I ran as far as I could, but I knew he would find me. In fact, I counted on it. I counted on him punishing me too.
Book One: The Awakening of Ivy Leavold
Yorkshire, 1879 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.
Book Two: The Education of Ivy Leavold
So I just finished the final book in Ivy and Julian’s journey. And what a perfect ending. Yes. We had some hiccups, and some soul searching, and some punishing. A mystery and suspense. And sexy times. Good lord the sexiness. With each book I would find myself asking “how is Sierra going to top the sexy times in this one?!?!” But let me tell you this. She does. Every. Single. Book. Each book holds some kind of taboo. And in The Punishment, there is a certain part. Let’s just say it was probably one of the hottest scenes ever.
Book 3 starts as Ivy sets off to find herself. Away from Julian. To see if this “lifestyle” is something that she really wants. I mean seriously. HOW CAN YOU NOT!!!! But she leaves. Goes to stay with her aunt. And is basically miserable. During this time, Julian decides to court Ivy. Properly.
They go on strolls, they talk, they go to a party…ahem. At this party, things take an interesting turn and Miss Ivy is THOROUGHLY punished. Whoever thought a punishment could be so great!!!!
What I loved most about this series, is that you get a scorching hot historical romance. But yet, it reads so modern. Without losing the essence of the time frame. You also get a mystery. That is solved in this book. I’d like to say now, that I was wrong. My theories. Totally. And utterly wrong. But it was fun trying to guess.
This series just had it all. That wow factor. Sierra’s writing is fresh, new, completely different from anything that I’ve ever read. Her words just suck you in and make you feel like you are sitting in a corset fanning yourself with one of those old fancy paper fans. Sierra does not hold back in the sexy times department either. She gives it to you raw and unfiltered. Just the way I like it. I am a forever fan. I can’t wait for Sierra’s next masterpiece. I have a feeling I might need church after her next book. Ahem.
I couldn’t wait to dive into The Punishment of Ivy Leavold. The title alone had me imagining all kinds of things. We left off with a slight–okay major–cliffhanger at the end of The Education of Ivy Leavold, so I was thrilled to get started on this. Once again Sierra Simone drew me in completely. Julian is downright wicked in this book, and that title is pretty accurate when it comes to him. Except Ivy enjoys her punishments, so is it really a punishment? I’ll analyze that later. Julian is determined to win back his wildcat, Ivy, and we get to see exactly how he goes about that.
So, let me tell you, the sex scenes in the previous books were top notch erotica, and somehow Sierra Simone surpassed that. Julian doled out some extremely sexy punishments. I’ve never read a sex scene in a book that included choking and … I liked it! *gasp*
But again, beyond the erotica is a compelling storyline that kept me glued to my ereader. The relationship between Ivy and Julian had more depth and Ivy continued to show why she’s the star pupil. Will he win her back? Or won’t he? I’m not telling! But I will tell you this, the mystery is finally solved about Violet Markham’s death. I can tell you that I was 100% wrong. The person I thought was the murderer, was in fact, NOT the murderer. I’m keeping this review very vague because I want you to discover the beauty of this series. I absolutely loved it. The writing, the story, the characters, the pacing, everything was what I require to give a 5 star rating. I’ll miss Julian and Ivy but I can’t wait to read what Sierra Simone writes next.