The Perfect Gift

Raven McAllen
The Perfect Gift
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Breathless Press
Release Date
December 2012
Book 3 of The Ladies of London
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance

Judith has the perfect present for Stephen—herself. Will he accept, or decline her gift?

Lady Judith Gresham had been in love with Stephen, Viscount Pelham for years.

Stephen eleven years her elder, treated her purely as one of his sisters friends; he was too old in years and deeds for such a young innocent. As his sister, was now happily married, there was no longer any reason to see her.

Even to himself he wouldn't admit he missed her.

So when his sister and her new husband decided to have a Christmas house party, and illness causes them to beg to use his home, he agreed. Even when he heard Judith was to be one of the guests he wasn't really worried, he would keep to himself, enjoy Maria Mallins, his long married mistress, and treat Judith with distant benevolence.

However Judith and his sister had other ideas.

Book Review by Angie Just Read... (reviewer)
Jan 07, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
112 people found the following review helpful
If Regency setting and a bit of kink warms you up inside, be sure to read THE PERFECT GIFT, which is the third installment in Raven McAllan's Ladies of London series that began with La Bella Isabella in September 2012 and followed up with The Best Man's Bridesmaid in November 2012.

Lady Judith Gresham has loved Stephen, Viscount Pelham, for three years, but much to her frustration, Stephen treats her like a younger sister. Knowing of Judith's heartfelt disappointment, Stephen's sister Amanda concocts a scheme to host a Christmas house party at her brother's estate, and she's arranged for her friend to arrive several days early so that Judith can attempt to seduce Stephen.

Unbeknownst to his sister or Judith, Stephen not only considers himself too old for the young lady he lusts after, but he also knows the dark desires he fulfills in his secret room would appall any well-bred innocent. Yet, Judith may just surprise Stephen with her determination to be with him at any cost.

The Ladies of London series is meant to be read in order and this installment, at fifty pages, is the longest and has the most revealing character motivations and plot conflict. I found Judith appealing because I could understand the angst of her unrequited love, but I can't say I really got the gist of what made Stephen tick and what made him who he is.

The previous two stories in this series were lighter and amusing, but this story features a darker BDSM theme and ends with unrevealed secrets and an intriguing cliffhanger ending that assures me there is still more to come in this interesting series.
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Book Review by Mary Chen (reviewer)
Jan 11, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
107 people found the following review helpful
If you're in want of a sexy BSDM mixed in with Regency lords and ladies, then THE PERFECT GIFT by Raven McAllan is the perfect book for you.

Stephen, Viscount Pelham, has long denied his lust for his sister's friend, Judith Gresham. Unfortunately for him, Lady Judith has been in love with him for years and would love nothing else than to have the sweet taste of him on her lips. With Stephen's sister Amanda (La Bella Isabella, Ladies of London Book 1) hosting a party to aid Judith's planned seduction of Stephan, things are about to be heated up.

The interactions between Stephen and Judith are very interesting. Judith, while being an innocent, desires for Stephan to know her body intimately. Stephan would like nothing more than enjoy a night of pleasure with Judith, but is afraid his dark urges will horrify her and drive her away. Ultimately, he unleashes his passion and lust with Judith, schooling her in sexual submissiveness, until their lust turns into love.

I like Judith's brave and saucy personality as she grabs for her love. Given the novella's length, however, I find it improbable that Stephen's uncontrollable need for Judith turns into sudden love, as he is more governed by his lust than his heart.

Overlooking Stephen's change, the combination of BSDM in a historical setting adds a palpable sense of mystery and intrigue into the story. As this is the third book in the Ladies of London series, I'm sure there will be more to come, especially as the ending foreshadowed Kitty's story and left me breathless with anticipation.
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