25 July 2011

REVIEW: Lessons in Indiscretion by Karen Erickson

lessons in indiscretion
Karen Erickson
ASIN#: B004XVSU86
Publisher Name:  Carina Press
Date Released:  June 2011
Genre:  Historical Erotic Romance
Book Format:  E-book

BLURB:
Widowed Lady Julia Renwick is still young enough to crave a man’s touch; but she’s too old to think that the Earl of Bedingfield could see her as anything more than a family friend. Garrett Walker is handsome, charming and only twenty-six years old – the perfect catch for any one of this year’s debutantes.
 Garrett has no interest in the maidens vying for his attentions. He wants only Julia. With just two weeks left in the season, he makes a bold move by asking her to dance. When she counters with a shocking request of her own, Garrett eagerly agrees.
Soon, they are stealing away for passionate encounters at every society event they attend. Garrett introduces Julia to excitements she never knew existed, and her newfound confidence quickly attracts other eligible men. It’s not long before Garrett realizes he must find a way to keep the lady all to himself.

COVER SNARK:
I am very impressed with this cover. I’ve been impressed with the Carina Press covers that I’ve seen. And the man’s chest isn’t bad either if I do say so myself.

FIRST LINES:


“Care to dance, my lady?”

The murmured words tickled the skin on her nape, sending chills down her spine.


LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:

LESSONS IN INDISCRETION is a short read at only 18,000 words. It’s a pretty straightforward, well-written story. If you read the back cover blurb it covers pretty much what happens in the story, no more no less. Julia has recently just come out of mourning and is feeling alone, she also has a major crush on Garrett, the Earl of Bedingfield, the son of her much older husband’s best friend. Garrett is known for his amorous encounters and Julia hopes that he would see fit to take her for a lover for the reminder of the season. In two weeks everyone will have left London for their country homes and she will be left alone. Garrett who has always had a sort of a crush on Julia agrees and they have an amorous encounter.

After this encounter is where LESSONS IN INDISCRETION lost me. While their encounter was steamy and sexy, I found myself wanting a little more after that. At first I tried to say it was because LESSONS IN INDISCRETION was such a short story. I wanted to use that as an excuse for not getting emotionally invested into Julia and Garrett, but then I recalled other short stories that had engaged my emotions and left me wanting more. I didn’t get that feeling with LESSONS IN INDISCRETION. There are several things that are hinted that are not explored and I felt that they could’ve been even within the confines of the limited word count. Julia is scared about pursuing a deeper relationship with Garrett because she is older, she hasn’t had a child with her older husband, and that she is poor. Garrett has some issues with developing a deeper relationship with Julia because of lessons he had learned from his father. I would have enjoyed LESSONS IN INDESCRETION more if Julia and Garrett had a deep conversation about these issues. As it stood, it was my impression that the only reason Garrett and Julia wanted something deeper is because the sex was great. There were hints of more, but I wished those hints were explored more.

Despite my issues with LESSONS IN INDISCRETION it is a well written, steamy story that just wasn’t about sex. For the great price, I’d recommend giving it a try. I’d be interested in reading a longer story by this author.

WHERE PURCHASED:
Received copy from publisher for review.
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