Pleasure

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The bold new blockbuster from the New York Times bestselling author.

Born in Trinidad and living in Atlanta after a relationship gone bad, Nia Simone Bijou is an ambitious writer who has it all. Except for the one thing that'll give her the control she craves-and the power she deserves: absolute, uninhibited sexual satisfaction. Now, in the sweltering days and nights of summer, the heat is on. Nia's fantasies will become a reality-with man after man after man. She will shatter ...

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Overview

The bold new blockbuster from the New York Times bestselling author.

Born in Trinidad and living in Atlanta after a relationship gone bad, Nia Simone Bijou is an ambitious writer who has it all. Except for the one thing that'll give her the control she craves-and the power she deserves: absolute, uninhibited sexual satisfaction. Now, in the sweltering days and nights of summer, the heat is on. Nia's fantasies will become a reality-with man after man after man. She will shatter the limits of erotic love. She will open herself up to experiences she never dared before. And as her fantasies begin to spin out of control, she'll discover the unexpected price of the extreme.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Is obsession required to experience the ultimate in sexual fulfillment? Dickey searches for the answer to that question in his latest steamy romance (after Waking with Enemies) via Nia Simone Bijoux, a ghostwriter recently moved to Atlanta. A devout Anaïs Nin fan, Nia's in hot pursuit of the perfect lay. Enlivened by sometimes catchy narration ("Self-pleasuring was popcorn.... My body was telling me it needed steak"), Nia's adventures with "identical sins," twins Mark and Karl, introduce her to the dubious delights of threesomes and more, leading eventually to a showdown with Mark's wife, Jewell Stewark, a TV anchorwoman. Marred somewhat by Nia's pretentious airs (her self-involvement can be crippling to the narrative), this erotic potboiler still delivers its message that saying "yes" to pleasure can also lead to self-enlightenment. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

Asked in an April National Public Radio interview whether his latest novel, about a ghostwriter pursuing pleasure and exploring sex while avoiding overwhelming relationships, fit into the literary, romance, erotica, or pornography genres, New York Times best-selling author Dickey (Waking with Enemies) replied, "Probably all." Though some listeners may be put off by the graphic descriptions of Nia's sexual encounters, Susan Spain's (Satin Nights) emotionally nuanced reading successfully translates the book to audio format. Recommended primarily for urban libraries with Dickey fans. [Audio clip available through library.brillianceaudio.com; the Dutton hc, released in April, is currently an Essence best seller.-Ed.]
—Sandy Glover

Kirkus Reviews
Dickey (Waking with Enemies, 2007, etc.) shifts focus to pure erotica, peeping in at a beautiful, frustrated woman anxious to explore her deepest desires. Fresh from breaking up with a lover who refuses to believe it's over, writer Nia Simone Bijou is ready for some no-holds-barred, commitment-free sex. She thinks she's found it with a pair of identical, constantly competing twins, a married real-estate developer and a single erotic photographer. Nia tries to keep it simple-well, as simple as it can be with two men in the same bed-but complications (particularly the photographer's bisexual female client, who's crushing on Nia, and the developer's unsettlingly angry wife, a locally famous newscaster) insist on intruding. Readers in search of steamy, kinky sex scenes in various locations and combinations will probably be happy with what they find here. The problem is that Dickey is clearly aiming for something more profound, an emotional and spiritual release as rich as the many physical releases Nia experiences. That doesn't happen. Nia is a bundle of incompletely realized attitudes, not a person. Supposedly she's an intellectual with a fierce regard for grammar, but her first-person narration (overstuffed with references intended to indicate how well-read she is) is riddled with sentence fragments and grammatical errors. The reader is meant to admire her for assuming a role that she believes only men claim: someone who seeks pleasure without guilt and without implying commitment, but instead, she comes across as petty and selfish-a narcissistic little girl who has had the good fortune to get lost in a candy store. And unfortunately, her faults aren't interesting, or real, enough to makeher a true villain. Will leave you hot and bothered, but mentally unsatisfied.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451225986
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 230,245
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey

ERIC JEROME DICKEY is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.

Biography

Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and earned a degree in computer system technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry working as a software developer, Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. He soon began working the local and national comedy circuit. In the early 1990s the aerospace industry took a downward turn and Dickey found himself "downsized," but took this as an opportunity to embark on a writing career.

Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, Dickey started writing poetry and short stories. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA's creative writing classes. In 1994 his first published short story, "Thirteen," appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing, Voices of the Diaspora: An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By," was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.

With those successes behind him, Dickey decided to fine-tune some of his earlier work and developed a screenplay called Cappuccino. Cappuccino was directed and produced by Craig Ross Jr. and appeared in coffeehouses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, Cappuccino made its local debut during the Pan African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles and is currently on the film festival circuit.

Dickey's book-signing tours for Sister, Sister, Friends and Lovers, and Milk in My Coffee took him coast to coast and helped propel these novels to No. 1 on the Blackboard bestsellers List. His books have been featured in many publications, including Essence magazine and USA Today, and have appeared on the bestseller lists of The Los Angeles Times, Blackboard, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Dickey has appeared as a guest on many television shows, including BET's Our Voices and CNN's Sunday Morning Live.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Memphis, Tennessee
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Memphis, 1983
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  • Posted November 24, 2008

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    Unexpected Erotica

    EJD is so talented. So many writers can get pigeon holed into one style of writing or plot, but EJD although he has a signature style, has so many layers, so well traveled and so demonstrative. I thought Pleasures was unlike any other EJD books. It stands on it's own. It is NOT a repeat or a continuation. I liked that EJD stepped out of his comfort zone and wrote something uninhibited and powerfully sexy! Pleasures kept me interested, entertained, and aroused. This book is for open-minded readers that enjoy the intrigue and exploration of female sensuality. Caution this book is for the Grown and Sexy, not for the cold and stiff.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    I expected more from Eric Jerome Dickey

    I am an avid reader of Eric Jerome Dickey, and I expected alot more from this book. Yes, it is written in traditional 'Dickey' style with his occassional peppering of literary terminology and geographical references but in terms of the plot, the book is weak. It is filled with gratuitous sex, and shallow mannerisms that made me gag. I am on page 250, and I am finding this book difficult to complete, unlike the other 7 EJD books I have read. I think that EJD wrote the main character, who is female, in the voice of a male, and I think he was too subjective in forming this book. I still love EJD as a writer, but I definitely think he dropped the proverbial ball with this one.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

    Pleasure is a Erotica

    This book will have you walking around feeling funny inside, the details are so explict. It's as if I were a fly on the wall, Pleasure is an sexy and seductive novel that most women only fantasize about. It's full of sex and romance in such an taboo way. Pleasure also has a twist at the end that will through you for a loop, if your like me you'll have to reread it just to make sure your read what you just thought you read. The book end okay kinda left me wondering....I would recommend you purchase this book if your into sexy, romantic taboo's with some DRAMA!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    I want my own set of TWINS!!

    When I tell you this book is what THAT is...Baby, it is EXACTLY what that is! Pure Pleasure! I love EJD, and all of his books, but this has to be my favorite. I am a woman with a strong sexual appetite, desires and fantasies that most wouldnt admit to having. So KUDOS to Mr. Dickey for putting it out there. This was a fictional book, but for me, it was a How-To guide. How to be a woman who's open-minded, who can seperate sex and love, and who can accept herself for enjoying what is meant to enjoy. I want my own set of twins!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    2 1/2 stars. I SO wanted to love this book. Erotica, from a mal

    2 1/2 stars. I SO wanted to love this book. Erotica, from a male author? Thought it would be an interesting POV, but then he goes and writes it from the POV of a female character.

    Okay, fine. Still on board. Surprisingly, he gets most (if not all) of the sensations right. A set of identical twins, or as the character dubs them, identical sins. Hot menage sex, hot F/F sex, more hot menage sex. There was also the interesting look at black life in Atlanta among the people who've emigrated from the Caribbean: the protagonist, Nia Simone, and her mother are from Trinidad, and they still have a house there; the twins are from Barbados; one twin's wife has an islands connection.

    I read this on my Kindle, and there were some crazy formatting issues. Maybe it's better on the Nook, I dunno. The word "pleasure," used repeatedly, yet (almost) always spelled out as plea sure. Was it deliberate or a formatting goof? Other words oddly split were im port ant, Ca rib bean, and a couple others, so I am thinking it was a formatting accident, not an author affectation, but every time I hit one (every screen or three) it stopped me dead in my tracks. Kind of like it bugged Nia to have her ex keep texting her with "your always on my mind" messages.

    There were repetition of phrases, like "identical sins" that were striking the first time, a nice callback the second time, still somewhat cute the third time, but with continued use, simply annoying. I hope I never see a reference to a woman's "chocolate star" again. I did like the tie-in to Anais Nin, another sensualist on a journey of discovery, but while I have always been able to relate to Anais, I could not relate to Nia.

    It was MUCH too long (476 pages). There really wasn't a plot, or any sense that Nia, the main character, learned, changed, or grew during the course of it. She just had lots of (unsafe) sex with men (and women) who were emotionally and/or legally unavailable to be with her, not that she seemed to want a permanent partner anyway. The complication of Mark's wife Jewell, a television personality, seemed unnecessary, and what really ticked me off is there is a scene near the end, where the reader is led to believe it involves one brother, but actually involves the other, so there's a ta-da! moment. In rereading it, it is clearly contrived; somebody's "calling out his name," so Nia, the narrator, knows who it is, but it's withheld from the reader. There's a fine line to play that kind of trick on the reader/viewer and have it still be satisfying, a la The Sixth Sense; in this case, I just felt PLAYED.

    I will read more of this author's work in the future. Based on the other reviews I have read from his fans who were deeply disappointed in this offering; he has done much better than this. It's worth a look to see how male writers imagine sex from a female POV, but if you're looking for something deep as well as sexy, this ain't it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Save Your Money

    I have heard goodnthungs about ejd and always wanted to grab one of his books so i did. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED! I am seriously afraid of buying one of his books a gain. This book was bad. Im not one to bash books because i like all reads. Please believe me. I felt like i was reading th same jibberish over and over. I skipped a lot of pages. It literally felt like justa book he decided ti put a lot if his personal interests in. I didnt feel like i was reading fiction. I felt like i was reading the authors diary.

    Where the plot was supposed to be electrifying it was only predictable. Bad. I guessed everything. It was not good at all. The main character i barely liked. The whole story just ugh!! I inly finished because i figutred it would get better at some point. But nope!! It was a DRAAAAAAAAAG! Literallu skipped like twenty pages towards the end, the end is supposed to be the best. That my fellow reader ahoukd speak for itself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

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    HOT HOT HOT

    If you are reading this one, make sure you have a man (or a woman if you are a man) close by. After you put this one down, you make be ready for a little nookie nookie. Lol! A really good read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    very erotic

    This book was well written. It really makes you think of all your fantasies and gives you a few! It's sensual and sexy with class.
    I would love to read a sequel....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! :(

    I was anticpating crazy lust-filled thoughts! I wanted to not be able to focus for a week because this book was so good, but I was able to focus on my normal life. This was a dissapointment. I've read pretty mech all of EJD's books, he is a very good story teller and has a unique way of writing & perspective. His books are like a roller coaster sometimes they are wonderful then there are those times when its like "huh". EJD is still a good author, you just should not get your hopes up for this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2008

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    An average read

    This was the first book that I read from Eric Jerome Dickey. It was not what I expected. It was more of a Zane style of writing. I have heard that his writing stlye is a lot different than what I have read from Pleasure. I have another book that he has written but have not read. I'm looking forward to the other side of Eric Jerome Dickey.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    My My

    I always pick up a book that has Eric Jerome Dickey's name on it ever since I read Between Lovers and Cheaters. I have to say that Pleasure has to be the BEST book I have read thus far from Mr. Dickey. The characters seem so real and its so easy for me to follow along because he paints such a vivid and accurate picture. The research has definately paid off. I'm very impressed with the language and especially the main character. She is a female Gemini writer such as myself. I'm impressed with the accuracy of her thought process and her inner desires. I have no doubt that women that share the same zodiac sign will appreciate her and see we're not air headed two faced creatures. Though it is a fiction novel all good stories have a hint of truism in every chapter. I look forward to reading the next series of books and will definately add this one to the collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Pleasure Uninhibited...

    I'm a major fan of EJD, each novel is an unfamiliar adventure. I can appreciate Pleasure because of its mental eroticisms and Karma Sutra exploits. I cannot think of a single author who in so many ways allows the characters to share in pure bliss as the ones created by Dickey. It's refreshing to read novels that express freedom coupled with flaming uninhibitedness. Thanks Eric for consistently offering me an adventurous and metaphysical magic carpet ride. Food for thought: in order to fully experience an EJD novel one must remain completely open at the top evolving within a consciousness of higher and even higher possibilities!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    It was OK...

    It was okay to read. It's not my cup of tea but interesting to read about someone else's wants and desires. Other reviews stated Nia was brave to explore her sexual desires. I say Nia was gender confused. She sabotage her own happiness with the choices she made. I wish it had a better ending, but I guess that's life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Highly Disappointed

    I usually enjoy Eric Jerome Dickey's books. I'm an avid reader and love a good story. There was NO story in this book - it was just a bunch of people getting their swerve on with no regard to their owen health and safety or the feelings of those close to them. I struggled to get to the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Enh

    This book left me conflicted. It got to the point where I stopped enjoying reading this book, but continued reading it and was glad to be finished with it. I did like the uniqueness of the main character, Nia. I also liked how the author, a man, could write so vividly an erotic story from a woman's perspective. While I'm all for sexual freedom and exploration, the weird plot twist just didn't work for me and seemed too far fetched. It seemed to come out of nowhere, but exposed the hypocrisy of Nia, Jewel, Mark and Karl. Although this book left a funny taste in my mouth, I will read the other installments about Nia to get more insight into how she became the woman she is in Pleasure. Hopefully the other installments don't disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Awesome

    This book will have you hooked by the time you have read the first paragraph! I am a fan of EJD and I enjoy most of his work. This is a must read!

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Highly Reccommended - Very Enjoyable and a Must

    Very entertaining and well written book. And the fact that it is a man writing from a woman's perspective and you realize how talented EJD actually is. Book has many turns and does a great job of outlining a situation then deeply exploring it in a realistic nature. Look forward to the next book of both Nia Simone & EJD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Hot hot hot

    Being a huge fan of Eric I was taken back by this lusty novel, but enthralled by the passion. The characters were sexy. I wished I had a Mark and Karl for my dream. Can't wait to read the next adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    OMG! a must read!

    WOW! the title of this book says it all! this was hot & intense!! Dickey does not disappoint with this book! i could not put this book down, i kept wanting MORE! great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Too Wordy

    Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of EJD. But this book was entirely too wordy as if to take up space. I found myself skimming through most of it towards the end because it started to become quite repitive. The book was ok nonetheless.

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