Series: Improper Series
Published by Carina Press on April 23, 2012
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?
Hannah Bell is the unpaid companion to her late husband’s Aunt Augusta, Marchioness of Dorchester. Alfred (Leo) Wraxhall is the Marchioness’ second son and enjoys a carefree life of drinking, gambling, and women. One day, Hannah is working in the library when Leo comes in, quickly followed by one of the maids. What follows is a mortifying, yet intriguing surprise for Hannah as she watches Leo and the maid have sex right there across the desk of the library! Once the maid leaves, Leo tells Hannah he knew she was there the whole time. Leo beings teaching Hannah about pleasure and the wonderful things men and women can do together, right under the roof of strict Aunt Augusta!
The story is written from Hannah’s point of view. Despite being almost 30 and a widow, Hannah is painfully ignorant of sexual relations, believing them to be uncomfortable and purposefully unpleasant for women in order to atone for their sins. She is fearful of Leo’s sexual prowess, but curious, almost eager, to learn more about the pleasures men and women can bring each other.
Leo is the second son of Hannah’s former in-laws. He desires Hannah and revels in teaching her about pleasure. He is patient with her and completely focused on Hannah and moving at her pace.
If all of this sounds like more summary, that is because, outside of the sex scenes, there is little story to this book. The narrative skips past entire days or weeks at a time and there is hardly any backstory to speak of that serves to provide character development or explain Hannah and Leo’s actions. There characters have presumably been living under the same roof, or at least in close proximity, for a few years and yet after only a few orgasms, suddenly find themselves in love with each other? I found it forced and unbelievable. What little plot there is contains numerous plot holes and cliches plot devices with almost no build-up, leaving the reader scratching her head wondering if something in the narrative was missed.
The sex scenes are very sensual and about the only satisfactory part of the story.