Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Emma by Viveka Portman: Review

January 30, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. So, if this kind of stuff makes you a little squeamish, this may not be the book for you.
Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Emma by Viveka Portman: ReviewSecret Confessions: Sydney Housewives - Emma by Viveka Portman
four-half-stars
Series: Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives #8
Published by Escape Publishing on February 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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From the hottest writers in Australia comes a scintillating new series. Enter the world of Sydney’s elite, and find out what goes on behind the doors of the most exclusive addresses in the country…

Meet the Housewives of Sydney. They are wealthy, elegant, poised, and constantly in the public eye. But what goes on behind closed doors, in the private homes and parties where the cameras and paparazzi aren’t welcome? Delve into the most personal details of their relationships, their friendships and their lives. The only question is: can you handle the heat?

Travel, money, a gorgeous pro-surfer husband, healthy son, and a new house overlooking the ocean – it looks like Emma Ross has it all, but inside she’s torn apart by insecurities and her failure to have another child.

She knows that she’s putting her relationship in jeopardy, so to make up for their difficulties, Emma gives Rosco carte blanche in the bedroom. But is explosive sex enough to save a marriage that is falling apart from the inside?

Today’s first Housewife, and second review on Filthy Friday, is Emma, brought to us from the pen of Viveka Portman.

Viveka writes deliciously saucy erotic romance set in the Regency period, and Emma is her first foray into the world of contemporary erotic romance. I can happily say it’s an excellent start!

Here are my thoughts on Emma:

On the surface of it all, Emma’s life is one that anyone would envy, however it only takes a moment to realise that underneath the veneer, she struggles with issues that face many women. I understood her, and how her insecurities about her marriage and infertility have led her to become who she has. Viveka has given Emma’s actions and reactions to situations throughout the story a real air of truth.

It is as plain as day to see the intensity of Emma and Rosco’s relationship, and the deep love and attraction that they share. Rosco understands that his wife is suffering, and he gives her the space to work through it – without abandoning her to the problems or forcing her into a situation she can’t handle. The strain that the treatments and endless travel has put on their relationship isn’t ignored, and it manifests itself in some really intense moments.

The intimate moments between Emma and Rosco reflect their relationship, and all their frustrations and emotions boil over into some really freaking hot sexytimes.

I loved how the resolution came, and I am super-glad that Viveka avoided making it all saccharine-sweet.

Eight from eight, and the hits just keep on coming. It’s time to work through the Viveka Portman backlist now, I think!

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