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The Darker Side of Pleasure [Kindle Edition]

Eden Bradley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this steamy follow-up to her irresistibly erotic debut novel, Eden Bradley returns with a trio of tales that explore the darker side of pleasure.

Prepare to enter a provocative, scintillating world where three women are about to take ecstasy to the limit—and beyond. In The Bonds of Love a struggling couple will do anything to save their marriage, even if it means experimenting with a little bondage. But once their research moves beyond the bedroom, how will they know if they’ve gone too far?... In The Lair a woman answers an ad for a female submissive, ready to surrender to her body’s deepest yearnings. Finding love is the last thing she anticipates… And in Love and Discipline a journalist expects her interview with a sensual extremist to be business as usual. Instead she finds herself submitting to the dominant desires of a handsome stranger—and discovering more about herself than she ever dreamed possible.

Sensual and mysterious, this captivating collection is sure to seduce you, page after tantalizing page.…

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews


"Ms Bradley's writing is intelligent, insightful, and lays you into a hotbed of complexities placing her on my SUPREME LIST of favored authors."
~NightOwl Romance
"I found myself unable to put this book down...Eden Bradley's ability to make me react and feel and become enthralled in her work is truly amazing."
~Romance Junkies
"Bradley's excellent prose creates well-rounded stories that are sure to satisfy... a very enticing read."
~Romantic Times

From the Author

In THE DARKER SIDE OF PLEASURE I wanted to explore BDSM from three very different perspectives. I wrote about a married couple trying to reconnect after a trauma through the intimacy intrinsic in BDSM play in THE BONDS OF LOVE. In THE LAIR I wrote about the intensity of a formal training house, and two people who aren't meant for each other falling in love despite their glamorous surroundings and the strict rules involved. And in LOVE AND DISCIPLINE I wrote about yet another kind of connection found through extreme sex when a woman who believes she's seen it all falls for the man who shows her more than she ever thought possible.

This book was a labor of love for me. I love exploring the deep psychology involved in BDSM, and part of my desire in showing the power play dynamic in these different ways was to get across how differently people may feel about it, how it can be a unique experience fueled by different motives and drives. And being a romance author, I also wanted to explore how love affects us in different ways, and ultimately affects us all.
I hope you'll enjoy the journey with Jillian and Cameron, Cassandra and Marcus, and Damien and Maggie.

Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin

Product Details

  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553589741
  • Publisher: Bantam (September 25, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WCWVJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Blue Ribbons! September 26, 2007
The Bonds of Love

Jillian and Cameron have been married for years. For months, however, they have been sleeping in separate rooms and their sex life is non existent. In a last ditch effort to save their marriage, they agree to explore the lifestyle of D/s. Displaying a complete show of trust, Jillian turns herself over to Cameron and finds a lifetime of control falling away. When their curiosity for this lifestyle takes them away from their home, Jillian and Cameron realize that more is at stake than just participating in a scene.

The Lair

Answering Master Robert's ad for a sexual submissive to train, Cassandra Lowell finds herself in ecstasy for the first time in her entire life. Being trained by Master Robert is a great privilege that Cassandra doesn't want to take lightly. However, with one glance at Marcus di Sante, Robert's nephew and fellow Dominant, Cassandra realizes that she will do anything to be with him - even break the unspoken contract with Master Robert that can have Marcus thrown out of the BDSM community and ostracized forever.

Love and Discipline

Maggie London is a columnist for a New York sex magazine. In San Francisco on assignment to interview Damien Knight, a sexual Dominant who is well versed in the BDSM lifestyle, Maggie finds herself mesmerized by Damien's aura and personality. From the moment their eyes meet, Maggie's innermost self begins to yearn for things that she has never thought about in her entire life. Things that a woman in control should not want or need. Things that only Damien can give to her to experience and explore. When the smoke clears and Maggie's time in San Francisco comes to an end, will she be able to walk away or will the powerful presence that is Damien make her want to stay?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, seductive storytelling with an edge February 23, 2008
If you're in the mood for seductive stories with an edge, this book has it all: silky-smooth prose, well-crafted suspense and very hot sex scenes in abundance. But it offers even more to readers like me who are new to this genre. I was always a bit mystified by the allure of BDSM, but Eden Bradley's intelligent and insightful portrayals of both male and female characters helped me "get" why strong women would be drawn to this sort of experience and how power play can be a delightfully slippery--and profoundly romantic--game. I found "Love and Discipline" especially riveting; I just couldn't put it down until I was done! Bradley is a wonderful storyteller and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker side of pleasure for sure April 4, 2008
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I purchased this book after reading The Dark Garden by the same author, while I really enjoyed it, The Darker side of pleasure was even better, very deep into the world of BDSM, erotic yet dark, I couldn't put this down...3 short stories that hook you and leave you breathless--literally!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Darker Side of Pleasure by Eden Bradley June 25, 2008
By Russ H.
A fun read in 3 short stories(about 100 pages each). Erotic fiction that delves well into the psychologic background of BDSM with understanding. Titillating stories but I felt they lacked character development found in novel length writings, so not as riveting for me as other titles of this genre that I have read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Hot!!! October 29, 2008
just love all the differnt dominant and subs its used differently in every story but its hot and the stories have meaning 2 them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great erotica romance book May 19, 2013
By Dee Dee
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This book contains 3 stories. Each one has a great story line and romanceb galore. The first story is about a couple who are trying to heat up their lovelife. They get into a little bondage, and work towards the issue of trust that it brings.

The next story is about a woman who answers an ad for a female submissive ready to learn the life. Her trainer is wonderful to her but she falls head over heels in love with his nephew. How did this happen?

Next, you meet a journalist who is meeting a sensual extremist and instead of an interview, he tells her he must show her the world of BDSM she wants to write about. He gives her more than they both bargin for.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One titillating short- rinse/repeat February 27, 2011
By Nita
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These three quick read short stories explore BDSM D/s with details that leave me longing for more. Predictable yes, but I love the way Eden describes feelings and things.

Same template for each of the three shorts, but it works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ... January 19, 2013
By maira
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It's an okay read, but the thing about this book is that it leaves you hanging for more things to happen (not the sexual part) but the story in general. You'd feel like saying, "is that it?".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars meh
Erotica with a BDSM twist. For those interested in this particular sub-genre, there is better stuff out there.
Published 4 months ago by Ron Penn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As promised
Published 4 months ago by Mary E., Tobin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i like this author
Published 6 months ago by BlueSky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 7 months ago by Mark A. Lerch
5.0 out of 5 stars must read.
I couldn't put the book down. If you enjoy stories about BSDM you will enjoy this book. I plan on reading more books by this author
Published 15 months ago by hopeless bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, great price
Happy with the purchase, price and shipping. Worth the read!!! I purchased this with a few other books and I enjoyed reading it.
Published 21 months ago by MrsHinNH
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
I really enjoyed this book. Eden Bradley is a very good Author. If you want a good book to read on Exotica she is the one to read. very steamy.
Published 21 months ago by Cheryl A. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I enjoyed this book very much hates off to the author.I think it is a must read for everyone who is into BDSM.
Published 23 months ago by LAUREN
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinfully Good!
I would & have recommended this book to all my book club friends! Ms Bradley touched all the right nerves to make the stories very passionate & enviable
Published on March 1, 2013 by Monika Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars the darker side of pleasure
As i was reading this book i did not understand why people would put themselves in submissive situations. Read more
Published on February 10, 2013 by wendy
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More About the Author

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Eden Bradley writes dark, edgy erotica and erotic romance for Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice and HQN, Berkley Heat (as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin), and Samhain Publishing. Two of her books have been Romantic Times Top Picks, and her novel FORBIDDEN FRUIT was profiled in Cosmopolitan Magazine's Red Hot Reads column in 2008. More recently her BDSM book THE DARK GARDEN hit the top paperback fiction charts in the UK.

As someone who has been involved in BDSM practice for much of her adult life, she relates in particular to her BDSM and kink stories, infusing them with her own truth about kink practice from her life experiences.

Eden has appeared regularly on Playboy Radio's 'Night Calls' and the Hollywood In the Flesh readings. She loves art, shoes, tattoos, reading smutty books, chocolate and sex, of course, not necessarily in that order.

You can visit her websites: or her group blog .

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