Set in Regency England, Pearce's next installment in the House of Pleasure series explores the taboo and erotic, including M/M, bondage and spanking. The dark hero, who borders on sadistic, holds the story back from being truly spectacular.
After years of rusticating, Lady Jane comes to London to win back her wayward husband, Lord Minshom. Under the same roof, the two rekindle their remarkable sexual connection, even as he tries to drive her away with his scandalous behavior that includes sex with men and frequenting the infamous House of Pleasure. He sends her back to the country, where she nurses her broken heart. It's not long until he realizes that London, and his bed, hold no pleasure without her. (APHRODISIA, May, 304 pp., $14.00)