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Gorgeous As Sin (Berkley Sensation) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Johnson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An erotic romance star who ?TAKES SENSUALITY TO THE EDGE? (OAKLAND PRESS) debuts her new historical romance trilogy.

Fitz Monckton, Duke of Groveland, has never encountered a woman he can?t seduce?until he clashes with the beautiful Rosalind St. Vincent, whose bookshop sits in the way of Fitz?s lucrative development deal. If money won?t entice Rosalind to sell her shop, Fitz must tempt her in other ways?hopefully mutually pleasurable, and profitable to them both.

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About the Author

Susan Johnson is the award-winning, national bestselling author of the novels Hot Spot, Hot Legs, and Hot Pink, among others.


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  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PU7WGO
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous As Sin by Susan Johnson April 20, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Susan Johnson is an accomplished writer of erotica and has penned over thirty novels and many short stories. Her writing runs the gamut from historical to contemporary but she's most well known for her scorching sex scenes and smoldering heroes and heroines. I classify her books as erotica because the sex plays a major part in her plots. I would go so far as to say the sexual acts and resulting sexual connection between her heroes and heroines is so important to her plots it's almost a characters in and of itself! Her heroes are Alphas to the core--dominant, arrogant, profligate, and most other appellations ascribed to this type of man. Her heroines are usually women who find themselves in an unhappy situation who fall for the hero in spite of themselves...and these heroines also become almost slaves to their libidos. It's that almost involuntary pull that sometimes makes me want to toss her books against the wall. So be warned before you pick up one of her novels.

"Gorgeous as Sin" is Susan Johnson's latest historical (is that an oxymoron?) and her characters and plot run true to form. He's an almost despicable womanizer, a Duke, vastly wealthy, and 'gorgeous as sin'. She's a widow whose book store is the only thing standing in the way (literally) of his latest construction project in 1890s London. Although they begin as antagonists, it doesn't take long for them to connect sexually and become almost addicted to each other. The rest of plot revolves around their affair and their business...and neither runs as smoothly as either would wish.

In the end, I didn't fling "Gorgeous As Sin" against the wall. Instead I finished it. There were no surprises, but the Duke did finally 'evolve' into something less despicable and more palatable. This isn't a book that will go on my keeper shelf, but it did provide me an afternoon's entertainment and several sweaty moments!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging late Victorian heated romance March 7, 2009
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In 1891, his Grace the Duke of Groveland George Montagu Fitz-Robbins Monckton, left the countryside and his latest married paramour at the urgent request of his barrister Prosper Hutchinson. Prosper explains that if a Mrs. St. Vincent refuses to sell her bookstore on Monckton Row, his project would fail and His Grace will be out at least 90,000 pounds. The lady is obstinate.

To save his project, Fitz visits the lady in question who refuses money. He likes her courage and stubbornness so different than all the women he knows who do whatever he asks of them. He changes plan from cash to seduction as no female can resist his lure. Rosalind knows her adversary is GORGEOUS AS SIN and desires him, but she knows he will break her heart so rejects her need of him and his enticement leading to an immovable force colliding with an irresistible object.

This engaging late Victorian heated romance stars two enemy combatants insisting it is only passing lust that will go away like gas does. The gender war makes for a fine historical as Fitz and Rosalind feel they have good cause to motivate them to fight and win the battle while ignoring their respective seditious hearts and other body parts. Although the plot is a bit thin, Susan Johnson provides an enjoyable late nineteenth century romance because of heated hostility between the lead couple.

Harriet Klausner
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only thing gorgeous about this is the cover May 27, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been reading Susan Johnson novels for years. When I discovered her, I read all of her backlist of historicals as quickly as I could find them and still have a few of them on my keeper shelf. However, something about her writing changed for me with several of her newest releases that kind of put me off reading her for while. When I first learned about Gorgeous as Sin I was on the fence whether or not I would read it, but then I heard that this newest historical was similar to her older novels and would appeal to her disillusioned fans (apparently I was not the only one with these sentiments). So I thought, why not give it another chance before removing her from my reading list. I almost never do this, as everyone always deserves another chance...right?

Well, in this case, wrong. I didn't like all. I thought the plot was predictable, which is not a "sin" as long as the journey with the characters is enjoyable, but I didn't like the characters either. Fitz, The Duke of Groveland, is an enterprising, scheming, selfish, entitled aristocrat who is used to getting his way, no matter what, or how much it costs him. Money is no object for him, and morals do not exist. He uses coercion, deception, manipulation....anything, even his own body, to win.

Rosalind is a widow who is on the forefront of the suffragette movement. She is progressive, independent to a fault, stubborn and self righteous. When Fitz and Rosalind first meet sparks fly (but not in a good way), as in:

Fitz: "I hate you, [...]! You're costing me time and money all because of your stupid and insignificant little book store",

Rosalind: "Not as much as I hate you, you philandering rake, no amount of money can buy what I offer the community with my shop".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! March 9, 2009
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A day after reading this book I still can't shake the images of the hero and heroine. I smile everytime I remember a passage from this book.

Rosalind St Vincent is a widow and bookstore owner. The Duke of Groveland is determined to buy her out of business for a building project he has in mind. She is determined to stay, and he is determined to convince her one way or another to sell. He seduces her, and the game is on! When the Duke discovers Mrs. St. Vincent writes erotica under an assumed name he vows to use it against her, but in the mean time he didn't expect to become totally and unexpectedly infatuated with her. Afterall, he is the most notorious rake in England. The dialogue, and endearing qualities of the Duke and Rosealind make this a must read. A delightful and sensual escapade that is trademark Susan Johnson.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 4 months ago by Laura Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars I am guilty as sin because I love Susan Johnson's books
I am guilty as sin because I love Susan Johnson's books, and I make no apologies as this is pure fun, escapist reading. Enjoy with a glass of wine.
Published 5 months ago by Emily S. Wolpert
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Awesome read
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinfully good....
She owns a bookshop located right on the corner of a property the duke needs to start a lucrative building project.... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 3 fav SJ novels
Love this book. It hits everything I love in a romance novel, rake who doesn't want to be tied down, gorgeous independent woman who knows her mind and sparks between the two. Read more
Published 19 months ago by P Gallegos
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars! Bruton Street series, book 1 of 4. Four handsome, hot alpha...
This is the Bruton Street series, courtesy Susan Johnson. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading them as a set in chronological order as the H/h from... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars The only one worth while in this series. Best of her new efforts.
Not sure why all the bad reviews for this one. I liked it. I read all the related in I guess you can call sort of a series, since many of the characters relate or know eachother. Read more
Published 24 months ago by marinam
2.0 out of 5 stars Impossible sex scenes ruined it for me :(
I love a good (ie: hot and steamy) sex scene as much as the next girl, but the sex in this book was so impossible that it ruined the book for me. I mean seriously! Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by GMTilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovers and Haters
I guess, from reading all the other reviews, that you either love or hate this book. For me ... I loved it! Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by MJG
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me?
Susan Johnson is, once again, writing what she knows best......historical romance and seduction. I would read these books over and over! Read more
Published on July 27, 2010 by Terri B. Richardson
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Long ago, as they say, in another time, when fast food hadn't reached our area and the only shopping was what the feed mill offered, I was reading a book that annoyed me .

My husband was lying beside me in bed, watching TV. Turning to him, I petulantly said, "How the hell did this book get published?"

"If you think you're so smart," he replied, with one eye still on the TV, "why don't you write a book?"

So I did.

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