Recently finished a book published in August from Jaye Peaches, an author that many of you know. I wanted to share some of my thoughts in my little book report format. I was one of those few children who loved book reports. This gives me the same opportunity to talk about what I like to read. This was my first time reading a story by Jaye, and it was a wonderful tale with lots of loving spankings, and delicious sex.
Title: Sophia and the Duke
Author: Jaye Peaches
Number of Pages: 141
Themes: Transformation, Discovery, Obedience, and Fulfillment
Setting: Takes place in England, but Sophia's family are French and fled the Revolution.
- Sophia - the 22 year old dowager duchess of Brockenhurst. This beautiful young widow is a bit of an aristocratic snob. Her first marriage was not for love, but for the title and prestige that came with the elderly duke. She has never known the love of a young, authoritative man.
- Nathanial Hartwell - is the handsome but scruffy next-in-line for the title of Duke of Brockenhurst. He is recalled from the wilds of Canada where he has made his living as a trapper. He knows his duty to the title, but is unimpressed with the superficial airs of high society.
- Maria, Comtesse d'Orbec - Sophia's domineering grandmother. Maria pushes her granddaughter to encourage Nathanial as a suitor to retain Sophia's status as duchess as well as the family's standing in society.
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Sophia and the Duke is definitely a period piece, but well
researched. The history and details of that era in England give a richness to the story of these 2 people. It adds interest that Sophia's people came to England to avoid the turmoil of the French Revolution.
When we first meet Sophia, we come to know fairly quickly that she is rich and spoiled. She is likeable, though, and her aristocratic airs are soon understood when the author describes Sophia's grandmother. When, at last, the mourning period for her first husband comes to an end, I couldn't help smiling when the author describes Sophia's joy. "Sophia spun on her tiptoes, her arms
outstretched. She felt glorious like a bird released from a tiny cage." An excellent simile, and one used by many revered English authors. This quote is also a foretelling of her relationship with Nathanial.
Since her first husband, the Duke of Brockenhurst died without an heir, the title is passed down to a distant cousin that has to be located in the wilderness of Canada. Enter Nathanial Hartwell - young, handsome, and masterful. When the two first meet, I really liked that they didn't fall in love the moment they saw each other. Although they do acknowledge the beauty and presence of the other. It was also refreshing to have the hero and heroine both pleasure themselves while just thinking of the other. I haven't runacross that very often in spanking fiction. My favorite scene early on was when they parried back and forth over breakfast like a little fencing match. Touche'
We soon see each of them trying to remake the other to suit themselves, and it makes for some fiery exchanges. Sophia tries to teach Nathanial the acceptable behavior for a duke. And Nathanial tries to teach her to show him kindness and acceptance without the sarcasm and pettiness to which she so easily reverts.
There is a central theme of transformation in this book. Sort of a "Spanking Pygmalion" story, except both the characters are playing the mentor and the student. However, we all know which one we want to emerge as the dominant one! And boy, does he.
When Sophia mocks him at the ball because he cannot yet dance well, she gets her comeuppance in a mighty big way. Before he spanks her Nathanial says, "I may have improved my manners; now
it is your turn. Your drawers, Sophia, remove them." Oh, be still my beating heart!
Be ready for a 2 chapter wedding night with the most titillating descriptions. Sophia may have been married before, but it is Nathanial that teaches her to make love and take love. The "honeymoon" is a complete surprise to both Sophia and the reader. Some very innovative spanking implements are employed as Nathanial trains his new bride to be obedient, humble, and kind. She really does learn that being submissive will bring her happiness and fulfillment.
Enjoyed this book enough to read it twice. I usually love cowboy spanking books the best, but I am truly making an exception for this Duke. Thanks, JP!