Peter Howard has been feeling restless
of late. A former sex slave with little knowledge of his
life before his imprisonment in a Turkish brothel, Peter
finds that, despite his business success and his sexual
excesses, there is still something missing in his life.
After discovering the pleasures to be had at Madame Helenís
House of Pleasure no longer appeal to him, Peter finds
himself startled by a most indecent proposition.
Lord James Beecham was forced into
marriage at a young age. Though his wife, Abigail, is his
best friend, their sex life leaves something to be desired.
While he loves Abby, James prefers men to women, sexually,
and he knows Peter enjoys both sexes. James proposes that
Peter become a sexual tutor to the Beechams, an offer Peter
finds too tempting to resist when he meets Abby. As the
threesome explores the delights sexual pleasure can offer,
the hole inside Peter begins to fill. And the person
filling the void is Abby. But is a future possible for an
ex-slave turned businessman and an aristocratís wife?
Iíll be completely honest Ė when I sat
down to write this review I had no idea how to talk about
this book. Simply Sinful has to be one of the
most complicated, intriguing love stories Iíve ever read.
Kate Pearce does not shy away from the complexity of human
emotions, and her skill at bringing said emotions to life is
unsurpassed. Simply Sinful was such a rich,
layered read that it has stayed with me long after I
finished the book.
The moment I finished the first House
of Pleasure book, Simply Sexual, I wanted to read
Peterís story. His imprisonment in the brothel has left him
scarred in a way that time alone could never heal. If ever
a hero needed to be loved, it would be Peter and I was so
happy for him to find himself capable of loving and being
loved. His heroine, Abby, is a treasure. Sheís honest,
intelligent, and refreshingly guileless; itís easy to see
while Peter falls for her.
Though the romance is primarily between
Peter and Abby, it is by no means the whole of the love
story. James is every bit as important to the tale as the
other two. Part of what makes this story so different is
that Peter and Abby both honestly love James, and he them.
The passionate adventures the three of them embark on,
whether in twos or threes, are too deliciously wicked not to
be mentioned. Simply Sinful is and isnít a
threesome romance in a lot of ways, but to say what happens
and how would be to spoil some of the fun of the book.
If I could ask for one thing, it would
be for some more clarity as to the nature of Peter and his
best friend Valentinís (of Simply Sexual)
relationship as of the end of the story. I finished the
book with nagging questions in my mind that have yet to go
away. Still, though perhaps I curse at the struggle it is
to do Ms. Pearceís work justice in discussing it, I greatly
enjoyed Simply Sinful. Itís wonderfully
different and uncompromising in its refusal to see the world
in black and white. Shades of gray make Simply Sinful
fascinating, captivating, and, yes, a simply sinful treat!