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Generous Fire

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Everyone at the academy knows Latin instructress Carolin Tisdale for her plain gowns and severe demeanor. Her headmaster, however, is about to unravel a bit of her mystery. Mr. Topper has always been able to balance passion and propriety--but once a student prank brings Miss Tisdale to his attention, his desire begins to chip away at his resolve.

Miss Tisdale has spent yea
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Published March 22nd 2011 by Ellora's Cave (first published March 21st 2011)
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Feb 21, 2013 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
“Precisely what kind of device has Mr. Wilkins been working on?" Miss Caroline Tisdale, Latin Instructress at an academy for the making of extraordinary gentleman, wondered.

Headmaster, Mr. Topper approaches Miss Tisdale to test an invention that when applied to a certain intimate area of a woman’s anatomy cures hysterics in women. A woman of both intellect and passion is needed as a test subject, so in the name of science, Miss Tisdale volunteers. Headmaster Mr. Topper, conducts the test and soo
Rose Lerner
Feb 14, 2012 Rose Lerner rated it it was amazing
One of the things I love about Olivia Waite is how she manages to fit a cohesive and compelling love story into such a small space. The sharp, deep way she sets up these characters just in the first few pages, with practically nothing but some physical description, was amazing: the headmaster and Latin mistress of a Victorian boarding school, two carefully controlled people who long to break free of that control. And then they do when all the students are home for Christmas! Plus, it was REALLY ...more
Danielle Monsch
This is a very naughty, very short story that plays on a real-life fact – that to cure *female hysteria*, doctors in the late 1800's created what is now known as the vibrator.

The hero and heroine are a Headmaster and schoolmarm respectively, and they use this new invention purely for scientific study. Well, except that once it starts being used, scientific study goes out the window.

The book opens with a homage to Charles Dickens that made me sit up and go, “Cool!” The writing style channels the
Aug 20, 2011 Caroline rated it liked it
A well-written and well-paced erotic novella, marred by a few too many WTF? plot holes.

A strict and staid teacher of a private boarding school is encouraged by her friendly but prurient headmaster to try out a steam-powered sex machine invented by one of the younger teachers at the same school. The female teacher throws modesty aside and gleefully takes her pleasure on the machine while the headmaster observes -- for scientific purposes only, of course.

The ambiguity over the historical setting
May 26, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

Miss Caroline Tisdale, Latin instructress at Fitzscrooge’s Select Academy for the Making of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is the picture of propriety. Only the school’s headmaster, Mr. Topper, senses the passion simmering beneath her calm façade. That’s why he takes the risk of asking Miss Tisdale to be the test subject for a new medical invention that’s more pleasurable than therapeutic. Will Mr. Topper’s gamble p
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Victorian nerds in love get freaky with sex toys. This story appears to be a Victorian but the time period is not made clear. Its central hook focuses on “hysteria” and other mysterious female maladies being treated with vibrators by medical professionals in that time period.

The heroine is presented as a repressed, slightly neurotic woman who is resigned to a life of work and scholarship. She’s got a tendré for the hero who is headma
Mandi Schreiner
May 16, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, novella
I didn't like this starts off very cute with a very prim and proper professor, Ms. Tisdale who has a very mild flirtation with the headmaster Mr. Topper. For example, he sees her ankle, and there is blushing.

But then another instructor has come up with a machine he intends to help hysteria and other nervous conditions in women and he needs someone to test it on.

The machine ends up being a steam-powered vibrator.

And Ms. Tisdale, after admitting to Mr. Tipton that she likes pleasu
Katherine O'Grady
Feb 03, 2015 Katherine O'Grady rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Wonderful, sweet, HEA

Bought from kobo.
"The school was dead, to begin with."

Charming, evocative, and such a cool idea. (But I wished they would have let Mr. Wilkins stay in the room! Eeh, for science.)
Shoshanna Evers
Mar 22, 2011 Shoshanna Evers rated it it was amazing
What a sexy, hot historical! Loved the steam-powered vibrator invented to treat hysteria but used for a much more passionate endeavor :)
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Olivia Waite writes erotic, historical, and paranormal romance -- sometimes all three at once. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with the love of her life and their mischievous miniature dachshund.
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