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Product Details

  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Kimani Press; Original edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037383036X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373830367
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fans of the romantic suspense of Iris Johansen, Linda Howard, and Catherine Coulter will enjoy this . . ." -- Library Journal

From the Back Cover

PLEASURE SEEKERS is the sizzling, sensuous story of three diverse thirty-something women whose lives are forever changed when they are invited to join the exclusive world of the Pleasure Seekers.

Ilene is a captivatingly beautiful supermodel, Faye is an award-winning advertising executive and Alana is a brilliant editor for today's hottest fashion magazine. Now all three women are caught in the whirlwind of the super rich and famous. They find themselves the objects of the desires of every man - from movie stars, politicians, CEOs and rock stars to European royalty - men for whom there are no limits, nothing is too expensive, nothing is forbidden.

From Manhattan to Paris to Southampton, their new worlds are a torrent of sensual delights and unlimited luxuries. But ultimately they realize there's only one thing more satisfying than money and power . . . love.


More About the Author

Rochelle Alers has been hailed by readers and booksellers alike as one of today's most prolific African American authors of romance and women's fiction.

With more than sixty titles and nearly two million copies of her novels in print, Ms. Alers is a regular on the Waldenbooks, Borders and Essence bestseller lists, regularly chosen by Black Expression Book Club, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Emma Award, Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award.

She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Theta Zeta chapter and her interests include gourmet cooking and traveling.

A full-time writer, Ms. Alers lives in a charming hamlet on Long Island.

Customer Reviews

I love all her books, and this one only took two days for me to read.
Amazon Customer
It started out slow but once Bart and Faye story got going I fell in love with their characters.
Diettra Dumas
This was a very interesting story, I loved all the main characters in this book.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Divamami on March 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Pleasure Seekers

By Rochelle Alers

Amazon Rating 3

Review by Shavon Williams

Life is About Choices and Chances

Pleasure Seekers by Rochelle Alers centers around four women; Faye Ogden, Alana Gardner, Illene Fairchild, and Enid Richards. Enid is the owner of a company called Pleasure Seekers (PS), Inc. Seeker's goal/mission is to discreetly provide companionship to wealthy men. She is looking to boost her company's revenue by adding a few women of color to her list of social companions. Each of the women is offered a chance to make lots of money, while rubbing elbows with high society folks and celebrities, along with a chance to travel all over the world.

Faye Ogden is an advertising executive. She signed on as a social companion to make money to hire an attorney to help with her brother's legal problems and to open her own advertising firm. Alana Gardner is an editor at a fashion magazine. She joined P.S., Inc. to make money to pay for her wedding to her musician boyfriend. Ilene Fairchild is a super model looking to make some extra money since her modeling career has started to decline. While working for P.S. Inc., each woman hopes to find what they are most looking for in life, happiness.

Pleasure Seekers starts out as a bit of a slow read. At times, it is hard to get a good grasp for the characters. Once the three women start their employment with Pleasure Seekers the story picks up considerably and is hard to put down. Each woman's story is written

so that you get lost in their lives waiting to see what surprises the writer has in store. I would recommend this book for a lazy weekend when you want to just curl up with a good book.

Reviewed by Shavon Williams

APOOO BookClub
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
While the lives of three very diverse women were not about to implode, they all had a private demon, needed something to punctuate their lives, and were just short of desperate for money. Add to that, men seeking occasional companionship, at any cost, and Pleasure Seekers, Inc. becomes a major player.

Enid Richards, founder of P.S. Inc., learned a lot about the ploys of a woman from her mother and grandmother. With her background and a career as an attorney, which acquainted her with men of an upper echelon, she was inspired to create a very legal, slightly unusual business. But, when her carefully orchestrated venture starts losing momentum, Enid changes the demographics. Those changes include three women of color; Ilene, an international model, Faye, an award-winning advertising executive, and Alana, an editor for a hot fashion magazine.

Pleasure Seekers, Inc. offers exclusive companionship to the rich and famous, and financial advantages to its employees. The rules of the arrangements stipulate platonic involvement from both parties, but that was easier said than done. The clients are eclectic, possess a touch of proclivity and are oblivious to the exorbitant fees. It is a win-win situation for all. However, things become complicated when the clients pose unique requests and the ladies wind up in delicate situations.

PLEASURE SEEKERS is captivating as it suspends the lives of these women, Enid included, in a smoldering abyss, and holds readers entranced. Rochelle Alers leaves no social issue un-turned. The writing is tight, the characters are real, the scenes present a torrent of visual and sensual delights and lives are irrevocably changed. When the book is closed, the mind will still experience a state of vicarious meandering, it will make you exhale.

Reviewed by aNN

of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By faithful reader on May 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Pleasure Seekers is absolutely a MUST READ! Rochelle Alers was at the top of her pen game on this novel. I loved this novel and hope there is a part 2. It is very classy and tasteful, gripping the reader until the wee hours of the morning. This is the first novel I have read by this author, but it won't be my last!!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HUChickybaby on January 22, 2007
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I absolutely LOVED this newest book by Ms. Alers. I read it in two days. Pleasure Seekers was a page turner, easy to follow and addictive. Although this book was a story of three women with one thing in common, working as social companions for Pleasure Seekers, Inc. The story of Fay Ogden and her love interest Bartholomew "Bart" Houghton was the story to keep you turning the pages. Their's was a story of two challenges, age and race, that we were not constantly reminded of and I liked that. Bart just overshadowed all the men in this book. The stories of Alana and Ilene were nice additions to the book, but were not necessary. I could have read about Faye and Bart all day. :o)

Overall, I give the book 5 stars and I highly recommend it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roz on October 23, 2010
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I listened to this book while I was hoovering and TBH the hoover was more exciting. The author felt she had to mention the skin colour every page. I don't care the colour of the skin I care about the characters whatever skin colour they are so what? Mention it once and move on. I nearly went through and counted the references for this review but I decided it wasn't worth my time.
The book is based on 4 women from a poor upbringing who have all achieved in their own professions but dumb down their speak to each other. From an English point of view I found the brother sister girlfriend comments just made me roll my eyes. Maybe in America this is realistic but from my experience here professionals don't speak like that. It made the characters appear patronising and a bit pathetic. also two of the women were best friends and the feeling was that they had know each other since childhood but towards the end I thought they said they had only know each other for two years?? They were also so desperate to jump on any comment that could be misunderstood one had a toy boy and objected to a comment about him being a boy 22 year difference is a fairly large gap for most relationships even in the 50-30 age range. The madam who arranged the escort service was so unpleasant when she was nicer in any scenes she came across as false or forgetful. I don't understand why if you set up an escort service you would get a range of people skin colour, sizes, heights why is it such a huge shock for her to use anyone non caucasian?
Reading this book has made me feel that there is a great deal of racial intolerance in America/ New York or the the author is looking for it? I felt uncomfortable that such a big deal was made of the mixed race relationship and that it was only accepted because he was so rich.
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