Grayson Locke Danforth, in his wildest of dreams, would never have expected two things.
The first was to be recalled from India by Queen Victoria where he worked for the quiet purposes of the crown. He must now become the Duke of Warrick after the tragic deaths of his father and brothers. However, tragedy is entirely in the eyes of the beholder and Grayson never wanted the title, or to return to his family. Grayson wanted to remain invisible, an outcast, a man in exile for the way his body and mind behaved.
The second was to be forced into marriage with a woman from the 21st century.
Lulu is no mere woman, however, she was a switch and worked as professional Dominatrix. When she wakes up in a strange house, a strange world, a strange body, she isn't quite sure what to think and is certain she's dreaming. Until the next day, when she's married off to a man she cannot control her want of.
Lulu and Warrick begin a life together that she could never have imagined. A life she could never have hoped for after being taken from everything she ever knew. Trust doesn't come easily to either of them, but it's the only thing they have.
Grayson will have to give in to his need to submit in order to get his wife to open up and allow him to posses her fully in return.
It's a cautious dance between two people who have never known trust, or love.
There are not enough words to express just how much I fell in love with this book. Grayson Locke Danforth, the Warrick was a hero that is very easy to fall in love with, not because he’s perfect, more because he isn’t. He’s a man who has quirks and a temper, but he also has the ability to accept Lulu and her not very traditional Victorian ways.
Lulu is very 21st century, she’s a modern woman who honestly thinks she’s dreaming. I have to give her major points for going with the flow so well. I think their wedding was the first scene where I realized just how crazy this whole thing must have been for her.
These two have to work things out, how does a modern woman explain BDSM to a Victorian man, without him thinking her a very loose woman. I think one of the reasons that Grayson was so willing to accept some of it, besides the part where he craves the pain, was because of his years in in India away from the overly repressive English society.
I also fell in love with the photography aspects in this story, I know I wasn’t really educated on how much photography there actually was in Victorian England, but I actually felt like I learned something from this book.
Then you add in the very sexy BDSM scenes and the depth and love in this book was delicious. I wanted to watch Lulu wield those whips, I wanted to see Warrick in his corset and I want to relive this book again and again. As I read it, the book played like a movie, and I find that is one of the things that made me fall so madly in love with Lulu and Gray.
This is easily the best book I’ve read all year. It has passion, love, a touch of insecurities and comes together in an intricate weave that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go until I followed them to their version of happily ever after.
All credit for the promo and images all go to Jenn Leblanc, not only is she a talented author, she's an amazing photographer. Thank you Jenn for allowing me to use your beautiful images. :)
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