I liked the historical aspect of this book, set in 1880's London with a political background. The erotica was base, crude; perhaps too much for some, not enough for others. The writing style bothered me - it was way too simplistic & childish; the characters lacked depth, & the story line was shallow.
This is unlike any other Victorian erotic story I've read. You the reader get to decide which way you want the story to happen. If you want person A to take the lead in the scene, you turn to a certain page. If you want Person B to be in charge, you turn to a different page. The unique writing style held my interest. I read the book once then I went back and made different choices. This is an erotic story and the encounters are all m/f, with a few f/f and m/f/m, but no m/m and some very mild bdsm, so mild that I even hesitate to call it bdsm.
The heroine is the ward of the hero. Unlike many other female protagnosists, she's not completely innocent although she hasn't done the deed. She has read enough to know what happens. She definitely goes after what she wants without too much angst which made the historical aspect of this story very hard to believe. I don't think a young woman of that time would have been so extremely open to novel sexual experiences as this heroine. In short, this is a mindless book and not very historically accurate. It should be read as an erotic book not as a historical romance.
Erotica but not to the extreme. It was a pretty good book, I read it in one day.