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Private Places (The Courtesan Chronicles #3.5)

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Four all-new hot tales of yore, by the queens of erotic fiction.

USA Today bestselling author Robin Schone shares a tale of a man and a woman in a notorious club, who learn how very dangerous desires of the flesh can be. Claudia Dain heats up this collection with the story of two voyeuristic young courtesans who might just take part in a very public seduction at the theatre...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2008)
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Daisiemae
Nov 25, 2008 Daisiemae rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Shiloh Walker and Allyson James fans
I was so excited to read this book. Private Places is a four author anthology with Robin Schone, Shiloh Walker, Allyson James and Claudia Dane. Honestly I bought the book because I LOVE Robin Schone and Shiloh Walker...well I have mixed thoughts about the different stories. Not all were that great and unfortunately Robin's was my least favorite.
Honestly this is the second book in a row I have read by Schone, and have been disappointed. To me her characters just don't connect well on an emotional...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release August 2008

I confess that the list of authors for “Private Places” intrigued me. I’m familiar with all of them and wasn’t aware that two of them even wrote historical works, much less historical erotica. So I was very pleased to get a chance to review this book. All four stories are definitely historical and all four are also definitely erotic. But each pulled very different feelings from me as you will see.

‘The Decidedly Devilish Duke’ by Allyson Jam...more
Cindy
Historical anthology with heavy breathing. The Shiloh Walker story was interesting, a paranormal [werewolves:] set just after the American Revolution. My favorite story was the Allyson James' 'Decidedly Devilish Duke' - set in the Regency with a hero who doesn't want his heroine just lying there and thinking of England... One of the most interesting bits to me [as a long time Regency reader:] was the actual explanation of the game piquet and what the terms meant. You hear them scattered around R...more
Mara
Four novellas from four authors with rather different styles. The stories are historical erotic romance, with one of the stories also being paranormal.

(Be warned, I will use the word "interesting" a lot in this review.)

In order of appearance:

Allyson James has a card-playing, cunning widower and a desperate young widow learn that passion is the ultimate wild card.

This story featured some worn out tropes, but also gave them new life in a way. What I liked the most was its tone, which was very lig...more
Gee
I picked this one up for the short story by Robin Schone. It is a sequel to her previous novel Scandalous Lovers, which I enjoyed very much. While I did like the story, it was nowhere near as good as Scandalous Lovers. It was nice to see what happened to two of the characters from that novel, though. If you have not read Scandalous Lovers, this story will probably not do much for you. It was too short and you won't understand a thing about the two lovers in this piece. There are references to ha...more
Jessica
these stories for the most part were meadiocre at best and dreadful at worst so ill do each story seperately. The decidedly devilish duke (1st) was actually pretty good something i wouldve read full length. it had enough romance to make it sweet and solid characters with real issues that worked out in a very good way. a night at the theatre (2) had way too much going on i had to keep going back to the start to figure out who was who, there was just enough backstory to be confusing(make a huge po...more
Shelly
I had this sitting on my nightstand for over a month, and couldn't summon the muster to go on. The first story was bad enough, so I didn't want to bother.

The Decidedly Devilish Duke
by Allyson James

★✩✩✩✩

Well, I think we're off to a rocky start with this anthology. I've not read anything by James, but after this, I don't think I want to either. The short story was all over the place and I often found myself wandering from the book, thinking if this is what's being published now, surely I could do...more
Robin
This is one of my favorite books I love hisrorical romance and the different stories really bring out all the characters Robin has away when you read the story you fit perfectly in the surroundings I have to hand it to her she unique just like me in her writing she definitely got my attention.
She is the USA Today Best seller The Man and Womans club she brings the words out with erotic energy
how the story gets exposed in such a different world 1887 were thngs were so forbidden
THE SAYING WHAT DO...more
Kay Pratt
This book was a great was a collection of risqué erotic romance stories that are simply great reads that make awesome night stand stories. I really enjoyed all of the stories (something that I cannot always say). In Claudia Dain heats up this collection with the story of two voyeuristic young courtesans who boldly orchestrate a seduction in a public theater. Allyson James tells of a card-playing widower who rescues a former sweetheart (a desperate young widow) from loosing a card game where she...more
Beth
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Demetra Smith
excellent combination of historical novellas.
Kathy Davie
Claudia Dain's A Night at the Theatre was good. Set in 1782 England, it may be the most realistic approach to how theatre was viewed/used in the time period although, I suspect, this story's version is a bit more overt than the reality.

Allyson James' Decidedly Devilish Duke was good. Set in 1835 England.

Robin Schone's Men & Women's Club took a decidedly intellectual approach to sex.

Shiloh Walker's Hunter's Mercy is part of her Hunter series.
Susan
Recommended for the stories by Claudia Dane and Robin Schone. Yes indeedy!
MELISSA
So far I have read The Decidedly Devilish Duke...set back in 1835 and about a love that is lost and then found 10 years letter..set in London..one of my fav book settings...very hot and I loved it! Looking forward to the next short...I finished the other 2 shorts and I liked them all...very steamy!
Adriana Bookologist
Private Places

A Night at the Theater by Claudia Dain
3 Stars-I enjoyed this short story.

The Decidedly Devilish Duke by Allyson James
3 Stars-I enjoyed this short story.

The Men and Women’s Club
3 Stars-I enjoyed this short story.

Hunters’ Mercy by Shiloh Walker
I didn’t like it.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Mar 19, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
In a word: lame. The best of it was The Decidedly Devilish Duke by Allyson James, a decent 3-star read. The rest could have been written by a teenager with a warped libido. I'm glad I got this for $2 secondhand, otherwise I'd be angry at myself for having spent the $14 cover price.
Victoria Vane
Loved
A NIGHT AT THE THEATRE by Claudia Dain = 4 Stars wildly entertaining. The shoe was completely on the other foot where seduction is concerned as two worldly women for completely different reasons set out to seduce their chosen man. Loved it.
Bridget
I like reading anthologies to try different authors. Shiloh Walker wasn't a good as I expected, but Robin Schone has never disappointed me. Allyson James is OK, but Claudia Dain's writing pleasantly surprised me. Overall, good reads.
Deborah
5 stars to the 1st story "the devlish duke" by Allyson James
about former lovers reunited at a card game where the stakes were her being the prize.
the other 3 couldn't really compete after that and were a bit of a let down.
Mitzi
Short story by Robin Schone from The Men and Women's Club.

A Night at the Theater by Claudia Dain.

The Decidedly Devilish Duke by Allyson James.

Hunter's Mercy by Shiloh Walker.

Dannielle
Apr 22, 2011 Dannielle marked it as did-not-finish
I really enjoyed Allyson James' and Shiloh Walker's stories in this book. I couldn't get into the other too. Not my normal time periods, but I was still able to enjoy the stories.
Christine Strowbridge
I only read this book for Robin Schones book. It was part of the Scandalous Lovers series. Loved it. I will again say, I am madly inlove with Robin Schone. lol

Readdiction
Allyson James' The Decidedly Devilish Duke = 3
Claudia Dain's A Night At the Theatre = 4
Shiloh Walker's Hunter's Mercy = 3
Robin Schone's The Men and Women's Club = 4
Amy
In one word.. Horrible. I didn't even finish reading the first chapter. And I can normally make it through the worst of books. Just not my genre.
Sandra
I read two of the four stories. The ones written by Shiloh Walker and Allyson James. both were ok. nothing outstanding.
Wendy
I really wished this story would have been a full book. I would have loved to have read more of Jack's life with Mercy.
Missy Ann
Quick review:

Schone = meh

Walker = like

James = like (will find more of her work)

Dain = bleh
Shirley Owl
I have rated this a two there was only one story that stood out and I forced myself to finish the others.
Amanda
The 5 stars are for all for Robin Schone's story The Men and Women's Club. Utterly wonderful!
Dori
This book sucked. I got it on vacation and finished it in about an hour as I skipped most of it.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Schone is the recipient of the Romantic Times 2008 Career Lifetime Achievement Award for Most Innovative Historical Romances. She is published in thirteen countries, including China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain. Scandalous Lovers (Kensington Brava 2007) was chosen by RUSQ (Reference & User Services Quarterly, the official journal of the Re...more
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