Title: Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical, Victorian, Erotic, Romance
Length: 22,000 words
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
When Hannah’s caught watching her late husband’s cousin debauch the maid in the library, she’s mortified–but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she’s used to being ignored.
The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she’s witnessed, but there’s something about Leo that draws her to him.
When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can’t bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she’s losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?
Improper Relations is a splendid historical romance by debut author Juliana Ross. Hannah’s curiosity and libido are piqued when she catches cousin by marriage Leo in flagrante delicto with one of the housemaids.
Hannah is a fabulous heroine whose naiveté and innocence about sex are realistic given the time period and her experience with her first husband. Her sexual explorations with Leo are delightfully steamy and erotic. Ms. Ross beautifully expresses Hannah’s surprise and wonderment at her awakening sexuality. Despite her growing feelings for Leo, Hannah does not romanticize their encounters and she readily accepts there is no future for them besides a sexual liaison.
Leo is a charming and lovable rogue. As the second son, he is carefree, cheerful and to all appearances, leading a frivolous life. But there is a quite a bit of depth and substance lurking beneath his wastrel facade. He is endlessly patient with Hannah’s inexperience and his lessons in lovemaking are very sensual.
Improper Relations by Juliana Ross is a richly detailed historical novella that is written in first person from Hannah’s point of view. The shared history between Leo and Hannah sets the foundation for their newfound relationship and lends credibility to their romance. The plot is realistic and in keeping with the time period.
Improper Relations is an engaging novella that is quite enjoyable. It is the perfect book for fans of Historical romances who enjoy light, angst free stories that are fast paced and sinfully steamy.