“You tell me this is the law, that it’s the easiest thing in the world to commit a sane woman, but I can’t live like this.
I can’t live knowing that I’m a victim, simply because I’m a woman.
I refuse to be a victim. I refuse to believe that the law will allow this to happen to me.
There must be something I can do, or I might as well go to the asylum tomorrow and turn the key in the lock, because I will never feel safe again.”
The first book in The Men and Women’s Club series, “this frankly erotic romance … takes a hard look at Victorian double standards and the penalties for women who ignore them and with feminist aplomb puts everything into perspective.” ~Library Journal
Scandalous Lovers is a featured alternate Doubleday Book Club selection and one of five books RUSQ (Reference and User Services of the American Library Association) chose to “represent the wide range of historical fiction in romance.”
Scandalous Lovers Excerpt
“I’ve never tasted a woman’s sex.”
Her expression told him that she had never been tasted.
“Why not?” she asked quietly.
“Women are taught to place the needs of others above their own.”
Her internal battle between self and family continued. “Yes.”
“Men,” James said, “are taught to place their own needs above others.”
Understanding weighted her gaze.
She had pleased others, but she had never taken pleasure for herself. He had pleased himself, but he had never given pleasure to others.
James focused on Frances, seeking in her what he had never sought in another.
“Stick your finger into the bottle,” he said, his voice remote, a barrister’s voice, removed from the needs of the flesh.
Frances’s eyes asked a question as she dipped her middle finger into the bottle.
“Not just your fingertip,” he said. “Stick your whole middle finger into the bottle.”
Pale green eyes still questioning, she reached more deeply into the bottle until the oily liquid reached her second knuckle.
“Now penetrate your vagina, Frances, and let me taste your finger.”
Her shock ricocheted off the five gas globes that starkly illuminated them.
“Share your sex with me, Frances.” James needed to understand what it must be like to be a woman. Sold in marriage. Betrayed in marriage. Dependent upon the good will of men who had been raised to put their own good first. “I don’t want you to be a stranger to me.” …
Praise for Scandalous Lovers
“The tension is almost excruciating, but when the characters make it through, it’s cathartic.” ~The Post and Courier
“Schone accomplishes something unique and difficult, especially in erotic romance. She understands vulnerability comes from baring one’s true self, not just the body…She’s unafraid of peeling back the layers people put up to protect themselves and delving into the origin of someone’s fear, whether it’s about intimacy or self-revelation. The tension is almost excruciating, but when the characters make it through, it’s cathartic.” ~The Post and Courier
“This tour de force is a powerful feminist story that exposes the mores of Victorian society and strikes chords.” ~RT Book Reviews
“Sophisticated, thought-provoking, titillating, provocative and a novel that tests the bounds of the genre, [Scandalous Lovers] delves into a woman’s secret desires, exploring a world both passionate and intellectual and uncovering what happens if the rules are broken. This tour de force is a powerful feminist story that exposes the mores of Victorian society and strikes chords.” ~RT Book Reviews Top Pick
“Schone also gives readers some surprisingly nuanced characterization and an expertly evoked Victorian setting.” ~Booklist
“The sizzling affair between Frances, a refreshingly older heroine, and James is captured in vivid detail, but Schone also gives readers some surprisingly nuanced characterization and an expertly evoked Victorian setting.” ~Booklist
“There’s a lot more than explicit sex—although there is plenty of that—to this frankly erotic romance.” ~Library Journal
“There’s a lot more than explicit sex—although there is plenty of that—to this frankly erotic romance, which takes a hard look at Victorian double standards and the penalties for women who ignore them and with feminist aplomb puts everything into perspective.” ~Library Journal