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3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  685 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Four masters of sensual historical romance--including Bertrice Small, Susan Johnson, Thea Devine and Robin Schone--transport readers to a world where fantasies come true and passion is bound only by the limits of the imagination.

ECSTASY by Bertrice Small
Dagon, Prince of Aramis, had been betrayed by his twin brother and sold into slavery. He vowed to escape his tortured li
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published 1999 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Robin Schone is the Real Star of this Anthology

While the other tales in this anthology are rather standard, and in the case of Beatrice Small, woefully sub-standard, it is Robin Schone's highly emotional A Lady's Pleasure which stands out as true erotic romance. Her story is why I gave this anthology the five-star rating.

Abigail and Robert, the main characters of A Lady's Pleasure are so well-drawn and full of depth that your heart breaks when they both speak of their lives outside of the storm
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Reading this helped me to realize I'm not into erotica. If I liked it, I would have rated it higher.
May 16, 2011 Gee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read only Robin Schone's novella in this four-story anthology.

A Lady's Pleasure by Robin Schone ..................... 5 stars
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Mar 14, 2013 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
By passed Bertrice Small, Susan Johnson, Thea Devine and headed straight for Robin Schone’s, A Lady’s Pleasure. This micro review is based on that book alone.

Why did I pass the others? Because the reviews made me that’s why and I have a keen aversion to domination and cruelty in supposed ‘romance’.

Highly improbable scenario but Schone had a way of drawing you into the intense desperate yearning created by these two lost souls while tearing at the heart strings. It was good until near the end. (
Jul 27, 2009 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was more attached to Schone's other short story from "Fascinated" because there was a character from The Lady's Tutor, but this was another good outing from her (and again, the 5 stars are for Schone and only Schone...the other stories I could barely skim. Dreck.) Schone's female characters are delightful because they're real people, with real problems (the men are still fantasies, but fun fantasies to read anyway). They're complex. At least if you're going to read trash, it should be "enjoyab ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Alexis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Skip the first three stories and go right to Robin Schone's "A Lady's Pleasure" at the end. The situation and characters are well developed without being contrived, and there's real emotion in this story - something sadly lacking in the other three.
Picked this one up on a whim, and I'm glad I didn't pay a whole lot for it. Every once in awhile, I find myself hankering for something a little steamier than the norm, and the cover of this book said "erotic romance", so I gave it a try. From what I read though, there's not much romance going on, but definitely a whole lotta sex. Which, if I was watching a porn, would be what I was looking for, but since I'm reading a book that calls itself a romance, I gotta admit I was looking for a little bi ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at a thrift store because of the authors, three of which I as familiar with. I made myself read all four stories, even though they were ickier than I expected. Beatrice Small was kinda fun to read because of the female dominated world, purchase slaves for sex thing. The more I read the more I skipped, skimmed, tried to find something that wasn't offensive. I was excited to read Robin Scone, I've read several of her books. Well, there was too much I guess book porn. You can write ...more
Although I wan't overwhelmed with Beatrice Small's "Ecstasy" (fantasy romance), it was worth reading. A enslaved prince is sold to a "Amazon" type kingdom, where he falls in love with his queen. Susan Johnson's story, "Bound and Determined" was better, but a similar theme. A Marquis is kidnapped by a distant kingdom's despotic ruler, in order to use him to create an heir with the ruler's wife, who is forced into the partnership. Of course, love takes over, etc.
The third story, by Thea Devine, "D
Jul 23, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, erotic, romance

At the beginning it was like "come on", this is just so unbelievable. I know that it is fiction, but one of my personal phoebes in regency novels is women who carry on in the XVIIIth century like we would. But as I kept reading, their sexual relationship (practically it starts as a such) develops in a relationship where two characters, which need desperately closeness, intimacy, have met, absolutely by chance, and now have an opportunity to find happin
Jan 30, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: story-collection
The first three stories---those by Bertrice Small, Susan Johnson, and Thea Devine---I could have lived without. Filled with purple prose, characters I found impossible to like or care about, melodrama, and a surfeit of ITALICS, they seemed more a waste of time than an enjoyable escape. So the three stars I've rated this book are entirely due to Robin Schone's story---a tender, honest, moving example of the genre.
Jul 02, 2012 Sayoko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archived
I got this book only for A Lady's Pleasure by Robin Schone, which deserves at least 4.5 stars. It's a heartfelt romance with vivid characters and engaging love scenes.
By contrast, the stories written by the other three authors come off as mustily old-fashioned, irritating, ridiculous and (in Thea Devine's case) downright amateurish. Thankfully, the romance genre has come a long way since the days of Bertrice Small...
(Kelly)~Got Fiction?~ Oakes
Sep 10, 2009 (Kelly)~Got Fiction?~ Oakes rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes
Through reading these 4 short stories I think I may have found 2 new authors to love.

For your Erotica: Beatrice Small

and for a little Paranormal Lust: Karen Chance
I'm definately going to check out some of her other books.
Jan 24, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hated the first story [kept calling the hero's equipment his 'love lance' >:o ] and liked the last one by Robin Schone. The ones in between were written well but they kept tying the guys up - not my thing.
Jul 31, 2011 Tess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, favorites
My first Robin Schone story and it's still one of my favorites. Ms. Schone certainly packs a lot of content into this novella. Over just a few pages, I fell in love with the main characters. Truly a lovely book that invites us to share in the sensual experiences of Robert and Abigail.
E.v. Sage
Mar 05, 2015 E.v. Sage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My, what lovely, riveting erotica. While all four stories were enjoyable to read, it was Schone's story that I liked best. The vulnerability her characters possess and display to each other is trademark Robin Schone, and what makes her writing so much more than simply good erotic romance.
Feb 02, 2015 Glittergirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago. I'm a huge fan of Bertrice Small and Robin Schone. I have every one of their books!
Robin Schone's story has stuck with me over the years...just awesome <3
Bertrice Small is nowhere near as talented as the other authors. I find all her books formulaic, blah, and just poorly written. I consider Schone the best of the lot.
Tovah Levine
Mar 05, 2015 Tovah Levine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow this was interesting, I wanted more of each story I little bit didn't help at all. I wanted more of each I wanted to know more but I loved each story.
Sep 18, 2013 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Some stories were hard to put down and only one was harder to get thru (ok very easy to put down), but all in all good book!
Heather rated it it was amazing
Feb 08, 2015
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Apr 03, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, erotica
The rating 3 stars for Robin Shcone's A Lady's Pleasure. Didn't read the other ones. ...more
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Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S. and David R. Williams, both broadcasters. She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton. They had a son Thomas David. She has ...more
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