Sunday 1 June 2014

Review ~ The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding by Viveka Portman.

Title: The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding.
Author: Viveka Portman.
Publisher: Escape Publishing.
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance Fiction.
Release Date: June 1, 2014.
Source: Review copy/Netgalley.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon

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.

The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding is a high-emotion, steamy novella. After an unfortunate accident, Lord Jacob Fielding and Lady Jane Fielding are deemed unable to have any more children, which causes issues when their lack of a son brings Jacob’s vile brother Arthur on the scene, expecting to be named heir.

I’ve read one novel from Viveka Portman before this one, The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton and although I enjoyed the story, I thought the formatting was too overly-edited and choppy. In The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding, the formatting was much better and easier to follow.

The book is told from Jane’s perspective and she was refreshingly honest and I found her easier to like than I had expected. Her husband Jacob’s emotions needed to be covered in order for the plot to make sense but we get a great insight to Jacob just from Jane’s telling because of her obvious love and care for his feelings.

The characterisation was great. Portman really makes it easy to hate Arthur as he is very irritating and his actions infuriating. He was selfish and throughout, I was hoping for him to get his comeuppance. Matthew was the opposite, a lot more sincere and likeable and the author developed the main characters a lot more than I had anticipated given the length of the book.

The way the plot plays out probably leads The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding down a slightly sordid route yet some of their choices felt easy to understand. I loved the tone and the way Jane recounted the story. The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding was fascinating, a little erotic and easy to enjoy.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon

Viveka Portman is an author of romantic erotic fiction, and has a fascination about times past. With a bachelor degree in anthropology, Viveka weaves historical fact into fiction to create lively, realistic and thrilling tales, sure to titillate and engage the most discerning reader. Considered an upstanding member of society, Viveka does not make a habit of eavesdropping, gossiping or making vulgar displays of impropriety — except, that is, in writing.


  1. Anonymous1/6/14 17:34

    This sounds like a wonderful hot read. I love a book that can make me feel and add a little steam into the works. I had not seen this book until now. Thanks for the helpful review.
    -Flirting with Fiction

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