**spoiler alert** Another book for my "bad akward sex" shelf list. Not rape or anything like that mind you. Just...bad sex,fumbling around
Helene,Count**spoiler alert** Another book for my "bad akward sex" shelf list. Not rape or anything like that mind you. Just...bad sex,fumbling around
Helene,Countess Godwin has been married for 10 years after eloping with Rees Holland,Earl Godwin.They had seemed perfect for each other intially,both passionate about music and each other.
Then after a disastrous wedding night it all got ruined culminating with Helene being kicked out of the house after a year of marriage. Since then she has tried in vain to persuade Rees to get a divorce. He seems to take a bit of pleasure refusing her in fact.
At their last confrontation Helene reveals that she really wants is a child. Rees dismisses this as another of her follies. Angrily she makes up her mind that if he wont give her a divorce or a child she will take a lover who will get her pregnant.Enough with being prude!
So she takes help from her glamorous and freespirited friend Esme to attract men.This isnt as easy as it sounds as she doesnt have a lot of attractions (read flatchested) but after a visit to the modiste she acquires a gown that shows off the attractions she does have.
Rees learns of her goal to take a lover and arrives in the nick of time to prevent her seduction,instead he proposes that it would be much more convenient if he fathered the child. Helene agrees to this even though she and Rees knows that their relations has hardly been sucesses before.
And from there on it goes...
I liked this and found it quite funny,not perfect but there was plenty of humorous situations.
A case of the hero and heroine not seeing whats in front of them and quite a lot of misunderstandings in the past and present.
Rees was quite boorish and crude despite being a very artistic type who wrote operas and Helene was a bit sensitive but yet able to get angry at him when he teased her. (he enjoyed scattering her prim and proper attitude)
They were not perfect but maybe perfect for each other :)
The supporting characters were just that ....characters with their own quirks and motivations. Helenes friends were especially a hoot to read about.
A character I had problem with was Lina the heros mistress (though he has not slept with her for months)who was quite the wet blanket.It was a good thing of the author not to depict her as completely bad person and giving her,her own love story but really I just wish she would have the sense to go away.
Wich she does eventually.
If you are looking for a light read with a flawed hero and heroine this is the one.
It all starts when the genteel but impowerished heroine (Tabby) is traveling to her new position as a governess. On the way she has to stop at an innIt all starts when the genteel but impowerished heroine (Tabby) is traveling to her new position as a governess. On the way she has to stop at an inn for the night,but is told that its full. Luckily she manages to spot an old aquitaince and tells him of her problem.
Turns out he was supposed to meet a friend there,but the friend didnt arrive.And as he has no intention to stay the night-she can have the room.
Relieved Tabby accepts and goes to bed. But unawares of the changed circumstances the missing friend arrives and is shown to the room and summarily gets into the bed. Only to find it already occupied by our heroine.
The man (Vivian Sanders) is not displeased with this. Mistaking her for a lightskirt he kisses her,but is soon disabused of his notion.
In the morning the heroines continues on her journey but cant help but think of that rude man.
She hopes she will never see him again!
But of course this is a historical romance so she will.;)And the misunderstandings will become even bigger when other characters get involved.
This is a light and to tell the truth at times silly book. Yet I liked it. It works if you read it as a farce and doesnt take it too seriously.