.BOOK ⚓ On These Silken Sheets ♹ eBooks or Kindle ePUB free
Lush, vivid, and emotional, this erotic Regency anthology was delightfully sinful The storytelling was mesmerizing and focused on the lusty world of the exclusive club, Harridan House Decadent and full of sensual naughtiness, I felt like a voyeur in the lives of these sexy characters. My first impression upon reading this book The format was bold and refreshing The stories really are complete novel like story arcs, 30 or so 1 2 page chapters, condensed down to novella size The pace is fast sacrificing a little in the way of setting and atmosphere, but not in character or conflict I really felt like I was experiencing a new format for storytelling.The first story, Against the Wall, starts steamy and strong It definitely gets your attention by jumping straight into the sex and conflict and the tension remains high throughout For me, the other novellas struggled to keep up, though each had their high points.There seemed to be a glut of sex club themed collections out this year and I d say this was one of the stronger ones I read. A fantastic debut from Sabrina Darby On These Silken Sheets combines all the sumptuous things I love about historical romance with the very best kind of heat I can t wait for her next book f I were to describe On These Silken Sheets with one word it would be hot Downright sizzling even.Against the Wall The Tale of Carolina Hargreaves and Viscount StantonThese twoI enjoyed this story the most, though I think I would have killed one or the both of them at any given moment I took a vicarious sort of joy when Carolina s Aunt verbally slapped her down for being stupid and Stanton suddenly realized what a fool he had been those two months Daily sex plus no precautions at all usually ends only one way Still the two of them interested me, especially Carolina who took to her sensual nature quite easily and wasn t ashamed of the fact that she knew how to please herself It ended a little abruptly the epilogue jumping at least 10 months into the future but the next story picks up shortly after the end of the last chapter.The Education of Lord Oakley The Tale of Lord Oakley and Maggie CoswellOakley, who played a secondary role in the first story, finds himself the laughingstock of the ton All we really learned of Oakley in the first story was that he was rich, ambitious, just out of uni and dedicated to his seat in the House And good looking But very fresh faced innocent Let this be a lesson if a guy is innocent at the start of an erotic romance, he won t be for long His and Maggie s courtship wasn t as interesting at Carolina and Stanton s to me Maggie, for all the fact she was at Harridan House, wasn t a consumate courtesean like the other women and still had an almost wide eyed innocent approach to the act of sex She had things to hide however and I ll give props to Oakley or being a stand up guy.Roses Are Rouge The Tale of Lady Diana Blount and Sir Jason BlountI will say this for certain, this story was a curious switch of places Instead of the man agonizing over how tempting a woman was, it was the woman tormented over the fact that in her long line of lovers she wanted him the most Diana is the one who has had multiple lovers over the years she gives men the conge in fact while Jason has been a mostly one woman man after taking his wife It was a little vexing to watch Jason be so condemning of Diana after all men had mistresses all the time , but it was enjoyable to read as Diana seduced him with words The story was drawn out then I would have preferred, but otherwise it was enjoyable It also fore shadows a scene that is directly related to the last story.A Maid For the Taking The Tale of Sir Robert George and Lucy PenneckI didn t like Sir Robert in the first story he was such an oily, perverted guy and then theescapades he got into in the bedroom kind of made me go Oh no nono , so I was a little shocked to see he got his own love match I m actually still not certain I like him too much Lucy though is a charming girl, cheeky and well spoken despite her servant class status She has a history, which we learn in fits and spurts Robert isn t very different from how he was with Carolina, but perhaps smoother We see of him, so it gives him depth I suppose This also has a few scenes that are the same from Roses are Rouge and takes places for the most part while Diana is in Brighton.To be strictly fair, even though all the stories revolve around Harridan House in some way, they all build off of each other from the first story about Carolina and Stanton Carolina marrying Stanton causes Oakley to want to lose himself in misery at Harridan House where he meets Maggie, who is cousins with Lady Diana owner of Harridan who s assistant is Lucy who is seduced by Sir Robert who courted Carolina.This was an interesting quartet of stories, with the level of heat starting off really high in the first story they literally had sex, were in the middle of sex or thinking about when next they could have sex every page of the story and then coming down in degrees in every story Many of the background cast were simply to support each particular story s love match or as added amusement later on At the start of each new story I was always interested in who would star in the next outing, as it wasn t made apparent in the subsequent story. Four erotic Regency novellas by the eloquent Sabrina Darby, who has become one of my favorite historical romance authors I am enchanted by her voice and writing style The spareness and succinctness of her words in beautiful and elegant language completely engages me in the story The chapters are very short about one or two pages but manage to convey a lot of meaning, emotion, and nuance in a short space The running theme throughout the book is Harridan House, an exclusive pleasure palace for the wealthy to indulge their basest desires Darby also mentioned Harridan House in Private Research, a contemporary novel, when the hero in that book researched his family s history.For my full review on my historical romance and history blog My guilty secret this is one of the books that taught me to enjoy erotic romance There are four inter related novellas about the goings on at Harriden House, ont of Regency England s most exclusive gentlemen s clubs run by the secretive Madame Rouge She, and three of her friends meet men, have sex and fall in love in that order In Harriden House every possible sexual act between consenting adults can be purchased or observed or both But its not only about body parts as the men discover when they meet the right woman Even Madame Rouge herself finds a soulmate And in the fifth and final vignette, readers get an epilogue that shows that Happily Ever After doesn t always have to mean love and marriage. .BOOK ⚑ On These Silken Sheets ⚖ Hidden Behind Black Silk Masks And Draped Across Silken Sheets, In These Four Regency Novellas, Pleasure Awaits At Harridan House, An Exclusive Club Presided Over By The Mysterious Madame RougeIn An Intense, Anonymous Sexual Encounter, A Man Who Has Vowed Never To Marry Unless He Can Be Faithful, Might Just Have Met His Match Under The Tutelage Of A Mysterious Lady, Another Man Learns How To Throw Away His Stuffiness And Really Please A Woman Madame Rouge Explores The Push And Pull Of Choosing Between Intellect And Desire And In The Final Story, A Confirmed Bachelor Meets The One Woman Who Can Lure Him From The Myriad Delights Of Harridan House, Madame Rouge S Maid, Who Has Decided That At Twenty Eight It Is Finally Time To Enter The World She S Observed For So Long This is a set of four interwoven novellas, featuring two couples each I wasn t sure I d care for the format, as I don t really like novellas, but not only did I become a fan of the book, I became a fan of the format.What makes this work is the varying levels of experience amongst the eight players, the differences in their motivations, and how much they each risked to find love My favorite was 3, Roses are Rouge Madames need love, too, yanno.I recommend this highly It s good erotic romance, heavy on the romance yet still hawt It s billed as erotica It is not. I was really looking forward to reading On These Silken Sheets, so much so, that I gushed about it to my friend dear friend Mona Leigh who ended up being able to read it before me O.o As I finally delved in and started to devour it, I was in total love, that is until I reached the third story and it felt as if the book I was reading was taken away and replaced with a complete and random 180 While the first two stories are smexy and extremely HOT, the last two left me cold and sad. This is a series of novellas that are all connected by the Harridan House The writing is okay but the stories themselves are fun and steamy I cared about the characters and I enjoyed reading the stories I have read this collection several times and I still love it.