Get me a fan quick!! When I first read the synopsis for An Indecent Proposition, I was a little nervous. Normally, a ménage a trios isn’t my thing, nor do I like to read about them. And, the author’s website says she writes Erotica novels, so I wasn’t really sure what I was getting. However, this story really turns out to be something else entirely.
Two aristocrats, the Duke of Rothay and the Earl of Manderville, make a drunken wager, each claims they are the better lover. The heroine, Lady Caroline Wynn takes up that wager. Caroline is a widow, who had a crappy marriage, really really crappy. She has earned the reputation in the ton for being glacial and she needs to preserve her reputation. The plan is that she will discreetly go with each one of them for a week, and then at the end of the two weeks send an anonymous note to the papers announcing who is the better lover.
Of course, the plan doesn’t work. I don’t want to give too much away, but let me just say that there are two romances in this book. And, they are wonderfully written. The book as four flawed characters and as the story progresses we get to watch them work their way through their flaws. There is some really good writing in this book.
The love scenes are hot, but sensual. They enhance the story and are not just the obligatory sex scenes that is thrown in to take up space.
This is Ms. Wildes’ first book in mainstream publishing, although she’s written a few e-books. This is a fresh, well-written, sorta debut book that I couldn’t put down According to her website there is another book Lessons from a Scarlet Lady coming January 2010. I for one am marking my calendar.
Sensuality Rating: Scorcher