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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aphrodisia (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758223544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758223548
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to 'get with the program', she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.

A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write that novel. Along with being a voracious reader, Kate loves trail riding with her family, 'western style' in the regional parks of Northern California. Kate is a member of RWA and is published by NAL, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora's Cave, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.

More About the Author

Kate Pearce was born in England in the middle of a large family of girls and quickly found that her imagination was far more interesting than real life. After acquiring a masters degree in history and barely escaping from the British Civil Service alive, she moved to California and then to Hawaii with her kids and her husband and set about reinventing herself as a romance writer.

She writes the hot stuff for Kensington Aphrodisia, Random House UK Rouge Romance, Ellora's Cave and Cleis Press and is known for both her unconventional heroes and her joy at subverting romance cliches about exactly who gets into bed with whom. In her spare time she self publishes science fiction erotic romance, historical romance and whatever else she can imagine. She also writes for Signet Eclipse and Carina Press.

You can find Kate at her website at http://www.katepearce.com, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter as Kate4queen
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Customer Reviews

I can not wait for the next book Simply Sinful.
Melissa I. Jackson
Kate Pearce writes the characters so well at times I almost felt like they were real people.
Emptrix
What I liked best about this book (besides of course the very steamy sex scenes!)
Maria E. Geraci

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Natalie S VINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
If being a sex slave in a Turkish brothel taught Valentin anything, it was that he could only depend on pleasures of the flesh. In the ten years since he was rescued and returned to England, his craving for sex has only increased. When it is time for him to marry, the daughter of the man that liberated him catches his eye. Having not felt such sexual longing in a while, Valentin is determined to make her his. Thus, for an exorbitant amount of money, Sara Harrison becomes his wife and bed partner. The fact that she is willing astonishes Val, but he also knows that Sara has no idea his true desires. And if he has anything to do with it, she never will.

Sara Harrison can't help herself. Instantly attracted to the man that her father rescued years ago, she knows that as a lady she shouldn't seek him out alone. She catches his eye, and when they come together behind closed doors, she is ecstatic to realize her desires her as well. It's too bad her father doesn't want her to marry him because Sara knows that if she was Val's wife, he would never have cause to turn to another as so many men of the ton do. She wants to be the one to satisfy his wants and his needs. Lucky for her, Val is a rich man and therefore becomes her husband.

Val and Sara embark upon an arranged marriage not unlike the rest of the society in which they live. As much as Val strives to keep his inner sexual demons hidden from Sara, she does her best to be the woman he needs. Val wants their marriage to be SIMPLY SEXUAL; Sara wants their marriage to be a love match - and thus does her best to be the wanton that Valentin craves.

It's a good thing I am reading SIMPLY SEXUAL in the dead of winter because it was hot enough to cause a fire.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Linda D. Crooks on June 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Simply Sexual by Kate Pearce begins with Sara Harrison seeing Lord Valentin Sokorvsky having vigorous sex with Daisy, the maid. This is the man who is supposed to ask for Sara's sister's hand in marriage. At first glimpse, he appears to be little more than a world-class cad, but his tragic history as a sex slave in a Turkish brothel explains the facade he hides behind. It has left him sexually insatiable and emotionally detached.

Valentin quickly discovers that Sara is the only one who appeals to him, not her younger sister. She's surprisingly forward for a virgin spinster of that era. She delights him with her straightforward honesty and excites him sexually more than any other woman he has known. Sara's father is finally convinced to allow her, and not her sister, to marry him.

Val is dealing with some painful emotional issues, and is unable to properly reassure Sara when his ex-mistress fills her head with lies. Unsavory shadows from his past have come back to haunt him, and he's understandably disturbed. Sara handles the situation admirably, making me like her character even more. Instead of fretting about it in silence, she confronts him and, even in the face of his dark mood, she manages to do it without being bitchy. That earns mega points from me as a reader.

When suspicion and misunderstandings loom over Sara's head, she'll need to trust Val and convince him to trust her in return, or risk losing him forever.

I adore a good erotic historical, and this one is absolutely wonderful, with intelligent characters, complex emotions and a plot that engaged my emotions to a rare high. This will appeal to anyone who likes an emotionally tortured hero who finds peace because of his wife's unconditional love. Very highly recommended.

5 Kisses, Recommended Read, Reviewer's Choice Award, 2 Peppers ([...])

~Lindy
Reviewer, TwoLips Reviews, LLC
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Maria E. Geraci on February 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Valentin Sokorvsky is a man fighting his inner demons. Kidnapped as a boy and sold to a Turkish brothel, he was forced to become a sex slave. Rescued as a young man and returned to his native England, Valentin is haunted by his troubled past. He compensates by becoming a master of trade and enriching himself, much to his family's embarrassment. When he decides to take a wife, he choses Sara Harrison, the daugher of the man who rescued him.

Sara Harrison has long given up on love, but when she meets Valentin he awakens the deep sexual longing she has been repressing. Sara and Valentin marry, and for awhile, all goes well. Until she senses her husband is hiding something from her. More than eager to appease her husband's insatiable sexual appetite and yearning to discover more about the man she is falling in love with, Sara embarks on a sexual journey with her husband, determined to uncover the mystery behind him.

What I liked best about this book (besides of course the very steamy sex scenes!) is the wonderful romance that Ms. Pearce tells. Both Valentin and Sara are fully developed characters that the reader will grow to love and root for.

Simply Sexual is historical erotica at its best. The fast pace, hot love scenes and the more than satisfying ending make this a not-to-be-missed read!
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REVIEWER'S OPINION:
While reading the first half of the book I wanted to give it 5 stars. The last half of the book felt more like 3 stars, so I used an average of 4. This writing has spark! Many times during the first half of the book, I was surprised and delighted. Val did things I didn't expect. Val and Sara said things I didn't expect. This was not typical, predictable, ordinary, churning-out-another-book dialogue. This was good. I didn't care for the events that developed the plot in the last half of the book, but that part was ok.

There are a lot of erotic sex scenes with some creativity there as well. There are sex scenes between two men and scenes with ménage a trios (2 men and 1 woman). There are rear door activities, sex toys and body piercings.

STORY BRIEF:
Val and Peter were sex slaves in a Turkish brothel for seven years. Sara's dad bought their freedom. For the next twelve years Val and Peter became wealthy as partners in a shipping company. The story begins with Sara's dad needing money and offering one of his daughters to Val in marriage. Val chooses Sara. Val still suffers from the slavery abuse but finds some relief through frequent sex. Sara turns out to be a willing partner and student. Someone has been stealing money from the shipping company and threatens to ruin the business by publicizing the sex slavery past.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Following are three excerpts to give readers examples of dialogue and writing, which I liked.

Before he met Sara, Val had sex with Sara's maid Daisy. Sara saw them together, was intrigued, and then ran off when Val turned his head and saw her watching. Val followed her and introduced himself. Val and Sara later got married. Sara is a virgin.
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