After years of fighting on the continent, Richard Ross has finally returned to London to make peace with his father, and the erotic delights of his stepmother s Pleasure House provide a welcome distraction for his war weary heart But he is shocked to encounter someone there whose resemblance to his lost love leaves him both tempted and tormented As a former spy, Violet LeNy has mastered the art of deception But there is no disguising the heated passion that still burns between her and Richard, the man she once betrayed but who now is her only hope of survival Soon she plans a scandalous game of seduction where sensual surrender is the ultimate pleasure


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  1. Letitia Letitia says:

    Rating C Heat SizzlingSimply Scandalous should not be read as a standalone If you really wanted to, you could figure everything out as you go but, as I discovered, it isn t terribly easy I spent the first 30% of this book thinking, Huh and Who and What Which made it difficult to simply immerse myself in But, eventually, it all began to make sense and I was able to really sink into the House of Pleasure world.The first character we meet is Richard Ross, a former spy now enjoying Rating C Heat SizzlingSimply Scandalous should not be read as a standalone If you really wanted to, you could figure everything out as you go but, as I discovered, it isn t terribly easy I spent the first 30% of this book thinking, Huh and Who and What Which made it difficult to simply immerse myself in But, eventually, it all began to make sense and I was able to really sink into the House of Pleasure world.The first character we meet is Richard Ross, a former spy now enjoying the retired life So much so that his family thinks him dull And in a family where his father is married to the former proprietress of London s most exclusive house of pleasure which his half brother now runs being called boring rubs him the wrong way He itches to prove to them he isn t the dullard they think And when he gets dragged into a new assignment, his life becomesexciting than he bargained for And brings him face to face with a ghost from his past Violet LeNy, in hiding and now known to the ton as Vincent Lennox, was also a spy Knowing that Richard won t forgive her for faking her death, she also knows he s the only one that can help her and her twin brother, Jack Desperate to save her and her brother s life, Violet will do anything to get Richard to trust her again.And I do mean anything And by anything, I m talking anything sexual Richard Ross is quite creative in that regard, let me tell you Wow Watching those two get reacquainted was seriously steamy and creatively kinky.Though Richard and Violet may be the main hero and heroine, I think they are outshined by Emily Ross and Ambrose Emily, Richard s younger sister, is sheltered and protected And, when most of her family spends their days in a house of ill repute, that probably isn t a bad thing But no matter their best intentions, Emily finds herself in love with the pleasure palace s manager a freed slave named Ambrose And she spends her days trying to convince and tease and torment him to risk it all for her Ambrose has had a rough life and doesn t ever want to be homeless or at anyone else s mercy And even though he pines for Emily, he doesn t feel worthy of her He also doesn t want to risk his relationship with Emily s half brother, Christian But all his protests prove fruitless when Emily begins her one woman campaign to seduce him And seduce him she does Simply Scandalous is not your run of the mill historical romance, that is for sure These characters are like hedonists Pleasure for one and all, with no reservations And the sex it is sinfully erotic and kinky We re talking back door play, male on male, and even some creative use of antique sex toys And, not gonna lie, I loved it all So much so that I wish there wasof it and less of the espionage aspect I just couldn t get into it at all I guess spy games aren t my thing.But my thing is definitely heroes and heroines who behave badly thelascivious and bawdy, the better I can t wait to go back and read Christian s book, Simply Carnal And I m really hoping Jack Lennox s book is next because it will be wild Miz Pearce has truly created something special here with her House of Pleasure series. Favorite Quote With a groan, he kissed his way down to her taut nipple and drew it deep into his mouth, sucking and licking it until she was panting His hand covered her mound, his middle finger sliding easily into the thick wetness to find the swell of her bud He circled her there until she met every demand with a roll of her hips, until she was clutching at his shoulders, demanding her due, seeking her pleasure from his fingers.A Romantic Book Affairs Review.Find us on Twitter and Facebook too


  2. Eileen Eileen says:

    sniff sniff Sad to say that my Simply Pleasures series has come to an end Simply Scandalous is the last book and it is the story of siblings Richard and Emily Ross These are Helene s stepchildren from Phillip and they each get their own HEA Richard s story might have been the main story but I liked the secondary story of Ambrose and Emily Emily had a bit of growing up to do and i m glad that she was headstrong and followed her heart Good story with a twist at the end with a bit of mystery b sniff sniff Sad to say that my Simply Pleasures series has come to an end Simply Scandalous is the last book and it is the story of siblings Richard and Emily Ross These are Helene s stepchildren from Phillip and they each get their own HEA Richard s story might have been the main story but I liked the secondary story of Ambrose and Emily Emily had a bit of growing up to do and i m glad that she was headstrong and followed her heart Good story with a twist at the end with a bit of mystery but overall a nice finish If you haven t heard of this series you should take a look It was one of my first erotica series to come across and it has a bit of everything in it Definitely heat and spice, definitely love and romance, and a whole bunch of characters to take you along the way of finding pleasure I just couldn t resist The author is planning another series, The Sinners Club, and I am looking forward to this one


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  4. Alycia Alycia says:

    Simply Scandalous was a good ending to the House of Pleasure Series I must preface this review by saying that this book cannot be read as a stand alone Many of the minor characters are recurring and have had their own books in the series This book was about Richard Ross from the Ross Delornay family A retired spy that lost the love of his life, a french loyalist who was shot in front of him in France Although, things are not what they appear A man by the name of Vincent Lennox mysterious Simply Scandalous was a good ending to the House of Pleasure Series I must preface this review by saying that this book cannot be read as a stand alone Many of the minor characters are recurring and have had their own books in the series This book was about Richard Ross from the Ross Delornay family A retired spy that lost the love of his life, a french loyalist who was shot in front of him in France Although, things are not what they appear A man by the name of Vincent Lennox mysteriously shows up and reminds Richard of Violet, the love he lost Vincent is indeed Violet Now relocated to England with her newly found twin brother, Jack to start life over Violet was a French spy and now part of her organization is out to eliminate her Once Richard discovers the truth, he is entangled in a plot to discover who is trying to kill Violet During this process he falls in love with Violet again They both had to learn to trust each other and their love again It was a satisfactory love story and an ending to the series There was a side love story in this book Richard s sister, Emily is a sheltered somewhat spoiled young woman She is a bit of a spitfire and wants what she wants She decides she wants Ambrose, an employee and manager of The Pleasure House and good friend of Christian Delornay Ambrose is also a former slave and although he loves Emily, he doesn t believe he is worthy to be hers Emily will have to fight for what she wants and Ambrose will have to accept his life and his love for Emily.The love scenes in this book, while not the steamiest in the series, will not disappoint fans of the series I look forward to Jack Lennox s book in Pearce s spin off series, The Sinners Club The Club was introduced in this book Thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book


  5. Lindy Lindy says:

    Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC5 Kisses, Recommended Read3 Peppers M F, M M, M M F, oral anal sex, public sexRichard Ross has always been the white sheep of his scandalous family He s the half brother of Christian Delornay who runs the pleasure house that he inherited from their mother Violet Lennox was Richard s first love, but she supposedly died years ago and he mourned her deeply Now she s back from the dead and masquerading as a man, Vincent Lennox She and her twin brother Jack Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC5 Kisses, Recommended Read3 Peppers M F, M M, M M F, oral anal sex, public sexRichard Ross has always been the white sheep of his scandalous family He s the half brother of Christian Delornay who runs the pleasure house that he inherited from their mother Violet Lennox was Richard s first love, but she supposedly died years ago and he mourned her deeply Now she s back from the dead and masquerading as a man, Vincent Lennox She and her twin brother Jack are wrapped up in some dangerous intrigue, and Richard has been asked to help them.Richard and Emily s mother left her journal with secrets from the past that might be better left hidden, but which may ultimately help Richard stop blaming his father for his parents disastrous marriage This wraps up some loose ends from previous books and the reconciliation between Richard and his father is a nice addition to the end of the series.Simply Scandalous includes a delightful bonus love story between Richard s sister Emily and longtime family friend and Pleasure House employee, Ambrose Ambrose is African American and he feels he s so far beneath Emily that he has no right to even consider being with her I enjoyed their romance at least as much as the one between Richard and Violet, maybeAmbrose has been one of my favorite characters throughout the series.There are several story lines happening in this book, so it really is helpful to have read previous books in the series This is the last and final book in the series, and I m really sad to see it end This is definitely one of my top favorite series of all time Kate Pearce has created a world that has many twists and turns, passion, intrigue, and characters that I will never forget This is a must read for historical erotic romance fans


  6. ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~ ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~ says:

    Wrapped up this series in a nice little bow If I recall view spoiler the secret about Emily s parentage was revealed in so this closed that loop hide spoiler This is actually two couple s story Richard and his long lost love Violet and Emily and Ambrose I liked some of the earlier books in the series better but this was satisfying br br Wrapped up this series in a nice little bow If I recall view spoiler the secret about Emily s parentage was revealed in so this closed that loop hide spoiler This is actually two couple s story Richard and his long lost love Violet and Emily and Ambrose I liked some of the earlier books in the series better but this was satisfying


  7. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    After years away from home, Richard Ross has finally returned to London to be with his family But even the delights of his stepmother s pleasure house cannot distract Richard from the rut he finds himself in Then an encounter with an enticing stranger changes everything Violet Lennox, a former spy known as Violet LeNy, has come to London with her twin seeking safety What she finds instead is Richard, the man she loved and betrayed years ago Richard thought her dead, and he s furious when he After years away from home, Richard Ross has finally returned to London to be with his family But even the delights of his stepmother s pleasure house cannot distract Richard from the rut he finds himself in Then an encounter with an enticing stranger changes everything Violet Lennox, a former spy known as Violet LeNy, has come to London with her twin seeking safety What she finds instead is Richard, the man she loved and betrayed years ago Richard thought her dead, and he s furious when he learns of her deception Neither anger nor years of separation can quell the passion that always burns bright and hot between them, but Violet knows Richard will never trust her again Still, she cannot help but hope to win his love back That is, if a dangerous enemy doesn t kill her first.It s always sad to see a beloved series end, but Kate Pearce gives the House of Pleasure series a fantastic send off with Simply Scandalous Violet and Richard are two characters who are farthan most people believe them to be Their relationship after they reconnect is tumultuous for a while, but Ms Pearce had me rooting for them by the end I do wish, however, that we d seen some of Violet and Richard s shared past, since their love story in Simply Scandalous is built on the foundation of them having fallen in love years before Having seen at least pieces of their initial romance might have helped me connect with them earlier in the story.Sharing the spotlight with Violet and Richard are Ambrose, the manager of the pleasure house, and Emily, Richard s sister Ambrose and Emily s romance might be my favorite of the two love stories in Simply Scandalous Emily is the most sheltered member of her very unusual family, but she knows what she wants from life and,importantly, who she wants and is willing to risk everything for love Ambrose, in turn, is a former slave who is quite clearly in love with Emily but believes that racism and the difference in their social classes means he doesn t have a chance with her It isn t an easy road to happily ever after for these two, but Ms Pearce makes the journey well worth it.Simply Scandalous is the ninth book in the House of Pleasure series Though it can be read as a standalone, I don t recommend doing so Because of all the supporting characters and the sometimes complicated relationships in Simply Scandalous, I recommend at least reading Simply Shameless the story of Philip, Richard and Emily s father, and Helene, their stepmother and Simply Carnal the story of Christian, Richard and Emily s half brother The backstories of the supporting characters in Simply Scandalous are helpful in understanding how they connect with Richard, Emily, and Ambrose The only downside to having read and loved Simply Shameless is that I was already so attached to Philip that I was sometimes frustrated with Richard s views on him Richard s opinion of his father is tainted by the influence of his deceased, rhymes with witch mother Since I already knew the true story of Philip s first marriage, I was eager for Richard to make peace with his father In the end, though, some of my favorite scenes in Simply Scandalous involve Richard and Emily s rather unique family Though the Delornay Ross clan is full of misfits and sometimes brazenly scandalous people, the love they all have for each other is touching.While Ms Pearce has stated that Simply Scandalous is the final House of Pleasure book, it doesn t mean everything s wrapped up in a tidy bow Indeed, Simply Scandalous makes way for Ms Pearce s next series, The Sinners Club, which is a relief since I was intrigued by Violet s too charming for his own good twin, Jack, who is supposed to be the hero for the first book in the new series So while I m sad to say good bye to the House of Pleasure series, I can hold out hope that some of my favorite characters will make a cameo in the first Sinners Club book.Simply Scandalous has all the passion, emotion, and complexity I expect of a Kate Pearce novel Richard, Violet, Emily, and Ambrose will all surely find their way into readers hearts As with all of the House of Pleasure books, I look forward to re reading Simply Scandalous again and again and again Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed.


  8. Crystal Crystal says:

    This review was first posted at Reading Between the Wines Richard Ross is a dull man compared to the rest of his Ross Delornay family Or at least they think so The truth is, Richard has been living quite a fascinating life as a part time spy for the crown A part time job that once was quite active when he was in France ten years ago Of course, working for the crown wasn t the only thing he was doing in France No he also fell in love with Violet LeNy, and then she was murdered in front of hi This review was first posted at Reading Between the Wines Richard Ross is a dull man compared to the rest of his Ross Delornay family Or at least they think so The truth is, Richard has been living quite a fascinating life as a part time spy for the crown A part time job that once was quite active when he was in France ten years ago Of course, working for the crown wasn t the only thing he was doing in France No he also fell in love with Violet LeNy, and then she was murdered in front of him Or at least that s what he thought until he came across a man in his step mother s Pleasure House that had a striking resemblance to his long lost Violet.Violet LeNy is on the run with her twin brother Jack Lennox There s someone trying to kill them The elusive Mr Brown So they re on a mission to figure out who Mr Brown is and stop him once and for all so that they can finally live a peaceful existence, and start over in England, away from their native France This mission brings old wounds to the surface for Violet though when she has to use the only man she s ever loved, and walked away from to save, to help her find Mr Brown The fact that Richard is furious at her deception is an understatement But will Richard help her, or will he walk away and leave Violet and Jack doomed to the possibility of death at Mr Brown s hands I ve read almost the entire series of Ms Pearce s House of Pleasure Series I think I ve only missed one or two books While this one wasn t my favorite, it was still a good read, and I found myself enjoying the conclusion of some long time issues for the Ross Delornay clan Richard s issues with his father are resolved, and it had a nice back story including the youngest sibling Emily From what I understand this is the last book of the House of Pleasure Series, and she will be starting a new series called the Sinner s Club with her next book So it s a four wine glass toast to Simply Scandalous, and let s bring on the next wickedly naughty historical piece from Ms Pearce shall we I love this woman s naughty imagination


  9. Beth Beth says:

    Richard Ross was a spy for England in France Now that he has retired to England, no one knows of his past service for his country including his family He is considered the dull family member Richard left his heart in France when he witnesses the death of the woman he loves, Violet.Violet LeNy is a former spy, and running for her life She runs right into Richard Ross path Not only is she not dead but he might be the only one to save her from a double agent s assassination plans Both Richa Richard Ross was a spy for England in France Now that he has retired to England, no one knows of his past service for his country including his family He is considered the dull family member Richard left his heart in France when he witnesses the death of the woman he loves, Violet.Violet LeNy is a former spy, and running for her life She runs right into Richard Ross path Not only is she not dead but he might be the only one to save her from a double agent s assassination plans Both Richard and Violet are caught in the immense chemistry that has always been between them But can they truly trust each other or will one of them be betrayed and pay the ultimate price.Not reading any of the previous books in the House of Pleasure series, I did have to play some catch up to understand who was who That being said this was a very interesting book, with a strong mystery, extremely erotic and steamy sexual encounters and a decent amount of action I enjoyed reading Violet and Richard s story There was also a side story between Ambrose, the former slave now manager of the Pleasure House, and Emily Ross, sister to Richard and unmarried at 23 I found Simply Scandalous interesting and enjoyable and look forward to back read some of the stories in this series 3 1 2 Stars.This ARC copy of Simply Scandalous was given to me by Netgalley and Kensington Publishing Corp in exchange for an honest review Publish Date December 24, 2012


  10. iamboredaf iamboredaf says:

    3 starsI may as well say that this book has two different stories with slightly a little bit connected So, I am going to talk about Richard and Violet Two were already a couple back in France but things didn t go their ways and they separated until they met again and with a different quest The romance was mild that I didn t really enjoy but I liked the mystery and it was thrilling The excitement of puzzle solving was captivating and I couldn t stop from turning pages Another story is Richar 3 starsI may as well say that this book has two different stories with slightly a little bit connected So, I am going to talk about Richard and Violet Two were already a couple back in France but things didn t go their ways and they separated until they met again and with a different quest The romance was mild that I didn t really enjoy but I liked the mystery and it was thrilling The excitement of puzzle solving was captivating and I couldn t stop from turning pages Another story is Richard s sister, Emily She also had her own mystery but it wasn t as thrilling as Richard s She had intense interaction between her and Ambrose The two were both tortured souls so it was kind of heart wrenching On romane part, I mean and a quite bit of feeling annoyed by Emily herself She s one tough head and it was infuriating read on her part.Overall, it s an HEA And I came to know that this book is the last in the series I am so sad, really, because I love House of Pleasure Anyway, the knowing and reading all of the stories from the beginning until the with great experienes So, thanks Ms Pearce for this series.Read on your own peril