My Rating: 4 stars
Story: an unusual premise, interesting with various twists and turns
Romance: quite erotic from the very beginning, long before actual consummation occurs
First, let me make clear that I am a fan and have read one other of her books. It is my opinion that Ms. Schone is intent on finding a way to fold extremely graphic sexual imagery and subject matter into an interesting (however implausible in the late 19th century) storyline. Her bio provides the following clues, from inside the back of the book: "Robin Schone...is a staunch defender of human rights in general and women's sexuality worldwide."
Disappointing contribution from this author. I was hoping for something of the quality of "The Lover","Gabriel's Woman", or "The Lady's Tutor", but there wasn't enough romance, erotica or storyline in this one, which is a shame, because I really, really like this author. The above-mentioned books had a dark side to their stories; perhaps that was the draw. But the characters and the storyline in this book left me blah.
Robin Schone is a wonderful writer. She leaks the story out while creating tangible relationships among her characters. Although the consumation of the relationship was quite a bit into the book, I was rivited by the character development and their attraction to one another. Classic and delightful sex scenes. London in the 1800's.
I was smiling through much of the book because of the tender sweetness with which the main characters treated each other. As always, she has a truly dark and disturbing undercurrent of danger. Highly recommended!
This is one of the best erotic romances I've ever read. I found Ms. Schone's treatment of these mature adults, who are finally discovering unawakened passion, both sensitive and compelling. This work is far beyond the ordinary erotica which rarely offers more than a loose, uninteresting plot held together by multiple scenes of blatant orgy and explicit detail. I read the book in one sitting. I've read other Schone work, but this is by far her best to date.
The story line was good and the characters were beleivable, but I felt that the end was a little rushed. For the most part I is worth reading. I don't know that I would say that I liked it as much as her other books, but I was not dissapointed.
Married at fifteen and widowed at forty-nine, country-bred Frances Hart has only known the duties of a wife and mother, and never the joys of a woman. Determined to broaden her horizons on every level, she daringly sets out alone to explore London in all its sensual glory...
A successful London barrister and now a widower, James Whitcox knows duty but has never known passion. He joins an exclusive society founded to discuss sexual relations-but talking of the pleasures of the flesh is a far cry from actually experiencing them. Then Frances Hart accidentally barges into a meeting, enlightening the Men and Women's Club about a woman's need-and tempting James to put his theories into practice.
Surrendering to the pleasures of the flesh, Frances finds herself in the arms of a man whose ideas shock her, whose gaze rivets her, and whose touch will change her forever...