Miss Sarah Swilp is caught in a bind. Her father wants her to marry his “friend”, Mr Meyers, an old goat willing to pay off some outstanding gambling debts. Sarah had her eyes on another possibility, but that gentleman is now engaged to someone else. Then there is her one true love, a childhood companion who she assumed would be her life partner. Only he had made it clear that their union would not include a marriage proposal. After her refusal to his terms, he had abruptly left town. Five years later, he makes his appearance on this very night, at Lord Carrington’s Ball. Before agreeing to a predetermined marriage arrangement, a sacrifice she must make to keep herself and her mother from the poorhouse, Sarah realizes that she deserves to have one night of passion. She decides to give her virginity to the only man she ever loved, Mr Jonathan Perry. Sarah knows her current pallid appearance doesn’t compare to her youthful buoyancy as a nineteen year old, yet she needs to determine if he still wants her in his bed. Hopefully he will accept her gift now even though she had refused him in her youth. Jonathan still harbors feelings of desire for his former neighbor. Despite his fear of being caught in a compromising position, he follows her into the garden. Then he does things which would truly bring her disgrace if they were caught. The next evening he takes her to Madame Rouge’s House for Gentlemen of Taste for a night neither will ever forget. The reader also will enjoy their titillating lover making as Jonathan indulges his need for domination and Sarah discovers that, in the bedroom, it is extremely satisfying to submit.
The novella Sarah’s Surrender by Lavinia Kent is a sweet little Regency Romance with a bit of a story and a lot of erotic stimulation. This is Book 2.5 in the Bound and Determined series featuring Ruby and the patrons at her discreet London brothel. Four stars.
Thank you to Netgalley and Loveswept Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.