Type: Erotic Historical Romance
Publisher: Self Pub
My Copy: Sent
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.
If you know me at all, or have at least followed this blog for any length of time you know that I don’t read historical romance. Ok, that’s a lie because I’ve read some but as a general rule, nope, not for me. In fact when I went looking for reviewers one of the criteria was people who read historical since we get a lot of requests for it. I have tried countless times with countless different authors to read historical romance and it never works. I’m not crazy about the time periods, the language is often weird to me and I find them boring. Then I got a request for His Mistress and everything changed.
Being married off to a commoner should upset Jane more than resign her but she finds her fathers orchestration to be typical of his disdain for her. With his upcoming marriage he needs Jane out of his hair and his house and she finds herself being thrust into the arms of Tobias, who she’s secretly craved for from afar. Her need to dominate and seduce leads her to a secret club where she dons a mask and becomes another person. One who has no insecurities and is stronger than she would be allowed to be in public. When she sees Tobias at the club she’s shocked at his need to submit. He doesn’t recognize her but responds to her alter-ego with surprising vigor. If he enjoys such activities within the clubs walls, will he submit to her once the secret is out?
The last thing Tobias wants is to get married but blackmail is forcing his hand. Jane has always been quiet and plain but incredibly sweet and he doesn’t want to sully her reputation if his extracurricular activities ever came out. The local BDSM club is the only place he can go to release his demons for a short while. The clubs newest female Domme intrigues him the instant he see her and submitting to her becomes his only desire.While she is different than anyone he’s ever met, she also seems familiar and Tobias has everything to lose by letting her fully dominate him. Yet he finds that’s the only thing he truly wants to do. With his upcoming marriage to Jane, Tobias will have to decide if he can love one woman while craving another.
Never have I been so consumed with a historical romance that I didn’t want to put it down. NEVER. Monica Burns has created an erotic and incredibly emotional journey that I didn’t want to end!
Jane’s character is a complex one. She battles herself and what is expected of her every day. She craves control, dominance and to make her own decisions. In a time period where women are obedient and subservient, Jane stands alone. Or so she thinks. She finds happiness behind the doors of her friends elite and very secret BDSM clubs where women rule. With her mask in place she can be whoever she wants. Men will bow at her feet and she can finally grasp the control she most desperately wants. Seeing Tobias there sets off a firestorm of emotions within her. She wants to tell him the truth but he seems only to respond to her alter ego. They enter into a tenuous sexual relationship at the same time her true self is sweetly courting her groom to be. She can tell demons from the past ride Tobias constantly and keep him from fully submitting to her yet he seems unable to let them go. He grapples with himself and his need for both Jane and the woman at the club.
While I found the idea that Tobias didn’t recognize her because of a simple mask a bit unbelievable I liked the aspect of Jane being two completely different people. Being able to essentially hide behind her mask gave Jane the power she craves as well as anonymity. As her and Tobias get closer in both her lives Jane finds that her strength is beginning to manifest outside the BDSM world and Tobias is answering in kind with his submission.
I loved this book so much! Jane and Tobias are perfectly suited to each others needs and the journey each takes is profound and emotional. I felt so bad for Jane’s plight of basically being sold to Tobias and her fathers obvious distaste for having her around. Tobias is a good man but his guilt over his past shackles him. He’s been unable to share his pain with anyone but the mysterious woman at the club beckons him even when she’s not around. Tobias slowly learns to trust not only Jane (and her BDSM personality) but also himself, which is the most important aspect.
Monica Burns has created a book that all types of romance readers can enjoy. Her smart and fast track writing kept me thoroughly entertained and never bored. The interaction between characters was seamless and easy as well as engaging. The smoldering sex scenes are well done and leave little to the imagination and are INCREDIBLY HOT. I am so glad I was interested enough in the blurb to take a chance on this one. A female domme set in a historical romance? WHAT?! Give me more!
I give His Mistress by Monica Burns 4.50 stars!