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What happens when a woman realises that her 'perfect on paper' boyfriend can't meet all her sexual and emotional needs? She leaves him, that's what. When a chance meeting with a sexy, single stranger excites her, she's tempted to find out if he can fulfil her most basic desires.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Dutton Adult
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Feb 10, 2010 Janine rated it it was amazing
OMG! I'm about halfway through and this is amazing!!!

O-M-F-G!!!!! This book DEFINITELY put me on another level when looking at sexual freedoms and sexuality!
Every blue moon a book comes along that makes you want to bang your head against the steering wheel. Now is that time, not the best by E.J.D.

Girl whines about sexual freedom and not being a slut.

Girl sleeps with twins at the same time.

Girl whines about sexual freedom and not being a slut

Girl sleeps with the same twins individually.

Girl whines about sexual freedom and not being a slut.

Girl sleeps with random girl

Girl whines about sexual freedom and not being a slut.

on and on ....In the end des
Dec 08, 2008 Tiara added it
“I would like to drink your bath water” exclaimed says the guy from the W. “I piss in my bath water” Nia whispered. Pleasure is a book about a girl who has a problem and she likes to give herself away. She is looking for love and finding it in all the wrong places, so she has sex to fill where the love isn’t.

The book so far that I am currently reading right now is Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey. This book is an adult book. I would recommend this book to Valerie Oyibo because she likes
Tracy Darity
Jul 24, 2010 Tracy Darity rated it really liked it
“You can’t put toothpaste back inside the tube.” pg. 101 Pleasure

This quote struck me because it defines how I feel when I read an Eric Jerome Dickey novel. Although I swore off his work after reading Sleeping With Strangers (not because it was bad but because he annoyed me with page after page of in-depth descriptions and then expected me to go out and buy a part II); I found myself searching bookstores, calling up “reading” friends, and traveling to three libraries in search of Pleasure. Why?
Dec 14, 2008 OOSA rated it really liked it
I Need Twins!

This sexually charged novel is appropriately titled - "Pleasure." Honestly, I almost put this book down for good several times. The beginning was rather slow. Only at the urging of others did I keep reading. After the introduction of the twin brothers did the story actually start moving and became interesting. Overall, the story was good. However, I was disappointed in the ending. With a slow beginning and disappointing ending, this is a book I’d recommend but more so as a library r
Beverly Diehl
Jun 24, 2012 Beverly Diehl rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, erotica
2 1/2 stars. I SO wanted to love this book. Erotica, from a male author? Thought it would be an interesting POV, but then he goes and writes it from the POV of a female character.

Okay, fine. Still on board. Surprisingly, he gets most (if not all) of the sensations right. A set of identical twins, or as the character dubs them, identical sins. Hot menage sex, hot F/F sex, more hot menage sex. There was also the interesting look at black life in Atlanta among the people who've emigrated from the C
Jun 26, 2008 Gaea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grown folks looking for a good read
Okay, I've read several reviews on this book that were on either side of the spectrum... either people really loved it, or they really hated it. To be honest, there were points on both sides that I could agree with. However, when I really sat down and thought about this book, I found the genius in Eric Jerome Dickey's writing, and grew to appreciate him more because of it.

Any fan of EJD knows that he writes about everything... love, crime, deception... the list goes on. So you really have to tak
Feb 25, 2010 Nakia rated it did not like it
I am very iffy about Eric Jerome Dickey. I loved "Genevieve" and "Sleeping With Strangers" but everything else always feel blah to me. Such was the case with "Pleasure". It was VERY longwinded, filled with a lot of unnecessary detail (thanks to this novel, I now know which route to take from Atlanta to Greensboro, North Carolina lol). I'm pretty sure they could have cut out 200 pages easy. I didnt quite understand the main character, but I'm going to chalk that up to EJD being a man and trying t ...more
I had never hear of this author and downloaded from my library without knowing anything about it. What a surprise- initially you think this is a story simply about the heroine giving and receiving sexual pleasure and boy is there a lot of pleasuring going on-with brothers.

It is her journey and theirs to a degree understanding what they want and need out of their lives. Very hot and smexy read, with a realistic ending.

There is only one scene which I thought would not/could not possibly happen tow
Jan 06, 2009 Amarie0081 rated it liked it
I was torn between two and three star on this one. I am an advid EDJ fan, but I almost gave up on this book several times. The book did not pick up and really grab my attention until around page 200...that's about half way through the book.

Some parts of the book bored me. Everything about the main had to do with sex and her arousal and sexual thoughts, feelings and desires. EVERYTHING in the book had to deal with sex. After a while, I just started to skim the 10 page sex narratives.

I think that
Nicole Bedford
Aug 09, 2011 Nicole Bedford rated it it was amazing
This book was sensual, seductive, mouth watering, tantalizing, orgasmic, and erotically poetic. The best novel about seduction I've ever read. Want to embark on a sensory overload into literary erotica then this is your novel! Absolutely brilliant!
Sep 04, 2015 Dawade rated it it was amazing
Once the Dicky steps up his game. Reversing the roles of men and women, to euphoria to seek what they crave. From the first sentence, either hate it or love it. Be open with sexuality, or be prude. There were so many areas in this book that had me staying up all hours of the night, waiting to get through the vivid erotic scenes. Glad to see the fantasies of women to this extent, as people some believe to go on urges is wrong. What I have learned in life and this novel, live in the moment. Expect ...more
Heather in FL
Oct 30, 2010 Heather in FL rated it liked it
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Feb 19, 2014 Sheri rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This was the first book I read from this author. It had many good reviews, so I was really looking forward to reading and enjoying it.

The storyline itself was okay, but I found the writing style disjointed and hard to follow, and there was so much unnecessary information included that it got rather tedious at times. I found the main character hard to connect with, and there really wasn't much depth to her. I wanted to like her and feel for her in her struggle for sexual independence, but I most
Mar 11, 2009 Irish rated it it was ok
I am an EJD fan from way back and I have always loved his books, but this one hurt me deep. Unless you are into living in a freaky fantasy world where nothing outside the bedroom exists...this isn't the book for you. We all have deep inner thoughts about sex and the exploration of sex, but the main character was just a lost soul if you ask me. She was a shallow freak. And the other characters, they were all twisted which is why they participated in such horrible behavior. Sex in this context was ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Tally rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I already want to read it again from the beginning. It's about a woman who battles with herself a lot and her sexuality. This is the reason why I loved this book so much, because this is me! Nia Symone is me. I am Nia Symone. lol No seriously though, I battle with my sexuality a lot and wonder if the things I feel are normal. I was highly aroused throughout the entire book. I even touched my yoni a few times lol. (Ok TMI I Guess -rolls eyes-) I battle with myself a lot too, my ...more
Minireview: Perhaps the writing is a bit too similar to what goes on inside my brain when I am thinking WAY TOO MUCH. I like it, but I don't have the patients (currently) to read it. I think that I could really enjoy this book in the future..., but right now it is neither fast enough nor bloody enough for me.

Visit Sweet Vernal Zephyr for my long winded reviews.
Aug 31, 2011 Danelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've read this book before and decided to read it again, and i still feel the same way i felt before. I love it. This book introduced me to Anais Nin, and it's style was poetic like her words. I keep me interested and made me consider what love is, what lust is. It made me consider hurt, had me thinking of my experiences in life. And like most of Eric's books made me want to visit a different country and experience different cultures.
Apr 14, 2012 Juanita rated it it was amazing
Ummm wow! I have read just about all of EJD books. This book had me aroused the whole entire time. Very well written. It's amazing that when women are exploring their sexual side we are labeled everything but the child of GOD. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK PLEASE DO! Do you know the difference of being in love and being in lust??? Being fucked and being made love too????
Angel Eyez
I recently just finshied this book and it was hot! All about pleasure and some pain, but it was good. I loved it and I know anyone who loves pleasure will love it to! :)
Jun 18, 2014 Lena rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Pleasure." It definitely ranks high on my list of EJD favorites and books in general. As a warning - this book is NOT for the faint of heart. If you're not comfortable with erotica, this is NOT the book for you.

That being said, this is a substantial read that will keep you engaged the entire time. The story itself is solid and its twists and turns are all well-written. The characters are well-developed and each has their own story that is explored. As mentioned befo
Tammy Ferebee
May 16, 2014 Tammy Ferebee rated it liked it
I am a huge Eric Jerome Dickey fan. My favorite from him is Genevieve. Why? Because everything was on point from plot, to details, to characterization. This novel was very erotic and steamy. It's not for anyone who doesn't want to be flooded with sex. My small issue was the story line. Some of it just seemed out of place and strange. I wont go into detail, but specifically the Nia Simone and Jewell Stewark confrontation. I was not feeling that at all, and for me that was a chapter I was waiting ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
The book overall was not as bad (erotic/graphic) as critics have implied. Some details were not necessary inmy opinion. Yet it was detailed enough to mentally transform you into the various scenes. I would presume that all readers will gather their own interpretations of what they will walk away with after reading this book. I personally gathered the valued lesson of relationships and love. You must love yourself first. Love can be blinding. And so can men. As much as we feel we can handle thing ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Metris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
1 word "FIYAH"
Jun 02, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
I think this was pretty good.
It wasn't a romance, which I'm more used to. I think it was more about a woman trying to find herself, and what kind of mate she wanted, for her life. In the end she figures out, she's not really good at relationships. But the process to get there, is really what this book is about.

Nia meets twin brothers Karl & Mark. Identical twins, except the personalities (we all know that), and Karl has a tattoo, Mark is clean. Later she discovers Karl is single, and Mark
Ngozichi Omekara
Dec 04, 2013 Ngozichi Omekara rated it really liked it
Erotica! Titillating and engaging. May be considered as a prelude to "50 shades of Grey" as an aside, I had a 51 year old female patient who confided in me that she was on the 2nd volume of "50 shades of Grey". The expression in her eyes was one of learned coyness (like am not supposed to be reading such books)
which is one of the reasons I loved Eric Jerome Dickey (his last name gets me every time) "Pleasure" Which showcases a woman's total independence and self discovery, able to express her se
Jan 25, 2013 Elena rated it did not like it

One woman's quest to finding pleasure and complete (mostly just sexual) satisfaction in life... Nia meets twins, Karl and Mark, and her journey seems to be on the right path - or is it?


- The book starts off extremely slow (and it is a long book as it is!) but the pace does not really pick up at any point... Just generally boring...
- There is too much "smartassing" - most characters are clever, sassy, witty, and unbelievably well-read! They are all full of smartass com
Apr 29, 2008 Jenifer rated it it was amazing
Sheryse DuBose
May 09, 2013 Sheryse DuBose rated it really liked it
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Misty Albaugh
Jul 02, 2015 Misty Albaugh rated it did not like it
I found the writing style disjointed and hard to follow. I found the main character hard to connect with, and there really wasn't much depth to her. I wanted to like her and feel for her in her struggle for sexual independence, but I couldn't get into it. I am normally hooked on a book within the first few chapters, this one wasn't doing it for me despite my love of erotic novels. I did not finish the book because it didn't captivate me enough to justify waiting my time on it, so I moved on.
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Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a
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