Louise Taylor Do As the Doctor Orders: The Ruttingdon Series, Book Four
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Lady Cassandra Martinbury has a big problem - her spendthrift father has bankrupted their earldom and left the two of them nearly penniless. The only way to save what is left of the family estate is for her to marry a man of means, but she draws the line at being forced to submit to the vicious Marquess of Radcliffe, her only suitor. 

Feigning illness to avoid wedding Radcliffe, Cassandra comes under the care of Dr. Henry Sutherland, a Ruttingdon Club member and a specialist in the treatment of female hysteria. He can tell immediately that she is faking her symptoms, but the thought of a week with the beautiful woman at his private sanatorium is just too tempting to resist. 

But Cassandra needs a decent, agreeable husband, not a week at a remote therapy spa, where there are few people at all to be found, let alone any unattached men of good breeding. Still, that is where she ends up, although she has no intention of remaining there. Her repeated escape attempts from the place find her over the handsome doctor's knee three times before she realizes that the man to save her and her father might just be right in front of her! 

Publisher’s note: Do As the Doctor Orders contains depictions of adult spanking and sexuality, as well as descriptions of erotic behavior induced by nineteenth century medical devices meant to treat female complaints. If subject matter such as this does not appeal to you, please do not read this book.




Louise Taylor

Do As the Doctor Orders: The Ruttingdon Series, Book Four

Published by: Blushing Press

Copyright 2016 Blushing Books and Louise Taylor
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Number of Chapters: Fourteen - Word Count: 83798


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Becca

Lighthearted Victorian Medical Play

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a lighthearted story of a young innocent woman, Cassandra, caught in a tight spot between Victorian social expectations and the unthinkable prospect of marrying a thoroughly hateful man thanks to her father's irresponsible behavior. I enjoy Regency/Victorian romances, but often struggle with premises like this because they are so hard for my modern mind to accept. My thoughts scream, "Just say, NO WAY!" to marrying a man so awful, but I have to let that bit of common sense go to just enjoy Cassandra's conundrum. This author has a lovely writing style and a deft touch with humor that I enjoy very much.

Although Cassandra has a tendency to be rather rash with her behavior, she is a very likeable heroine - goodhearted, brave, intelligent, and tenacious (or stubborn depending on one's point of view). She decides to fake a case of female hysteria in order to get out of her betrothal, which isn't a bad idea, but she has no idea what the Victorian method is for dealing with such a malady. The history of women's medicine is so horrible, filled with such ridiculous assumptions based on the idea that women are inferior and delicate, that this bit of historical treatment for hysterics is a relative bright spot. At least a woman could lay back.... *cough* .... and enjoy this treatment. Still, I found Dr. Henry Sutherland a bit hard to take at times. He was rather full of himself, but he was also aware of his own hypocrisy and, for the most part, had Cassandra's best interests at heart. Too often stories of this sort base much of the action on misunderstandings and stupidly kept secrets. I loved that in this story that didn't go on for very long at all - Cassandra was honest with Henry and that was so refreshing!

There is no indication that this story has a sequel - other than being part of a series - but there are several loose ends left at the end that I hope are dealt with in a future book. The relationship is mostly resolved, but the evil Radcliffe is yet to get his full comeuppance - which I greatly look forward to!

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A reader:

Wonderful, excellent book!

First off I can't say how much I enjoyed reading this book. What is so well done about this book is that, Ms Taylor compels me through her words and plot-twists to care a great deal about the 2 main characters and in particular about Lady Cassandra Martinbury who was being forced to marry the Marquess of Radcliffe. Cassandra was an intelligent and thoughful woman, albeit young and naive at the start. Lord Henry Sutherland, MD is hired by Cassandra's father to diagnosing and treat Cassandra, when she decided to act like she had hysteria to stop the marriage. This story is beautifully written and engaging with good, solid characters development and a plotline that is full of conflict, love, and twists and turns. I have read the other books in this series and each of them have been amazing and this one is no exception. I feel that this book can be read as a stand alone and you won't be disappointed but I would suggest that you pick up the others to read and you will fall in love with this writer's work like I have.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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Redrabbitt

TREATING FEMALE HYSTERIA

Once again, Ms. Taylor has taken her artistic liberties by bringing factual pieces of nineteenth-century medicine into play. The story is well written, has a cast of characters that has some you will admire, some you will raise an eyebrow at, and others you will despise.

Lady Cassandra Martinbury’s father has made a huge mess of things since the death of his beloved wife. He let the estates go, he is drinking heavily, gambling and losing more money. Unfortunately, the Marquess of Radcliffe is needing another wife and knows of the Earls heavy debts. A behind closed doors deal is made where the Marquess will pay of the Earl’s debts and Cassandra will become his new bride so he can obtain his heir and spare.

Cassandra is so upset, she takes to her room, refusing to come out to eat, goes into crying fits and the Earl seeks out the assistance of Dr. Henry Sutherland. Dr. Sutherland has a flourishing practice in London treating ladies of the ton for hysteria. He has never taken on a maiden before but agrees to meet Cassandra. He knows she is faking her symptoms but is compelled to agree to take her to his sanatorium for treatment.

The story is full of angst, intrigue, ingenuity, deceit, mystery, and passion. Lady Cassandra needs to get away, find someone who will marry her but agree to allow her to help her father with the money left in trust. She thinks she can just escape from Dr. Sutherland and find a willing man and everything will work out fine. The Marquess has a questionable past with the unusual deaths of all three of his former wives, and his reputation has made it nearly impossible to find a new wife to give him his heirs. Dr. Sutherland’s medical practice brings some forms of treatment into play that were actually used to treat women. Can Henry help Cassandra and protect her from her foolish father and the cruel Marquess that is after her? The story is detailed in procedures and sexual scenes. There are plenty of spankings, medical play, and orgasms, all without coitus. I do hope we will see Henry and Cassandra again in future books.

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A reader:

A Very Enjoyable Read with an Awesome Story Line

I love this author and the crafty way she plays with words. Her story drew me in from the start. I also found the setting/plot to be original and well thought out, making for a very enjoyable read with an awesome story line.

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