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A winter storm stirs passions long denied in this sensual Yuletide romance, a short novel featuring the characters who once led Library Journal to declare, “Ruby and Derek’s chemistry is just as explosive during their unbridled trysts as with their slow, ardent lovemaking.”   Madame Rouge—Ruby to her intimates—always makes the secret desires of her clients a priority. NowA winter storm stirs passions long denied in this sensual Yuletide romance, a short novel featuring the characters who once led Library Journal to declare, “Ruby and Derek’s chemistry is just as explosive during their unbridled trysts as with their slow, ardent lovemaking.”   Madame Rouge—Ruby to her intimates—always makes the secret desires of her clients a priority. Now the time has come to fulfill her own fantasy, one so private it brings a rare blush to her cheeks. When Captain Derek Price returns from his service to the sea, Ruby will sell London’s elite house of pleasure, leaving behind her very home to marry the sailor who has mastered every surging crest of her body.   Pity, then, the ill-timed arrival of Ruby’s estranged half-sister, Jasmine, desperate for a warm bed and a sympathetic ear. Ruby is loath to marry the poor girl off to a stranger or, even worse, entrust her to the ignoble lord who has bid on the brothel. She has no other choice than to shelter Jasmine herself. As much as Ruby’s heart races at the thought of a future with Derek, she now faces the possibility that, once again, her happy ending has been delayed—unless a Christmas miracle makes all their dreams come true.  A Very Ruby Christmas is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.  Praise for Lavinia Kent’s Bound and Determined series  “[A] tale of sexual exploration and liberation . . . the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers, on Mastering the Marquess  “Sexy, steamy . . . an entertaining read.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews, on Mastering the Marquess  “A refined, sophisticated and tasteful historical romance . . . The mood is very seductive but still playful, and the sex scenes are scorching hot. . . . Revealing Ruby is superbly written, moves along quickly; it’s a very enjoyable read.”—Fresh Fiction, on Revealing Ruby  “Ruby and Derek’s chemistry is just as explosive during their unbridled trysts as with their slow, ardent lovemaking.”—Library Journal, on Ravishing Ruby...

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  • Tami
    2019-05-11 22:51

    This review is based on the ARC that I received from the author and/or publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.This was definitely not a standalone. However, if the author can pack that much of a punch in to such a little package; then we all need to plan on reading the entire series.

  • No Apology Book Reviews
    2019-04-23 19:54

    I would like to thank Lavinia Kent, Loveswept, and Penguin Random House for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.Madam Rouge aka Ruby aka Emma Scanton finds herself with a dilemma. She’s had plans to sell her pleasure house for months now, but it’s not as easy as she’d thought. She doesn’t trust anyone to run it as it should be run. And now the man she loves, the man who wants to take her away to start a life together, is back, waiting for her to get her affairs sorted. Complicating the matter is the sudden appearance of her—very pregnant—half sister. How does Ruby make the best decision for everyone?I did not enjoy this book. I was so confused. This book was a continuation of Ruby’s overall tale, which has been slowly told over the course of the Bound and Determined series, primarily in Revealing Ruby and Ravishing Ruby. As far as I can tell, because I’ve only read A Very Ruby Christmas (VRC), each book in this series is like an episode of a TV show—smaller segments of a bigger story—which, in theory, sounds like a reasonable method of storytelling…but not in this case. This is a mess. Allow me to briefly outline the series, because unfortunately, you may need me to. I wish I’d known this in advance—I’d have saved myself the headache—but as of 11/3 neither Amazon nor Fantastic Fiction was clear, and Kent’s website wasn’t up to date, so this is my guestimation. Also, without knowing word count, I’m judging novel or novella by page count…but as the series goes on, the harder it is to tell what’s supposed to be considered a full-length novel and what’s a novella—which is why I have a ? by 3, 4, and 4.5.Book #1 - Mastering the Marquess - Louisa and Geoffrey (Lord Swanton) - 369 pgsBook #1.5 - Revealing Ruby - the beginning of Ruby and Derek’s relationship - 108 pgsBook #2 - Bound by Bliss - Bliss and Stephan - 340 pgsBook #2.5 - Sarah’s Surrender - Sarah and Jonathan - 128 pgsBook #3? - Angel in Scarlet - Angela and Matthew (Lord Colten) - 282 pgsBook #4? - Ravishing Ruby - the continuation of Ruby and Derek’s relationship - 267 pgsBook #4.5? - A Very Ruby Christmas - Ruby and Derek’s HEA - 198 pgsFYI, Bound by Bliss and Sarah’s Surrender are irrelevant to VRC, as far as I can tell, but the others are involved.Note I didn’t dislike the writing style, more the confounding storytelling. Adding to my complaint that this is nowhere near a stand-alone book—and yes, obviously it’s a series, but an author worth her salt would make each part an independent story, which this is not—are the two chapters told from Angela and Louisa’s point of view. Two completely unnecessary, irrelevant, time- and word-wasting chapters. Long, long chapters full of nothing but kinky sex. Or at least, I assume so—I got halfway through Angela’s chapter and thought, “This cannot be just sex between two characters who have nothing to do with the central conflict.” But it seemed to be, so I skipped them, and I don’t think I missed anything important. Perhaps I’d feel differently if I’d read the stories of Angela and Colten and Louisa and Swanton, but I haven’t, and since they probably got their HEAs in their own books, I could care less about their sexcapades. They’re Ruby’s friends, I get that, that’s fine, but I believe this was Ruby and Derek’s story, so those chapters had no place here, in my opinion.I liked Ruby and Derek as characters. I didn’t particularly connect to either of them, but I cared about them enough to want to see them happily sail off into the sunset. They both seemed like good people and didn’t do anything irrationally stupid. I could relate to Derek’s struggle to maintain hope and patience with his sort-of-fiancee, and Ruby’s position between a rock and a hard place, just trying to do what’s right.The plot was..lacking. It revolved around Ruby’s indecision (regarding what to do with the brothel) and everything branched off of that—Jasmine’s appearance and what to do with her, Derek’s return and plans for the future, Thorton’s trouble-making. It was not enough conflict to sustain even a long novella. By the end it had been drawn out and I was frustrated. Don’t misunderstand—it was certainly an interesting conflict, but it ran its course and then some.Loose ends include the reasons for Thorton’s change in attitude and Jasmine’s baby daddy, whose identity is likely being saved for a future installment. Also, Ruby’s grandfather was mentioned several times but never appeared, but I understand he might have shown up in one of Ruby’s previous books.There were things to like about this book, such as the writing style and characters, but for me those positives were largely overshadowed by the strange way the story was told and the fact that there wasn’t much going on. I was disappointed to learn that I wasn’t going to experience the whole of Ruby and Derek’s story. Although, I have to admit, even if I’d loved them enough to want to purchase the previous installments to read their introduction, I don’t think I would, because Ruby mentioned in VRC that she’d first met Derek while he was fucking one of her girls. Just…no, thank

  • Sheila Melo
    2019-05-05 02:05

    FINAL DECISION:  Especially for fans of the series, this novella wraps up Ruby and Derek's story, gives some hot and spicy moments with beloved characters from the Bound and Determined series and also pushes the series forward into a new era.THE STORY:  This novella takes place before the epilogue of RAVISHING RUBY.  In this book, Ruby (who is the owner of a brothel) is trying to organize her life to be able to leave London with Derek, the man she loves.  The story takes place at Christmas time and is a bit of a last hurrah to Ruby's reign as madam.Ruby's inability to sell her brothel is causing some problems for her and Derek.  Into this difficult time, Ruby's half sister arrives on her doorstep.  Her sister in in desperate straits and Ruby feels that something else may come between her and Derek.OPINION:  I adore Ruby.  I've followed her story through the entire Bound and Determined series (where she has been a matchmaker for the couples) and especially enjoyed the story of her and Derek.  This novella adds some information to their story but doesn't disturb their happy ending (which occurred in RAVISHING RUBY).This novella add something significant to Ruby and Derek's story.  Ruby is a woman who has made her own way in the world.  Although she loves Derek, she still has not surrendered to their happy ending.  She continues to make contingencies after being disappointed by men in her past.  She seeks to protect herself when reality insists that she take a chance and rely on the man she loves.Ruby is such a complicated character.  This novella shows many facets of her.  She is a woman who has successfully run a brothel.  She cares about the women who work for her.  She manages difficult men.  She is separated from her legitimate half-siblings, but desperately wants family connection.This novella serves to wrap up Ruby's story and launch a new story for Ruby's brothel.  Anyone who enjoyed the Bound and Determined series should read this novella.  It's like a Christmas present (if Christmas presents were sweet and hot and sexy and definitely spicy).WORTH MENTIONING:  A foresee a story about Madame Blanche in the future.CONNECTED BOOKS:  A VERY RUBY CHRISTMAS is book 4.5 in the Bound and Determined series.  It can should be read after at least RAVISHING RUBY which tells the story of Ruby and her captain's love story.STAR RATING:  I give this book 4.5 stars.This review was originally posted on

  • Tracy Emro
    2019-05-16 18:10

    *I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*I thought this was a very sweet story (and by sweet I mean touching - it is an erotic story, so don't get the wrong idea).This book centers around Ruby and her struggle with leaving Madame Rouge - she wants to leave and start her new life with Derek, but she is having a problem letting go and is starting to let her insecurities about her relationship with Derek overwhelm her. And if this wasn't enough, her half-sister, Jasmine shows up and needs a place to stay as she has left the duke's house after refusing to name the father of her unborn child and to marry a man of the duke's choosing.Throughout the book Greggory/Louisa and Colton/Angela show up and offer to help Ruby, these couples share some very hot scenes as they want to share some time at the house before things change when Ruby leaves.As Christmas grows nearer and Derek makes it known that he has to leave again, Ruby has to make some difficult decisions and make peace with her past. Derek is absolutely wonderful in this book, he is so supportive of Ruby and even though he is impatient to marry her, he doesn't give her ultimatums or threaten to leave her - he just loves her. And through it all they bring their relationship to a new level.I would recommend reading the series in order but at the very least read the Ruby novellas before you read this book.

  • Amanda Richardson
    2019-05-01 22:48

    I have adored Lavinia Kent's every book in her Bound and Determined series. "A Very Ruby Christmas," was a wonderful peek into Ruby and Derek and a surprise peek into a couple of other lead couples from other books.Ruby is ready to marry Derek and sell the brother, but she isn't quite ready enough. She continues to search for a buyer, never finding exactly the right person to take over the business she has built. Ruby knows Derek is losing his patience and is a little worried about it.Enter Ruby's legitimate and very pregnant half-sister. Ruby was shocked to find her on her doorstep, obviously pregnant and their father very unhappy about the situation.Ruby wants to help her sister, marry Derek and make a life with him. Can she do all of that? Can she make it work?Highly recommended, lots of hotness and steaminess in this book like the others in the series. I absolutely loved it!I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Margaret Sholders
    2019-05-14 18:00

    I like this series. It is all about the Woman and the Man. Madame Rouge runs the Top brothel in town. She won't let anyone go overboard yet she will help those who want a Special night. Ruby has a problem. Her fiance Derek is expecting to be going and give her a new life in America. But she is also down because she can't find someone to take care of her House and patrons. Then there is someone knocking and needing help. Spoiler. She sees she is wrapped and pregnant. Ruby will take care of her and then she realizes it is her sister. Jasmine is running from her father, a Duke. Ruby is her half sister. Derek wants to go home with her. Will he wait for her? Will she stop and decide not to leave on Derek's ship? I know the ending and I hope you will really choose to get this book. It is a short story and there are some graphic scenes. You can read around them. Don't pass this up! I have volunteered to read and review this book.

  • Tiffany Willams
    2019-04-27 22:50

    I have loved every book I have read in this series! Historical romance has always been a favorite of mine and Lavinia Kent is a wonderful storyteller. Ruby, out of all the characters in this series, is by far my favorite. Her whirlwind romance with Derek is full of heat and heart. I hope this isn't the end of Ruby!! I enjoy her stories so much! But I'm very interested in the next book within this series. Well done!!

  • Amanda
    2019-05-08 20:54

    I was so glad to get more of Ruby's story, as she's been one of my favorite characters of the books I've read in the past year. Her story was fun, and I liked that we got a glimpse/update at some of the couples she'd helped matchmake. I also liked that each couple had their own sexual dynamic. A super steamy novel that worked for the holiday season.

  • Linda
    2019-05-19 21:48

    "A Very Ruby Christmas" , is a wonderfull addition to Ms Kent's Bound And Determined series, she finally gives us more of our very different Madame Ruby's and her hunky Captain Derek's story.Ruby has been awaiting the return of her Captain, her fiancé back to England from the colonies and beginning her preparations to sell the brothel and marry Derek to become just a Captains wife; but is she ready to let her independence go. are the Lords and the Ladies she helped to join together in wedded bliss ready to see their freind move on? While awaiting his return , those very freinds will try and help her sell the brothel to someone she trusts but that is becoming more and more difficult because Ruby can not find the person that will care for her girls, health and welfare as she does. Amongst her indecision over the brothel another issue shows up at her door, the half sister she has never met, her father the Dukes legitimate child; running from the Duke and his demands and very pregnant. Her half sister arrives, very determined not to give up the name of the child'sies father, nor the child, but how to secure a future away from the ton without the means to support herself? Only adding to Ruby's hesitation to leave behind her life as the owner of a brothel; and Derek's arrival back may release her of her concern of his safe travel, but her concern as to wether he will wait for her to make her decision on a predecessor causes more angst for Ruby.Arc Graciuosly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lisa Richards
    2019-05-21 21:50

    I have not read the earlier books in this series but despite being lost once in awhile, I still thoroughly enjoyed this holiday read. I will, however, add these earlier books to my wishlist as Kent managed to pack a whale of a story in less than 200 pages. Wow, it seemed much longer (in a good way) while I was reading it. Can't wait to pile up with a full length novel of hers.I love when characters can rise above their past and go on to celebrate their own HEA. Ruby's occupation is not one that is often addressed in a Regency and I really enjoyed seeing this loving character reach out to her half-sister and possibly endangering her future in order to help someone else.

  • Judy
    2019-05-15 21:03

    This is the first book I've read by Lavinia Kent and I enjoyed this hot book! It was a very different story line! I will go back and read the others that go with this one. I wasn't really lost reading just this one, but I want to know the other characters better!Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for a copy of this book!

  • Katherina
    2019-05-12 18:49

    I did enjoy the first to books in the series, but both books featuring Ruby as main character didn't have the same effect. The Ruby I met in the first stories was just not the same one as in this story. It came to a point where I just plainly didn't care if she would find her HEA or not... For more romance reviews, check out my website:

  • Meaghan
    2019-05-23 00:57

    Interesting and fun novella.

  • Amy Alvis
    2019-04-21 23:11

    I really enjoyed seeing Ruby get her happily ever after even with a few bumps in the road. It was also nice to see some of the previous characters. An enjoyable quick read!

  • Synergy
    2019-04-24 17:46

    4.5 stars - This is a wonderful follow up to Ravishing Ruby. It's nice to get a more complete resolution to Ruby's story, an update on the ladies who have become her friends, and an introduction to her half-sister (a legitimate progeny of Duke Scarlet). I can only hope that the series does not end here and that we will get a chance to experience Jasmine's and maybe even Hope's HEA.I received an ARC of this book, from the publisher, via NetGallery, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Liza
    2019-05-16 18:00

    I've enjoyed each of the stories in the Bound & Determined series. Some have had Emma/Ruby as the center of the story while others have focused on her girls or her friends. While I enjoyed all the stories, I love the ones that focus on Emma/Ruby and Derek most of all.A Very Ruby Christmas was a wonderful way to wrap up Ruby's portion of the Bound & Determined series. I had known once Emma/Ruby and Derek decided to marry, she would have to do something about her house and her girls. I loved how protective Ruby always has been of her girls and knew it would take the right person to take over her house. I adored we got to visit with each of Ruby's friends and their spouses. As Ruby was part of them finding their happily ever afters, it was wonderful to get to re-visit with each of them.While I adored each and every minute we get with Emma and Derek together, I have too say I loved that Emma finally got time with family, her half-sister, Jasmine in this book. I love that Jasmine came to Emma for help without knowing she was actually the type of person to step up to take care of anyone who showed up at her doorstep. I absolutely loved watching the two women not only become friends, but sisters. I absolutely loved that Emma/Ruby finally had a way to find her happily ever after and take care of her girls at the same time.While Ruby's reign at her house is now over, I can't wait to read stories with Madame Blanche in the future. I have absolutely loved this series to date and really hope we will get more stories in the future.Rating: 4 Stars (B-)Review copy provided by publisher

  • Sportochick
    2019-04-28 22:42

    Well this was a very unusual read incorporating many of the main characters from the other books to this series. It was done in a manner that to me seemed like there were lots of little stories within the main story.The sub-stories were fully plotted and extremely hot reads. Each character will draw the reader into wanting to know their backstory if they didn't read their book already. I relish the erotica scenes as the author is a master at keeping the reader enthralled in what is happening.I did not for some reason connect with Ruby or Captain Derek in this book. I tried. I really did. But I couldn't see how Ruby could be so strong as a business women and so wishy washy in a major decision she had to make. She did redeem herself in my eyes at end of the book and I once again was in love with her character.Captain Derek is just a man in love who wanted so badly to have his women. I found his character passive and very strong. Yeah I know it doesn't make sense but when you read the book you will understand my statement. These type of men are rare and from my viewpoint hard to write but the author did a fine job with him.Though I felt it dragged in some ways this was still a very good read and I recommend you read this book and see if you agree with my thoughts on Captain Derek and how Ruby redeemed herself in my eyes.I give it 4 STARS.Voluntary review of copy via NetgalleyVisit my blog for more reviews: Sportochick's Musings

  • Gigi staub
    2019-04-27 21:03

    A winter storm stirs passions long denied in this sensual Yuletide romance, a short novel featuring the characters who once led Library Journal to declare, “Ruby and Derek’s chemistry is just as explosive during their unbridled trysts as with their slow, ardent lovemaking.”Madame Rouge—Ruby to her intimates—always makes the secret desires of her clients a priority. Now the time has come to fulfill her own fantasy, one so private it brings a rare blush to her cheeks. When Captain Derek Price returns from his service to the sea, Ruby will sell London’s elite house of pleasure, leaving behind her very home to marry the sailor who has mastered every surging crest of her body.Review:I was intrigued when I saw this come up as available and wanted to read this. It was very good. Super sexy. I had not read this series before and though you did not really need to, to enjoy this. I so want to go back and read more about Ruby and Derek and all the other couples. I think if you have read the series you would enjoy this a nice wrap up. It is a short read, very hot but very well done. The Author had a great writing style. Now to find time to go back and read more about these interesting characters.5Stars*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of the book provided by the publisher.*

  • JG
    2019-05-19 21:55

    A Very Ruby Christmas is not a standalone and is part of Lavinia Kent's delightful and erotic Bound and Determined Series. This novella is also a fitting ending to one of my favorite series. It's a sweet, erotic and happy goodbye for our cast of characters and is a welcome ending for a great series. Ruby aka Emma is finally to wed Derek and get her own happily ever after after assisting a lot of couples with their own. But she has to decide what to do about Madame Rouge's, the brothel that has been her salvation when she herself was in need of help. Selling to the highest bidder doesn't feel right neither does it feel proper to sell to the noble men who have become good friends. But Derek has given her more than enough time to settle her estate and she does feel its the right time but the right person hasn't come along. As each of the couples she has matched return to Madame Rouge to re-enact how they each met and fell in love in the most erotic encounter, Emma herself gets the answer she has wished for in the most unexpected person.A Very Ruby Christmas is good bye for our delightful Mdm Rouge, and its quite bittersweet that fans would not be getting anymore matches from her deft and crafty ideas. But as the last page is turned , a new chapter in a new series might be afoot! *ARC provided thru NetGalley*

  • Cathy
    2019-04-27 17:46

    "A Very Ruby Christmas" by Lavinia Kent. This story follows Ruby's decision to sell her business. She is anxious to begin her life with Derek. I liked Ruby - she's is amazingly understanding and compassionate. Derek is sweet and patient with her - more so than I would have been I think! I found myself getting a bit frustrated with her delaying the sale. However, it was also completely understandable if you got what Ruby is all about. This is a really sexy story which encompasses some steamy "scenes" throughout. Not having read the previous books in the series (which I would recommend as I did feel a bit lost at times), I was pleasantly surprised at the level of eroticism throughout. Ruby and Derek are a special couple and I was cheering and rooting for them to start their HEA sooner rather than later. Despite feeling a bit clueless at times, for not having read the previous tales, I still was able to follow along and grew to like and adore the characters - both main and secondary. I have already downloaded the previous books and cannot wait to start them. (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)

  • Lab
    2019-05-03 00:48

    This book wasn’t what I expected. While it was a story about Ruby, it also incorporated all the other characters from her other Bound and Determined books. And in fact it seemed like it was more about them than Ruby. Ruby is ready to marry Derek but she is torn about leaving Madame Rouge. She wants to make sure she finds just the right person to take over for her. But she knows she can put Derek off for only so long. She has to find someone soon. Enter Ruby’s pregnant half-sister Jasmine. I loved Derek. He was so patient with Ruby. He really wants to marry her but he doesn’t give her any demands that she must sell Madame Rouge now. He knows how important it is to her. Overall I enjoyed the story but felt like I was missing something. Perhaps it is because I have not read Ruby and Derek’s story. I think that would have helped. Also I would have liked to see more to the ending. It seemed to end. Perhaps being able to “look” more into Derek and Ruby’s life in the future would have given me more closure.

  • Marichus Real
    2019-05-23 01:59

    I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley.The time for Ruby to follow her husband-to-be has arrived and she has very little time to secure her business and her girls. She is not happy with the possibilities that have arisen. She feels something is not right with any of them. She tries to find an answer without realizing she has it just in front of her.Derek has to travel before the winter makes the sea impossible to navigate. He pushes Ruby to take a decision as soon as possible.I like how Ruby takes care of her girls and any woman who needs help. She is a good person with a big heart and that can be seen within all the people working for her and the ones who know her: all of them love her. I like also to see all the rest of the characters in the series again and of course the new one. Will her story be the next book in the series? I hope so.

  • Connie N.
    2019-05-11 01:11

    #4.5 in the Bound and Determined erotica seriesThis is a short novella, loosely based on the Christmas story. I know that seems counterintuitive to this story since it's in the BDSM genre, but it's done tastefully and with style. Kent is able to create characters with a lot of depth and warmth so that I'm always drawn into the scenes despite myself. The sexy scenes are way hot, and the additional BDSM elements are well-thought-out and very mild, adding just a bit of excitement to the assignations. Ruby's is a safe and comfortable place, much more than just a whorehouse, but also a home and a place where friendships are developed. I like this series very much and will certainly continue with it.

  • Arec Rain
    2019-05-11 21:56

    Everything Lavinia Kent writes is gold. From her characters to her story, it is easy to read the love and work she puts into every word. I am enamored with her complex characters who stories grab you from the very beginning and keep you hooked until the end. She has the ability to make her erotic scenes both intimate and tantalizing. I have been waiting for Ruby’s story for a while now. As one of my favorite secondary characters, I was interested in story and HEA. Kent did not disappoint. A Very Ruby Christmas was everything I wanted and more, everything I didn’t know I was asking for. I couldn’t be happier with the story and how it ended.

  • Christine Woinich
    2019-05-19 21:53

    I have enjoyed this series. It is a bit spicy, and I have looked forward to Ruby's own story. There were many points while reading that I thought she was going to give up her chance at happiness. Ruby/Emma has been such a strong and independent character, and Derek has brought out a softer side, one filled with hope, in Ruby. When Ruby finally realizes what it means to truly love someone, I almost cried. I also loved the two bits with former characters reliving certain points of meaning for them to show love is strong and true. I recommend the series as well as this story.I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

  • Shelagh
    2019-05-08 21:50

    I enjoyed A Very Ruby Christmas b it didn't really hold my attention all the way through and there were times when I wondered what was the point of the story. The pace was too slow and I felt that the plot could have been tightened. I did like Ruby, a brothel owner with a heart of gold, although I wasn't quite convinced by her indecisiveness over the future of the brothel. The sex scenes were well written and there were plenty of them but for me I'd have liked a bit more to the story. Overall, quite a hood read but it could have been better.

  • Kim
    2019-04-25 19:57

    I absolutely love how the we've seen the growth of Ruby through this series. She's such an amazingly strong character whose integrity and strength shines through every time we get to see her. I'm excited to see where this all goes. Now that Ruby is moving on and her sister is taking over it should be fun watching all of the changes that might take place. I am glad that it's not just shutting down because even though each of the couples have moved away from Ruby's it's still such a focal point of the whole series.

  • Vero Stro
    2019-05-02 00:54

    This is my first read by Lavinia Kent and although I felt a little lost while reading this book I enjoyed reading it. This holiday read provided a great entertainment and I liked her writing style.Ruby and Derek are wonderful characters. Ruby is not the typical regency character and I feel the author did a great job with her. Nice story! Very entertaining!I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  • K
    2019-05-08 17:41

    ARC provided in exchange for review.I have not read any of the previous books so I did not know any of the characters in this. I seemed to be very drawn out and there was a lot of filler. I don't know if Lavinia Kent wanted to give updates on everyone from previous books so they were shoved in here to make it last longer. Derek and Ruby seemed like a good couple, since I haven't read about them before I imagine there is more about them in previous books.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-30 22:00

    This was a fun and entertaining read, I am a big fan of the Bound and Determined series and it was a great chance to see the other characters from the story as well learn more about Ruby and Derek. It was also a great beginning to where the series might go from here. Great read with plenty of steam.