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Series: Georgian, Book 1 Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’ Series: Georgian, Book 1 Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’s arms is what brings Elizabeth back to Marcus. Her attraction to him is the one thing she fears, but she’s run out of options. Resisting is impossible. But does she have the courage to surrender everything? ©2012 Sylvia Day (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.


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Series: Georgian, Book 1 Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’ Series: Georgian, Book 1 Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’s arms is what brings Elizabeth back to Marcus. Her attraction to him is the one thing she fears, but she’s run out of options. Resisting is impossible. But does she have the courage to surrender everything? ©2012 Sylvia Day (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

30 review for Ask For It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Before Sylvia Day made it big with her contemporary erotica - which I have nicknamed Fifty Shades of Guns - she published historical erotica. I have been curious about this author's work for a while and historical erotica seemed like it would be a better match for me than contemporary. I was thrilled to find a copy of ASK FOR IT, the first in her Georgian series, for a mere 50¢. It starts out okay. Elizabeth and Marcus are ex-lovers who Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Before Sylvia Day made it big with her contemporary erotica - which I have nicknamed Fifty Shades of Guns - she published historical erotica. I have been curious about this author's work for a while and historical erotica seemed like it would be a better match for me than contemporary. I was thrilled to find a copy of ASK FOR IT, the first in her Georgian series, for a mere 50¢. It starts out okay. Elizabeth and Marcus are ex-lovers who were betrothed until Elizabeth caught him with another woman. Then she broke up with him for another man, Lord Hawthorn. Hawthorn and Marcus are both spies for the Crown and when Marcus finds out that Elizabeth's a widow, he goes in for the kill. And by "kill," I mean "that booty." ***WARNING SPOILERS TO FOLLOW*** The sexual tension is decent, and I enjoyed the story until about 20% in when the hero and the heroine have sex for the first time. Why? Because it's basically rape. The heroine tells him no, fights him, resists him, and his answer to this is to tie her up so she can't move, tell her it's for her own good (basically), and then resume having sex with her. There's some BS about how he's giving her "the freedom" to enjoy him without "guilt."  Um, newsflash, bondage only works like that if there is consent, which there is clearly not in this case. Unfortunately, this is a hero who is obsessive AF and doesn't know when to BTFO. The heroine is talking to another man? She must be cheating, that slut. The heroine locks him out of her room so he won't have sex with her? Clearly the answer is to obtain a key and break into her room. The heroine flees him to one of her lesser-known estates? Follow her there, and then sneak into her bed, naked, while she's asleep, while there is another man actively making attempts on her life, because no way is she going to freak out to waking up with a strange man in her bed, nuh-uh, nope. Insane! The author also has a fondness for certain words, which she uses excessively. I began making mental tick-marks every time they had sex (and they do have sex many, many times). Each sex scene uses some variant of the words silk/silken, clasp, cunt, fuck, cock, swirl, curl, depths, and caress. But the word she uses the most is one of the few words that guarantees an instant turn-off for me.  I will give you one guess as to what that word is. He ran a blunt fingertip through her cream... (72) He jerked his hand along the length and creamy moisture leaked from the tip (75). She gazed, eyes riveted to the sight of the thick, proud shaft slick with her cream... (80) He fucked through [her rippling caresses] like a mad man, forcing his cock into grasping depths, dipping into the scalding cream that bathed her inner thighs and lured his seed (115). Eyes wide, Elizabeth whimpered as the hot velvet of his tongue swirled around and between her fingers, lapping her cream (161). ...he spurted, his hot seed splashing in creamy bursts through her fingers... (164) Then his hand was between her legs, his long middle finger slipping through the lips of her sex to glide through her cream (209). He was ensnared, gripped tight by her lithe thighs and creamy depths... (211) His erection, covered in her cream, grew cold, but didn't diminish (212). His hand, drenched in her cream, cupped her breast, pinched her nipple (232). If you guessed "cream," you won! Congratulations! Unless I'm reading a romance between a dairymaid and a milkman, I don't want to see the words "cream" or "milk" in my erotica - and this author uses both. A lot. Other minor annoyances: -:The dialogue is not done to the period. The hero drops f-bombs left and right.  -:The heroine has purple eyes. They're described as "amethyst." -:The espionage and murder angles are incredibly half-arsed. P.S. Here are some stewed nectarines drenched in cream. Think fondly of me - and this book - the next time you're having your morning coffee. ;) 1 to 1.5 stars!

  2. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    3.5/5 I enjoyed Ask For It, my first full length novel by Sylvia Day. The writing style was comfortable and easy to read which made the story flow well from one scene to the next. The prose wasn’t overly flowery – in fact, I didn’t find it flowery at all and at times had to remind myself that this was a historical romance novel because there was such a lack of… elaborate or embellished dialog that is so often a part of the genre. I’ll just come right out and say that the sexual scenes were very h 3.5/5 I enjoyed Ask For It, my first full length novel by Sylvia Day. The writing style was comfortable and easy to read which made the story flow well from one scene to the next. The prose wasn’t overly flowery – in fact, I didn’t find it flowery at all and at times had to remind myself that this was a historical romance novel because there was such a lack of… elaborate or embellished dialog that is so often a part of the genre. I’ll just come right out and say that the sexual scenes were very hot and some were downright erotic. I mention this first because they are what stand out most in my mind after reading this book and one scene in particular had me doing an immediate re-read! But the book is more than just sex – the plot was intriguing with enough twists, turns and whodunits? to keep me interested and guessing from the start to the finish, and while I did have some idea of who the “bad guy” might be, I was surprised at the way it all came together in the end and I definitely enjoyed that aspect of the story. For a book that focused so heavily on the sexual relationship, the mystery/suspense part of the storyline was pretty darned good. I really liked the hero, Marcus Ashford, the Earl of Westfield, and the heroine, Elizabeth, Lady Hawthorne, as individuals, but together they just didn’t do it for me. In fact, they kind of drove me batty with their constant mood changes and indecision. One minute they wanted each other and the next they didn’t. Their wishy-washiness set a tone throughout the book that made me unable to fully invest in them… to connect with them as people. I kept reading because I wanted to find out “who did it,” but there was very little in their characters as a couple that had me hoping for their happily ever after which is not to say they didn’t deserve each other or belong together, it’s just that I never found myself cheering them on or needing that outcome. I am looking forward to the next book, Passion for the Game, Christoper St. John’s story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    I was in a quandry about how to rate this one 4 stars seems too low but 5 too high, so it's a 4 1/2 really! This story for me was an interesting read, a simple plot of intrigue, treason and blackmail with enough twists to surprise, that come when you least expect them and are very believable. The plot is not laid out to you on a plate so you find yourself knowing as much or a little as the hero and heroine, it's reads a little like a *who dunnit* and when you do find out who the instigator of th I was in a quandry about how to rate this one 4 stars seems too low but 5 too high, so it's a 4 1/2 really! This story for me was an interesting read, a simple plot of intrigue, treason and blackmail with enough twists to surprise, that come when you least expect them and are very believable. The plot is not laid out to you on a plate so you find yourself knowing as much or a little as the hero and heroine, it's reads a little like a *who dunnit* and when you do find out who the instigator of the intrigue is it does come as a surprise. So no faults there. The story between Marcus (Darkly handsome, ex-fiance of the Heroine, and spy) and Elizabth (beautiful, widdow of Marcus' friend (whom she married after breaking up with Marcus following a percieved indiscretion)), is intense and deep. When Marcus and Elizabeth meet again after 4 years apart their intense sexual attraction to each other is spontainious, it's as tho' they've never been apart. Elizabeth sees this a pure lust, her emotions also fighting the fact that she feels Marcus is using their intense sexual attraction as revenge for leaving him and marrying someone else. Marcus burns for Elizabeth every time he sees her and sometimes this intense emotion turns to anger. Elizabeth and Marcus argue, they sleep apart from each other in an attempt to quell their insatiable desire for each other, but always come back to one another. They end up marrying still viewing their relationship as lust, then at some point their view changes and they accept their relationship,and each other for what it is, and when this happens the penny drops that they actually do love each other. So why did I think about giving this 4 stars? well for me sometimes the story read a little slow, but having said that as soon as I felt like this something came along and pulled me back in, so I couldn't decide whether I was loosing interest or if that is this authors style. Anyway all in all an enjoyable Erotic 'Regency' Romance. With a very plausible story. Recommended for anyone and everyone who like this sort of thing:)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia シ

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    4.75 Obsessive, Posessive Stars!! The Earl of Westfield, Marcus Ashford, has been obsessed with Lady Elizabeth Hawthorn since she left him high and dry to elope with another. Now four years later, her spouse has been murdered and Marcus is determined to scratch that itch for Elizabeth so he can stop obsessing over her. Little does he know that one taste isn't enough to quench his need, it only leaves him wanting more. The love that develops between Marcus and Elizabeth is quite intense, especiall 4.75 Obsessive, Posessive Stars!! The Earl of Westfield, Marcus Ashford, has been obsessed with Lady Elizabeth Hawthorn since she left him high and dry to elope with another. Now four years later, her spouse has been murdered and Marcus is determined to scratch that itch for Elizabeth so he can stop obsessing over her. Little does he know that one taste isn't enough to quench his need, it only leaves him wanting more. The love that develops between Marcus and Elizabeth is quite intense, especially when they try to deny the magnetism. This love story had action, murder, angst, and love scenes far too hot for a historical romance! This is the third book I have read by Sylvia Day and I can never put them down. Though I do not usually read historical romance novels, I found myself re-reading passages and absolutely fell in love with this couple.

  6. 5 out of 5

    NinaReader

    WOW...this is an amazing wicked historical by Sylvia Day! I'm in disbelief that it's taken only until now for me to discover this gem. I love the premise of this story. I was instantly drawn to Marcus' and Elizabeth's story. They were engaged 4 years ago but through a misunderstanding, she eloped with someone else and he was left with a broken heart. She's now a widow out of mourning and he takes no chances that someone else possess her. She was always suppose to be his and pursues her at her very WOW...this is an amazing wicked historical by Sylvia Day! I'm in disbelief that it's taken only until now for me to discover this gem. I love the premise of this story. I was instantly drawn to Marcus' and Elizabeth's story. They were engaged 4 years ago but through a misunderstanding, she eloped with someone else and he was left with a broken heart. She's now a widow out of mourning and he takes no chances that someone else possess her. She was always suppose to be his and pursues her at her very first come out. Sylvia Day shines in her description of their awareness of each other. He is determined to have her no matter the cost and she's equally determined to ensure that she doesn't end up hurt again. What is clearly and quickly evident is their sexual pull towards each other. Marcus is the only one that has ever made her feel that inner fire. Marcus launches a sensual onslaught that she's unable to resist however hard she tries. They experience a carnal thirst for each other that can't seem to be satisfied. What ensues is a veritable feast of sexual encounters. It naughty and it's plentiful and to me since this is historical, this kind of highly arousing coupling is that much more taboo and makes it that much more erotic. There were many gasp worthy sex scenes. ::fanning self:: What they didn’t count on is the fire that they were determined to exhaust with an affair is only the beginning. There’s intrigue, action, and emotions are finally acknowledged and realized. But for me this stands out mostly as a scorching hot historical. What you would expect from the author that brought us Gideon and Eva – just in a different time and place but no less wonderful and exciting to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I normally love Sylvia Day books, but this one fell flat for me. Nothing really HAPPENED in it aside from the initial reunion between Elizabeth & Marcus and the climax at the end with the villain. I did not like Elizabeth at all. She spent the entire book complaining and pushing Marcus away for his supposed faults or mistakes, when in truth she was blaming him out of her own lack of trust. Every time you turned the page she was mad at him or barring him from her bed or crying because he didn't l I normally love Sylvia Day books, but this one fell flat for me. Nothing really HAPPENED in it aside from the initial reunion between Elizabeth & Marcus and the climax at the end with the villain. I did not like Elizabeth at all. She spent the entire book complaining and pushing Marcus away for his supposed faults or mistakes, when in truth she was blaming him out of her own lack of trust. Every time you turned the page she was mad at him or barring him from her bed or crying because he didn't listen to her. She was a spoiled brat who didn't deserve him. Marcus would have been a great hero, if he hadn't put up with her crap for the whole book. I never quite understood why he had such a depth of feelings for her. A disappointment for sure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Out of 5 star: Overall: 2 Romance: 3.5 Sensuality: 3 Sex: 4 Hero: 2 Heroine: 2 Secondary Characters: 2 Likely hood of reading the rest of the series: 0 I didn't really like this book. Mostly because I spent the first half of the book hating the heroine Elizabeth because she was a cold cruel bitch to the hero Marcus. Then I spend the second half of the book hating the hero because we was a cold cruel bastard to the heroin. It seemed like the same events kept happening over and over again throughout the boo Out of 5 star: Overall: 2 Romance: 3.5 Sensuality: 3 Sex: 4 Hero: 2 Heroine: 2 Secondary Characters: 2 Likely hood of reading the rest of the series: 0 I didn't really like this book. Mostly because I spent the first half of the book hating the heroine Elizabeth because she was a cold cruel bitch to the hero Marcus. Then I spend the second half of the book hating the hero because we was a cold cruel bastard to the heroin. It seemed like the same events kept happening over and over again throughout the book with slightly varying circumstances. They make progress, they, pull away, they have an argument, and they have sex. It was just stupid. I really didn't want to finish this book. But she is such a popular author and I had tried reading another book by her and couldn't finish it. So I told myself to keep reading that hopefully in the end it would be okay. WRONG! I didn't like the h/h and I really didn't like the story either. So I think I will have to put Sylvia Day on my no read shelf.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Marcus and Elizabeth reunite years after a broken off engagement. Elizabeth cried off but with very good reason. Marcus doesn't quite see it that way! Marcus is still angry and very much still in love. But can they forget the past and move forward? The chemistry between the two is sizzling hot! One scene I will not forget is when Elizabeth is feeling bereft and unsatisfied seeking to easy herself rather than giving into Marcus. Just as she begins Marcus bursts into the bedroom declaring "Stubborn,c Marcus and Elizabeth reunite years after a broken off engagement. Elizabeth cried off but with very good reason. Marcus doesn't quite see it that way! Marcus is still angry and very much still in love. But can they forget the past and move forward? The chemistry between the two is sizzling hot! One scene I will not forget is when Elizabeth is feeling bereft and unsatisfied seeking to easy herself rather than giving into Marcus. Just as she begins Marcus bursts into the bedroom declaring "Stubborn,contrary, maddening wench! I can hear you!" Then proceeds to take matters into his own hands literally! VERY HOT!!!!!! I found this to be a great read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    OH DAAAAAMN that was... incredible! You, Marcus Ashford, bastard! Elizabeth and I tried to hate you but we couldn't ¬¬ The hottest sex scenes OH DAAAAAMN that was... incredible! You, Marcus Ashford, bastard! Elizabeth and I tried to hate you but we couldn't ¬¬ The hottest sex scenes

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

    I do not care that this book was written in 2006, to me this is a bodice-ripper. If you like a hero that ties the heroine up, spanks her, and rapes her when she says no, this is the book for you. I have read Sylvia day before and her sex scenes are hot! Although I have enjoyed all of her work, this one was the hardest for me to read. I put it down halfway through and took a break. Fortunately, when I came back to it, the last half was easier for me to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    carol

    Good enough, though some social and historical facts incorrect, but the storyline was enjoyable. I guess it must be quite difficult writing about Regency England as an American living in 20/21st century and trying for authenticity. Generally pretty good though. 3-3.5 stars for me, but enough to say it is of sufficient interest to continue the series. Few pick ups I’ve highlighted and made open to view.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gilgamesha

    4.5 Stars. This book had everything I love except a certain indefinable quality which makes a novel 5 star worthy for me. Marcus and Elizabeth are very real characters with all the flaws that makes human beings what they are. Because of my background in psychology I appreciated the complexities of their characters. I understood Elizabeth's fears of needing Marcus so intensely. I mean imagine if you have to depend on someone else for the very air you breathe or the modicum of sanity you maintain 4.5 Stars. This book had everything I love except a certain indefinable quality which makes a novel 5 star worthy for me. Marcus and Elizabeth are very real characters with all the flaws that makes human beings what they are. Because of my background in psychology I appreciated the complexities of their characters. I understood Elizabeth's fears of needing Marcus so intensely. I mean imagine if you have to depend on someone else for the very air you breathe or the modicum of sanity you maintain despite the crazy world you live in. I also understood Marcus' unrelentless pursuit of Elizabeth. Somehow he understood her more than others...he challenged all the barriers and broke down the walls to get to her love. Since he is human and therefore flawed himself he had his moment of fear and weakness which came to pass very quickly. They were two souls unwillingly drawn to each other but very incompatible in their personalities. Elizabeth's doubts and jealousy and Marcus' possessiveness and arrogance destroyed their chances of happiness once...but thankfully they came to their senses the second time and got together which was inevitable for them. Day's love scenes rivals that of Hoyt's which is high praise coming from a Hoyt 'fan girl'. The spy-story line was interesting...I guessed pretty quickly who the villain was but I was kept in a constant state of doubt and when the mystery was revealed there were many surprising components which resulted in a satisfying resolution. There are two things that bothered me about this book but I can't reveal it without spoiling the surprises so I will just vent to people who have already read the book lol. So far I have not read a Day book I have not enjoyed...but I have only read her historical novels so I couldn't comment on her contemporary work.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Wow my first Sylvia Day book.. Lady Elizabeth Hawthorne jilted her former lover Marcus Ashford, Earl of Westfield due to a misunderstanding. Hastily she elopes with her brother's friend and finds herself widowed a year later. After three years of mourning the two are reacquainted when Marcus tries to find who murdered Elizabeth's husband. Stil harboring ill feelings towards Marcus, Elizabeth fights him at every single turn even denying her own passions. Now I must say that this story has some ups Wow my first Sylvia Day book.. Lady Elizabeth Hawthorne jilted her former lover Marcus Ashford, Earl of Westfield due to a misunderstanding. Hastily she elopes with her brother's friend and finds herself widowed a year later. After three years of mourning the two are reacquainted when Marcus tries to find who murdered Elizabeth's husband. Stil harboring ill feelings towards Marcus, Elizabeth fights him at every single turn even denying her own passions. Now I must say that this story has some ups and downs. Though the Hero was arrogant and conceited he was lovable to me. I actually liked him more than the heroine. Speaking of her, she was annoying and stubborn to no ends. She fought him so hard and he still chased her. Even when she finally discovered the truth of what had occurred four years earlier, she still kept acting like an idiot. At one point, I wanted him to give her up. I think the plot could have been tighter. The whole mystery and danger kind of fell flat to me and it was disappointing. All the cat and mouse game that the H/H played the entire book could have been dealt with half way through the book and they should have work together to solve the mystery and rediscover love with one another. However it was still a good read. I loved the steamy love scenes. There was alot of them but I still enjoyed them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Wow! Super Sexy! This is excellent reading if you're looking for intense and explicit sex. The plot, characters and their actions were interesting but not great enough to earn 5 stars. Elizabeth was engaged to Marcus and sees him with another woman having just showered. It was an innocent shower, because the woman had fallen into the river. Elizabeth never took time to hear the truth. She ran away and married Hawthorne. Hawthorne later died, and then Marcus arrogantly pursued Elizabeth. Sexual con Wow! Super Sexy! This is excellent reading if you're looking for intense and explicit sex. The plot, characters and their actions were interesting but not great enough to earn 5 stars. Elizabeth was engaged to Marcus and sees him with another woman having just showered. It was an innocent shower, because the woman had fallen into the river. Elizabeth never took time to hear the truth. She ran away and married Hawthorne. Hawthorne later died, and then Marcus arrogantly pursued Elizabeth. Sexual content: erotic. Setting: 1770 London. Copyright: 2006. Genre: historical romance. For a listing of my reviews of other Sylvia Day books, see my 5 star review of “The Stranger I Married” posted on 1/19/07.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    The storyline didn't grab me, so it was very put-downable. When I forced myself to finish it, it was actually pretty interesting though. Just not one of my favs. Elizabeth annoyed me because even when she found out (view spoiler)[ Marcus hadn't cheated on her during their engagement, (hide spoiler)] she still treated him like he was a bad guy. Huh? Then, Marcus annoyed me because (view spoiler)[ after begging and pleading for Elizabeth to be his wife, he started treating her with indifference alm The storyline didn't grab me, so it was very put-downable. When I forced myself to finish it, it was actually pretty interesting though. Just not one of my favs. Elizabeth annoyed me because even when she found out (view spoiler)[ Marcus hadn't cheated on her during their engagement, (hide spoiler)] she still treated him like he was a bad guy. Huh? Then, Marcus annoyed me because (view spoiler)[ after begging and pleading for Elizabeth to be his wife, he started treating her with indifference almost immediately after she accepted. (hide spoiler)] Huh? The storyline with St John was somewhat interesting. The love scenes were decent enough. The book was ok, but nothing I'd jump up and down about.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    3 Stars! Rating: ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Lead Male Character: ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars Lead Female Character: ★ ★ / 5 stars Plotline: ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Genre: romance, medieval Will I recommend this book to others?: nah Will I reread this book?: nah Overall story summed up in one word: oKAY

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I sincerely hope critics or those on the fence of deciding whether or not romance is worth their time, never read this book. It is all that is wrong with romance and the depictions of sexuality that give romance novels a bad name. NO means NO. I don't care what is in her eyes, I don't care how much her bosoms heave at your touch, if she says no, stop. I have really enjoyed other Sylvia Day books, this one was a big disappointment.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... Have to say, I’m very happy with Sylvia Day’s 1st book (for me). Ask For It definitely made me ask for things *winkwink* and even though things about Marcus bugged me, I ended up really liking him. Elizabeth was a pleasure to read, I did connect with her in so many levels, can’t explain. I also loved that in the end, I believed these two were supposed to be together, despite Marcus’s rakish character and Elizabe My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... Have to say, I’m very happy with Sylvia Day’s 1st book (for me). Ask For It definitely made me ask for things *winkwink* and even though things about Marcus bugged me, I ended up really liking him. Elizabeth was a pleasure to read, I did connect with her in so many levels, can’t explain. I also loved that in the end, I believed these two were supposed to be together, despite Marcus’s rakish character and Elizabeth’s 1st marriage. It was great that we weren’t just supposed to swoon over Marcus because of his reputation, which Elizabeth didn’t. He worked hard to get her; he was as emotionally vulnerable in the book as was she which is why I had so much fun. The story starts with Marcus, who works in an agency of spies that works for the crown. He’s getting (actually forcing Eldrige, the head of this agency) a certain mission, one that involves Elizabeth, his former fiancée. 4 yrs ago, he and she were engaged but because of a misunderstanding, Elizabeth did something rash as to elope with another Lord, who also incidentally worked for the same agency, Hawthorne and married him. Marcus never thought he’d ever get a chance to ‘have’ her. He’s always been possessive about her and despite the fact that she’s married, he’d always thought Elizabeth as his. She just came out of her 3 yrs mourning period and there is threat on her life because of a journal Hawthorne left. She asked for Eldrige’s help and now, Marcus wants to be the one to do the job. But, Marcus’s intensions are very personal, to have her by any means, seduce the petticoat off of her (he’s an expert of that, duh!) and let the affair run its course. He’s sure it’ll cure him of his ailment, the thorn on his side which is Elizabeth because even after 4 yrs. he can’t, just can’t get her out of his system. No amount of dalliances help. Marcus has been out of England after that disastrous courtship and just came back. I wasn’t sure why did he wait so long knowing Hawthorne died just a yr after she married him? But yes, this investigation gives him an opportunity to work on his ‘plan’ for her. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is how Marcus thought but on the inside, he was very concerned for Elizabeth’s well-being and over and over again in the story, he proved that he cares for her beyond just lust, even though he tried to brush it away as something unimportant and injurious to his manly pride! Hawthorne died in an accident of some sort, where Elizabeth’s brother William was also injured. Now, Elizabeth didn’t know where Hawthorne, William and now Marcus, worked. After her husband’s death, she’d come to learn of it and hates this job with a passion. She also can’t stand rakes, men who dallies with women and then discards them. Her father is a great example for it. The man never got over his wife’s death at a young age, whom he loved a lot. I didn’t think it was a good enough reason for his loose leaving, gambling and whoring to the max, even at an advanced age. He was a coward, a scene almost at about halfway in the story proved that to me. Elizabeth always had trouble friending women because of her father and William. Some women might fall for her father, start caring for him and then would be discarded callously so, you can guess... they didn’t exactly like mingling with the man’s daughter. William was no better; he was a match for his father, almost (and Marcus, who used to be his best bud before the engagement disaster). I didn’t exactly like it when these two got back together as they’d discuss about their young age proclivities (you know what kind) and sort of reminisce about those. Egh! So, though I was very charmed by William’s loving/passionate relationship with his pregnant wife Margaret (this is a love match, no doubt as he keeps saying she ‘reformed’ him), I was equally put off by those. As with Elizabeth, William was also very suspicious of Marcus’s intensions when he came back into her life. He is there, everywhere she goes and keeps dropping not too subtle hints of what he wants from her. And despite everything, she wants him. It seems like the red-hot passion they felt for each-other hasn’t died with her marriage and his betrayal of her but only gotten matured and is waiting only to be unleashed. There are also two other agents working with Marcus, one was called Avery James. Elizabeth relied on him for information and she learned from him that Marcus is an agent and working in this case. She’s furious with Eldrige for doing this to her, even knowing their past. But she can’t deny what she feels for him and be jealous of the women who keep giving him eyes. She’d, of course, heard of his lifestyle. Ton women never cease to discuss those behind their fans (if one is amongst them, to boast of it) and titter. Elizabeth can’t help but be angry and hate all of it; Marcus’s lifestyle and her intense desire for him, which he reciprocates only too well. I was really enjoying their banters/quarrels and Elizabeth’s jibes to Marcus which he’d smooth with his seductive smile and sometimes, with his fiery kisses. One day, against Marcus’s will, she goes to meet the blackmailer who wants the journal. A scuffle ensues and the man runs away. Elizabeth could handle a gun well. So, when Marcus saw red as the man tried to shove her, she comes to his rescue by shooting the man and saving him. This shakes Marcus a lot and he’s now ever determined to do something to keep her all to himself. He takes her to his townhouse and makes hot hot love to her which did take me breath away. They also sort out the misunderstanding they had 4 years ago. And so their affair starts. Elizabeth gave in because... well, there’s no because when a sexy man does this intense perusal of you and the fact is, you want him too. It was a dilemma to her, about what she’s doing, a thing she loathes (not sex, but the concept of a meaningless affair) yet she can’t deny him. Even William, when he learns of it, asks her that since she so used to hate his lifestyle. Anyway, I have to say most of the love scenes were very intense. I do love it when a man is trying to prove she’s his ;), which Marcus does throughout the book. He wants her so much that he can’t see straight, literally. This is what I want in my Romance! It was fun to read how he was disgusted at himself that why he can’t get her out of system like he did with so many others but he would do anything for Elizabeth and her safety. I had no doubt about that. I didn’t like that Marcus would go and think of his rakish life though, sometimes comparing those with his affair with Elizabeth but I totally loved that he was very focused on Elizabeth and Elizabeth only. I mean VERY focused, which won me over. They had sex numerous times (I have NO problem with that :p) and he was helping her with the case, too. Marcus hates this pirate called Christopher St. John and they have a history together, a history of much chasing and bad blood. So when Christopher approaches Elizabeth one day in a ball, Marcus, again saw red and got concerned. He was thinking all these might be St. John’s doing. But, Elizabeth was stunned by the revelation Christopher made, that Hawthorne was his half-brother. Christopher’s father most probably fathered him before his marriage to Hawthorne’s mother. His mother was a maid in the late Lord Hawthorne’s household. Now, Hawthorne knew of it from an early age and it was hinted that the brothers had a good, close relationship. Hawthorne became an agent to help Christopher and so on. Sorry but I was too absorbed in the love scenes so I wasn’t taking notes here. *giggles* Anyway, Elizabeth believes his tale because the resemblance between her late husband and the pirate is quite shocking. Christopher tells her that he’s not guilty of blackmailing, that he considers her a family member so he’s always looking out for her. He also doesn’t know who Hawthorne’s murderers were because it was always bandied about that he, the Pirate St. John, killed Hawthorne. This is why Elizabeth hated Christopher before but now, all these surprises left and right are making her confused. She also has to keep her meetings to Christopher a secret from Marcus knowing his hatred for the pirate; a fact which keeps bugging her a lot. In between they were having this battle of their wills with their intense desire for each other, what this relationship actually means and where this would finally lead to because Marcus and Elizabeth have already figured out that they can’t really get each-other out of their systems. Margaret supports Marcus wholeheartedly and kept up her campaign to Elizabeth to consider marrying him but Elizabeth, for one moment, didn’t believe that Marcus wants marriage and even if he did, he’d never be able to stay true to her. I couldn’t really blame her because her fears were very realistic. I knew she really cares for him, which is why she’s scared of being hurt again. I wish there were more glimpses of their past courtship but I got some impression like when Marcus saw her for the 1st time, he’d decided this is the woman for him. His reputation wasn’t any better than so William wasn’t very interested in this match. But, Elizabeth was also taken with Marcus and he reconsidered. The rest, you already know it all. Soon, Marcus realizes that the only way he can really take care of her and keep her safe, is to marry her. But he’ll be aloof and won’t let her know about his true obsession and cravings for her. But before he could propose, Elizabeth runs from him. She was scared and wanted this affair to end, something Marcus wholeheartedly didn’t agree with. lol Then, when it was clear that someone was trying to break through William’s townhouse (the Chesterfield house) and going through her stuffs, Elizabeth also felt concerned over William and Margaret’s safely. She had already asked James to investigate if Christopher’s claims were true or not. Marcus knew nothing about Christopher though. When she runs and goes to this relatively unknown place owns by her Godfather, Marcus easily finds her. It left me without a doubt (and a stunned Elizabeth) of how easily he could read her or her actions. Now he starts being aloof, not having sex with her etc… well, you’ll find some of the scenes sexy yet hilarious, if that means anything. She wants him very much, yet because of her doubts, she’s keeping him at bay. He accedes to her dictates but keeps on thinking how much he’d like to do this or that to her, sexually of course… I mean the whole situation was so enjoyable, I was laughing hard. This does lead to one particular scene where... *heehee*, read the book to know about it. :p She does give in eventually to his proposal and his not-so-suave attempts at a courtship. The whirlwind which is called Marcus isn’t something you can ultimately survive! But Elizabeth’s equally bummed to find him distant now than while they were having the affair. Marcus was trying hard to play the detached man who-doesn’t-care-one-whit but what he feels for her, he can barely restrain it. Needless to say, he doesn’t like feeling helpless like this; losing his control even when he’s having sex. But being with Elizabeth does exactly that to him. Then, on their engagement ball, Elizabeth is stabbed by someone. It wasn’t that bad but was enough to almost give Marcus a heart attack. He goes nuts over it. I loved how he stayed with her and took care of her. Here, there is the scene which I talked about that concerns her father. The man actually goes to drink and whore seeing his daughter injured, terming it as something he can’t take twice (the possibility that she might die, like his wife, huh?). With Marcus’s care and much fussing from William, Elizabeth gets well and they marry. I was a bit annoyed at her when she was thinking of jilting him again (her father manipulating her, like he cares!) but easily, she saw that her feelings for him will never diminish and decides to take a chance on him. Marcus was aware of her skittishness and was adamant to give chase if she runs. I mean I was really impressed by this connection between them that did blossom amongst all those chaotic incidents and an awkward past history. When he finds out about her visits to St. John from the outriders looking out for her, Marcus is jealous and angry. He acts like a jerk with her but I’m so glad this didn’t drag on to become a serious thing/misunderstanding and was sorted out very nicely when Elizabeth tells him about St. John. Marcus then decides to talk to William about it and ask for his help, despite the fact that Elizabeth exclusively asked him to keep William and his family out of this for their safety. And she gets mad when she learns of this. I should’ve been annoyed by all these ups and downs but thankfully, I wasn’t. It helped them come to terms with the whole murder mystery with the agency and their own feelings towards each-other. In between, Margaret has her baby, a son and this does make Elizabeth a bit depressed thinking she might be barren as she never conceived while with Hawthorne, not even now that she’s with Marcus. But Marcus surprised her by brushing over her concerns, saying something sweet like he only wanted her. That she makes his life meaningful. Children would’ve been an added bonus but if not, it’s ok. Having her is all that he cares about. Later, as the story continues, it was kinda hard for Marcus to come to terms with the fact that all his years of enmity and suspicions over St. John might be for naught. When summon from Eldrige comes for investigation, he goes away with James and few other agents but is ambushed on the way. I’ll leave the revelation here only by saying that I had some guessing as to who might be behind the whole thing, even then it took me by surprise. Christopher helps him out and Marcus takes it, albeit grudgingly. He also explains to Marcus about the whys and hows behind his association with Hawthorne and the agency. I liked Christopher a lot, a blonde sexy guy. I admired how nice he was with Elizabeth and for being a veritable gentleman, though his upbringing hasn’t been like one of them. Can’t wait to read his book! This story ends quite sweetly, with a nice surprise for Elizabeth and Marcus. 4.25 stars, gladly.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Hmm. Not my cup of tea. This is my first Regency-style romance, and granted, I am right smack in the middle of the Outlander series, so maybe I was expecting a little too much since it's set in the same time period, but this couple just didn't do it for me. For the first half of the book I was rolling my eyes. The second half got better once there were real emotions there and more real passion, not just lust. As for the plot...the whole agency thing with the journal was weird. To me, it didn't f Hmm. Not my cup of tea. This is my first Regency-style romance, and granted, I am right smack in the middle of the Outlander series, so maybe I was expecting a little too much since it's set in the same time period, but this couple just didn't do it for me. For the first half of the book I was rolling my eyes. The second half got better once there were real emotions there and more real passion, not just lust. As for the plot...the whole agency thing with the journal was weird. To me, it didn't flow well at all. It was confusing, strange, and while it was a little easier to understand at the end, I just wasn't really impressed. However, the sex was hot, and honestly I didn't expect anything less from the author of Bared to You and Reflected in You.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charmaine Stephens

    So for the most part I'm pleasantly surprised. I always thought I wouldn't like a historical read. I usually read more contemporary modern day stuff. But I enjoyed this book. Even though the setting is way back in the day like were talking the 1700s here. I thought the language was going to be a bit old fashioned and stuffy but its not that way. Still kept a bit of a modern day feel even though its placed back so far in time. But I enjoyed the story. I think its beautiful how Elizabeth & Marcus So for the most part I'm pleasantly surprised. I always thought I wouldn't like a historical read. I usually read more contemporary modern day stuff. But I enjoyed this book. Even though the setting is way back in the day like were talking the 1700s here. I thought the language was going to be a bit old fashioned and stuffy but its not that way. Still kept a bit of a modern day feel even though its placed back so far in time. But I enjoyed the story. I think its beautiful how Elizabeth & Marcus reconnect & rediscover each other and fall so deep in love. The story kept my interest. I like it had different sub-plots going and it never got boring. Some funny moments too like one time elizabeth says, "I'm not a cunt you can rut it. If you want sexual release take yourself in hand!" LMAO!! Hilarious

  22. 4 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    I'm usually a big fan of Sylvia Day books but this was just okay for me. I didn't like the back and forth of Marcus and Elizabeth's relationship. It was just a bit annoying but was happy with the ending. I guess maybe I should have read it instead of doing audio because even the narrator annoyed me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Readingzmything

    4 Stars. So this is my first historical romance by Sylvia Day and I must say, I really enjoyed it. The story was intriguing, I liked both main characters and the sex was scorching hot. I will definitely be reading more from this series:-)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie G.

    Better than average regency. Fun characters, sexy leading man, good side characters, but two of the sex scenes were too rapey for me. I am all about the persuasion, but when it tips over to force we have a problem.

  25. 5 out of 5

    D.G.

    **2.5 stars** Sometimes, you wish you can enter a book and do something. In this case, I imagined I could reach out from the pages and slap Elizabeth silly. This is a woman who JILTED the hero because of misunderstanding and married another man the next day. Didn't give him a chance for explanations, just ran away to Gretna Green with another dude. And not only that, she had the gall to complain that he had slept with many women! She was irrational, cowardly, shrill, illogical and crazy jealous. I **2.5 stars** Sometimes, you wish you can enter a book and do something. In this case, I imagined I could reach out from the pages and slap Elizabeth silly. This is a woman who JILTED the hero because of misunderstanding and married another man the next day. Didn't give him a chance for explanations, just ran away to Gretna Green with another dude. And not only that, she had the gall to complain that he had slept with many women! She was irrational, cowardly, shrill, illogical and crazy jealous. I kept asking Marcus: Besides being attractive, there was really nothing to her with that temperament. And what was the purpose of this agency? To follow ONE pirate who knew they were onto him? There was nothing happening in Britain around that time that necessitated half the peerage to become spies. And for an "erotica" book the sex was really pedestrian. Yes, there was a lot of it but mostly of the "Let me stick it to you" type. Except for the first love scene, everything was really meh. I'm in this sort of historical romance erotica mood so maybe I'll read the next in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    KimmE

    The book had a really promising start. I quite enjoyed the dynamic between the H and the h, especially as they were first coming together. I loved watching their chemistry explode, along with their tempers. Super amusing, and more than a little hot. It lost me though, when the story became more about “the mystery of the journal”, and how it endangered the h’s, than about their tempestuous relationship. The narrator was lovely, but she did have a tendency to make everyone sound like they were alw The book had a really promising start. I quite enjoyed the dynamic between the H and the h, especially as they were first coming together. I loved watching their chemistry explode, along with their tempers. Super amusing, and more than a little hot. It lost me though, when the story became more about “the mystery of the journal”, and how it endangered the h’s, than about their tempestuous relationship. The narrator was lovely, but she did have a tendency to make everyone sound like they were always pleading, even in moments of strength, courage, or passion. So that was a strike against it too. All in all, I did enjoy it, but not enough to make the GoodStuffs list.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Omg 🤦🏼‍♀️ This damn book. It was so over the top I couldn’t believe what I read. Just when I thought it could get crazier, or the two leads could be anymore extra af...boom...we went there. Now I bought the next books in this little saga, because like on SharkWeek, I just can’t look away from a disaster. I salute the author for not only writing about this nonsense, but actually committing to going there. Mad respect. The only thing that could have upped this to a five star, was if Elizabeth kill Omg 🤦🏼‍♀️ This damn book. It was so over the top I couldn’t believe what I read. Just when I thought it could get crazier, or the two leads could be anymore extra af...boom...we went there. Now I bought the next books in this little saga, because like on SharkWeek, I just can’t look away from a disaster. I salute the author for not only writing about this nonsense, but actually committing to going there. Mad respect. The only thing that could have upped this to a five star, was if Elizabeth killed her husband in the end, cause I think we were all sick of his shit, and ran off with the pirate king. 🤔 Otherwise, I enjoyed it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Kyle

    At first I didn't think I would be able to get into it because I am generally a fan of historical fiction type romance. However, I have always been a fan of Sylvia Day's writing and she was able to make me enjoy the characters as well as still feel like the sex scenes were hot and steamy despite the language style change. Great Read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tilda

    3,5/5. It was a hot historical novel. Given the fact that it was set in 1770, I would expect the language to be adapted to the timeframe.It wasn't. Although, as a greek, I 'm not an expert on 18th century english linguistic details, I'm pretty sure that people were not that comfortable with words like "sex" and "fuck". The way the book's characters talked seemed too contemporary for that era.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy Littleford

    3.5 stars! I've read many of Sylvia Day's books and have loved them, my favourite being the Crossfire series of course. I really enjoyed this book and love the enemies to lovers relationship between Elizabeth and Marcus. They are such a fierce couple. The whole back story with Hawthorne and the journal was a little strange for me. It didn't really add anything to the story. The fact that Elizabeth was in danger didn't seem to add anything until the end of the book. When the story of the journal c 3.5 stars! I've read many of Sylvia Day's books and have loved them, my favourite being the Crossfire series of course. I really enjoyed this book and love the enemies to lovers relationship between Elizabeth and Marcus. They are such a fierce couple. The whole back story with Hawthorne and the journal was a little strange for me. It didn't really add anything to the story. The fact that Elizabeth was in danger didn't seem to add anything until the end of the book. When the story of the journal came to a close it did seem rushed. It may have been a twist but a very predictable one that I had guessed quite early on. I think the romance between the two was enough to drive the story without the journal and the rest of that story. Being a widowed woman was a strong idea to go forward with but I don't feel this was used well enough. Her indecisive behaviour towards Marcus would have been understandable if it were to do with her late husband but it wasn't. Looking past this I really enjoyed there relationship and look forward to starting the next book. Amy x

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