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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lace (10 April 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0352346884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352346889
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Holly is the USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty very hot romantic books, featuring werewolves, faeries, and just plain extraordinary ordinary folks. Her favorite things are reading, coffee, long daydreamy walks, plus whatever show she's currently infatuated with on tv. She loves sinking into the worlds of her stories and hopes you do too!

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Black Lace - sexy new fiction from the leading imprint of erotica by women for women

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Emma Holly lives in Minnesota where the winters are long and people will use any excuse to warm up. According to Emma, humanity’s best inventions are hot showers, the printing press, coffee, chocolate, and bicycle shorts for men.

She is the bestselling author of Menage, Velvet Glove, In the Flesh and Cooking Up A Storm, all available from Black Lace.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
Having loved "Menege", I've read just about every Emma Holly book out there. Most of them, while very good, didn't live up to "Menege". This one did! Finally! The story was great, the writing fantastic and the sexy I'd recommened it along with, of course, "Menege" and another called "Breaking the Girl". Fantastic erotica all the way!
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
I have wide tastes in reading. A non-fiction history book that is well written excites me as much as good fiction. It's the power behind the writer's vision, their voice that sees the prose come alive. When you get into the Romance genre, it's voice and vision, but it's also a headier mix - romance, anticipation, and an understanding of human nature. The best romances are written by someone who appreciates men and women, their indocincrosies, and relishes that indefinable magic, which makes a person individual, special. Often, I see writers writing men as they want them to be, rather than appreciating the male animal as he really is. No matter how beautifully written a tale is, if the writer does not have a good understanding of men, it shows. One thing you can say of Emma Holly she has the knack. She knows men, warts and all, yet adores their intricacy, understands them, and is able to put that into crafting savvy tales with characters so strong they come alive. Personal Assets is Holly at her very best. It shows Holly's understanding of women and men. She breathes life into her characters so when you finish reading this book, you just did not enjoy these two men and two women, you feel you know them. They are your friends! It's hard to think of Bea, Phillip, Leta and Simon as just fictional characters.
I especially I heap high praise on her Multi-POV (Point of View). I have long maintained this writing style is so much freer, fuller, you get to know the characters, their immediate reactions, then and there, instead of having to wait for the confining "stay within a single character's POV for a whole chapter". Comparing Mutli-POV to enforced Single-POV is the difference between staring at the Mona Lisa and then looking at a painting done with paint-by-numbers!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Romantica at its best 1 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is similar to Emma Holly's erotica stories originally published by Black Lace, but this one has been marketed as a romance novel by Berkley.
This definitely pushes the limits of what we think of as romance, and I congratulate Holly for that. This story is a blend of romance and erotica, better known as romantica. There are multiple explicit sex scenes in every chapter, multiple characters having sex with different partners, even some menage a trois and male/male sex. And yet the story focuses on the growing love between two different couples, and the plot itself that ties the whole story together is well-thought out by Holly.
I have always appreciated Holly's open-minded attitude toward human sexuality and erotica, as well as her expertise at crafting very steamy and diverse sex scenes. The fact that she has been able to successfully translate all of that into a book that is considered a romance novel is noteworthy.
The only reason I give this book 4 stars rather than 5 is because in my opinion the ratio of sex scenes to story plot is skewed a little too much in the direction of the sex. Since this is a romance novel and not pure erotica, I would have liked to have seen a little more storytelling to round out all those sex scenes. As it was, there were just little snippets of plot bridging explicit scene after explicit scene of very hot sex.
But let me repeat, what Emma Holly has accomplished with this book is a benchmark in the romance genre, and I hope she will continue to push the limits by writing more romantica in the future.
70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Delicious and insatiable erotic romance! 22 Jan. 2004
By CoffeeGurl - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am officially hooked on Emma Holly! Having read Menage, a rather spicy Black Lace offering, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another book from this author. Personal Assets is one of the steamiest, insatiable and wonderful erotic romance novels ever written. Parisian boutique Meilleurs Amis (Best Friends) exudes elegance and eroticism. Beatrix trusts that her young and hot British stepfather Philip will look after her late mother's business. Bea has always loved Philip and she seizes the opportunity to seduce him. But in the midst of seduction, her best friend Lela falls for Simon, a powerful and good-looking businessman who threatens the future of Meilleurs Amis. Will carnal and heart desires get in the way of the aforementioned dilemma? There are various twists throughout the novel.

The erotic scenes keep the juices flowing and your senses in full alert. I loved the scenes that centered on Bea and Philip. The sex scenes between Lela and Simon are also wonderful, but the sexual tension isn't as palpable. The man-woman-man menage a trois in Italy is my favorite scene. The romance in the novel is also wonderful. Emma Holly sure knows how to write erotic romance without the formulaic bells and whistles that accompany said genre. Her writing is sharp, the sex scenes downright explicit and the story is memorable. I shall read her other novels with gusto. Are you in the bargain for a book that contains pure animalistic passion? Pick this one up!
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Emma Holly does it again! 14 Jan. 2004
By Velvet Songbird - Published on
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across Emma Holly's "Beyond Innocence" a couple of years ago, and since then, I've been hooked! I've bought any older book of hers that I can find, and I always look forward to something new. With "Personal Assets," Emma does NOT disappoint. While so much erotica is all about the sex, Emma manages to deliver steamy sex scenes as well as a wonderful story. Actually, "Personal Assets" has two great stories about people falling in love, despite their insecurities, doubts, and preconceived notions. And again, the sex is HOT! Fans of Ms. Holly will not be disappointed. If you have not read any of Emma Holly's work, "Personal Assets" is a great way to start.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 *s Passion, Sex and even Love! Classic Holly 21 Jan. 2004
By baltimore0502 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Now this is Emma Holly! I enjoyed her historicals (BEYOND INNOCENCE & SEDUCTION) however; I did not care for her paranormal CATCHING MIDNIGHT (I didn't even bother with HUNTING MIDNIGHT). But this book is my favourite by this author so far (I may just have to check out COOKING UP A STORM). Sure I expected the steamy erotica, but what I didn't expect was that I would care so much about these characters! The story surrounds four people all with some connection to exclusive Parisian boutique Meilleurs Amis (Best Friends).
Beatrix Clouet is the estranged daughter of the boutique's founder, Eve, who has recently passed away. Philip Carmichael is Eve's much younger husband and CEO of the chain of shops. Parisian society has long believed (with some justification) that Philip was nothing more than Eve's boy toy. But now that she's gone, Philip is determined to prove that he's more than a pretty face - that he is a CEO to be reckoned with and that he can successfully run the company without Eve. Beatrix has been in love with Philip since she first saw him (he's only five years her senior after all) but Philip has always treated her with the kindly attention of a doting stepfather. Now, with her mother gone Bea can no longer hold her feelings back and she and Philip share several steamy encounters that, though he enjoys them, he feels are wrong. Though he obviously has feelings for Bea, the fact that she is his stepdaughter holds him back. Can Bea convince him that a relationship between them is not wrong and that they belong together?
Meanwhile, Bea's American best friend Lela Turner puts herself forward to be manager of the New York shop, though she has no experience. She gains a one-month trial from Philip and off she goes. Lela is confident that she can succeed in managing the shop, but a month to learn the ropes may not be enough time. One day a dark haired businessman enters the shop and an electric connection is palpable between them. Turns out he's Simon Graves, CEO of Graves Department Stores who, unbeknownst to Lela, is planning to buy out Meilleurs Amis! Their obvious mutual attraction leads to a seemingly cold deal: he teaches her about management and finance and she becomes his mistress. But it quickly becomes apparent that there is more here than just sex. Lela's blithe and streetwise exterior hides a vulnerable desire to belong, to have the family she was denied growing up. And Simon turns out to be a kindred spirit, but a lucky one in that a wealthy but warm couple adopted him, saving him from his unhappy life in an orphanage. Will each finally find the contentment they seek in the other?
Of course the fate of Meilleurs Amis, Philip's future as CEO and Lela's as manager of the New York store must be sorted out but will these two couples survive the upheaval? Obviously, there is plenty of sex here, including two threesomes, so if edgy sex offends you, you probably should not be reading Emma Holly in the first place. I enjoyed this story of sex and love and hopes and dreams and I highly recommend it for those who like this type of story. Bon appetit!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Exciting erotic romance 7 Jan. 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nasty Evangeline Clouet was the driving force behind the success of elite Meilleurs Amis Boutiques found around the world in spots for the jet setting rich and famous. However, Evangeline pushed a lover too far and he killed her. The business is run by Evangeline's boy toy husband Philip Carmichael while her daughter Beatrix stays away preferring to paint.
Bea arrives at the office and abruptly kisses her stunned stepfather Philip who she has loved since she met him as a teen. Soon she is under his desk playing with his wang as he listens to an accounting report that tells him the New York store is in trouble. Unable to resist Philip comes, but afterward tries to return to prim and proper. However, Bea knows she has the upper hand as he cannot ignore her lure. As they fall in love, a hostile takeover of the business occurs that places Bea best friend pulled between loyalty to her buddy and her lover, leading the takeover.
Readers who enjoy erotic romance that does not wait to turn up the heat will appreciate this sex in the boardroom just don't read in a public place unless you want to be considered Meg Ryan in the restaurant scene of When Harry Met Sally. The story line is either boudoir but not always in the bedroom or at the boutiques' offices though none of the key players except for Evangeline comes across as a business barracuda. Fans will gain immense pleasure with this sex anywhere is convenient tale.
Harriet Klausner
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