Title: A Matter of Manners
Author: Terry Graham
Genre: Erotic Regency Romance
Jeremy Wyles believes himself sterile. He's also a sadist and fears no lady would agree to marry him. When a woman shows up on his doorstep, pregnant and claiming to be his wife, he'll do whatever is necessary to ensure his dukedom has an heir. A loveless marriage in name only seems the perfect solution, but his disobedient duchess stirs his desire for discipline...and something more.
Irish rebel Kathleen "Katy" Brennan only seeks recompense from the husband whose cousin married her by proxy and left her with child. The bargain he offers is tempting. He'll claim her baby as his own, and she can become the grand lady she's always imagined. There's just one condition she's not sure she can live with. The delicious-looking duke refuses to touch her...ever.
Can Jeremy put aside the wicked urges that rule his life, or will Katy's rebellious spirit destroy his tenuous control?
The last thing Jeremy Wyles expected was to fall in love with the beautiful and pregnant Irish lady Katy Brennan. She’s pregnant by another man yet he’s willing to marry her and claim the child as his own, thus securing his dukedom. He’ll give her everything she needs but will not touch her. But when she runs away, he catches up with her and punishes her the only way he knows how. When her gasps of delight reach his ears, he wonders if she’s the submissive he’s been looking for to appease the dominant man within. Can he protect his heart from her clutches or is it too late?
I had no expectations when I started reading A Matter of Manners as this is Terry Graham’s debut novel. Was it going to have a plot or will it be another 50 Shades? From the first chapter, Jeremy and Katy connected with my heart. I wanted these two to get together and I wanted George gone, possibly in shackles. The characterizations of the characters impressed me as the more I discovered about them, the more I grew attached to them. The pain, desire, confusion, jealousy, love felt by Jeremy and Katy I experienced too. The bdsm scenes were tastefully done and only added to the depth of the plot. Speaking of the plot, it moved at a steady pace without any plot holes. The ending made me cry but let me assure you, they were happy tears.
A Matter of Manners is a perfect blend of Jane Austen and 50 Shades. Highly recommend!
Note: This book is for adult reading only. 18+ due to adult situations and language.
Favorite Character/Quote: Katy. She’s had a rough go of it, but she’s got a great spirit. I loved how she totally lets go with Jeremy and explores her own pleasures. She stands up for herself when it’s needed, even when Jeremy punishes her. She’s exactly what he needs and vice versa.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Terry Graham has been imagining love stories since she began playing with Barbie and Ken. In high school, she read Barbara Cartland along with Dickens, Austen, Asimov and everything else the local library let her borrow. After two careers; as a chemist and a computer programmer, she retired and vowed to fulfill her dream of writing romance novels.
Terry’s first break arrived in 2018, when she won the Wisconsin RWA FabFive contest in the historical category. The next year she decided to give traditional publishing one last shot and submitted the same manuscript, A Matter of Manners, to three small publishing houses. To her delight, Wild Rose Press contracted to give it birth.
Terry lives in upstate New York, with her cat Amber, who chases bugs while she writes, reads, gardens, and cooks. She loves to travel, both physically and in her mind, and continues to learn about the wonder of life. Her own happily-ever-after still eludes her, but she did have a happy-for-a-while that blessed her with a geeky, kind-hearted son.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N