I hope you're all having a happy Sunday. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that Her Mystery Duke was mentioned in Barnes & Noble Review's Love Rocks column for indie erotic romances. The article is titled "Beyond Fifty Shades" and here's what Monica Burns had to say:
"Their relationship starts out as lust, but quickly evolves into something neither expects. As these two characters grow, they learn not only about each other, but about themselves as well. What I thoroughly enjoyed about Blackthorne’s story was the darker sexuality combined with wonderfully strong characterizations. After reading, Her Mystery Duke, I understood why so many readers recommended it to me."
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Her Mystery Duke is the story of a duke who is very wise in the way to show love to humanity as a whole through his idealism and social activism but is at a loss when it comes to falling in love. He meets a young woman who believes love from a man is something that carries impossible risks for her. Their story is dark and fraught with conflict and angst.
Erotica Romance ~ Light BDSM ~ Rubenesque / BBW ~ Regency
Historical ~ May-Dec ~ Non-virginal Heroine ~ Kept Woman / Courtesan ~ Novel Length, approx. 85,000 words.
Is he insane? Or is he the answer to all her naughty dreams?
Jeanne Darling spent her adolescence coping with her father's increasing illness and insanity. Left alone by his death and plunged into poverty, she did what she had to do to survive. Now still reeling from the overwhelming physical and emotional demands her father's care required, she values her peace above all. She doesn't need anyone or anything except her writing and the safety of her rented garret chamber. She's about to rise above her past and create financial independence for herself. What she absolutely does not need is the mysterious and possibly insane stranger who walks into the coffee shop and into her life.
David Somerville, the Duke of Hartley, has known pain and betrayal from the people closest to him. Born to privilege, power and wealth, and filled with idealistic vision for humane change, he gives all of himself to his political career. He keeps his life circumspectly under control. But one day, all the carefully arranged threads of his life unravel and his life intersects with Jeanne's in a way that challenges his view of everything he thinks he knows.
Leagues apart in society, they can have only one possible future, that of protector and mistress. And neither wants to risk deeper connection. However, their overwhelming attraction and resulting sexual games provide them with pleasures neither of them has ever known. Will their sensual journey lead them to discover a more emotionally profound side to domination and submission? Or will their seemingly insurmountable differences and passionate personal goals drive them apart?
Reader Warning: HER MYSTERY DUKE is a work of historical erotic romance. It is not meant to be a guide to or an accurate portrayal of modern BDSM lifestyles or practices. This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual acts and frank sexual language. It also contains light bondage, anal play, sexual toys, cunnilingus, fellatio, masturbation, voyeurism and spanking. Please be aware, there are no scenes of ménage or sexual sharing in this story.
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