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2.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Land turns boring real fast Nov. 24 2003
By A Customer
Ms. Small's story was pure fantasy; not boring in the least, but wicked in a harmless way, I guess. It puts 'normal' love scenes to shame.
Ms. Johnson's story was good, as expected. There WAS a plot, after all.
Ms. Devine's story was AWFUL! This guy Courtland was just about the meanest character ever made, and he was the hero! He rarely said anything civil to Drue, he just growled. The way he looked at her, as if he couldn't stand the sight of her, did not sit well with me.
Ms. Schone's story was okay; predictable and cute. At least this guy was a real man.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck! Sept. 17 2003
By A Customer
1st story: Ectasy - Public humiliation, enslavement leads to love. Yeah, right. 2nd story: Bound and Determined - Kidnapped and forced to father a child leads to love. No romance, don't buy it! 3rd Story: Dark Desires - Bought to pay off the debts of the father. A virgin is humiliated and exposed to S&M all leading to love. Just made me sick. Hated the characters. 4th Story: Two strangers find each other in the night. The only one worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'd like a little SM with my Romance. July 29 2003
Okay where do I start. Oh Yeah again, Robin Schones story made this book of anthologies for me.
Ecstacy by Beatrice Small-I read one chapter of her story and skipped it. I don't know why just did.
Bound and Determined by Susan Johnson-This was a sad romance almost torture how she left him but a good story if you like bondage, voyuerism, kidnapping. A princess and an aritocratic libertine rake you can't go wrong except I felt so bad for him.
Dark Desires by Thea Devine-Romance with a twist and lots of frustating sex with definate SM undertones. Set in the South with Plantations and all. Very steamy I like Dru and Courtland.
A Lady's Pleasure by Robin Schone- by far the most romantic story and not a hint of SM. A lonely Spinster on her last holiday and a Colonel in the Millitary on convalescence both looking to forget. She wants to forget the future of having to marry for families reputation and he wants to forget his violent past in the millitary. Together they discover new people within them selves with the help of each other. And you won't believe what he does in the ending. Very daring for that time period. Oh yeah lots of great sex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By Far The Best In The Series May 16 2003
All four stories are very engaging and well-written. I couldn't put it down! 'Fascinated' and 'Delighted' each had at leaste one story that wasn't worth reading twice, but 'Captivated' doesn't disappoint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great~ May 12 2003
By A Customer
This is the first erotic anthology Kensington put out and It's pretty than lot of other anthologies (criteria: have to like 50 percent or more of the novellas) out there.
The first novella is "Ecstacy by Bertrice Small, which was hysterically funny. mmm I don't think that was the reaction the author was going for. Me. Hysterically. Laughing. With. Tears. Running. Yup this happened especially each time I encountered phrases or words like "on you back now, slave! I wanna to sheath you", "Now, my queen! Mount me", "her orifice", or "her hot humid love sheath", "love juices" and "rosy aperture" - these are only the ones I remember, there are probably more hilarious ones but my stomach hurts too much from mass laughter for me to go at it a second round by looking for more euphemisms. In fact, I'm surprised I didn't get stroke purple prose induced overload in these short 89 pages. Did i mention the 13 inch errr... endowment that the hero Dagon has? or that the Queen Kelida "fell in love" solely because of his ability to give her multiple orgasms? Oh well maybe the author is trying her hand from being a romance writer to a comedian? or perhaps she's trying to win a contest/bet on how much purple prose studded sex scenes she could cram into a few pages? I guess I could maybe excuse her if that is the case.
"Bound and Determinded" was ok, wasn't too impressed but way better than the first one. I got through this one, without laughing but still unfulfilled because the ending didn't explain much in the way of what political conflict Princess Marko was in, what happened to her cruel gay husband etc. I guess he just went away to frolick with his gay pals? who knows. I have to give Mrs. Johnson some credit though- there is some element of romance...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Romance March 24 2003
By Ann
Ecstasy by Beatrice Small *
There is not any romance in this story. Keep a dictionary handy and try to not be grossed out by the never-ending erotica.
Bound and Determined by Susan Johnson ****
I am partial to Susan and feel that she rarely writes anything below 4 stars. Unique plot but as always Ms. Johnson follows through with a strong female character that´¿s trapped but smart and determined.
Dark Desires by Thea Devine ***
This hero definitely has some dark desires but soon has the heroine obediently trained. The sexual manipulation was graphic though not necessary and sometimes hard to imagine/follow. The business arranged marriage plot was good though.
A Lady´¿s Pleasure by Robin Schone ****
Abigail got what she never imagined a stormy night could bring. She was just little too quick to leave when the storm was over. She was on vacation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Schone is the Real Star of this Anthology Aug. 6 2002
While the other tales in this anthology are rather standard, and in the case of Beatrice Small, woefully sub-standard, it is Robin Schone's highly emotional 'A Lady's Pleasure' which stands out as true erotic romance.
Abigail and Robert, the main characters of 'A Lady's Pleasure' are so well-drawn and full of depth that your heart breaks when they both speak of their lives outside of the storm-lashed cottage they find themselves together in. Abigail was a soon-to-be-married ex-spinster who seeks the one thing denied to many women in Victorian England--passion. Robert was a wounded soldier just returned from war to a country that seems to have no place for him. They are two people bound by the need to be loved and to be accepted.
The sexual scenes were hot and full of emotional intensity, and I was delighted to see that Ms. Schone dealt with all forms of intimacy, not just ones that are accepted. She doesn't write lurid prose with silly metaphors for male and female genitalia.
This is the story that I can read over and over again and still feel the same emotional connection. I can't say this enough, that Robin Schone is the new queen of erotic romance.
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