I was given Tangled in Sin by Lavinia Kent for a fair and honest review.
Lavinia Kent is a new to me author and after looking her up this book is this book is part of a series that can be read out of order. It would be the what looks like the fourth book and there are two novellas. I ended up buying the series and one novella.
Here is a quick rundown of the story. Lady Cynthia Westhope otherwise known as Sin goes to visit her friend Jasmine who is the daughter of a duke and now Madame of a very posh brothel because she had a baby out of wedlock. After leaving from of the visits Sin get adducted and taken to secluded cabin by her captors which they then promptly leave her. When suddenly Jasmine’s brother shows up (he’s not the heir just a second son) and bangs on the door to let him because there is a raging storm outside. James is the one who had Sin kidnapped thinking it was Jasmine he wanted to talk some sense into his sister but unfortunately the wrong girl got kidnapped. No matter though! He thinks she’s a prostitute and that suits him fine since what does one must do while waiting out a storm, right? James’s doesn’t recognize Sin and she plays along with it…. Because why not? So, they end up sleeping on the floor together to keep warm and of course what happens? You guessed it sleep sex! While Sin thinks it’s a wonderful dream (she’s been in love with James for years) But then she wakes up and chaos ensures. Once James realizes who she is he’s all we must get to married but naturally like any good heroine she wants to marry for love not just because. But that does not stop her from her wanting to “experiment” this is their words not mine.
Okay so my biggest thing with this book is I promised the hero liked whips and chains, and I did not get my whips and chains…. I am not very happy about that. I found this book to be interesting, true there were some parts that made me roll my eyes but over all I did like it.
Firstly, what you might like this is a historical erotic romance, forced proximity and friends to lovers as the hero and heroine were childhood friends.
I personally am always on the lookout for a good historical erotic/ erotica romance. What I liked about this book is naturally the dirty talk the hero was very, very good at this and not mention he did some the things he said. Normally when I read romance novel the hero alludes to all the dirty nasty things he wants to do the heroine but sometimes there is anal sex (he only alluded to it but it didn’t happen) However the other nasty, dirty things he did do Just had me sitting up and taking notice! Because I have never personally seen this kind of sex in a historical. I’m sure it’s out there and but I have never seemed it. There was also some mutual tying up (not with chains) also there is some roleplaying between the two and a sexy sponge bath that happens after a mud fight. Also, it is extremely clean that the hero is an ass man or he just might be obsessed with her ass I’m not sure. Also, the heroine was super nosiness which got her into trouble…. I could relate.
What I didn’t like about this book. Sin tried and tried to come off strong but she was just flighty at times which was annoying and I wanted to shake her. James didn’t want her to talk during sex…. Made it a little meh for me because I love dirty talk and up until this point he was bringing in it! Then he was all don’t speak you’ll ruin it, dude really? Next thing is when she finds out what James has done she runs away from …. back to his sister….at the brothel, where she then stays the night. Because naturally. So, then she dresses up like a prostitute and goes off to explore the brothel, basically almost getting caught by some guy who wanted to buy the brothel before Jasmine. This guy thought Sin was a married woman come to learn new tricks to please her husband, he was going to drag her out into the streets and ruin her. Which I feel would have served her right for just wondering around with basically no purpose other than be like “oh, look an orgy lovely” or “oh a room filled silk scarfs and pillars, nice!” that wasn’t how it went but you get the idea.
Surprisingly this book tackles the issue of consent with slight nod to women’s rights, with the hero at times being slightly overbearing our heroine constantly reminds him, that she does not want to be shackled to him ( she does but she wants a love match with him) She also has him explain the sex acts he wants to do with her in detail and tells him what he can and can’t do.
For the list price of $4.99 it’s not a bad book but if you can get on sale then I would say it’s must.
This earned 4 fours from me for the dirty talk (yay!) the sex, interesting story line and cover.