DISCIPLINED BY THE DUKE

DISCIPLINED BY THE DUKE by Alyson Chase
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Can she succumb to the hot sting of his hand and the gentleness of his kisses without revealing her true identity and darkest secrets? 

DISCIPLINED BY THE DUKE

Lords of Discipline #1

Alyson Chase

Releasing Aug 15, 2017

Swerve

 

The day her sister murdered their abusive father, Elizabeth Wilcox stopped being a gentleman’s daughter. Willing to do anything to save her sister from the hangman’s noose, now she is a spy… A servant. A liar. A thief. A submissive.
Masquerading as a parlor maid and entrenched in the Duke of Montague’s estate, Liz is willing to risk all to uncover the secrets that would save her sister. But submitting to the duke’s peculiar brand of discipline surprises her with a heady mixture of pleasure and pain. Eager to relinquish control of her messy life, Liz soon craves the rough hands of Montague and his powerful, passionate attentions. Can she succumb to the hot sting of his hand and the gentleness of his kisses without revealing her true identity and darkest secrets? And what punishment will she face when he realizes her betrayal?
 
 Amount of sex 4.5 / 5
How explicit 5 / 5
BDSM/Fetish 3 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

MMMM MMMM MMMM – I am pretty sure I would let the Duke of Montague (aka Marcus) discipline me anytime.  It also doesn’t hurt my husband’s name is Marcus (Cheshire Cat grin). Liz is the definition of plucky – she is single minded in her pursuit to get her sister free until she starts to come under the spell of her employer and target Duke of Montague. Liz is conflicted not about her attraction and subsequent involvement with the Duke, but her task of betraying him to get her sister free by steeling information from him.

While Discipline by the Duke is a BDSM circa 19th century, it is pretty light in the BDSM aspects with only spanking involved (all be it – a fair amount of it). For a Historical Romance, it had a lot of steamy action. The intrigue of the book is awesome and definitely had me hooked.

Alyson Chase definitely delivers a great naughty historical romance that keeps her readers hot and bothered (like her protagonist Liz).  She draws her readers in with her wonderful descriptions of the Hartsworth House (house really means estate) and the bustle involved in keeping it running.  She puts some really nice touches about how the estate staff would run a place like Hartsworth. I loved her including of how they would be with animals like puppies and kittens – it is a very small bit in the book, but I thought it was a unique and lovely touch.  The characters are well developed and likable where they are supposed to be and despised where they are evil.  I really enjoyed the characters of the cook and Liz’s roommate at the Hartsworth.

Chase does a marvelous job of teasing us with the next set of Lords of Discipline by introducing the friends of the Duke of Montague.  She definitely made this reader want more, more, more!

 

“Look at me.” His voice was quiet. Kind. But no less commanding than when he gave orders to his steward. Or his dogs.

Her gaze rose over hard thighs, the fall of his trousers, the flat expanse of his stomach, and the wider expanse of his chest. She looked up until his eyes captured hers and held on. Her breath caught in her throat. His eyes weren’t the gray of unyielding stone anymore, but rather the shifting silvers and subdued greens of an ocean tossing in a storm.

“I don’t make a habit out of breaking anyone’s, anything’s, spirit.” Dropping to a squat, Montague ran his fingers under Reggie’s jaw.

The heat from his body, his sudden nearness, curled around Liz. She took a deep breath to calm her racing heart. But she was swamped with his scent, and her pulse ratcheted up even higher.

“Sometimes animals need to be molded so they can become their best selves. Guidance, a firm hand, training.” His breath bloomed across her cheek with every word. “My horse, Darkwing, has as much spirit as he did as a foal. I merely redirected it to productive channels. Now, he and I have a partnership. We each trust the other.” His lips quirked. “More so than I do most men.”

Digging his fingers into the soft fur at the back of Reggie’s neck, Montague gently lifted the pup. “Now if this fellow doesn’t wish to be molded that is his prerogative. He might not make the grade for a work dog at my estate, but he will make someone a lovely pet.”

Reggie yipped, and the duke lowered him to the ground. The puppy coiled around himself like a snake, obviously exhausted from his day. Montague kept his hand on the dog, his palm almost large enough to span Reggie’s entire back. He ran his long, tapered fingers slowly through the puppy’s coat, and Reggie gave one more sleepy yip before tucking his nose under his tail.

“You seem to have an affinity for the scamp.” Montague gently rubbed the tip of Reggie’s ear between his thumb and forefinger. Liz’s own earlobe tingled. “Perhaps you’d want him as a pet.”

Her heart twisted. She’d love to spoil a dog. But it wasn’t to be. And the duke should have known that.

“Where would I keep him?” She hated to do it. It would ruin the moment, these amazing few minutes when the duke spoke to her like she was a real person, an equal, not the hired help. She’d forgotten what it felt like to be able to sit without fear of violence or discovery. To not have every moment revolve around a job for Westmore, scraping together enough money for food for her and Amanda, finding enough coal to keep her warm at night.

This was like an afternoon of days past, when gentlemen treated her with respect and she wanted for nothing. She felt like her old self, if only for a moment. The decadence of it almost made her dizzy.

But being the old Miss Elizabeth Wilcox was a luxury she could no longer afford.

So she twisted the blade, just a little. Just enough to sting. “Mr. Todd doesn’t allow servants to have pets. And if Reggie followed me around on my duties I think he’d probably make more of a jumble than I could clean in a day.” Taking a deep breath, she clenched her stomach. “It doesn’t make sense for a chambermaid to have a puppy.”

And there it was. That small flicker. The stormy sea hardening back into granite. Montague had forgotten himself. Or, more accurately, forgotten her. Forgotten how low she was in relation to him.

Her lungs burned with the effort to keep her breathing steady. The reminder stung more than she’d expected. The duke would probably forget his momentary lapse in the time it took him to return to his house.

It would take her longer.

And she couldn’t keep forgetting who she was, why she was here. It hurt too much when reality crashed back in. So she dug the knife a little deeper into her side.

Picking up the sleeping puppy from her lap, she laid him next to Reggie. Standing, she brushed at her skirts, plucking an errant strand of fur from her apron. “Now if you will excuse me, Your Grace, I have some chamber pots I need to empty.”

Without looking to see whether she had shocked him, Liz turned on her heel and made her way back to the side door of Hartsworth. The servants’ entrance.

It wasn’t until she’d refilled Molly’s bucket and lugged it halfway up the stairs that she realized she’d forgotten to curtsy before leaving the duke. She could only hope her disgraceful chamber pot reference had distracted the man too much for him to notice.

 

 

Alyson Chase writes historical romances that are just a bit…naughty. She is a former attorney, and thought that her flair for dramatic and sexy writing was seriously undervalued in her legal career. She also writes under the name Allyson Charles. 
 
She lives in Northern California where the incredible weather and natural beauty so far outweigh the overcrowding and congested freeways. Also, the food in the Bay Area rocks. 
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Rating Report
Amount of sex
4.5 / 5
How explicit
5 / 5
Amount of BDSM/Fetish
3 / 5
Story
4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

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