Sunday 24 June 2012

Review of Improper Relations

Title: Improper Relations
Publisher:  Carina Press
Pub Date: April 23, 2012
Book source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Summary

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?


In this short story, Hannah, a widow, is portrayed as naive when it comes to the art of lovemaking. Leo on the other hand is experienced, and readily offers to demonstrate - yes demonstrate - to Hannah that whatever she has been told all along about women not supposed to enjoy themselves during sex is all wrong. 
What begin as lessons driven by curiosity, soon develop deeper meaning, and create conflict for both, given that, Leo is meant to marry someone else.

The story was well written, the scenes steamy in a leave-me-breathless kind of way (a good way).  All in all, this was a fantastic read. I'll be sure to check out Ms Ross books in the future.. 

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