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Pleasure U by Carole  Hart
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bookshelves: genre-erotica, info-full, reviewed, 2008, z2008-july-dec, format-trade-pb, stars-2-5
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Read in October, 2008

Rating: 2.5 / 5

It took me forever to finish this book. Sure, it's got some a ton of super hot, kinky sex, but that's pretty much all there is to the book. There is a bit of romance, but it was a really weird one, and then ending just didn't have an HEA vibe. I couldn't get into the romance aspect.

The book is centered on the Babylona Institute - a school for sex professionals. People who go there want to do something sex-related with their lives (porn, escorts, etc) or to just learn. Lila is a young woman who just went through a horrible break-up with her high school sweetheart and decides to go to the school because of some desires she's had and stifled in the past. Her first day there, she has a close encounter with her student advisor, Ben. After that she digs in to the school, engaging various and numerous sexual escapades. But she still thinks about Ben. However, despite her romantic feelings, she loves the school and wants to get involved in the new TV channel the Institute is starting. She wants it all but is there a way to have it?

Pleasure U is pretty much pure fantasy with no reference in reality. Take the fact that the author never once brings up the issue of safe sex. Which is just wrong considering all the multiple-partner-stranger sex that goes on. They all screw around like there's no such thing as STDs or pregnancy. There was something rather icky about that. And it was something that could have fairly easily been dealt with - like saying they had to undergo testing before entering, go on mandatory birth control, etc. But there was nothing. Which annoyed me a bit.

Otherwise...yeah, there was A LOT of hot voyeuristic/exhibitionist orgy sex BUT it got old. At least for me. Because honestly? The sex didn't have much variety to it - in my opinion. Just a bunch of random free-for-all sex that after reading half the book started to seem the same. I got bored and read only a chapter at a time. Which is why it took me so long to finish.

And the romance...I guess you could say there was one. But it didn't give me any fuzzy happy feelings. It was just bizarre. And in the end, you're not left feeling like they're going to be able to work things out.

So bottomline?...don't read this for the romance. It's an erotica book about sexual freedom, I guess you could say.

Sexual themes: voyeurism, exhibitionism, group sex, F/F, stranger sex, toys, anal, video...and a bunch of other stuff.
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Reading Progress

10/13/2008 page 88
34.11% "I may have to move to the North Pole where it's nice and cold in order to finish this book...."
10/15/2008 page 160
62.02% "Not much romance in this one (so far), but oodles and oodles of sex!"
10/16/2008 page 199
77.13% "Not a book to read if you want some decent romance...it's basically a sex free-for-all."
10/22/2008 page 258
100.0% "Finally finished this one...I have to admit it got kinda boring and repetitive after a while. Full review coming soon."
10/22/2008 page 258
100.0% "Finally finished this one...I have to admit it got kinda boring and repetitive after a while. Full review coming soon."
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Heather I loved this book! It was a ton of fun to read... and you're right... you do need a fan! ;D

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jenjn79 I wouldn't be surprised if it burst into flames as I'm reading. I mean, yeesh, I had to take a break and go do something else.


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Daisiemae Hmmm...think I will pass on this one...I mean HOT sex is one thing, but I still like my romance too.


Heather I gave mine a better rating Isis, but your right, it was all about the sex. There wasnt really a romance theme and if you were hoping for more romance the sex would get really old after a while ;)

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jenjn79 I didn't necessarily mind the overabundance of sex, but I would have liked A) a more solid romantic ending (because I was left with the feeling that Ben wouldn't be able to handle Lila's proclivities) and B) if the author had varied the sex a little more. Almost every sex scene was just a bunch of people screwing and they all kinda blurred together. I think Hart could have found a way to make the sex scenes more distinct from each other.

Also...was it just me, or did Ben not make any sense to you, Heather? I didn't get his character at all. He didn't seem to fit at the school.


Heather He seemed a little nice... maybe not jaded enough? for the school??? Anyway, It was entertaining! ;)

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jenjn79 He just didn't seem to fit in at the school. All the others were over-sexed let's-have-fun folks. And Ben seemed like just some guy. I didn't get him and I couldn't imagine why he would have gone to the school in the first place.


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