As with so many of the previous reviewed historical eroticas, I have to start this review the same way. This is a short novella that is currently only available in ebook format. It is a Regency erotic romance novel, so the romantic development revolves more heavily around their sexual relationship. If any of those situations do not appeal to you, this is not the book for you. Now on to the story.
Daphne has no intention of getting married again. She is comfortably wealthy, has her brother and his family, and has finally found the freedom to indulge her desires. Unfortunately, there are few men that interest her enough to put forth the energy. Until she meets Hartwell.
Hartwell hates crowds. He's always been shy, but that has been compounded by a stutter, which his demanding father taught him to despise. Oddly enough, he finds his stutter to be almost non-existent in Daphne's presence. Despite the calming effect she has on him, he still avoids her presence, which does nothing but frustrate Daphne. When Daphne finally corners Hartwell she invites him to a dinner party at her house, one that Hartwell is unaware will be for only the two of them. It doesn't take much to spark the flames between the two of them, and once started there is no stopping.
I never know when I start these books what to expect. With A Scandalous Affair Ms. Erickson brought forth two characters that were fully fleshed out and interesting. Hartwell's speech impediment was only worsened by his own personal demons, but somehow, along with making a believable love story, Ms. Erickson was able to make me fully appreciate his success in overcoming it.
I would not say that the sex scenes in this book were anything overly raunchy for a Regency romance, but it fell into the erotic category because of the amount of sexual relations they had, along with the heat and passion behind them.
I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a good quick read, and I will be on the lookout for Ms. Erickson's next one.