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review 2017-05-24 05:09
A wrongful kidnapping leads to love
Tangled in Sin: A Bound and Determined Novel - Lavinia Kent

This is the latest installment in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the connection of the brothel for these stories. Cynthia's desire to help a friend pulled me in. She was willing to do what she could and ended up in trouble. Her childhood crush, James, tries to do the right thing but Cynthia is not willing to accept that offer. Her want for love as a basis for a relationship is strong. The attraction between them led to push and pulls, and I loved the journey.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-04-18 12:01
Review For: 'Tangled in Sin' by Lavinia Kent
Tangled in Sin: A Bound and Determined Novel - Lavinia Kent

'Tangled in Sin' by Lavinia Kent is book Five in the "Bound and Determined" series. This is the story of Cynthia 'Sin' and James. I have been jumping in and out of this series so for me this was a standalone book.
Sin has sneaked into a Brothel that she has heard her childhood best friend now owns. Sin wants to see if its true and if she can help her. But Sin learns that her friend feels that this is her life now since she has a child out of wedlock. While Sin is there her friends brother comes to also see what he can do. Sin hides as she knows that no one can see her there or her reputation will be ruined. James can't talk his sister into a different life but he plans to do something.
When James runs into Sin on this stormy night he doesn't know who she is but thinks she works for his sister at her brothel. James knows she looks familiar but his attraction to her blinds him to think hard on it. Sin has always liked James and they all used to play together but she hasn't seen him for years. Now she is swept away with him and their night encounter.
What will happen next...will Sin fall as her friend has or will James ensure that doesn't happen.
Another Hot read by Ms. Kent
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review 2017-02-18 20:47
upside: light femdom, downside: i want to dick punch this guy
Tangled in Sin: A Bound and Determined Novel - Lavinia Kent

A generally informal review... in theory I'll put together a cleaner one to send to netgalley and  post on my main blog.  But something for now.

 

Not necessarily out of any particular inclination or fetishism on my part, but I've been really getting tired of the guy ALWAYS being the dominant one.  And we get in book where we meet this strong minded, strong willed female lead... who turns out to be the subbiest of subs.  Not that you don't see that behavior in both men and women, but let's mix it up, no?

 

James has the whole alpha male/I know what's right for the wimmin thing going on... which is pretty much how they got into this whole situation (and why Cynthia, 'Sin', is pissed off at him).  And he just does not get it when it's spelled out to him pretty plainly.  Well, that detail may be a bit historically accurate, but considering how little actually historical details matter in this book besides scenery, it's slightly less necessary.

 

Sin... well both her and Jasmine had some pretty damn good moments.  Jasmine really doesn't put up with shit from her brother.  Sin is the innocent ingenue here, but she's not stupid.  I actually had trouble not freaking out at one scene where she's on her way to an assignation, and is literally trying to figure out how to make her escape b/c she's learned that James is the reason for the abduction and if he finds out she knows he'll probably not let her leave until they have to get married.  Like, her thought process just hit me in the gut.  But she's smart, she gets what she wants and she makes him see what the hell she's talking about.

 

Two bits I liked:

 

"You are missing the point entirely and this is why I would  not marry you if I felt I had any choice.  You decided what I want or what I should want and then I am expected to agree with you.  How would you feel if I did that?  If I made the decisions about what you should want?  If I took control?"

 

and

 

"I will give you some credit for what I can see is a great compromise on your part.  I just wish you could understand mine.  You think you have the right to decide what choices I can make by myself and which I need help with.  You cannot trust that I can decide when I need help?"

 

"When I am your husband it will be my right and indeed my responsibility to make those decisions."

 

"Do you hear yourself?  And you wonder that I am not sure if I wish to wed you.  Hell, I am not sure I wish to wed at all."

 

His brow furrowed, the lines between his eyes growing deep.  "I truly don't wish to argue with you, Sin."

 

"But you refuse to see my point."

 

"I am trying.  I don't understand what has you so upset.  Men make certain decisions.  It has always been this way."

 

"That doesn't mean it always should be."

Also, the stick up his ass creep who's been hanging around Madame Rouge's (now Blanche's)?  He ended up worse for wear after encountering him.  *applauds*

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text 2017-02-17 16:05
in which i'm vaguely confused
Tangled in Sin: A Bound and Determined Novel - Lavinia Kent

ok, i get that there's various bodily responses to arousal - swelling due to increased blood flow to specific areas of the body, eye dilation (which is what i have to assume is meant whenever they say someone's eyes darken).  hell, if activities that inflict injury are involved (scratching/biting/accidental room destruction/idfk) there can be various swelling.

 

but fondling someone on the body in general (ie. not on genital area) does not make that body part "plump" like a bloody rising dough.

 

also the book needs a second run through by an editor, noticed an instance of "boats" instead of "boots" that made me giggle.

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review 2016-08-20 17:47
[Book Review] Angel in Scarlet
Angel in Scarlet: A Bound and Determined Novel - Lavinia Kent

Previously reviewed in this series:

Once it seemed as if Angela Ripon and Matthew Harkness, Earl of Colton, would be wed.  Angela's defiant spark caught Matthew's attention, but when it seemed to go out without any warning he dismissed her as too timid for his tastes.  With a behavior change triggered by overhearing Matthew with a mistress, Angela is left angry and wanting him to feel what she felt at his rejection.  And the only way she can think of to do that is to learn seduction from the infamous Madame Rouge, to make the Earl burn for her so that she can teach him rejection.

The two of them fall into a dangerous and exciting game, one where more than hearts are on the line.


Angel in Scarlet is a creative continuation of the Bound and Determined series, with some interesting development/growth regarding a rather obnoxious familiar antagonist.  I'm wondering if he'll be transitioning from a general annoyance and bother to a protagonist of his own story soon.

Matthew Harkness does really deserve getting some sense knocked in to him.  Putting it bluntly, and even the whole mistress thing aside, he is more than just a bit of a dick to Angela.  Is Miss Ripon's method the best?  That's up for debate, but it does work out for all of them in the end, and she does bludgeon some insight into her target.

The stories within the series tend to have something of a formula (as do most romance novels), and while they're we'll done, I wouldn't mind a bit more of a derivation from the secretly-kinky-man and the eager-to-learn woman.  Especially since one of the regular points is the man "testing" the woman's resolve (point of note - the Ruby stories actually have less of this, but also don't have much kink).  I'm kind of hoping that one of her future stories in this series has a dominant woman instead of a man.  I'd say at this point Mastering the Marquess remains my favorite, but I've been looking for each new release as they come out.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2016/08/book-review-angel-in-scarlet.html
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