The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton Novella Pages: 54 Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: December 1st 2013 by Escape Publishing Adult – Erotica Format: Ebook courtesy of NetGalley Add to Goodreads
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…
EXPECTATION: I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I requested this book from Netgalley. By the way, thank you Netgalley for accepting my request. I honestly didn’t really read the synopsis because I was just looking at titles and covers because sometimes I can’t narrow down.
REACTION: I’m so happy I chose to request this novella. The character and plot development was good, especially for such a short story. At first I did not enjoy Lord William but the ending made me really understand his character and it reinforced his behavior. I liked how it started with her deflowering and also went in depth into childbirth. I liked really getting how Cecelia felt through it all. Bess being there for her really fit with the story and reinforced Cecelia’s fears and her need for comfort.It was interesting how the author played out the ending of the novella with all three of them. The pace of the story was also great, I flew through this and would love to read the authors other novella. This book really explored not only sexuality but marriage itself. Cecelia couldn’t get what she wanted from the marriage because she never expressed herself to her husband. For her, her exploring sexuality led to her and husband coming closer and talking. It really was portrayed well. I normally don’t read very many novellas but this changed how I feel about them. I plan on reading more from this author. A very enjoyable read. 4/5 stars. As a final note, the cover is also a nice touch.