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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lust by Victoria Knightly

Lust by Victoria Knightly
Erotic Tales of Long Livery Hall Book 1
Publisher: Torrid Books/Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (214 pages )
Other: M/F, F/F, Forced Seduction, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lotus

It is 1858 and Dewy Kittow, the gamekeeper at Long Livery Hall, is torn between two women. His heart goes out to Lizzie Hudson, a young virgin working at a seaman’s mission in Plymouth. But it is Sir John Windlesham’s fractious daughter, Virginia, who demands more and more sexual enjoyment with him. He is anxious to put a stop to his adventures with Virginia in order to get Lizzie into his bed, but Virginia will not play ball.

Lizzie, meanwhile, is caught in the dilemma of wondering whether she would prefer to be bedded by Dewy…or a woman.

What’s a young servant to do when faced with an ultimatum from someone with the power to destroy his life unless he goes along with an unspeakable act demanded of him?

Dewy Kittow is a young, new gamekeeper for Long Livery Hall, trying his best to keep his job which he is hoping would be his lifelong job since he wouldn’t be inheriting his family’s farm. He is kind, conscientious, hardworking, and handsome, making him irresistible to the master’s daughter Virginia Windlesham who wickedly has her way with him at every opportunity. Lizzie Hudson, daughter of a Church of England vicar, has left her family home to make her own way in the world. She wants to show her father that she can survive without his help, by working at a mission and helping the poor.

While the main story is about Dewy and Lizzie, it also includes side stories of grown children who are testing the boundaries of their parents’ love and tolerance. A cast of characters including Virginia Windlesham (of course), her brother Albert Windlesham, Colleen O’Callaghan, Pastor Arthur Jenkins, Brigadier-General Sir John Windlesham, and his wife Lady Angela Windlesham all make important appearances throughout the tales.

I have to admit that I felt adventurous in choosing to review this book since I tend to shy away from historicals, feeling more comfortable with contemporary stories. It surprised me that I could jump into the action right away and that the historical aspect of the story just added to my enjoyment. Ms. Knightly weaves details of old England into the story so well that I felt as though I were in 1858. Descriptions and dialogue were blended together seamlessly for a wonderfully enjoyable narrative filled with action, angst, and hot sexy moments.

Lust gives us a window into the lives of people in 1858 England, the good, the bad, and the steamy. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great erotic story in the past. I am so glad that I had the chance to read and review this book and will definitely look for more tales from Ms. Knightly.

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