The day her sister murdered their abusive father, Elizabeth Wilcox stopped being a gentleman’s daughter. Willing to do anything to save her sister from the hangman’s noose, now she is a spy… A servant. A liar. A thief. A submissive.
Masquerading as a parlor maid and entrenched in the Duke of Montague’s estate, Liz is willing to risk all to uncover the secrets that would save her sister. But submitting to the duke’s peculiar brand of discipline surprises her with a heady mixture of pleasure and pain. Eager to relinquish control of her messy life, Liz soon craves the rough hands of Montague and his powerful, passionate attentions. Can she succumb to the hot sting of his hand and the gentleness of his kisses without revealing her true identity and darkest secrets? And what punishment will she face when he realizes her betrayal?
out of 5 stars
I feel like I am in the minority because I enjoyed the novel. I do agree that it was a bit predictable, and the action at the end seemed a bit…extra and messy. I also thought it was doing to be more BDSM than it was based on the synopsis. I have read multiple historical erotica involving BDSM, so I was bit disappointed in that aspect. However, if I separate that out, I enjoyed the erotic scenes.
I enjoyed the characters. I felt the duke was everything I wanted in a duke in terms of control and patience. Despite my better judgement, I also like Elizabeth although I felt conflicted. On one hand, I appreciated her doing her what she thought needed to be done to save her sister. On the other hand, she was doing nobody favors by not taking care of herself and I feel like things could have been resolved much I think the reason I liked her is because she made stupid decisions and it made her more human. She screwed up rather than being screwed over.
Other than that, this is just a rainy day read. There is no mind blowing plot, I have read novels with better erotic scenes, and the characters were realistic if a bit frustrating. While nothing was flat out terrible, I felt nothing was great either.
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