Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Release Date: June 18, 2015
Are you ready for a weekend away at the Hotel of Seduction?
Grace has won the man of her dreams - and her fantasies. Brooding, sensual, wealthy and handsome, their days and nights are filled with pleasure. But can this enigmatic man truly love her?
Together they have set up a secret, exclusive hotel for adventurous couples, designed to open their guests' eyes to the darker, deeper side of desire. But one of the visitors has an agenda, and David is becoming distracted by a new arrival.
As they explore the delights on offer, Grace realizes this is a test: if she fails, she will lose David to his next passing fancy. If she succeeds, she will secure his love for ever, and he will finally invite her into his world . . .
Take some time away and allow yourself to be seduced by The Hotel of Seduction.
|I had several problems with this book. I think that for the first time in my life I found a relationship between the main characters abusive. David in the sixth part decides to move outside of London and sell the Hotel without telling Grace and is set on his plan despite the fact that Grace says many times how much the hotel means to her. And for the first time since what it feels forever, I wanted the heroine to break up with the hero and start a new life. She even stops being close to Fran her friend because she is hiding so many things and David has taken over her life and she kind of loses the only friend she had who isn’t a part of the lifestyle.|
If you have read some of my previous reviews you will know that I despise reading scenes where the hero or the heroine sleeps with other people. In this book both Grace and David have sex with other people. They have more sex with other people than they do with each other! I didn’t know they were swingers. I didn’t know anything about them to be honest. I am not sure I completely understand the nature of their relationship anymore. I guess things would have been explained better if I had read the previous book which I didn’t even know it existed until I started searching the other books that are written by this author. As it turns out this is the second book that tells David and Grace’s story and I don’t plan on reading the first. It feels like the author ended the book in a way that left room for a third book.
The story is mostly sex and is not so focused on the romance, which is not something I wanted to read about. The romance percentage is too low. Even the villains got more spotlight time.
Grace had only just got into bed when David came into their bedroom, and she knew by the expression on his face that he’d enjoyed his evening. She was almost overwhelmed with jealousy, her mind conjuring up various scenarios that the three of them might have played out in the Victorian suite, but she knew that she mustn’t
let him know she was jealous, or it would ruin the whole concept of the hotel, a concept that had been hers in the first place.
‘I must get out of these Victorian clothes and have a shower,’ he said. ‘I was afraid you might be asleep.’
‘No, there was a lot to arrange for tomorrow for all the guests, and some of them had decided to use lounge tonight.’
‘Rather than continue with their fantasy break?’
Grace nodded. ‘I hadn’t expected that either, but it was a nice atmosphere in there.’
‘I’m not sure it’s a good idea for the guests to meet. Personally, I’d want privacy.’
‘If they wanted privacy,’ said Grace, ‘then they wouldn’t have gone into the lounge so that’s clearly not a problem for everyone. It was the Country Suite people and a nice couple from the Pleasure Suite. I think that Andrew had made their day very memorable!’
‘An unqualified success for them then. I won’t be long in the shower,’ responded David, but he didn’t sound as delighted as Grace had hoped. While she waited for him to finish, she tried not to think about what he might be going to tell her. She knew him too well to think that he wouldn’t be totally honest, but she wasn’t certain that she was going to cope with it in the way he’d expect.
When she’d first come up with the idea of a small, exclusive hotel where couples could play out their fantasies in an authentic setting she’d been excited by the prospect of setting it all up and had also felt that it was a way of keeping David’s interest. Although he’d told her that he loved her, she was well aware that love was never necessarily eternal, and in his case might well be very short-lived if he became bored or she started to be too needy.
She wondered why it was that at work she was always decisive, firm and unwilling to tolerate difficult people and yet she’d fallen in love with a man who required totally different qualities from the woman in his life. David loved her for being vulnerable and obedient to his will in the context of their sexual relationship, but now that their private life was overlapping into a professional relationship as well, it was more difficult for her to be what he wanted in private. To make matters worse, she knew that with the arrival of Emily, jealousy was starting to eat away at her.
‘How was your evening?’ she asked lightly, as he came into the bedroom towelling his light brown hair.
‘Fascinating!’ he exclaimed. ‘I think Emily is finally beginning to understand how young women in Victorian times lived and behaved, and that makes the games so much more fun.’
‘It’s a pity she didn’t manage that during rehearsals for the play,’ retorted Grace.
‘Perhaps this will help her acting then!’ said David with a smile.
‘I very much hope she’s going to drop out of Mrs Warren’s Profession. I couldn’t possibly –‘
‘I know you don’t want to face her after this, but in all seriousness I doubt if you’ll have to. Lucien has booked them in for each experience, so she’ll need three weekdays off every month. Now, let’s not talk about your play.’ And sliding beneath the duvet he put his arms around her and moved her close to him.
She could feel his erection nudging against her hip, but knowing that this was the result of what had happened in the Victorian Suite, rather than because he wanted, she drew away.
‘What’s the matter?’ he asked in surprise.
‘I’m tired,’ she lied.
Pushing her back against the pillows, David leant over her and looked directly into her large, brown eyes. ‘No you’re not. You’re annoyed because I’ve been turned on by my evening with Lucien and Emily.’
Staring up at him and seeing the once-familiar shuttered look in his eyes, Grace knew that she had to tell him the truth, and decided to do it in a way that would hopefully give him something to think about too. ‘Yes, that’s true,’ she confessed, ‘but I’m also upset that I wasn’t invited to take part. I like Lucien, and I wanted to spend more time with the two of them. I was disappointed they only wanted you there. I suppose I felt frustrated.’
For one brief moment, before he turned his head away, she saw a flicker of surprise cross his face. ‘Unfortunately we can’t choose what the guests want to do. You’ll be pleased to hear that Lucien wants both of us there in the morning, and the lady’s maid. Hopefully that will satisfy you.’
‘I’m sure it will.’
THE DINING CLUB
You are invited to the Dining Club. If you pass the challenges we set, a world of pleasure awaits you. He is everything she never wanted: brooding, secretive, rich - and far-removed from her care-free artistic lifestyle. Yet David has a power over Grace that she cannot resist, a power that comes from his darker, passionate side. And now he is ready to truly reveal himself. Inviting Grace to a weekend at the Dining Club, David offers her the opportunity to discover his deepest desires and to find pleasures far beyond her wildest imagination - but only if she if willing to play a series of sensual games. Grace faces a choice: give in to her doubts and retreat to her quiet life, or truly embrace happiness with David and win over her mesmerizing lover forever
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About the Author:
Marina Anderson is the pseudonym of British author Margaret Bingley, whose novels have been published all over the world. Margaret uses this pseudonym for her series of erotica novels. She also publishes erotica for women under the pseudonym Fredrica Alleyn.