Review: Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent

Bound by Bliss

Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent
Book #2 in Bound and Determined
Genre: Erotic/Historical Romance
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
ARC provided by Netgalley and Loveswept

Synopsis from Goodreads: Lady Bliss Danser, daughter of the Duke of Mirth, is a scandal waiting to erupt. Which is why her highly conventional brother wants to saddle her with Stephan Perth, Earl of Duldon, the only man he thinks will marry her. Worse, Stephan keeps threatening to punish her, to teach her just how a woman should behave. His words may cause Bliss to tingle in the strangest places, but that doesn’t mean she likes the man himself.

Stephan has secretly desired Bliss for years, but he knows how close he is to losing his beloved. Careful not to rile her impetuous heart, he promises only to aid Bliss in her search for another fiancé. And if she’s determined to understand the male body first, he’s happy to comply in that regard as well. However, she must follow his rules or face the consequences. Slowly he takes Bliss to the darker, steamier side of his world . . . where she realizes that Stephan is everything she’s ever wanted.

Angie’s Review – 2 Skulls – D

After loving the first book in this series, Mastering the Marquess, I had high hopes for Bound by Bliss. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for.

I liked Bliss and Stephan well enough. While Bliss was naïve and didn’t make the best choices, she was wily and liked to have fun. Stephan was a decent man, and I liked that he helped Bliss explore her sensual side, discovering desires she wasn’t even aware she had. But this book was lacking for me as far as plot goes. I am always loathe to say this when I read a book that’s labeled as erotic fiction, but this book just had too much sex stuff in it. And by stuff I mean voyeurism and teasing and other things that lead up to but don’t include intercourse.

The reason I say that is because, according to Bliss’s thoughts, she and Stephan have quite a history. Because it’s so important to her and she reflects on the fact that they had a past (but not the actual happenings) quite often, it would lead the reader to believe there were many pivotal events over the course of her life that included Stephan. If there were, we didn’t read about them. I’m all for sex and sexy times in the story, but not at the expense of plot. I think whatever Bliss and Stephan had been through would have gone a long way in solidifying their feelings for each other now, in the time this story was taking place. There’s no denying they are attracted to each other sexually (and make no mistake, these sex scenes were hot hot hot), but I didn’t really feel the love connection that should have been established throughout the story. Not exploring their past was a huge missed opportunity, and I think the story suffered for that. The pacing felt off to me, because I kept waiting for something to happen that would show me why Bliss and Stephan were falling in love. It never came, and for me, that meant the story never gained momentum.

Despite my issues with this book, I’m not ready to give up on this series just yet. As I said, I really enjoyed Mastering the Marquess, and the third installment will be Ruby’s. She is by far my favorite character in these books, and I want to see what this author has up her sleeve for my favorite madam! If you’re a lover of erotic fiction and don’t mind a plot that serves as backdrop instead of taking center stage, you may enjoy this book. It just wasn’t for me.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. Mastering the Marquess
1.5. Revealing Ruby
2. Bound by Bliss

Thank you to LOVESWEPT and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Comments 2

  • Ugh, hate it when sex is everything in a story. I don’t mind some either but not for it to actually consume the plot, either. Sorry this sequel disappointed you :/ but thank you for the honest review! Honesty is everything!
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    • Hi, Lola.

      It was so frustrating, especially since I love stories where the couple have a history. There was so much potential here!

      I agree! It’s as important to lay out what didn’t work for you as it is to talk about what you did enjoy. 🙂