I knew I was taking a risk loving a man like Julian Markham. But I thought that love was enough to cover over his darkness.
I thought wrong.
The seduction and claiming of Ivy Leavold continues in the second book of the Markham Hall trilogy.
Book One: The Awakening of Ivy Leavold
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.
We’re back for the second installment of the Markham Hall series. The Education of Ivy Leavold was a terrific follow-up to book one. We jump right in where the story left off and it’s full speed ahead.
Julian is still wearing the shit out of those breeches with his broody sexiness and mysterious secrets. Ivy is still wearing her corsets and petticoats while maintaining her independence even under the tutelage of our dear Mr. Markham. As the title suggests, he sets out to provide her with an education. Oh and he does. And how. I found myself wishing I could be educated by Julian Markham.
There’s still plenty of heat and chemistry between the characters. Part of the charm in book one was the will-they-or-won’t-they-back-and-forth and it was almost a relief not to have that in this book. In this book I didn’t stress about when the hot fucking was going to happen. I knew it was coming … I just had no idea how hot it could get. Ladies, be ready to clutch your pearls because there was a threesome and one of the hottest m/f anal scenes that I’ve ever read. It was most definitely left-hand inspirational.
As I mentioned in my first review, part of the fun of this series is the mystery behind the death of Ivy’s cousin, Violet. A big piece of the puzzle is revealed in this second installment yet we are still left with questions that need to be answered in book 3. Most importantly, what is up with that horrid Mrs. Brightmore? I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.
All in all this was another terrific 5-star read from Sierra Simone. Ms. Simone, I’m in awe of your story telling and your writing. Cheers to book 3!
Side note: There was a minor incident involving supporting characters that completely flipped the gender norms and it kind of made my heart beat a little harder for this author.
Holy crap. Just… fucking hell. The level of left hand inspiration in this book is off the charts. Off the charts, people! This book got me HOT. I dare not admit how much. I said it in my first review, and it still holds true- this series reminds me of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice. If they had a baby it would be the Markham Hall series.
Sierra’s writing has captivated me. There is beauty in her words, the characters, the unexpected pleasantries she throws to the reader. While The Education of Ivy Leavold is deliciously sexy and sensual, it is much more. While your cheeks are heating, your mind is also racing. Clues are given, some parts of the mystery are revealed, but there is still so much we’re left wondering. I have theories and I cannot wait to see if any are correct in The Punishment of Ivy Leavold.
Mr. Markham and his wildcat Ivy have me completely enthralled. You really need to read this series. Every detail provides a heightened awareness to one or more of your senses.