Books by Bertrice Small

PRIVATE PLEASURES by Bertrice Small
Released: July 6, 2004

"Bottom line: the dated dialogue and empty-nest milieu don't make romantic (or erotic) magic, and the crude language may offend some readers."
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THE LOVE SLAVE by Bertrice Small
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

Skillful women's erotica. A tenth-century sex toy finds love with the prince who turned her out, but graphic sex with a 15-year- old heroine may not be everyone's cup of aphrodisiac. Small (Love, Remember Me, p. 172), whose specialty is ``sensual'' romance near the first millennium, stages this one in the Moorish courts of Spain and North Africa. The sex is explicit, though genitals have codewords. Women have a ``little jewel''; men have a ``love pillar''; and only villains use the F-word. The Love Slave is Regan MacDuff, whose family sends her to a Scottish convent, where the corrupt abbess sells her to a slaver who rapes her to make sure she's no longer a virgin. Because of Regan's flawless beauty, she's sold to a Moor who intends to present her as payback to his caliph. In order to make Regan the perfect gift, a Love Slave, he gives her over to handsome ``passion master'' Karim al-Malina, whose training in the erotic arts includes a bag of sex toys and a marble replica of the caliph's genitals (with which to practice anal sex twice a week). Regan learns not only the erotic arts, but also several languages, three musical instruments, history, mathematics, and calligraphy (though her exploits with a bamboo pen are not described here). But Karim and Regan disobey the first rule of passion training and fall in love. Because they are honorable, Regan, whose name is changed to Zaynab, goes to the caliph's harem, and Karim takes a wife. Zaynab is eventually returned to Karim, ready to settle down to perfumed baths with her husband. After scenes of forced sex, explicit sex through all orifices, sex with vaginally introduced metal balls, handcuffs, silken cords, and multiple partners, there is also a bibliography for those who would like to read more about Moorish life. Small is good at soft-core with historically correct accessories. But a world where only the physically perfect get to do it is a bit depressing. (Doubleday Book Club selection) Read full book review >
LOVE, REMEMBER ME by Bertrice Small
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

Small's latest that picks up where Blaze Wyndham (1988) left off. The court of Henry VIII offers an unending supply of plot and counterplot to fill the interludes between heavy breathing. When this installment begins, Blaze uses her past intimacy with Henry to secure for her eldest daughter, Nyssa, a position as maiden to the newly betrothed Princess of Cleves. But no one pretends that Nyssa goes merely to serve the queen: ``Once you find a husband, you will marry and live happily ever after. That is the whole purpose of your coming to court.'' When Henry seeks an annulment because he finds his new wife too unappetizing to mount, he turns his lascivious attention to Nyssa and the equally beautiful, but witless, Catherine Howard. Catherine's uncle recognizes the power he'll gain if his niece becomes the next queen of England, so he drugs Nyssa and plops her in his grandson Varian's bed for Henry to discover. Varian doesn't get too upset when Henry orders them to marry immediately. After all, he's been in love with Nyssa from first sight, but he didn't have a chance because years earlier he had been accused (falsely) of a rape. At the same time, Nyssa, who thought she'd marry for love, quickly discovers that lust is almost as good a reason. All is threatened within a year when Catherine takes a lover; Nyssa must think fast to save her husband, for the king seeks to punish every Howard he can find. Heavy on historical detail and unusually light on romantic hobnobbing. Still, Small's faithful can't help but follow along. Read full book review >
A MOMENT IN TIME by Bertrice Small
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Romantic twaddle that Small easily spins, with fantasy amid an airy narrative with the expected yodel of hyperventilating sex. Set in 1060 Wales, this details the adventures of a Welsh lass of high degree who will suffer various physical humiliations and have two husbands, one of whom changes shape when occasion demands. Quite beautiful Wynne has refused offers of marriage in order to remain at her castle to manage things for its heir, her young brother. But she narrowly evades marriage with one lord when another arrives—Madoc of Powys, who, she discovers, has been a companion all along, in the body of raven chum Old Dhr. Madoc sheds wings, and they marry; but when Wynne is pregnant, the dodo decides to visit her evil brother-in-law Brys to patch up the brothers' quarrel. Promptly popped into slavery, Wynne finds herself the property of a Saxon lord, Eadwine Aethehard. Madoc's son is born, and then, while Wynne discovers she loves the Saxon, she bears him a daughter. But Eadwine dies, and another nasty sends Wynne on the S&M road again. She and Madoc will reunite but...well, this time winging it just won't work. In between Wynne's trials, there's a prophetic drama involving the fairy Fair Folk, and, in the epilogue, dated 1805, the fate of two more lovers is sealed. More popular diddly-squat, quite popular, from Small (Lost Love Found, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >