Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Review: The Pleasure Garden (Anthology)


Review: The Pleasure Garden (Anthology) by: Amanda McIntyre, Charlotte Featherstone, and Kristi Astor
(Received for review from NetGalley)
Release Date: March 28, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Spice
Genre: Romance/Erotica

The Story: (from Goodreads) Many lifetimes ago, the beautiful May Queen exquisite seduction not with her husband, but in the arms of the Green Man—the passionate ruler of all that is warm and light. And thus began the earth's most torrid love triangle.

Now three women of diverse eras are drawn to the mystical site of the Celtic queen's tragic demise. Their fiery obsession ignited by Beltane Magic is barely perceived, but erotically felt. With each kiss, their passion would break an ancient curse— and reunite a love most profound….

CARA

Driven by an unseen force, a Celtic maiden seduces the one man forsaken by law and principle—an Englishman soon for the priesthood….

CATHERINE

The future lady of Fairfax House yearns for illicit nights and perfect love in the arms of her betrothed's cousin….

EMMALINE

She inherits a decrepit house and garden that awakens in her a raw sexual awareness, the likes of which she can abide alone no longer….

My Review: I think anthologies are perhaps the most difficult to review, perhaps because I tend to group it all together, instead of considering the individual stories separately. And honestly, I grabbed this book because of my new obsession with the works of Charlotte Featherstone. Nevertheless, I found this entire anthology intriguing. Instead of 3 completely separate stories, each is connected to the curse that shrouds the once beautiful garden.

Each story in this collection was good in its own way. I enjoy quick reads like this. The Pleasure Garden easily sweeps you away from the cares of today and lets you travel to this mystical garden with all its pleasures... and woes. I just wish there had been more!

This book is great for a quick, fun read during spring break, or a lazy afternoon. It's not so great if you want a book you can really sink your teeth into.

My Rating:

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