The novel is told in first person, and the protagonist of the novel is Charlie Roberts. Charlie possesses much virility and a seemingly insatiable sexual appetite. Charlie describes his sexual initiation and catalogs his experiences with various male and female friends, and acquaintances.
“The Romance of Lust, or Early Experiences” is a classic Victorian erotic novel, published in four volumes during the years 1873–1876. It contains graphic sexual descriptions and themes.