Baring it All (short story) by Megan Frampton

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“It is with great discretion that this columnist discusses the sensitive topic of undergarments. Some ladies, it seems, do not pay strict attention to what they wear under their gowns. A crucial error, my ladies.”

Lady Violet knows Lord Christian Jepstow is interested in women. The problem is, he hasn’t seemed to realize that Violet is a living, breathing woman—a woman with needs. Which is a huge problem, considering the fact that Violet and Christian are betrothed. Violet has no intention of saying her vows without knowing if her husband has the capacity to love her properly, so she does what anyone would do in her situation—she steps into his study and offers to take off her clothes. What happens next could be an utter disaster . . . or it could be surprising, seductive, and sizzlingly sexy.

Rating: C-

I think the best thing I can say about this short story is that it had no pretentions to be anything other than it was – which is basically an extended sex-scene.

Violet has been in love with Christian for years, but he never noticed her until one day out of the blue, he proposed to her. So now they’re engaged, but she is worried that her bookish fiancé doesn’t really see her and that he’s not even aware of her as a woman.

So she decides to try to seduce him, and they end up shagging each others’ brains out on the divan, the end.

It was well-written and there were some nice touches of humour, but I have to ask myself – what was the point, really?

With thanks to Loveswept and NetGalley for the review copy.

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