A Gentleman's Guide to Marriage and Managing the Lady Wife

Gentle Reader,

The hero of my book, To Seduce a Sinner, Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, had quite a rocky road on his way to the altar. In fact, To Seduce a Sinner opens with Vale being rejected by his fiancée—the second fiancée he’s had in six months. Thus it should be no surprise that once married Vale endeavored to pass on some of his marital wisdom to other gentlemen. I reprint his advice below.

Yours Most Sincerely, Elizabeth

  • Chose carefully when selecting a bride. A lady with a sweet disposition, engaging smile, and full bosom is a boon to any man.
  • However, should a gentleman find that he has been left at the altar yet again, he may find himself accepting the proposal of a lady of less than full bosom and rather too much intelligence.
  • Surprisingly, he may also find himself attracted to said lady.
  • The marriage bed should be approached with delicacy and tenderness. Remember, your lady wife is a virgin of good family, and thus may be shocked or even repulsed by the activities of the marriage bed. Best to keep them short.
  • However, try not to be too shocked if your lady wife turns out not to be shocked by the marriage bed.
  • Or even if she is wildly enthusiastic about her marital duties.
  • If such is your case, you are a fortunate man indeed.
  • The lady wife can be a mysterious creature, passionate, yet oddly secretive about her feelings toward you, her lord and husband.
  • The gentleman may find his thoughts returning again and again to the subject of his lady’s wife’s feeling for him. “Does she love me?” you may wonder as you consume your morning toast. Try not to let these thoughts become too obsessive.
  • Whatever you do, do not fall in love with your lady wife, no matter how alluring her lips or seductive her repartee. That way lies folly.