Saturday, November 29, 2014

Review of Master of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

First let me say that this is not a traditional historical romance. Thank you Delilah Marvelle for pushing past the boundaries and taking your readers into a story that is unique, powerful, intense, emotional and a joy to read. For most of us we do not associate pleasure and pain as going together. Our hero Malcolm does. Just a warning, the prologue is very graphic and parts obscene, but it is an intricate part of the story and explains why Malcolm feels the way he does. He believes that he cannot never have a normal life with a woman because he is afraid of losing control of his desires and hurting her with obesession with pain. He keeps tight control over himself at all times and even though he has been tempted over the years, he is still a virgin. Then he meets Leona the heroine when he rescues her from a group of ruffians who have confiscated all her belongings to pay a debt. She is an unwed mother who is trying to support herself and her son in a world where she is considered unfit for any employment or way to improve her son's life. She is strong, intelligent, and feisty and will not give up. They seem to be made for each other, except she doesn't understand why he wants her to hurt him during sex. In steps Madame de Maitenon the orginal Mistress of Pleasure sent by a friend to help Malcolm understand and control his dark side. This story is simply an amazing, deeply personal look to into a side of pleasure that few know about and even fewer write about. I have read everything that Delilah has ever written and this series, The School of Gallantry is her best work!!! Do not let the prologue scare you off, the journey that she takes the characters on is one you cannot miss. There is one more book in this series, I am going to so sad to see it end. WAY TO GO GIRL!!!!

Received an ARC uncorrected proof for an honest reiview.

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