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The Romance Reviews (TRR) - The Devil of Nettlewood

The Devil of Nettlewood

Louisa Trent
The Devil of Nettlewood
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Publisher
Loose ID
Release Date
January 2011
ISBN
9781607379331
Genre
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Though tales of Lord Spur's cruelty are legendary and his discipline of her is oft-times harsh, peasant Mitri chooses carnal servitude in the nobleman's solar over rotting in a dungeon as his prisoner. But Lord Spur is as thorny as the vines surrounding his embattled keep. His prick stings her so. He toys with her mercilessly, all hours of the day and night, and not only in his bedchamber.

Subjected to all manner of forbidden acts, her pleasured flesh rubbed raw from leather restraints, her throat screamed hoarse from the painful releases forced upon her, Mitri accepts the bounty of her Master's rough passion.

And then, Lord Spur brings in his squire, Nym. Not to mention his brother, Lord Talon. Whatever is she to do? The overlord presents her to each as if she were a lamb at market. There is naught to do -- save trust beyond question, save trust beyond doubt, that she has found her one true love in the dominant overlord.

But -- has she? Has she found her one true love? Or has she only succumbed to the dark seduction of the Devil of Nettlewood?

Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Strong BDSM theme and elements, anal play, body piercing, dubious consent, violence.

Book Review by Kathryn (reviewer)
Mar 21, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
151 people found the following review helpful
Not for the faint of heart, THE DEVIL OF NETTLEWOOD shoves the reader into a world where clover-scented, erotic beeswax candles (complete with pictorial instructions) are guaranteed to bring release, an insurrection of attacking soldiers brutalize and incinerate an entire village without discrimination, and a virgin, in only the strictest definition of the word, whose apparent fate is to be bounty for the victors--occur all in the first chapter.

When given the choice between death, imprisonment and carnal servitude, Mitri chooses to submit to the Devil of Nettlewood and his dark, forbidden desires. In truth, Mitri has a hidden passion for pain and is certain this sinister, unforgiving earl can do nothing to her that she will not secretly crave from him anyway.

THE DEVIL OF NETTLEWOOD is not for the weak of heart. The earl is intentionally cruel at first and warns Mitri that she will not find a gentle master in him. He demands everything from her, and she denies him nothing. She even begs him to torture her, seeking relief in the pain he so willingly dispenses.

The earl and Mitri are well matched except for one thing--their social positions. He is an earl of royal lineage and she is a mere peasant, something he reminds her of constantly. There can be nothing more between them outside of this dark arrangement of sexual torment, torture and ultimate fulfillment.

Louisa Trent sets her novel during the tumultuous reign of King Stephen and his cousin Matilda, placing the occurring events within the first half of the 12th Century. Though the language they spoke then, which was pre-Chaucer, would not have been understandable to today's readers, Ms. Trent does a very good job of providing the reader with a flavor of the time period. The two characters converse in a highly formalized style that sometimes requires a second read to fully comprehend their meaning. Primarily since neither Mitri nor Spur is entirely honest in what they say to each other, so their words often carry more than one connotation.

The dark moment between the two characters is not a result of their erotic play, but a misunderstanding over exactly what was said and injured pride. This was unfortunate, but understandable. I enjoyed Ms. Trent's world even though I had trouble with some of Spur's actions in the beginning. Though his cruelty is logical, given the time period and his assumptions, it is not entirely forgivable. The fact that he takes himself to task and Mitri actually enjoys what he does to her is what saves him from being a totally unlikeable protagonist.

Given the extremely dark nature of this story, I would only recommend THE DEVIL OF NETTLEWOOD to those readers who enjoy heroes who relish in torturing their partners, and heroines who require pain for fulfillment.
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