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The Pearl at the Gate [Kindle Edition]

Anya Delvay
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For her transgression, she will pay—with screams of forbidden pleasure.

After a lifetime of hard work, Captain Roake Barbenoir finally has all he has ever wanted. Wealth, social position, and the epitome of an ideal wife, the beautiful and well-born Jenesta. Of all his treasures, she is his favorite—a pearl, perfect and pure—and Roake vows never to tarnish her with the dark sexual knowledge he gleaned from a life at sea.

Yet every breath his sweet wife takes arouses an urge to watch her come apart under the onslaught of his passion. But she must never know of the lust-filled, almost demonic cravings fighting for release in his soul. To make her privy to them would be to lose her warm regard.

Each time Jenesta feels she and her enigmatic husband are growing closer, Roake withdraws behind a cold, unreadable mask. Perhaps if she knew him better, knew more of his past, she could learn how to win his heart. The answers surely lie behind the locked door of Roake’s east-wing retreat. The one he has forbidden her to enter.

Jenesta’s defiance of his one simple rule cannot go unpunished. For her transgression, she will pay—with screams of pleasure; sweet, exquisite pain; and perhaps with the loss of what she wants most. Roake, and his love.

Warning: No demure Regency here! Graphic and explicit everything, including language and sex of all varieties (as could be expected from an Alpha male more accustomed to bordellos than ballrooms) and, be warned, your grandmother’s pearls will never look the same to you again.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 126 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 24, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001BXNQ0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Take on Bluebeard Tale January 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this a while back and really enjoyed it. This is firmly in the erotic romance category, so people who are not looking for a very explicit tale will not enjoy this story.

"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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. September 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like a plot with my smut, thank you very much.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good short story April 9, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Roarke and Jenesta Barbenoir are a married couple hiding a secret from each other that they feel they can't share with their spouse. They both like kinky sex, not the vanilla sex that is more socially accepted in Victorian England. I loved the tension between the two when after indulging in the kind of sex they like, they both feel ashamed and that the other person will no longer love them.

It's a good short story that ended too soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish this was longer, but very well done as is. September 8, 2010
By C. Gore
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! This was a very short hot book! It was free for my E-reader and I'm so glad I picked it up. First it was very well written with a lot of emoitonal depth that you don't normally fine in 1. short books and 2. erotica books.

This author has launched herself onto my must read list.

Warning: This book is very graphic with BDSM.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Read September 29, 2010
By Vick428
Format:Kindle Edition
Thank goodness this read was free on my Kindle. I would have been disappointed if I had paid for it. Essentially, this is erotic reading, but very short. You can pretty much finish it in less than a day. I Liked the characters and the situation that as a married couple they face. I love Janesta discovering hidden secrets about her husband and then finding out her own desires are very similar to his desires. Anyone into sexual dominances will enjoy this read, but even for someone who likes the genre, it was a tease. Everything was wrapped up in 100 pgs or less. Hence, there was lack of proper character development. Shame really ... it could have been a contender. :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay January 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! September 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this at the Samhain website (had a coupon from the RWA conference) and was extremely impressed. This was my first reading of this author and I thought she did a fantastic job for a short story. In fact I was just up here on Amazon looking for something else of hers to read and saw that this book has only a 3 star rating... shocked me into writing my own review!

The other reviews have done a good job of recounting the plot here, so I'll just say that I think the story was very well written, dark and steamy with a nicely executed HEA. It stumbled a little bit at the black moment, but not enough to throw me off.

If the story sounds intriguing to you, give it a shot. She's a wonderful writer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Mindless smut
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 more
Published on March 1, 2011 by Dina
4.0 out of 5 stars For a free down load this is excellent, for $2, more like 3.5 stars
I actually really liked this one. I've way overspent my book buying budget since getting a kindle so had to focus on free down loads recently and frankly, even for free most are... Read more
Published on November 14, 2010 by amf0001
2.0 out of 5 stars Not especially great.
The writing itself was very good. The character development, sort of bad, which is why I'm giving this a two. Read more
Published on November 10, 2010 by Lynn Tegan
1.0 out of 5 stars I like a story not just porn
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
2.0 out of 5 stars It could've been so much more
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 more
Published on September 5, 2010 by Mickey
2.0 out of 5 stars Read a real book
This book is essentially a porn-for-women short story. There is no real plot. Just a set up for the spanking. Read more
Published on September 4, 2010 by canmet
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic...
An erotic little tale...not really a story b/c doesnt have no real plot. A tale of a piratic husband with dangerous desires for his innocent pearl of a wife....
Published on September 3, 2010 by Jessica A Lane
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More About the Author

Between wishing she could hibernate all winter and revelling in Canada's two weeks of summer, Anya spends as much time as possible ignoring reality and trying to get her flights of fancy down on paper. Of course reality--disguised as husband, kids, cats, and a side-order of Evil Day Job--has an annoying tendency to intrude and must be severely reprimanded for its temerity...

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.

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