A bluestocking, Veronica Cooper valiantly used her own name on an erotic book. Determined to do her research properly she selected a man to show her the ropes, so to speak. Too trusting, she is sorely mistaken in her selection of tutor. As a scandal erupts she must wed or be forever ostracized. When the man who was her erotic tutor tries to blackmail her father, he leaps at the offer presented for his daughter by Talbot Bowdoin.
Talbot is a self-made man. He’s a publisher and has been enamored of Veronica since he read her novel. Now he has the chance to seduce her to his publishing company. Their marriage will be one of convenience as he prefers to watch rather than deal with the stares and discomfort lovers exhibit when they see his withered leg, a result of a war injury. He’s in for a surprise when his sexually curious wife refuses to take no for an answer, and insists on her wifely rights. So begins a courtship unlike any before.
I was drawn to the synopsis of this sexy historical but didn’t get what I was looking for. I thoroughly enjoyed the story itself, and the writer was creative in the sexual encounters, but the emotional connection was lacking throughout most of the book. A result of the era, perhaps? When Talbot finally cut loose, he was a force to be reckoned with and Veronica had her hands full. With some stumbling blocks on their way to conjugal bliss, Talbot and Veronica made for an entertaining, if not deep, read that any reader will enjoy.
Genre: BDSM Historical
Public scandal and private tragedy force sexually curious Veronica Cooper into an unwanted marriage with Talbot Bowdoin, an urbane and isolated gentleman about whom she knows nothing.
Talbot insists that it’s kept that way. Though the eccentric publisher fell in love with the “free-love” author at first word and would give her the world gladly, fearing societal repercussions, he withholds the truth about himself. A voyeur of the first water, a bisexual by experience and a romantic by nature, he is more comfortable with his steam-powered automatons than he is with people, and so he keeps anyone with a beating heart at arm’s length.
Not Veronica. Her heart pounds...with lust...and she refuses to tolerate her standoffish husband’s conjugal neglect.
To satisfy his beautiful...and assertive...bride, Talbot touches another human being for the first time in years and allows her the sexual freedom she craves, including dressing in male attire as well as exposing her to steam-powered toys...and the gazes of other men.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements (domination/submission, spanking) dubious consent, exhibitionism, voyeurism.