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"high in sensuality, but no HEA"

Meet Annie Miller -- a 40-something widowed mother of five kids. After her husband's sudden death in a freak accident, Annie finds that they weren't quite as prepared financially as she once thought. For two years since his death Annie has devoted her life to her kids and has done nothing for herself. Then Annie learns that she's the grand prize winner of a contest in which her sister entered her. An 8 day, 7 night stay at the ultra-posh new spa run by the Channel Corporation, a private company that caters to women's fantasies. Lizzie arranges for Annie's three oldest girls to go away to summer camp, takes her oldest son to Italy and the youngest goes off to Disney World with friends; Annie is free to enjoy her week's stay.

Channel is a network that helps women live out their fantasies. And while Annie can't quite say how it works, she can't argue that it does. Annie begins to explore a side of her sexuality that she never realized existed. She also begins to feel attracted to her younger P.A., Devyn, which she can't help but feel guilty about. After Annie's stay, she is surprisingly offered a job with Channel as the new gift shop manager. Ecstatic and a bit scared of working after all these years, Annie eagerly takes the job. It would be nice for her to have the extra income to give the kids more and not feel guilty about hand-outs from her sister and family. Annie soon finds herself being given more and more responsibility and moving up the corporate ladder. And even if she is working more days and longer hours and missing out on the kids activities, she's ultimately doing all this for them. Isn't she?

This is the first book that I have read of Ms. Small's and while it was very hot, I need to point out that it was NOT a romance. I was a bit disappointed in finding that out because I was under the impression that it was a romance and was, therefore, expecting an HEA that never came. This story follows Annie's journey from your average stay-at- home-mom to a successful, upper-management corporate employee and the sexual freedom she discovers along the way. There is a very slight paranormal twist to the story with the way the Channel works and who is ultimately running the show. Readers should be warned that the story contains: BDSM & ménage scenes. And while it was gratifying to see Annie succeed in something she didn't think she could do, it was also a bit disturbing to see how easily she loses track of the things that she claims are most important in her life -- her children and family. All in all, the book rates high in sensuality and was an okay read, but nothing that I personally feel needs to stay on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted November 29, 2008

SUMMARY

New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small explores the deepest recesses of the imagination where one woman's sexual fantasies lie in wait...

Widowed with five children, stay at home mom Annie Miller has been just getting by—and growing restless because of it. Thinking Annie just needs a vacation, her sister enters her into a contest sponsored by The Channel, a network that caters to delivering women's fantasies. Annie wins the grand prize, a week at a luxurious spa—and gets a treat when she turns on the flat-screen TV. The one working channel lets Annie program—and experience—her own personal fantasy each night. Suddenly she's living out dreams she didn't even know she had. But now that she's experienced a complete sexual awakening, how will everyone in her former life handle this humble homemaker turned vivacious vixen?

 

Dangerous Pleasures
(The Pleasures: Book 4)
by Bertrice Small

NAL
August 1, 2008
Available: August 5, 2008
ISBN #0451223977
EAN #9780451223975
288 pages
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Other Books by
Bertrice Small

The Shadow Queen
The Captive Heart
The Sorceress Of Belmair
The Border Lord's Bride
The Twilight Lord
Lara
A Distant Tomorrow
Private Pleasures
Rosamund
The Dragon Lord's Daughters
Enchantress Mine
The Duchess
I Love Rogues
Until You
Beseiged
Blaze Wyndham
Vixens
A Memory of Love
Rosamund
Delighted: Tales Of Erotic Romance
Just Beyond Tomorrow
Captivated
The Duchess
Bedazzled
Betrayed


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