The Viscount's Pleasure House by Suzi Love
Published by Self-published on November 10, 2013
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Lady Chrissie Wellsby and her two country friends research dozens of rogues before selecting the notorious Viscount Hawkesbury, owner of London’s most exclusive and expensive brothel, to educate them in erotic seduction. The ladies abandon respectability and coerce Justin Tremayne into letting them visit The Pleasure House and to teaching them the sensual tricks mistresses and prostitutes use to entertain men.
Though Justin believes three naive ladies will see the debauched romps in his themed rooms, cover their eyes and ears, and run back to their sheltered lives, he underestimates the desperation of abandoned women who imagine a wider knowledge of sex will keep the men in their lives at home, in their own beds. But despite watching several of their friends, men and women, perform raunchy acts at his brothel, the ladies insist on participating in the last of Justin’s infamous Sultan’s galas, held in numerous silk tents and outdoor bathing areas on his estate.
Justin concedes to Chrissie’s demands only to gain information about his long-lost mother and sisters, but the world-weary viscount falls head over heels in love with his emotionally bruised pupil. He yearns for a wife, children, and an uncomplicated wife, but can he convince Chrissie to take a chance and marry again? Because Justin never wants to leave her bed.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I was gifted a copy of The Viscount’s Pleasure House when I was fortunate enough to meet the author in person…thanks Suzi Love.
Ms. Love is a new author to me and being a fellow Aussie I wasn’t sure what type of historical romance I’d get. I was surprised that it was an erotic historical with characters that jumped off the pages. We are introduced to the notorious Virile Viscount when Lady Chrissie, the heroine, comes to obtain his services. Unfortunately, Justin, Viscount Hawkesbury, is not in the best mindset at the time and thinks she’s a typical woman just after his body or to trap him into marriage. For Lady Chrissie this is not the case, she and her two friends want to learn how to please a man. The story unfolds with some laughs, some seriously hot scenes and some heartbreaking ones too. We learn why and how the women came to need the education and what they aim to achieve once they get it.
There are some scenes that are erotic, but most don’t involve the main characters. The women see a few scenes acted out with courtesans and their customers, which makes it more voyeuristic. This to me made the situation easier to take as we aren’t having the main characters interact with other people. I don’t particularly like seeing the hero or heroine “getting it on”, “making love” or “plundering” other people.
There was enough story to keep my interest and wasn’t based solely around sex. We learn the personalities of the characters, some of their history and what their hopes and dreams for the future are.
There were a few spelling and grammar mistakes, but not enough to distract me too much. I really enjoyed the storyline and characters and will definitely be reading more from this author.
Rating: 4 Stars
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