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In this steamy follow-up to her irresistibly erotic debut novel, Eden Bradley returns with a trio of tales that explore the darker side of pleasure.Prepare to enter a provocative, scintillating world where three women are about to take ecstasy to the limit—and beyond. In The Bonds of Love a struggling couple will do anything to save their marriage, even if it means experimIn this steamy follow-up to her irresistibly erotic debut novel, Eden Bradley returns with a trio of tales that explore the darker side of pleasure.Prepare to enter a provocative, scintillating world where three women are about to take ecstasy to the limit—and beyond. In The Bonds of Love a struggling couple will do anything to save their marriage, even if it means experimenting with a little bondage. But once their research moves beyond the bedroom, how will they know if they’ve gone too far?... In The Lair a woman answers an ad for a female submissive, ready to surrender to her body’s deepest yearnings. Finding love is the last thing she anticipates… And in Love and Discipline a journalist expects her interview with a sensual extremist to be business as usual. Instead she finds herself submitting to the dominant desires of a handsome stranger—and discovering more about herself than she ever dreamed possible.Sensual and mysterious, this captivating collection is sure to seduce you, page after tantalizing page.…...

Title : The Darker Side of Pleasure
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ISBN : 9780553589740
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Darker Side of Pleasure Reviews

  • Daisiemae
    2019-03-11 09:24

    This book consists of 3 different stories written by the same author. All have a BDSM element to the storyline.There really wasn't anything spectacular about this book. It was average at best, and boring during some parts. The characters were more cookie-cutter than I like, and I struggled to get through it.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-27 13:38

    3 erotic novellas with a twist:'The Bonds of Love' - deals with a couple that experiments with bondage to try to reconnect after a tragedy has caused a loss of trust and communication in their marriage'The Lair' - probably the least believable of the stories. A woman responds to an advertisement for a submissive and starts training. While she is training, she becomes enthralled with another man and immediately starts trying to find ways to be with him. The twist? He's the nephew of the man she was training under.'Love and Discipline' - starts off with a journalist interviewing a dominant about his lifestyle. He challenges her that she needs to experience it to understand it completely. (Bogus? I thought so too - but it was a better set-up for the story than the previous one...)With all of these, there's plenty of steamy action, but except for the second story, it was part of the story and made sense within the story.

  • Sandi Ramirez
    2019-02-25 09:30

    First let me say that Eden Bradley is one of the authors that my husband and I always read together and this book is one we read last night. I HIGHLY Suggest reading this with your partner that you are in a trusting relationship with.This book has 3 different long novellas in it that tell 3 different types of BDSM happenings. The first " The Bonds of Love" is a couple who have drifted apart after the lost of a child due to miscarriage. Cam introduces bondage into their marriage in the hopes of bringing their marriage back together. This Story HITS Home for me personally and I can thank Eden for this....Second story. "The Lair" is a stronger more, almost I almost want to say harsh story about first time submission. Cassandra answers an online ad from Master Robert and agrees to meet and spend several weekends training her submissive side. Then if she so chooses she would sign a contract with Master Robert. What happens her first night changes her life. This is one extremely intense and hot read. It had us stopping and re- reading several times.The third and final book in this trio is "Love & Discipline" is about Maggie who is writing an series of articles for a magazine about BDSM Lifestyle. So she is meeting with a Master to interview him. He decides to show her and she agrees. This story is one of my favorites of the three. Please read it to find out why. It is dark but it a wonderful YUMMY good way.Great author to learn about the lifestyle and a book to just get you hot a bothered if you are not really into the lifestyle but want to get ready for a hot night.

  • Nancy Konsitzke
    2019-03-07 14:40

    Very goodThis was a very good book with three good stories to it, I recommend to all adults to read and more

  • Joy Boutwell
    2019-03-03 12:45

    This book had three different stories about BDSM. All the stories were interesting and flowed. I just wish the ending was a little more detailed.

  • Em
    2019-03-09 11:44

    Having already read a three novella erotica collection by another author I had high hopes for this one. But unlike Stephanie Draven's 'It Stings So Sweet' stayed in one era with interconnecting characters, this one came to a full stop after each piece. It was therefore difficult to get into the new story because it was an entirely new set-up, characters etc. And frankly the set-ups were not that great. The first 'Bonds of Love' concerned a marriage gone flat. In truth it wasn't just that the spice and excitement was gone, but that a miscarriage had left them both feeling to blame. This particular plot line was why I just didn't find this to be a very good set up for dabbling in BDSM. The fact that this starts the trilogy is perhaps why I had to set this book aside for a while. I returned to it after some time to read the second piece 'The Lair'. This one concerned a young woman Cassandra who answers an advert from an 'experienced trainer seeking female submissive... Inexperience is an asset not a liability'. So she signs up with Master Robert - Dom. Only not long after she begins her training with him, and before she commits to him as 'his' submissive, she meets his nephew (also a trainer/Dom) Marcus. They begin an affair during the time she has away from Master Robert as she is considering if she's ready to be a full time submissive together. This leads to the conflict. It doesn't take three guesses to figure out what happens. The last 'Love & Discipline' concerns Maggie, sexpert journalist for a magazine, who has already interviewed several female submissives, and now is going to meet and interview Damien Knight - Dom. They sit across from each other in a public place, she asks her questions, he answers perfunctorily and asks her a question, she gives a clipped answer. When she is incredulous over his answer 'never' to her question, 'and you're never bored' he retorts 'you can't possibly understand without experiencing what we experience'. And that gauntlet lies between them. Without her acquiescing there wouldn't be a story. Of the three, this one I found interesting in their discussion of what BDSM fulfills for both dominants and submissives. But while all three were titillating, and the last was at least interesting, none were ultimately very satisfying.

  • Karen
    2019-03-07 10:39

    The book Darker Side of Pleasure features three stories with three different scenarios. The central theme is submission. You can come to be a submissive from many angles, not everyone wants to be talked into it. Some people have an ache for it from the jump. You might be wanting it and seek it out. You might want to be persuaded into it by someone you love. You might be reluctant and need convincing. Although, if you aren't sure this book might help you sort your fantasy of submission out for you.The first story The Bonds of Love, was heartfelt about a married couple trying to get past something. This story got me wanting to read more from the author. This story was really hot. Knowing that they cared so much for each other, the trust was established. The second story, The Lair, although the premise was completely ridiculous, was a nice idea. Answering an ad to be trained as a sub this girl gets in over her head, and right where she needs to be. Forget why she got there and let this story take you away. I was a bit envious of this character. The third story, Love and Discipline, was of being talked into bdsm. It was a little hard to me to get into this story at first, but it did draw me in after Chapter 2 and I just had to see where this story would end up.The sex in these stories wasn't as PG-17 as I would have predicted. These stories are more about pleasure from pain and submission. Eden Bradley writes well. The characters are unique and well developed. There were quite a few repetitive phrases, (what did I get myself into?) but the plots were well thought out and interesting. The repetitive phrases might have just been that the theme of submission was the same, and so it seemed a bit repetitive to me. There are only so many many ways a character can think they are timid of a new situation. I got hooked into the stories by the time she was finished describing the scene I was drawn in, I had to see where they ended up. I would recommend this book and I would really like to read something else from this author.

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2019-03-12 14:39

    This book is more like Erotic Romance than straight Erotica - more like Maya Banks, for example, though the short story format allows for less depth and character development than a single long novel, and thus less Romance.The first story, "The Bonds of Love", is about a well-to-do young couple seeking to save their rocky marriage - and love life - by exploring something new and, for Jillian, scary. But Cam hasn't turned her on this much in years as he does now, by tying her down - an act that terrifies Jillian and her trust issues, especially after her earlier miscarriage and the guilt she carries, believing it to be her fault.In the second story, "The Lair", a woman wanting to explore her submissive side answers an ad and finds herself in the mansion of an older, debonaire gentlemen with several live-in submissives; but it's his nephew, Marcus, who draws her eyes and grips her imagination. The third story, "Love and Discipline", is about a journalist, Lilli, working on a story about the BDSM lifestyle in San Francisco; her interview with Damien Knight leads her to accept a challenge from him: that to really understand her subject matter and why people do it, she has to try it herself.The stories are light and fairly uneventful; there's less sex and more the play of power and trust between these characters and in this world of dominance and submission. From that perspective, it's quite well done, but ultimately the stories were too fluffy and thus too forgettable.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-13 12:30

    I hadn't read any Eden Bradly before. If these 3 shorter stories are any indication, her writing is much different from most of the BDSM romances I've read before. They weren't bad, but I didn't love them either. instalove occurred in the highest degrees, except in the couple that was already married. There was a lot of inner thoughts, and a lot of repetition. Also, everyone was unrealistically, stunningly beautiful. all the time. On the other hand, I appreciated the different aspects these stories represented of the lifestyle. Whether it was a grieving couple who found a way to rejuvenate their marriage by embracing their kink, or a mousy disconnected young woman who found her passion in being an abject slave, part of all kinds of group activities, or just a strong, curious woman being introduced to a new and bewilderingly pleasing lifestyle, the stories were generally different from what I'd read before, and different from each other as well. The middle story, in particular, almost surmounted its instalove and gorgeous cast by being almost fairy-tale like--if Anne Rice wrote the fairy tale. It had that almost disconnected, painted with a broad stroke quality, and I could appreciate that, if not the variety of instant relationships (and the slightly dishonorable behavior of two of the characters.So, overall, not amazing, but not at all bad. I'd probably try reading more works by this author, under a variety of her nom-de-plumes.

  • Tina
    2019-03-10 15:31

    Did not care for this book over all. The best story was the first one which I would give 4 stars and the last one I would give 3 stars. The middle story I just couldn't get into and didn't finish past the second chapter.I really liked the first story due to the exploration of a couple beyond the first years of marriage and how to reconnect. However I still wanted a little more back story with the characters.

  • Janna
    2019-02-22 15:27

    A very lovely book. I liked how it was made of three short stories. It was very flowing and I couldn't put it down before it was finished from cover to cover. The only negative side was that I really want to read on, on evert of the stories. I want to know what happened to all the main characters and I how their futures played out. All in all, a very hot book this one was and I will be reading more from Eden Bradley. I really enjoyed her way of writing.

  • Stacey
    2019-02-18 13:22

    This was a great book with three stories exploring scenarios of entering the BDSM lifestyle. I think what I most enjoyed was that that none of the characters had any truly abusive backgrounds as you find in many stories. I also liked that in the first story the couple are well off but not ridiculously rich as in most of these stories. I highly recommend this collection.

  • Robyn
    2019-03-04 14:33

    I think I wasn't in the right head space when I picked up this book. I read most of the first story (I'd forgotten it was 3 short stories, rather than a full length novel) before I had to put it down. It was okay, but not enough to hold my attention. I'll add it to my DNF pile, and hope to come back to it another time.

  • Victoria ~
    2019-02-20 09:34

    Collections rarely earn five star reviews because there is usually a story (or stories) disappoint. This was not the case in this instance. The Darker Side of Pleasure included tales of thoughtful erotic fiction that delved into the subject of BDSM with a level of understanding. These titillating short stories gave a taste and made me dream of what a full novel from this author could be.

  • Mercadez S.
    2019-03-14 11:26

    Only read the first 2 books in the books (The bonds of Love) and (The Lair) because i didn't like the way the third one even more then the other ones. not that they were badly written, that's just something i did not enjoy.Estimated number of pages actually read 236 pages.

  • Victoria ~
    2019-02-21 13:21

    Amazing Collections don't often rate at five stars because there is always a story (or stories) that don't measure up. This collection was delightful; There wasn't a single one of the stories that disappointed.

  • Ellen
    2019-02-23 12:23

    Gratuitous and even a little hokey. Very little depth in the stories(a collection of 3)and characters. Words and elements repeated far too often. Kept recycling the same idea. First story was the best, second was good, third was tedious.

  • Vantine
    2019-03-06 13:36

    I read this as part of an effort to provide readers' advisory to patrons who did not want to wait for 50 Shades of Gray but actually wanted to find a book to read. For people looking for erotic romance with a BDSM twist, Eden Bradley is a much better choice than the hot book of the moment.

  • Sue
    2019-03-14 13:43

    4.5 -- I liked this book a lot. Short stories and novellas are nice because you can finish one and still get some sleep. This was my first of this author's books, so I will have to try some more.

  • Tikishia
    2019-03-17 13:18

    This book consisted 3 short stories I could not tear myself away from. I seriously need a break from all da BDSM reading. I'm bout ready to give up on vanilla. LOL.

  • Elaine
    2019-03-17 15:26

    not the best

  • Gillian
    2019-03-19 10:17

    Two stories in and loving it! For such short stories you really get a sense of the characters.Huge credit to Eden Bradley.

  • Tammie Griffith
    2019-02-16 12:17

    great book

  • Russio
    2019-03-08 15:17

    I liked all three stories but it did take me over six months to finish the book.

  • Megan Hayes
    2019-02-18 16:36

    Read the first story- liked it, just needed a little more depth

  • Tonya Schouten Olsen
    2019-03-17 16:20

    First story of the 3 was very good, second ok and third I couldn't even finish.

  • Gee
    2019-03-19 16:28

    Story 1---Bonds of Love 3 starsStory 2----The Lair 1 starStory 3----Love and Discipline 2 stars

  • Rosemary Amesquita
    2019-02-21 13:30

    3 good stories that you could relate to ~_~

  • Katie
    2019-03-18 12:38

    Amazing story and so much emotion. Hot passionate and very plentiful sex. Loved every minute of this one.

  • Lisandra
    2019-03-01 15:47