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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 Great~ May 12 2003
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Average... May 16 2001
I will be honest and confess to a certain disenchantment with Bertrice Small's works; her story in this collection does nothing to further interest me. However, it is much better written than "Fascinated," the book that first introduced me to her side-splitting purple prose. If you are looking for any shred of reality, this isn't the book for you. If, however, you are willing to suspend ANY notion of reality in exchange for some truly kinky sex, you could be interested. I will grudgingly applaud her attempt to expand the usual "man who is a slut, woman who is virginal until the right man introduces her to passion" formula, but her brief attempts at magical kingdoms and palace intrigue are just plain silly. Warning: alternate orifice intercourse is referenced AND included.
Susan Johnson's "Bound and Determined" is the standard stuff for her: beautifuly yet sensual princess trapped in a situation that requires the stud services of a London "ton" rake. I'll always appreciate her interest in historical accuracy, but the sex grows monotonous. As above, she does at least try to expand our horizons; while it isn't truly enough to explain some of the characters' behavior, it is certainly better than Ms. Small's feeble attempt.
Thea Devine's effort is certainly better than her "Fascinated" story. For one, it isn't nearly as confusing with all the italics - although they exist, they at least accompany the story rather than detract from it. This story isn't my idea of romance of ANY sort - domination makes me SO rebellious - it at least has a semblance of a story.
And, last but certainly not least, Robin Schone's effort shows her true talent. Her story in "Fascinated" was beautifully written, but this is even better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Land turns boring real fast
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.
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Published on Nov. 24 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck!
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars By Far The Best In The Series
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... Read more
Published on May 16 2003 by "joepie"
3.0 out of 5 stars Erotic Romance
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. Read more
Published on March 24 2003 by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, five star is for Robin Schone
I find myself totally CAPTIVATED (which is the point actually) by only ONE story in the book - and that is, Robin Schone's "A Lady's Pleasure". Read more
Published on April 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I bought this for the Thea Devine novella, but all of them were well written erotica. Not for the faint of heart. Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Mkath
4.0 out of 5 stars Erotica At Its Best!
Captivated by talented writer Robin Schone is one steamy read. 'Whew!' Love it, I must say. Erotica at its finest. Do yourself a favor and buy this book, you'll be glad you did!
Published on Dec 9 2001 by Victoria Taylor Murray
This book is the best. I have reread it about 20 times and it gets better everytime I read it. Four masters of this genre in romance writing have created the best book ever. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2001 by Grandmother of 1!
4.0 out of 5 stars FOUR EROTIC STORIES
CAPTIVATED is a collection of four short stories written individually by four female writers who are at the erotic, passion-writing forefront. Read more
Published on April 30 2001 by Mary Allen
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