Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Invitation to Eden Review Tour Stop Four – Pleasure Point by Eden Bradley

The island always knows what you need… 

Miranda lives in paradise – the exclusive Eden resort, the ultimate in fantasy retreats.

Roan, the resort’s dungeon consultant, lives part-time on the island and full-time in the past.

When the sexy Dominant and the sultry pastry chef both receive one of the island’s mysterious invitations they spend a sizzling week together in the dungeon suite. They’re left breathless, wanting more… and hopelessly falling.

Both have been scarred by loss, both have created a nearly impenetrable shell. The intensity and intimacy of kink might be the perfect recipe to open Miranda’s heart again. But can the man who fulfills her every secret desire ever give her what she needs the most?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This novella is one in a series written by some of the best known authors of the genre. The invitation to Eden is just for a week, so the stories are speedy and intense. Do look out for the others.

This story brings us two souls badly damaged by being widowed at a young age. One has sought release through his Domly ways, the other suppressed her submission and sexuality. The invitation to Eden is slightly unexpected by them both, as they both work there already. As they come together all manner of issues are revealed and they are both tested to their limits. I love the references to the island magic, and their acceptance that if they agree it is not true, then the situation is for real ... the ultimate in Catch 22 scenarios. Hot, moving and fun - great story, thank you Ms. Bradley.

I SO loved this book! Miranda and Roan are both employed by the Eden resort – Miranda as a full-time pastry chef who lives on the island and Roan as a consultant who visits the island every few months to make changes to the dungeon and its equipment as needed. They both like sex with a power exchange, clear D/s roles, and, as their story reveals, a bit of edge. They also belong to that exclusive club no one really wants to be a member of – the widow and widowers club. With so many things in common, it’s no surprise that the Island puts them together for the week.

While Pleasure Point is full of steamy scenes of submission, it is ultimately a second chance love story. Both Miranda and Roan loved their spouses deeply, and five and ten years later (respectively) they are still feeling the loss of their love. They agree to the week together in an effort to help one another take the next step in the healing process. I found their emotional responses during the week to be authentic to their characters’ pasts as they dealt with fear, anxiety, a resurgence of grief, pain, anger, attraction, desire, trust, and, eventually, love. Yes, they fell in love in less than a week, but it wasn’t instant, they fought it, and it came with the earning of one another’s trust. The relationship development felt real because they were able to overlook one another’s emotional upsets due to their shared widow/widower status.

Despite being set on a fantasy island, I found Pleasure Point to be a believable tale of a couple’s second chance at happiness. I like my contemporary romances to have a happy ending after a believable storyline and Ms. Bradley did an excellent job in delivering it. The journey she takes Miranda and Roan on is an emotional one and I enjoyed getting to tag along for the ride – even if I did have to break out the tissues at one point. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Bradley’s work and was excited to learn that I actually have book two in her San Francisco Doms series in a box set I purchased – now I just have to fit it in to my reading schedule.

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin writes dark, edgy erotic fiction. Her work has been called “elegant, intelligent and sensual.” Her debut novel, THE DARK GARDEN, has been praised as “a masterpiece,” and was a Romantic Times Top Pick, as was her erotic novel, FORBIDDEN FRUIT. Her novel THE LOVERS was called “the thinking woman’s erotica.”

Eden sold four novels and a novella to Bantam, as well as a novella to Berkley, before her first novel even hit the shelves, and Bantam contracted two more novels from her the moment her debut book was released. Her novels and novellas written as Eden and Eve have collectively been translated into German, Romanian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Polish and Japanese.

Eden has appeared regularly on Sirius Satellite’s Playboy Radio show, Night Calls, and has participated in round-table podcast and radio discussions. She has also been a regular guest at the West Coast In the Flesh readings in Hollywood. Eden has conducted a number of workshops and served on panels on writing craft and writing sex at several chapters of Romance Writers of America, at the RWA Nationals Conference, at the Romantic Times Convention and at library and independent writer’s groups.

Eden has published a number of articles on writing and has written both print and e-books for Berkley Heat, Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice and HQN, and Samhain Publishing. She has also written erotic romance for Berkley Heat as Eve Berlin. Her debut Heat novel, PLEASURE’S EDGE, won the 2010 Holt Medallion Award for best Erotic Romance, and her self-published Box Set, RIDING DESIRE, hit the New York Times and USA Today Best Seller lists in February, 2014 with her story OBSESSION.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Pleasure Point (Invitation to Eden #16) by Eden Bradley to read and review for this tour.

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