I am alone.
I am afraid.
And I am completely his.
When Ivy Leavold is left destitute by her brother's death, she is taken in by her cousin's brooding, tortured widower--Julian Markham. Handsome and possessive, it's not long before Ivy falls for him. But Mr. Markham has dark secrets, secrets that may put Ivy in danger...
As Ivy unravels the mystery surrounding her cousin's death, she falls deeper and deeper in love with Julian, who opens her body and her mind to his indomitable will. But even as he draws pleasure and desire from her night after night, Ivy can't shake the feeling that their passionate affair may end in violence...
One word to describe it all
The description of the book makes it seem almost like a detective undertone is at work, but there’s hardly any of that until pretty much at the end. Basic information is revealed and without spoiling too much of this book, you kinda could’ve guessed yourself or at least something along the lines of what is written. It’s steamy, but unless you enjoy that naive “first time haven’t even explored my own body yet” kind of scenario, I feel like this had been written before. It’s a quick read however, the overall plot is enjoyable and the characters are truly something.
Eyes wide open
The Awakening of Ivy Leavold was about Ivy an unattached poor woman with no family lineage awakened by strong sexual urges by a man who was married to her cousin. Ivy lacked the proper social graces having been brought up in untraditional methods. Her behaviors were uncustomary for a young woman. Her ungoverned nature was a desirable aphrodisiac for Mr. Markham.
The story dated back to 1879 Yorkshire where women and men behaved properly in public. Mr. Markham was a wealthy, worldly, and cultured man living high on top of the hill in Stokeleigh. Mr. Markham surrounded himself with other worldly people who behaved openly with both men and women. This erotic story blended both modern ménage a trois with historical time piece settings.
This book was a naughty delight. It sparked all kinds of salacious lust and sex appeal. Everything about the sexual experiences were written with sex appeal, lust, and desire. While the sex was lascivious and delightful what was most desirable were the words used to describe the scenes.
First and foremost, in case other readers need to be assured that this isn’t just a sexual book with no plot. Ivy felt her life was in danger with Mr. Markham after two prior wife’s were found dead.
Sierra wrote an excellently well story incorporating both sex and mystery. There was a proper balance of both. I felt I understood Ivy’s character and her upbringing thus never questioning her choices.