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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013


    This plot/storyline is typical of the Simply books. I don't know how many more stories KP can squeeze out of the Pleasure House. This story did not have the suspense needed to hold my interest. However, I did enjoy Emily and Ambrose storyline.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    This review was first posted at Reading Between the Wines! Rich

    This review was first posted at Reading Between the Wines!

    Richard Ross is a dull man compared to the rest of his Ross-Delornay family. Or at least they think so. The truth is, Richard has been living quite a fascinating life as a part time spy for the crown. A part time job that once was quite active when he was in France ten years ago. Of course, working for the crown wasn't the only thing he was doing in France. No he also fell in love with Violet LeNy, and then she was murdered in front of him. Or at least that's what he thought until he came across a man in his step mother's Pleasure House that had a striking resemblance to his long lost Violet.

    Violet LeNy is on the run with her twin brother Jack Lennox. There's someone trying to kill them. The elusive 'Mr. Brown'. So they're on a mission to figure out who Mr. Brown is and stop him once and for all so that they can finally live a peaceful existence, and start over in England, away from their native France. This mission brings old wounds to the surface for Violet though when she has to use the only man she's ever loved, and walked away from to save, to help her find Mr. Brown. The fact that Richard is furious at her deception is an understatement. But will Richard help her, or will he walk away and leave Violet and Jack doomed to the possibility of death at Mr. Brown's hands?

    I've read almost the entire series of Ms. Pearce's House of Pleasure Series. I think I've only missed one or two books. While this one wasn't my favorite, it was still a good read, and I found myself enjoying the conclusion of some long time issues for the Ross-Delornay clan. Richard's issues with his father are resolved, and it had a nice back story including the youngest sibling Emily. From what I understand this is the last book of the House of Pleasure Series, and she will be starting a new series called the Sinner's Club with her next book. So it's a four wine glass toast to Simply Scandalous, and let's bring on the next wickedly naughty historical piece from Ms. Pearce shall we? I love this woman's naughty imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Good conclusion to the series

    Loved this as much as the first. Everything you expect from Kate Pearce and the Pleasure House.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    The plot is great but the reading falls flat

    ABOUT THE BOOK: After years of fighting on the continent, Richard Ross has finally returned to London to make peace with his father, and the erotic delights of his stepmother’s Pleasure House provide a welcome distraction for his war-weary heart. But he is shocked to encounter someone there whose resemblance to his lost love leaves him both tempted and tormented…

    As a former spy, Violet LeNy has mastered the art of deception. But there is no disguising the heated passion that still burns between her and Richard, the man she once betrayed but who now is her only hope of survival. Soon she plans a scandalous game of seduction where sensual surrender is the ultimate pleasure…

    REVIEW: The plot in this piece was great. It’s engaging, moves at a steady pace, and when the antagonist is finally revealed, surprising. I enjoyed watching it unfold and absolutely loved both romantic stories moving at a steady pace at the same time.

    I’ve read Ms. Pearce’s pieces before but only got about three books into the series before having my attention drawn away. Picking up this piece, I now remember why. Now, before I jump into the why of giving this MS three stars, let me just say the plots overall in each of these books, are actually very good.

    That being said, the writing in the stories frustrates me to the point where I almost want to stop reading. It’s not that she doesn’t write well, because obviously she does, it is more so a lot of it tends to be very passive for starters. I feel as if I’m reading and watching from afar, instead of being right in the scene with the characters. Second, a lot of the details seem to be reversed when it comes to some scenes. Ms. Pearce will give us details into something that completely doesn’t apply to the story, yet turn around on something that is actually needed, and rush through it. It was that way with every single love scene. They were extremely rushed, to the point of say, two paragraphs from the first touch and kiss, to the final act, and even then sometimes that was skipped over as well. Reading a romance, I want to see that build up, want to see the confliction of feelings, the tension and instead in this piece I got none of it and it fell flat for me as a reader. By the end of the story, I was very frustrated in the sense that I felt as if I didn’t see the connection between the characters as promised.

    I do think that the plot which unfolds is again, very good and I hope that we’ll get to see more of a connection in future books. Three stars for an overall good read.

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