Waltz of Seduction by Natasha Blackthorne
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (42 pgs)
Rating 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis
A painful personal experience makes Lord Lockhart believe that a gentleman doesn’t inflict his passionate desires on a wife. The marriage bed is for begetting heirs, not animal lust. No matter how much he desires his wife. But under Lady Lockhart’s shyness is a determination to tempt her handsome husband, to satisfy them both and spend every night together in her bed.
Innocent waltzing lessons in their chambers soon become indecent, and may lead the newlyweds to overcome their preconceptions and learn to be lovers, as well as man and wife.
Lady Sara Lockhart wants nothing more than her husband, Lord Lockhart, to notice her and for them to be husband and wife both in and outside the bedroom.
A confession up front…I’m a huge fan of anything based in the Regency so I enjoyed this story in part because it offered a good sense of the setting and time. Most of the conflict stems from the attitudes toward women and wives during this period--the fact that many husbands did not view their wives as sexual beings.
The story is fun to follow through Sara’s POV as she does her best to entice her husband to see her as more than a wife. Without giving away any spoilers, there is a believable reason why Lord Lockhart does not visit his wife's bed.
When sex does finally happen, it’s hot and well played out between two characters we’ve grown to know in this short read.
Dialogue is natural sounding for this time and the pacing is fast so it’s the ideal quick read for a fall evening or Saturday afternoon. If you like sexy Regencies, I’d say this would be a good pick for you.