Ever curious, Elizabeth, Viscountess Rocksley, has turned her curiosity to erotic pleasure. Three years a widow, she boldly employs the madam of a brothel for guidance but never had she expected her education to be conducted by a coldly handsome peer of the realm.
To the Earl of Malvern, the erotic tutelage of a skittish widow is little more than sport, however the woman he teaches is far from the mouse he expects. With her sly humor and insistent joy, Elizabeth obliterates all his expectations and he, unwillingly fascinated, can’t prevent his fall.
Each more intrigued than they are willing to admit, Elizabeth and Malvern embark upon a tutelage that will challenge them, change them, come to mean everything to them…until a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.
~ Excerpt ~
Moments passed, the earl’s impassive gaze weighing heavy upon Elizabeth. An overwhelming urge to twist her fingers assaulted her, but what if her fidgeting made him refuse?
He seemed to make some decision. “I shall show you carnal pleasure, madam. As you say, both to receive and to give. However, pregnancy should be avoided at all costs.” His eyes flickered, the first sign of something resembling emotion crossing his face. “I will not marry you, no matter the circumstance.”
Well, of course he wouldn’t. She wouldn’t wed him either. In any event, conception was not a concern for her, not after a marriage that had never yielded—
Good Lord. He spoke of practical application. He spoke of touching and kissing and—Was it warmer of a sudden?
He continued with barely a pause. “Actual penetration will be avoided. While many people extol the virtues of withdrawal, I remain unconvinced. We will discuss methods of contraception during your education, but the most effective method is always avoidance. You are in agreement?”
Still confused but now with cheeks aflame, Elizabeth nodded. In all her life, no one had ever spoken so frankly. This, combined with his matter-of-fact manner and lack of emotion, banished any lingering apprehension and left only the excitement. Glorious, thrilling excitement.
“Excellent.” Stepping close to her once more, he brushed his hand from her neck to her shoulder, the back of his fingers now warm against her skin. “Shall we begin?”
~ Reviews ~
I fell in love with this book from the first bewildering, smoldering scene, and was captivated until the last page. It isn’t every day that a couple like this comes along, or romance lingers in the imagination long after the book has been finished, and this, without a doubt, is one of them[…]I loved this book from start to finish, and though this was my first Cassandra Dean book, I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.
– Bridget, The Romance Reviews
With just a whisper, a caress, or a simple kiss, Ms. Dean takes the reader on an adventure full of hedonistic pleasure as well as bittersweet moments. […] As the earl struggled with the emotional spiral that Elizabeth causes him every time they meet, I found myself crossing my fingers and hoping he would not damage the beautiful person that she is. When a novel has you feeling the way I did about the characters, you know it is a tale that will not disappoint and this one most certainly did not.
– Coffee Time Romance
Be prepared to experience a wide range of emotions. I found myself laughing, crying, blushing and even yelling at times. This was my first Cassandra Dean novel and I look forward to reading hopefully many more in the future.
– Romancing the Book
I adored this book! [Cassandra’s] characters [are] fantastic, the sex never stale or forced, and the depth of emotion she displayed is just wonderful. If you like Regency erotica this book is for you.
– Ann Mayburn, author
I must admit that I have not read a historical romance for years. But the blurb of Teach Me caught my interest. It has renewed my desire to read about past romances, as well as more from Cassandra Dean. I loved this story, not only for the plot, but for the realistic characters, and the deep emotional attachment I felt for both the hero and heroine.
I highly recommend Teach Me, whether or not you read historical romance, and am including it in my favorite reads of 2012.
– Jessica E. Subject, author
This is probably one of the best stories that I’ve read of late.
– Obsessed with book smex’s Reviews
~ Behind the Story ~
What’s in a name?
As always, I have nicknames for my stories. In the case of Teach Me, the nickname was Toby. Why Toby? Teach Me was the second completed manuscript I’d ever written and thus it was The Other Book..and then, because I thought TOB sounded silly, I added a ‘Y’. Makes total sense, yes? It does…right???
The Story Behind the Story
Teach Me came about on a trip to Scotland. I was on a bus tour, enjoying myself muchly, however when sitting on the actual bus, all I could stare at was the back of the heads of the retirees on the tour. Let me tell you, the back of grey heads is not that exciting. Bored, I started to daydream and the final scene of Teach Me popped into my head. Unfortunately, I had no paper or pen with me! Desperate to write down the scene lest I forget it, that night I found the tiny pad and pen the hotel had provided in my room and I wrote and wrote and wrote!
The next day, I bought a proper pad and Teach Me was born.
~ Extras ~
Originally composed as a blog post for Starla Kaye’s Character Interviews:
An Interview with the Earl and Countess of Malvern
And finally, just because I love Elizabeth and Malvern so much, an Epilogue that occurs before the Epilogue ;p
Originally written as a blog post bit, please enjoy this extra look into Elizabeth and Malvern’s life together: