Title: The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton
Genre: Historical Romance/ erotic/e-book/novella
Author: Viveka Portman
Publisher: Harlequin Escape, Dec 1, 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5+
Description from Amazon.com:
What is a proper English wife to do but educate herself in the art of bedplay?
“Marriages are strange things, none stranger perhaps than this betwixt me and my lord husband.”
Lady Cecelia is married to the dashing and philandering Lord William Stanton, a situation that would distress even the most composed and refined gently-born lady. However, Cecelia has a secret balm to her dissatisfaction: her maid, Bess Miller.
Cecelia’s inexperience and William’s insatiable appetites fuel her desire to learn, and Bess is a willing teacher. Then, when Cecelia blossoms into pregnancy and can no longer accommodate William’s needs, he distances himself, and Bess becomes her only solace and comfort — and the channel for her most intimate desires. As Cecelia struggles to understand her own feelings, gossip begins to spread. William starts asking questions, and wicked confessions must be made…
This is another novella by Viveka Portman in the same erotic vein as her novella THE SECRET DESIRES OF LADY CATHERINE BEXLEY as I reviewed here .
We are listening to the lament of a woman who loves her husband but is left alone much of the time, sometimes for months. Her maid becomes her lover although it is never indicated as quite a love relationship although that is exactly what it is.
I continue to be impressed by this author’s ability to bring the Regency era to life with the intimate details of marriages with a reality of the times. Ms Portman shows the people of this era as they, more than likely, actually were and not coated in modern ideas. The eroticism is intrinsic to the plot and not included for the sake of titillation. Written in first person, diary format lends it a feeling of authenticity.