Title: Lady Lovett's Little Dilemma
Author: Beverley G. Oakley
Publisher: Total E-bound
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 106 pages
Heat Rating: Erotic
Rating: 3 Cups
The eight—year marriage of the once mutually-adoring couple, Lord and Lady Lovett, is rejuvenated through the anonymous counsel of Lord Lovett’s former mistress.
Eight years of marriage has not dimmed Cressida, Lady Lovett’s, love for her husband, but the birth of five children has cooled her ardour.
Now rumours are circulating that the kind, dashing and seemingly ever—patient Justin, Lord Lovett, has returned to the arms of his former mistress and Cressida believes her choices are stark—welcome her husband back to the marital bed and risk a sixth pregnancy she fears will kill her, or lose him forever.
With the astonishing discovery that methods exist to enable the innocent Cressida to transform herself into the vixen of her husband’s dreams without expanding her nursery, she seeks to repay the woman responsible for her empowerment...only to discover her unlikely benefactress was, and perhaps still is, her husband’s mistress.
Lady Cressida Lovett has five children with her beloved husband and fears conceiving another one. She believes her only option is to put her husband off. When she hears rumors that Justin has turned to his former mistress for comfort, Cressida decides to seduce her husband back. She turns to the only women who can teach her, those who frequent the infamous salon of Mrs. Plumb. What she learns there will change her life marriage and her life.
The blurb for Lady Lovett's Little Dilemma had me intrigued from the start. I found the characters to be honest, endearing and very likable. Cressida is a remarkable woman and the length she's willing to go to save her marriage is a tribute to her love for Justin. Her dealings with Miss Mariah are very moving as she explains her fears and her mission. Justin's confusion over his wife's behavior is also emotional. I cheered for this couple from the start. The sex scenes in the book convey both the innocence and sensuality of Cressida. This could have been a great story but it's not. The issues of the lack of birth control and the ravages of childbirth are put forth at every turn. I'm not disputing the validity of these issues but they're approached with a modern disdain and the constant harping is very distracting. I got the point after the first few disparaging remarks and soon I was just tired of the whole discussion. In the end, the preaching just didn't work for me and interfered with an otherwise enjoyable story.
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