Davidson, Nicola. Scandalous Passions. Fort Collins, CO: Entangled Publishing, 2020.
ISBN-13: 978-1682816035 | $2.99 USD | 150 pages | Medieval Romance/Erotic Romance
Lady Janet Fraser didn’t earn her reputation as Scotland’s most notorious sinner by following the rules. A former mistress of King James IV, she’s content to live her life from pleasure to pleasure. Even if those pleasures—and people—are forbidden.
People like Sir Lachlan Ross, given the moniker The Highland Beast, a man as intimidating in battle as he is in size. A beast she discovers secretly wishes to be tamed and submit to her dominance.
Or like her new ward, Lady Marjorie Hepburn, a convent-raised virgin with a desire to be taught all the sensual secrets of the marriage bed. Things that Janet is fully willing to teach her, again and again. There’s much for her to learn.
And forbidden pleasures like the three of them together in one bed.
But Lachlan and Marjorie both have ties to the king. As wicked lusts are indulged and affection unexpectedly grows into love, breaking the rules this time could mean all of their undoing…
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
While I’ve spoken about issues with sexual content in previous reviews, Nicola Davidson has yet to steer me wrong in this regard, so I had no fear in enthusiastically picking up her latest, Scandalous Passions, in spite of it both being completely new for me as a poly romance and also being, by Davidson’s own admission, her hottest book to date.
And this one completely delivers. While it is category/novella length, so there isn’t as much space to go into depth with the three leads, they all still feel fleshed out. My favorite is the hero, Sir Lachlan Ross, who despite being called the Highland Beast, is definitely more my type than most Scottish Highlander heroes. I like that there’s a contrast between that warrior persona and the person he is in a romantic/sexual relationship, in which he doesn’t mind his partner(s) taking the lead.
Janet is also wonderful, as a heroine who really asserts herself, but I like that she does have her vulnerabilities too, particularly when her past comes to haunt her as she is pursuing her new lovers. And Marjorie’s sexual awakening is beautiful.
I also really like how central each partner was to the others’ overall happiness, even if it started in a more purely sexual manner between Janet and each of them independently. There’s a turning point where Janet believes she’s making a sacrifice for Marjorie’s happiness, but they come back to her and say that things aren’t complete without her, and I really liked that, as well as the eventual realization that a permanent HEA with all three can work.
My only complaint is that this is a category/novella length book, and I wished I could have spent more time with these characters. However, either way, it really packs a punch.
I know that, given it’s erotic romance and polyamorous, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But in my limited experience with both, I don’t think I’ve found a better book for someone with little to no experience with these subgenres to start with. And if you happen to already love both, then I recommend picking this one up.
NICOLA DAVIDSON worked for many years in communications and marketing as well as television and print journalism, but hasn’t looked back since she decided writing wicked historical romance was infinitely more fun. When not chained to a computer she can be found ambling along one of New Zealand’s beautiful beaches, cheering on the All Blacks rugby team, history geeking on the internet or daydreaming. If this includes chocolate – even better!
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