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Training Lady Townsend (Properly Spanked #1)

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Take a rousing romp through 1790s England with this first of four Properly Spanked novels…

The Lady Aurelia has been promised in marriage to the Marquess of Townsend since she was four and he was fourteen. Unfortunately, she grew up into a pillar of propriety while her betrothed grew up into a renowned rake. Of course, no one would expect such an unsuitable match to go for
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Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published September 26th 2014 by Scarlet Rose Press (first published September 24th 2014)
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
The heroine behaves as one thinks a sheltered lady would act during this historical period. The hero's actions - he's a sadist - may upset certain readers while he trains the wife who feels sex is a violation and barbaric. Due to the setting, this did not upset me, although there are a couple moments where I felt uncomfortable. As they resolve issues the romance blossoms, mostly on the part of the hero, which I appreciated. The ending was a miss for me, although there is an HEA. It felt rushed a ...more
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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I’m an absolute huge fan of Annabel Joseph, I’ve enjoyed every single story I’ve read by her, some more than others sure, but I’ve never read one of her stories and not enjoyed it. So this time I was really worried going into Training Lady Townsend as I’ve not read many historical novels. I can probably count on one hand the total I’ve read. The synopsis intrigued me though and I was in the mood for something different so I attacked it with excited anticipation. Can I just say the cover does not
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Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥
Leave it to Annabel Joseph to write an utterly adorable Historical Domestic Discipline novel. Seriously adorable!

This was a fun, quick read for me. I loved the characters. Loved watching Hunter and Aurelia grow and evolve within themselves, and also in their relationship. The pace was quick and it flowed so well I lost track of time.
Dina
3 1/2 stars

I'm not into BDSM, I didn't particularly care for the sadistic hero and some of the scenes in this book were way out of my comfort zone, but... I liked the setup, the writing and the sheltered heroine who discovered her inner kinky side in the spanking hands of her her initially unwanted husband. So... I liked this book! I am shocked! ;)
Nina ~ Social Butterfly PR
I must confess I am not an avid Historical romance reader. Not for any particular reason….they just don’t seem to cross my feed very often, but when I do read them….I ABSOLUTELY love them. The era, the beauty, the simplicity of life, the clothing, I could go on and on….for me, I just love imagining life back in the day.

When Annabel Joseph announced she was writing a series of Historical spanking books, I was thrilled. Anyone who follows my reviews knows, Annabel is my girl…she writes it, I read
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Becca
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm struggling to rate this book, because it really was a compelling and well written story. Despite the fact that it's an Erotic Regency Romance, with the expected larger than life aristocratic fantasy, I was rather deeply moved by it. For some reason Aurelia's situation made me feel rather sad, but unlike several other reviewers I didn't see Hunter as an entirely selfish, arrogant character either. These two were really in an awful situation and the blame could be put solidly on their parents ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
It was a very fun story, as all stories from Annabel Joseph.
I liked how Hunter helped Aurelia enjoy life and have fun, though he was an asshole about things from time to time... Aurelia ended up being a great heroine, confident in herself and in what she wanted. They had their small misunderstandings, but in the end they TALKED and resolved everything.
I think the time period wasn't chosen that well. This straight laced were mainly the Victorians from what I know, but since she doesn't go into
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Nikki Sex
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Regency fans who also love erotic spankings will love this sexy story. Our heroine was brought up to be given to a Duke for the purpose of breeding. This is true to form back then, marriage was a business transaction rather than for LUVVVV. Lucky for her (but a bit of a shock too) our heroines new husband is a kinkster! I adore a good regency romance, and I adore BDSM erotic. This book is the best of both worlds. Annabel Joseph has been out there writing for a long time and boy can she can write ...more
Sara
Nov 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I'm uneasy about this one. The premise sounds really good, but the hero is so forceful and the heroine so reluctant it comes across as abusive. There are no discussions or reassurances and her protests are ignored.

I can't help but think what Kingsley or Søren would do to a man like Hunter.
F.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Totally different from the usual Annabel Josephbooks that I have read, but an enjoyable different. I used to read a lot of historical romance so to find it laced with kinky goings on is an added bonus. Easy reading and very predictable(like most HR) I give it 3.5 stars rounded to 4 for GR.

(I have already downloaded book 2)
carol
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bdsm, erotica, adult readers who like historical novels too
Enjoyable read for spankophiles. Historically, Regency era, much is accurate...many men were like Hunter, Lord Townsend; rakes and hellions were terms for young, male, rich, free, gambling, and sexually active men with appetites for kink and debauchery, often sexually diseased wretches too. However, they usually wanted purity, naivety, and submissiveness from a wife to be. Lord Townsend preferred the sexually experienced woman and was not at all happy to be coerced into an arranged marriage, whe ...more
Christine
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-botb-2014
I really need to not read any 'domestic discipline' books...

Aurelia and Hunter, betrothed since childhood, reluctantly find themselves with no alternative but to marry. She's pathologically shy and extremely modest, and she finds the wedding night nearly unbearable. Hunter's kinky, and really isn't interested in vanilla sex with a woman who can barely tolerate him. However, he decides that since he no longer has access to his paid companions, then he'll 'train' Aurelia to serve his needs....Ack.
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Delta
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Regency erotic romance fans
4 light-hearted sexy stars!

When it comes to spicy HOT romance, Annabel Joseph never disappoints. I look forward to the rest of her Properly Spanked Regency series.
Diana's
What a delightfully sinful treat!!
Abby A.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I picked up Training Lady Townsend because I was hoping for a fun historical and naughty spanking romp of a story. Well, there was definitely spanking involved, but it certainly didn't seem like a lot of fun at least for the heroine, Lady Aurelia.

While I liked that Hunter did fall in love with his wife and taught her how to laugh and enjoy life, there were other aspects that I didn't enjoy that much.

After his father-in-law's machinations, the only option for Lord Hunter to take care of his speci
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Aղցela W.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spoiler Ahead This was a really good book. Lady Aurelia was promised to Lord Townsend when she was four years old and he was fourteen. Lord Hunter Townsend doesn't want a wife he doesn't want to give up his man whoring ways that he and his three other friends indulge in. They call her Lady Dormouse and he doesn't even know what she looks like the night of the ball where it will be announced that they are engaged he tries to seduce another girl to marry turns out he gets the right one only she te ...more
Cara Bristol
I know I can always count on author Annabel Joseph for a compelling read. And Training Lady Townsend does not disappoint—it shocked on occasion, but did not disappoint.

Virtual strangers, Aurelia, a prim and proper lady, and Hunter Townsend, a rogue and sexual deviant, are forced by their families and convention to marry. When Hunter is stymied in his plans to carry on his sexual shenanigans outside the marriage, he turns to Aurelia to satisfy him.

I was hooked by this story immediately and was ke
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Erica Bryan
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-finished
OMG ok Annabel is my sexy yummy spanking queen!! I loved Hunter from page one....Yes after some really scary and rough men in some of her book.......Mephisto.......Cough. lol Hunter has stolen my heart. I was able to see this story from both Hunter and Aurelia's side. What happens when you put a innocent young lady together with a romp roaring stud of the 1790's?? Oh my you get some hot, don't tell anyone kind of training that any girl would be happy to receive from this man. The fear that Aurel ...more
Marianne
Annabel Joseph's works either click with me or not. I loved Disciplining the Duchess but loathed Cait and the Devil. The former had an understandable dynamic to me, while the latter smacked of the hero abusing the heroine's naivete. My thoughts on this one are leaning towards my thoughts on Cait. However, I find myself having trouble rating it. The premise was interesting, and the hero had some redeeming qualities but I never really got a sense of balance in their relationship dynamic. Her inter ...more
Lynde Shaw
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first historical by Annabel Joseph and I can say it won't be my last. I've always loved the arranged marriage plot line. You get to see two people who don't necessarily want to be married to each other learn to make it work and grow to love one another. Add some kink and it's even better. Hunter was an idiot at times. I mean, has he never heard the word "seduction" before. Of course, for him it's about Domination and submission. Aurelia started out the typical virginal miss who's bee ...more
Lexie
:blinks:

I'm honestly somewhat unsure how I feel about this book. On the one hand about half of it pleased me (that would be the half after Hunter & Aurelia begun engaging in their BDSM games on the same page.

But I'm really kind of torn over the first few times they're having sexy times. Hunter's self recriminations aside, it wasn't sexy so much as severely awkward to have Hunter vowing to turn his sheltered, prim and decidedly terrifies wife into a wanton hedonist who would submit to his eve
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Jane
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, historical, m-f
3.5. This was hot and erotic and I enjoyed it on that level but I was thrown by the lack of setting. Was it Regency, Georgian, heck even Victorian? That could've been made clearer. And I muttered, no, no, no when the heroine told her husband it was 'okay' to do something. How did that make it into the book? How? It was US slang from about the 1840s and even if this book is set later than that no lady would use such an expression. It's slang. There were a few similar anachronisms and they spoiled ...more
Ivy H
Fairly good but not as good as Under A Duke's Hand by the same author. This hero was a bit annoying with his compulsive need for sex and I hated the fact that he had to be banned from brothels by the his father in law. He did fall in love with the heroine before she fell in love with him though and he told her first. His friends were very entertaining and I'm glad I read the Duke of Arlington's story first, because that guy is the hottest among the the 4 friends in this series.
K. J. Coakley
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I have read by Annabel Joseph and it created another fan. I loved the kink factor in a historical setting. While Hunter came across as a self serving ass at times, I was pleasantly surprised to see the changes Aurelia brought out in him. This was a great read with some heavy hitting steam. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Katherine
Not sure how I feel about this one. I suppose that the depiction of a ton marriage is accurate, who to the wife dreading marital relations. But it is also off-putting, and felt pretty rapey at the beginning. They do fall in love, and he does introduce her to kink, which she comes to love, I'm just not comfortable with the power imbalance.

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Marta
Oct 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh, I know it's BDSM and I have no problem with that, but I turned this off after the wedding night scene. The way the virginal character was treated was upsetting.
Melanie
Whoa! A naughty tale of Georgian-era spanking and discipline. Very naughty...
Monika
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it

It was shockingly good!
So much better than my expectation.
ies
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eroro, romance, 2016
tadinya gw skiptis banget baca ni novel, baca karena ga sampe 200 page di reader gw, tapi begitu kelar malah penasaran sama temen2nya si lord ehehehe.. temanya BDSM si, tapi bdsm pada masa HR itu agak gimana ya, bikin gw ngikik2.. lah kan lady yg merasakan "lust" aja dibilang hina, bobo ama suami itu cuma kewajiban buat bikin anak, ini malah diajarin yg tidak-tidak sama suaminya kwkwkwkw

Terus gw kasih 4 bintang jg karena gw tu sebel banget sama hero dan heroinenya, bukanya duduk ngobrol.. tapi
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“It is a lovely day, isn’t it?” she said, because she couldn’t think of anything else to say to his daunting shoulder. “Yes, and a lovely party, as you mentioned some moments ago. You seem to find everything lovely. What a charming quirk.” Aurelia wished she could quirk him right between his eyes with the heel of her slipper.” 0 likes
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