- File Size: 191 KB
- Print Length: 60 pages
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 24, 2008)
- Publication Date: June 24, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001BXNQ0Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Besides laughing, people-watching and indulging her curiosity about all things historical (and/or hysterical), Anya enjoys a range of crafts, cooking and, most of all, reading.
Anya also writes under the pen-name Anya Delvay.
Top Customer Reviews
"Pearl" is about a recently married couple. The husband has spent a lot of time at sea and a lot of time exploring his desires. He wants his wife very much, but he presumes she is too much of a lady to enjoy bondage or anything other than the most routine bedroom activities. His wife, having witnessed the games of others, would very much like to branch out, but is unable to communicate this to her husband. Then, there's a business trip, the discovery of a secret room, and the discovery of the discovery of the secret room. Also, the discovery of naughty sketches and the discovery of the discovery -- well, you get it.
If you're looking for a short tale with a focus on the erotic between a married couple and containing loving dominance, this would most likely be a worthwhile selection. An excellent choice for when you're not looking for a complicated plot or are overloaded on a lot of serious non-fiction.
This novella - it's too short for a book and too long for a short story - centers on the marriage between a nouveau riche member of English society who would normally be shunned if he hadn't married a prim and proper English lady (with a secret lust for bondage and spanking). The husband, Roake, is riddled with insecurities (except when wielding a whip, of course) while the wife feels deep shame over her secret longings for her husband to master her.
The writing, the story, the sex? Just dull.
Very little plot moves the sex along between two people who are about as interesting as mud. They just don't click for me nor am I all that interested in finding out whether they stay together after they discover that they enjoy the same sex games. I can't tell if this novella was part of a collection or a stand-alone. As a stand alone, it was worth exactly it's price: free. The story lacked purpose, the characters lacked depth, and the sex was not all that interesting.
It's a good short story that ended too soon.
This author has launched herself onto my must read list.
Warning: This book is very graphic with BDSM.
Actually the entire piece is basically a set up to the chamber scene, the chamber scene, which is entirely sexual and not hard core bdsm, more light spanking and bondage, and then ramifications of the chamber scene. For a freebee it's excellent. I see now that it's back to being $2. For $2 it's not bad... more an extended magazine piece than a novella, it really is very short, 1201 location points (so hard for me to really understand them, but I'm starting... 2 - 3 000 is a longer novella, 4 - 5000 is a full length book) so this very short, more a nibble than a bite. But it's tasty and well written, and I'll probably even reread it some time... so worth the time, and you have to decide for yourself if that's worth the money.
They start at the breakfast table thinking of the more forbidden pleasures they want to share with each other, but how they can't because their marriage was for convenience, even though they both really wanted each other the first time they saw each other, and at the end of that same day, they both fulfill those secret, dark desires with each other. But then the husband gets cold feet and makes to run off, with his lady wife being all, "What the heck? I enjoy those types of things too, dummy!" to which his reply is, "Oh snap, I didn't realize. I guess I'll stay and give you all the forbidden love pleasures you desire!" and she's like, "Damn right you will, and you'll start now!"
So A+ with the characters, but definitely an F- on character development and plot. Would make a better short story fleshed out more with their lives rather than what's in their pants.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was too short and the one scene had a not so great description of the discipline chair. I am still not so sure of the mechanics of that one which takes away from the scene.Published on January 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I bought this at the Samhain website (had a coupon from the RWA conference) and was extremely impressed. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Willow S.
When I read the book description, I thought this would be an interesting read, as a story about a married couple discovering their "forbidden" desires and kinks is right up my... Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Dina
this book was utter trash, no story, no plot, no characters just kinky sex - and not even well written porn!Published on September 6, 2010 by reader
First of all, this is a novella which is a shame. There isn't any character development or even a plot to move the story along. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by Mickey
This book is essentially a porn-for-women short story. There is no real plot. Just a set up for the spanking. Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by canmet