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SAY BUT LITTLE AND SAY IT WELL
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2017
The tale is the third in the Mayfair Menage and will read as a standalone. Two families that have been neighbors for decades will be joined in a marriage. While one is a Duke, the other a Baron, but both of long lineages. As children, Triston, Peter, and Gavin played together as young boys, and Alice would tag along anytime she could. With a ten year age difference, boys didn’t want a little girl hanging around them.
Fast forward, and now Lady Alice Latham is eighteen, she has been at a lady’s finishing school in Bath, enjoying her studies, and happy to be away from her family. She has no close ties with a drunk hen-pecked father, a womanizing brother, and a harridan for a mother. At school, she is allowed to read and study and daydream. She is basically compliant but does have a spirited side too.
The Duke of Desford has asked for Alice’s hand in marriage and will show up at her school to propose. She will ask for time to think about it, there was no mention of love, but she knows once her mother finds out, the choice will no longer be hers to make.
The plot will have the Duke’s mother making Alice miserable and letting her know she isn’t good enough for her son, and flaunt women that have been or are his mistresses to her. Her mother will control the aspects of the wedding, and once again, Alice will comply. The Duke will show her his dominance and spank her several times before they wed. Alice will be caught in the trap of duty and fears she will not have a marriage of love as she has always daydreamed of having.
The marriage will come with a dominant Triston, and his new expectations for his wife, for her to live in the nursery and not only be under his control, but she must also comply with his valet, Knox’s, orders and discipline. Without having the love and affection of her parents, is the Duke creating a strict but loving structure by making her his little Alice?
“I won’t be a compliant husband, sweet Alice. I will be the master of my house, and you will submit to me in every way.”
Mystery, suspense, secrets, deceit, and murder will all play a part in this tale. What happens when Knox develops feelings for Alice? Triston treats her like his acquired property that he can control and dictate orders to, but does he care for her? How will Alice handle a threesome with the Duke and his Valet? What will the future hold for them and can they find their happily ever after ending?