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The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton by Miranda Neville
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it

This was just a treat. Neville's ingenious use of a real 18th-century "erotic" work, The Genuine and Remarkable Amours of the Celebrated Author Peter Aretin, gave my brain sort of an extra dimension of enjoyment: not only did I giggle at every mention of the Amours's hero, Francis Featherbrain, but I got to think, "Good God, someone actually wrote this. Some real writer actually thought this rat-on-the-riverbank business was sexy." I guess you could say it pulled me out of the story a bit, but while I recognize that for lots of readers that would be a minus, I actually enjoyed it all the more.

Also loved the fastidious dandy hero and the rather unscrupulous heroine, both flawed enough to need some growth, and to keep my interest. This is the first of Neville's books I've read, but I'm definitely going to her backlist now.
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