Monday, 2 December 2013

Book: The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton by Viveka Portman

I received a copy of The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

At 18, Cecelia is married to Lord William Stanton, and takes with her to her marriage home her faithful maid and friend, Bess. As with many new brides, Cecelia does not find the marriage bed a particularly pleasurable experience and believes she will forever dislike the ministrations of her husband. But her friend Bess teaches her otherwise, that there are ways to take pleasure from her marriage bed. Soon Cecelia finds herself loved, and in love, by two people, but she could end up facing some nasty consequences.

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The Wicked Confessions of Lady Cecelia Stanton contains some scenes of a sexually explicit nature, though to my mind this is more of a romance than an erotic book. The focus seems to be on Cecelia's feelings towards her two lovers, and on her own self-confidence and self-awareness.

At the beginning, Cecelia's husband, William, seemed to be not all that likable, he whored, gambled and did a lot of the other things that were 'undesirable' at the time. What I liked about his character though was that he became increasingly more likable as Cecelia came to love him, and though he had his flaws, you could also see that he had some redeeming features.

Similarly, Cecelia wasn't all that black and white either, she wasn't faithful to her husband, and she lied about it, which don't really endear her towards being a good wife. But as a character she seemed to have a lot of love to give, and she was kind and caring.

This was only a short novella, but despite its tendency towards sex, it was actually a kind of romantic read!