Sudden Pleasures
Bertrice Small
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Sudden Pleasures
Bertrice Small
NAL Trade
288 pages
June 2007
rated 27 of 5 possible stars

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Ashley Kimbrough is a spoiled little rich girl - or should I say woman - who has everything you could ever want out of life. Her mansion on a hill overlooks the town that her ancestors founded, servants to wait on her hand and foot, and her booming business is soon set to expand nationally - all at the ripe old age of thirty-four. What's the problem? Her grandfather stipulated in his will that Ashley must marry before her next birthday or she loses everything, so Ashley, with the help of her lawyer/friend and his wife set out to create the unthinkable: an arranged marriage - between two highly consenting adults, of course. Enter Ryan Finbar Mulcahy, who's in the same boat. What are the odds? In this case, Ryan needs to marry by the time he turns forty, only eighteen months away. Can they pull it off?

Ashley Kimbourgh is one of many women who subscribe to "The Channel", a remote-control adventure that takes you through your very own personal erotic journey. Ashley is a huge fan and currently switches between two channels: channel A, where she can dominate, and channel B, where she can be dominated,  depending on her mood. "The Channel" is in peril of becoming obsolete in Ashley's house now that she's married to a man who most definitely loves to fulfill his marital duties, but can she survive without it?

No doubt about it - Beatrice Small is an accomplished writer who has penned some great books - but Sudden Pleasures isn'tt one of them, for me at least. The heroine doesn't really struggling throughout this book. Everything is handed to her on a silver platter, which the author must have known would create absolutely no conflict at all. The only real conflict throughout comes from Ryan's five older sisters trying to sabotage the wedding. Even with that conflict mixed in, the story couldn't keep me hooked. The sex is great, though, even if Ashley and Ryan fall in love far too quickly.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Megan Duncan, 2009

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