What the Mistress Did by Anya Delvay

Title: What the Mistress Did by Anya Delvay
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Historical, Romance, Erotica, Kink/BDSM, F/F, M/F, M/F/F, Red Hots!
Length: Category
Book Rating: B


Oh, the delicious peril of deception…

Lady Marianne Gillingham has no intention of ending her affair with David Dunscombe, Earl Harrington, despite his pending nuptials. She craves his attentions, and he satisfies her deepest yearnings.

Yet, when his fiancée, the sweet, innocent and oh-so-very young Annabelle Frazier, appears on her doorstep to demand the end of the association, Marianne realizes she does not wish to be second in David’s affections. She also cannot resist issuing a warning. The earl will bed his wife with tedious regularity, but never reveal his more unusual desires.

To Marianne’s amusement, her prediction comes true, with a surprising twist. The countess is back with a new demand: repair the problem her prophetic words created. Taking pleasure in imagining the other woman’s fear and horror, Marianne rekindles the affair to demonstrate exactly how to fulfill David’s lascivious desires—while Annabelle secretly watches from the shadows.

She never expected Annabelle to prove so resilient and surprisingly easy—not to mention delicious—to corrupt. Or that the ensuing erotic tangle would be impossible to put right without heartbreak.

Product Warnings: Loosen your stays and have your fan at hand. Plumes and floggers, along with some other leather devices, were employed in the creating of this erotic tangle. Contains Georgian ladies behaving badly, often with each other. M/F/F, M/F, F/F action herein.

The Review:

What the Mistress Did by Anya Delvay is an intensely erotic and emotional journey. Lady Marianne Gillingham agrees to teach Annabelle Frasier how to please her husband David Dunscombe. But Marianne is unprepared for the lessons she is about to receive from Annabelle.

The first of impression of Marianne is that of a pragmatic, cold and uncaring woman. However, as the story progresses, different facets of her personality are revealed, and we see the emotions and desires she keeps hidden from herself and others. She is extremely comfortable in her sexuality and she eagerly explores and expands her sexual boundaries.

Annabelle is not the typical malleable young fiancée or wife. She not only confronts her fiancé’s mistress but she seeks Marianne’s advice when it becomes obvious she is not satisfying her husband’s desires. Uncomfortable and shocked by some of acts she witnesses, Annabelle soon embraces in her quickly awakening sexuality.

David is the typical aristocratic husband. Like most men, he easily compartmentalizes the various parts of his life, and Marianne and Annabelle are no exception. He is secure in his manhood and the power in his relationship with Marianne shifts between the two of them.

While What the Mistress Did is heavy on the sex, there is a great deal of emotional depth to it as well. Marianne and Annabelle’s relationship is complex with their emotions becoming entangled with their sexual explorations. Annabelle matures both emotionally and sexually. She is extremely perceptive and her astute observations prove to be turning points in Marianne’s life.

What the Mistress Did is a highly erotic novel. There is a strong BDSM element with both Marianne and David taking turns as the dominant partner. Marianne and Annabelle’s sex scenes are deliciously sensuous.

If you are in the mood for a historical romance with substance, emotion and lots steamy sex, then you should pick up a copy of What the Mistress Did by Anya Delvay. It is a well-written and fast paced novel with a realistic and compelling storyline. It is not a light read with a typical happily ever after ending, but it is a captivating story that you do not want to miss.


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6 Responses to What the Mistress Did by Anya Delvay

  1. Eileen

    I saw this and wondered about it. Glad to see that you liked it.

  2. Timitra

    This book sounds really good I’m definitely gonna look for it on Amazon. I’ve never read anything like this or this author so I’m really looking forward to it, thanks Kathy for the great review and introduction to a new author!!!!!!!

  3. admin

    Timitra, Ms. Delvay’s book, Pearl at the Gate, is very good also!

  4. Tiss

    Sounds different. Might or mightnot like it. Depends.

  5. Heather E

    Sounds like a hot book for a cold winter day!