Lessons in Indiscretion

Lessons in Indiscretion

by Karen Erickson
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Lessons in Indiscretion by Karen Erickson

Widowed Lady Julia Renwick is still young enough to crave a man's touch; but she's too old to think that the Earl of Bedingfield could see her as anything more than a family friend. Garrett Walker is handsome, charming and only 26 years old—the perfect catch for any one of this year's debutantes.

Garrett has no interest in the maidens vying for his attentions. He wants only Julia. With just two weeks left in the season, he makes a bold move by asking her to dance. When she counters with a shocking request of her own, Garrett eagerly agrees.

Soon, they are stealing away for passionate encounters at every society event they attend. Garrett introduces Julia to excitements she never knew existed, and her newfound confidence quickly attracts other eligible men. It's not long before Garrett realizes he must find a way to keep the lady all to himself...

17,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426891762
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/20/2011
Series: Merry Widows Series
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 99,968
File size: 324 KB

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London, 1825

"Care to dance, my lady?"

The murmured words tickled the skin on her nape, sending chills down her spine. Pressing her lips together, Julia scanned the crowd, desperate to keep her expression calm.

Her stomach turned over, and her knees weakened. Literally weakened. All at the sound of a deep voice coming from behind her and the sensation of warm breath breezing across her skin. Her reaction toward the gorgeous and charming Earl of Bedingfield was foolish, hopeless.

Yet there it was, almost frightening in its intensity. He knew it too and teased her with his presence at almost every ball, musicale and soiree she attended, which were many since she'd accepted every invitation she received in the hope of seeing him. It had been years since she'd attended a season, and she wanted to make the most of it, despite her lack of wardrobe or funds.

Tonight, if she was brave enough, she'd let her...feelings for him be known. Not that they were feelings.

No, pure lust was not an emotion. It certainly drove her to distraction and made her think of him constantly, but she didn't have any feelings for him beyond reasonable fondness since she'd known him for so long.

But she lusted. Coveted. Wanted him more than she had any other man she'd ever encountered, and that included her deceased husband. Guilt abandoned her at the realization. She wasn't dead. She had every right to search out a man, take a lover, find her pleasure. She didn't want marriage.

She wanted Bedingfield; temporarily, of course. There was something about him, a certain charisma. The way he spoke to her, looked at her—he wove a spell around her.

"Surely you jest. You've never asked before," she replied, continuing to stare at the dance floor, wondering at the breathless quality of her voice. She rested a hand briefly over her rapidly beating heart and willed herself to calm down.

She could do this. She knew she could. He was what she wanted. He just didn't know it yet.

"I never jest when asking a lady to dance. Will you do me the favor, Lady Renwick?" He moved before her, elegantly handsome in evening dress, the stark black jacket making his shoulders impossibly wide, his chest impossibly broad. Images of being held in his arms as he swept her into a waltz flitted through her mind, and her fair skin heated. She hoped he wouldn't notice the telltale blush. The air between them fairly crackled with sensual awareness.

She'd never danced with him before, but his request went perfectly with her plan. She had a purpose this evening, one she'd never pursued before. Since coming out of mourning, she'd been terribly lonely and had toyed with the idea of taking the occasional, very discreet, lover. She'd just never found a man who interested her enough to do so.

Until Bedingfield.

Once she considered him, the choice was made. She was going to take a lover. And Bedingfield was the one she wanted.

But she wasn't the only one. Accompanied by their overeager mamas, fresh-faced debutantes crowded the sidelines of the ballroom, vying for the attention of the most eligible bachelors, the titled gentlemen with much to offer. Gentlemen like Lord Bedingfield.

"Aren't there plenty of other, more appropriate, ladies whom you could ask to dance?"

"I'm not interested in them." His smoldering blue gaze met hers, full of so much intensity and heat that it very nearly singed her where she stood.

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Lessons in Indiscretion 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Sexy, audacious younger man tempts a lonely widow. This isn't a battle of wills, this is a sweet yet spicy story of an affair that leads to deeper attachment. Lady Julia Renwick is portrayed as a nice lady who wants some hot love action and is willing to take risk to attain it. The younger man, the Earl of Bedingfield, is a well-done rakish sort with sensitive, caring side who gives her a gentle push into temptation. The whole story is imbued with a good historical feel. Julia's actions and thoughts are believable for a widow of her time; she doesn't come across as anachronistic in her manner. The way the affair transpires was also believable and suited the times. Ms. Erickson's writing clear and deep in character perspective and sounds historical without being flowery, awkward or wordy. The love scenes are sexily written and infused with plenty of emotion right from the start. Their attraction is instant, steady and overt. The sex happens early and there is no conflict over it. Julia and Bedingfield want the affair and do not hide it from each other. There's mild tension over Bedingfield's vast sexual expertise and Julia's relative lack of experience. Later some conflict arises over Julia's doubts and insecurities about the age difference. These conflicts are worked out in a way that is believable and satisfying. It is a light, straightforward love affair story that turns into a HEA. A very enjoyable quick and sexy read with just the right touch of romance. Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, love stories of younger men falling for older women. This story will not disappoint, highly recommend.
IvyD More than 1 year ago
Julia, Lady Renwick is a widow. She's spent the last three years in mourning for her late husband. Julia has decided she's perfectly within her rights to discreetly take a lover. She's also decided who she wants that lover to be, Garrett, Earl of Bedingfield. He's younger, devastatingly handsome, and he makes her feel things she never imagined she could feel. She's finally decided to ask him to be her lover for the duration of the Season. Garret, Lord Bedingfield has wanted Julia for months now. All the banal chit chat at punch bowls at various balls is new to him. He's never gone to such lengths or conducted such a slow careful pursuit. He's determined to make his move tonight and hopes he's read the signals correctly and she doesn't rebuff him. LESSONS IN INDISCRETION is a quick read. Julia and Garrett possess strong chemistry and their affair is intense. They not only make love endlessly but they actually talk as much as they make love. Due to the intensity of their passion and unexpected feelings they both get more than the brief sex only affair they set out to have. LESSONS IN INDISCRETION has a sweetness that isn't always present in this type of story. Short on historical detail it's still a satisfying, is somewhat swift, love story that I didn't have any trouble buying into. For all its speed I never doubted Julia and Garrett's feelings for one another. The ending is grand, sweet and scandalous. You'll have to read LESSONS IN INDISCRETION to find out why. I'm looking forward to the next installment in the Merry Widows series. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emmarae Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I really didn’t like Julia at first. She was whiny and the author kinda kept dwelling on her insecurity without supporting it by fleshing out the character. I breezed through several pages I thought could have been done better, but stick with it cause it’s worth the read. Garrett is a great little character. The book is not that long, but it’s still a nice little story to read before bed or when you need something quick. It will make you feel sad for the characters when they think they won’t last as a couple, and Garrett’s lovely finale will definitely leave you smiling. 
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Great little read
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