Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Hannah was taught to believe there could never be pleasure in the marriage bed, to submit to her husband's desires-- whatever those could be. And her marriage to her late husband only proved right all the wrongs she was taught. Imagine that!
One day in the library she witnesses Leo, her cousin by marriage, having sex with one of the maids. She is too enthralled to even make any noise, instead she feeds her eyes with what she sees. Talk about a "proper" woman watch something like that, ha!
To her surprise, Leo, knows all along she is there. He's such a cad that instead of stopping, he gives her the full show. As if that weren't enough later he offers to prove to her how wrong she's always been when it comes to pleasure. So they begin an affair. At first it is a master to amateur, but somewhere along the way it becomes more than just lessons, and if their love is strong enough then they'll have to fight for it.
Overall, it was a sweet story but I think Hannah needed a little more backbone when it came to dealing with Leo's mom, and even with Leo himself. Or perhaps, if it would've been a longer story it would've come out more. Anyway, it is a short erotic story-- worth the read.
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?
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