Published by Loveswept on January 12th 2016
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Eloisa James meets E. L. James in Lavinia Kent’s deeply sensual Regency romance! Torn between duty and desire, London’s most infamous madam fights for a future with the love of her life: an insatiable, ruggedly charming American sailor.
Emma Scanton’s grandfather wants her to marry. Though he means well, he has no idea that his sweet, shy granddaughter leads a double life as the proprietress of Madame Rouge’s. “Ruby” doesn’t mean to disappoint her family—in fact, there’s quite a bit about the job she would gladly leave behind—but she cannot bear the thought of losing her most beloved admirer: Captain Derek Price. What would she do without his muscular arms encircling her waist or his rough chin scraping her cheek? No, marriage is out of the question, for Ruby and for Emma.
Beckoned back to England to assume his role as heir to the family fortune, Derek will soon enter into a suitable marriage. But not without one last visit to see Madame Rouge. During the long months away, Derek could only think of Ruby: her luscious lips and cobalt eyes, the swell of her breasts against the bodice of her gown. Derek’s rich, attractive fiancée, selected for him by his family, is perfectly lovely. But Derek wants the ravenous, ravishing Ruby . . . for far more than one night.
Ravishing Ruby is intended for mature audiences.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Ruby, the proprietress of Madame Rouge – a bordello for the well-to-do – has not been sleeping well in the past three months. Ever since Captain Derek Price crossed the threshold of her establishment. Ruby has never been a prostitute, she is a businesswoman, and she makes it a policy to never intimately mingle with her clients, Captain Price has been the sole exception to her rule. Ruby, whose real name is Emma Scanton, has a strained relationship with her grandfather, whom she has not told of her real occupation. As the demure Emma, she meets with her grandparents every Sunday, but on a Saturday evening, her Captain arrives unannounced, for he as well has not stopped thinking of Ruby and that connection they shared.
RAVISHING RUBY, the latest instalment in the historical erotica series Bound and Determined series obviously continues the relationship between Ruby and Derek. Ruby is slowly tiring of her employment, she wishes for more, but she is not precisely welcome in society, which was what had driven her to becoming a Madam in the first place. She’s secretly wishing for something more than sex with Derek, who is American and comes from a wealthy family. However there’s a little hitch when Derek tells Ruby his father wants him to marry and produce an heir; in fact, Derek is almost engaged. The gods seem determined to conspire against the lovers, as Ruby’s grandfather tells her it’s time she got married as well, and suggests a most unsuitable candidate. Ruby will have none of it, and suggests she finds a candidate she finds more acceptable, all the while hoping it could be Derek.
RAVISHING RUBY is as much erotica as it is a reflection on the lack of choices available to women in the Regency era, and the unfairness the societal rules bestowed upon women. In RAVISHING RUBY, there is much manipulation by several characters, for both the right and the wrong reasons. Readers unfamiliar with the previous books will not miss too much story-wise, but I did not enjoy RAVISHING RUBY as much as I had the previous books; I’m not sure if it’s because the tone is more serious, it’s not as playful; I cannot put my finger on it. Although the ending came to a logical conclusion, I was a tad perplexed at how the characters got there, and I would have liked to see more of the story line about Lord Milson and his matchmaking quest, because there had been some occurrences in the previous books, and those were quite entertaining. RAVISHING RUBY is well written, the story unfolds at a rather languid pace, the sex scenes are of course graphic, but tasteful and playful, and the passion between Ruby and Derek is still evident. RAVISHING RUBY was a nice conclusion to an unusual series, and Ruby is a lovely character.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.