ISBN# (13) 978-0-451-22397-5/(10) 0-451-22397-7
August 5, 2008
New American Library/Penguin Group (USA)
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
Rating: 3 cups
Annie Miller is a widow with five children and a stay-at-home mom. In the town where she lives she is considered to be “brave” by all who know her. However, Annie is tired of being brave, and tired of having to rely on others to provide any special things for her children since her husband only left her enough to barely make ends meet. She has not had a lover since her husband died, and that part of her life is suffering as well, but all that is about to change.
The Beast is a character in the mythical world of the Channel, and he becomes Annie’s lover, giving her that which she has been craving since her husband passed away.
When Annie’s sister enters her in a contest to win a week at a spa run by the Channel, a company that specializes in making women’s fantasies come true, Annie actually wins something for the first time in her life. At first she does not think she will be able to take the week off since she has her youngest still at home, but a friend calls wanting to take him to Disneyland and that is that. Over the week Annie is introduced to the Channel, an interactive experience that allows any woman to experience whatever she wants to sexually. Annie decides to place herself in her favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, and discovers more about herself sexually than she ever thought possible. With the help of the Beast and his many minions, she experiences all sorts of different kinds of sex, and it is not long before she is a completely sexually liberated woman and having sex with some of her co-workers as well. However, even she can see that some of what is happening to her is a little too easy, and while she wonders about this, she does nothing about it, and it is only when it becomes apparent just who the Beast really is and who she is working for that she becomes concerned.
Dangerous Pleasures has Ms. Small’s trademark erotic signature. I have long been a fan of her books. This book in particular is well written with lots of highly sexual love scenes, making it a good read for those who enjoy straight erotica. However, I would not label this book a “romance” because there really is no romance to be found. Annie has more than one love interest, and her sexual partners are many. The ending left something to be desired in that there really is no conclusion, but simply leaves the reader hanging wondering what the heck happened. Still for its erotic components and suspenseful story line it is a good read for those who enjoy such, and for those components alone it is worth recommending.
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