EROTICA
Ravishing Ruby
Loveswept: Random. (Bound & Determined, Bk. 3). Jan. 2016. 240p. ebk. ISBN 9781101965009. $2.99. EROTICA
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Madame "Ruby" Rouge, neé Emma Scanton, is one of the most respected young madams in London, as well as an informal matchmaker who has appeared in previous "Bound and Determined" installments (Mastering the Marquess; Sarah's Surrender). Ruby has a strict rule against fraternizing with patrons—a rule that was sorely tested and quickly broken with the appearance of burly, gorgeous Capt. Derek Price. Their single night of passion months ago still weighs on both their minds, and when they reunite, the spark is stronger than ever. In fact, neither Derek nor Ruby is prepared for the strength of their feelings, in and out of the bedroom. With each trapped by personal secrets and societal responsibilities, would a life together be worth what they would lose? Kent skillfully rounds out a full narrative of Ruby's and Derek's distinct struggles (social illegitimacy, sexism, and personal freedom versus familial duty, to name but a few), while keeping the text chock-full of varied, vibrant erotic scenes—Ruby and Derek's chemistry is just as explosive during their unbridled trysts as with their slow, ardent lovemaking.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of the series and where Regency erotica is in demand.

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