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In the Flesh (The Ladies' Sewing Circle #5)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  247 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Society already believes she's a scarlet woman.

Why not become one?

Posing nude to appease her now ex-fiancé perhaps wasn’t the most prudent idea Beatrice Weatherly has ever had. With the photographs scrutinized by both high society and low, and her brother running them into debt, Beatrice’s hopes of making a respectable marriage are dashed.

After one glance at Beatrice’s inf
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by HQN Books
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Taryn at My Secret Romance
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Beatrice Weatherly is the perfect heroine for a racy historical romance. She's smart, sassy and very strong willed....the type of woman who will pose nude for a photo and not cower in the corner. In fact, I liked her even more after that. Since posing nude, men lust for her while wives despise her. After her brother gambles them into debt, she basically becomes shunned from the ton and loses any chance of marrying a suitable gentleman....until Edward Ell
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Originally posted on my blog: http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy....

The Good
Usually I would do my own little recap of the book but there is no need. The summary hits it right on the button. So let's get straight to the review.

One, Two, Threesome...
I have to say, the characters of this book were very interesting. Beatrice was a strong, vivacious woman that I think many could respect. She knows how to survive and have fun doing it. She was very open-minded for a young lady in the 1890s and I ad
Jul 08, 2012 Mara rated it it was ok
Recommended to Mara by: Mrs. Giggles
This is an erotic historical romance that is a part of a series, however, it works well enough as a stand-alone for those who haven't read the previous books, like me. The emphasis is on the erotic part, though that doesn't mean that the setting wasn't well done. That particular time period (1890s) isn't one of my favorites when it comes to historical romance, but I was able to look past that. What I wasn't able to ignore was the lack of plot.

Beatrice Weatherly is in a tight spot. Her late paren
Apr 18, 2012 Farrah rated it liked it
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

Okay, I thought I would like this book more but it fell flat for me.
The plot involves a woman, Beatrice, whose reputation has been ruined by her nude pictures-which she was tricked into posing for. Edward Edmund Richie saw the pictures and was overtaken with a need to hook up with her. They strike a deal: Beatrice will offer her "services" for a month in exchange for her brother's debts being paid off.

Let's get the b
May 19, 2012 Vox rated it it was ok
There are some Hot Romance Novels that scatter the rocking the headboard around the plot, taking you through the story and using the sex scenes as an accompaniment. Then there are books like In the Flesh, by Portia Da Costa, that use the opposite tactic: you move from sex scene to sex scene, with a little plot thrown in for fun.

The basic story here focuses on Beatrice Weatherly, the so-called Siren of South Mulberry Street due to her posing nude for some racy photos, and Edmund Ellsworth Ritchie
Katie Michaels
Mar 11, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Well, my goodness. This is my first Portia Da Costa book and I went in to it thinking this would be a standard 19th century London historical romance. (Those of you already familiar with Da Costa can stop laughing at me now.) This is not a story of a gentle romance where the innocent virgin lands the rakish gentleman. It more like the randy and explicit sexual adventure where the innocent virgin lands the rakish gentleman. Let me explain.

No one will ever look at Beatrice as a lady again
Nov 14, 2012 Yalda rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt I give 5 super hot stars to IN THE FLESH!!!!


Loved every bit of it...the way it was written...their oh so sexy speaking, but still so peculiar and so distinctive of that time. What led me to this book was that the cover said it was 50 Shades meets Mr. Darcy, but it also reminded me so much of Wuthering Heights...I really enjoyed it :-D and it definitely made it to my personal Top10, Yay!!!


The thing I enjoyed the most yeah, it was their language, how they approached each other, ver
Mar 24, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Beatrice Weatherly is a virginal member of the Ladies Sewing Circle that so loves scandalous talk but now her reputation in Victorian English society has been soiled by scandalous nude photos that an ex-fiance sold on the black market. Since she's already considered a scarlet woman, Bea decides to enter into a courtesan-style relationship with the fierce businessman and mysteriously secretive Edward Ellsworth Richie. Meanwhile their servants and Bea's brothers get up to their own scandalous scen ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
In The Flesh is the latest installment of a series that started as Spice Briefs, short stories and novellas connected through the Ladies' Sewing Circle. The Circle is, of course, a front for a group of women to get together and discuss naughty things. Each story focuses on a different lady, and this is the first title not to be released under the Spice Briefs line.

It's my guess that Da Costa is a fan of Jane Eyre , as she seemed to borrow quite a bit of Rochester (minus the mood swings). Richi
Lucy Felthouse
Dec 30, 2012 Lucy Felthouse rated it really liked it
Article first published as Book Review: In The Flesh by Portia Da Costa on Blogcritics.

In The Flesh is book five of The Ladies' Sewing Circle series, but it doesn't matter if you haven't read any of the others (though I recommend that you do), as this book will still make perfect sense.

It tells the story of Beatrice Weatherly, who has been named a scarlet woman because she was tricked into posing for some nude photographs. Now polite society believes her unmarriageable. Add that to the state of
Beatrice Weatherly made the mistake of posing nude for her fiance, a fiance who promptly dumps her when those nude pictures are made public. Now she thinks she has no chances of a respectable marriage. Edmund Ellsworth Ritchie has seen the pictures and now he is obsessed. He has to have her. He approaches her with a proposal. He will pay off her and her brother's growing debts if she will be his mistress for one month. She thinks she has nothing to lose, so she agrees.

This historical erotic roma
rebecca (becca)
Jun 27, 2013 rebecca (becca) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy-hot-reads
okay so. the story line itself I loved. wen I had time to read it late into the night. even tho its set in the past, the style of writing is modern so no werid old fashion backward talking sentences. not much of a caniving plot it's hinted at but squashed into the end of the story, It would seam. leaving me a little down hearted. but as with all portia da coasta's books so far, it's a one time read, I wouldn't pick it up n re read it as I do with alot of books. I could empathise with bea she was ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Kimberly rated it liked it
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While I could explain the premise of the book in my own words I really do not think I need to since the synopsis is very clear. This book falls under erotica with the era of historical romance. This is the 5th in the “The Ladies Sewing Club” series. But it stands alone and need not be read in order.

The story is interesting. And even if it was just set as a historical and not erotica it would be interesting. Beatrice has overcome a lot of scandal and figur
Andrea Guy
I wish I could say this was a great erotic story. The problem with it is that it is trying to be two things and it doesn't succeed in either. Portia has a great plot, but it never follows through.


The story is told through too many perspectives, Bea, Edmund Ellsworth Ritchie (and by the end of the book when you see his whole name written out, you will want to hurl your book or device at the wall), and Polly.

Along with too many insights, you have too much sex and not enough story. Bea and Rich
May 16, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, erotica
I have a feeling, and based on my own reading and some of the other reviews it is more than a feeling, that this book might be a source of frustration for many readers. It is sort of erotica but not really; there is too much, let's call it 'romance' in it. It is also sort of 'romance' but not really; there are too many sex scenes in it. If both were done well then everyone might be happy. However, both were done OK. Not horribly or terribly badly but not super well either.

The plot lines tended t
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Aug 08, 2012 Abby rated it liked it
Shelves: recent-reads, erotica
Many reviewers have dinged this book for being all sex and no plot. To them I'd like to offer a "well, DUH." This is a case of erotic romance at it's most pure. There's enough plot for the story set up, enough angst to make it "romantic" and a Happy Ending (not a euphemism). All this takes up about 10 pages of this 384 page book. The remaining 374 pages are devoted to wonderfully rich, detailed passages (haha) of two people falling in lust/love. It's lovely, fun, frothy enjoyment.

That all being
Mar 31, 2012 cecilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I will warn you before I go further, fair-weathered Readers, that this book is definitely NOT of the sweet and innocent sort with a few smoldering scenes. I was not prepared for in the flesh and all its risqué business. Beyond all the bedroom activity, the remaining story was not terribly noteworthy as far as the development of main characters and their romance goes. Romances are like emotional rollercoasters that have to have enough charm and wit to make me want to hop into the front car and cl ...more
Annie Lucente
Aug 28, 2016 Annie Lucente rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ieri sera ho pensato di leggere gli ultimi capitoli rimasti. A quanto penso che sia carino e scorrevole, sicuramente molto piccante , benché le scene più hot non tra scendano mai, anzi la passione diventa amore un poco tempi tra Beatrice e Edmund , li trovo davvero carini e sono davvero contenta che Bea abbia trovato una persona del genere finalmente. In quanto Polly , Jamie e Charlie, non è la prima volta che mi trovo a imbattermi in una scena di ménage a trois dove gli uomini sono bissesuali , ...more
Is it bad when your more interested in the secondary story than the main characters? Cause that is seriously how it was for me and this book.
Now don't get me wrong I did actually like the main characters Beatrice and Ritchie. They both had likeable personalities but for some reason I couldn't stay interested in their story. It all felt a bit predictable and that annoyed me cause I have really liked previous books by this author.
Also like other reviewers have said I felt that at times the author
Shh I'm reading!
Apr 29, 2012 Shh I'm reading! rated it it was ok
It was a struggle to finish this mostly because the entire book felt off and couldn't to figure out why it wasn't holding my interest. I enjoy historicals and appreciate tales that explore healthy sexuality in that time period. Yes, women could be sexually curious and explored it outside of their husbands or other males. This story certainly explores taboo topics: pornographic photos, brothels for women, menage relationships. Unfortunately, there's no character development and no subplot beyond ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Ally rated it really liked it
An exquisite premise which I found very interesting well written although part of a series can be read as a standalone. Beatrice has been branded a scarlett woman her weasel of an Ex is to blame. With her name sullied naive Beatrice decides to become what her title suggests. Ritchie an owner of the cards and typical tall dark and mysterious has become obsessed with her and needs her in his bed. The relationship between these two was intense and definitely hot.

Although we have our main character
Oct 29, 2012 Polly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mills-boon
The copy I read had a different cover, with badly-written and inaccurate blurb saying it was a Regency novel and 'a cross between 50 Shades and Mr Darcy'. Both statements are inaccurate - the opening page of the story states it's 1890, and the writing is far far better than 50 shades, which I found unreadable!
So, what do we have here? Yes it's a love story, but also a mild erotic novel, and the heroine is a virgin but neither stupid nor sexually unaware, and there's a funny and sweet secondary s
Mar 08, 2012 Judith rated it liked it
A short novel set in Regency England that highlights the experiences of a woman who trusted her lover/fiance with her fragile reputation and who learned, to her distress, that he was untrustworthy. Now she has limited prospects for the future and only hopes to be able to help her brother. It is a story of a fragile hope in the life of a woman who discovers the inner strength and fortitude to do the best she can under the circumstances. There are a surprising number of twists in a relatively shor ...more
I read this book, because the synopsis intrigued me. I really liked the pieces between Bea and Ritchie, but there was so much other things going on that were not at all part of the initial plot. I wish that these extra trysts then there would be more time to really dive into who Bea and Ritchie are, and develop their romance past just the pure physical.

I also feel the end was just thrown in there. There wasn't a real big buildup to the horrific ending, and was just added in to attempt a happy e
Natasha  A.
Mar 18, 2012 Natasha A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I first read Portia Da Costa many years ago, I think before I even reached the age of 20. She writes some amazing erotica! In the Flesh is a historical romance/erotic romance and it was nice, naughty, and saucy! I actually had no idea it was part of a series, and it really does stand well on it's own. There was some points where I had to ignore the characters reactions to things and just go with the flow.
Apr 29, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica-romance
I'm surprised other people didn't rate this higher, but after reading their reviews, their complaint was lack of plot. Apparently I was expecting the erotica and not as much of a plot because that didn't bother me at all! I liked the characters and the secondary characters were sweet and fun too. I'd probably even give it 4.5 stars! The sex scenes were sweet in their innocence and emotion but still smoking hot! Thumbs up!
Cristina Contilli
La protagonista di questo romanzo è una fanciulla di famiglia nobile, ma dal comportamento insolito perché nelle prime pagine del romanzo apprendiamo da un dialogo tra lei e il fratello che ha posato nuda per un fotografo e che questo comportamento ha suscitato attorno a lei curiosità, ma anche un certo scandalo...

Ho letto l'anteprima in italiano ed ora penso di prendere da la versione inglese del libro...
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
I actually managed to make it most of the way through this book before I started skipping bits, which I have to say is a huge compliment for this type of book, I usually cant stand reading them... so yea good stuff Portia *thumbs up*

I quiet enjoyed the characters, and the writing style was amazing!! not sure if i'll read any more books from this particular series but i'll deff check out to see if Portia has written anything else.
Beatriz Buford
May 31, 2014 Beatriz Buford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Edmund and Beatrice form an Interesting alliance...he keeps his secret well guarded and so does she but in learning to trust each other, they learn to discover each other in a most pleasurable way. Ms. Portia does not disappoint...I couldn't put this book down. A great summer read!
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The Ladies' Sewing Circle (6 books)
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