Dragon Duchess #1
Pub date: August 11, 2015 [requested review]
H/h - Darlington Moore, The Duke of Blantyre/Lady Lacilia
Setting: Victorian England.
Read in August, 2015.
I like to help out debut authors whenever I can and I do love erotic historicals. Debut author Roxy Soule’s steamy historical romance novella, Tight Laced (Dragon Duchess #1), seemed like something totally up my alley so I didn’t think twice before requesting a review copy. I was hoping for a fun, sexy ride. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out to be quite the thing for me. Not even close.
Tight Laced is loosely based on Cinderella. I mean very loosely. The story opens up with the news of the funeral of a peer of the realm. Then it’s revealed that the man has left an elder daughter, Lacilia or Lacy as she goes by, from his first marriage. His second wife and the daughter born to her, Sarah Jane, have also survived him. From the very beginning, it was apparent that the stepmother is very mean to Lacilia. She also has a grand plan to improve their financial situation and deprive Lacilia of her right, in her own twisted way.
When the Duke of Blantyre, Darlington, stops by to pay his respects, the evil stepmother brings out her claws and starts sharpening it. To make the long story short, the Duke was in some kinda business venture with the late Earl. He himself doesn’t have a financially strong background but the deal he made with the Earl suggested if there’s any trouble on the monetary side and he can’t pay his due, he’d have to marry one of the Earl’s daughters. Unfortunately, Darlington was out of luck. When he says as much to the widow, she promptly starts reminding him that he has no way out of it. But she’s willing to listen to his pleas once he marries Sarah Jane; her dimwitted daughter.