Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry

Title:  Bound to be a Groom
Author:  Megan Mulry
Published:  April 14/14 by Riptide Publishing
Length:  206pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sometimes our wildest dreams come true.

In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy.

To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, Anna knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on . . .

Sebastian, whose powerful, aristocratic confidence suits Anna’s mercenary goals. But his arrogance masks a craving for submission that Anna instinctively satisfies. Sebastian soon begs for her hand in marriage, even if it means sharing her with . . .

Pia, who trusts Anna completely—with her body and her future—until she learns of Anna’s hasty marriage. Pia questions their commitment to each other as they leave for London to meet . . .

Farleigh, the seemingly feckless duke who thinks he’s over Sebastian, the potent Spanish soldier he bedded two years ago.

What begins as a series of erotic escapades soon evolves into a deep, unbreakable bond. Two men and two women who yearn to explore are about to make their wildest dreams come true.

My Review:

Mulry writes this racy historical romance with a dash of modernity on the side. She takes the basic concept of the time period in question and then runs with it. This was a quick, heated novel that brings to light the conflicts of what an individual wants with what society demands. The stark contrast becomes especially poignant in this time period. There is an inherent beauty to Mulry’s writing. She speaks to the deepest part of her readers while creating a very vivid picture. The incomparably to the point storyline rounds out this experience nicely.

I appreciated the interactions between Mulry’s characters. She creates a very realistic and lifelike portrait of who they are, both individually and as a group. I would have enjoyed a bit more character development outside of who they are in this story, but in the grand scheme of things that was neither here nor there. Each of the moan characters has a definite role to play, and their willingness to fill this role makes the story all the more captivating.

This was definitely a hot, fast read that stretches the bounds of the time period while transporting the reader directly there. It was time well spent, and I’d definitely do it again.

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