Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
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..
*I received a free ARC of The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton from Harlequin Enterprises Australia via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton is a deliciously scandalous tale, and it was even more so because it is set in regency England! This hot little number shows that both the lady and the lord have a knack for finding sexual pleasure where they can. Of course, Cecelia starts out as the perfect newly-wed virgin, and she actually thinks her new husband broke her the first time they had sex. And even if that makes me mean, I have to admit it did make me smile a little. The good thing for Cecelia, though, is that her maid is none other than the girl who was the kitchen help at her parents’ house, and Bess is nice enough to teach Cecelia how to get pleasure from the sexual act.
Both funny and hot, The Wicked Confessions.. is also very refreshing, because it is rare (at least I haven’t read any before) to read about a lesbian relationship in a historical romance. And the was it shows both the friendship and the love between Bess and Cecelia is very well done. And while their relationship is scandalous because of the nature of it, there is another thing to take into consideration as well – during these times, it was just not done to have relationships beneath or above their social station. And so, that is another thing I found refreshing and new in this story.
There isn’t really much character development, nor plot outside of the obvious one in The Wicked Confessions… but because the author dared going outside of the usual tropes, I can’t say I actually cared about that at all! The tender caresses between the two women, and the more active and hard interactions between William and Cecelia were both well written! And there is a very interesting twist towards the end…
William’s gaze upon me was crudely hungry. I could verily see the wicked thoughts cross his mind behind his sparkling eyes. Shameless, that is what he was.
I confess here and now, I took pleasure in Bess and she took pleasure in me. But our love was not exclusive and we both knew this. If truth be told, I was also under no illusion that she also had male admirers and lovers.