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Can a notorious rake seduce the ice mistress? 

Married to the unfaithful Earl of Lowry and scorned by her in-laws for not producing an heir for the earldom, Gertrude "Gertie" Farrington takes out her frustrations in the masked underground world of Madame Botreaux's Cavern of Pleasures. Concealing her identity there as "Lady Athena", Gertie is a domineering mistress with a peculiar propensity: She never allows a submissive to bring her to climax. 

Back from years of exile after a scandalous duel, Lord Phineas Barclay, a notorious rake and seducer of women, becomes instantly intrigued by the Lady Athena on a visit to the Cavern of Pleasures. He poses as a submissive with the intention of seducing the icy mistress and uncovering her true identity. 

As the Countess of Lowry, Gertie wants nothing to do with Phineas Barclay -- a debaucher at best, and a murderer at worst. So why does she find herself hot and flustered in his presence? 

Phineas Barclay finds himself strangely drawn to the Countess, but every step forward with her seems to be followed by a step backward with the Lady Athena. Which woman will he choose to conquer? 

Recommended but not required prequel: Lord Barclay's Seduction.

©2017 Emily Chang (P)2018 Emily Chang Brown

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This is a story about Gertie who is married to Alexander. It is a loveless marriage. Her sister in-law & mother in-law also view her with scorn. Gertie is a dominatrix in secret. She meets Alexander’s cousin. The 2 families do not socialize nor do they have any regard for each other. Gertie becomes Phineas’ favorite dominatrix. Both Gertie & Phineas do not recognize each other but become fascinated with each other. The story goes into how their relationship evolves. I sat on the edge of my seat wondering what each chapter would bring. It is a captivating story. Em Brown is a wonderful story teller she is one of my favorites. Please do yourself a favorite and take a journey with Gertie & Phineas. You will not be disappointed.

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  • 10-01-18

Better than expected.

I enjoyed this book rather a lot. I thought it was well written, held my interest and was honestly a joy to listen to.
The story was fun, the characters were delightful and the sex scenes were steamy and realistic, not far fetched.
I personally would have preferred a narrator with a British accent for this book but I still really enjoyed Em's narration. I think I would have preferred her reading a different book as I did enjoy listening to her.
For me it didn't take anything away from listening to this this book though, I still really liked it. I'm just spoiled having listened to other books that use British narrators that do many different accents as well as various voices for their characters.
Having said that, this book and the narration was still great and it was well worth listening to.