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Suite Seventeen (Black Lace) Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, April 22, 2010

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 • "Portia writes sex for connoisseurs of quality erotica." --EWRA

About the Author

PORTIA DA COSTA is one of the most internationally renowned authors of erotica. She is the author of Continuum, Entertaining Mr Stone, Gemini Heat, Gothic Blue, Gothic Heat, Hotbed, In too Deep, Kiss it Better, Shadowplay, Suite Seventeen, The Devil Inside, The Stranger and The Tutor; as well as being a contributing author to a number of Black Lace short-story collections.
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Product Details

  • Series: Black Lace
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lace (April 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352341092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352341099
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,760,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a sexy sordid frolic into a realm most of us will never know where a tentative widow, Annie Conroy tiptoes into her staid middle years facing life alone. She doesn't seem to see her own genuine beauty or the potential left in life and she starts by playing it safe as she would have in her past. She soon immerses herself in the steamy underworld of a clandestine hotel room where there are few limits and even fewer rules. Like her former life, the hotel room seems ordinary but lurking beneath is the potential for explosive fun and for reaching the heights of ecstasy never even imagined before. All she's ever known is turned upside down when luck and lust bring her a ravishing Latin lover, the mysterious enigmatic Valentino. Like the imitable "Entertaining Mr. Stone," this book too is inspired by the acting of the gorgeous Vincent D'onofrio but the literary Valentino morphs into his own complex, caring and deeply feeling man who looks like a movie star but dominates Annie like a stallion. She quickly submits to him only because from the beginning of their entanglement there is the promise of real love there as well. The romantic antics of Maria Lewis and Robert Stone continue deliciously as ever-randy neighbors who help Annie along in the rediscovery of her long-squelched potential and the ardent love between them gives her both the longing and foreshadowing of her future with the all-consuming Valentino. Her surrender to him in bed is because he's worthy in every other way and it's for their mutual fun while true love percolates beneath. True, total sexual submission is not for everyone and but in the safe world of literary fantasy we can have the empowerment that erotic surrender brings with the right loving partner. Final note, a brief but satisfying sweet glimpse into the lives
of Annie and Valentino and Mr. Stone and Maria is provided in yet another fine Portia Da Costa work entitled "In Too Deep."
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Seeing her neighbors sexual freedom from her bedroom window, forty-something widow Annie Conroy realizes she been missing something. When her neighbor, Maria, recommends that she meets a man at the Waverly Grange hotel, she little realizes what she's in for. There she meets Valentino, a tall and handsome Italian man with a simply overwhelming sexual magnetism. It's the start down a path that she never expected that she would travel down, one that takes her through suite seventeen to a sexual liberation that she never before dared to even imagine.

This is a simply wonderful book. I found the characters very interesting, and thought that the author did a great job of making them wilder and larger-than-life, without making them wholly unbelievable. The sex is hot and heavy with a hard kinkiness - and yet, the author again keeps from going to far. For example, lesbian encounters are flirted with but never fulfilled, while the BDSM scenes are hot but never go over-the-top. And finally, I really liked the ending. Annie does not become a mindless sex-slave, but actually transfigures through the BDSM to become her own in-charge woman.

What can I say, it's a great book. Hot and sexy, but ultimately loving and fulfilling.

(Review of Suite Seventeen by Portia Da Costa)
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Vibrant forty-something widow Annie Conroy is determined to follow her late husband's wishes and start having fun again and living life to the fullest. At the Waverley Grange Country Hotel, she encounters the most exotic, sensual and desirable creature she could ever have dreamed of and all thoughts of resistance are completely banished. Is it a man? Is it a woman? Who even cares?
Suite Seventeen is an engaging and serious look at a woman, growing older and finding herself sexually. Suite Seventeen is a wonderful book for sitting down for an evening or an afternoon even, just to relax and enjoy. Afterwards the reader finds themselves looking at their own selves and reevaluating their thoughts and feelings on the subject of their inner self. Suite Seventeen is not your normal romance; it is more of a finding yourself romance than a couple romance.

Emma
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This was a great story. I really liked it. A fast read for a weekend day.
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I had a hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars. I am glad that I read it, but the emotions were a little too difficult for me. There is a lot of erotic, kinky sex between a middle-aged woman and a georgous Italian man, who is 12 years younger. For much of the book, I felt uneasy and insecure. It reminded me of feelings a woman has when desperately attracted to someone who is gorgeous, desireable and unattainable. A man who would never be interested in someone like her.

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The story is told in the first person by Anne, a recently widowed woman in her mid 40s. She visits the Waverly hotel to meet someone who does not show. While waiting there, she is mezmerized by a georgous man dressed as a woman. He calls himself Valentina. They speak briefly and Anne is drawn to him. As she is waiting for a taxi to go home, she sees Valentina dressed in jeans with no shirt, walking into the nearby woods, now calling himself Valentino. She follows him. They have sex in the woods. The next night, she returns to the same hotel for dinner with her investment advisor Charles. Valentina is there again dressed as a woman and tells Anne she should have sex with Charles in a room with cameras. Some other oddities occur during that night with Valentino as well. The next day Anne returns to the hotel to discuss her bill and has another encounter with Valentino, who is dressed in a business suit, wearing glasses and going by the name Signor Guidetti, the hotel manager.

The insecure feeling occurs because Valentino has never asked Anne out or initiated their meetings. Anne is the one going to him each day. He responds with kinky sex, but she doesn't know if he likes her, wants her or what he thinks about her.
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