Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Simply Voracious (House of Pleasure #8)Simply Voracious by Kate Pearce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews
5 Kisses, 2 1/2 Peppers (M/M, M/F, M/M/F, M/F/M/F, oral, anal, & public sex)

I just have to say, I’m a huge fan of the House of Pleasure series by Kate Pearce and was so thrilled to be reading Simply Voracious, Paul's story, that I could barely contain my excitement. I wanted to read it slowly so I could savor it, but I ended up devouring it in less than a day. I may even break my own unspoken rule and re-read this one.

Lady Lucinda Haymore, daughter of the Duke of Ashmolton, was assaulted and abandoned in the garden of the ball she was attending. Her date told her she was a tease for kissing him and decided he wasn't going to stop at kissing, whether she was willing or not. Now she feels not only violated, but also scared about how this will affect her future and her family's reputation. She's ruined and may even be pregnant. She can't imagine how any man could possibly want her now.

Paul St. Clare is Lucinda’s second cousin and next in line for the Duke of Ashmolton. He has been Lucinda's best friend since childhood. In an interesting twist of fate, Paul's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Constantine Delinsky, was the one who helped Lucinda (or Lucky, as Paul affectionately calls her) after her ordeal in the garden. Interestingly, he's bisexual and while he prefers women, he has always been attracted to Paul.

When Lucky finally confides in Paul about the assault, he offers to marry her even though that will cause a variety of problems, not the least of which is the fact that his feelings for her are mostly brotherly. Also at issue is the fact that he's still primarily attracted to men, despite his recent attempts to learn how to pleasure women. But honor and his sincere desire to help Lucky demand that he do whatever it takes to rescue her.

Paul decides he'll have to be honest with Lucky about his sexual preference, and knows he has to break things off with Constantine. He also knows he'll need to show her his true nature and let her see the kind of sex he enjoys, so she can decide if she wants to marry him. What neither of them expects is Lucky’s reaction to the world of unconventional sex that Paul prefers, or how much Paul will end up enjoying a physical relationship with his beloved cousin and best friend.

It was so hard to put this book down! Lucky couldn't find a more patient, selfless, loving man to help her get past her traumatic experience. Paul is amazing, as fans of this series already know. His honor is unparalleled and there’s never any question that he will help his best friend, Lucky. But Lucky is amazing in her own way, too. She is able to look past her fears and see that sex can be good when it's with the right person, especially if that person cares about you. And she has loved Paul forever, so it takes very little effort for her to trust his guidance in this journey.

Constantine Delinsky – what a delicious addition to this story. I like that Paul and Lucky don't just jump impulsively into a physical relationship with him; they take each other's feelings into consideration how it will affect all of them. And it’s good. It’s very, very good.

Fans of the series will love Simply Voracious, and if you haven’t read the series yet, you really need to. Ms. Pearce is a brilliant storyteller, and you’re guaranteed to fall in love with her books.

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