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TRAINING LADY TOWNSEND (A Properly Spanked Novel #1) by ANNABEL JOSEPH

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SYNOPSIS

Take a rousing romp through 1790s England with this first of four Properly Spanked novels…

The Lady Aurelia has been promised in marriage to the Marquess of Townsend since she was four and he was fourteen. Unfortunately, she grew up into a pillar of propriety while her betrothed grew up into a renowned rake. Of course, no one would expect such an unsuitable match to go forward…which is why they find themselves at a loss when circumstances force them to the altar and into each other’s arms.

Hunter, the beleaguered marquess, believes he’ll survive the uneven match by continuing to frequent his well-trained coterie of whores and courtesans, but Aurelia’s powerful father has other ideas. When he blocks Hunter’s access to the only women shameless enough to cater to his decadent desires, the marquess informs his new wife that something will have to be done.

That “something” will be the immediate commencement of her erotic training…whether she wants it or not.

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Reviewed by Gitte

✯✯✯✯ Stars

I’m an absolute huge fan of Annabel Joseph, I’ve enjoyed every single story I’ve read by her, some more than others sure, but I’ve never read one of her stories and not enjoyed it. So this time I was really worried going into Training Lady Townsend as I’ve not read many historical novels. I can probably count on one hand the total I’ve read. The synopsis intrigued me though and I was in the mood for something different so I attacked it with excited anticipation. Can I just say the cover does not do the story any justice, so if you’re a cover snob like me and don’t like people’s faces on your covers, don’t let that stop you from reading this one, you’d regret it. You’d be missing out on a funny, sexy and erotic historical. I haven’t read anything really in this genre to compare it to, but I don’t think there’s any need really. It was brilliantly written as I knew it would be; I loved the characters; one feisty and stubborn the other a complete cad. And the setting, well, I loved the aristocratic British-ness and I now see ginger root from a whole different perspective….ouch! Oh and Berkshire….very close to my heart!

‘Damn the Duke and his godforsaken moral compunction. Not only was he saddled with an ice cold wife, now he had no outlet for his more perverse desires. It was an impossible situation.’

I have to say I found Hunter absolutely lush; what a character. He was cheeky, controlling, sexy and arrogant. Beneath that though, he had a heart that just hadn’t found what it was completely looking for. It knew what it wanted and under what terms but it hadn’t found its match. I have to admit he had me in stitches of laughter at times; this over the top larger than life aristocratic toff who just didn’t give a toss about propriety and social standings.

‘This was a pathetic display of fellatio, but she was submitting to him in a way he never imagined she would.’

Hurrah, how refreshing to have an innocent virginal heroine who doesn’t seem to surprisingly excel and be the best ever at every sexual act in the book (pun intended). No ‘first timer’ best he ever had in this story. How original!

 ‘He’d spent a decade training a coterie of women to cater to his sexual tastes, and he wasn’t going to throw them all away because a forced marriage to an uptight prude.’

Lady Aurelia, bless her quiet strength, she did not have a clue what she was in for in this arranged marriage and I felt incredibly sorry for her during the ginger root scenes. Is this really a historical truth? If so, hurrah for modern inventions because, ouch….again! She was so sweet, delicate in nature and dare I say it, emotionally reserved. The way in which she’d been brought up she never stood a chance. But they do say you should always watch the quiet ones.

‘She didn’t know how to feel about him. She didn’t know how to feel at all.’

She was brilliant and fully came into her own once she went through a self-discovery and found what lay beneath her manipulated persona. Sure, at times I felt sorry for Hunter, hahaha yeah go figure, but I understood her reservations and incredulity at her situation.

‘She wanted to scream…but she’d never been allowed to scream so she didn’t know how.’

The way these two dealt with their arranged marriage was quite romantic, hot and humorous. It’s definitely the most light-hearted erotic read from Annabel Joseph in my opinion, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and will definitely continue with this series. Hunter’s ‘gang’ were brilliant too and I can’t wait for their stories. You’re in for a romp-tastic ride!

 

**Reviewed off an ARC copy provided by the author with thanks**

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FEVER DREAM (BDSM Ballet #2) by ANNABEL JOSEPH

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SYNOPSIS

Petra Hewitt’s the top ballerina in the world, and The Great Rubio her obvious counterpart, so why does she want to strangle him whenever he’s around? He’s haughty, abrupt, demanding—and alarmingly sexy. Petra knows Rubio is dangerous to her heart, to her peace of mind, and worst of all, to her career, but his rough flirtation compels her. When she gets a chance to play with him at a BDSM party, their professional partnership takes a feverish left turn.

After that, any attempts to keep him at arm’s length falter in the face of his obstinate sexuality. Rubio’s methods are ruthlessly erotic as he introduces her to the pleasures of sadism, bondage, pain, and submission. The more Petra tries to resist him, the more she craves his strength and control.

But as they play their sensual games of dominance and submission, career pressures mount, and an overzealous fan brings dangerous tension to their relationship. Soon, the dream gives way to the stark reality of her vulnerability. Maybe, just maybe, some risks are too terrifying to take

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Reviewed by Gitte

Gitte– 5 Stars

Fever Dream was fantastic….on so many levels it just about delivered everything you’d want and more from one of Annabel Joseph’s books. It was so passionate, beautiful, emotional, erotic and incredibly funny and sexy. My favourite bit? Rubio….Rubio the lovable arse from book one; Waking Kiss. This is his turn to properly shine and entice and wow did he do just that. He’s still arrogant and condescending, sexy, and funny. However, this time throw that fierce protective streak in and a dash of vulnerability and strong kink and he just became one of my favourite heroes in this genre!! I bloody LOVE this man, The Great Rubio!!! Sigh….

‘He had an aura, a way of moving that communicated both sensuality and masculine power.”…”with his tousled black hair and dark eyes, and that carved Brazilian jaw line.’ – Petra

The combination of the ballet and beautifully written characters just sweeps you away into an intense and stunning escape where your emotions will be racing all over the place as the angst, the drama and the love heightens. Oh and this one is intensely HOT with hard play…there’s no other word for it really, you may need to escape to the freezer whilst reading certain scenes! One in particular…bloody hell I thought I was going to pass out!

Now, who doesn’t want to strangle Rubio, seriously this man is still an arse but this time you kind of get why.

‘For the first time in a long time, The Great Fernando Rubio felt insecure and a bit threatened, and he didn’t like that at all.’ – Rubio

Sure he’s infuriatingly cocky, (his command of the English language is still funny), but feeling abandoned and excluded does that to a person right? It totally justifies saying someone has an unnaturally large and ugly forehead? Well…hmm maybe not.

“I need a partner with grace and lyrical beauty. Not a big-forehead robot like you.” – Rubio

For those of you who haven’t read Waking Kiss yet I’ll try and not spoil it for you. But basically, Rubio finds himself without a dance partner. His best mate Liam, the ballet benefactor and security expert from book #1, forces a new partner on him who will literally rock him to the core. The beautiful and brilliant dancer Petra. Neither make a very good first impression on each other and if words and looks could maim and kill…well. There’d be no Romeo & Juliet showing on the London Ballet scene. So, they say when we’re kids we taunt the ones we ‘love’…well it carries into adulthood in Rubio’s case. But seriously, this amazing man had me in fits of laughter at times, Annabel Joseph’s writing is so fantastically brilliant that you hear him in your head, with that accent, and you can’t help but laugh. And I have to say when he’s in his sadistic element, this guy is, what did I say earlier? Intensely HOT!!

“You have sad, horny eyes.” – Rubio

“I do not have sad horny eyes. That’s not even a thing. Some crazy shit comes out of your mouth, you know that?” – Petra

So, the emotional, dramatic and passionate journey that Rubio and Petra embark upon begins when Petra gate crashes a BDSM party at Liam’s house. This party jump starts a relationship that’s suddenly anything but professional.

‘He wished she wasn’t such a hard ass bitch. He wished she was a horny, cowering, deeply masochistic submissive, so he could run amok all over her delectable body until she broke down and cried. But no, she wasn’t. Too bad.’ – Rubio

Not that Petra wants anything other than to dance with Rubio (even that is reluctantly the case). She tries to fight him off, fight off the feelings he shockingly inspires deep within her

‘She could dance, but she couldn’t love. She was too scared, too selfish. She was a dancing robot…’ – Petra

But hey she’s human and Rubio is…well Rubio. That man would melt the hardest ice with his sexuality and commanding voice alone. No one would be safe! Temperamental and rough, he doesn’t suffer fools gladly and will not take any nonsense.

“I’m staring because – because_”…..’Because you’re completely ridiculously beautiful and because I’m insane. And because I want to take you up on every one of those offers right now.’ – Petra

Well, Petra sure makes an impression and we see the effect she has on him, how she brings out his heart closer to the surface of that hard exterior. It’s quite frankly heart breaking yet inspiring at times, which Annabel Joseph does best.

Lives are threatened, scandals are exposed and hearts play with fire as important self-discovery is made on both sides.

Now, the BDSM……if you don’t like it, don’t read this series, and definitely don’t read this book. If you do enjoy it, well, you’re in for a scorcher, a real treat to be exact! Enjoy it with a glass of wine sitting in your bath of ice!

‘Is okay to be scared. Is okay to be scared. Is okay to be scared.’ – Petra

Seriously love this Author, if that wasn’t quite clear yet hahaha! I mean I’m no fan of the ballet but her characters and her writing makes me want to jump on the train into London and head straight over to watch it…..then I want to watch Rubio….in any dance! Preferable the horizontal variety…..Too much?!

 ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.


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Waking Kiss (BDSM Ballet #1) by Annabel Joseph

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SYNOPSIS
A stranger in the wings, a traitorous pair of toe shoes, and a traumatic turn dancing with The Great Rubio… For ballerina Ashleigh Keaton, it’s been one hell of a night.

But it’s not over yet. When Rubio drags her to a private BDSM party at his friend’s house in the ritzy part of London, she meets Liam Wilder, a lifestyle dominant and frighteningly seductive man. Liam pursues Ashleigh, attracted by her strength and talent, but she has secrets—an abusive past and a crippling fear of intimacy that prevents her from connecting to anyone, especially a kinky playboy reputed to be legendary in bed.

Eventually he wins her trust and sets out to heal the troubled dancer, awakening her to a world of erotic obedience and sensual abandon in a series of “sessions” at his home. But how pure are his motives? Is he helping her or endangering her fragile soul? Liam hides his own destructive secrets, and so does Fernando Rubio, their temperamental friend. Over time the three become embroiled in a tangle of artifice, fears, and lies that threaten to undo everything they’ve worked for.

Will Ashleigh and Liam find the strength to defeat their demons? Or are they cursed to sleepwalk through life forever, afraid to experience the passion and intimacy of love?

Note: This 81K word romantic novel contains reflections on childhood abuse and violence which may disturb some readers.

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  Reviewed by Gitte

I absolutely love Annabel Joseph. Her books are always packed full of emotion with characters so intriguing and tortured that they stay with you long after you’ve turned that last page. Every time I pick up one of her books, without fail, I fall in love with every character and their stories. Waking Kiss was no exception. It was pretty flawless; brilliantly written with characters with such depth and so ‘exposed’ that I couldn’t fail to completely connect and sympathise.

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to be invisible. Not in a cool, magical kind of way, but in that way of please don’t look at me too hard…” – Ashleigh

Waking Kiss immediately had me hooked. It was dark, disturbing and sexy. It even had quite a few humorous scenes to balance out the dark. The setting was beautiful, highlighting the fact that this Author’s writing really does resemble a piece of art.

“You will never forget the wrongs done to you, but anger, like guilt, can poison an entire life….” – Mem (who I fell in absolute love with!)

Our heroine Ashleigh is a ballerina who prefers to dance in the background as long as it’s in the company of her idol, the Great Rubio who’s a world renowned ballet dancer from Brazil. She’s in absolute awe of him so is distraught when during one performance she’s made to dance with him after the lead ballerina is injured. Ashleigh panics and the great Rubio is not impressed with her performance. But the show must go on. And it does, when Rubio later that evening takes Ashleigh to a private BDSM party at a mansion under false pretences, a mansion that belongs to a good friend of his. On this night wheels are set in motion that’ll change the path of Ashleigh’s life forever and open her eyes to a new world so far removed from her own demure lifestyle. Twice that night she meets a man who’ll affect her very being. A man who despite appearances is as broken as she is but at the same time is such a strength and a hero for our Ashleigh, he completely stole my heart. Liam’s amazing!

“He had me cornered, but I found I liked being cornered by him. I wanted to be trapped and restrained against the wall and kissed into submission…” – Ashleigh

I felt so sorry for Ashleigh and my sympathy and love for her character grew as we learnt more about her horrific past and how she’s suffered. A past that has repressed her sexually and made her fear intimacy and physical affection.

“I don’t usually let anyone into my apartment.” – Ashleigh

“Why what’s in there?”…”Piles of dead bodies?” – Liam

‘…No I thought, Just one dead body. My own….’ – Ashleigh

Now, Liam’s a player. He knows this and makes no excuses. He works hard and he plays even harder.

“…I wasn’t a person Ashleigh needed in her life right now. I was a player, a pig, and frequently an asshole…” – Liam.

Liam’s mansion is a playground for BDSM parties, but deep down he’s a lonely man with a past that prevents him from opening his heart to love and a meaningful relationship.

“I didn’t want anyone in my life who had the power to reach into my chest and rip out my heart, and she had that power. Therefore, I didn’t want her anymore. But I wanted her…” – Liam

However, the connection between Ashleigh and Liam is so intense and deep that even I felt it.

Liam and Ashleigh strike up a relationship which is ultimately about Liam helping Ashleigh remove the block that has her incapable of enjoying passion and love. However, it’s not only Ashleigh who, has a lot to overcome and learn about herself, Liam too is made to examine his life and way of living and these two characters go through such an emotional journey of self-discovery and absolution

Now, I have to mention Rubio. What a complete arse he started off as. I couldn’t stand him and though he was an arrogant cock. However, the clever writing of Annabel Joseph had me absolutely loving him by the end, so I was chuffed to bits to see his story is next in this series.

Waking Kiss is not for the faint-hearted as it depicts realistic and harrowing abuse. This is not a ‘pretty and generic BDSM romance romp’ for the sake of sex, rather this is a real story about people with flaws who’ve been hurt and need to heal and come to terms with a violent and abusive past.

If you enjoy your darker emotional reads with intense passion and broken characters who live the ‘true’ BDSM lifestyle then this Author is definitely one to check out. And you should be adding Waking Kiss to your to read list!

“What you experience and what you feel doesn’t come from other people. It comes from you.” – Liam

Gitte: 4.5 Stars


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