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Guilty Pleasure

(Bound Hearts #11)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  4,870 ratings  ·  192 reviews
The sizzling new erotic tale from New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh

Marty Mathews had always known about the secret, forbidden pleasures that the women she had grown up with enjoyed. Women whose husbands or lovers were members of the exclusive "Club," where they took a selected "third" into their beds. And there is one man—a dangerous, forbidden man—who is part o
Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 2010)
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*** ARC kindly provided by the publisher St. Martin's Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. ***

FBI agent Marty has been tailing Khalid for the last 2 years. The man she has wanted since she was only 15 years old. Marty has two fathers, her father and her godfather, both men lovers of her mother. Just like her fathers Khalid is a member of the same club where this has been normal for the last 2 centuries. Khalid has always been the third in previous relationships but has always
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Seriously?! That's how the book ends?

Well- I was hoping Khalid was every bit soft, tender/caring, with sweet words, and smart as he was in Chase and Kia's book. I felt like his character slipped back and lost a bit of that. He wasn't as Neanderthal as Chase, thankfully.

I liked the storyline- but I felt like:
1. I couldn't connect to Khalid and Marty.
2. I definitely never felt their love connection.
3. I felt like Shayne was slighted for awhile as their third.
4. The whole Deerfield thing was jus
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; fans of erotic romance
I hardly know where to begin with this book--it had so much potential, but I think it was done in due to some shoddy editing. Ever since I read about (the hero) Khalid in the previous book, Only Pleasure, I've been looking forward to his story...but this book was a bit disappointing--I wanted more of a story for Khalid, more of a romance, and I just didn't feel it.

The plot was simple enough, and easy to follow. FBI agent Marty Matthews is ordered by her boss to trail sexy, 35 year old Khalid Mus
Carlene Inspired
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

From Goodreads: Marty Mathews had always known about the secret, forbidden pleasures that the women she had grown up with enjoyed. Women whose husbands or lovers were members of the exclusive "Club," where they took a selected "third" into their beds. And there is one man—a dangerous, forbidden man—who is part of this world and who has haunted Marty's dreams for years. But she had been the FBI agent assigned to shadow him, making him c
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I started off really enjoying this book and thought maybe this book would end up being one of my favorites of the series. But it started to fizzle a bit toward the middle and the end. It was still a good read, but I thought it could have been better in a few ways, especially in one area.

Series Note:
This book is the 11th in the Bound Hearts series about men who take pleasure in sharing their lover with another. I would say this book could probably be read on its own. It's not over
Carolyn F.
I'm going to give this 2.5 stars because it seemed like the same-old/same-old ala oreo sandwich. There is a little bit of a terrorist catching thing going on but even then it didn't grab me. They did have an Arabian hero which is a nice change of pace. I don't see that in many books. The ending even was a little ho-hum to me. I think my problem may be I keep comparing these books to the Breed series, and I shouldn't do that. Or maybe I should. Maybe all of her books/series should be as good or a ...more
Grab the fire extinguisher and get the ice water ready because things are about to get far too hot to handle.

Marty was raised in an unconventional family, she was fully aware of the “club” and the life style of her mother and her two fathers live. But it was the forbidden Khalid that tempted her heart but perusing a relationship would destroy her career.

Khalid was the perfect second, never taking a woman for his own, he’s kept always kept himself apart to keep those he could care for away from t
Fiona Goodman
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Better than I thought

OK time to vote.......





Aug 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: erotic-rom/LLeigh fans
Recommended to Rossy by: Series continuation
After waiting for Khalid's book am just a tad disappointed. While the book was still enjoyable and i really liked the characters, i wish certain things had been different.

Why did it take almost to the end of the book for major issues to be resolved? I have no trouble with LL making me wait until the very end for the first "I love yous" if she wants, but to not reveal the secrets that cement trust so far into the book was too much. Had it been just the H & H, i think it would have been alright b
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of the usual head scratching at inconsistencies that I have just come to expect in Leigh's books. the suspense plot line in this one seemed something more out of her elite ops books. it was kind of left field and seemed to involve every one we ever met that belonged to the club. that was rather odd in itself. we've seen before that the club is extremely connected, but the fact that it seems everyone has or is currently working with so many government agencies on such large en ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Awwww, always the sensual Third (so mysterious & exotically yummy), Khalid never wanted his very own AND held out as long as he can until danger was at his door, forced him to give everything he had. I've been patiently aching for Khalid's story. His story didn't disappoint me. The mysterious past that gave him nightmares, willed determination to destroyed what had created him, built unbending walls no matter how many cared and loved him until Agent Marty. Privileged-spoiled-sinful bastar
ARC received via NetGalley

• even though this is #11 in the series, not reading any of the previous books didn't effect the reading of this one
• I liked how the story had different aspects to it (I.e. alphabet agencies, terrorism, sex/menage, romance) and how they were made to work well together
• it was filled with action and passion
• the sex...HOT!!!
Kathy Davie
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, romance
Eleventh in the Bound Hearts erotic romance series. The couple focus is on Marty Mathews and Prince Khalid el Hamid-Mustafa.

My Take
It's such a luscious sort of phrase, and on the opposite end of the spectrum from man-whore: " of the most sexually active men she had ever laid her eyes on." And we finally learn why Khalid has been so busy being only a third.

This story took an unexpected direction with the object of Khalid's desires the federal agent assigned to follow him. Useful too as it e
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
What a boring book is this, and trust me I's such a great fan of Lora Leigh that this disappointment hurts me more than her. I was waiting for one of her classical stories where sex is present but necessary to the story, in this case instead the sex was necessary to reach the right number of pages, or so I suppose, because it's so repetitive that in the end I even skip pages and this never happened before.

Che libro noioso, e credetemi, come grande fan di Lora Leigh questa affermazione fa piú mal
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was so much of talking..and talking.. and monologues.. and talking..Who talks so much?
And were Khalid's words and monologues stilted and drawn out for a specific reason?

I read these for mindless entertainment, but said entertainment cannot be enjoyed when you have to keep flipping pages on the e-reader to avoid the oncoming headache and get to the storyline.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book but I love all of Lora Leigh books never seem to get enough of them
Willow Brook
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
After a overall disappointing crop of books from Lora Leigh in 2009, I approached Guilty Pleasure with some trepidation. At the risk of setting the bar too low, I am pleased to report that this book shows much better editing than the fiasco of Heat Seeker and its "Who the HECK is Jules?!?!" scene where a secondary character suddenly sported a different name. I did find some smaller errors, such as a physical feature changing or describing someone was FBI when they were CIA. But nothing on the le ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: standalone, series, 2011
Another sizzling hot read from Lora Leigh. This story is about Marty Matthews and Khalid el Hamid Mustafa.

She is an FBI agent assigned to follow Khalid and that makes him out of bounds.

Marty is aware of the secret Club and the knowledge that the women that she has grown up with have enjoyed the secrets and forbidden pleasures of the Club where their husbands and lovers select a third. Khalid is a member and his friend Shayne is his selected third. Due to his past he cannot become involved with
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was so looking forward to this book, to finding out the secrets behind the lovely character of Khalid, who's been on the sidelines int he last few books. Unfortunately, the author does not tell this story well. She reveals his secrets to the readers almost immediately, but then has him keep that information from his woman for nearly the whole book. It's like a double let down. Not only is there no mystery left, but then you have to watch Khalid being an asshole most of the book while trying to ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
The book was extremely erotic and full of extreme emotional turmoil. I enjoyed that addition of Shane into the relationship, but I was a bit disappointed that he didn’t end with more involvement in their lives. Ultimately I would have like to have seen Marty in a relationship similar to her parents. The terrorist plot was definitely just created as a reason for Marty and Khalid to ultimately come together, however it was a well thought out and planned part of the plot thankfully. I am looking fo ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Having read the previous book in this series, I was eager to get to Khalid's story. I have to say this book had some great steamy scenes between Khalid and Marty (Martha) and a few with their third, Shayne. However, I felt like the book ended a bit too abruptly with too many unanswered questions. Not sure if they will be addressed in future books but I found myself wondering if I was missing a chapter. They catch the bad guy and boom the book is over? No idea what happens with Deerfield or Shayn ...more
Heather in FL
I'm not sure why, but I think of this whole series, Khalid is my favorite. I think it's because of what happened in the last book with Kia... how he treated her. And for that matter, I guess how he treated Courtney. It was time for him to get his own HEA.
Just not working for me. I'm struggking to get halfway through it. It's frustrating since I normally love Lora Leigh's stuff. This is going down as DNF.
Alex Richards
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sdcl
Gave up on this one, DNF at all. I'm giving it a 3 because it was clearly the same general story and plot as all the others in the series. The fault is mine, not the author's that I couldn't handle the patriarchy in this one with TWO dads and two men treating our trained FBI heroine like an idiot and protecting the sensibilities of our little innocent Miss. Yeah, couldn't take anymore on this particular one given her occupation. Again though, it follows the same style as the others so I can't sa ...more
Angel Hatfield
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Agent Marty Mathews has had it bad for Khalid El Hamid--Mustafa since she was 15 and didn’t know what that even meant. For the past 2 years she’s been tailing Khalid as an FBI agent. Now that she’s off the case, she can finally work out her plan to seduce him!
Anyone whose read any of Lora Leigh’s first Bound Hearts books has already met Khalid and has anxiously wanted to read his book. I was very happy that it didn’t disappoint. Although I typically don’t like reading books (or series as the cas
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-like
The book was interesting enough but I didn't like that there was a past between Marty and Khalid. It might have been explained later in the book but I like all background information given up front so I can enjoy the story and by chapter 4 it hadn't been explained and I couldn't enjoy the book without that little bit of information wrapped up.
Christine Galletly
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read all three of the parts of this book that make up this book. I really enjoyed it and I thought that the story was great and the characters were believable. Highly recommended - 5 stars. Would definitely look to get another book by this author in the future.
I have liked Khalid from previous books because he always seemed to care about women. But I didn’t like the woman he fell in love with. Marty was very hard to believe in, particularly as an FBI agent, which is undoubtably the reason it took so very long to finish this book.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
There were some definite ups, like Khalid and Marty as two separate entities. And then there were some downs, such as Khalid and Marty as a couple, it just didn't give me all those nice feels.
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