Blog Tour – Excerpt/Review/Giveaway: The Awakening of Ivy Leavold (Markham Hall #1) by Sierra Simone

the awakening of ivy leavold


Title: The Awakening of Ivy Leavold 

Author: Sierra Simone

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Markham Hall Series #1

Release Day: January 12, 2015.


About the Book

Yorkshire, 1879I am alone.

When Ivy Leavold is left destitute by her brother’s death, she is taken in by her cousin’s brooding, tortured widower–Julian Markham.  Handsome and possessive, it’s not long before Ivy falls for him.  But Mr. Markham has dark secrets, secrets that may put Ivy in danger…I am afraid.

As Ivy unravels the mystery surrounding her cousin’s death, she falls deeper and deeper in love with Julian, who opens her body and her mind to his indomitable will.  But even as he draws pleasure and desire from her night after night, Ivy can’t shake the feeling that their passionate affair may end in violence…And I am completely hi




“You see?  You are completely virginal, though Lord knows those lips and eyes don’t look the part.”  Mr. Markham shook his head, as if to clear it.  “You have all of these firsts—kisses and caresses and more—left in front of you.  You are completely fresh to the world of grown men and women.”

He took hold of my hands and helped me stand to my feet.  “I think it’s best if we keep our distance from one another,” he said.  My whole body wilted in disappointment.  I wanted nothing less.


He pressed his forehead against mine just as he had this morning.  “Do you remember me saying that I had become a creature of needs after Violet’s death?  I wasn’t exaggerating and I wasn’t joking.  I’m accustomed to getting what I want.  And I want you.”

“What’s wrong with that?” I managed to ask.  “Why can’t we want one another?”

“You don’t understand what I mean.  When I say that I want you, I don’t mean your company or your conversation.  I don’t want to pine over you and write you poetry.  I mean,” he pronounced carefully, “that I want to bend you over this sofa and slide inside of you.  I mean that I want to pin you to the ground and watch you squirm as I drive into you over and over again.  I mean that I want to spend my evenings watching your pretty little head bob up and down on my cock.”


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You have no claim on him. You barely know him.


Thrilling. Mysterious. Vivid. Supreme tension. Sensual. Seductive. Intense. Intriguing. Tempting…

A unique and simply fascinating historical novel that you just have to love.


I’m accustomed to getting what I want. And I want you.”

“What’s wrong with that?” I managed to ask. “Why can’t we want one another?”


The last historical novel I read was The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and I read it two months ago which for me it´s an eternity.

I love historical stories. Really really love them. I crave them on weekly bases because they have that something that contemporary ones surely will never have.

Sierra Simone your writing is unbelievable. Captivating‚ descriptive‚ detailed‚ teasing and so scorching. The perfect mixture of Daphne du Maurie‚ Jane Eyre and Anne Rice all wrapped in one amazing package.

I fell immediately in love with Ivy and Julian and their story. There are simply fabulous characters‚ well crafted and intriguing. The tension between them is hot and powerful.

Their story is historical with all the elements the define it but at the same time this novels feels so modern and close.

I am anxiously waiting to see what will happen in the next one.

Thomas Hardy‚ thank you for the cliffhanger. It always leaves me craving for more and more.


I loved Mr. Markham, and now he was here, in my arms, and I could easily let myself believe that was enough.


≧◔◡◔≦ 5 ✰ read ≧◉◡◉≦

>>>Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review<<<

About the Author   

Sierra Simone is a librarian who writes unabashedly sexy books with brains, beauty and big words.  She lives with her hot cop husband and family in Kansas City.

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