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Monday, September 27, 2010

Dark River: Lady Elinor at Hampton Court by Kestra Gravier


Dark River: Lady Elinor at Hampton Court by Kestra Gravier
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Length: Short Story (64 pages)
Genre: Historical
Other: M/F, BDSM, M/F/F, F/F
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

At Hampton Court Palace, Lady Elinor Thewesbury is caught in the currents of Lord Eric Wysse’s dark desires when he recruits her to spy on King Henry VIII’s courtiers. Amid bacchanal, bondage and female ménage a trois, Elinor uncovers how information concerning the dissolution of English monasteries is being secretly passed to the Duchess of Heresford. Menace follows Lady Elinor in the person of Lord William Roxley as she secures the necessary proof.

Also uncovered is Elinor’s predilection for domination by the attractive, sensual Lord Wysse. Each searing encounter increases their craving for each other, but the assignment must take precedence. Once the evidence is in hand, Lord Wysse takes Elinor further into the depths of domination and submission sealing their future…

Dark River: Lady Elinor at Hampton Court is a short story which can only be described with one word: Intense!

From page one the story is extremely sexual. The characters and the setting are stimulating and provocative. Lord Wysse warns: “My tastes are dark. […]. That river runs swift and deep. You could drown in my needs.”

The warning just served to encourage me to read on. Neither Elinor nor I knew towards where the river flowed but we were both more than willing to find out.

Hooked, I found myself officially aboard a raft, trying, along with Elinor, to ride Lord Wysse’s tide, and uncover the truth behind who was smuggling documents to the Queen.

Just like Wysse is dominant, so is Ms. Gravier’s style of writing. She wastes no time with unnecessary embellishments but goes directly to the point with avid descriptions. Suffice to say, as Elinor’s arousal increased so did mine. (What occurred in the Duchess’s house was unbelievable.)

Nonetheless, the author knows how to keep a good balance, and while the sexual charge heats up the page, the dangers of lurking around as a spy, and the blossoming love between the commanding Lord Wysse and Elinor, helped me keep my feet on the ground.

Dark River: Lady Elinor at Hampton Court is a definite read!

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