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May 18, 2020

Scandalous Passions by Nicola Davidson ~ a Review

by MK French


Lady Janet Fraser, the former mistress for King James IV, is considered Scotland's most notorious sinner. This is because she often gave in to pleasure, and currently, that would include Sir Lachlan Ross, an intimidating man that has ties to the king. It also winds up including the convent raised Lady Marjorie Hepburn, who wants to be taught everything about the marriage bed. But all three have to answer to the king, so indulging themselves might be politically dangerous as well as emotionally.

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May 2020; Entangled: Scorched; ebook (164 pages)
historical romance
I don't often see historical romance threesome novels, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. Janet is confident in herself and her desires, and always stresses consent and mutual pleasures in the bedroom. Her first love was a woman before the king and her marriage, and she has the same "oh no s/he's hot" reaction to both Lachlan and Marjorie. Marjorie is described as her ward, but it's not an official or binding parental relationship between the two. The age gap between them isn't that huge and is something not seriously discussed in the text. This doesn't give off any creepy vibes in the least, not to worry. Even for being convent raised, Marjorie is far too curious about both male and female anatomy, which is what makes the dynamics of this relationship work.

Each of the three has their own insecurities, and become protective of each other in their own way. While Janet is their domme of sorts in the bedroom, it doesn't blind them to the fact that all three of them have to do what the king says or face imprisonment. Even so, they hold fast to their relationship despite the veiled threats lawyers send their way - and the threesome aspect isn't even known! We, of course, get our happily ever after, and I really enjoyed seeing them settle into their triad relationship and work through their individual insecurities.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever. 

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