Thursday, January 29, 2015

REVIEW: The Awakening of Ivy Leavold by Sierra Simone

Yorkshire, 1879

I am alone...
When Ivy Leavold is left destitute by her brother’s death, she is taken in by her cousin’s brooding, tortured widower—Julian Markham. Handsome and possessive, it’s not long before Ivy falls for him. But Mr. Markham has dark secrets, secrets that may put Ivy in danger...

I am afraid...As Ivy unravels the mystery surrounding her cousin’s death, she falls deeper and deeper in love with Julian, who opens her body and her mind to his indomitable will. But even as he draws pleasure and desire from her night after night, Ivy can’t shake the feeling that their passionate affair may end in violence…

And I'm completely his


The Awakening of Ivy Leavold is the first book in the Markham Hall Trilogy. It is 40,000 words.

***For Mature Audiences only**

Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published January 12th 2015
Source: Purchased
Purchase this book: Goodreads | Amazon

Shel: All of our blogger friends were raving about The Awakening of Ivy Leavold and I had some time to I said efff it, I'm going to give this a shot. It had been a while since I'd read historical probably a I wasn't sure how or if I'd like it. Well ladies...grab your shamwow panties and carve out a little time because I think you're going to enjoy this one! Court: I think I've only read really, maybe ONE, historical I was excited about this one after all of the feedback we've read about it! Why? Because it is proclaimed to be so effing hot. And it was. And I loved it! LOVED! 

Shel: I cannot tell you if it's historically accurate and honestly, I don't care. I enjoyed the chemistry between Julian and Ivy. I liked how headstrong she was and how he liked that about her. I love that she was realistic and confident in who she was. Of course I liked the steamy sex scenes and the party scenes with Julian's friends (and I'd love to know more about them, for sure). And now I'm fixated on the mystery of who killed Violet. I HAVE THEORIES..and they have a very Clue-like feel to them...

I think ___ did it with a ___ in the ___.

...and wait until the end, it'll have you clamoring for more. 

Court: Hahaha. That is perfect. I have theories too! And...just, whoa! Whoa! The scenes are beautiful. The descriptions of the landscape, and the outdoors (I love that she loves being outside so much, and explores this place that she has been thrust upon). I too, don't know much about this time period or location...but I did notice that not all of the dialogue is super complicated, and somewhat modern. I think I appreciate this, not that I can't appreciate it otherwise...but I guess I was so in the moment that I couldn't care less. Just an FYI! 

Court: Also...Ivy. Ivy is a great young character (she is 19) and she is in a time period where it does not do for a young woman to prance about chasing after a man. But Mr. Julian Markham is not a man to be ignored, and I loved their dynamic from the first page. Mr. Markham also has his flaws about him, and lots and lots of rumors about him! so I therefore have to know more about this man! We need in his head, or him to tell Ivy things. He is so vocal during sex, I need him to be vocal all of the time!!! And I mean vocal! Love it. Love it. Love it. 

Shel: I hope if you've never read historical romances, you'll give this one a shot. It's set in the past with a very modern feel to it. (And Julian has the hottest, filthiest mouth...). Court: Doesn't he! I enjoyed it. The pacing is great, even for a shorter novel/novella. I can't wait for the next installment, because yes folks we get MORE! And we always LOVE MORE! 

Shel: Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Sierra Simone is a librarian who writes unabashedly sexy books with brains, beauty and big words. She lives with her hot cop husband and family in Kansas City.

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