Experience the illicit passions of Regency England in Kate Pearce’s House of Pleasure series…
MASTER OF SEDUCTION
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…
MASTER OF SUBMISSION
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…
Worldbuilding: The Regency era world isn’t highly developed, we’re talking a prequel novella here after all, but what of it is present is authentic and certainly interesting.
Characters: Val and Peter were very interesting characters. What they’ve gone through has left deep marks in their minds and souls, but they’re surviving, moving on. I loved that about them, the fact that they were each coping however they could, even if it wasn’t all shining success and there’s no miraculous recovery for the kind of traumatic events they’ve gone through.
Their chemistry was very hot, and so was their one on one, either between the two of them, or with any other partner.
Plot: The story is meant to give us a glimpse into their pasts, and it does. It’s not an in-detail study of it, but from the novella we get a good sense of their background.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, from Peter and Val’s POV. Very authentic historical style writing, loved that!
Curb Appeal: Hawt cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material.
All in all, this was a great historical read. I’m starting to really enjoy historical romance lately, and it’s good reads like this one that make that happen.
I will however mention that since this is a prequel novella, I looked into the series, and found out that it’s not about Val and Peter’s HFN or HEA. In fact, Val marries and falls in love, I understand, with someone else, a woman. Kind of destroyed my enjoyment of this read, but I’m happy I didn’t look over the first novel in the series before reading this, actually. And I haven’t read that novel, so maybe it all makes sense by doing that, but after reading about Peter and Val, I sincerely don’t want to read about Val and someone else. Yes, I’m one of those readers, lol. 😛
Anyway, I recommend this novella, and I totally recommend Kate Pearce’s historical romance writing, regardless of the particular story, it’s bound to be good, hot and steamy stuff.