“Do you like to be bound, Mrs. Curtis?”



This is Fifty Shades meets the 1800’s. Or rather, what Fifty Shades would have possibly been like back then.

“I am bad, Emma,” he said softly. “Bad, wicked, and depraved.”

Something released in her, and she finally let out the long breath she’d been holding.  She grazed evenly into his eyes.  “You are not evil, Luke.  Everyone has those kinds of desires.  They are human.”

…”If you don’t believe my depraved fantasies to be evil, then what about what I will invariably do to you afterward?”

Oh, Lord, it was an enormous risk.  But she wanted him badly enough, she was willing to take it.  “What if I told you I didn’t want to think about afterward? That I don’t care if you were to walk away? That I am a grown woman who can make her own choices, and I choose you?”  She pressed closer to him. “I want to exist in the present, Luke. I want to stop worrying about the future.”


Emma is a likable heroine.  She’s smart, determined, and depends on the Duke of Trent’s brother, Luke, to help her find her husband’s murderer.  She forms a friendship with Luke and eventually becomes his mistress.  Their hunt in finding Robert Morton takes them both on an adventure and creates a passion that nothing can destroy.



Lukas ‘Luke’ Hawkins is the bad boy kinda hero.  He’s a notorious rogue and he has certain tastes in the bedroom that are very wicked indeed.  He lives in constant torment when he falls asleep and awakens from nightmares.  Nightmares that he remembers from his childhood and cannot seem to overcome.  His interest in finding Roger Morton is simple.  His mother is missing and Mr. Morton is the last person to have been seen with her.


There is just the right amount of kink in the sex scenes. If you love a bad boy, mystery, action, and plenty of sex then this is the book for you.



“I know I am difficult.  I am changeable and moody and temperamental. I am not an easy man to live with. You know this—you’ve seen all of my darkness. But you have pushed me toward the light.  You make me want to be a better man.  Moreover, you make me believe I can be that man. 

“I will never stop loving you, Em.  Since the first moment I saw you, you have been the only woman for me. That will never change. You bring me peace. You bring me light…. Be mine, Emma. I want you. For the rest of my life, and yours. Be my wife.”

“Yes,” she whispered. There was no hesitation, no second thought, no concern, no insecurity.

…”I love you so much, Luke. I want nothing more in this world than to be your wife.”


Two wounded people–one physically, one emotionally–brought together by fate to work out their healing. I think Ms. Haywood does a splendid job writing this book.  The storyline is fast paced and enjoyable.  The romance sizzles, there is mystery, and there are tormented dreams.  The many twists and unexpected turns will keep you guessing throughout.

I give this historical romance 4 stars 🙂



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