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Leather and Gold

(The Masters of Mayfair #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  47 reviews

If there was a single word to describe the desire Emmeline Westington Wright, widowed duchess of South Framley, felt for Captain Alexandre Pierron Simonnet, that would be it. Forbidden. Captivating. Tempting. Dangerous.

She sent him away eighteen months ago, ostensibly in search of her errant brother, the Marquis of Fulton. But when Captain Simonnet returns to S
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Published September 15th 2020 (first published October 24th 2017)
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Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, quick read I like the way the character's thoughts are incorporated in the narrative, it brings them alive. The story is steamy and sexy, but there's definetly more to the plot so if you're not into erotica I think you would still enjoy this book. The writing is true to the time, which makes the story feel real. I loved the chemistry between Emmeline and Alexandre, which was palpable from the start. The yearning is there, and I found myself rooting for them to be together from the beginni ...more
Space Cowgirl
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Flame🔥 to Gunpowder🔫💥

ADULT Regency BDSM Erotica Romance 💕 Novella. The book took about an hour to read.

Emmeline💃💋 is the young widow of Willam, Duke of South Framley, so she's now the Dowager Duchess, in charge of everything, until her four year old nephew👦 grows up to become the new Duke.

Her brother, the Marquis of Fulton, left home and she sent the very dashing and dangerously potent and masculine Captain Alexandre Simonnet🐺🍆⛲💪🔪⛵, the second son of a second son, to find him and bring h
Lauren Seiberling
Lotsa steam and lotsa love

I'll be the first to admit that BDSM isn't really my thing. But I've read many a Gemma book, so I knew this would be great regardless of the genre.

And I was RIGHT.

I liked Emmaline because she was a strong-willed woman who faced an impossible tragedy and thrived in spite of it. But she wasn't one of those man-hating "I don't need anyone for anything" heroines running rampant in so many books.

Enter Alexandre, the handsome almost-pirate who never quite got over Emmaline.

Jess Downing
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leather and Gold is a novella by Gemma Snow about Emmaline, the widowed Duchess of South Framley and Captain Alexandre Simonnet. Emmaline’s marriage was a good one, and her husband was close friends with Captain Simonnet. When she loses her husband, she still needs to maintain her reputation as the good widowed Duchess who cares for the land and its people until the heir (a 4-year old cousin) is able to assume his role. She enjoys her life for the most part, but misses the intimacy and more impo ...more
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I originally picked this book because who doesn’t want to read a love story between old friends? The problem I had was that I didn’t understand the love between them. I wished that there was more of a backstory of their relationship. I liked the chemistry between the couple, they definitely had that. Overall, it was a good story that needed more for me to be believable. Again thank you to Booksirens for my free
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, arcs, steamy
A widow? Check. A Captain? Check. One steamy night they've been waiting for in extreme anticipation? Also check.

Emmeline's husband died years ago and she's been resisting the pull towards the dangerous Captain Simonnet ever since. She even sent him away on a wild goose chase to bring her brother back home from the Americas. He stayed there longer than he should have and when he finally returned he rocked her world.

It's a short, hot book where the two main characters are pining for each other i
Peggy Jaeger
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of historical romance and erotic romance

Widowed Duchess, Emmeline Westington Wright is lonely. Three years ago she lost her much loved husband to a riding accident. Despite having her dearest friends around her, she longs for the companionship and love of a man. At the age of 26 she is too young to give up on the pleasures of the flesh, but too scared to form an attachment to any man, knowing she will have to divulge a secret desire she vows to keep hidden.

Captain Alexandre Pierron Simmonnet was the Duke of South Framely’s best friend
Shelly Wolf
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story from Gemma Snow,,,,,

Duchess of South Framley Emmeline Westington Wright has a young Andalusian, he has a rich gray and black coat and named Winston,,,, but now, the Duchess has a celebration of her best friend's engagement party,,,, Lady Remington Elisabetta or Elisa as she's known is going to marry Lord Declan Dalton of Barrington and his sister is friends with the girls also,,,, her name is Marianna ,,,,, Emmeline is a widow for 3 years now,, her husband William died in
Joanna E.Lopez
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathe out so I can breathe you in.

Emmeline Westington Wright Duchess of South Framley, is a widow. Her beloved William was killed in an accident. Emmeline then takes over the South Forburn Estate until Johnathon the heir; is of age. Emmeline is making wedding arrangements for her good friend Eline’s, upcoming nuptials. Emmeline finds out William’s good friend Captain Alexander Simmonet is set to be at her welcome home dinner party. He has been at sea for eight years. Duchess Emmeline realize
Joi Lin
This novel is more of a novella, really. I finished it in a few hours. More erotica than plot. If you're into BDSM, you'll probably like it. If you're not, you probably won't. There's not much character development or world building (beyond Regency-era England countryside) so the focus is primarily on the scenes between the H and h. There is a HEA, which I liked. I really liked "Honey and Flame" by the same author, but I didn't find this one nearly as much to my likeing.

I found myself getting di
Catty Jane
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
******ARC received and honest opinion given******
OMG...HOT, HOT, HOT! Wow, it has been so long since I have read something so H-O-T! If you like steamy, and you like your steamy to be set during the turn of the century then you have to check this out.

Emmeline lost her husband years ago and now finds herself drawn to Captain Simonnet . She has tried to keep away from him, but now he is back from his trip to the Americas and the temptation is too great to resist. They spend one night together and
Cecilia James
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dearest reader,

What a fascinating read it was!!!
This is the first book in the Masters of Mayfair series. The plot was very intriguing. Especially the protagonists were very refreshing. The premise of the work did not fail to stand out. They were well executed by the author. Though it was a bit swift paced, the dynamics of the relationship was rewarding. The sensual setting was quite engaging. It was well constructed along with the heady anticipation right from the very beginning when the charact
Sophie (slovenianbookworm)
In this short novella we meet Captain Simonnet and Emmeline. She’s a widowed duchess and as her rank would have it, anything she’ll do will be judged. So she can’t afford an affair with the handsome captain even though she suspects only he will fulfill her hidden fantasies.

Because what she wants is something deep, forbidden.

They are like cats and mice but when they agree on one night together and Emmeline shares her secret room, all bets are off.

It is a smutty novella so if you’re in for that, y
Martha B.
Too Little Story

Since I liked Master and Marquis, the second book in this series by Gemma Snow, I decided to read the first book, Leather and Gold. Master and Marquis had such a good story with really great characters, I expected the same of Leather and Gold. I was sadly disappointed.

The lead characters, the duchess and the captain, were not really developed leading up to and during their relationship. Instead they simply jumped right into a master/submissive sex orgy. Even the ending seemed i
Cathy Brockman
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, erotica
Duchess Emmeline Westington Wright is lonely. Having been widowed three years ago she throws herself into her job taking care of her home and people ignoring the desires within her.
Captain Alexandre Pierron Simmonnet is the one man that can awaken those hidden desires. Now that he has returned from an expedition can she avoid the temptation?

The characters in Leather and Gold are very well developed. The sexual tension between the two leads is strong. Once they get along the story explodes into e
I loved this book! First, it was a longer novella, not just a naughty short story. Second, it contained none of the spelling, grammar, word usage, and punctuation errors that make so many books hard to read.

Then we get to the actual story, which while it contains a lot of graphic sex, is also about love and caring and people with thoughts and feelings outside of the sexual. There is a Dominant/submissive relationship, but even in the worst of it, it is easy to see how much he cares for her, and
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emmeline (Duchess of South Framley) married to William the love of her life. An accident took her husband and she is handling the affairs of South Framley and Roseburn Estate until Jonathan comes of age to take over at present he is 4 years old and he is the distant cousin of William. Emmeline is lonely and Captain Alexandre shows up after being gone 18 months. Emmeline wants to be with
Alexandre but is afraid of how the ton would respond. After her best friend tells her it doesn't matter what hi
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read. I am not a BDSM fan, but the story had enough other facets to be enjoyable. A widowed duchess and a near-pirate long for each other. The duchess wants a master (she has her “secret room” ready and waiting) but isn’t sure the captain leans that way. Of course he does, and the result is steamy to say the least. They get their HEA in spite of the differences in station.

The reason I gave it 3 stars wasn’t the story or even the BDSM, but the writing. It’s hard to pinpoint what
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Duchess of South Framley is unconventional lady who knows what she wants - and the naughty Captain Simmonet knows how to give it to her, if she'll trust enough let him in. This book was a whirlwind of spicy fun. I love me some healthy communication and consent, and Gemma Snow delivers that consistently along with mutual satisfaction and a happy dose of bedroom creativity. It's not often that I've seen kink done well in a historical romance, but this gem of a novella rings the bell well. As i ...more
Ashley Johnston
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was steamy, so naughty, and contained many emotions. I really liked the characters as well. Emmaline was a independent strong willed woman who didn't need a man to help her but never quite got over her attraction to Alexandre, her brother's best friend. Alexandre was a pirate-like individual who also never got over his attraction to Emmaline. This story contains some BDSM but it is not over-bearing in the story, so if that is not your thing you could still enjoy th ...more
carly woakes
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely incredible. Emmeline and Alexandre had me gripped by their adoration and love for each other from the very beginning. I could not put this book down and nor did I want it to end.

The Erotic nature and scenes within this book had me pooling in a field of lust and I have never read a book that turned me on soo much in my life. The erotism takes it to a whole new level.

The way the characters and their story unfolds into true bliss is beautiful and you feel like you are takin
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is wow! I really enjoy reading historical romance books and I’ve been known to read some BDSM but I would never have thought to combine them. OMG why had this not been done before. Emmeline is a widowed Duchess and Alexandre is a sea captain, they’ve known each other for years. Alexandre returns following a mission Emmeline sent him on. Queue the smouldering sexual tension practically from the first chapter. Thank god this is a short book as my nerves couldn’t have stood the wait. ...more
Leather and Gold.. My rating is about 3.5 starts. An interesting setting/scenario for the type of content, it was an intriguing storyline. I liked the element of delayed gratification, and the inner conflict between image and desire. I would have given more stars for more chemistry between the characters, and more believable ancillary characters. Not a bad read at all, but would consider it a good start to a better version. Intelligent dialogue was refreshing. I would recommend it. The subject m ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was less than 100 pages which made it easy to get through in one day but still had depth and substance so you felt like you were getting a whole story, not just one scene or snapshot. The author was able to make your really care about the characters and the tricky situation in which they found themselves when juggling impropriety and tabooed desires. I really enjoyed the idea of dominant/submissive relationship being present in that faraway time. I would definitely ...more
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
II received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I have to say that this book lands in the, it’s just ok category. I feel that the characters lost some of their appeal by already knowing each other for such a long time before the time period of the book. There was no wooing period. Captain Alexandre Pierson Simmonnet, has been one of her husband’s friends, but when his friend died he couldn’t hide his feelings for the duchess anymore. She also had been hiding
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ebooks, arc
Though short this story captured my attention as well as many longer books. I don't claim to understand BDSM but enjoy the fantasy of a loving master and submissive.

Being privy to the inner thoughts of the leading characters was an interesting experience and when they finally agree to indulge in their feelings for each other the results are scorching!

I'm looking forward to the next in the series as the scenes with their friends introduce several interesting characters.

I was sent an ARC in exchan
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story, well-written in the Regency style. The contrast between the propriety demanded by Society and the needs of individuals that don't fit the accepted parameters. The story makes you feel the characters' emotions and needs and feel as if you have insight into life at the time - the stuffiness and class-consciousness of the Ton vs. the feelings, needs and "real-life" accommodations people made. Emmeline and Alexandre were made for each other. Their needs and desires complemented each othe ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book!!

The book has it all.

A handsome pirate. A lovely widow. A night of passion. A regency AND BDSM romance.

Together they embark on a journey of love and passion. I especially liked the chemistry between the two. I often find the plot development lacking when it comes to erotica but I am glad that wasn't the case here. Snow weaves a good tale of forbidden romance and has taken special care to cover the dialects and style of the Regency era which I really appreciate.

Recommended for rege
Bridget Lewis
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking a chance

Emmeline had an adventurous husband that allowed freedom and thrills in and out the bedroom but three years of being a widow was enough for her! Captain Alexandre has survived the fruitless quest he was sent on to the wilds of America! He has seduced several women with bands and gold chains to forget Emmeline but they didn't help! One night of wicked passion with some S&M they realized that they wanted no need forever....his mistress is the sea can they compromise? Read on....
Juliette Klein
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect fantasy

Brilliantly written page turner. It’s been years since I’ve read a book that took place earlier than the last 100 years, so I thought I might be lost and/or bored quite honestly, but found the total opposite to be true. I fell in love with this story more and more as I raced through the pages. My eyes bulged, I sat on the edge of my seat, and I definitely had verbal reactions a few times. Wonderful romance!
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Gemma Snow loves high heat, high adventures and high expectations for her heroes! Her stories are set in the past and present, from the glittering streets of Paris to cowboy-rich Triple Diamond Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana.

In her free time, she loves to travel, and spent several months living in a 14th-century castle in the Netherlands. When not exploring the world, she likes dreaming up stories,

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