I have to say this is sort of the Fifty Shades of Grey in historical romance, which isn’t a bad thing. I’m a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey, and I was pleasantly surprised with Deeply in You. In this wicked romance, Helena, the heroine, takes on a job as a governess for a Duke’s sister. Her only reason for doing so is because if she doesn’t her brother and sisters (including her) will end up in debtor’s prison or working at workhouses, which as you know back then was a terrible thing.
Anyhow, she goes through with the blackmail and spies on the Duke of Greybrooke. The blackmailer makes her believe the Duke is a traitor to the crown and he needs evidence that Grey (name coincidence you ask?) passed secrets to the French.
While she’s doing this, Grey is also being blackmailed — well, his best friend Caroline is the one being blackmailed and he’s helping her. Caro is pregnant with her lover’s baby and if her secret comes to light she’s afraid her husband will kill her.
In between all the blackmailing, Grey meets Helena early on in the book and he’s determined to make her his mistress. He tells her so to her face. Helena’s blackmailer (including her brother) encourage her to become Grey’s mistress. It doesn’t take long for her to accept, and obviously lust turns to love.
When I reached the mid point of the story I was ready to scream, throw my iPad to the wall, strangle Helena and Will. Helena told Grey lies after lies after lies, and I thought it got to a point where it was so confusing and how was she going to keep track of all the lies she’d told. I understood the reason she lied, after all she was trying to protect her family. But there were a couple of instances she could’ve come clean earlier than later. Still I continued reading the story because I was too invested in it, and truth be told, I was really enjoying it–I just wanted to slap Helena and punch Will in the nose a few times.
As with all stories, all the conflicts get resolved. Though, Grey almost dies TWICE. The one thing that left me intrigued is whose Caro’s lover was. She was pregnant and then her husband kills her. But her lover’s name is never revealed. Maybe it would’ve been a greater twist if the baby’s father would’ve shown up when she’s declared dead.
All in all, this was a great read I’d recommend to those who like historical romances and want a taste of something else to it. This book is an erotic romance with light BDSM elements.