The Australian Bookshelf

The Diary of Lady Catherine is a short historical erotica story by Australian author Viveka Portman. I downloaded a copy via netgalley as I wanted something quick and easy to read on my kindle and I was not disappointed!...
The unfiltered diary entries allowed the protagonist to talk about her desires and fears and I quite liked her. The Diary of Lady Catherine is a quick, saucy read and one of the better erotica shorts that I’ve read thus far.
Overall Rating
“I loved this book!”
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I am thrilled to have Viveka Portman and her brand of naughty coming out on the market.  The Secret Diary satisfies my love of both naughty novellas and period pieces and contains two characters I was instantly interested in.  Catherine is sweet, sexy and ladylike and I love her diary entries; she is completely unashamed of her desires though has to find a way to satisfy those desires within her time and place.  Lord Bexley initially comes off as a bit cold but once you know more about his background and the reasons for his standoffishness, he grows on you.  When he finally decides to let loose, he wraps you around his little finger :)  While the story is completely wrapped up and there is no cliffhanger, I am hoping The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Bexley is just the first in a long series of regency romances by Viveka Portman.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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La Deeta Reads Blog

Out of all the historical romance books I have read, this story probably comes the closest to the reality of how May-December marriages in the 19th century were conducted.  Sweet, proper young women were married off to older men for protection and to produce heirs to carry on the family dynasty and fortune...
My rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars
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 Again Ms Portman gives us a sexy look at Regency mores. She has an uncanny way of lifting us from the 21st century and dropping us smack dab in 1813. Her dialog is spot-on believable for the era; the struggles that her characters have with moral issues is realistic and the sex scenes are scorching.
Vastly different from other historical romances I have read, this had a nice mix of sweet and steam penned in beautifully written prose and solid point of view. The first from this author that I have read, I certainly will look for more titles.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

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My Written Romance on Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives: Emma

On the surface of it all, Emma’s life is one that anyone would envy, however it only takes a moment to realise that underneath the veneer, she struggles with issues that face many women. I understood her, and how her insecurities about her marriage and infertility have led her to become who she has. Viveka has given Emma’s actions and reactions to situations throughout the story a real air of truth.

It is as plain as day to see the intensity of Emma and Rosco’s relationship, and the deep love and attraction that they share. Rosco understands that his wife is suffering, and he gives her the space to work through it – without abandoning her to the problems or forcing her into a situation she can’t handle. The strain that the treatments and endless travel has put on their relationship isn’t ignored, and it manifests itself in some really intense moments.

The intimate moments between Emma and Rosco reflect their relationship, and all their frustrations and emotions boil over into some really freaking hot sexytimes.

I loved how the resolution came, and I am super-glad that Viveka avoided making it all saccharine-sweet.

Eight from eight, and the hits just keep on coming. It’s time to work through the Viveka Portman backlist now, I think!

Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

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