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Recent Release Review-The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding by Viveka Portman

Title: The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Portman

The Private affairs of Lady Jane Fielding

 Genre:  Erotic Historical Romance (Novella)

Author: Viveka Portman

Publisher:  Harlequin, Austrailia, June 1, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

In the world of Regency England, only one thing matters — the begetting of an heir…

There is one fact I cannot hide nor deny. I have borne my husband no sons…

When Lord Jacob Fielding suffers a traumatic injury denying him more children, it devastates both his present and his future. He and his wife Jane have only daughters, and the brother in line to inherit his title and lands is a disgusting reprobate, a man who should never have power over anyone.

In desperation, Lord Fielding formulates a wicked plan. He invites his distant cousin Matthew to come and share their home…and possibly more. Jane is shocked, but cannot deny her curiosity. She loves her husband, and their situation is desperate, and Matthew is a kind, gentle, attractive man. But what can this situation bring, but tension and jealousy?

Emotions and libidos run high as the Fielding men search for a way to satisfy the need for an heir, their own lusts, and, most importantly, the desires of Lady Jane, before time runs out.


Again Ms Portman gives us a sexy look at Regency mores. She has an uncanny way of lifting us from the 21st century and dropping us smack dab in 1813. Her dialog is spot-on believable for the era; the struggles that her characters have with moral issues is realistic and the sex scenes are scorching.

This is an erotic novella with a Ménage including Lady Jane, Lord Jacob and Matthew. There is also a rape scene. If these aspects trouble you then I may suggest that you pass this one by. However you will be missing some very fine writing if you do.


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Recent Release Review- The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton by Viveka Portman

Title: The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton

the wicked confessionsof lady cecelia

 Genre: Historical Romance/ erotic/e-book/novella

Author: Viveka  Portman

Publisher: Harlequin Escape, Dec 1, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

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.

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Review- The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Bexley by Viveka Portman

Title:  The Secret diary of Lady Catherine Bexley

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

Rating: 4.5

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.

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