Title: The Secret diary of Lady Catherine Bexley
Genre: Regency Erotic Romance novella
Author: Viveka Portman
Publisher: Harlequin/Escape, July 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5 (mild BDSM)
Description from amazon.com:
“I have never seen fit in my life to divulge my secrets in a diary, yet now, after today’s proceedings, I do…”
Lady Catherine Bexley is new to marriage and the marriage bed, but surely there must be more to it than this? Her husband is proper and perfunctory — treating her with careful respect but leaving her aching for more.
When she witnesses a gentleman disciplining a maid at a house party, the ache explodes into ravenous desire. She finds herself no longer willing to wait for her husband’s stiff and passionless attentions — and soon develops a naughty plan to finally get what she wants.
This was a well written short story (57 pages) in a diary format. Lady Catherine is a young bride of an older husband. He is so afraid of insulting her propriety that their marriage bed is nothing but frustration for Lady Catherine. She knows there should be more but how to get her uptight stalwart husband to come around to her way of thinking.
Out of all the historical romance books I have read, this story probably comes the closest to the reality of how May-December marriages in the 19th century were conducted. Sweet, proper young women were married off to older men for protection and to produce heirs to carry on the family dynasty and fortune. There was a dichotomy between what was expected in the marriage bed and what men found with other women outside of marriage. This story tells the story of Lady Catherine’s wanting more than perfunctory sex from her marriage. This story contains mild BDSM. This is an erotic story and is titillating but not over the top with sex.