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About the Author

Award-winning author Allyson James writes romances as both Allyson James and Jennifer Ashley. She has lived in the Southwest for twenty years and enjoys exploring its mountains, deserts, and ancient ruins. More information on this series and Allyson’s other books can be found on her website.
Shiloh Walker is the national bestselling author of many novels, including Hunting the Hunter, Hunter's Salvation, and Hunters: Heart and Soul.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425221725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425221723
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 7, 2008
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"The Men and Women's Club" by Robin Schone. In 1887 London, the Men and Women's Club has been meeting to discuss sexology, but now face a law suit. Member Professor Joseph Manning demands London Museum publicist Miss Ardelle Dennison give back what she took from him two years ago, his virginity.

"A Night at the Theater" by Claudia Dain. In 1782 at the London theater, French exile Zoe Auvray loses her acting position because of the machinations of untalented Miranda Sinclair. Zoe's best friend scandalous courtesan Sophie Grey says she needs a wealthy patron and suggests the married Duke of Aldeth; Sophie also says she will marry the Earl of Daltry. Bets occur over who will end up with whose penis

"The Decidedly Devilish Duke" by Allyson James. In 1835 Surry, Duke Michael Beaulieu still regrets his actions that drove his beloved Amelia to the late Lockwood and him into a decade exile in the Ottoman Empire. He knows he still loves Amelia; to keep her safe from her odious cousin in law he offers to marry her and vows he will not touch her if she chooses.

"Hunter's Mercy" by Shiloh Walker. In 1783 Williamsburg, Virginia, Jack Callahan comes home after fighting for American independence. Three years ago, his best friend Richard Harper died in his arms, but made him vow he would take care of the his sister Mercy. Jack is a werewolf like his paternal ancestors, but also a hunter who kills feral werewolves. As Jack and Mercy fall in love, he has no hope because she feels werewolves are an abomination.

The lead couples are developed enough so readers will like their tales while the historical settings come across as solid background and the sex scenes are well written and fit inside the story lines. Although the Shiloh Walker entry is excellent, fans will feel it is out of place as the only paranormal in what is a fine erotic historical romance anthology.

Harriet Klausner
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Michael Beaulieu, the Duke of Bretherton, and Amelia Lockwood once shared a love but misunderstandings and overblown pride forced them in different directions. Ten years later, both widowed, they're brought together again courtesy of a card game with very high stakes - marriage. Just when they think a happily ever after is possible Amelia's greedy cousin threatens to destroy everything but maybe challenging her Duke to a private game of piquet will yield just the results she desires.

Sexually charged and infinitely gratifying. Allyson James ensures readers will be captivated by this storyline and enchanted by these characters as they struggle to make a happy marriage. I eagerly read each page anxious to find out just how Michael and Amelia outwit her cousin at his own game.

Zoe Auvray, an actress without a part, and Sophia Grey, a seasoned courtesan, are intent on enacting a little revenge against the people who've wronged them. The best revenge either of them can think of is to humiliate their opponents and cement a place for themselves with eligible handsome men.

I thoroughly enjoyed Zoe and Sophia's attitudes. They're high spirited and make no apologies for their behavior which make them delightfully wicked heroines. Claudia Dain gives an entirely plausible accounting of the lives of actresses and courtesans of the time period.

HUNTER'S MERCY by Shiloh Walker
The Revolutionary War cost many Americans everything but for Mercy the loss of her brother to the war and her husband to the demons who attacked him in their home is too much to bear. She's gone out of her way to hunt the demons but now they're targeting her - all except one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Jones on August 20, 2008
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Overall this book did not live up the expecations I had. I did not find as much heated erotica as the book claimed. The James and Walker stories ranked as 4's for me while the Dain and Shone ranked 1's.

Allyson James's The Decidedly Devilish Duke was the best of the four. The characters had a definite chemistry and the story was entertaining. I will look for additional title by Ms. James.

Shiloh Walker's Hunters Mercy was quite good and as I have read her before it was not unexpected to have the paranormal be the focus of the story.

Claudia Dain's A Night at the Theater had so many characters it was hard to figure out who did what to who. She alluded to the backgrounds of the lead characters and I would have liked to have that clearly stated. I found it convoluted and hard to follow.

Robin Shone's The Men and Women's Club was very dark and emotionless for the most part. It seemed the two got together more because they had bad experiences as children than because they wanted to be together. The characters were not very well developed and the story line not to my taste.
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Private Places includes four very well-constructed and well-told stories with some wonderful characters.

The Devilish Duke is fun and sweet. It’s a heart-warming and delightfully enjoyable read. A Night at the Theater pairs well with it—while it touches on slightly darker themes, and its characters are more deeply and intricately scheming, it’s also highly entertaining and amusing. Listening to the two courtesans make arch comments as they observe members of society is definitely worth a laugh!

Although Robin Schone’s name headlines this book, and her story was quite moving, to me it was also a weak link. Don’t get me wrong—it’s still a great story. Some of the details are amazing. It has a very unusual dark, intellectual, harsh, at-times somber tone that sets it far apart from most examples of the genre. It’s about two damaged people who are facing themselves and each other: raw, naked, and exposed; it isn’t easy to read, but it shows incredible insight into and empathy for people. I did have some trouble at times making visual sense of some of the details, although the stylistic choices the author made in the way she detailed the story suited it quite well. I also never entirely understood the ‘club’ the two characters were involved in, or the related trial, since they were discussed in rather roundabout manner. The story also just didn’t fit well into the rest of the anthology, but I’ll come back to that in a moment.

Hunter’s Mercy was my favorite story of the book, although since it was written by Shiloh Walker that hardly surprised me. I’ve never read any of her other ‘Hunter’ books, but I love her style, and I didn’t find that the lack of familiarity with her previous work in any way took away from this story.
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