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Lady Sophie Baxter must wed a wealthy lord by the end of the season, or risk the ruin of her family. However, her father does not have just any lord in mind. He's set his sights on Simon Fitzwilliam, Marquis of Ashton - a man known amongst the ton for being as cold and aloof as he is rich and powerful. While his frigid gaze and reserved demeanor prove intimidating, Sophie cannot help but wonder if there isn't more to the marquis than meets the eye.

Curiosity leads her to accept the marquis' suit, and before long she learns that Simon's secrets are far darker than she could have ever imagined. Darkest of all being the hidden chamber behind a locked door, filled with ropes, restraints, and implements of torture...a chamber her husband has specified she is never to enter.

Yet, Sophie soon discovers that what appear to be instruments of torment are capable of unlocking the most exquisite pleasure. Convincing him to teach her the ways of submitting to his dominance will be easy. Uncovering the secrets of his heart and soul will be one of the hardest things Sophie has ever done.

©2017 Victoria Vale (P)2017 Victoria Vale

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  • geria
  • New York
  • 12-04-17

Enjoyed!!

Really enjoyed the story and characters. I loved that Simon believed that Sophie could begin light into his life. Very erotic and also had depth. I looking forward to listening to other books in this series now.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Surprisingly good

I had a few doubts going into this one but wanted to give it a go and I'm glad I did! Sweet bdsm romance and great characters. Enjoyable from beginning to end.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Sweet Sexy story

This was a very sweet and sexy story set in Regency England.
Lady Sophie is a 24-year-old unmarried woman. Her family is in financial straits and it is up to her to save them. Lord Simon Fitzwilliam, Marquis of Ashton, has been watching Sophie for months, waiting for the chance to offer for her hand. To the Ton, Simon is a cold silent man, but he hides so much underneath.
I enjoyed listening to this story and felt the narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life. There were a few triggers that I was not prepared for such as forced incest and sodomy. Though these experiences of the character were instrumental in his adult proclivities.

Triggers: bondage, submission, questionable consent, child assault, incest and forced sodomy.

I provided this review in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

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An unusual time-period setting for BDSM erotica

An interesting story and an unusual time-period setting for a BDSM erotic romance; I liked it. I enjoy the love after marriage plot line. Sophie was open to sexual intimacy with her husband from the beginning---wishing to have a full marriage rather than a “marriage of convenience.”

The book was well written and the plot intriguing. The characters were well developed, interesting, and appealing.

The narration was well done.

I received this free copy from the author/narrator and voluntarily offered an unbiased review.

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WELL WRITTEN ROMANCE

I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

Surprisingly sweet story that was well written and not too cheesy. Sophie is 24 and has waited long enough to marry in the face of her families monetary situation. Simon, Lord Ashley, has never met her but has observed her for months and knows her sweetness and loyalty are things he needs in a wife... someone that may be able to save him from himself. That is, if he doesn’t first destroy her and lose her forever.

Loved Simon Philips voice. All in all, a pleasant listen.

Two Thumbs!


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Good Listen

Sophie marries Simon to save her family and learns that he into BDSM. She thinks that if she submits to him he will open up and reveal his feelings to her. Good Narration. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Control, Submission and A Painful Past Eased By A Loving Heart

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
Wow, I’ve never read or listened to a book by this author. Dark themes that will explain why Simon needs a submissive...unwilling to share why he appears so old, Sophie doesn’t give up and learns to love Simon and love what he does for her. The way Simon acts makes one wonder how she can love him, she seems to glean who he is underneath the coldness. He sees himself as evil and it good enough for her but she is everything to him.
A wonderful story with a narrator with a fantastic voice.....if you can handle some possible triggers of abuse this is a fantastic book...this is the only reason it is a 4 instead of a 5 in it tears your heart and may catch some people unaware.

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Scandalous Romance

I have loved this Victoria Vale series since Camden and Maggie and yet again she does not disappoint.

Simon needs love and light, yet has no idea on how to create it himself, yet he sees it clearly and Sofie and loves her on sight and hopes that she is the one who can give it to him.

Sofie is at first is afraid and skittish around him, with due cause, but is intrigued by his dominant side and wants to learn more about it. Eventually he learns that to have the light, he has to reveal the dark and allow Sofie to save him.

I adored this book but I must say the narration was a bit stilted and sounded a bit automated. Not enough inflection in the readers voice. But I did enjoy it.

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This is a “must “listen to!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I can’t fault anything about it. It had an excellent storyline, with a mystery about Simon’s past. Sophie was just the perfect match for him and she proved herself to be strong in a surprising way. There were some very tender moments as well as some very hot moments. As for the narrator, Simon Phillips, oh my! did he bring the story to life. His deep, resonant voice made the scenes so much more intense. It isn’t often that I prefer an audiobook to actually reading the book, but this has to be on a par with reading. I will certainly listen to this again. It was difficult to put down. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed.

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Toe curling and utterly delicious

Victoria Vale has done it again! Written a wonderfully toe curling story with enough romance as to satisfy any woman, it was delicious and toe curling and heartbreaking all at the same time. And Simon who narrates it, dear god, he makes Lord Ashton come to life in the most sensual way possible! The story between Simon and Sophie was an amazing journey from marriage of convenience to marriage based on the deepest love and trust. I cannot wait for more!

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