“Wickedly Ever After”
Eleanor Palmer has no intentions of
marrying the wicked and lusty Nathaniel St. Clair, the
Marquess of Grenville. Going to his home to tell him just
that, Eleanor is taken aback by the raw sensuality and
passion she finds in Nathaniel’s eyes while she is trying to
convince him that they would never make a good couple.
Eleanor has no idea the feelings that Nathaniel harbors for
her, but she does understand the attraction that is
seemingly mutual between them. Nathaniel, however, is
holding on tightly to a well kept secret – a secret that
could end his new relationship with Eleanor immediately.
“Wickedly Ever After” starts out with a
bang and ends with a bang. With nothing taboo, Jackie
Barbosa’s first novella is sensual, passionate, naughty – I
could keep going on and on. Nathaniel is one man that knows
what he wants and is willing to use what resources he can to
get what he wants. And he wants Miss Eleanor Palmer. Grab
a cold drink with this novella – you will sweat.
“Scandalously Ever After”
Captain Jack Prescott is a man
tormented by dreams and nightmares. Newly returned from
service to his country, Jack is unable to rest because of
his emotional trauma. At his wit’s end, he goes to the Red
Door brothel with the hopes of finding a good night’s rest.
Paying a prostitute to sleep with him is new to Jack, but
when he sees Calliope he wants no one’s services but hers.
Asking for and ultimately paying for a week of her time,
Jack figures he will catch up on the sleep he hasn’t been
able to do except Calliope has other plans. Neither Jack
nor Calliope meant to fall in love with the other –
especially Calliope, a woman who knows the score.
I fell in love with Jack immediately.
A good man, he was tormented by the war he just returned
from. Needing rest but unable to sleep without someone with
him was one of the hardest things Jack has ever had to admit
to. Falling in love with Calliope was easy because
underneath her worldly appeal was a young woman yearning for
love and never in a million years expecting to find it.
“Scandalously Ever After” lives up to its name – once Jack
and Calliope fall in love; scandal is just around the
“Sinfully Ever After”
Jane St. Clair has been in love with
Gerard Everett ever since she was a little girl. They are
the best of friends and their times together are something
that Jane cherishes with every ounce of her being. When her
dream comes true and Gerard asks her to marry him, she
doesn’t hesitate to accept his offer. Now all she has to do
is to find a way to keep his attention on her and not on his
various other women. She has her work cut out for her
because if there is one thing she knows about Gerard, it’s
that fidelity is not something he is able to do. Coming up
with a plan, Jane is helped by her two best friends with
results that could backfire and leave her once more without
I wanted to hate Gerard. He was a
womanizer and a rake of the worst sort. He thought nothing
of his behavior and more than once I winced at his
nonchalant attitude concerning Jane. Her plans for Gerard
were ingenious and I enjoyed watching this man turn from a
man who cared about nothing and no one to a man possessed
with the thought of being without the one woman he always
took for granted. “Sinfully Ever After” is a hot one – the
loves scenes between Gerard and Jane even made me blush more
Kudos to Jackie Barbosa and Behind the Red Door!
Each and every novella in this titillating compilation is
well written, sexually arousing, and just a very good read.
I couldn’t even begin to pick a favorite – that’s how much
each story held my attention. Behind the Red Door
is a great addition to my ever expanding keeper shelf. I
can’t wait to see what Ms. Barbosa releases next!