Monday, February 23, 2015

In the Valley of Lily by Katja Doremus- Blog Tour and Review

In The Valley of Lily
Katja Doremus
Releases: 18th February 2015
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance 

**Disclaimer** the novel contains forced seduction, dubious consent, multiple partners/orgy (both male and female), bondage and impact play. 


Lily Jones had agreed to work for the reclusive Mr. Edward Darby for the summer at his remote Chateau Oriol in the mountains of Spain. Upon her arrival, she discovers he expects more from his maid than a well-ordered house – he demands absolute obedience. As she explores the shadowy corridors of the fairytale chateau, Lily cannot shake the feeling that behind the locked doors lie unspeakable secrets.
In the Valley of Lily is the story of unexpected lust and wild passions, of savage couplings, and the unexpected freedom that can only be discovered through complete and utter submission.

My Review:

In the Valley of Lily
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Lily accepts a summer job at Chateau Oriol working for the reclusive Mr. Darby. She finds quickly that this is not an ordinary job, and that her complete obedience and submission is required as part of her duties. Through her bizarre and difficult experience at the Chateau, Lily discovers that she has needs and desires that she never could have conceived of before. She experiences darkness and erotic pleasures that she both loves and fears. 

This is a dark read. If you are not a fan of the dark stuff, this will probably not be for you. Through much of the story the consent is dubious at best. I found the story very engaging, although this wasn't one of those stories where I wanted to be the main character. It was fascinating to experience Lily's sexual awakening and see her grow and develop as a sexual being who was aware of her own preferences and desires. I was never quite sure how I felt about Edward or Charles, so I just had to try and relate to Lily's feelings. It's been a while since I've read a book that didn't shy away from what it was and turn into a light and fluffy romance despite dark beginnings. This book stayed pretty dark throughout, and I did appreciate that these characters were honest about who they are and what they wanted. It was not a story about people with dark desires suddenly having their appetites turn completely vanilla in the face of love. It was an interesting read, and I would read more by this author in the future. 

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review 

Meet the Author

Katja Doremus is the pseudonym of contemporary romance author Katie Devoe. Inspired by a love of classic erotica, she explores the darker side of sensuality. She lives and writes where the inspiration takes her. For now, that’s Los Angeles.
Katie Devoe grew up in New York City and has lived in Los Angeles, Madrid, and Barcelona. She’s worked as a barista, bookseller, cheese-maker and organic farmer. Her idea of a dream day is curled up in a cozy sweater, drinking a cup of Fortnum & Mason tea and reading.
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