Monday, 28 March 2016

Book review - She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery (historical ménage) 4 stars

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery
F/F/M historical ménage romance 
4/5 stars 


Love would be simpler if it came with a script. 
Treading the Boards, Book 2
Marguerite Ceniza dies on the London stage each night, but her own life has barely begun. The ingénue is on the prowl for a lover, but while she burns with desire for Sophie, a confession could ruin their decade-long friendship. In the meantime there are always men vying to be her patron, and square-jawed, broad-shouldered James Glover can’t help but catch her eye. 
Sophie Armand has been a lady’s maid for too long, and she’s sick of keeping secrets. Her hidden scripts and the story of her birth are only the beginning. Her nights are haunted by desperate thoughts of the beguiling Marguerite, and of James, the handsome tradesman who whispers promises of forever into her ear. 

James has the kind of problem a lot of men would kill for—two women, both beautiful, both sensual, and both willing. Sophie wants marriage, while Marguerite’s only in it for fun, and choosing between them isn’t easy. 
What’s the worst that could happen if he secretly courts them both?

Their romantic triangle is complicated in the most delicious way, until a shadowy figure from Marguerite’s past threatens to destroy the budding relationship—and their lives.

Warning: Contains a lady’s maid with secret desires, a corset-maker who knows his way around a woman’s body, and an actress who never has to fake it. Rated for adult audiences only.

I read a lot of ménage romances, but sadly I haven't come across many with f/f interaction, so I was very happy to discover this one. She Whom I Love is a F/F/M historical romance set in Regency London. History is not my strongpoint, so I've no idea if it's historically accurate or not, but I found it a fascinating and entertaining read. I really liked the fact that the main characters were all working class instead of members of the aristocracy, which is unusual in this type of story. All three characters had many layers to them and were interesting to read about. The storyline was intriguing with lots of passion, secrets and emotion.

James is a stay maker with a problem - he's fallen for two totally different women, and can't decide between them. Marguerite is a flamboyant actress who's looking for fun, and Sophie is a lady's maid who's looking for marriage. What James doesn't know is that Marguerite and Sophie are close friends - and they both want to be more than friends. This complicated love triangle turns steamy until danger looms in the form of someone from Marguerite's past.

The three main characters were all likable, although I initially wasn't sure about James as he seemed to be stringing the girls along. But believe me Sophie and Marguerite were more than a match for him and able to stand up for themselves! The chemistry between all three of them was hot, and I really enjoyed reading their love scenes which were wildly passionate. This is quite an unusual story, and I would definitely recommend it to readers who enjoy historical romances with an erotic twist. She Whom I Love receives four out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

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