Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Scarlet Letters by Genella deGrey

Lord Charles Alfred Kendrick, a highly respected barrister, has his secret desires. A virtual innocent, Susanna Courtland, is one of these. Teaching her will take unprecedented cunning.

Susanna Courtland was born to privilege and has requested that her brother, now head of the family, find her a husband from the cream of the crop. However, her plans to remain a fixture in London society could very easily be derailed if her peers find out she enjoys spending Saturdays hiding out in a back room at the library with bluestockings reading books. Life is going quite swimmingly for Susanna, until one day she finds a note from a mysterious man, a note that sends her headlong into a secret, sensual world behind closed doors. She is determined to find and expose the author—like a heroine from one of her Halfpenny Marvels—if it takes the rest of her life.

Lord Charles Alfred Kendrick has been friends with Maxwell Courtland since they were at Eton. He had no idea Max’s younger sister was such a rosebud, and it pleases him to no end that she is a bit of a rebel, as well. To his surprise and great pleasure, Maxwell strikes a contract with Charles to make Susanna his wife. Now to get this darling girl to fall in love with him and enjoy the same bedroom games he does.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light bondage.

Publisher's Note: This book contains characters who also appear in Cat and Mouse, also by Genella De Grey. Scarlet Letters can, however, also be read as a standalone story.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 secret admirer stars.

Genella deGrey is a new-to-me author. While reading Scarlet Letters, I found the author's writing style to flow fluidly, with quick pacing, and no unnecessary detailing or filler, which was a good thing, considering this was a short novella.

Avid reader, Susanna requested her brother's assistance in obtaining her a husband. In an effort to be comfortable with his new brother-in-law, he asked his friend to do the honors.

Charles has seen Susanna from afar and was completely besotted with her, but he worries about his future wife's opinions on his darker appetites, so he plays a little game with her via secret notes. Only Susanna doesn't know it's her intended making her hot and bothered.

Scarlet Letters was a lusty little novella, with only a slight kink bent and light on the romance. While it was salacious and rather hot, I wouldn't categorize it as erotic because of its lack of explicitness. With that being said, I enjoyed every word of the novella and look forward to more stories by Genella deGrey.

Born and reared in Southern California, Genella DeGrey longed to be your typical blonde, tanned, surfer girl but failed miserably. Unable to sit idle without falling asleep, she embarked upon several artistic endeavors. Make-up and set dressing for the entertainment industry, Resort Enhancement for The Walt Disney Company and writing sexy historical romance top the list of her favorite activities. A consummate closet goth and amateur music and (red) wine enthusiast, she is also a hopeless romantic awaiting the arrival of her very own Mr. Romance/Soul Mate with whom to share the rest of her life.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Scarlet Letters by Genella deGrey to read and review.

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