5 stars for She Whom I Love (Treading the Boards #2) by Tess Bowery @tessbowery #FMF #Menage #historical #romance #erotica


Title: She Whom I Love (Treading the Boards #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Tess Bowery (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 29th, 2015 – 281


Love would be simpler if it came with a script.

Marguerite Ceniza dies on the London stage each night, but her own life has barely begun. The ingénue is on the prowl for a lover, but while she burns with desire for Sophie, a confession could ruin their decade-long friendship. In the meantime there are always men vying to be her patron, and square-jawed, broad-shouldered James Glover can’t help but catch her eye.

Sophie Armand has been a lady’s maid for too long, and she’s sick of keeping secrets. Her hidden scripts and the story of her birth are only the beginning. Her nights are haunted by desperate thoughts of the beguiling Marguerite, and of James, the handsome tradesman who whispers promises of forever into her ear.

James has the kind of problem a lot of men would kill for—two women, both beautiful, both sensual, and both willing. Sophie wants marriage, while Marguerite’s only in it for fun, and choosing between them isn’t easy.

What’s the worst that could happen if he secretly courts them both?

Their romantic triangle is complicated in the most delicious way, until a shadowy figure from Marguerite’s past threatens to destroy the budding relationship—and their lives.

Warning: Contains a lady’s maid with secret desires, a corset-maker who knows his way around a woman’s body, and an actress who never has to fake it.(f/f/m) Rated for adult audiences only.

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This incredibly sexy tale of Sarah/Sophie, Meg and James is a well told story set in Victorian London. I enjoyed the set up of the story, the tantalising titbits of information regarding the three main characters.  The love triangle between them seems doomed to failure and I found it hard to decide which way I wanted it to go.
Jealousy and an intriguing back story have dramatic consequences for all of the main characters and those close to them.  The story flows well and tension mounts more and more as the tale unfolds.  I found myself wondering where on earth the author was taking me.
The depiction of the lives of women in Victorian London was fascinating.  One was either a wife, a servant or out on the streets in some fashion.  I really felt for all of the women depicted.  They really had little choice or control over their lives.
This is a very hot and steamy book and not for the faint-hearted.  It is very descriptive and intense.  I really enjoyed reading it and hope there are more stories to come!
Kitty Kat


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Tess has been a fan of historical fiction since learning the Greek and Roman myths at her mother’s knee. Now let loose on a computer, she’s spinning her own tales of romance and passion in a slightly more modern setting. Tess lives on the east coast, with her partner of fifteen years and two cats who should have been named ‘Writer’s Block’ and ‘Get Off the Keyboard, Dammit.’


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