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Pleasure Control

(Pleasure Games #1)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  467 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Cathryn Fox kicks off her Pleasure Games series with the erotic romance Pleasure Control, in which a most unexpected couple discovers their hidden desires are about to be exposed.

In Pleasure Control, straight-laced scientist Laura Manning works to create a drug to calm the libidos of men who've overdone the Viagra, only to find herself swept up in unexpected sexual adventu
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Avon Red (first published 2006)
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Jan 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wwwwwh
Q: What hibernates snubbing the imposed sporadic euthermic arousals?

A: My libido after reading this book.

Mar 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
"I didn't like it" may be too harsh - I didn't like this as a piece of erotica, but it was amusing in how poorly written a lot of it was. Lots of purple prose and euphemisms for body parts. And what a ridiculous, thin plot.
Pleasure Control was a dud for me. Too abrupt. Not the prose- the story. Suddenly we were in the midst of a culmination of apparently years of secret lust between the hero and heroine, Jay "Wildman" Cutler and Laura Manning, and I just couldn’t get into it- despite the loaded sex. (Yeah, I didn’t buy that either.)

It has potential, but a few things held it back.

First, "Wildman" Jay didn’t seem all that wild to me. Oh, he supposedly knew how to pleasure the women, but other than that, I couldn’t s
Jill Dunlop
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: rt-2009
Pleasure Control is book one of Cathryn Fox's Pleasure Game series. Laura Manning is a scientist working on discovering a potion to inhibit a man's libido. For a long time she has had a crush on her lab partner Jay Cutler. With a deadline for the potion hanging over them, Jay suggests Laura try the potion on him and then seduce him to see if it works. Against her better judgment Laura goes along with the plan.

Pleasure Control was an okay read for me. This book kind of gets the kiss of death I gu
Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
I bought this one from kobo.

I'm all for suspension of disbelief. I'm really good at it. But this book defeated me. The behavior by these so-called scientists was beyond unethical, it was dangerous and stupid. The sexy times were awkward between hero and heroine. There was an overwhelming amount of clunky inner monologue and saying-not-showing between the hero and heroine. I'm not going to read anything by this author again. This is the third book by her I've read and I'm done.
1.5 stars

Picked this up on a whim at my local library, and oh boy, is this book ridiculous. I hesitate to use the word "novel" because it really didn't seem to have much depth other than: geeky scientist with suppressed high sex drive + playboy turned by geeky girl... that's it. If it seems like this plot is missing something, that's because it is.

I can't rate this 1 star because I firmly believe that at least for me, unless a book makes me angry, it's a 1.5 star or above. And this did not make
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Two scientists, Laura Manning and Jay Coulter, are developing an anti-libido drug. During testing, using themselves as subjects, they inadvertently use a libido increasing drug. A competing company tries to steal the anti-libido drug.

Sounds good, right? Wrong! There is no romance, intrigue or mystery; the dialogue during sex is downright corny. The characters aren't well developed. All-in-all it's a mess, at least IMHO. I would be demanding a refund if I didn't borrow Pleasure Control from my
Jun 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scrapped
Ugh, this book was terribly BORING. That about sums it up for my review. Boring character, boring sex...I didn't even enjoy the writing style. There was ZERO sparkage.. I didn't even waste my time finishing this novel before I deleted it from my Kindle.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
was lacking a good storyline
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
There was not much of a story line. So I was bored with most of the book.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Copyright 2006. This is from a series of books Avon put out called Avon Red. Supposed to be extra sexy I guess. I found this in my TBR pile. I know since it's there I've read it before. Couldn't remember a thing about it.

This is a dreadful story. I mean really bad. Poorly written, the story drags on from one overblown sex scene to another.
Very strange phrases : "His flesh lubricated in anticipation as each footstep took him closer to her door." Huh? Does this mean he's sweating?

"Her liquid si
Ursula Johnson
Wordy & Predictable

This book is supposed to be a contemporary romance. It is written like a Victorian romance. I had a difficult time believing either Laura or May were real people, as they acted more like plot devices. It took several chapters to describe one scene. This work was drawn out with so much descriptive text, it actually bored me. An example of dialog, "As he inhaled her tang, his shaft ached to plunder her." Seriously ?! The constant use of the word pleasure was ridiculous. His plea
This was just okay for me, but I think that I just did not get really invested in the characters or the plot. Yeah, I'm aware that that's not really why you read these books but I really like some other redeeming qualities besides hot action. The action was fine - but even it was just not enough to compensate for the rest. Maybe the rest of the series is better but I'm not likely to find out. Too many other books calling my name
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Short, steamy read, but why, oh why, did the main characters have to be scientist who ignore safety and ethics? Did they never watch the Incredible Hulk? Or Quantum Leap? These things seldom work out well. And nothing like jeopardizing your entire scientific career, never mind the specific project your working on, to add that edge of excitement to your romance.

If you're looking for a short, steamy read, this should fit the bill. But if you like to watch the romance develop between characters, I
Geekiness at its finest. Enjoyed the character and the little bit of mystery involved. I would recommend.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read by Cathryn Fox and I have to say... I like her style of writing. Her books are short, but her ability to make you feel like your there is amazing. Every sentence puts you in the shoes of of the main character. I felt my anticipation level increase with every page. I loved the characters and the development of the characters. How can you not fall in love with a curvy, long dark haired woman who feels like a geek and a man worth drooling over whose in love with tha ...more
Pleasure Control was a short and moderately sexy read with little conflict between two scientists. One is love 'em and leave 'em Jay and the other is "nerdy girl" Laura. Their back stories felt shoe horned in, and never really fully explored although the story relationship Jay had with his mother is mentioned often. I also think there was an overuse of euphemisms for intercourse and the names of body parts. The channel is tunnel where a train runs from the UK to France shouldn't be used to descr ...more
J.M. Stewart
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well written, fun, but sexy, lovely connection between the characters. ONly thing I didn't like was the heroine's low self esteem. She was very down on herself. She would see the hero have eyes only for her, notice him flirting with her, etc, then explain it all away. Even after they were intimate, she had all these reasons why he couldn't possibly be interested in her, and after a while, I just didn't buy it anymore.

But, all in all, it was a good, enjoyable read.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't think it was terrible. This is what I call a fluff book. Being a small easy read that I use in between my big series so that I can shift my mind from previous characters that I got attached too. This book specifically was extremely unrealistic and very abrupt. In 2 weeks they went from not speaking out side of work to engaged.... Love the fact that the protagonist was a curvy woman not a "carrot stick"!
Jul 28, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this book in spanish while I was traveling's erotic, but I wouldn't exactly call it erotica. I think I'll read the next one in the series in english since I don't think it has come out yet in spanish...
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sure it had steamy love scenes, but without an investment in the characters it was boring. Did they really overcome any obstacles. They say, "I love you," but there was little emotional investment in their relationship. Ok debut, but I like my characters a little more meaty.
It has been a little while since I read this series but as I recall it was a yummy smexy read. Loads of steam to really warm a gal up!! Quick and light reading with all sorts of hot and heavy action!!
Aug 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica, 2008
Very easy read. I little bit of an actual story line, however, it was pretty unrealistic. The sex scenes were okay. I'll probably read the second book.
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rental-overdrive
Good storyline. I would not call this erotica. I would call it erotic.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance readers
Recommended to Kylie by: Good Reads
Another quick easy read. Enjoyed it.
eliana orozco guariguata
it was fun, lovely and sexy... with a really interesting plot! it made science look hot (?)
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit unbelievable to start, but good story overall.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was LOVE potion #10! Totally enjoyed the long drawn out sex between Laura and Jay! Well written, both Laura and Jay were totally real. This was a great read.
Dana Sugg
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Typical smut. Writing was so so. Quick read.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. Cathryn lives in beautiful Nova Scotia with her husband, who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found Skyping with her son livin ...more

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