Passion simmers from the moment wild child and dedicated Flapper Gabrielle meets staid aristocrat Sebastian. When she discovers the adventurous spirit beneath his serious demeanour, she seduces him into a last fling before he settles for a loveless marriage.
His is a life of duty and tradition, hers is a pursuit of freedom and pleasure, so this can never be more than a brief affair.
But as the Twenties roar to their conclusion, will Gabrielle survive falling in love with the one man she cannot have? And will Sebastian be able to settle for less than the woman he loves?
Publisher and Release Date: Amazon Digital Services, April 21, 2013
Time and setting: 1920s London
Genre: Historical erotic romance
Heat Level: 3
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by Maria Almaguer
This sexy novella set during the Jazz Age was surprisingly melancholy in tone for a love story. I’m not sure if this was just the tone of the writing or the time period in which it was set. That’s not a criticism, merely an observation. It was rather dark and the hero and heroine, Sebastian and Gabrielle, were of the Lost Generation, those who came of age during World War I. Most writings I’ve read of the period, most notably by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, or set during the period – Catherine Rae’s Brownstone Facade comes to mind – have displayed this pervasive loneliness and sadness throughout the stories. Like the period itself, it felt like they were lost souls trying to find some meaning in a world that had gone mad.
The sense of time and place was spot on in this novella, from the atmosphere of the opening scene of the swanky nightclub to the gorgeous descriptions of the fashions. The title itself, a racy song by Cole Porter, was a kind of anthem to the entire decade of the 1920s, for Gabrielle and Sebastian definitely do misbehave; they meet at his bachelor party.
It was exciting and erotic, from their first meeting to their inevitable coupling, which was quite hot. They felt a freedom to enjoy themselves for a day of unbridled passion; for him it was a last chance fling before he made a dutiful marriage and a chance for her to indulge herself in mindless pleasure.
But it became more than that. A novella is a tightly reined format in which to fully explore a full love story but I felt this one did just that. I’d best describe it as a mad passionate affair that both realized just might last beyond one day.
The ending was resolved perhaps a little too conveniently, but the writing was spare and elegant. I really enjoyed this brief and intense love story.