Wednesday, October 7, 2020

ARC Review: Melissa and The Vicar by S.M. LaViolette

Melissa and The Vicar (The Seducers, #1)From the blurb:

Melissa Griffin is quite literally sick and tired. She's the owner of one of London's most exclusive brothels, but her failing health is telling her she can't continue to keep working at her current pace. A relaxing stay in the country is exactly what she needs. Falling for the small town's gorgeous young vicar—a virgin, no less—was never part of her plan. Their love is scandalous, forbidden...and everything Melissa never knew she wanted. Denying her feelings is unthinkable. Avoiding devastation when her past inevitably drives them apart? Impossible.

Magnus Stanwyck never resented his vow of celibacy...until meeting Melissa. As beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, the mysterious woman captures his heart in a way he never could've anticipated. No matter what stands between them, no matter the cost, he'll do whatever it takes to possess her—heart, body, and soul.

By day, they're opposites who were never supposed to be together. By night, their passion threatens to overtake them. When all is said and done, can Melissa and Magnus overcome the obstacles (and enemies) that stand between them? Or will fate deny them their happily ever after?

Heather's rating: 

I'm the biggest S.M. LaViolette/Minerva Spencer fan, and she hit it out of the park again with Melissa and The Vicar.

Melissa and The Vicar is a raw, sexual, angsty historical romance with a bisexual female MC and a virgin male MC. There was so much to love in this story, and though the plot was messy at times, I couldn't put it down.

There is a lot to unpack with this book, and S.M. LaViolette never lets us have it easy. This isn't a simple story with a titled man falling in love with a Madame and then they all live happily ever after. There are lies, there is waffling back and forth, and the path to this marriage and HEA is not at all easy. It felt real to me, honestly, and I'm glad the author put these characters through so much to get that authentic feeling.

The highlights of the story for me was the scorching hot sex scenes in this story. Magnus is a very studious pupil, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how sex-positive the story ended up being. The chemistry between these two MCs is electric and their sex life is no missionary-only, that's for sure. Fire.
My one complaint is that the plot felt overly complicated at times, but I often see that with this author. Truly, I didn't mind it much because all of the pieces fell into place, and it was almost beautifully messy. This author has such a way with words that she wins me over, every time.

Erotic, painful, difficult, and lovely, Melissa and The Vicar captures the whole range of emotions and shows the true depth of S.M. LaViolette's talent. I couldn't get enough.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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