Bound with Honor
Author: Megan Mulry
Archibald Cambury has always taken his role as the Marquess of Camburton with all the propriety and seriousness warranted by his station. Having lost his father when he was just a child, Archie has spent his life trying to do what was proper and right, even with regards to whom he allows himself to love. Of course, losing his heart to anything less than a perfect little wife and mother was never a consideration—at least until he sets his sights on the independent and spirited Selina Ashby.
Perfectly capable of supporting herself without her family’s assistance (or interference), Selina Ashby has finally found a peaceful place to pursue her writing career at Camburton Castle. Having already found happiness in her relationship with her friend and lover Beatrix, she never expected to fall in love with the handsome, captivating Marquess, as well. But, society is never accommodating of anything that goes against the established rules, no matter how much she might wish otherwise, and getting what she needs could be far more difficult than she ever imagined.
This series has been tempting me for some time, and when I saw that Ms. Mulry had undertaken a romance with four partners of different genders and orientations, I was immediately both hopeful and wary all at once. Thankfully, Bound with Honor seemed to treat the different relationships involved with respect, well-timed good humor, and sincerity.
Although I liked him a great deal, Archie is an undeniably frustrating character—as I’m sure he’s meant to be. He is the embodiment of everything prohibitive, judgmental, and hypocritical about the society in which he lives, and I wanted to stomp my foot at him on many occasions right along with Selina. Sadly, many of those failings are still rampant today; a point that Ms. Mulry makes quite successfully over the course of the story.
By contrast, Selina has never been able to meet the expectations of others, and has therefore enjoyed a degree of freedom that Archie hasn’t. Not that her freedom was in any way easily won, because it wasn’t. Inherently defiant and marvelously improper, she nearly shimmers with all the possibilities. It’s no wonder that Archie can’t resist her.
As the main couple, Archie and Selina ably carry the bulk of the conflict, but I found the secondary characters in Bound with Honor to be just as compelling. Christopher and Beatrix are wonderfully vibrant, and steal the show on several occasions. Christopher, most especially, drew me in, and I couldn’t help but wish to see more of him as the story progressed.
Overall, I thought Bound with Honor was an enjoyably sweet and thoughtful narrative. As it centers largely on the sexual exploration of different manifestations of love, it has quite a few erotic scenes that managed to be explicit without being predatory. All the characters were interesting and likable, which made the ending all the more rewarding. While it is part of a larger universe, Bound with Honor works very well as a standalone, although I’m intrigued enough now to go back and read the others in the series, as soon as possible. Relevant as well as engaging, I found this story to be both thought provoking and fun, and am looking forward to more from this author in the future.
Lord Archibald Cambury, Marquess of Camburton, has never wanted for anything… except normalcy. Although he adores both of his loving mothers, and his vivacious twin sister with her two husbands, he wants a wife. One wife. Full stop. Is that so much to ask?
Miss Selina Ashby appears to be everything Archie has always wanted in a marchioness: demure, soft-spoken, and pretty, with a quick mind and delectable humor. Yes, she is a bit forward, but he chalks that up to youth. Yes, she has a very particular friend in Beatrix Farnsworth, but he chalks that up to loyalty. He is a lord; she is a lady; they are in love. And so they marry. That should be the end of it.
But when Archie discovers that his wife is as passionate with her particular friend Beatrix as he is with his particular friend Christopher, his world is shattered. He must decide if Selina’s love is big enough for both of them—and whether normalcy is truly more important than the love he feels for both the man and the woman who have become so dear to him.
Release Date: August 3, 2015
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Series: Regency Reimagined Universe #4/Standalone
Genre: Historical Romance, LGBTQ
Format(s): paperback (253 pages), e-book
Book Source: NetGalley/Publisher
Bound with Honor (Regency Reimagined #4)
Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her family in Florida.
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