“Sacrifice (Fashionably Impure Book 3)” by Natasha Blackthorne #Review


Title: “Sacrifice (Fashionably Impure Book 3)”

Author: Natasha Blackthorne

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Erotica

Release Date: June 23, 2016

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5/5 Stars!

Love’s Power!

This may be a short read, but it is loaded with emotions and suspense.

Adrian and Miranda are wed without all the pomp and circumstance, and with much trepidation for Miranda’s part. She wants to be Adrian’s wife, but feels suffocated by the disapproval that surrounds her. Adrian’s drastic mood swings are also a cause for concern for her. She suspects he’s hiding something from her.

It is mind boggling the measures taken and lengths gone to just to make someone suffer…and that someone is Miranda. Her father’s deep seeded hatred of her knows no limits. Even after Winterton is confronted by Adrian, he still attempts to move his scheming forward to make Miranda pay for simply being born. He’s not a stupid man though, and quickly drops out of site. Under the premise of working for his cousin and rebuilding his wealth, Adrian leaves his new Countess and travels to America intent on finding Winterton and calling him out.

Miranda is left in the care of the Earl of Ruel, along with Adrian’s youngest son, Davey. She knows that her former profession makes her unacceptable to the genteel crowd and Adrian’s ever increasing absence feels like a death sentence to her, especially with the cut from Davey’s older brother, Brentwood. (That kid needed a good smack in the mouth!)

A change in the family dynamics of the Earl’s household lead Miranda and Davey to return to her home. This doesn’t last long though, as Adrian does find the Duke of Winterton in America, with disastrous results, and Miranda and Davey are rushed into hiding…by Baron Drake. (STILL a huge Drake fan!) Friendship with the kind Lady Drake will have future repercussions Miranda never imagined, but Miranda is glad to have someone to confide in who listens, and doesn’t judge her.

Letters from Adrian get farther and farther apart for Miranda, and the cryptic messages she receives about his wellbeing are driving her to distraction. Jon finally vows to go to America and bring Adrian home, but Adrian shows up, a shadow of his former self…and a wanted man.

Miranda will do whatever it takes to save her husband, which brings her back into the presence of Heathford, a character as vile as Winterton. It’s no wonder the two men were close friends. It’s here also that it’s learned that despite her gender and her blood relation to Miranda, Cassandra is as evil and depraved as the two men. I suppose at some point I was supposed to feel some sort of sympathy for Cassandra…nope. Regardless of the affluence and influence of Winterton and Heathford, Cassandra is the one responsible for the direction young Miranda’s life took. I wish her much pain and suffering.

However, Miranda has the last laugh, much to Heathford’s chagrin.

The plot twists here are fantastic, and character development is on point. The author has created dislikable characters that you come to love and cheer for, and equally despicable characters that you want someone…anyone to put a bullet in! I’ve read and enjoyed other books by this author, but this series is definitely my favorite.

Sacrifice is a powerful and satisfying end to the Fashionably Impure series. Adrian and Miranda had a long, arduous journey that threatened to end them more than once. But as always, love helped them to chip away the facades they hid behind, and lead them to be the two people they were probably, in fact, intended to be from the beginning.

I highly recommend this series, and you WANT to read it!


“A Most Demanding Mistress (Fashionably Impure Book 2)” by Natasha Blackthorne #Review


Title: “A Most Demanding Mistress (Fashionably Impure Book 2)”

Author: Natasha Blackthorne

Genre: Historical Romance/Gothic/Erotica

Release Date: April 22, 2016

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5/5 Stars!

Revelations! Epiphanies! Drama!

The first scene of the book is of a very distraught Miranda, and when I found out WHY she was distraught…I became distraught too! I thought at the end of book 1 they were…but then…and now…ugh! Nice plot twist! Well played, Ms. Blackthorne, well played!

Adrian is determined to keep Miranda for his mistress, and she wants to be with him, yet the silent battle of wills still lingers. At one point, she nearly leaves him after he makes a snap judgement. Adrian really is quite arrogant, but Miranda is equally as proud. But even in her pride, Miranda is afraid of losing Adrian. Judging him only by what she has seen in her young life…men tire of women and move on to the next one. She is afraid of losing herself in, and to Adrian, only to have him walk away. Miranda isn’t aware yet that he shares a similar fear – of losing himself in his love for her above all else – and bringing even more ruin to his family like his father before him. (And his father before him.)

The need of Adrian and Miranda to each be the dominant in their relationship was at times exhausting. And not dominant in a BDSM-type of way, but more so, controlling. Still not fully trusting enough to allow their hearts to lead, the struggle even extends to the bedroom. Especially the bedroom…where Adrian usually wins.

Had they only had themselves to contend with, they probably would have defeated their personal demons much sooner, but then…that would have been a far shorter story. While meddling Aunt Cassandra is temporarily on the back burner, Adrian’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Chadwick (whom I’ll now refer to as Crazy Dorothy) is front and center to show her moral indignation and disgust at Adrian’s choice of Miranda. But Crazy Dorothy is not quite the long-suffering, supportive aunt and former lover than she would have us believe. (She’s not really happy about that “former lover” part, either.) Her behind the scenes involvement in Adrian and Miranda’s affair rushes in from far left field and brings an entire new element of suspense to this story! Kudos to the author!

The mysterious Baron Stephen Drake again shows up with the answers Adrian needs. How does Drake do it? The Earl of Ruel says Drake is dangerous, and he’s probably right, but I LIKE Baron Drake. You always need someone in your corner who will do whatever it takes to resolve a situation. (HA!) And with the Duke of Winterton pulling the strings, “whatever” takes on an ominous meaning.

Even with the never ending machinations of others, Adrian and Miranda continue to grow closer, and share their souls’ pain. Despite his near penniless standing, Adrian proposes marriage, and Miranda readily accepts, eager to truly be with the love of her life. Adrian loves her as deeply, but is also determined to protect her from her father…Winterton. And just where is Winterton? I need book 3 now!


“Miranda’s Dilemma (Fashionably Impure Book 1)” by Natasha Blackthorne #Review


Title: “Miranda’s Dilemma (Fashionably Impure Book 1)”

Author: Natasha Blackthorne

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian/Erotica

Release Date: November 27, 2015

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4/5 Stars!

Emotions Run High!

Generally, by chapter two of a book, I have some idea of what character or characters I’m behind. Not this time. Not only did I not like ANYONE, I was hoping this read would have a George R.R. Martin ending and everyone died. The constant battle of wills, polite personal slights, and put downs from both sides was exhausting. But, I’ve read this author before, and each and every word is applied in layers for a reason. So I persevered.

Chinks in steely personages began to appear. Internal thoughts became more honest, and while the words might never pass through a character’s lips, they at least were honest with themselves.

My heart broke as Miranda’s life is revealed. Her life was not her own. Women were already second class citizens, and as a courtesan, she wasn’t even considered a ‘lady’. It wasn’t hard to understand her attitude and choices. I didn’t always agree with her actions, but I understood. To be so young, yet responsible for so much, AND dependent on the whims of men…was indeed a dilemma. Now without a ‘protector’, Miranda must once again ‘shop around’ among the eligible men to find the best offer.

From the beginning, it’s obvious Adrian is struggling with inner turmoil…he just has no idea how to handle it. Living in the constant shadow…and ruin of his father weighs heavily on Adrian. I felt he was always trying to be the man people expected him to be, trying to cast a bigger shadow than the one his father – a man of poor judgements and frivolous pursuits – left him in. Never truly saw him as happy or joyful until he was around his sons.

The tension between Adrian and Miranda is actually two-fold. Each blames the other for their actions – or inactions – in the untimely death of the Duke of Carrville, Miranda’s former protector, and Adrian’s father-in-law. They’re also fiercely attracted to each other, and disgusted by that fact. She thinks he’s much too arrogant, and he believes her a manipulative schemer. Opinions begin to change though, after a gathering held at Adrian’s estate. Miranda is in need of medical attention, and not only does Adrian makes sure she gets it, he doesn’t leave her side. The battle of wills…and emotions truly begins.

This read really had me in knots. The constant need to hide emotions and not appear weak was exhausting, and time-consuming for them both. I do wonder how long they would have continued their sparring had not Miranda’s Aunt Cassandra betrayed her. Miranda is truly desperate now thanks to the vile actions of…her own father. Just when I believed this author couldn’t write a more repulsive character than ‘Meeker’ from ‘The Delicate Matter of Lady Blayne’, along comes the Duke of Winterton to win the prize. He goes to ridiculous lengths to make Miranda – his illegitimate daughter – suffer because of his hatred for her and her mother, and because of an incident that was purely HIS fault. In order to provide for her mother, Miranda must now seriously consider mistress offers made to her, or end up in the streets. While he has a title, Adrian has very little wealth, and cannot help her. Or can he?

Miranda’s dilemma begins in earnest with her love for one man, her fear and hatred for another, and her need to provide for her mother…all while the judgmental and cutting eyes of the English elite watch.

A well-developed plot and complex characters make this read hard to put down. I was cheering Adrian and Miranda on by the end of the book. Mind you…they had not changed from the people I disliked at the beginning of the story, but they had learned to accept each other for who they were, and open their hearts. Definitely looking forward to book 2…and you will too!


“Twisted (BWWM Romantic Suspense) (The Bruised Series Book 5)” by Stacy Deanne #PreOrder


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When Baltimore Detectives Lisa Swanson and Winston Lewis discover a sexually explicit profile of Dee Quarter on an online dating site, they are horrified. Dee swears the profile is fake and has no idea who’s behind the vicious attack.

Winston and Lisa think Dee’s scorned ex Grayson Paul is to blame, but Dee believes it could be the actions of a much younger admirer who won’t take no for an answer.

Lisa is happier than ever with Jake Jenson, but the arrival of a new woman in Jake’s life threatens the couple’s bliss. Lisa sets off to prove Rayne Jessup is trouble, but will realize Rayne is every bit as dangerous as she is beautiful.

Secrets are revealed and motives are discovered in the final installment of the popular Bruised Series.