Master of Blackmoor by Julie Shelton, is a delicious mix of gothic romance, mystery and some light bdsm.
After her father’s death, Danielle Dulac is left penniless and in dire need of a position suitable for a young lady. She agrees to hire on as a governess far from her home in London on at an estate on the Yorkshire moors. Before she can arrive safely at her destination, her coach loses a wheel and lands in a ditch stranding Danielle and her drivers in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard.
Forced to seek shelter at the infamous Blackmoor Hall, Danielle meets Anthony Markham, Due of Blackmoor. Anthony is a hard man after the trickery and tragedy that surrounded his first marriage. He is cold, sarcastic and not looking for any sort of relationship that is not simply sex with no strings attached. But there is something about Danielle that has him intrigued and breaking his own rules.
When the governess position falls through, Danielle is rescued once again by the Duke who is now offering the position of governess for his own young son, Geoffrey. Against her better judgement, Danielle agrees and finds herself surrounded by the mystery that surrounds the dark and brooding Blackmoor Hall and its inhabitants.
Passions are ignited, mysteries unfold, tragedies are brought to light and danger continues to surround the Hall. Can Danielle and Anthony find a way to escape the peril and create a life together even though they come from opposite worlds? One click to find out!
I adored Julie Shelton’s Master of Blackmore Hall. Even though she is young and innocent, Danielle is a fantastic heroine. She is loving to her young charge and brings life back to Blackmoor Hall little by little as she works her way into the hearts of the staff as well as their Master. She is also intelligent and witty and willing to stand up for what she knows is right . . . something that was not common or easy to do for a woman during this time . . . but exactly what Anthony Markham needs in a woman.
Circumstances have turned Anthony bitter, yet Danielle begins changing him in ways that bring him back to life. His struggles between his want for Danielle and his need to keep her safe feel very real. The side cast of characters, mainly the staff of Blackmoor Hall also add much to the story . . .my favorite being Fanshawe, the butler.
Julie Shelton did a great job keeping the plot moving forward. It was an intriguing mystery very reminiscent of a great gothic romance with all the trappings, including a love affair spanning class boundaries and a murderer on the loose. However, the story does not feel trite or overdone. There is also the fun addition of some light bdsm play such as bondage that add a delightful twist to this book.
The Master of Blackmoor is a page turner that will keep you reading late into the night! Grab your glass of wine and take a trip back in time to enjoy this romantic suspense. 5 stars!
About the Book:
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Danielle Dulac has just been sacked after spurning her employer’s lecherous advances. Penniless and without references, she is desperate to acquire the position of governess at Esterly House on the bleak Yorkshire moors. When the mail coach slides into a ditch in the middle of a blizzard, she is forced to seek shelter at the nearest house, Blackmoor Hall.
But visitors are not welcome at Blackmoor Hall and she gets sent to the stables to shelter from the storm. She is jerked out of sound slumber by a snow-blasted horse bursting into the stall, practically trampling her beneath his slashing hooves.
Anthony Markham, the Duke of Blackmoor, has just returned home after six months of dissolute living in London. He is surly, sarcastic, enigmatic, and hostile. And the most sensuous man Danielle has ever met. The attraction between them is instantaneous, combustible…and forbidden. Though a descendant of French nobility, Danielle is still a mere governess and Anthony Markham is a Duke.
When the position at Esterly House falls through, she has nowhere to go and faces a bleak future. To her shock, it’s Anthony Markham who comes to her rescue, offering her a position as governess to his four-year-old son, Geoffrey. Against her better judgment, she accepts.
She soon discovers that the Master of Blackmoor is haunted by a dark and tragic past filled with lies, betrayal and death. Unfortunately, the past is not over. Evil stalks Blackmoor Hall. The danger is escalating and all the clues point to the Duke himself.
As the passion between Anthony and Danielle rages out of control, so does the peril they face. Will they solve this mystery in time? Or will it wind up destroying them both?
About the Author:
From fairies in the garden at age 9 to handcuffs in the boudoir at age 60, Julie’s writing has run the gamut. In between she managed to graduate cum laude with a B.A. in French from Georgia State University followed by a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emory University. Having thus procured these two necessary but ultimately irrelevant pieces of paper, she launched a successful career as a children’s librarian, followed by an even more successful career as a professional storyteller and puppeteer. She published Kidstuff, an award-winning, monthly newsletter, as well as a book, Puppets, Poems and Songs, both major language arts resource for early childhood educators.
At various points in her life, if asked what she would like to be, her answer would have been (in rough chronological order, since some of these lofty ambitions overlapped): a fairy, a princess, a ballerina, Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, a paleontologist, Scarlett O’Hara, thin and beautiful, an actress, and a writer. Now, at age 73, her answer to that question would most likely be, “younger”.
Followed closely, of course by bestselling author. Oh, and a princess. Some dreams die hard.
Now retired, Julie lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.