Book Review: Tangled in Sin by Lavinia Kent

Publication Date: April 18, 2017Tangled in Sin

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewer: Andrea

The Summary:

An innocent young woman flirts with scandal and becomes the mistress of her own forbidden desires in this stimulating Regency romance from the author of Mastering the Marquess.

Lady Cynthia Westhope can’t believe the shocking rumor is true. Her childhood friend, the daughter of a duke no less, has become the madam of London’s most exclusive and notorious brothel. Though she’s known as “Sin,” Cynthia is scandalized—and surprisingly curious. Just picturing the whips, the chains, the uncontrollable urges men gratify behind closed doors sends a jolt of electricity through her body. Still, Sin can’t imagine taking part in such games—until she’s snatched off the street during a raging storm and swept away to a remote cottage.

When James Winters encounters the comely virgin, he assumes she’s one of Madame Blanche’s fresh new beauties, especially after Sin pulses in ecstasy as he ravishes her. Then he discovers that she’s Lord Westhope’s virgin daughter . . . or was. Now they will both be compromised, unless James devises a plan to save Sin from disgrace. Before long, they’re entangled in a web of tempting propositions, family secrets, and sensual intrigue—and bound together so tightly that James never wants to let go.

The Review:

This is the second Bound and Determined novel that I have read, and true to form, it is both traditional and not. The plot was a little tired. Girl gets trapped with boy in a secluded locale. Boy feels honor-bound to marry girl, girl resists, until they both realize they can’t live without each other. The typical historical romance storyline, but where these novels differ the ordinary is in their handling of mature content. This series will make you wonder what all those starched, stiff Victorians were really doing behind closed doors.

The more interesting story to me was that of James’s sister, Jasmine, a fallen woman from a good family who ends up with a baby and a brothel. That’s really the story I wanted to hear. Cynthia and James were both a little too goodie, goodie for me, too perfect. I like my protagonists to have more angst–just a touch. It was a quick read but lacked a real storyline for me. It was just okay, nothing new.

A little disappointed with this one.

3 stars


Author Interview: Lyss Stern

Today on CLP I am welcome creator and author Lyss Stern! Keep reading for an interview with Lyss and watch for her new book that is releasing April 18th – Motherhood is a B#itch

lyssWhat is a Diva Mom, and why was it important for you to create

A #divamom does not allow motherhood to define her. She is a mom but also a boss. Looking fabulous and feeling good on the inside and out. was inspired by my 1st son Jackson. I realized moms needed a reason to get out of the house with and without their kids, and at the time there wasn’t an outlet that provided events, social outlets and fun.

Motherhood is a B#tch is your next book release. What can readers expect from this?

Some parenting advice, fun tips to unleashing your inner diva and hopefully lots and lots of laughter!

10 Steps to Regaining Your Sanity, Sexiness, and Inner Diva. The book tells it like it is and explains how women lose their sense of self once they have children and why it’s so important to reclaim it. In the end of the book the readers will feel happier, healthier, and hotter than before.

What is your best advice for a first time mother to be?

All mothers like to give unsolicited advice to new moms. My advice is to do it YOUR way, if it works. Ask lots of questions (no questions is stupid) and don’t google every little thing. Most important is to find your own parenting style, what works best for you and your child. There is no magic recipe for motherhood. You will find the right one that works for you and your family.

How has social media made an impact in your life and business?

Of course, social media is essential to branding and reaching a fresh new audience while growing on my established clientele. I do all my own social media and truly try and keep it real and on point with my brand. I do not believe in putting everything out there about my personal life on social media. However, that’s just my opinion. My son always jokes around that I should be more like Kim Kardashian on social media, he’s thirteen.

What is your advice for someone who wants to be their own girl boss?

Go for it! Girls are more powerful than ever before. The world is finally listening to us and we are empowered. Take your ideas and make them a reality before someone else does. Own it, and work it!

My book is the modern mom’s bible for dealing with the day to day chaos with style and grace. It’s written to empower every mom out there. It’s time to take it all back!

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motherhoodMore About Lyss

Lyss Stern is the CEO/Founder of Divalysscious Moms (, a national, NYC-based marketing and event company with a database of millions of mothers and mompreneurs. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Lyss is the go-to source for toptier media, where she discusses topics ranging from business to parenting to politics. Lyss, through the strategic building of her brand, media presence, speaking engagements and business acumen, is in the coveted position as being a social media influencer, with followers who avidly trust and follow her on various social media platforms.
Thirteen years ago, before marketers were even using social media marketing to target moms, she created Divalysscious Moms, as a way to get her groove back after giving birth to her first child and help other mothers find themselves post-baby. Today, with a database of a million moms across the country, DivaMoms is the premier marketing and event company for the New York area’s well-heeled moms.
As a trend spotting mom, Stern always is researching and engaging with her followers about the latest parenting and lifestyle trends, it is this type of business instinct that led to DivaMoms launching E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy in the U.S. When Stern posted the event invite to her Facebook page, it was at full capacity within the first two hours.
DivaMoms continues to be an in-demand platform for Mommy-driven products and services, which Lyss has single-handedly built by organizing sophisticated events and connecting highend brands including Fendi Kids, UPPABaby, Stokke Strollers, Nestle’s BabyNes, Red Carpet Kids NY, Sweaty Betty, The Chord Club, Flywheel and many more with an elite group of women and children.
In addition to her work with DivaMoms, Lyss was the editor in chief of Jared Kushner’s “Observer Playground” magazine and co-authored the best-selling book, “If You Give a Mom a Martini “ (Crown) offering her expertise on Mommy Me-time to women everywhere. The book, which has recently been optioned to become a motion picture, features contributions from celebrity moms like Kelly Ripa, Christie Brinkley, Melissa Joan Hart and more. The Long Islandnative, and mommy-of-three (sons Jackson, Oliver and sister Blake), is also the co-creator of the NickMom short-form series “Story Time For Moms” as well as the co creator of the Scripps Networks short-form series “Bad Moms In History”. Her next book “Motherhood Is A B#TCH, 10 Steps to Regaining Your Sanity, Sexiness, and Inner Diva” (Skyhorse Publishing) by Lyss Stern and Sheryl Berk (foreword by Jill Kargman, star of “Odd Mom Out”) comes out this spring.
Lyss can often be seen offering her parenting expertise to television audiences for networks like Fox News and on programs including NBC’s Today Show and CBS This Morning. Her commentary has also been featured in national publications such as Crain’s New York Business, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. Lyss writes a few columns including the SummerLYSST, which appears in Social Life Magazine and FabULyssFinds in Manhattan Family Magazine..
Lyss also prioritizes giving back to the community, which she focuses on through her involvement with a variety of organizations including OCRF and Pediatric Cancer


Today is the big day! My fifth novel DEFINING HER is officially on sale ! I am so excited to share this book and it feels a little surreal that after two years of writing, revisions, writing, revisions, that Defining Her is now on sale. Please keep reading for more information on this edgy women’s fiction title, how to buy, a book sale and GIVEAWAY to celebrate! Scroll down to the bottom to get entered!

defining her samantha marchAbout Defining Her

Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty.
Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne.
Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming.

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samanthamarch2017About the Author

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things beauty, fashion and fitness. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has five published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A Questionable Friendship, Up To I Do and Defining Her, and one holiday novella, The Christmas Surprise. You can also find her on Youtube sharing beauty reviews and creating makeup tutorials. When she isn’t reading, writing, or vlogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.

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