Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Bound by Bliss (Bound and Determined #2) by Lavinia Kent

Title: Bound by Bliss (Bound and Determined #2)
Author: Lavinia Kent
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Erotic BDSM Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 4

In Lavinia Kent’s luscious, erotic historical romance, a free spirit learns her true desires from a master of the heart, of the body—and of the sweetest discipline.

Lady Bliss Danser, daughter of the Duke of Mirth, is a scandal waiting to erupt. Which is why her highly conventional brother wants to saddle her with Stephan Perth, Earl of Duldon, the only man he thinks will marry her. Worse, Stephan keeps threatening to punish her, to teach her just how a woman should behave. His words may cause Bliss to tingle in the strangest places, but that doesn’t mean she likes the man himself.

Stephan has secretly desired Bliss for years, but he knows how close he is to losing his beloved. Careful not to rile her impetuous heart, he promises only to aid Bliss in her search for another fiancé. And if she’s determined to understand the male body first, he’s happy to comply in that regard as well. However, she must follow his rules or face the consequences. Slowly he takes Bliss to the darker, steamier side of his world . . . where she realizes that Stephan is everything she’s ever wanted.
I think this one just wasn't what I had expected.  I had expected a little more seriousness on the historical aspects, but it seemed that the history was more of just a bit of a backdrop for everything instead of an actual part of everything.  I really enjoy my historical settings and this one fell a little flat there.

The erotic part of the story was definitely on point.  It's more of a low key BDSM with some light bondage, spanking, and feathers for the most part.  But it was very sensual - he loved the anticipation.  The scenes were written beautifully and they really flew above the rest of the book.

I also like a lot of story to go along with my erotica.  It fell a little flat there as well.  Bliss's reason for not wanting to marry Stephan is a pretty bad one, once we find out what it is.  She refuses to tell him why she's been mad at him for several years though - it just didn't make sense to me at all.  He does everything he can to show her that he cares and wants her, but a very minor slip years ago looks like it is going to ruin their chance at being happy together.  This part was just too drug out for me.

I did really like the characters overall - just wasn't quite enough to balance out the rest of it.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*


  1. Enjoyed your review. This sounds interesting. I am starting slowly to get into the light bdsm elements in romance. I do like this author, but I have only read her historical romances, I am a bit nervous to try out her contemporaries since I haven't heard amazing things about them.

  2. This one does fall into the light side of BDSM - very minor play and bondage. If you've enjoyed her other historicals, you may enjoy this one.


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