Forbidden Pleasures

Forbidden Pleasures

by Bertrice Small

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451218506
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/27/2006
Series: Pleasures Series , #2
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 659,268
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bertrice Small was the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels. Among her numerous awards, she was the recipient of the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. She lived on the North Fork of the eastern end of Long Island, New York, until her death in 2015.

Interviews

Heart to Heart Interview with Bertrice Small

Heart to Heart: We love Forbidden Pleasures, your second erotic contemporary. For us, one of the special pleasures is the behind-the-scenes look at the world of romance publishing. It starts with a romance author who has been told to write hotter and the handsome Irish editor who's assigned to help her. We know this is fiction -- but has any part of this happened to you or your author friends?

Bertrice Small: I wish! No, my editors are lovely women who seem to get younger and cuter as I get older. I suppose I've inhaled a certain amount of minor publishing knowledge and industry gossip over the years, but none of Forbidden Pleasures is based on fact or real people. If it were, we would all be like the authors in this book, Emily Shann or Savannah Banning!

HtoH: As in Private Pleasures, this book features the mysterious interactive cable system, The Channel, which lets women dream up their personal fantasy and have a physical relationship with it? How did you get this idea -- and have you trademarked it?

BS: What a great idea! I shall trademark it immediately. As to how I came up with it, I'm very tech-challenged, actually, but I make up for it with a very deviant imagination. It's actually something I wish were real. And if it were, I would be the first on the block to have it!

HtoH: Many of your fans know you best for your historical romances. What are the challenges of working in different modes? Do they require a mental switch?

BS: Yes, different subgenres do require a mental switch. With my historical romances, I am very focused on both the story and the history. It's absolutely important to me that they mesh. And the characters have to behave properly for their time period. With the fantasy series I doing, I'm free as a bird to do whatever I want, and they are probably my most creative endeavors right now. I have no earth history to lock me in. I don't have to worry about names being correct for a certain period, or foods, or anything other than to write what I chose to write. It's very creatively liberating. The erotic contemporaries are the most difficult. I don't consider myself a 21st- or even 20th-century person. But once I created the small town of Egret Pointe, I found myself right at home. I live in small-town America, and I have to say that I love the characters in Forbidden Pleasures. And I believe anyone who lives in a close-knit neighborhood can relate. I keep these stories close -- something I learned from my friend Barbara Bretton. As for the sex -- well, some is from experience and some from darned good research. But of course there is just so much one can do with the human body. My husband likes to joke, "And how did they do it today? Upside down in a barracks bag."

HtoH: What and who are the TV shows and authors you enjoy most these days?

BS: I don't get a great deal of time to read for pleasure these days, but I've recently become hooked on Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. It's so imaginative and sexy. As for TV, everyone knows I'm addicted. I love shows with good writing. I'm a big sci-fi fan. I think my favorite series was Babylon 5. I actually bought five years of DVDs. I love the original StarGate movie and the two series that came from it, and Dr. Who (I was watching him back in the '70s), and the new Battlestar Gallactica, and of course all the Trek series, and Dune. I am going to miss Everwood and 7th Heaven. I'm a big Gilmore Girls watcher, CSI, CSI Miami, Without a Trace, and of course, Survivor and The Amazing Race. My husband got me interested last year in watching Dancing with the Stars. Drew Lachey and Sharron blew me away. As I said, I love television, but then I was brought up in the industry. My late parents were network executives.

HtoH: What are you working on next?

BS: Well, next published will be a new historical series in October. The title of the book is A Dangerous Love, and it's set in both England and Scotland in the mid-15th century. I'm currently writing the third book in the World of Hetar series, The Twilight Lord, which will be out in 2007. Readers should keep an eye on my web site at www.BertriceSmall.com. Just go to the Coming Attractions pages.

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Forbidden Pleasures 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read this book. I've been reading Bertrice Small for years. She's my favorite author. I never thought I would give any of her books less than 4 stars but I have to give this book 1 star. It was that bad. I read the reviews before I bought it but I ignored them because people gave 'Memory Of Love' and 'Bedazzled' bad reviews too, but I loved them. The reviews are not wrong. This book is terrible. I couldn't even finish it. I read the first few chapters and was shocked at how bad it was. I hated all of the characters in this book, especially the heroine. She was so immature - I couldn't believe that she was over the age of 30. She's my least favorite heroine of all time. Private Pleasures was not one of her best books, but I did enjoy it enough to finish it. It was a lot better than this book. The parts I hated the most was when the herione visited The Channel. I skimmed through those parts, because, they were so boring. I think Ms. Small needs to stick to historicals. Do not let this book stop you from reading other books by Bertrice Small. She's usually a great writer. The O'Malley Series, Lara Series, Beloved, Blaze Whyndam and Hellion (just to name a few) are really good. I'm not sure why she decided to put out such a bad book. Even though this book was bad, I am looking forward to reading the latest book in the Border Cronicles series that comes out later this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I buy everything Bertrice writes, but this was 'below the belt' for those interested in a good steamy love story. Some of the language was just so bad and demeaning, and something I would expect from a rapist rather than my lover. I just could not get into this one at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like the book Private Pleasure then you will love Forbidden. All I can say is Wow.This is one of the books you cant put down till you reach the end then you want more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While a departure from Historical Romance, Bertrice Small does not disappoint in her venture into her second contemporary story. Her main characters Emily and Devlin are delightful. Throw in some very steamy sex and you have a major hit ! A small visit with the previous characters in her first contemporary 'Private Pleasures' is a treat but not annoying ! Great job Lady Small. I look forward to your October release of 'A Dangerous Love' !
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Not as good as the first book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. It's the 1st Romance novel i've read and it's probably the best The Pleasure Series - Private, Forbidden, and Sudden are all wonderful books. I'm personally going to go back to all of Bertrice Smalls Books. Her books are romantic and EXTREMELY Sexy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up on a whim. I am not a romance fanatic and I have never read Mrs. Small's work.... BUT, I will have to purchase every book she writes! Her literary style is easy to read yet not simplistic. While sex was a big part of the novel, the plot was well executed. A great quick read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the heck out of this book. And my husband enjoyed the mood the book put me in. The characters were all likeable and the story simple. The focus here is bringing out the sexiness and sensuality in a young woman and the story succeeds.