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Simply Forbidden (House of Pleasure) Paperback – February 1, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 6 of 9 in the House Of Pleasure Series

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: House of Pleasure (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aphrodisia; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758241399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758241399
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sex is always great in the Simply Series, but I truly love the romance between Lisette and Gabriel. Their connection was evident from their first interactions to each other and continued strongly all the way through the book. Both people had their own issues to deal with but they supported each other and made each other stronger. There was the typical misunderstandings and communication issues, but they always turned towards each other, not resorting to meanness or running away as is so common in romance books and real life.

Gabriel, is a reclusive scarred war hero earl - already a great start. Then we find out about his rough childhood and charges of treason/cowardice, seriously tortured hero. But then he always acts with such honor and courage, and is SO sweet to Lisette, but in a gruff almost shy way, he. is. awesome. Lisette walks the perfect line between worldly woman while still retaining her innocence and sweetness. When she was younger she explored sexually (hardly surprising considering her lack of parental involvement and then her mom owning the pleasure house), but then she later regretted her actions, which showed maturity. With her mother it was so much about sexual freedom, but I liked that Lisette wanted to respect her body more, that she recognized that sex could be more meaningful than just pleasure, she was almost more mature than her mother that way.

In regards to the series, I am glad the whole drama with Lord Minshom was over. Ok, I was into it while I was reading it, but it really did drag on and on. This book lets all of that go and focuses on the relationship between Gabriel and Lisette, and that was great.

The downside of this book was Gabriel's latent interest in men.
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I'm a big fan of this series, having read the two previous ones. I now consider Kate Pearce a favorite author. I enjoyed the sexual chemistry between hero and heroine and wasn't let down by any of the intimate scenes. Gabriel is the kind of hero I like; slightly tortured. He has physical and emotional scars and was a war prisoner in Spain. He's also the product of rape. He really has no family and is on bad terms with his two cousins.

The heroine is experienced sexually, which isn't that common for historical romances. I like her personality but found her to be a bit childish at times. My favorite part of the whole novel is when she played a couple of sexual pranks on the hero. I thought that was genius of the author and original. It had me grinning from ear to ear. Lisette is a character I envy! You'll have to read the book yourself to find out what I'm talking about. I doubt you'll have any complaints.

I liked the secondary characters, especially the friends of Gabriel. The heroine's brother Christian, I suspect he might get his own story and I wouldn't mind if he did. At first I detected a bit of jealousy from him when it came to Lisette and Gabriel but I'm not sure if that's true.

I enjoyed all the sex in the book, all nine or more scenes and was impressed by the explicitness of them. It's just what I like and Kate knows how to deliver them. I did enjoy the first 2/3 of the story more than the last 1/3. It dragged a slight bit for me. Also, I didn't find their love to be that believable. I was a bit uncomfortable with Lisette and her family being so open with one another with their sex lives. It made me cringe a little.

I couldn't have been more pleased with this novel. I recommend it to any and all who like explicit romances. I rate it 4.5/5 stars.
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This is similar to her other Simply Series books in which a man is tortured in a prison camp. As a result he has unusual sexual desires. This was pretty good. I had no major problems with it. But there was nothing special or "wow" about it. The couple has some arguments. She wants him to express his feelings better and more frequently. The conflicts were not unusual. It seemed more like something to write about as a backdrop for the sex. There are many erotic sex scenes that were good. Most scenes were male-female, but the twist was Gabriel liked being ordered to do sexual things by Lisette. There were two scenes involving male-male and rear door activity. There are several books in the series. They do not need to be read in order. However, I liked the first two books the best.

Gabriel was in the military and escaped from a prison camp. He now frequents a pleasure house where he dresses as a servant and is fondled and ordered about by the guests. Lisette's mother owns the pleasure house. She is attracted to Gabriel. After Gabriel's father died, the uncle mistreated Gabriel and sent him away to an undesirable school for most of his youth. The uncle has been managing and living off the Earl's estates and wants to keep it that way. Gabriel has made no attempts to get possession of his property, even though he is the heir.

I've reviewed the following Kate Pearce books:

Simply Series:
4 stars.
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