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{May 13, 2012}   A Little Harmless Pleasure …

Review … A Little Harmless Pleasure by Melissa Schroeder

A Little Harmless PleasureTitle … A Little Harmless Pleasure
Author … Melissa Schroeder
Series … Harmless
Genre … Erotic Romance
Publisher … Samhain Publishing LTD
Release Date … 12.1.08
Length … 232 Pages
IBSN … 978-1-59998-561-9
IBSN-13 … 9781599985619

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Brief Summary
Is it love, or a little harmless pleasure?

Cynthia Myers meets Chris Dupree at her former fiancé’s wedding. After a little dancing, and champagne, she ends up back in Chris’s hotel room for one night of down and dirty sex. That’s it, that’s all. He lives far away, and she has other things to do … like get a life.

Chris is a switch. He likes to dominate but he also likes to play the role of a submissive from time to time. His last relationship with a sub turned nasty and since then, he has shied away from anything but straight vanilla sex. When he meets Cynthia, he finds a woman who could change his mind. His mate. The only problem is he has to convince her.

In a carefully orchestrated seduction, Chris teaches Cynthia about submission and dominance, allowing her to take the reins. As he leads her through pleasures she thought she’d never experience, Cynthia’s self confidence soars and she finds herself falling in love with him. But, when he asks for submission in the bedroom, can she surrender to prove her love or was it all about a little harmless pleasure?

This book was previously published, but has been substantially revised and expanded for Samhain Publishing.

Warning … this book contains … lots of sex, bondage and submission done in a tasteful but wonderfully arousing way, propositions from a drunken woman, hot phone sex, southern accents, Hawaiian scenery, and OH MY, a m/f/m ménage that will send tingles all the way to your toes, along with other various body parts. A glass of ice cold water for refreshment is recommended while reading.

My Review
This book in 8 words of less …

As I briefly mentioned in both of my Good Reads mini reviews my main concern was with Schroeder’s character Cynthia. In A Little Harmless Sex I straight up disliked her character. I thought she was naïve when it can to Max and a cold-hearted bitch in regards to Anna but overall just totally dim-witted.

Needless to say I got a very shocking surprise by the time I finished A Little Harmless Pleasure. Cynthia’s character excelled far beyond what I hoped for when I discovered she was to be the heroine for the very delectable cajun Chris Dupree.

In my opinion Schroeder out did herself and appeased me more than I thought possible … like a Stanley Cup winning goal … that is how much I enjoyed the second book of her Harmless series. To think I have pushed this series off for so long has me completely baffled and quite possibly deserving of a swift reprimand of the spanking variety. Hmm … maybe I can talk Evan into doing the honors! Okay, okay getting a little side tracked here so on with the review …

Meet The Characters
Cynthia Myers is what you would stereotype as you typical high society southern belle who comes from an extremely prestigious and wealthy family and has a heartless bastard of a father to prove it. Growing up, she always did exactly as told no matter the cost toward her feelings or the outcomes that came about from such malicious and hateful actions. Cynthia’s position in the family doesn’t change in the eyes of an equally cold-hearted and callous mother nor her condescendingly pretentious brother who just so happens to be an exact but younger replica of her ruthless father.

When an argument arises in the Myer’s household because Cynthia wants to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancé Max ultimatums of disownment are thrown causing Cynthia to do what she must for the sake of her own sanity. With no other choice but to go with ulcer inflamed gut she revolts for the first time against the man she has feared her whole life.

Chris Dupree is a creole native for New Orleans who happens to own his own restaurant in the beautiful isles of Hawaii. But that is not what is special about Chris. He is a switch. What is a switch you ask? Well in this case it pertains to the man’s type of bed play. You see Chris is both dominant and submissive in the bedroom and this is where his problems lie because switches are not very well acknowledged in the BDSM lifestyle.

After leaving the lifestyle due to an unforeseen incident with his previous sub Chris is left suffering from guilt and feels he will never find the one that will be perfect for him. That is his outlook on life until … he meets Cynthia.

About Their Story

Cynthia first meets Chris at his best friend’s wedding which just happens to also be her ex-fiancé when she barged into Max’s dressing room. Cynthia is so shocked by her sudden reaction to Chris that she finds herself flushing uncontrollably whereas Chris is immediately taken by her beauty and charm. As the evening progresses so do Cynthia’s seeds of rebellion by means of a little nudging from one encouraging yet spunky bride. So with some much needed champagne Cynthia develops some gumption and begins her tawdry attempt at seduction.

Little does she know that Chris is trying to be a gentleman and not take advantage of the situation even though he himself is beyond frustrated with his own desires. Giving in the passions that are ignited between them they go forth and end up having a blistering heat-filled one night stand.

The next morning is filled with continuing pleasures because neither can get enough of the other … that is until the afterglow of their exhilarated bliss ebbs and recedes … mixed emotions begin to shed light on reality. Now that Chris has tasted temptations finest feelings he thought were dormant have resurfaced and that Cynthia is the one he’s been searching for all this time. Sensing that Cynthia craves the same sexual needs and desires as he does he plans to initiate her into the lifestyle in order to liberated the true beauty that is hidden underneath.

Final Thoughts
From the first chapter I was drawn in … being able to witness Chris and Cynthia’s relationship blossom and grow truly changed my original feelings towards Cynthia’s character when I first met her in A Little Harmless Sex. I found myself not only cheering her on but caring more about her as her character grew into the strong and confident woman she became by the end of the book. You will equally love both Chris and Cynthia as you observe the bonds and friendships that are created which is all brought to you from an inside view of dominance and submission with all the feelings and emotions from both characters.

On a side note …
Although I felt the romance in this book was very sweet and at times tender-hearted it is not your average romance based read … whereas A Little Harmless Sex felt more like sugar kink to me … this book really takes more of a look into the BDSM lifestyle. A journey into the discovery of dominance and submission, the power felt behind the role as a Dom or Domme and the emotions that are revealed when experiencing what it means to truly submit. Let me state this now as a warning that these scenes are open and very blunt especially when it comes to the first ménage scene. I mean for me I enjoyed witnessing the passions the developed but then again you know I like my kink to sizzle. So if this is something you tend to shy away from then I would advise you that you have been warned first hand because it only gets more blistering the deeper you get into the Harmless series.

Favorite Moments & Quotes

The need to curl up in a ball and cry almost overwhelmed her but she pushed it back, knowing that later she would have the time for that. “I’m not the one who had to beg her daughter for money.” Her mother opened her mouth to shoot back, but Cynthia had had enough. “Just go. I don’t need any more dramatic statements for you. Be sure to tell Father that from now on, not to send you to do the dirty work. Tell him to be a man and do it himself”

Chris didn’t think he’d ever get enough of her. Did she know how she affected him? How with each little sigh she was killing him by inches? The need to tell her of his feelings, to tell her he loved her, almost overwhelmed him, but he knew she wasn’t ready. If he proclaimed it now, she wouldn’t believe him, and worse, she would run. He couldn’t have that.

Chris leaned down to kiss her temple and smiled as she snuggled closer to him. HE just hoped it wouldn’t take much more to convince her of it because he didn’t know how long he could hold back the words.

She bit her lip, trying her best not to let her emotions bubble over and embarrass both of them. No one, other than Anna, had ever pushed her, believed in her ability. To have the one man who meant the most to her encourage her, well, it was almost too much. He squeezed her hand. The simple gesture reassured and calmed her. It was as though he knew exactly what she needed.

The ruby red sleeveless sweater she wore enhanced the tan she’d gotten in the last six weeks. The bit of color had added warmness to her features and accentuated the thin line of gold that rimmed those blue eyes. Humidity had taken control of her hair, casueing it to curl. The multitude of highlights from the sun now wove through her heavy locks. Need slipped under his skin, and he suddenly found himself ravenous. He craved to slide his hands into her mane as she closed that wicked mouth over his cock. Evan would love to return the favor and find out just how closely the curls between her legs match the hair on her head.

The bite in her voice surprised him. He’d been pushing her buttons, and being, we;;, a jackass. He’d wanted to get a rise out of her and he got it. But the authority lacking her question momentarily stunned him. Evan might have been wrong thinking she couldn’t take to her role. This wasn’t the mouse of a woman he’d first met in Chris’s restaurant. Her posture spoke of a woman in control, with new confidence. Chris’s request for this lunch now made more sense.

Holy Christ, this was hell. He couldn’t move his hands to touch her. He’d never been so turned on in his life, or so frustrated. What she was doing to him was only half of it. Seeing her take control, the sound of her voice as she stated what she wanted, the way she held herself – they all added up to one major turn on. That, coupled with the magic she was performing with her mouth and hands … he was amazed he didn’t pass out on the spot.

He’d known he loved her, but he’d had no idea just how it would feel to have her claim him in this way. He’d been ready since the moment she stepped into his kitchen … no, since the moment he first saw her in Georgia. He’d known she was the one for him. Deep in his soul, he’d recognized her. Now, she knew, she understood that he was hers. Tenderness and desire blended, threading its way through his veins. Temptation to let go, to just give in to the primal need clawing at his belly, almost overwhelmed him.

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Amanda P says:

great review RiN!

(Blushing furiously). Great review. I appreciate what you said about the inner workings of BDSM. I’m not sure I would read this, but I have to admit…I’m intrigued! : )

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