Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Aphrodisia (November 1, 2008)
Forced to wed at a young age, Abigail Beecham is tired of living in a sexless marriage. She longs to succumb to the delicious pleasures of pure carnal lust that she has only read about. And if her husband can't satisfy her erotic needs, she's ready to find a man who can...Peter Howard is accustomed to unusual sexual requests. His ten years as a slave in a Turkish brothel left him skilled in sensual delights. But there is little that actually arouses him-- - until he meets Abigail. Now he longs to tease and torment her until she cries out with pleasure. Maybe then he'll finally experience that exquisite feeling of bliss he so desperately desires...
Review: Peter Howard is becoming jaded in his sexual pleasures and has an overall feeling of emptiness manifesting in his soul. When his best friend for the last twenty four years kicks him out of his marital bed he feels adrift and nowhere truly belonging.
Until James Beecham approaches him with an unusual request. Through James he meets his wife, Abigail Beecham and the three of them get to know each other on every level that is important. Still, the past of Peter catches up with him and shaking his very sense of self.
Simply Sinful is my first impression of what Kate Pearce can do as a Romantica writer and I will definitely read more of her, if it is only to read the previous story leading up to this one with Valentine Sokorvsky and Sara Harrison in Simply Sexual. This author delivers a seasoned blend of the historical and erotica genre where it is occupied with credible characters.
With ingredients like ménage, M/M. M/F and a bit of Dom/sub to top it off it becomes a banquet of erotic scenes which I feasted on. In this Peter often took the lead, while James liked it rough and tough, whereas Abby discovered a foray of sensual delights. In an upbeat tempo the characters feelings are intertwined with the carnality of it all. It becomes a one-two punch that always works well for me, nobody left out and everybody working together towards a happy ever after.
James Beecham is a respected member of the Ton with his ancient family name but secretively has a preference which would shock the same Ton he is a member of. Abby got married very early in life with James and she does know about her husband’s preferences. She still needs him to come home though if they want an heir for the Beecham name. She is audacious, straight forward and smart and will give any man a run for his money. However, it is Peter who becomes the center of this story. With his past lying in a Turkish brothel he knows more about sex, pleasure, positions and various toys to enhance that pleasure. Peter’s struggles combined with his new sexual venture fuels his actions until he hits rock bottom which is creating raw and desperate feelings.
While this is very much an erotica novel it has the well-rounded characters that give the kind of depth that is required to give a satisfying read. The inner conflicts of Peter, James and Abby – May this be related to the heart or to the body - are all given a voice and as the story progressed it all came together. This threesome very much occupied the pages as there was a minor cast of secondary characters. For the emotional development of Peter his friends Valentine and Sara were key supporting characters. They shared so much of his past and present and knew him well enough for Peter to be aggravated with their view of things and at the same time made him think of his actions and reactions. Along with this couple I got a glimpse of Anthony, a very interesting man and relative of Valentine. There is also the “in your face” meddling mother-in-law of Abby, who quickly exited the stage after stating her opinion to Peter about how Abby was, what she did and especially what she didn’t do. I thank the author for not crediting her more time on the pages but in her thoughts, she represented a larger part of the Ton and I got that.
Kate Pearce has an easy going writing style that will take very little effort on the reader’s part to turn the pages and keep going. I was pleasantly taken to the early 19th century of England where three people met and connected. The erotically charged scenes held a vibe of their own with evocative images of characters liberating themselves from a prudish stigma of the time period.
Simply Sinful held me bound to the story for an evening, providing welcome hours spent in another world with lush seduction at the core of a triangle love affair. Each aiming for a happily ever after, Abby, James and Peter’s journey had me emotionally touched and I got all hot and heavy by their erotic antics at the same time. A job well done for Kate Pearce in my opinion!