Saturday, November 15, 2014
Review of Pleasure Point by Eden Bradley
Pleasure Point: Invitation to Eden by Eden Bradley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
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.
Check out the Invitation to Eden Review Tour Stop Four – Pleasure Point by Eden Bradley blog post on Wicked Reads.
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