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Pleasure Me Paperback – March 1, 2011
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2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Award for Best Historical
"Delectably sensual...intensely emotional."
--Lucy Monroe, USA Today bestselling author
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"Ruth and Garrick have great physical and emotional chemistry. They perfectly complement each other..." --All About Romance
"I was hooked and spent the whole day reading this sizzling, sensual, engrossing tale."
--Barbara Vey, Publisher's Weekly Beyond Her Book
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Baron Garrick Stratfield can't stand to see a woman hurt, and when he hears Ruth being cut down, he intervenes on her behalf. Ruth thinks he is only being nice because he pities her and they part ways. They soon find each other again when they both want to purchase the same house. Unknown to the other, they both have interests in two separate orphanages and they both need to expand. The more they run into each other, the more their attraction builds. But this attraction has many barriers.
Garrick is only 29. Ruth knows he is younger, and assumes if they entered into a relationship, he would eventually cast her aside as well. Garrick on the other hand is a virgin (obviously a tightly kept secret). He has had a mistress in the past, but never entered into a physical relationship with her. He has a physical impairment, that causes him much shame, and can't bare to be naked with a woman. Garrick can't get sex out of his mind when he is around Ruth, but his shame outweighs his desires - at least at first.
Pleasure Me is one of the most sultry and sensual historical romance books I have read. Garrick has this intense vibe about him, but he is also a virgin and carries around such shame about his impairment.Read more ›
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
Lady Ruth Attwood is forty-one, and Baron Garrick Stratfield is twenty-nine. Ruth knows he's younger, just not that much younger. She's a courtesan that has been let go by her current lover, Marston, who's getting ready to marry a younger woman. Ruth is aware that the years are passing her by, and she has decided to get out of the `biz' altogether while she still has her beauty. She also is a benefactress of an orphanage, and is planning to buy a very nice home for all her `children' and is actually looking forward to retirement.
Baron Garrick Stratfield is a ladies' man with a couple of secrets that only his uncle is privy to, or so he thinks. He's one of those heroes that is wise beyond his years and will always come to the rescue of anyone that's in distress. He also is a benefactor to an orphanage. His mistress decides to get married, and Garrick fears that his secrets will come out, unless he can find another to fill her place.
These two have an awesome chemistry, and we watch the story unfold as they become friends first, and lovers later. Ruth's obsession with her age is not surprising, yet we're made to feel her emotions deeply. Garrick, on the other hand, is terrified of anyone finding out his secret, but when those are revealed to us, we just want to cuddle the man and tell him, "It's all cool, Dude!"
I was anxious to read this book for only one reason: a huge gap in the ages of main characters. There aren't many stories told of women being so much older than men, and I was curious as to how this would play out in a romance. To be honest, I was expecting this book to be a basic 'porn' on paper. Well, color me happy!Read more ›
Historical Romance -March 1st, 2011
4 ½ stars
Lady Ruth Attwood had just lost her latest patron to a much younger competitor. At the age of forty-one, she was verging on retirement, but she can not afford it. Unknown to anyone, Ruth is the sponsor of St. Agnes, an orphanage that desperately needs more space. Ruth is seeking to purchase Crawley Hall, but the expense will drain her finances badly. With her self-esteem shaken, she is taken aback and suspicious when Baron Garrick Strafield shows an interest in her.
Garrick has a reputation for being a ladies man, but that was just an act to disguise his deepest secret. At the age of twenty-nine, he was still a virgin due to a physical defect. Determined to keep his secret intact, he searched for a new mistress to replace his previous one. Instead, he meets the alluring and irresistible Ruth. Can he trust her with his innermost secret? Will Ruth let him into her bed and her heart?
Tender and romantic, Pleasure Me is an unexpected surprise. When I saw that it was an erotic romance novel, I was prepared for a poorly written plot with an overabundance of steamy love scenes. Instead, I discovered a book that was more romance than erotica. The careful and fragile bond between Ruth and Garrick was so well-written, so heartwarming that the sex, when it happens, feels natural and touching. This book is a pleasure to read as Ruth discards doubts about herself. And Garrick comes to terms with his physical defect. For this book to be categorized as an erotic historical romance is a bit misleading. The love scenes, though steamy, are about the same level with Lisa Kleypas's novels, which aren't that explicit in my opinion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.25 Stars - A unique story where Ruth is a 41 year old courtesan and Garrick is 29 years old and a virgin. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Drava
I cannot believe this book was so highly rated. I cannot believe this book won any awards. I wanted my money back by Chapter 2. I should have tried the sample first. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Prr-furred
Another great read Monica Burns. An woman of a certain age, a lovely courtesan, with loving heart of gold for her orphans. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lois E. Losh
What a unique take in the romance genre! It's great to see a romance where the female is much older than the male, but it's not marketed as a "couger" story. Read morePublished 23 months ago by rby
This is my first Monica Burns novel and I loved it!
The title might be misleading for those who only wanted erotica, or expected a lot of hot and passionate love scenes,... Read more
I love Monica Burns. She creates a world readers love and hate but we adore her men, flawed though they may be.Published on July 5, 2014 by Jennifer L Rupp
I feel a certain type a way about this book, but I just can’t put my finger on it. It’s something that just nagged at me while reading it. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by ASpoon
This is my first Monica Burns book and I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed it! It was so refreshing to read the story of an older, but beautiful woman catching and... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Tracey Reid