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Pleasure Me

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  108 reviews
A courtesan afraid of true love...
Youth and beauty are a courtesan's greatest assets. At forty-one, Lady Ruth Attwood appears to have lost both, as her latest lover just abandoned her for a younger mistress. Struggling with the knowledge that she's no longer considered desirable, she's uncertain whether to be offended or flattered when a younger man makes her an unusual of
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: victorian-era
I love reading Courtesan/Escort romances, perhaps because of Robin Schone’s The Lover or that is shows another faction of the human spirit of overcoming classes and those whose past are not pure white, or perhaps I watch Pretty Woman way to much, no matter the case, and while this book didn’t live up to the hype I had for it, it was still a very engaging read that had me reading to the end.

Lady Ruth has just been tossed aside by her lastest protector for a younger woman. At Forty-one Ruth is at
5 stars.

This is one of the better virgin hero romance novels I have read. The story is well written with no editing issues I could see. It is a stand alone and loaded with wonderful, sensual and beautiful love scenes.

The chartacters are well developed, the pace is steady and I could not put the book down.

The hero as well as the heroine had troubled pasts and when finally revealed them one another, it was clear they were truly made for one another. The chemistry between the two was intense and b
Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: “A teacher of mine once told me that some women like to hear a man whisper naughty words into their ears.” His teeth nibbled at her earlobe. Her knees gave away, and only his body kept her from sliding to the floor. “Are you one of those women, my lady?”

Forty-One year old Lady Ruth has been a courtesan most of her life and a very successful one at that. However, her latest lover has cast her aside for someone younger. Ruth isn’t quite sure how to feel about this. She knows this l
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2read2
I wanted to love this story and given the chemistry of the characters I thought I would, however, to be honest the story was borderline, exhausting. Garrick is completely obsessed with his physical abnormality and Ruth is completely obsessed with her age and how society will view her being in a relationship with a much younger man. Both obsessions took center stage through the entire book and as a result I felt drained and ready for the story to be over instead of anticipating a HEA. I give cred ...more
Elis Madison
Lady Ruth Atwood is 41—not a good age, for a courtesan. Her last protector dumps her for a younger model—and refuses to pony up on the large house he promised her. If she sells some of her other stuff, she can probably buy the large house herself. She helps run an orphanage, and the kids need more room.

Baron Garrick Stratfield is handsome, and despite the fact that he's got a reputation as a ladies' man, he's actually never been with a woman. Seems he has a deformity down there

The first woman
No sé muy bien los barámetros para que un libro se catalogue de erótico o no. El sexo tarda en aparecer y no he encontrado más que en otras novelas eróticas de época (por ejemplo Nicole Jordan que no se cataloga así)
La trama gira y gira y gira, hasta resultar algo cansina en dos detas, el problemilla de él y la edad de ella y eso provoca que parece que en muchos momentos la historia se quede ahí dando vueltas sin avanzar.
Luego hay otra pequeña subtrama que da un giro y puedes volver
I have a small number of authors I always rely on who give me a well-written, unique story. These authors are either comfort reads or ones who are willing to take a chance and write unconventional characters and storylines. Monica Burns is all of the above. She gives me the comfort I need, while writing excellent romance and with characters who are not the ho-hum, been there, done that I’ve seen countless times before. Her latest release, Pleasure Me has a perfect combination of what I love in r ...more
Jaime West
May 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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I originally bought this book because I was interested in the switch of the stereotypes normally presented in a romance novel. The usual 25 years old virgin and the 30+ man whore that has shagged anything with two legs..

This story presented a 29 year old man, Garrick Stratfield, who had never been with a woman, he was dare I say it, (gasp), a virgin. And a 41 year old woman who is, yes you can roll your eyes, a Courtesan/Mistress, Lady Ruth.

So I bypassed the title (cringe)
C Joy
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to C Joy by: Vikisha
This is the first Monica Burns novel I've read! Amazing!

The title might be misleading for those who just want more erotica, or expecting a lot of hot and passionate love scenes, but this novel is a gripping tale of how two people struggled to find happiness amidst a cruel society. The characters were unpredictable and really complex, there were a lot of layers to them and the storytelling was fast-paced it really got me hooked. For a novel branded as erotica, it has fewer scenes than I
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 estrellas

Una historia de amor bonita y sencilla. Pronto mi opinión sobre ella en mi blog.
Once upon a time in Ye Olde 2011, I’d never known the great joy of the addictive substance known as romance novels. I was young and naive, and possibly a bit snobbish, thinking I was too good for “those kinds of books” (insert elitist sniff). Also, you know, reading such books was quite scandalous in my Ultra-Conservative household. Tsk tsk. Anyway, I saw a review for Monica Burns’ Pleasure Me, thought that the story sounded quite good/different than one’s usual preconceptions regarding romance. ...more
LWB Marissa
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pleasure Me is the first historical romance I read by Monica Burns, I was already familiar with her Order of Sicari Novels and I loved those. So I wondered if her latest historical romance could mesmerize me in the same way as her paranormal romances. I guess I was not prepared for Baron Garrick Strattfield; he knocked me off my feet with his raw, intense, masculinity right from the start. And I immediately felt sympathy for Lady Ruth Attwood and was vexed on her behalf, in only 18 pages (the fi ...more
Cid Tyer
Pleasure Me is a historical romance that features an aging courtesan and a young nobleman crippled by a hidden birth defect. Ruth Attwood is a woman who has not chosen her place in the world, it was a last resort but despite the circumstances that pushed her into becoming a courtesan, she behaves with grace and dignity. Ruth Attwood is the kind of person you want to know, and the kind of woman who could be very dangerous Garrick Stratfield and his secrets.

This is unlike Monica's other books in t
Grade C

While I did get pulled into the story and felt compelled to know what happens to everyone, overall I didn't think this books was especially well-written. It feels very old school to me, being overly dramatic and over-wrought.

This book was recommended on the Amazon romance forum years ago in the category of "older woman/younger man." That aspect of the story was fine, until the end when the author uses a rather silly device to try and make Ruth feel better about their age difference.
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Monica Burns book and W-O-W. I loved it. I especially loved her depiction of an older (41) heroine. Such a refreshing change from the early twenty-somethings that you usually find in historical romance. This one also takes place in Victorian England (instead of the usual Regency period that I read). Burns writing style is both lyrical and elegant and her characters are full-bodied. I loved Lady Ruth's pride and vulnerability--something that sometimes never goes away no matter how old yo ...more

It was so booooring! And it took forever to get started!

Im just not in the mood to read this right now. I know I always finish my books but I just do not have the time to torture myself.

It's not bad! I mean I guess it's not. But man!

I promise do go back to it.One day. :/
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5. Entretenida, aunque se repite en muchos aspectos, entorpeciendo el ritmo, y quizá le sobren unas cuantas páginas para darle un poquito de agilidad.
Yelania Nightwalker
*Reseña basada en la lectura del libro en inglés*

Ruth y Garrick se conocieron en un baile, después de que él la salvara de los insultos de una cortesana más joven. La atracción entre ambos es inmediata y cada vez que se encuentran en las semanas siguientes, ese deseo entre ellos va en aumento.


Desafortunadamente ambos han tenido una vida difícil. Ruth se vio forzada a ser cortesana y cuando su edad empieza a ser el motivo de poner en riesgo su futuro, ella sólo puede refugiarse en el orfa
Jen Davis
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I missed out on this book when it first released back in 2011. That was a pretty spectacular feat, looking back and seeing how much some of my book buddies really loved it. Pleasure Me is chock full of some of my favorite tropes and while it wasn’t 100% perfect for me, I really enjoyed the story.

Lady Ruth is a 41-year-old courtesan who has just lost her protector to a younger woman. She must face the reality that she is growing too old to be an ideal mistress. It makes her question her s
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
Compláceme es una novela erótica histórica que cuenta con unos personajes un tanto peculiares y con una trama bastante entretenida y buena. Es la primera novela que leo de esta autora y había leído buenas reseñas en inglés así que lo cogí con bastantes ganas.
Sin duda lo que más me ha gustado ha sido Garrick, un protagonista con un trasfondo y una profundidad bien marcada; con un defecto físico del que hace un mundo y que lo hace estar sumamente acomplejado; y con una personalidad que lo lleva a
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Pleasure Me is a hot book with some very enticing scenarios within the pages. I really like how Ruth seems to know exactly what Garrick needs when it comes time for his lessons. The chemistry between the two main characters seems to crackle with energy and a vibrancy that you do not always see within a novel. The obstacles that Ruth and Garrick have to overcome are many and while it really helped the plot out, I was a little deterred by the trust issue which was not really solved until the last ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's the editor would have said (hopefully) take out some of the heart seizures, bile, nausea and teeth-grinding. The plot was great but I never felt like I really 'knew' the characters. Disappointed I paid $9.99 for this book.
Gillian Meers
This isn't usually my kind of book, but I read the excerpt posted on the author's website and was taken in by the evocative writing, and the engaging characterisation...
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm not going to give a history of what the book is about because, honestly, if you've come to read the reviews, I'm assuming, you've read the synopsis above. So in order to not repeat what you've already read, here I go with my review. Monica Burns has been a favorite of mine for a while now because of books like this. Her characters are believe able and like able. The heros are always 'book boyfriend' material and the heroine's are the kind of women you would want to be friends with if they we ...more
Joann Maggio
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Pleasure Me ⭐⭐⭐⭐by Monica Burns

At 41 years of age, Lady Ruth Atwood was past her prime as a courtesan. Although, her beauty still remains her age appears against her. As a woman, she finds herself at a crossroad in life. Accept her age and dedicate herself to her sponsored orphanage or peruse another patron.

She attends a ball, the first one after her patron dumped her and is whispered about and ridiculed. Enter Baron Garrick Stratfield her rescuer. Garrick finds her gorgeous and is attracted to
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had high expectations for this book, but was ultimately disappointed. The setting was good and pretty original considering how many books are set in the Regency era or the old west, but I couldn't relate to either the hero or the heroine. The heroine harped on and on about her age to an insane degree. The hero's secret seemed way overblown and the additional plotline about the orphans was more a distraction than an entertaining side-story. Also, the e-book version was riddled with errors. I'm ...more
The characters were likable. It did get a little tedious with when heroine kept going on and on about how old she was, but it was understandable because her livelihood depended on her looks. I really liked the concept with the heroine being 12 years older than the hero and the hero being a virgin and ashamed of that fact. There were quite a few sex scenes and they were well written. Overall I liked it, but did wish a few times that hero and heroine would just sit down and talk things out, but co ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A May-December romance

Usually I'm not a huge fan of courtesan s finding love. But this story caught me up. She doesn't know he's 12 years younger but he does. He is a virgin. Interesting concept. Intriguing story. They have much in common but they both fight against it, at different times. Enjoy!
On one hand, Pleasure Me has the older heroine/younger hero trope. And he’s a virgin! But the hang ups each has, while significant to them, were thrown up every damned chapter. I wanted to smack both of them. If they would have just talked to each other. There was far too much eye rolling on my part while reading.

Bought from kindle
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incuriosita dalla trama un po’ particolare ho deciso di leggere questo libro che mi ha sorpresa, una cortigiana e un uomo di dodici anni più giovane sono una coppia ben strana ma che la scrittrice ha saputo raccontare davvero bene. Fantastico il protagonista, un uomo che all’inizio si è chiuso a tutti ma che poi alla fine è capace di guardare oltre gli anni e le differenze
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An award-winning author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today.

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