Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
My Source: Amazon.com
Publisher: Berkley Trade (March 1, 2011)
Rating: A; Nearly Perfect, A Keeper
Heat Level: 5; Scorching!
Pleasure Me by Monica Burns
A DEFINITE KEEPER! What a stunning and fabulous read. Pleasure Me is the sultry historical you MUST read!
Ruth is a 41 year courtesan who fears she has reached the end of her prime. Being discarded by her latest gentleman for a younger and more beautiful lady, Ruth must hide her disappointment from the ton and figure out her next step in life. Soon after her rejection, Ruth finds herself the center of the ridicule among the guests at a ball. A true gentleman, Garrick can do nothing less than come to the rescue of this beautiful goddess.
Garrick knows that any man in a habit of discarding a beautiful woman like Ruth is nothing less than a fool. After all, he is finding it very hard to resist the breathtaking allure of this classic woman. While the attraction is mutual, Garrick will not take their relationship as far as he would like to. Garrick is a virgin with a physical deformity that has prevented him from ever making love to a woman. His life has been spent running a facade of a passionate lover to mysterious women, but it is all a ruse. Now Ruth is tempting him in ways he never imagined. Neither of them sought out love, but neither can resist it.
Garrett is amazing….he is a stunning lead character that literally stole my breath away. I’m jealous that I will most likely never meet a person like him in real life! He was also my favorite type of hero…oh yes,if you’ve read my previous reviews I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, a tortured hero! But he isn’t your average tortured hero. Garrick isn’t an innocent young virgin, which makes him so irresistible! He knows how to seduce and attract Ruth with a natural skill that would be near impossible to resist.
Ruth is an interesting heroine as well. I believe this is the first book I’ve read in which the heroine is significantly older than her hero. While at first it gave me cause for some concern, by the end I realized what a delicious situation this turned out to be. Of course Ruth is the experienced woman in the world of physical love and is none to shy about sharing that experience. Yet in other matters, such as their age difference, she is insecure and unsure of herself. It makes for an interesting leading lady that completely charms her hero.
Then there are the love scenes. Oy vey, the love scenes! What delightfully sexy and romantic scenes that could literally set the pages on fire. Ruth may have been the courtesan with the experience, but Garrett was nothing less than a quick study. His quick turn around and seduction of Ruth had my toes curling. You could literally feel the sexual tension building through the pages. It was intense and spellbinding.
There really wasn’t anything I disliked about Pleasure Me by Monica Burns. Burns writes a fabulous novel with amazing characters and overwhelming sexual tension. There was plenty of drama and fabulous description that forced me to stay up well past my bedtime to finish! Simply put…this novel does not disappoint. If you like your historicals to have tortured heroes, dazzling heroines and a great big dash of lust and sexiness then run (don’t walk) to pick up this book. This is the kind of romantic literature you can’t pass up! This was my first read from Monica Burns and you can bet your bottom dollar it won’t be the last!
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