Book Review: Simply Pleasure by Kate Pearce

Simply Pleasure by Kate PearceTitle: Simply Pleasure
Series: House of Pleasure, Book 0.5
Author: Kate Pearce
Genre: Historical Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: November 25, 2014 by Kensington Books

Experience the illicit passions of Regency England in Kate Pearce’s House of Pleasure series…


Ten years as a sex slave in a Turkish brothel have left Val Sokorvsky a master in the art of erotic seduction. But even as he offered his body, he never offered his heart. Now that he is returning home he wonders what kind of welcome he will find. Only one person understands his pain and Val is helpless to resist the passion he feels for Peter Howard, his English lover…


Peter learned to survive his years as a sex slave by coaxing and teasing his lovers to the heights of sexual ecstasy. But there is only one man he’s ever loved, one man he can never take as his own. Returning to England may save him from captivity but it may also take away Val, the one man to whom he’d willingly give his body and soul

Reviewed By: J9


This is the prequel for the series that I’ve read on and off. Two English boys are kidnapped and abused in a brothel until they’re rescued as late teens. This novella begins as they’re headed home to England and covers until they decide to set up their shipping business that series readers know about.

The difficulty with this prequel is it isn’t a romance and it certainly has no resolution; the romance and the resolution are the first two books in the series. This made the novella be problematic as the two young men engage in emotionally manipulative sex with each other and others. Yes, this is part of their characters and series readers know this angst is worked out when Peter and Val get their own books but it didn’t make this novella good reading for me.

Series readers should read this, I suppose, but others should pass as it’s not a romance and will be disappointing on that level.

J9’s Rating:
2 Frogs

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