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Delightful lessons in "Mistress in Training"
on April 6, 2006
Beautiful Julia Freemont is a lady, and one who would never consider marriage to a man born on the wrong side of the blanket. Unwittingly Miss Freemont makes her feelings known to the man in question, who advises her that one day she may come to regret her words.
Brandon Barrister is rich and handsome, but being born a bastard has been a strike against him with Miss Freemont, the lady with whom he is infatuated. Her scorn at his station is evident, and he has too much pride to pine for a woman who has such a low opinion of himself. Instead, he plans on dedicating his time on finding an appropriate bride.
Now Julia has found herself in a vulnerable position after her father has gambled away his fortune and in shame, ended his own life. Rather than living with her pride in poverty, Julia decides the best alternative is to become a rich man's mistress. Knowing of Brandon's high regard for her, and the debt her father owed him, she approaches him with a proposition: she will become his mistress if he will consider the debt paid in full for her services. He finally agrees, but only if she will follow his wishes to the letter: she must be willing to allow him to fully train her in the art of seduction. Only neither of them anticipates the intense passion and emotion to consume them both.....
This is Edwina (Eddie) Columbia's first published story and I was completely engrossed by it right from the start. "Mistress in Training" has both an innocent and a sensual quality to it, and I felt drawn into the private world of Julia and Brandon as he slowly yet thoroughly introduces her to the delights of the desire between them. I especially enjoyed how Eddie does not give us immediate gratification, but rather draws out the tension between the lovers so we can savor each experience between them. Their relationship is earthy was well as romantic, which is evident in the way Brandon wishes to protect Julia from the scandal of becoming his mistress and by her desire to please him in and out of the bedroom, yet still maintaining her independent spirit. The secondary characters are extremely engaging, and I especially enjoyed how Eddie has delved into the "sisterhood" of the female characters and how they support each other when desperate times call for desperate measures. I will be eagerly awaiting Ms. Columbia's next story, and hope it won't be a long wait.