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Review GraphicRecently, I read A Measured Risk by author Natasha Blackthorne. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hadn’t read any others by this author, and the price for the book is a little more than I usually pay. It was worth the risk of my hard-earned dollars, however. I truly enjoyed this book and read it voraciously. I can’t wait until she writes another Regency!

Anne Bourchier, Lady Cranfield, has a crippling secret she’s trying to hide from the world. That is until she meets Jonathan Lloyd, Earl of Ruel. In Jonathan, she sees a possible solution to her problem, if only she has the courage to trust in him.

Trust is a big issue in this book, as with many romance novels. But in this case, this Regency-period tale takes it a step further, into a place many people wonder about but are a little afraid of: BDSM.

The BDSM and Anne’s introduction to submission are handled very well. It is generally realistic and compelling. We are drawn into the personalities of the characters and want to see them work out their needs, both as independent beings and as a couple.

The pace, setting, and plot development for this novel were well done. I found the characters to be well-rounded and believable. It was a very enjoyable book and I have no reservation about giving it a 5-star rating. It comes in both Kindle and paperback editions, so you have no excuse. Get yourself a copy and get ready to be transported.


  1. This is a really nice review, Trish.
    “Earl of Ruel” has an interesting ring to it.

    I like your little review icon–its cute!

  2. I had never read an historical romance until I read Natasha’s books. I believe I’ve read all of them and they are just fantastic reads. I’m always on the look out for a new book by her. Natasha has become one of my favorite authors.

    Lori Zalewski

  3. I’ve never read a historical BDSM novel, so I’m intrigued from the start. And with your recommendation, Patricia, this one is going on my TBR list right now! I love historicals so I’m always looking for new authors in the genre. Thanks for introducing me!

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