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A tale covering the marriage and subsequent disappointment of Lady Catherine with marital relations. After peeping through a keyhole and witnessing some naughty foreplay Lady Catherine interest and desire is piqued. Sadly her husband is determined to treat her like a lady and so queue the latent desire and fun!
A quick racy read that has this reader asking... When will we see Viveka's next offering?
Someone tries to rape her. Of course she likes it, but she doesn't want to give in because she is married to someone else. Her husband rescues her at the last second. Between her dress partially pulled off and the way she was obviously enjoying what was happening, he decides he needs her right then. She is perfectly alright with this, because attempted rape or not, that's all she's talked about throughout the entire book. So they have wild, passionate, pretty-standard-for-the-genre sex five minutes after someone attempted to rape her and touched all over her while their hands were covered with horse manure.
If it weren't for that being practically the last "chapter" (the book is divided up into diary entries) of an otherwise neither-hot-nor-not read, I wouldn't have managed to get any further. It's not even something that could be considered sexy "if that's your thing"--it's honestly the exact opposite of sexy, and makes the following scene weird and gross.
Source: ARC from Netgally/Escape Publishing
Rating: 5/5 stars
Lady Catherine Bexley has a problem; her handsome new husband can¡¦t seem to please her sexually. Though she is certainly a lady and irreproachable in her breeding, grace, and manners, even Catherine, at just nineteen years old, understands that what happened with her husband on her wedding night was far, far from satisfying. Furthermore, Lady Catherine is bound and determined that she will not under any circumstances allow her husband to live under the delusion that his perfunctory ministrations are going to cut it.
Lord Joseph Bexley has a problem; his new wife is astoundingly beautiful, young, and lusty and he wants nothing more than to take her in every way imaginable but that would defy his life-long vow to never, ever become like his philandering, scoundrel of a father. Joseph is obsessed with always treating his wife like the lady she is even if it means never giving in to his desires for her. Unfortunately for the good Lord Bexley (and fortunately for Catherine!), everyone has a different opinion on the matter.
After stumbling across an illicit rendezvous at a party, Catherine determines she not only wants to heat up her nights but she wants to experiment with her husband as well. Catherine begins to hatch a plan to seduce her husband in the pages of her diary and as she notes all the naughty she wants to try in the pages of her dear diary, she also struggles with maintaining her ladylike appearances with her husband. Above all else, Catherine doesn¡¦t want to displease and/or disappoint her husband in her efforts to please them both sexually. Fortunately for both Lady and Lord Bexley (and the reader!) an unforeseen and completely inappropriate event breaks down the walls between them and the sexcapades can begin. º
The Bottom Line: I am thrilled to have Viveka Portman and her brand of naughty coming out on the market. The Secret Diary satisfies my love of both naughty novellas and period pieces and contains two characters I was instantly interested in. Catherine is sweet, sexy and ladylike and I love her diary entries; she is completely unashamed of her desires though has to find a way to satisfy those desires within her time and place. Lord Bexley initially comes off as a bit cold but once you know more about his background and the reasons for his standoffishness, he grows on you. When he finally decides to let loose, he wraps you around his little finger º While the story is completely wrapped up and there is no cliffhanger, I am hoping The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Bexley is just the first in a long series of regency romances by Viveka Portman.
On the other hand, despite being well-researched I found Lady Catherine very difficult to believe - she seemed too worldly to be a true lady of the time period. Further, her husband's reasons for giving her poor "relations," as I'll call them, are spurious at best. One is not all gentleman or all despot - it's a continuum, and Lord Bexley could have lived happily in the middle. In addition, there were *so many* mentions of her "water" that it was a bit off putting.
I got this book for free; it was a very quick, spicy read. Worth the price I paid for it, any way.