Sabrina York has re-released updated versions of her scorching Regency historic series, and now you can start this series from the very beginning! Posting my reworked review from the original read in 2013, please read on for my review of
Meet Helena, a young lady of some consequence and possessed of a near-paranoid fear of the ‘peers of the realm’. Years at a rather uptight boarding school have filled her head with all of the worst case scenarios, and her discovery of impending nuptials to an Earl known only for his profligate ways cause her to run away to her friend staying in London.
Found by a kindly, if not entirely cognizant old man, she is stashed in a potting shed and hidden from her own family. Unfortunately, she is hidden on the grounds of her affianced: while neither know the other by face nor name. Typical of the time, she is mere chattel to be traded for advantage, although her comely face and figure would have made her the talk of the ton at her debut.
James is the new earl, struggling to make amends and adjustments to reclaim the estate from his old, and deceased uncle’s lack of care. Not particularly fond of the idea of marriage, he is looking to extend the lands and acquire some prime breed stock for his stables.
When discovered by James, the two enter into an uneasy accord at first, when Helena thinks up a way to avoid the most offensive of all states: marriage. Propositioning James to ‘despoil’ her and ruin her for marriage, she feels this is her only choice. James, meanwhile, cannot contemplate the tasty morsel: reactive, attractive and responsive he is soon falling for her.
With incredibly sensual detail, James initiates Helena into some mild Master/sub scenes: expecting instant obeisance, spanking and some mild bondage. When Helena’s responsiveness nearly proves to be his undoing, his thoughts turn to holding her as mistress. What he fails to see is the love that she holds for him, and he for her. Through several twists, turns and a chase to London the two manage to find one another and express their emotions honestly. Despite her diminutive size, Helena is possessed of strong will and passions, and she won’t take less than all she wants from James. James, for his part, is not used to choosing his words or contemplating the consequences of his actions on the more delicate feelings, so often he puts his foot into his mouth. Thankfully he does manage to make things right for Helena and himself, and the reader will close the pages with another happy ending.
Title: Dark Fancy
Author: Sabrina York
Series: Noble Passions #1
Also in this series: Dark Duke, Brigand, Defiant, Dark Duke, Brigand, Defiant
Genre: 18+ Read, Historical Romance, Regency
Narrator: Noble Passions
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 29 June, 2016
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon
When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she’s ever known. Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her. Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days, she will at least once have known true passion.
But James is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a wicked lord with a dark fancy. When Helena awakens his desire, he becomes determined to take everything she has to offer and more. No matter the cost.
2014 NTRWA Carolyn Reader Choice Award Winner
This book was originally published in 2013 and has been re-edited, re-covered and re-published.
A copy of this title was provided via Self-Purchased for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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