Mastering the Marquess (Bound and Determined) - Lavinia Kent

One night of fierce passion and unbound pleasure leaves two strangers craving much more.

The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.

Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.

A very sexy novel with a few twist and turns. Grace and Charles aka Louisa and Geoffrey have a 'wedding night' together in order to deflower Louisa. Louisa did not want to disgrace her deceased husband by revealing to her potential new husband that she is still a virgin. Geoffrey obliges but wants nothing more until he find himself in need of money and seeks a wife with assets. It is a party they begin meeting and shortly after married, not knowing they had previously met and fornicated. Louisa is introduced to the D/s by her new husband. He enjoys dominating her and she has to decide how far she's willing to go.

4 stars. The only reason it did not receive 5 stars is that it's slightly long and wordy. Three shorter shorties may have been a better fit and the wait for the next story would have really drawn me in. .