Improper Relations by Juliana Ross

Improper Relations

by Juliana Ross

Genre: Romance, erotica, historical, short story, arc

Published April 2012 by Carina Press

*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley*

Dorset, 1858
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?

Generally speaking I enjoy historical books like this one, there is nothing quite like a bodice ripper. In the end this book half did it for me and half didn’t.
I liked the storyline the scandalous gentleman teaching the uptight and unsatisfied young widow about intimacy and pleasure.  Yes, it has been done a million times before.  No, I will never get bored with it.  I also liked the characters.  Hannah is strong-willed she knows exactly what she is getting into and the consequences of her action.  She does them anyway because she is curious.  Leo is charming and gentlemanly.  I never once questioned his honour.  I did wish I knew more about him through and at times did feel that his character was a little blank.

The main problem I had was this book was the love scenes.  I never felt the intimacy or passion.  During these moments there was never an emotionally connection between Hannah and Leo, it all felt rather bland.  Because of this I also doubted the love between them which was a real shame.  Also the beginning and the end of the book felt rushed (especially the epilogue) but other than that it was well paced.

This is only a short review, but it was a short book so I hope you forgive me.  Improper Relations is a quick and enjoyable read.  There were parts of it I liked and parts that I didn’t but all in all it was entertaining.

My rating 2.5 out of 5

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