Adult Erotica
Rated 4.21/5 based on 33 reviews
England, 1860, and by her mother’s orders Constance is in treatment for Hysteria. She never complains. Until a new doctor takes over and threatens the only pleasure she knows in life.

18 and over please.
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About Eva Gale

Eva Gale loves white cupcakes with bitter chocolate frosting, lots of dark roast coffee and six-foot piles of books. She would prefer them all at once, but she takes what she can get. She lives in the farmlands of NJ, with her husband and seven children whom they homeschool. They have one doofus Doberman, a Yellow Naped Amazon named Gizmo, two cats and two Blackberry Hamsters named Mac and PC but are looking to add chickens, guinea hens, bees and Lancashire Heelers to their collection. When she’s not guiding school, she’s writing, weeding the garden or doing endless loads of dishes and laundry.

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Lana Amore reviewed on on Jan. 29, 2016

If you filled in those 'Two Years Later" you'd have an amazing book on your hands. The first two chapters are spectacular.
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J.J. Black reviewed on on March 28, 2015

Too short needs more filler content. What was present was good though
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Tez Miller reviewed on on Feb. 28, 2015

Only 24 pages? Good, but I don't see how Dr Drake fell in love with Constance.
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Nenia Campbell reviewed on on July 19, 2014

I'm not really sure why this is shelved as a romance, as there really isn't much. HYSTERIA is a short (very short) story about a girl named Constance who is being treated for her hysteria in Victorian England.

Hysteria is now known as a synonym for "panic" (or the title of a Muse song), but it used to be a handy-dandy catch-all term to describe the behavior of women who didn't act the way society wanted them to. This could be anything from bona fide mental illness to causing trouble to...I don't know, sexual abnormalities.

Constance has mental illness in her family and her mother preemptively signed her up for these treatments for her "hysteria." Apparently, these treatments sometimes included manual stimulation to induce "hysterical paroxysms", or orgasms.

And what did they use to do this, apart from their hands?

Dildos! Vibrators! And water nozzles!

Not much has changed in the last 150 years!

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Once a week, Constance is dressed to go to the doctor and then she disrobes and the doctor shoves a metal dildo in there and starts twisting it around and Constance hates it and is humiliated, obviously, but she also loves the orgasms, which makes her feel guilty, and self-blamey (I really am crazy). She's gotten addicted enough to the sensation that she's started masturbating furiously whenever she's alone, which only serves to reinforce her dysfunction.

One day, the Doctor is replaced by a comely new young doctor named Doctor Drake. And Constance is horrified (and yet also perversely delighted) that he is attractive. Horrified, because now she can no longer separate her physical arousal from its instigator, and delighted because ooooh, Dr. McDreamy has just met his Victorian-era match. But then Constance's mother must intervene because she is a bitch...

HYSTERIA just didn't really work as a 24-page short. Everything was so abrupt and I was very confused about what was going on until I read some of the other reviews on this site and then did some research about the treatment of hysteria in Victorian times. (What I know about hysteria is that it refers to "wandering womb" and was popularized by Hippocrates, that brilliant, misogynistic bastard, and was treated by forced hysterectomies. Owie.)

If this was a full length novel, and featured some actual character depth and plot arcs, I feel like HYSTERIA could have been more than decent. As it was...meh.

1.5 stars.
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Rakab reviewed on on July 27, 2013

Nice peek into mind of a girl tortured by prohibited desires. Quite hot story beside that.
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maria rivera reviewed on on April 12, 2013

I'll read it again, it is a good story, too short though.
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L. Neal reviewed on on Jan. 24, 2013

What a creepy, dark short tale. I learn something new everyday, never knew this went on....I was actually wondered who condoned these treatments. Medicine has come very far in the modern world, thank God. I enjoyed this short story. Hoping the author gives us a full novel.
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Michelle Birbeck reviewed on on Nov. 20, 2012

This is the second of Eva Gale’s short stories I’ve read, and I loved it. I’m not one for history, but the occasional historical novel I do enjoy. This is one of those. It isn’t the hot and steamy erotica that 101 Degrees Fahrenheit was, and was more along the lines of The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart, in its slow build and fantastic finale.

The only complaint I had, in fact, was that, as with the other stories by Eva Gale, the ending seemed somewhat rushed.

Overall though, five stars, and absolutely a recommended read!
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Bertha Sampson reviewed on on Nov. 7, 2012

Excellent writing. I enjoyed this very much.
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