Publisher: Avon Red
Date published: September 2009
Trade Size Paperback
Reviewed by Susan
ON THESE SILKEN SHEETS features four novellas connected by the participants’ involvement with Harridan House, an erotic club where members enjoy their fantasies.
Against The Wall
Carolina is an eighteen year old virgin and when she was younger, she watched Henry and a maid having intercourse and that has fueled her imagination ever since. The story opens with Carolina succumbing to Henry’s advances and they have to deal with the consequences.
Carolina and Henry’s chemistry is intense and there is lots of erotic action between them. They are a likable couple each struggling with their wants and desires. This was a great beginning story and sets the tone for the rest of the book.
The Education Of Lord Oakley
Maggie is a widow and Oakley was engaged to Carolina. In the aftermath of being jilted, Oakley is introduced to Harridan House and he meets Maggie. They engage in a heated affair but their true identities are hidden.
After what happened in the first novella, it was nice to see what happened to Oakley. Their relationship is fiery and they just heated up the pages. Both of them show growth as they step out of their comfort zone. This was my favorite of the four novellas as I just enjoyed this couple very much.
Roses Are Rouge
When Diana’s husband died, Jason inherited his title and he knows that she is the proprietor of Harridan House, a house of ill repute. Jason was aghast that she decided to continue with the club instead of selling it but he also harbors a desire for her.
This novella gives us the background to how the club began and Madame Rouge. It was fun to watch Jason succumb to his desires and how his perception of Diana changes. Diana was a strong woman in every sense of the word. Her ability to withstand the negativity thrown at her was admirable. At times, Jason acted like a jerk but he made up for it at the end of the story.
A Maid For The Taking
Lucy is Diana’s maid and has pretended to be Madame Rouge with Diana’s permission. Lucy is also a virgin who wants to experience the sensual pleasure that surrounds her. Robert is the man she wants and Lucy will try her best to reel him in.
I found Lucy to be an entertaining heroine. She is a woman who knows what she wants and goes out to get it. Robert has sampled many women but finds Lucy irresistible. It was a major plus for me on how he handled the truth of her identity.
ON THESE SILKEN SHEETS is a thoroughly erotic adventure that will take you back in time. Although there are lots of sexual escapades in all four novellas, there is also a storyline to go with it. It is not just sentences connecting sexual acts. The author does a fabulous job of creating characters that will capture your imagination. The author has set a high standard for herself with this book and it will whet your appetite for more creations from Ms. Darby.