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The Pleasures of Winter (original 2012; edition 2012)

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Title:The Pleasures of Winter
Authors:Evie Hunter
Info:Penguin Books (2012), Paperback, 400 pages
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Wow this book is Amazing.
It's a longer book 400 pages but it sucks you in with each pages and holds your interest throughout! The BDSM isn't too deep but So So very HOT! The simple act that happens while they are stranded really caught me by surprise on how Abbie responded. Jack's secret comes out and drive Abbie away - it was a nail bitter hoping they would find their way back to each other. Now I was not completely happy with the ending I think the author could have given more details but it won't keep me up at night.

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  iloveladyporn | Dec 6, 2013 |
Well, it was okay but nothing more.

I constantly felt like the author tried to hard: plane crash, drug bosses, movie stars and then some BDSM into the mix. There were several plotholes that annoyed me and I'll spare you a repeat of them all.

I had trouble understanding Abbie's thoughts, as well as her actions and thus got easily bored with the book. Everything was just so random and she was one indecisive chick. To top it off, she vows to get back at Jack (more than once even), but then keeps on forgiving him and forgiving him and forgiving him without a second thought. She completely forgets what she wants/needs from the relationship or why she is mad at him as soon as he waves his genitals at her.

Jack, geez what can I say about him? Had a virtual stranger (which he was after only knowing each other a few days) dragged me off to a cave and spanked me out of nowhere, I probably would have ripped off some of his most loved body parts. What the fuck is wrong with him? He supposedly goes by "safe, sane and consensual" but how the fuck does that add up to dragging some woman away and spanking her through her struggles? I don't see any consent there, no matter how much she enjoyed it in the end.

The BDSM parts: pretty standard stuff, although I so don't get why every, serisouly EVERY, second BDSM novel uses the same damn scene remote controlled vibrator while on a date/family meeting. People need to start thinking of something new, it starts to get really old.

So in the end, I read through it without trouble but I also could've done without reading this book thus indifferent 3 stars. ( )
  HereWithoutYou | Mar 31, 2013 |
I read fairly widely but have to admit that erotica is not on my usual list of genres into which I dip. That's not to say that I haven't but my exposure to it has been fairly limited. And BDSM (that's bondage & discipline, dominance & submission, sadism, and masochism for the uninitiated) really doesn't do it for me. My first reading experience with erotica was through Anais Nin when I was a teenager. I can't remember if I didn't understand it or if I truly just thought it was pretty tame but it didn't really lead me to more erotica. Next, as a young woman in my early twenties, I searched out the Anne Rice Sleeping Beauty series when a local library pulled it off the shelves after a patron's complaint. Having purchased all the books in the series, I do vividly remember reading them and finding them completely boring and a waste of money my husband and I didn't really have to squander. But that's the sum total of my erotica reading since I haven't jumped on the Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon. Obviously, given the success of that trilogy, publishers are trying to find more books like these, even evoking those covers with the same black and white color scheme and similar feel. Evie Hunter's erotic BDSM novel The Pleasures of Winter is very definitely a book meant for fans of the Fifty Shades trilogy and less for readers like me who are generally unmoved by tales with this premise.

Abbie Marshall is in Honduras, a hard hitting investigative reporter researching a story about a Honduran drug lord with ties to the US State Department. Trailed by scary bad guys and desperate to escape them, she finagles her way onto a private plane with Hollywood hearthrob Jack Winter by agreeing to interview the spectacularly gorgeous, breath-takingly masculine actor. Immediately attracted, they spark off of each other, verbally sparring and generally finding each other irritating. But then the plane's pilot suffers a heart attack and dies mid-air so their antagonism has to take a back seat to survival in the remote Honduran jungle into which they've crash landed. Jack, having learned survival techniques from one of his movies, takes charge of their small party (himself, Abbie, his best friend Kevin, and his agent Zeke). Abbie, used to being in charge, doesn't take well to his demands and chooses to ignore them, jeopardizing their health and lives. Jack, used to being obeyed, decides to punish Abbie. To both of their surprise, she enjoys her punishment. But they find their way out of the jungle and back to the US before their out of control attraction can go any further, each determined to put the other out of their thoughts. Jack, because Abbie is a reporter, and Abbie because Jack is a big star.

Of course they find they can't forget each other. And Abbie is inspired by her time in the jungle to start exploring her submissive side. The fact that she would like to expose Jack as a participant in the BDSM world, a fact that would apparently derail his career forever, only has a little to do with her desire. It is through her research into her own sexual preferences that she and Jack reconnect, first through anonymous e-mail and eventually in person again. The sex between the two of them is graphic and steamy but really not all that unusual or kinky despite the room in Jack's house devoted to his predilection. Although they connect sexually as a Dom and a sub, they still have major trust issues and don't really talk to each other, leading to misunderstandings and unhappiness.

As a character, Abbie is supposed to be fearless, driven, and capable and yet she comes off as meek and idiotic, especially in the jungle. Jack is a take charge character haunted by his past and deeply private but his self-avowed darkness doesn't really ever manifest itself. And his decision to physically punish Abbie while in the jungle (the catalyst for her discovery about her own sexual preferences) was fairly appalling as it was unilateral and by no means consensual. Jack did acknowledge this once but its wrongness was then completely ignored by both characters, suggesting that because he recognized submissive tendencies in Abbie, it was okay to spank her without her consent (hard enough to leave marks). Yuck! Both Jack and Abbie were fairly flat characters with whom it was rather hard to sympathize. And in the end, their concerns about each other are too easily dismissed and those once important plot threads are dropped in favor of the stereotypical happy ending demanded by romances. Their capitulation to each other and the way in which they both conveniently forget the problems that drove them apart is too simple, unresolved, and completely unbelievable. The fact that BDSM leaves me cold didn't help me like the book any better. On the plus side, it was a quick and basic read. Perhaps those who enjoyed Fifty Shades will find this one more satisfying than I did. ( )
  whitreidtan | Dec 7, 2012 |
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Reviewed by April
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Danger, heat, obsession and unexplored desires come together to form a combustive and sizzling tale, not soon forgotten, in The Pleasures of Winter by Evie Hunter.

Take two headstrong characters both who are attractive, intelligent, stubborn and not just a little ambitious; one who despises reporters and one who is a reporter and watch the fireworks disengage! Abbie is a reporter who has put her life on the line for many stories – stories which have held danger and where there are many who would love nothing more than to quiet her for the final time. Though she has put her life in danger more than once, nothing compares to the danger that she finds herself in when she takes a sudden leap into a plane with a playboy Irishman well known to the world for his accent and acting roles that leave women (and some men) drooling. She escapes a life-threatening scenario in Honduras, only to find herself in a completely different sort of life-threatening scenario when desires that she has never known come to surface in a rainforest after a plane crash. With the possibility of death looming so close, Abbie may just give in to her body and all of the temptation that the sultry Irishman has to offer.

Jack Winter has a deep dark secret that would ruin him in Hollywood, in the blink of an eye, if it were to ever come to surface. Though known as a playboy who uses and tosses women aside routinely, there is a depth, yearning and dark side to him that slight few know about. Commitment of relationships has never been an option for him because of this darkness, and never has he been tempted – that is before he meets the feisty and stubborn, not to mention sinfully beautiful Abbie.

It doesn’t take long for all bets to be off as passion, heat and an undeniable chemistry blaze between Jack and Abbie. Abbie learns of Jack’s darker desires and his darker side and must look within herself to decide if what she feels for him is enough to take her from her comfort zone into an area that she never knew her body even craved.

Though compared to Fifty Shades of Gray, (The Pleasures of Winter does have a few similarities such as the BDSM theme as well as the innocence of the female character), I found The Pleasures of Winter to be more endearing and believable. I loved both Jack and Abbie, their personalities, intelligence, insecurities and their development throughout the story. Though they are rather different and have dangers in their lives, they make the perfect couple to play off of one another. Did I mention the chemistry that they share?! You will definitely not need a blanket to keep yourself warm as you read this one!

To be honest, I have only read a few books with the BDSM theme, so am in no way an expert on how these stories should go or what makes one better than the other. However, with that being said, I can say that The Pleasures of Winter was sizzling, hot, and full of sensuality and lust. These aspects were written in a very tasteful way that was incredibly appealing and not done for shock value, but rather leant a depth to the story and to these characters and their lives and emotions. There is a great storyline and plot as well, throw in a bit of suspense and The Pleasures of Winter is a knockout story that will grip readers and have them flying through the pages at a heart-stopping rate. There were times, while I was reading that I found myself so emotionally engrossed within the story and the characters that I found my heart skipping and tears welling up. This was a very quick read for me and one that I greatly enjoyed. The only complaint that I have is that throughout I did find some mechanical/grammatical errors that can easily be taken care of with a good editing. There are British spellings, and that did not bother me in any way, and those are not the errors for which I speak of. Also, please note that these errors did not affect my overall enjoyment of the story.

The Pleasures of Winter is an excellent story with excellent characters, vivid scenes, real emotion and plenty of heat to steam up the coldest of nights. I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a great read – but be warned, you may need a cold shower (or a warm body) after reading The Pleasures of Winter!

Favorite Quote: For what seemed like an eternity, she shook in his arms, her curves pressed against him, her scent teasing his nostrils. He wrestled his demons, the part of him that wanted to drag her underneath him and unleash a different kind of adrenaline high on her unprepared body.

Then she tipped him over the edge. Abbie put her arms around his neck and pulled him down to kiss her. It was a light, fleeting kiss that even he recognized as thanks, but his inner beast didn’t care.

At the first brush of her lips against his, he took over, pulled her harder against him, and plundered her mouth. This wasn’t a gentle getting-to-know-you first kiss, it was possessive and raw. She had offered and, by god, he was going to take. He kissed her ravenously, unable to get enough of the taste of her.

She moaned, a tiny sound at the back of her throat, and it was like a flame to tinder. His control exploded.
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The Pleasures of Winter is dedicated to all of the Masters and submissives who so openly shared their personal experiences with us. Especially to D - rock, hard place and confidant.

Our grateful thanks to Ian O'Reilly of the BBC for the champagne and invaluable information about Honduras.

And to our neglected families who only complained slightly while we disapppeared to write The Pleasures of Winter - normal service will be resumed shortly.
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Abbie Marshall tucked the handset of the payphone under her chin as she scanned the display in Toncontin Airport.
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The Pleasures of Winter is a steamy erotic story of romantic obsession and explosive sexual chemistry for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You.

When reporter Abbie Marshall needs to escape Honduras, a private jet carrying a Hollywood A-lister is her only way out. She has a ride home with Irish actor Jack Winter - notorious womanizer and all round bad boy. Abbie is shaken to the core by Winter's blazing beauty and provocative mind.

After the plane's nose-dive into the remote rainforest forces them to fight for survival, Abbie catches tantalizing glimpses of the complicated man behind the image. And the more she sees of him, the more he touches some primal part of her that she is determined to suppress. But after a devastating encounter with Winter's shadow side, Abbie's detachment is shattered.

On returning to normal life, Abbie cannot forget what happened, nor ignore the shocking rumours about the star's private life. Her struggle to make sense of her torment leads straight back to Winter, who is just as obsessed by her. But if they are to have a relationship, Abbie knows she must embrace his hidden desires ... and accept her own.

No longer caring about anything but their intoxicating love affair, Abbie is drawn deeper into the dark heart of Winter - and the secret that threatens to destroy everything ...

'Evie Hunter' is actually two Irish authors who discovered a mutual love of erotic fiction when doing a creative writing workshop two years ago. They are delighted the rest of the world has caught up with them. Before writing The Pleasures of Winter, their first full-length novel, they co-wrote a number of BDSM-themed novellas.
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