Let's Misbehave by Rae Summers
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical (post WWI)
Length: Short Story (81 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia
Gabrielle is the quintessential Flapper, a wild child who turns her back on home and a resentful and unloving mother to become a nightclub singer. She wants nothing more from life than freedom and pleasure.
Sebastian is a dutiful son, following in his father’s footsteps and on the verge of marrying a suitable bride. But as the Twenties roar to their conclusion, he finds himself torn between duty and the urge to indulge his adventurous streak.
From the moment Gabrielle and Sebastian meet, the tension between them simmers. When he rescues her from a boorish suitor, Gabrielle discovers a kindred spirit beneath Sebastian's serious demeanour, and she sets out to seduce him into one last passionate fling before he settles for a loveless marriage.
But the fire that burns between them threatens to consume her. Will Gabrielle survive falling in love with the one man she cannot have?
The jazz clubs in London throb with frenetic dancing, soul-searching songs, and a cacophony of voices slurred with too much drink. The “Lost Generation” after World War One search for something to fill the emptiness they feel deep inside. Their social structure and values have been forever changed.
Gabrielle does not feel loved and believes she is unlovable, but her hypnotic voice mesmerizes the restless people who frequent the club where she sings, dances, and flirts in search of that ‘something’ missing in her life. She never talking of her past, lives in the present, treasures her freedom, and tells herself that the staid, soon-to-be-wed- Sebastian Carr-Phillips is too serious, dutiful, and traditional to suit her—yet she is intrigued with him.
Sebastian, at his bachelor party, sees and hears Gabrielle and judges her by her appearance and actions before he knows her. He even makes the mistake of offering her money for sex when she’d been trying to seduce him for her own pleasure. His apology and the ensuing events captivate. Their temporary liaison scorches the pages as they shut out the world and create a world all their own that makes them complete and fills them with ecstasy and joy.
Lilly, Sebastian fiancé, is a quiet, gentle, proper, innocent. She will be an asset to his image as a politician. With Sebastian’s encouragement, she opens up to surprises him with her intelligence, desires, and dreams that he knows he will have to squash just like her parents have done in order for her to fit as a proper wife for a public figure.
At an afternoon Tea Dance, Lilly’s common sense and perception sets off storm not to be missed as a secondary character comes to the fore and the action gets frenetic. This part is a little too rushed for my liking, but there is no doubt things work out just right.
Rae Summers packs a wealth of emotion into this short book. Her insight into the social change and unrest of a generation caught in the aftermath of a horrific war is enthralling.
Let's Misbehave bubbles with life and has some sizzling love scenes that take the breath away. Good entertainment!