Mistress in the Making by Lynne Silver
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Other: M/F, light bondage
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Dianthus
When genteel poverty strikes Lady Charlotte’s family, the innocent virgin puts herself on the auction block at Madame Bella’s school for mistresses in a desperate bid to provide a Season for her younger sisters. For her plan to succeed, she must show auction winner, Lucas Morgan, what a valuable prize he’s won. Morgan may have only bid on her to thwart his hated twin brother, but she’s going to prove she’s worth every pound.
A mistress in high society is something frowned upon by the entire ton, but what if your mistress is really a high born woman trying to make a better life for her siblings? And once a mistress, can she rise from that title or will she never be allowed to darken certain doors again? What happens when her protector is someone that she falls in love with? Can he ever learn to love her or are she doomed to die of a broken heart?
Charlotte, a high bred women from the country, is willing to do whatever must be done to give her three younger sisters the chances that she never had, and by anything she means anything; even selling herself as a mistress and doing all that it takes to please the man who purchases her. What Charlotte doesn’t expect is for a man like Lucas Morgan to want her, especially at the high price he paid for her. She is willing to give everything she has to make him happy, but in giving herself away she may just get the heart of Mr. Morgan? Will Charlotte know what to do with his heart if he is willing to give it away?
Lucas, lost twin of the Earl of Westhunt, is on the prowl for a mistress. Specifically, one that his twin had once had his eye on. But the woman Lucas buys is nothing like what he is expecting. But will the hunt for his brother’s killer lead these two down a path that can’t be unwalked? And if Lucas falls for Charlotte, can she learn to love him or will he lose her to the next highest bidder?
This was a wonderful tale that showed the underbelly of high society, all the corrupt natures of the ton while still showing that love can survive even the worst of circumstances. Lucas and Charlotte’s story was wonderful because of the story line itself, not only the suspense but the unexpected blossoming of feelings that happens between the main characters.
As a reader, I would love for Ms. Silver to work this story into a series. The characters were so great to “meet” and interact with and I'd love to read more about Charlotte, Lucas and Charlotte’s three sisters. Author Lynne Silver spun a wonderful story and anyone who picks up this book will not be disappointed. She will definitely be on my list of authors to read in the future!