Saturday, July 3, 2010

Passionate Pleasures-Bertrice Small

Passionate Pleasures
Bertrice Small
NAL, Aug 3 2010, $15.00
ISBN: 9780451227003

Lucifer Nicholas is CEO of Channel, which is a woman’s only network where females can fulfill their fantasies in private (parts and no family or friends knowing). Tall fortyish Kathryn St. John is the Egret’s Point librarian. Lucifer wants to lure Miss Kathy as he has successfully done with the males of her “Sin Gin” family, but she will be tough to bring to the dark side through passion as she is a typical librarian avoiding scandal.

Lucifer’s fantasy takes an upbeat turn when the new middle-school principal Timothy Blair arrives at the library. He wants Miss Kathy, but she remains reluctant and not just because he is younger than her. She prefers the Channel males that he conjures from literature than hard bodies. Still they go out on dates and soon make love. He knows she is his fantasy while she learns loving a hard body is better than a dream. However, the townsfolk led by her brother object to the scandalous behavior between the principal and the librarian.

Passionate Pleasures is a fun well written romantic fantasy starring a wonderful “triangle” as Tim’s arrival makes Lucifer’s plans for Kathy attainable until love complicates the equation. Readers will passionately gain pleasure from Bertrice Small’s clever tale of a woman learning “Ain’t nothing like the real thing” (Marvin Gay and Tammi Terrell).

Harriet Klausner

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