- Kensington Aphrodisia
- Release Date
- January 2012
- Book 7 of House of Pleasure
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Ménage or more
No passion is too decadent and no desire is too exotic at Madame Helene's Pleasure House—an exclusive brothel in Regency England that offers the ultimate in erotic delights…
Christian Delornay has observed so many illicit liaisons at his mother's house of pleasure he regards sex as merely an enjoyable pastime, certainly not an act of love. So when a young widow arrives in search of work, Christian hires her as his assistant with the intention of instructing her in the ways of sensual seduction…
Desperate to escape her past, Elizabeth "Smith" is happy to accept Christian's offer of work. She is prepared to serve his every need, yet she refuses to reveal her most intimate desires. But in the hands of a master it is impossible to deny her own wanton yearnings, and she soon succumbs to her secret longing for pure carnal pleasure…
Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Feb 11, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
158 people found the following review helpful
Kate Pearce has set a standard for Erotic Historical Romance by which all others will be measured for me. SIMPLY CARNAL is 300 pages of sexual decadence, debauchery, and lust interspersed with a story filled with scandal, betrayal, past hurts, and new love that had me riveted from beginning to end.
SIMPLY CARNAL is the seventh book in the House of Pleasure series and it features Christian Delornay who is Madame Helene's (the proprietress of the House of Pleasure) son. As you can imagine, working in a house of ill-repute for since he was eighteen has skewed his view on relationships. He takes his pleasure where he likes and doesn't let anyone get close because he's learned from his past that when you let people close, they leave. But when Elizabeth Smith, a young widow with something to hide, walks into the House of Pleasure, he's attracted and intrigued by this woman he can't figure out. He ends up offering her a job and a place in his bed.
Elizabeth is on the run from her past and she knows that she can count on no one. She will accept Christian's offer of a job and being his mistress if only to help her figure out her plans to get herself out of the mess she finds herself in. What neither one of them expects is to find an undeniable pleasure in each other's arms.
Hold on to your knickers, folks because this book is HOT...boiling, sweltering, scorching, and whatever other synonyms you can think of. SIMPLY CARNAL was just that--carnal.
Christian and Elizabeth had an unbelievable chemistry and an innate way of getting to the root of the other's desires. It sometimes felt absolutely voyeuristic reading about what they were getting up to. But of course, that didn't stop me from reading because I was completely hooked. I loved how in Elizabeth, Christian seemed to find his perfect match. A well-refined woman on the outside, a hellion in bed, and someone who really didn't get frightened or scandalized easily.
Besides the sex--and there was A LOT of that--SIMPLY CARNAL did actually have a plot, and an excellent one at that. There was plenty of backstory on Christian and his relationship with Madame Helene, which was very tenuous at best. Also, Elizabeth's past was filled with so many secrets, I felt like we kept learning a new one with each successive chapter. We also have great secondary characters that we've seen throughout the series that help round out the story.
Overall, SIMPLY CARNAL is an extremely steamy novel with an intricate story line and great characters. It's not for the faint of heart because there is plenty of sex in all types of configurations (M/F, M/F/M, M/M/F and some brief M/M scenes), but those of use who like their romance with a lot spice will not be disappointed. You don't have to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one either. Even if you don't usual read historical romances, I think this book will change your mind.
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