Published:April 9, 2012
Series: Regency Risks #1
Book one in the Regency Risks Series
He is her most dangerous temptation, the only man she has ever trusted and now he is demanding her submission. Dare she take the risk?
Emotionally scarred in the horrific accident that took her husband’s life, Lady Cranfield is imprisoned by her lingering terror of horses and carriages. Lady Cranfield longed to be closer to the fascinating Earl of Ruel. She sensed intuitively that he could teach her how to overcome the terrors that held her in bondage.
And now she’s willing to risk almost anything-her reputation, even her virtue-to find out. But what he proposes startles her.
When the shy, studious and socially awkward young widow approached him, Ruel instantly sensed she would be the sweetest, most submissive experience of a lifetime-if only he can gain her total and complete trust. He makes her a non-negotiable offer. His help in return for her submission and obedience.
But Lady Cranfield grew up neglected by her ducal parents, raised by servants and then later ignored by her handsome, charming husband. She’s learnt to protect her heart at all costs and she trusts no one but herself.
How can the jaded Earl of Ruel break through her self-protective defences and show her how to love when he has spent his lifetime avoiding that tender trap?
Reader Advisory: This is a work of historical fiction, it is not meant to be an accurate portrayal of or guide to how people recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is also not meant to be an accurate portrayal of modern BDSM or D/s lifestyles
Like Natasha Blackthorne’s other historical romance, a Measured Risk isn’t your ordinary bodice ripper…why? Because these chicks are taking off theirs off eagerly and that is not a bad thing at all. Still an erotic romance, A Measured Risk is more BDSM. Our female lead Anne is submissive and Jon, our male lead is of course the dominant.
Lady Anne Cranfield has lost her husband in a terrible carriage accident and is now emotionally scarred. Whereas she use to love being around horses, she now has a terrible type of phobia around both horses and carriages because of the accident; she is now physically trapped living with her husband’s cousin and wife. On a day she decides to take a walk towards the stables, she comes across the Earl of Ruel, Jon and is totally taken away with his strength. She senses something in him and un-wittily agrees to have him teach her to overcome her fears in exchange for her total submission.
Jon, Earl of Ruel is totally taken away with Lady Cranfield as well. He’s always been attracted to her dark beauty and couldn’t understand why she was married to her husband, as in his opinion they weren’t properly matched. He knew Anne was submissive, but trying to get her to actually submit was a fight he wasn’t quite prepared for.
I loved everything about this story, it was so good. But want I loved most was Jon patience with Anne. He was a strong male lead and very dominant, but his patience with her was just…I can’t even explain it. I mean just reading this story, you knew this man as dominant as he was, was falling in love with this woman.
Anne was submissive to Jon in the bedroom, but she fought him outside of it. And I could understand that. She grew up with parents who were never around…raised by her nanny. So she was emotionally cold and that hurt her first marriage and damn near ruined her relationship with Jon. But my girl got smart and you know what? Jon didn’t give up on her even as she pushed him away. Even when she thought it was too late, he came roaring in at the end to let her know that it wasn’t. I seriously loved that.
I haven’t been disappointed with a Natasha Blackthorne historical romance as of yet and I don’t think I ever will be. Her writing always draws me in from beginning to end. There always seems to be this power struggle between her characters. But it always a good struggle, you know? Like I said before, these woman are strong and independent in a time when as a woman you’re not supposed to be, you are suppose to depend on the man. And the men, yes..they are strong and dominant, but they also support their women in everything. These men are written with strength and purpose.
Thank you Natasha for helping me love historical romance onceagain.