SIMPLY FORBIDDEN by Kate Pearce

PUB INFO.: Brava, 1/25/2011
GENRE: Historical Erotic Romance
SETTING: England, 1822
SERIES: House of Pleasure, Book 6
MY GRADE: A

From Goodreads.com:

Nothing’s More Satisfying Than. . .

With an unconventional upbringing and a reputation as a shameless flirt, Lisette Delornay-Ross is not your typical young lady of the ton. Unlike her peers, she is not afraid to follow her desires. And what she desires is Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield.

Fulfilling Forbidden Passions. . .

Returned to England after his harrowing ordeal as a war prisoner, Gabriel has shunned society. When Lisette brazenly confronts him, he feels an overwhelming stirring of lust. He’s sure she would never entertain the illicit desires he indulges at Madame Helene’s. But when he kisses her, he discovers her thirst for pleasure–and adventure–matches his. . .

MY THOUGHTS: This story takes place in England in 1822. The hero is thirty year old Gabriel Swanfield. He has dark hair and blue eyes and is bisexual. The heroine is twenty-one year old Lisette Delornay-Ross. She has light brown hair and hazel eyes. She’s got a twin brother named Christian.

I’m a big fan of this series, having read the two previous ones. I now consider Kate Pearce a favorite author. I enjoyed the sexual chemistry between hero and heroine and wasn’t let down by any of the intimate scenes. Gabriel is the kind of hero I like; slightly tortured. He has physical and emotional scars and was a war prisoner in Spain. He’s also the product of rape. He really has no family and is on bad terms with his two cousins.

The heroine is experienced sexually, which isn’t that common for historical romances. I like her personality but found her to be a bit childish at times. My favorite part of the whole novel is when she played a couple of sexual pranks on the hero. I thought that was genius of the author and original. It had me grinning from ear to ear. Lisette is a character I envy! You’ll have to read the book yourself to find out what I’m talking about. I doubt you’ll have any complaints.

I liked the secondary characters, especially the friends of Gabriel. The heroine’s brother Christian, I suspect he might get his own story and I wouldn’t mind if he did. At first I detected a bit of jealousy from him when it came to Lisette and Gabriel but I’m not sure if that’s true.

I enjoyed all the sex in the book, all nine or more scenes and was impressed by the explicitness of them. It’s just what I like and Kate knows how to deliver them. I did enjoy the first 2/3 of the story more than the last 1/3. It dragged a slight bit for me. Also, I didn’t find their love to be that believable. I was a bit uncomfortable with Lisette and her family being so open with one another with their sex lives. It made me cringe a little.

I couldn’t have been more pleased with this novel. I recommend it to any and all who like explicit romances. I rate it 4.5/5 stars.

Other books in this series are:

  • Simply Sexual  2-2008
  • Simply Sinful   11-2008
  • Simply Shameless  4-2009
  • Simply Wicked  9-2009
  • Simply Insatiable 4-2010
  • Simply Forbidden 1-2011

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

HER LADYSHIP’S COMPANION by Evangeline Collins

This book was published by Berkley in mass market paperback in February 2011. It was first published by Berkley in trade paperback in 2009.

From Goodreads.com:

In the Scottish countryside of Selkirk, Lady Isabella Stirling resides at Bowhill Park, serving penance for a sin that nearly ruined her family. For five years she has been condemned to a loveless marriage and confined to the estate where she does little more than tend her rose garden. With her husband absent for months at a time and few visitors, Bella lives a lonely existence, denying the passions that burn within her very soul.

Then her cousin comes for a visit and makes an outrageous suggestion: what Bella needs is a lover. A hired lover. Despite her need, Bella says no. But soon Mr. Gideon Rosedale arrives-and he is at her service for two weeks. Indulging in what she intends to be a harmless flirtation, Bella is overcome by Gideon’s intoxicating presence. And when she at last permits him to satisfy her desires, she discovers she’s done the unthinkable-she’s fallen in love.

MY THOUGHTS: The story takes place in England and Scotland in 1816 and spans about ten months. The heroine is Isabella ‘Bella’ Stirling. She’s 24 and has been married to Lord Stirling, 34, for almost five years. He’s impotent and they have no relationship of any kind with each other and he’s rarely at home. He’s both physically and verbally abusive toward her. Bella is 5’8″ and has pale blond and violet eyes. She’s terribly unhappy. Her parents are dead and she’s got two brothers and two sisters who have never come to visit her.

The hero is Gideon Rosedale. He’s twenty-seven, 6’1″ and has dark brown hair and brown eyes. He’s a prostitute and has been for ten years. His mother was one and he doesn’t know who his father is. He was raised up in a brothel. Bella’s cousin, Esmé, hires him to ‘service’ Bella for two weeks. That’s how the hero and heroine meet.

Bella is so lonely and isolated. I think she became a bit obsessed with Gideon, especially after their original two week stay was over. She was so starved or affection that once she warmed up to him, she was not emotionally prepared to let him go. To me, she showed signs of being mentally unbalanced and seemed a bit immature. She also seems hypersexual. That combined with her overall emotional state made me wonder if she was bipolar. I feel she was a bit of a weak character, pretty passive with things that had nothing to do with Gideon.

Gideon seemed a little bland to me. I’d have liked to have known a bit more about his upbringing. I don’t think his character was developed quite enough. Bella’s surely wasn’t. We weren’t told a thing about her past; childhood, upbringing, nothing. I want to know why her siblings never came to visit her.

The sex scenes were very explict but ordinary and there were plenty of them. I was a bit surprised by one scene near the end involving something the hero did to the heroine. I’d give the sex an A-.

Overall, there wasn’t much going on in this story but sex. No real plot at all except toward the end when Bella’s husband pays her a visit. Though the heroine is married to another, she and Gideon have their happily-ever-after. How? You’ll have to read the book to find out! I grade this book 3.5 stars/B-. I absolutely love the cover with the exception of the heroes hairy leg.

You can visit Evangeline here. Same review can be found here. 

 

 

 

 

* I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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