My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤of 5!
Length: 68 pages
Published: the 19th of October 2018.
Written by: Penelope Wren
Series: The Rooksgrave Manor Series
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to ARC read this book for Penelope Wren, who generously sent me a free copy of her book, in exchange for my honest review.
Forced to choose between an unhappy betrothal and marriage or becoming penniless and destitute, Eleanor Teague jumps at the chance for something more.
Madame Mortimer and her Rooksgrave Manor are everything Eleanor’s friend, Esther, promised they would be. Living in the manor unlocks primal urges even Eleanor herself hadn’t realized she possessed–and she thought herself well aware of her own appetites.
Eleanor finds herself keeping company with Sterling Cawley, a ghostly man with unique desires, as well a demonic being so utterly different from any human man that she may never be the same. But it’s not until Madame Mortimer enables Eleanor’s late fiance, Leopold, to visit her chambers that she realizes exactly how much the manor is capable of. Why would she ever want to leave?
Eleanor: Book 1 is the first in a new, fast-burn, reverse harem series by Penelope Wren. This thrilling, yet steamy novella is written in the style of gothic romance and penny dreadfuls.
I think I have just about read any and all of Penelope’s books and honestly, it’s been a bumpy ride. Some of the books have been great, others have to me felt superficial and rushed. However, with Eleanor Penelope’s writing take new heights. This book is so honest, raw, filthy and purely amazing!
What I like the most about this story is the world building and heroine.
The story takes place in England, it what seems like a mix of the Victorian times with a hint of modern. What makes it feel modern to me, is the fact that the men are focused on Eleanor’s pleasure. For them it’s equally important that she enjoys herself through their time together, whereas in olden times women were just a tool for men’s pleasure. Eleanor starts out as a timid girl who’s very insecure of her place in life. However, in the space of 68 pages she’s growing more secure of herself, her needs and wants and her place in life. Which truly is amazing to read about!
If I had to critique anything, and this is only nitpicking; it would be the fact that the setting is in England, the characters use popular and wellknown English phrases. Yet, the spelling and grammar is US based. This makes a lot of sense as Penelope Wren is US based. And to be fair this doesn’t take any focus from the story, which is why I’m not letting my rating affect it.
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