Book Review – Private Pleasures

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Written By: Bertrice Small
Published By: New American Library a division of Penguin Group Inc., 2004, First Edition, 266 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-0451212030

Private Pleasures is a vibrant, fast-paced story full of explicit eroticism; this book is not for the faint of heart!”

Product Description –
“Nora Buckley’s worst nightmare has just come true. After years of being a devoted, dutiful housewife, she’s found out her husband is leaving her for a younger woman. Her only comfort comes from her friends-the women of Ansley Court, who meet every Monday morning for coffee and gossip.
Seeing Nora’s desperation, her friends decide it’s time to let her in on their delicious and dirty little secret. It’s called The Channel… and it lets every woman unleash passions beyond her wildest dreams. Suddenly Nora is living out her most intimate and sensuous fantasies- and before long, she realizes she can have everything she ever wanted…”

Private Pleasures is filled with promise, but it did not satisfy as I had hoped. I will start with The Channel; it is an absolutely fabulous idea and the Author has really outdone herself! With this inventive escape, Nora and her friends are able to live out their most secret, intimate fantasies. Just imagine the possibilities in real life?  It’s every woman’s dream come true!
I think that some of the difficulty I had with this book was how deep the Author takes the fantasies and how dissimilar certain parts are from what I would call erotic and arousing. I really enjoyed the ‘outside The Channel’ part of the story and I was very happy to see Nora standing up for herself. At several points in the storyline though, I felt a disconnection from the book; I lost interest for a few pages. I understand that it is Nora’s dream world and her own private settings, but I was a little grossed-out by some of the sex-play. Some of the love scenes are very erotic, filled with incredible sexual tension and spicy lovemaking, while other love scenes are somewhat cheesy and reminiscent of a poorly written porn video. There are 3 more books in The Channel erotica series and I have high hopes for them; I’m looking forward to some variation and some other types of sexual experimentation. It was an interesting read and eye-opening too. I encourage you to pick up a copy to read if you are into some varied and graphic erotica that breaks boundaries and makes no apologies.
**If you don’t want to read any potential spoilers, please don’t read past this point in the review!**
I was really turned-off by the anal play and anal sex…not that there is anything wrong with it, it just isn’t something that I find sexy or arousing. The man on man action was a little icky too; yes, it’s another thing that doesn’t appeal to me, sad to say.

♦♦♦♦♦♦ (6 out of 10 Diamonds) – I enjoyed it

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A special thanks to Penguin Group (USA) for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy


4 thoughts on “Book Review – Private Pleasures

  1. I’ve read a couple of Beatrice Small books though sadly I can’t remember reading any of them. I think I liked her. I used to be a big fan of Robin Schone. Have you read any of her work? Her love scenes were hot, but never bled over into sounding like cheesy porn, which has the tendency to happen way too often in erotica.

  2. Hi J.S. Peyton,

    I’ve read several of her historical romances too. I found that she liked to include a lot historical details in here books and they were quite in-depth for the romance genre.
    I’ve never heard of Robin Schone until now; thank you for recommending her! :-) I am always on the lookout for great erotica writers. Love scenes are very difficult to write and it seems to be very common, as you say, for them to be less then romantic and more cheesy then erotic.
    Lucky for you and me, as well as other erotica readers, as I enjoy reading erotica and I am looking forward to reviewing more erotica titles in the future! :-)
    Thanks so much for leaving a comment J.S., I really appreciate it and I’m looking forward to many more (I hope). :-)


  3. I have not read a single Bertrice Small book. I have over a dozen of her book. I see them and I buy them because I want to read them. One of these days….

    Do you have a particular recommendation as a first book to read so I can get hooked?

  4. Hi Shoshana,

    WOW! That sure is a big pile of Bertrice’s books! :-) I hope you get time to read some of her books soon.

    She has written 6 different series and they are as follows:

    The O’Malley Saga

    Skye’s Legacy

    The Friarsgate Inheritance

    The World of Hetar

    The Border Chronicles

    The Pleasures

    I would start with the first books in the series and read them from Book 1 to the last book in that particular series. It really depends on the mood you are in and what type of story will interest you at the time. I would check the links and read up the different series and decide on the one that would best satisfy your book cravings. :-)

    If you don’t have a complete series, you might want to buy the books you need to fill in the gaps or borrow them from your local public library.

    I hope this helps a bit. :-)

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