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Susan Small , Susan Johnson , Thea Devine , Robin Schone
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575666065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575666068
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A new anthology of erotic, sensuous historical romance tales presents four original tales, including "Mastering Lady Lucinda" by Bertrice Small, Susan Johnson's "Risking It All," "The Pleasure Game" by Thea Devine, and "A Man and a Woman" by Robin Schone. Original.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All 4 stories good. 2 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Much better than Captivated, by the same authors. As usual Robin Schones work eclipses the others in my opinion. An excellent tale that has a depth far beyond normal romance, erotic or otherwise. If you have read 'The Ladies Tutor' you must read this; Muhamed's story. Susan Johnson's story is up to her usual standard. I like her love scenes better than anyone elses. I think it's her use of dialogue that brings it alive. She has a lovely turn of phrase that brings images to mind. for example:
...he softly grunted each time at the blissfull point of deepest penetration...
Can't you just hear him!!
Beatrice Smalls offering, very silly but I enjoyed it. Wonderfully satisfying when Lucinda puts the men in their place and gets her man as well. Thea Devine's, my second choice after Robin's story, the best thing I have read of hers.
All in all Excellent.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars APPALLING 7 Nov 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book because I am a hopeless romantic, and it came under the romance genre. I admit it was erotic romance and I thought why not give it a try. The Thea Devine story was good, a little bit crude but acceptable. Robin Schones was very moving, and Susan Johnsons good. All this three involved the woman who gets involved with a man and the story revolves around the two of them which is OK.Also, inevitably there is a lot of making love between the two of them which is OK, even if it is a bit raunchy. BUT! Beatrice Small's is absolutely UNROMANTIC - it is on the point of sickening. The woman is literally raped by the 'hero' in front of 4 men who want her 'disciplined' then she is drugged and has 4 different men have sex with her at once. Then at the end she is forced to have sex with one of her 'suitors' perform a sex act on another before the 'hero' sweeps her off into the sunset and jealously asks her who made love to her - it sounds like half of England did!!! it is the most unromantic story I have ever read and admit that some people like these stories and good luck to them but do not put it into a book that comes under the 'romance' genre. It is not in the least bit romantic - I am disgusted and will avoid anything with the name 'Beatrice Small' on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man & a Woman 23 July 2009
By Li
If you liked the Lady's Tutor from Robin Schone you have to read this story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ROMANTIC!!!!! 30 April 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book because it was under the 'romance' genre. It was nothing to do with romance. The last three stories are fair but the first one is nothing but porn. Having four men having sex in various forms with one woman at once is not romance to me. I appreciate that some people like these stories which is fair enough but should not be classed as 'romance'. I also found the language too crude - I would not recommend it to anyone who likes romance and gentleness.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely "FASCINATED" by this book 18 Oct 2000
By Elena Oppedisano - Published on Amazon.com
Well, let me start off by saying that Small's and Johnson's novellas were a vast inprovement from their "Captivated" offerings. Schone's was just as beautiful and Devine's, well, sad to say, I was just incapable of finishing. It was way too kinky for me - I just couldn't get into it. I give the book three stars - one star for each story. And they were all sexy, exciting and beautiful in their own way.
Small's "Mastering Lady Lucinda" had a plot that was intriguingly original and wickedly sensuous. I applaud the fact that Small eased up on the silly purple prose that littered her "Captivated" novella. It was only pale lavender this time. The story build-up made it a real page turner - I couldn't wait until the end to see Lucinda turn the tables on her 3 would-be suitors. My only complaint was the mention of incest - I don't care if this is erotica - incest is sick. PERIOD.
Johnson's "Risking It All" centered around a story that was more character development and witty, sexy dialogue rather than an involved plot. It was a sweet story of two people getting to know each other over the course of a few days while locked in a luxurious hotel room while engaging in naughty, delicious sex. Unlike her hero from "Captivated" (and some of her other books) who spewed the "F" word like Mt. St. Helen and whined like a baby, the hero here was soft spoken, sultry and sensual. I liked the emotional connection that was growing between the h/h as a result of their lovemaking.
As I mentioned earlier, I did not finish Devine's "The Pleasure Game" and have no intention (sorry, no gold star Thea).
Robin Schone's "A Man and a Woman" was positively BEAUTIFUL. Who cares how old the h/h are! Once you get into the story, the ultra-sensual love scenes, hearing what the h/h are thinking and feeling with each word, each touch, each caress, you seem to forget how old they are.
Here are two people who NEED each other - both for different reasons. Megan wanted to experience what she had and lost; Conner wanted to experience what he never had. I love Schone's choice of imperfect, slightly tortured characters - it makes their coming together with the one person who can make their pain go away a healing, loving experience. That's exactly what Megan did for Connor. This novella made me cry in several places - mainly because of what Connor went through as a child and as an adult and feeling as if no woman would ever want him, let alone love him. This is a perfect example of "there's someone for everyone" saying. What Schone seems to convey so perfectly is the power and intensity of what the character is thinking and feeling while they are making love. You almost feel their emotions, the heat of their skin, their rapid breathing, etc. Ms. Schone is definitely a master!
I highly recommend this book. Please do not take my word alone on Devine's novella. If you like a high degree of kink, leather, fetishes, etc. then you may enjoy her novella. I wanted to be fair and give her story a chance but I just couldn't finish it. Then again, what might be a turn off for some may be a turn on for others.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Use Oven Mitts When Handling Because This Book Burns! 7 Oct 2000
By C. Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
After thoroughly enjoying the first anthology from this quartet of romance novelists, I waited expectantly to see if there might be a follow-up anthology, which would rival the first in terms of sizzle factor. Let me just say, I was not disappointed in the least. If you buy this book expecting to read heartwarming stories about how the hero and heroine meet, fall in love, triumph over all the odds, and then live happily ever after, do not buy this anthology. However, if you want to read about a man and woman meeting, then engaging in all varieties of sometimes eyebrow raising sexual play, and then living happily ever after, then buy this anthology and buy it as quickly as possible.
"Mastering Lady Lucinda" is set in England and the locale of the story does not change to an Arabian harem, as is often the case with Ms. Small's novels. However, it does involve a period of captivity in the English countryside. The reader is introduced to young, headstrong, recently widowed Lady Lucinda. She is expected to remarry, but has turned down numerous proposals from prospective suitors. Lady Lucinda is quickly taken into hand by The Master. After learning some interesting lessons, there is a happy conclusion for Lucinda and her "lord and master."
Susan Johnson's "Risking It All" is set in Monte Carlo, where the hero and heroine meet each other in a casino at the roulette table. After their initial meeting, they quickly retire to a hotel suite and do not leave it until almost the end of the story. The characters engage in humorous banter, a sexual marathon, and an interesting role-playing game. My only complaint with this story was that it ended all too quickly. I would have been satisfied to read another 20 pages of this particular story.
"The Pleasure Game" is a story about childhood neighbors who are all grown up and ready to play adult games with each other. Thea Devine's story quickly alternates between the matchmaking machinations of the London Season and Lady Regina Olney's bedchamber. The story concludes with one happy father and one well-pleasured bride-to-be.
The premise of Robin Schone's "A Man and a Woman" was intriguing - a widow masquerading as a prostitute to provide herself and a stranger from another country a night of passion. What I have always enjoyed about Ms. Schone's earlier works is her willingness to portray main characters who are either not in the prime of their youth or have some sort of physical deformity as sexual beings. I was not disappointed with "A Man and a Woman" in that aspect, but my mind had some difficulty handling the fact that the hero of the story had been "gelded" when he was a boy. Although there was a happy conclusion to the final story in the anthology, the page limitations of a short story is not enough to do justice to Muhamed, the male character. A story such as his would be better suited for a full-length novel. It would allow for fuller development of his character and would provide a richer, historical context as to how he became an eunuch.
All in all, this second anthology by Small, Johnson, Devine, and Schone is a 5 star read. Dare I hope for a third anthology from these ladies?
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Predicitable fare from romance's steamiest ladies. 24 Jan 2001
By mirope - Published on Amazon.com
If you are already a fan of Beatrice Small, Susan Johnson, Thea Devine or Robin Schone, this collection of novellas will be satisfying. If, however, you are not familiar with these authors, be forewarned that this is not tepid stuff. These ladies are known for their graphic portrayal of increasingly erotic sex, so this book is not for everyone.
Unlike other reviewers, I thought that Robin Schone's novella was the highlight of the book. It was the only one that had fully developed characters with identifiable motives. Yes, it is an unusual and unconventional story - you don't read many romances with an eunuch for the hero - but Ms. Schone makes it work. In order to adapt an erotic romance into the novella format, the author must have a speedy means for getting the two main characters together. Ms. Schone's plot is simple: the heroine is a sexual frustrated widow who decides to pose as a prostitute for one night; the hero is a eunuch who wants to sample a taste of the erotic arts he has been denied all his life. From this simple premise Ms. Schone is able to craft a intense and complex relationship.
In comparison, the other three novellas are rather shallow. Ms. Small's premise (an independent woman is turned over to a sexual "master" as punishment for rejecting various suitors) has promise, but the character's are sadly two-dimensional. Also, the overwrought purple prose can frequently be outright silly. Plot and character motivation are completely lacking in the other two stories. In both an attractive couple immediately jump into bed, have lots and lots of sex, and instantly decide that they are in love. No emotional build-up, no tension, no nothing.
Despite my reservations about three out of the four novellas, I'm still giving this book four stars on the basis of Schone's strong contribution.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three wonderful tales by four stars of erotic romance 29 Sep 2000
By Debra Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone who has read and enjoyed the writing of the four anthology authors will like this spicy and entertaining book. The first three stories, by Small, Devine, and Johnson, are tales of erotic romance among members of the British aristocracy, and are set during three different historical time periods. I thought the contributions by authors Small and Devine were fine examples of their work and enjoyed them thoroughly. My favorite story in the anthology was Susan Johnson's confection of a romance set in Monte Carlo. Johnson spins the story of a whirlwind affair between the handsome, urbane, and wealthy Duke of Grafton and a penniless, but of course beautiful, widow. Johnson's hero is to die for, and as usual, the dialog between the leads is witty, intelligent, and crackling with sexuality.
I have read (and re-read) and enjoyed all of Robin Schone's books. So, it is with a heavy heart that I say I did have a little trouble with the story she contributed to the anthology. Schone tells us of a romance between a 53 year-old eunuch (a character from one of her previous books), and a 48 year-old widow. I usually enjoy her offbeat lead characters but these two were a little too weird for me. The love scenes were written with Schone's wonderful erotic style, but somehow they were unsatisfying (after all, the guy IS a eunuch). And, usually when I read a romance, I like to see a little bit of myself or a wonderful "fantasy man" in the lead characters. None of that here. Still, some may enjoy this oddball romance - and Schone IS a fantastic writer. And the other three stories are so good - well worth the price of the book.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO, SO STEAMY 18 May 2001
By Mary Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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FASCINATED is a collection of four very sensual and passionate novellas by four of erotica's best female writers.
Story One is MASTERING LADY LUCINDA by Betrice Small. All the beautiful, widowed Lucinda Harrington wants is her own home, away her brother. All her brother, the Bishop, wants is for Lucinda to be married and respectable. She refuses proposal after proposal by some of society's finest. Her spurned suitors, members of an "underground" club, think she needs to be taught a lesson in submission by the "Master." Little do they know that Lucenda is more ready for the erotic lessons than even the Master.
Story Two is RISKING IT ALL by Susan Johnson. The young, widowed Felicia Greenwood could lose her home to an unscrupulous cousin. So she takes all she has and risks it in a casino game where she meets a very handsome, mysterious and generous stranger. Thinking she'll never see him again, she spends a passion-filled night with him. Neither of them is looking for a commitment or a long-range relationship. They are both surprised at what happens next.
Story Three is THE PLEASURE GAME by Thea Devine. Oh, what a tangled web she wove. A silly, overheard, indiscreet statement to a friend gives Regina Olney a chance to play a cruel trick on her father and on her old childhood friend, Jeremy. But she and Jeremy haven't see each other in three years and they've each changed, growing much more seductive. Now things aren't going the way she planned and Regina has to wonder if the trick is being played on her.
Story Four is A MAN AND A WOMAN by Robin Schone. This novella appears to be a continuation of Ms. Schone's very excellent novel, THE LADY'S TUTOR. Megan Branwell, the impoverished and very proper widow of a passionless vicar, throws caution away and disguises herself a prostitute so she can enjoy one night of lust. She hadn't counted on her one customer being Muhamed, a man who satisfies, but has issues of his own.
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