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Gothic Blue (Black Lace) Mass Market Paperback – April 22, 2010

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About the Author

Portia Da Costa is the author of ContinuumDevil Inside, Hotbed, Kiss It Better, Magic and Desire, Shadowplay, and The Tutor.
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Product Details

  • Series: Black Lace
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Revised Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352330759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352330758
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,897,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jenn on September 12, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is well constructed, with developed, motivated characters and a surprisingly believable plot. The hapless but curious travlers, Belinda and Jonathan, are stranded in a creepy old priory, with three mute but very helpful servants and a long-lived sorceror who feeds off of pleasure. The Count has a secret, and badly needs Belinda's help to resore him to his beloved. Add two more sorceresses, one good, one evil, and you have a full house. Belinda and Jonathan develope their realtionship while Belinda agrees to help the Count.
If there is one hitch in this book, it is the tendancy to "fade to black" just when things are getting good. Any scenes much more risky than vanilla, they simply fade out, and some of the sexual potential is never fulfilled. Light BDSM, some very vague same-sex scenes. If you are looking for sexy, risky scenes, this isn't the book for you, but if you want a tender, interesting plot-driven story with some sex, buy this one.
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If you're looking for an erotic tale that's just that bit different and something that makes you use your brain - rather than the hackneyed 'we're all part of a secret society' - this one's for you.
Gorgeous characters, decadent surroundings, fabulous sex... it's a book you can enjoy on a surface level, and then enjoy again at a deeper level when you recognise the subtleties in the plot. I won't give any secrets away, but there's something very X-files ish about the paranormal world Belinda discovers.
Enjoy it!
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This is the first of Portia Da Costa's books I have read and the first 11 pages of the books Prologue are so hot that it was worth the price of the book for me. The Prologue details the plot where our hero, the count Andre, at his engagement (betrothal at that time) party to his beloved virginal Belle, meets the evil, but oh so delicious, countess Isidora.
Sizzling love is made, spells are cast and, in Chapter one, we are thrust into the future where Andre and Belle are trapped to meet up with Belinda and Johnathan, a young couple who lost their way on a dark and backwoods road. Our young couple abandon their car and find refuge in what appeared to be an abandoned priory hidden away in the middle of nowhere. Our cast of characters are revived to while away the days surrendering to the most base, and erotically yummie, desires of the flesh.
The erotic sex is fantastic and superbly written and it's little wonder you'll have trouble finding any of this author's books in stock because most of them will be hidden away to be read at those most private of moments.
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By A Customer on November 28, 2000
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The plot of this gothic novel reminds me of a story line on that wonderful old soap opera, Dark Shadows. I read this book several years ago, so I don't remember the characters names, but I do remember the story. A couple loses their way in a storm. They take shelter in the summer house of an old deserted mansion. One of the highlights of the book was the love scene that takes place while they wait out the storm. In the morning they discover that the house is not as deserted as they thought. The owner invites them to stay. The couple soon begins to feel there is something quite strange going on, and they are right.
The reader will enjoy the erotic scenes, but the plot will be equally interesting. If you are a fan of things like Dark Shadows or The Turn of the Screw, and you are not offended by explicit sex, you will enjoy this book.
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The book is an erotic romance, so there is a lot of sex. Masturbation. Paddling. Same sex encounters. Multiple partners.

The first chapter of the novel explains how Andre is turned into....never sure what he's turned into. He's not a blood drinking vampire, but he does feed. I guess the closest thing he would be an incubus - he feeds off of sexual energy, whether he's participating or just in the area where the action is taking place. He longs to be re-connected with his lost love, Arabelle. And he wants to avoid the female who turned him, Isidora, before she can finish the process and make him her servant.

Belinda and Jonathan happen to stumble into Andre's world and Belinda is the key to him being reunited with Arabelle, since Belinda looks so much like the lost Arabelle.

One thing readers should know, the author uses British spellings and words for things, such as colour, not color, etc.
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I wish there were a separate review for eroticism in a book and writing quality. I think Portia Da Costa is trying to make it into the mainstream romance by providing good writing skills (somewhat better than many American writers), but unfortunately leaving the extra hotness factor behind. The sex was good but rather tame compared to some of her other writing. I recommend this book, but only if you are looking for soft sex. Her protagonists never got into the really erotic behaviour that has made many of her previous books so yummy. You knew they did it, but were left at the dungeon door, so to speak. Storm-stranded lovers meet old beings in love-hate relationships, with the little bit of erotic behaviour that teases, but doesn't, pardon the pun, satisfy, at least for this reader. My biggest problem with this book is not Ms. Da Costa's fault, in a way. Her book, Entertaining Mr. Stone is, in my opinion, one of the best erotic romance books I have ever read. (And my review of last year showed how I felt about it.) I just loved that book. So, for me, Gothic Blue just didn't come up to that standard. Go ahead and buy and enjoy Gothic Blue; it is enjoyable, but it is just not Entertaining Mr. Stone for hotness and pure satisfying thrill factor.
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