIND THE COURTESAN’S MASK that I feel makes an excellent historical romance. And in turn, she can add another fanatic to her following....more
Tucker takes one look at Sallie Mae and stakes his claim. When the widow accepts, she believes it's for one night only, but their passion runs wild anTucker takes one look at Sallie Mae and stakes his claim. When the widow accepts, she believes it's for one night only, but their passion runs wild and deep. As a half-breed Indian, Tucker has no rights to a white woman and any relationship they may have would cause nothing but heartache and ruin, or worse, for both of them.
Tucker's violent life and Sallie Mae's peaceful ways are in direct conflict. She is a spunky woman and never backs down from him. This is one wicked, hot read as Sallie Mae discovers more about her sexuality.
As with the other books in the series, other members of Hell's Eight play a big part of the story. Great storytelling, fiery heroines, swoon-worthy alpha heroes, and desperados of all types: What else could you ask for?...more