Release Date: April 14, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance | Erotica
Sometimes our wildest dreams come true.
In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy.
To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, Anna knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on.
Sebastian, whose powerful, aristocratic confidence suits Anna’s mercenary goals. But his arrogance masks a craving for submission that Anna instinctively satisfies. Sebastian soon begs for her hand in marriage, even if it means sharing her with.
Pia, who trusts Anna completely—with her body and her future—until she learns of Anna’s hasty marriage. Pia questions their commitment to each other as they leave for London to meet.
Farleigh, the seemingly feckless duke who thinks he’s over Sebastian, the potent Spanish soldier he bedded two years ago.
What begins as a series of erotic escapades soon evolves into a deep, unbreakable bond. Two men and two women who yearn to explore are about to make their wildest dreams come true.
Due to its strong sexual content, Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry is recommended for readers 18 and up.
I've read Megan Mulry's contemporary romance series, Unruly Royals and loved it! And since I know I'll be in good hands, I decided to try BOUND TO BE A GROOM. And this is scorching hot! It's basically porn if you lived in the 1800's, it'll make every maiden blush with all the debauchery that went on in this stand-alone historical erotic novel set in Spain. Convent girls, rich nobles, lots of free time, consenting adults doing various versions of coupling it will challenge your imagination.
The plot is shallow and the character development close to nil. I think what MMulry tried to do was give us a fantasy since people around this time are either sexually repressed or closet freaks and any sort of deviation from the norm is a bad thing. The theme is tolerance and acceptance regardless of your proclivities. That part I was able to appreciate and BOUND TO BE A GROOM gave me quite an entertaining fantasy. I'm not sure when BDSM was officially coined but in BOUND TO BE A GROOM, the characters are well acquainted with the practice albeit a little outmoded. On a side-note, MMulry didn't go hard core in terms of creating scenes instead she used power play to imply that some of the relationships between the characters are similar to a D/s.
BOUND TO BE A GROOM isn't spectacular, the relationships are too fanciful to be realistic but it can be an entertaining read. MMulry is selling the idea of free love in a time where who you marry is determined by race, wealth, social standing and gender. On a side note, I think I will look for more historical erotica, I do enjoy the sexual tension in traditional historical romances and taking it to another level just makes it better.