Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Stand and Deliver
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Genre: MMM Historical
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When Lucien Mayer is held captive by dangerous but seductive highwaymen, does he escape, or does he give in to his heart’s desire?
Lucien, Earl of Ravensberry, has the looks, the title, the house and all the money in the world. What he’s lacking in his humdrum life of loneliness is someone to warm his sheets at night. When he’s kidnapped by five highwaymen one night, things start looking up. This is the most exciting thing to happen to him in forever.
But Lucien’s life is in danger. Dante, the tough, self-appointed leader of the band, doesn’t have a lot of time for captives and vows to kill him—after he’s used Lucien’s body as he desires. Then there’s Ambrosius, Dante’s best friend, a damaged, reclusive individual who appeals to Lucien from the outset. The feeling is mutual, and Lucien is soon braving a whirlwind of emotions. He had never thought to fall for an outlaw, and he is torn between escaping and satisfying the needs of his heart. All he knows is, life will never be the same again…
Review: This story would make a great porn flick. I am not usually interested in books that are mostly sex with just a side dish of plot and characterization, nor do I like historicals. However, this one got me at the right time. I even found myself humming Stand and Deliver, by Adam Ant, while I was reading, like it said, right place at the right time.
A historical sex-fest involving highwaymen and a bored-to-tears nobleman. I admit I was a little taken aback by how harsh Dante was, and how Lucien got his butt handed to him on many occasions. I believe he was black and blue throughout the entire story. But that didn’t for one second stop him, or the others, from allowing their “arousal” to lead them around. These boys fight and fuck…point, blank, period.
To be fair, there is a nice underlying angst factor that is slowly unveiled, and you eventually understand why Dante and Ambrosius are so bitter. I enjoyed that aspect, but wish that Ambrosius and Lucien got together sooner. With those two being the main love interests, it was a little concerting that most of book was actually between Lucien and Dante. At the end, I needed more for Dante, too. He was the “bad guy” throughout but he was also hurting and alone. I wanted him to find someone to take that hurt away. As much as this is not my normal story, I would read a sequel if it featured Dante.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*