Thursday, October 13, 2011

[NOR Review]: "The Virgin Proxy"

Title: The Virgin Proxy
Author: Georgia Fox
Series: The Conqueror's, 2
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Publication Date: August 29, 2011
Genre: Historical Erotica (novella)
Summary (Amazon.com):
When the Normans conquered England, Deorwynn lost almost everything, including her family. Only one beloved brother survives. To rescue him, she must sacrifice her virginity in the enemy’s bed. She should be well prepared. After spending fifteen years in a grim convent, punished for every sinful thought, Deorwynn can withstand any torment at the hands of a merciless, Norman warrior.
But nothing, she soon learns, could prepare her for falling in love.

Guy Devaux is delighted with the amorous virgin waiting for him on his wedding night. There’s only one problem. The saucy-mouthed wench is not his bride. Oh yes, he knows the veiled woman in his bed is an imposter, but he’ll go along with the game. For now. The punishment for her deception will come later.


Just as soon as he conquers this foolish desire, this yearning to hear her say she loves him.


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My Review:

The Conqueror's series continues with The Virgin Proxy, which carries on Georgia Fox's tradition of wickedly spicy novellas with a menage twist! However, where as book one seemed a bit more hurried and focused more on the (very heated) sex between the characters, TVP lingers more on the budding relationship and a longer storyline.




Deorwynn has lived the past 15 years of her life within the stiff confines of the convent, punished often for her defiance to authority and her sins. Now, with her father dead and her only remaining family member (an older brother) in prison, her chances of escaping the hell-hole that is her own prison are now close to nil—and the sisters are prepared to make her a nun!



Sybilia, another young woman being kept there at the convent, offers Deorwynn another option—she'll take Deorwynn with her when she leaves a few days later, traveling to her husband-to-be. Deorwynn is not fond of Sybilia, but the offer for freedom is very tempting. There is just one catch: Sybilia requires Deorwynn to be her handmaiden....oh,and to stand in as a proxy for her on her wedding night to the Norman lord. Deorwynn is a virgin, Sybilia, however, is not, and fears the wraith of her husband for not being untouched.



Upon reaching Guy's keep, Deorwynn begins to wonder what she's gotten herself into. Their first night there, she meets the lord himself while bathing—thought at the time he thinks her to be his betrothed and she thinks him to be her dream lover. After a very heated scene in the bathing room, Guy is the first to realize his mistake, though he doesn't regret it; Deorwynn is not aware of who he is until her formal introduction to him the next day before the wedding ceremony. Guy, a man who has previously been unable to stick to one woman for longer than it takes to bed her, is intrigued by this simple Saxon “pheasant”. He has to have her. He makes a sudden, and unexpected decision, mere hours from his marriage to Sybilia. This decision will result in their marriage being easily broken later on, should Guy wish to tell her father what he did (only Guy and Thierry know about it). He doesn't yet realize exactly why he does this, but his trusted friend, Thierry, knows that Guy is finally starting to fall for a woman.



To fulfill her agreement with Sybilia, Deorwynn takes her place in Guy's bed that night. She had not planned on anticipating his touch—nor did she plan on him recognizing who she really was. Guy is not fooled by the veil covering his “bride's” face—he knows the naked body, even in the shadows of the night, to be that of Deorwynn's, which he touched the night before. Deciding to play along, he doesn't let on, even when morning comes and he faces his real bride in the bed next to him instead.



The deception continues, even as Guy tries to fool Deorwynn into admitting what she did with him that night. But while she avoids him, he avoids his wife. He only wants Deorwynn, no other woman appeals to him. He refuses to admit what his body and heart already know—that Deorwynn is his, and no one else will do.



The story continues, until finally they both admit their true feelings for one another. Before this happens though, Deorwynn must first prove to Guy that she is not one to share her man—nor be shared, despite her brief attraction to Thierry. She wants only one man in her bed, and Guy soon realizes he has no intention of sharing, though the two men have done so often in the past. In the end, everyone gets their HEA—Guy has Deorwynn, and Thierry gets Sybilia. Even Raedwulf, Deorwynn's brother, is released at the very end, leading the readers into the next book which will center around him.



4 STARS! Sexy and slightly wicked, The Virgin Proxy gives the readers a taste of the forbidden fruit (multiple partners) . However, Deorwynn and Guy are too much in love with one another to share for more than a few scenes, making it very different from Fox's previous novella, though still keeping all the passion and heat as before. Perfect for any reader who hungers for red-hot passion that practically leaps off the page! I look forward to reading Wulf's book (he's a virgin!) and I will definitely keep Fox on my radar for future novels. The covers alone are enough to draw you in; the passion between them enough to keep your attention!





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Thanks to Night Owl Reviews, where I received this e-book for free in exchange for reviewing the book. (Free book does not equal biased review, however!) This review is the property of NOR.
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2 comments :

  1. I saw that both this one and the previous one takes place during an era I really enjoy reading about :D

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  2. If very spicy novellas are your thing, and you don't mind the occasional menage element, I would definitely suggest both of them. They may not have managed a top rating from me, but I still very much liked them and look forward to reading more by her, espeically the third book in this series. :D

    Enjoy,
    TBQ

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