In The Valley of Lily by Katja Doremus
Available 18th February 2015
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
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.
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.
Lily heads to Chateau Oriol where her expectations are to be a maid, a servant to Mr. Darby. Well she definitely services others, all the while battling within herself the continued emptiness of being invisible to those around her. Lily feels less than, unwanted, and rejected. Darby teaches her to submit and accept pain with pleasure. Lily having no experience becomes needy, craving these pairings. Lily was defiled by strangers and this turned my stomach. Her weeping was not from pleasure, it was from disgust which I could relate with from reading these experiences. Lilly’s time with the doctor taught her to use her voice, stand up for herself and fight back. Her time with him was my favorite of the book as Lily seemed in more control as well as at the end when she sought after what she knew she wanted. This book provoked strong emotional reactions from me which I can appreciate in a novel, but the situations igniting these emotions were not enjoyable (for my liking). The storyline moved at a steady pace but the character development could have been more thorough. We’re aware Lily’s upbringing was one that caused her pain, but we know nothing of Darby’s past except for his late wife. I would’ve liked more description of who he is that’s led to his current lifestyle. Give this a try and see what you think!! Rating: 2.5 stars