Over eighteen years ago, Helene
Delornay and Philip Ross met on their way to new lives.
When a carriage accident left them stranded at an inn,
neither could resist the temptation the other presented.
Long hours of passion connected Helene and Philip in ways
they never expected. But Helene, who survived the worst
horrors of the French Revolution only because she was traded
to the guards at the Bastille, doesnít believe herself a
good enough match for the gentleman who so quickly captured
her heart and thus she turns Philipís marriage proposal
Now Helene is the owner of Londonís
most exclusive pleasure house and though her dreams of love
died nearly two decades ago, Helene is proud of what she has
accomplished. Madame Heleneís House of Pleasure offers its
patrons every desire they could imagine; no limitations as
long as their pleasures are between consenting adults. What
Helene doesnít expect is her greatest desire to walk
through her establishmentís doors.
An unexpected turn of events has
brought Philip Ross back into Heleneís life and into her
business as well. The years have not quelled eitherís
passion for one another and soon the pair embarks on an
erotic exploration of one anotherís fantasies. But can
Helene and Philip overcome past hurts and trust one another
enough to take their second chance at love?
Brava, Kate Pearce! Simply
Shameless is a book worthy of the proprietress of a
pleasure house. Both the characters and the book itself are
intelligent, open, understanding, and wonderfully seductive.
Itís impossible not to fall in love
with Helene and Philip. Helene is a survivor through and
through. She has been through some of the worst life has to
offer and has come out the other side successful, strong,
and deeply caring. From the very first book in the series I
admired Helene, but after reading Simply Shameless
my respect for her reached new heights. And nothing made me
happier than discovering the hero Ms. Pearce created for
such a fantastic heroine fit her to perfection. Upon first
meeting Philip, it is clear he is a man full of joy and life
and I was immediately charmed. It broke my heart to see
that the intervening years of his separation from Helene
sucked the happiness right out of him. I enjoyed watching
him take control of his life and sexuality; it made his
reunion with Helene all the sweeter (and spicier as well).
It would be remiss of me to write about Simply
Shameless without mentioning its blazingly sensual
love scenes. Ms. Pearce has a knack for raising the heat of
the room in the space of just a few sentences, nevermind an
Though the third book in Ms. Pearceís exquisite House of
Pleasure series, Simply Shameless can be read
on its own. Readers who loved Simply Sexual and
Simply Shameless will catch a brief glimpse or mention
of the characters they adored from the previous House of
Pleasure books. Whatís more, Simply Shameless
is sure to leave one aching for the next story, Simply
Wicked; it sure did for me. All in all I must say that,
as one of the finest works of a supremely talented writer,
Simply Shameless is not to be missed!