Review: The Viscount’s Pleasure House by Suzi Love

June 11, 2014 Review 0

Review: The Viscount’s Pleasure House by Suzi Love

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 convinced Chrissie to take a chance and marry again? Because Justin never wants to leave her bed.

Title: The Viscount's Pleasure House
Author: Suzi Love
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Viscount's Pleasure House
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: 28 October, 2013
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance
Pages: 254
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

Engaging characters, historical setting, determined heroine and kind hearted if more than slightly jaded hero with an ulterior motive – how can you resist?  Suzi Love manages to grab attention from the start with Justin, the “Virile Viscount” planning for the last gasp production at his notorious pleasure house before he retires the moniker and delves full time into finding his mother and sisters, tossed from the family home and out of his life in a fit of pique and cruelty of his father.

Chrissie is widowed and wealthy in her own right. Having information as to the whereabouts of Justin’s mother and sisters is her entrée into his house:  her best friends are having marital issues, and feel that time spent in observation of one of the notorious Pleasure Parties that Justin is known for will help them remedy their own situations.

Far from being a jaded and wholly dislikable character, Love has given Justin heart and sense: while he is trying to discourage and shock the women away from their planned course, he also works behind the scenes to finagle their security and safety, and keep them reasonably free from scandal.

Chrissie is determined that she WILL go through with the plan: although her own marital moments were less than stellar, information is never bad, and the sparks between she and Justin are palpable.  Everything in this story combines to make a read that is compelling and demands you read on.  Love incorporates character, tone, perspective and precise delivery of description to build the story, and her incorporation of the naughty bits, far more outré for ladies of the time are presented with a curiosity and slight tinge of the forbidden.  Justin and Chrissie are electric together and their scenes sparkle with wit, emotion and intensity.

 

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