Tuesday 17 December 2013

Review ~ The Wicked Confessions Of Lady Cecelia Stanton by Viveka Portman.

Title: The Wicked Confessions Of Lady Cecelia Stanton.
Author: Viveka Portman.
Genre: Historical Erotica.
Release Date: December 1, 2013.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ; Amazon

When faced with a rakish, lusty husband, 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...


The Wicked Confessions Of Lady Cecelia Stanton was one of those books I really didn’t know what to expect from. Historical and erotic tones are not something I’ve read combined before and I was intrigued to see how it would work out written by Viveka Portman.

I loved the periodical tone and how it was always written to the language of the 1800s it was set in. The style of writing in this way did not distract me from the story at all and it actually felt a lot more believable.

I actually thought, for such a short, erotic read, that the main characters in this book of Cecelia, William and Bess were actually quite well developed. Their changes in attitudes and emotions throughout were interesting to read and helped add a slight romantic edge to parts of the story.

The only thing I wasn’t a massive fan of was the diary format. I know the premise of the book was for Cecelia to relay her confessions so the diary format was fitting, but for about the beginning third of this novella, I found it a little frustrating.

Although it did help cut out any rambling which really didn’t have its place in this story, at times it seemed too edited and cut down. I would have found it a bit easier to follow had each diary entry been a little bit longer.

However, the story itself, I enjoyed. The ending was really good and overall, The Wicked Confessions Of Lady Cecelia Stanton was a quick, steamy book, written well by Portman and worth a read.

*I received an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley. Review is my honest opinion.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon ; Netgalley

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