Cassandra by Lottie Winter
Released: October 2013
Genre: Historical erotica
Publisher: Secret Seduction Press
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap
When you accepted employment as a governess in Victorian England, you assumed your life would be set on an unchangeable path. After the death of her parents, Cassandra, a young woman with a talent for music, assumes the role of governess to two young children, whose own mother died a few years previously. However all is not as it seems, and after an initial quiet few months, she is spotted by Thorpe Pembroath, the owner of the Estate, father of the children and her employer.
A dinner invitation very quickly proves to have more to it than initially meets the eye, and Cassandra is suddenly swept without warning into a world unlike anything she has ever seen or known before.
But for all of Cassandra’s fears and insecurities at what is shown to her, it is ultimately Thorpe, a dark, brooding and intelligent man, who can without warning show a ruthless cruel streak , whose life is turned on its head and for whom the weekend will mean his world is forever changed.
Cassandra is a Carnal Set Novel – a series which follows the erotic pleasures, perversions, romance, delights and delectations of a group of extremely select men and women in Victorian England.
Although young by present day standards, in the Victorian age at 22 and unmarried, Cassandra might as well be a spinster. Despite the lack of a husband, she’s still well educated, a bit sassy, and confident beyond the more chauvinist Victorian times. With the death of her parents, she finds herself alone with only an unloving aunt who wants nothing to do with her father tarnish the family name. As a means of removal from the edges of London society, Cassandra is sent to become a governess to the young children of widower, Thorpe Pembroath.
Thorpe was in an unhappy marriage and is now resolute that love doesn’t exist. In the time since his unpleasant wife passed away, he has become a womanizer who often enjoys the company of females in the community and those under his employ. Upon seeing Cassandra for the first time, five months into her service, he decides to invite her to a dinner party hoping she’ll be another notch on his bedpost.
There is a sort of prologue and epilogue but a majority of the storyline occurs over a single weekend. The dinner party turns out to be the beginning of a three day kink party, think fetish/bdsm play party set in the Victorian age. He invites her in the expectations of having sex but soon discovers there is much more to his governess.
This is a surprisingly enjoyable read. I say surprisingly because normally I can take or leave the historical books but this story juxtaposes the historical with some modern type concepts so it was easy to understand. It’s intriguing to see how modern concepts of sex toys would be fashioned in the period piece. The development of the relationship between Cassandra and Thorpe is provocative. It begins with him participating in a bit of an eyebrow raising act at dinner. Upon reflection I realized while I found myself chagrinned, it is also accurate to the character and the era. Even with his arrogance, he does begin to get under the skin and becomes endearing. This is a fascinating story able to beguile even the most modern of women.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.