After a night of passion at her place of employment, an infamous club known as The Riding Crop, Olivia Durham tosses caution to the wind and departs with Gideon ‘Lord Craven’ Broyles. Olivia was known as ‘Mistress Birch’, where she dispensed lashings to her male, aristocratic clients. Now as she sits in the viscount’s plush townhouse, she wonders if she’s made a hasty decision.
Gideon Broyles is a man who selfishly pursued his debauched adventures with no thought for anyone but himself until he met Liv. An emotional plea to share everything has left him reeling. There are many obstacles to overcome, including his own doubts about his capacity to feel—anything.
Is it possible for two emotionally closed off people to find intimacy and lasting love? What lengths will they take to ensure happiness for two?
Review: Author Karyn Gerrard brings back the characters of her short story, The Riding Crop, giving readers another look into the budding relationship between Olivia Durham and Lord Gideon Broyles.
To get the most out of the book, do not treat it as a standalone read. The first installment is a free quickie read on the publisher’s website. I am very glad that I did this before starting the book because there is a lot of important background found in the short story that will enhance the reading experience.
A Riding Crop for Two returns the reader to Regency times where two people skilled in aspects of physical pleasure get a crash course in the emotional side of pleasure. Both characters are strong-willed as individuals; together they provide a dynamic connection.
There’s also a sense of drama that threatens their relationship. Given that both Olivia and Gideon have trust issues, these barriers are serious. The heat factor is high, with plenty of creative BDSM bedroom play. That is also where the object mentioned in the title comes into play.
Can a jaded rake find love with a woman who inflicts pain as a career? To find out, remember to grab the free intro before diving into the longer story.