Lessons in Indiscretion by Karen Erickson
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: Short Story (58 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Amaryllis
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 26 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...
Sexy, audacious younger man tempts a lonely widow. This isn’t a battle of wills, this is a sweet yet spicy story of an affair that leads to deeper attachment. Lady Julia Renwick is portrayed as a nice lady who wants some hot love action and is willing to take risk to attain it. The younger man, the Earl of Bedingfield, is a well-done rakish sort with sensitive, caring side who gives her a gentle push into temptation. The whole story is imbued with a good historical feel. Julia’s actions and thoughts are believable for a widow of her time; she doesn’t come across as anachronistic in her manner. The way the affair transpires was also believable and suited the times.
Ms. Erickson’s writing clear and deep in character perspective and sounds historical without being flowery, awkward or wordy. The love scenes are sexily written and infused with plenty of emotion right from the start. Their attraction is instant, steady and overt. The sex happens early and there is no conflict over it. Julia and Bedingfield want the affair and do not hide it from each other. There’s mild tension over Bedingfield’s vast sexual expertise and Julia’s relative lack of experience. Later some conflict arises over Julia’s doubts and insecurities about the age difference. These conflicts are worked out in a way that is believable and satisfying.
It is a light, straightforward love affair story that turns into a HEA. A very enjoyable quick and sexy read with just the right touch of romance.