May 23, 2012

Review: Improper Relations by Juliana Ross(18+)

Improper Relations
By Juliana Ross
Published April 23rd 2012
by Carina Press
Ages 18+

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Dorset, 1858 When Hannah's caught watching her late husband's cousin debauch the maid in the library, she's mortified -- but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she's used to being ignored.

The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she's witnessed, but there's something about Leo that draws her to him.

When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can't bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she's losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?

I have mixed feelings about this book. In the beginning I really didn’t like it. The book is set to be historical but some of the wording was too modern. But as the book went on I found it got better.

Hannah is so naive and so unsure of herself it is hard to believe a married woman could be that uneducated of her own body, but I guess it makes sense in that the time period women were considered lower class than the husband. I just could not get past some of the questions she asked and if being so naïve why jump all into something so quickly.

However as the story went on, I found I was enjoying the connection between Leo and Hannah and wanted to see them find a happily ever after. I think Leo was a very sexy character and I looked forward to what he could teach Hannah next.

This was a cute short story that in the end redeemed itself for me. The book was like reading a Sex Ed 101 manual in the 1800’s.

3 of 5 stars

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