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Tangled in Sin (Bound and Determined, #5) by Lavinia Kent
Series: Bound and Determined #5
Published by Loveswept on April 18th 2017
FINAL DECISION: As the series takes off in new directions with new characters, I miss the madam Ruby but am very intrigued by the secrets the new characters have. Sin and James are an intriguing couple who might be one of the most conventional in this series — although the sex is still pretty hot!
THE STORY: Lady Cynthia Westhope finds out that her childhood friend, the daughter of a duke, has become the madam at the most notorious brothel in London. When Cynthia travels to the brothel in order to try and help her friend, she is kidnapped. She ends up spending several days with her friend’s brother, James Winters. With Cynthia compromised, James offers to marry her, but Cynthia doesn’t trust James and is not sure what she wants to do about marriage — but she knows that she wants to explore the sexual attraction between her and James.
OPINION: By the end of this book, it totally felt like a Bound and Determined novel — very sexy where the characters push their limits. The story began a little slower than others in the series — perhaps because it was setting up a new stable of characters.
Cynthia (aka Sin) is more innocent than most of the women in this series. The daughter of an earl, she has been sheltered…but she is also not willing to do exactly what society expects. She is willing to toss over society in order to meet with her childhood friend — even if that takes her to a brothel. (Readers of the series will know that the characters in this series are more adventurous than one generally expects in historical romance since this book edges toward historical erotica). She had a crush on James when they were children and her fascination with him has not diminished even though they have not seen one another for years. She begins as a more conventional character but by the time the book ends she has embraced her own sexuality and her own identity.
James is a character that begins the book needing to be in control. He is willing and expecting to make all the decisions. A second son, he desires to assert control where he can. And he expects to make the decisions regarding marriage especially when convention is on his side. What he doesn’t expect is the willfulness that Cynthia begins to show. As the book proceeds, James has to learn to surrender — to his feelings and his trust in Cynthia.
Cynthia and James are more conventional than most of the characters in this series and yet are willing to be more unconventional as the book proceeds. I liked their relationship especially because Cynthia makes James pay for his high handed behavior in the beginning.
While I began the book sad that we had moved on to a new phase of the series, my interest in the intrigue surrounding Madam Blanche and her family increased throughout the book and by the end, I was looking forward to the next book in the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: As the series has moved on to a new set of characters, this book sets up a whole stable of characters that could get their own stories.
CONNECTED BOOKS: TANGLED IN SIN is the fifth book in the Bound and Determined series. This book is really the start of a new phase in the series and can be read as a standalone as the series focuses on new characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.