In the Pureblood’s Arms
The Magiste Chronicles Book 4
He saved her from certain death, but is he more dangerous – to her heart?
In 13th century France, attacked by those carrying out the Papal Inquisition, Magiste Enchantress Chantal Belliveau is thankful for rescue from certain torture and death. But she never expected it to be at the hands of Henri Marchand, one of a powerful pure-blooded line of ancient Magiste, the Zyndevines. Henri holds the key to her survival, but the danger he poses to her heart and soul could turn out to be even more perilous.
Henri is part of Il Resistasse, a handful of powerful Magiste fighting the atrocities the Catholic Church inflicts on their race. Saving Chantal becomes more than a simple rescue – the innocent young woman with half-trained powers enchants him more than he has ever been before. That she enjoys the dark side of pleasure he inflicts makes him question his determination to never give another his heart.
Chantal is horrified when Henri invokes an ancient spell, the Possede Puissant. The incantation leaves her little more than his possession. While she finds herself enjoying his dark and wicked sensual delights, she determines to free herself. Still, the security she finds with Henri encourages her to stay by his side, claiming spell or not.
Resentment toward her from Henri’s family convinces Chantal she must ultimately break free of Henri’s possession. When the Inquisitors attack, Henri convinces Chantal to embark on a journey to a new land, a journey that may well mean the survival of the entire Magiste race but the loss of her freedom forever.
** Contains Magically Kinky! love scenes of the paranormal kind, including magical sex toys, potions, bondage, spanking and more!
Amount of sex 5 / 5
How explicit 5 / 5
Amount of BDSM/Fetish 4.5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
Not sure what is much better than paranormal mixed with historical romance. That is what In The Pureblood’s Arms brings to the table. The Pureblood is Henri, and pureblood refers to his status as a part of the original magical families (or Magiste as they are called). Set in 13th century France, the Church is cracking down on magic wielding families in what appears to be a power, land, and wealth grab. These magical families are powerful and not your herb toating healers that were burned at the stake throughout history.
Chantal is escaping as the Church is descending on her home. She is left with no one as she barely escapes with her life through the aide of Henri. While Henri appears to be a savior, Chantal sees his bed is covered in ropes and manacles, leaving her a bit worried as to their purpose. Fear not dear readers, it as we may have hoped – Henri loves a bit of spanking and domination!
In the beginning of the book, there is a strong element of Taming the Shrew. Henri saves Chantal and keeps her captive for her protection from both the Church and the magical elders (who would not treat her well). Chantal is initially not very happy with this setup. Henri invokes a spell that allows him to compel Chantal to obey and ultimately claim her as his (in all ways, not just the “honey, I love you, and I feel like you’re mine” kinda way). Additionally, he has a spell that blocks her ability to move that he uses during their first coupling. He feels guilty about his actions and notes her pleasure in his administrations. While the sex is scrumptious and plentiful, my only concern was the issue of dubious consent. I understand that in the 13th century France, women had no rights, but I am reading it through my 21st-century bias lense of you don’t do that! This is a tough area for me and I struggle with it in some books. I went back and forth between a 4.5 rating and a 5 rating and ultimately had to go with the 4.5 because it just bugged me. Chantal, of course, comes to enjoy her involvement with Henri (and pretty quickly).
The issue of dubious consent is the only issue that bothered me and in an otherwise awesome blend of paranormal and historical romance. As a Behind Closed Doors Book Review, it more than fits the bill as sexy and very steamy read. I love paranormal; I love historical romance – and when it is a truly erotic read – I have to shout hooray (even with my own bias). Another great erotic historical read with strong magical elements by Gianna Simone.
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