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A Very Ruby Christmas

A Very Ruby Christmas, November 2016
Bound and Determined
by Lavinia Kent

198 pages
ISBN: 039959387X
EAN: 9780399593871
Kindle: B01BJSOER6
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"A very sexy Christmas reunion and a bundle of joy"

Fresh Fiction Review

A Very Ruby Christmas
Lavinia Kent

Reviewed by Monique Daoust
Posted November 29, 2016

Romance Erotica Sensual | Romance Historical | Novella / Short Story

Christmas is barely a week away, and Ruby anxiously awaits her beloved's return; Captain Derek Price, an America sea captain, should have already arrived. Ruby, owner of London's most exclusive bordello Madame Rouge, is thinking of selling her establishment, but she's looking for a buyer who will take care of her girls as well as she does, which is easier said than done. With the inclement weather, Ruby expected it to be a quiet night, but it was not to be: Ruby's two best friends' husbands want to surprise their respective wives, one client is getting too loud, and a pregnant girl shows up at the kitchen door. To Ruby's astonishment, the girl is none other than her half sister, Lady Jasmine Winters, the duke of Scarlett's legitimate daughter! Ruby doesn't know what she will do with Jasmine, but at least Derek's come home.

After Ruby first met Derek in Revealing Ruby , I was looking forward for their next encounter, and I think it was a lovely idea to have them reunite at Christmas. A VERY RUBY CHRISTMAS is a novella, and there are two sizzling chapters that feature Ruby's friends, the Swanstons and the Scanlons, separately, not a foursome; I'm not quite sure if it was only to make the novella longer and/or spicier. There are a few little pleasant surprises: the appearance of Jasmine did not go the way I expected, and I'm very pleased how it turned out. Ruby and Derek make a lovely couple, and the sex scenes are torrid, playful, and their relationship is quite sweet.

The Bound and Determined series is very stylish and realistic historical erotica, and I really hope to see how Ruby and Derek will fare in the future, I wonder if we will see more of Jasmine.

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A winter storm stirs passions long denied in this sensual Yuletide romance, a short novel featuring the characters who once led Library Journal to declare, “Ruby and Derek’s chemistry is just as explosive during their unbridled trysts as with their slow, ardent lovemaking.”

Madame Rouge—Ruby to her intimates—always makes the secret desires of her clients a priority. Now the time has come to fulfill her own fantasy, one so private it brings a rare blush to her cheeks. When Captain Derek Price returns from his service to the sea, Ruby will sell London’s elite house of pleasure, leaving behind her very home to marry the sailor who has mastered every surging crest of her body.

Pity, then, the ill-timed arrival of Ruby’s estranged half-sister, Jasmine, desperate for a warm bed and a sympathetic ear. Ruby is loath to marry the poor girl off to a stranger or, even worse, entrust her to the ignoble lord who has bid on the brothel. She has no other choice than to shelter Jasmine herself. As much as Ruby’s heart races at the thought of a future with Derek, she now faces the possibility that, once again, her happy ending has been delayed—unless a Christmas miracle makes all their dreams come true.

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