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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When You Want It All, You've Got To Give It AllFrom the outside, Bliss Sinclair's life seems very glamorous--a high-profile job with a publishing house, a fashionable boyfriend who looks good on her arm, and ultra-chic parties where the come-ons are as hot and thrilling at night as they are empty as an air-kiss greeting the next day. It's a world Bliss wanders through with ...more
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Published August 1st 2005 by Kensington
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In the beginning this novel feels like it’s pure erotica with Bliss Sinclair’s meeting and total infatuation with Regina making her realise she’s not as straight as she thought. Then in an effort to escape from herself she decides to return to Jamaica for a holiday to see her father whom she hasn’t seen in 20 years. This part of the novel is much more of an exploration of Sinclair’s relationship with her family and Jamaica itself. It settles into what ends up being a good romance surrounded by a ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
IDK, it was ok for me I guess. After the NEW NEW NEW wore off at the beginning, the middle bit just kinda fell flat for me. I found myself not really caring what happened to the MC or the story. Shrug. Can't love em all I guess. ...more
Pippa D
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
TRIGGER WARNING - male violence towards women

Bliss Sinclair is a manager in an office in a city in America. She has a bland boyfriend and a good personal assistant at work, and not much else in her life. It is all a bit drab really. Then Regina walks in and turns Sinclair's life upside down. Seduced by the amazing sex, in public and private, Sinclair breaks up with the boyfriend and starts skipping work. When Regina calmly tells Sinclair that her month is up, Sinclair is left pulling the pieces
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
Not a lot of authors are able to use language like Fiona Zedde does. Her writing is like a strong erotic poem and I envy her so much for her gift.
Shira Glassman
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: femslash, qwoc
Review originally appeared in The Lesbrary. This book is a finding-your-place story as much as it is a love story; or you could say it’s a love story between a woman and the self she’s supposed to be or the type of life she’s supposed to be living. It’s also highly erotic, reveling in the sensuality of its characters’ bodies, but in a respectful and almost reverential way that elevates ordinary body parts to a sort of glowing, visceral divinity.

Bliss Sinclair, a Jamaican-American woman who goes
Sherry Michelle
May 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I would have rated it higher than 3 stars, but like I mentioned in an earlier post the author gets carried away with all the descriptions of minute things, i.e. the different types of flowers in Jamaica. Some readers may fancy this style of writing, but I find it overly distracting. However, I was still able to set aside some of the distractions and visualize the scenery and paint the picture in my mind. The story really picked up its pace during the last few chapters, and this was the only time ...more
Jun 21, 2011 added it
Hot, I loaned it to a friend and she loaned it to a few others, I got it back a year later.
Dannica Zulestin
I'd been wanting to read this for a while--ever since I saw a review of it maybe two years ago (I think it was Shira Glassman's) mentioning it being set in Jamaica and showing the setting really well, as well as great characterization. Since then, I've read two other Zedde books. Unfortunately this might be my least favorite of the three, though I still think it's a pretty good read.

I liked Sinclair, the main character's, complicated web of relationships throughout the book. Her "probably just s
This story is a hard one to rate. Some of the plot had me hovering on 5 stars, others parts barely three stars.

Its almost told in two parts. Life before Regina and life after Regina. The first 1/3 of the book focuses on the heroines steamy affair with Regina. And boy oh boy was it a sizzling hot affair, complete with an off the charts group sex scene!

Sex aside, I found myself riveted to the relationship between these two, Regina was so care free I loved her spirit. I actually was routing for t
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites

The story of Bliss and Hunter is one of my favorites by Fiona. It's a story of heartbreak, self-discovery, reconnecting, love and rediscovering home. It's a delicious story of how love finds Sin and Hunt.
Kiyah Thompson
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The detailing of Jamaican lesbian life in Bliss, from the pervasive threat of violence, to the impossibly small dating pool, was enlightening to say the least.
Stacey Rice
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was the first book of Ms Zedde that I read. I absolutely loved the characters, she has such a way with words and have been a fan of hers every since.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have to admit I am a big fan of Fiona Zedde’s work and erotic writing but I also enjoy reading books about other cultures. Zedde elaborates on her own Jamaican culture in this book—the food, the landscape, and family and neighborhood relations. I thought she did a fine job showing what it’s like to be queer in Jamaica which is very different from Bliss’s experience in America. In addition, the reader gets a clear picture of a woman coming back to her home after living the su ...more
Beth Younge
This was a fun and rompy romance with only a smidge of drama happening inside. I really liked all the female leads but i wish there had been more of a build-up with the girl she has a fling with at the beginning and her assistant. These were the only characters that felt wafer-thin and weak when compared to the rest of the book. The setting of Jamaica was well explored and Zedde really helped create the island setting on the page.I would definitely pick up another romance by this author as this ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys sex and bi-sexuals
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Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great love story. The main characters meet when one is on vacation. They are immediately attracted to each other. There are great love scenes and a nice ending.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Bliss Equals Pleasure

Fiona Zedde delivers the sexually erotic story of Bliss Sinclair, also known as Sinclair. Sinclair has what a lot of women dream of having - a wonderful and beautiful boyfriend, a stable career, and options of being whatever she wants to be in life. Sinclair soon finds out this dream is not hers. She falls for a beautiful writer, Regina, and leaves her boyfriend to venture into what she feels is something that has to be done. After a whirlwind romance, Sinclair is left feeli
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I enjoyed this book from a clinical standpoint in that a gave me a glimpse into the mind of a lesbian. Fiona Zedde takes us on a journey of realization, discovery, acceptance, and finally ...bliss.

I must admit, that I was engrossed, as the main character removed herself from a tedious relationship with a man to be turned out completely by an Uber lesbian. Only to find her heart shattered and then realize that
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm so sorry that I forgot to leave my review upon finishing this book, big lapse in memory. I really enjoyed this novel. Bliss is full of life...all aspects of it. It's rich with color and texture as Bliss explores who she is and what it is she really wants. Bored with her boyfriend, she takes a short walk on the wild side and then feels suddenly drawn to go back to Jamaica to visit and reconnect with her family. I've visited Jamaica a couple of times but never got to see the "real" Jamaica as ...more
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Bliss Sinclair is leading a regular life. Working in the accounts department of a publishing house, dating a guy she likes. A chance meeting with Regina, one of their authors, sends Sinclair’s life into a tailspin. Regina aggressively comes on to Sinclair and barely three days later, Sinclair finds herself breaking off from her boyfriend. Regina introduces Sinclair to all sorts of sexual experiences and a month later, calmly announces that their time together is over. To get over her heartbreak, ...more
Debra Doggett
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Vivid writing and good dialogue.
A.I. Lee
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this a few years back and it still is on the top shelf, these are books I reread and recommend.
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Fiona Zedde is a Jamaican-born novelist and short-story writer who currently lives and writes and Tampa, Florida.

She is the author of six novellas - “Pure Pleasure,” “Going Wild” and “Sexual Attraction” appear in the collections, Satisfy Me, Satisfy Me Again, and Satisfy Me One More Time, respectively.

Her novels include Bliss, A Taste of Sin, Every Dark Desire, Hungry for It, Kisses after Midnigh

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“The first time someone else touched me with the intent to pleasure, I fell in love. Not with that person, but with the act itself. Such intimacy and accord. Even with the awkwardness of first time lovers there was a grace and purity, carnal and beautiful that I knew from that moment on I could never live without.” 89 likes
“Just because I’ve been gone from this country for most of my life doesn’t mean I understand it any less. When I was fifteen I left Jamaica. I knew that I was a lesbian then and, because of what I looked like, I was an out lesbian. It was hard for me. It was hard for the thirteen years I was in England, for various reasons, and it’s going to be difficult here as well. I don’t anticipate anything being easy. But I’d rather suffer the chance of someone accosting me for being a dyke than suffer the emotional violence I’d do to myself if I wasn’t honest about who I am.” 12 likes
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