Sunday, June 8, 2014

Review: His Mistress By Monica Burns


Title: His Mistress
Author: Monica Burns
Publisher: Maroli SP Imprints
Number of Pages: 297
Source: My Copy

When Tobias Lynsted is blackmailed into marrying Lady Jane, neither realize they both belong to the same BDSM club, the House of Dark Pleasures. Tobias is haunted by dark secrets, until Jane becomes both his salvation and the mistress of his soul.

One man’s submission to pleasure

As a solicitor seeking justice for victims of violence, Tobias Lynsted must maintain control at all times while working in the seedy underworld of London’s East End. The darkness of his world creates a need for the intimacy and release he can only find in the forbidden pleasure of submission in the House of Dark Pleasures. The kind of pleasure where a powerful man has the freedom to let go of his control for a few sweet moments of oblivion under the command of a lovely Domme. But when a blackmail scheme forces him to marry, the last thing he expects in a wife is a woman who will satisfy the darker side of his nature and make him yield to her command.

One woman’s awakening

Lady Jane Grisham has no desire to marry, but choosing marriage over a life of destitution is an easy choice to make. Although Jane knows love is for the foolish, Tobias awakens her most wicked and darkest of desires. But Tobias is also a threat to her secret life in the BDSM establishment, the House of Dark Pleasures. In the sinful world of domination and submission, Jane finds refuge from the repressive constraints of society by making a man surrender to her will. Her face hidden behind a mask, Jane uses her blossoming skills to make Tobias surrender not only his body, but his secrets as well. But she quickly discovers that the greatest test of her strength is trusting Tobias with her heart 
A passion that overcomes the darkness of the past.


I read this book because I was in the mood for a historical romance but wanted something a bit different, and this fit the bill perfectly.  Before this book I had been in somewhat of a historical romance book slump never making it past the 40%  mark, so I was so relieved when this one stuck. This was just a wonderful, moving read.  This was one mother fucker (That's for you Nikki. She pretty much dared me to say that.) of a great read.

What I enjoyed was that while this book had elements of BDSM, it wasn't the whole book and it still stayed true to the time period that the book took place.  Both the main characters have so much to overcome-Tobias is convinced that Jane wouldn't be able to accept his lifestyle if she knew the truth about what he liked, and the same goes for Jane-she thinks that Tobias wouldn't let her continue having her freedom if he knew.   I loved watching them both grow as characters, but I wanted Jane to tell Tobias her secret much sooner then she did, but can see why she held back from doing so.

His Mistress is a breath of fresh air in the world of historical romance. It's sexy and kinky without being too sexy and kinky and a great place to start if you want a taste of BDSM, but don't want anything too graphic. This is one book that you really want to take a chance on.