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Simply Sexual Paperback – February 1, 2008

4.2 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
Book 1 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

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aphrodisia (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758223544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758223548
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Natalie S VINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
If being a sex slave in a Turkish brothel taught Valentin anything, it was that he could only depend on pleasures of the flesh. In the ten years since he was rescued and returned to England, his craving for sex has only increased. When it is time for him to marry, the daughter of the man that liberated him catches his eye. Having not felt such sexual longing in a while, Valentin is determined to make her his. Thus, for an exorbitant amount of money, Sara Harrison becomes his wife and bed partner. The fact that she is willing astonishes Val, but he also knows that Sara has no idea his true desires. And if he has anything to do with it, she never will.

Sara Harrison can't help herself. Instantly attracted to the man that her father rescued years ago, she knows that as a lady she shouldn't seek him out alone. She catches his eye, and when they come together behind closed doors, she is ecstatic to realize her desires her as well. It's too bad her father doesn't want her to marry him because Sara knows that if she was Val's wife, he would never have cause to turn to another as so many men of the ton do. She wants to be the one to satisfy his wants and his needs. Lucky for her, Val is a rich man and therefore becomes her husband.

Val and Sara embark upon an arranged marriage not unlike the rest of the society in which they live. As much as Val strives to keep his inner sexual demons hidden from Sara, she does her best to be the woman he needs. Val wants their marriage to be SIMPLY SEXUAL; Sara wants their marriage to be a love match - and thus does her best to be the wanton that Valentin craves.

It's a good thing I am reading SIMPLY SEXUAL in the dead of winter because it was hot enough to cause a fire.
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Simply Sexual by Kate Pearce begins with Sara Harrison seeing Lord Valentin Sokorvsky having vigorous sex with Daisy, the maid. This is the man who is supposed to ask for Sara's sister's hand in marriage. At first glimpse, he appears to be little more than a world-class cad, but his tragic history as a sex slave in a Turkish brothel explains the facade he hides behind. It has left him sexually insatiable and emotionally detached.

Valentin quickly discovers that Sara is the only one who appeals to him, not her younger sister. She's surprisingly forward for a virgin spinster of that era. She delights him with her straightforward honesty and excites him sexually more than any other woman he has known. Sara's father is finally convinced to allow her, and not her sister, to marry him.

Val is dealing with some painful emotional issues, and is unable to properly reassure Sara when his ex-mistress fills her head with lies. Unsavory shadows from his past have come back to haunt him, and he's understandably disturbed. Sara handles the situation admirably, making me like her character even more. Instead of fretting about it in silence, she confronts him and, even in the face of his dark mood, she manages to do it without being bitchy. That earns mega points from me as a reader.

When suspicion and misunderstandings loom over Sara's head, she'll need to trust Val and convince him to trust her in return, or risk losing him forever.

I adore a good erotic historical, and this one is absolutely wonderful, with intelligent characters, complex emotions and a plot that engaged my emotions to a rare high. This will appeal to anyone who likes an emotionally tortured hero who finds peace because of his wife's unconditional love. Very highly recommended.

5 Kisses, Recommended Read, Reviewer's Choice Award, 2 Peppers ([...])

~Lindy
Reviewer, TwoLips Reviews, LLC
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After reading a short by Kate Pearce in an anthology I was very happy to think I had found a new author. Half way through this book, I was still happy. Two thirds of the way...not so much. I had to skip/skim much of the last third or so just because it actually turned my stomach to see it all go so badly.

I appreciate m/m/f (in fact that was part of what I really liked about the short story in the anthology)but here it felt like Val was forcing himself to do it for Peter which was a complete turn-off. As was the idea that this man was going to be healed by acting out a slave fantasy. One of my favorites is Anne Rice's Beauty series so I can appreciate the slave fantasy, but with Val's history I don't believe there is any way he would have found any enjoyment in the last third of the book, and with the books basis of children in sexual slavery it didn't work for me as a reader either. It was instead like watching an addict enjoy his drug free life then suddenly have someone inject him and we watch him hurled back into that hole. I'm now left with the feeling he will never climb out - he has simply brought his wife into the hole with him.

This book is based on the imprisonment and repeated rape and other physical abuse of children. The farther you get in the book the more vividly those memories are described - again, for me, not conducive to anything I'm looking for in erotica.

The only reason I finished the book was that I was hopeful there would be some explanation or more information on Val's fathers behavior. Unfortunately, there really wasn't.

It's been 3 days since I finished this book and I'm still trying to get the images of children being beaten and raped out of my head.
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