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Delighted: Tales of Erotic Romance Paperback – 1 Jun 2002
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About the Author
Susan Johnson is the award-winning, national bestselling author of the novels Hot Spot, Hot Legs, and Hot Pink, among others.
Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large librarybut no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.
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Each one brings its own pleasure in reading with characters that endear and enchant, However out of the four my favourite was Out of the Storm. The love and passion smouldering between Prince Radovsky and his new stepsister, Lady Darlington sends sparks across the page.
Enjoy it, you won't regret it!
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"Out of the Storm" by Susan Johnson. In 1894, Lulu enters a shack followed by a stranger William. She tells him her name is Sarah. They share an evening of lovemaking. Two weeks later, William, who is Russian Prince Mikhail, visits Lady Darlington who is his "Sarah".
"Enchanted" by Nikki Donovan. The knight abducts Esmay and takes her to the Beast Alexander who wears a mask to hide his disfigured visage. Alexander has seen Esmay and wants her, but also prays that she fall in love with him in spite of his monstrous face in order to lift the curse that ruined his face.
"With His Promise" by Liz Madison. Port's army besieges Victoria's castle until Stephen arrives with help. Stephen offers marriage to Victoria that will enable them to combine forces and stop the powerful Port. Victoria fears the loss of her independence.
Though F is an overused word as if the authors vied to see who could apply that profanity to their writing the most times, each tale is a well written erotica romance. None of the stories provide deep characters, but fans of erotica tales will find each contribution delectable.
This is not to say the budding talents are not good. Liz Madison threw in an impressive debut with a medievial romance in England 1250 which tells of Victoria Woodville, a female warrior grappling with the daunting task of protecting her homeland from a despot who craves on territorial expansion. She falls in love with an ally - Stephen de Burgh of Normadic origin and learns to trust him in battling the enemy together. Her style reminiscent of Virgina Henley pleases but lacks the spark of originality and erotic abundance. Nikki Donovan pens "Enchanted" - a surreal tale about the intimidating Beast of Lord kidnapping the lady Esmay to remove his curse through carnal relations. The entry suffers from an overload of sex with a contrived romance between undeveloped characters to whack its flaccid premise.
Veterans Bertrice Small and Susan Johnson scores better, both playing the elements of erotica and romance to a perfect pitch. Particularly Johnson in "Out of the Storm" who proves herself a maverick in creating sensual dialogues and a sizzling couple. She notches up the erotic atmosphere with an unconventional relationship between Lady Darlington and her stepbrother Prince Radovsky through a fateful meeting in the storm. Bertrice Small stretches the boundary with a love story between a courtesan and an enamored customer. It is erotically charged and her female protagonists is particularly strong and cunning though some may be put off by some debauched scenes of threesomes.
The romance element is sadly missing in this erotic anthology which strays towards giving readers a hot sex read. They may be delighted but without a stronghold of memorable romance, it falls below the expectations. Disappointed is the word.
Susan Johnson's would follow second--absolutely no romance in that one--just wild dirty sex. (I guess that can be a good thing?) A man and a woman seeks shelter from a storm and ends up sharing a night of passion. Later they find out that they are related by marriage. The rest aren't worth mentioning.
I love steamy romances. But though this book was steamy, it had no romance...well, not really. Still, if more sex appeals to you than romance--then this is for you.If you like then both equally, then you might be a little disappointed...but just a little.