Review: The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding by Viveka Portman

Posted November 9th, 2014 in book review / 10 comments

Review: The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding by Viveka PortmanThe Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding by Viveka Portman
Publisher: Escape Publishing on June 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Pages: 71
Format: eBook
Source: Review Request
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

In the world of Regency England, only one thing matters — the begetting of an heir…

There is one fact I cannot hide nor deny. I have borne my husband no sons…

When Lord Jacob Fielding suffers a traumatic injury denying him more children, it devastates both his present and his future. He and his wife Jane have only daughters, and the brother in line to inherit his title and lands is a disgusting reprobate, a man who should never have power over anyone.

In desperation, Lord Fielding formulates a wicked plan. He invites his distant cousin Matthew to come and share their home…and possibly more. Jane is shocked, but cannot deny her curiosity. She loves her husband, and their situation is desperate, and Matthew is a kind, gentle, attractive man. But what can this situation bring, but tension and jealousy?

Emotions and libidos run high as the Fielding men search for a way to satisfy the need for an heir, their own lusts, and, most importantly, the desires of Lady Jane, before time runs out.

At A Glance

Good but too short.

The Good

I loved the whole ménage concept in Regency England thing. Shocking for sure and oh so sexy. The characters handled the situation in a realistic way. After Jacob’s accident left him unable to sire children, his suggestion that his cousin, Matthew, be the one to impregnate his wife, Jane, is controversial for sure. At first Jane is outraged, then she slowly she warms to the idea. Really warms. Like constant naughty thoughts and achy need kind of warms. Matthew is appalled but obviously can’t resist the lovely Jane, even though he tries. Jacob becomes jealous even though it was his idea, which causes yummy drama. The whole thing was awesome. There was even a villain thrown who was perfectly horrible.

The plot was interesting for sure, it held my attention the whole time. I wasn’t sure if there could be a happy ending with this concept and time period, but it ended just like I hoped.

The Bad

At the time it didn’t feel too short, but after finishing it, I realized there could have been more character and sexual development.

There wasn’t much ‘bad’ I could actually pinpoint, but I think I just wanted something more.

The Snuggly

For some reason Goodreads marks this book as erotica. Nu-uh. Just a steamy romance here. Sure, for the book’s time period, the concept is scandalous, which I loved, but it doesn’t make it erotica. There is a sexual assault scene, just FYI.

Final Thoughts

A lot more could have happened, and I wish there was time to really sink my teeth into the characters, but despite all that, I really had fun with this book. Great concept and plot. Recommended.


Without invitation, or giving an allowance to respond, I pulled him closer towards me. “Kiss me,” I whispered, and I watched his brows furrow.

“It would not be proper,” he said stiffly, and resisted.

“Kiss her.”

Jacob’s voice startled us both, and Matthew flew to his feet, his face aflame.


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10 Responses to “Review: The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding by Viveka Portman”

  1. Melliane

    Too bad for the characters but I love to have a good villain in a book like that! thanks for the review, this one is new to me.

  2. Braine Talk Supe

    I would love to give this a try, a threesome back in the day was so hush-hush but I’m sure it was happening a lot. So cool you finally got a good dose of smexy!

  3. Christy

    Books this short can definitely leave you feeling that way. But the fact that you still enjoyed it that much says something. And yes, it sounds yummy!

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    Oh I love a great villain, and I wouldn’t be expecting one with this kind of read. The choice to have a cousin stand in like that sounds like poor decision making, but I bet it makes for great drama. Excellent review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Well, if they didn’t have an heir, they would lose everything to the villain, so, you know, little options.

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