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    1. Product Description

      Step back in time with this collection of historical erotica from Xcite Books. Indulge your fantasies with tales of punishing Pharaohs, lusty lords, feisty highwaymen and a Southern Belle who breaks all the boundaries. Edited by Elizabeth Coldwell.

      Discover exciting tales of times gone by with Past Pleasures, an exciting anthology of 20 short stories with a hot historical edge.

      In these stories, no one is quite as expected. Forget prim and proper behaviour and discover the kinkiest of sex with a Southern Belle and a Union solider, trysts between a female highwayman and the Duchess she attempts to rob, and of naughty maids who please their Lords.

      Includes stories by:

      - Cherry Ripe by Maria Lloyd

      - Late One Night at the Tourist Court by Michael Braken

      - The Day the Sun Stands Still by Toni Sands

      - As You Like It by Tilly Hunter

      - Days of Moloch by Lara Kairos

      - Revenge of the Dixie Devil by Sylvia Lowry

      - The Gift by Clarice Clique

      - Sex in Sin City by Christ Westlake

      - Bed of Glass by Alexandra Thomas

      - Pages From the Records of Doctor Helena Hopfl by Kin Fallon

      - La Contessa's Game by Slave Nano

      - The Raid by Kitty Mouser

      - Garver by Landon Dixon

      - Yoni Puja by Honey Falls

      - The Duchess and the Highwayman by Kitti Bernetti

      - Punished for the Pharaoh's Pleasure by Demelza Hart

      - The Invader by Jayne Wheatley

      - A Cure for the Immortal Young Lady by Emma Lydia Bates

      - Pretty Tied Up by Elizabeth Coldwell

      - Midsummer Madness by Rowan Qwen

      211 pages.

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    1. Past and present pleasures while reading

      Reviewed: 03 September 2012 by Blondii, a Bisexual Going Steady Female

      Despite that I have not been a lover of quickies of the reading kind, I am gradually coming round to the idea since receiving more of them to read. This is one of the best book of erotic short stories books I have read and it has been a pleasure to find some new authors that I haven't read before.

      I have also never been a lover of historical books but again I have been proved wrong with this brilliant mixture of imaginative writing, great plots and even some great twists.

      The authors chosen by Elizabeth have managed to combine both historical facts and feel of the era within the stories and some super steamy sex scenes. I have my favourites and I would have loved to have read a longer more detailed novel about those particular characters as they have been so believable, particularly The Duchess and the Highwayman by Kitti Bernetti, Punished for Pharoah's Pleasure by Demelza Hart and the Invader by Jayne Wheatley. I would have loved to have read more of each of these stories.

      I really can recommend this book as it has a great variety of writing styles and exciting sexually charged plots.

    2. Overall Rating
      8 out of 10 stars
      Pros
      I loved the combination of historical facts, feel and sexual content within each story.
      Cons
      A few of stories, but not bad out of 20.
      Bottom line
      A brilliant variety of well written plots, creative characters, historical facts and plenty of sex.
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    1. Better Than Most

      Reviewed: 28 August 2012 by TheKittyKat

      As usual (for me) I've discussed each story in turn, and then given an overall review at the end.

      1. Cherry Ripe by Maria Lloyd - a chance encounter between a young woman on her way back to finishing school and a dashing Lord leaves them both wanting more. Their next encounter is explosive as a result of anticipation, with some BDSM thrown into the mix. Generally pretty well written, although some of the modern language seemed to juxtapose with the rest of the text in places.

      2. Late One Night at the Tourist Court by Michael Bracken - a Bonnie-and-Clyde type of tale, the story begins with a bank robbery in which shots are fired but it is left to the reader to guess if anyone dies. If the idea of a wild life on the run gets you going, then you’ll enjoy this story. Otherwise, like me, you may find the crime a distraction.

      3. The Day the Sun Stands Still by Toni Sands - a slave is bought to be a concubine for her new master. Despite the setting, this is more a story about making love than simple gratification, and the description is therefore more about the emotional than the physical.

      4. As You Like It by Tilly Hunter - a BDSM relationship between Shakespeare and an actress, with female domination and bondage, fisting and pegging. Slightly odd ending.

      5. Days of Moloch by Lara Kairos - a story of forbidden love in Nazi Germany, where a German girl submits herself to whipping, bondage and knife play with a Polish forced labourer. The second half of the story is somewhat anti-climatic, with discussion of air raids, lives lost, and the futility of their relationship.

      6. Revenge of the Dixie Devil by Sylvia Lowry - predictable but entertaining encounter between a Union officer and a Confederacy-supporting woman. Manages to mix the historical setting and the erotica reasonably effectively.

      7. The Gift by Clarice Clique - a wife purchases a slave to dominate her husband in the way he’d always wanted. A well-written story, and a great beginning to subsequent fantasising…

      8. Sex in Sin City by Chris Westlake - a casino cleaner enjoys a voyeuristic thrill as she catches a lady and a workman sharing an illicit encounter. Later on, she has the opportunity to emulate them. A fun story, although a somewhat abrupt ending.

      9. Bed of Glass by Alexandra Thomas - the story centres on an antique bed and the arousal that the prospective flat buyer gets in seeing it. This leads to a quick encounter with the flat’s current owner, which seems almost a tangent, as focus is soon restored to the bed itself. One of the weaker stories in the collection.

      10. Pages From the Records of Doctor Helena Hopfl by Kin Fallon - a very strange piece of erotica. A series of diary entries chronicled a scientist’s final few days of experimentation as she perfected her mechanical human. On the final day, he came ‘alive’, whereupon she declared her love and straddled him. More bemusing and philosophical than erotic.

      11. La Contessa’s Game by Slave Nano - La Contessa and her slave cross-dress and hire an unsuspecting prostitute for BDSM fun. Includes flogging, pegging and female dominance. Quirky but fun.

      12. The Raid by Kitty Mouser - a sweet and loving story of a young couple starting out in their new home, adjusting to the sexual freedom and limitations of her being pregnant, and making the most of visits to the air-raid shelter. More romantic than erotic, but enjoyable nonetheless.

      13. Garver by Landon Dixon - a tale of multiple homosexual encounters between outlaws/cowboys. A crime lord takes a marksman in his mouth as part-payment for the capture of two thieves, who in turn submit to the marksman in an effort to win their freedom.

      14. Yoni Puja by Honey Falls - a young slave girl must be trained as a submissive and undergo the ritual of ‘Yoni Puja’ before her master will take her virginity. Well-written, encompassing both the physical and emotional facets of the story.

      15. The Duchess and the Highwayman by Kitti Bernetti - a female highwayman abandons thoughts of riches when she encounters Lady Henrietta in the carriage. Maintaining her disguise as a man, she satisfies the Lady and leaves her wanting more. Erotically charged - the need that both lovers feel comes across well.

      16. Punished for the Pharaoh’s Pleasure by Demelza Hart - a slave is punished by the Pharaoh and High Priest for a minor misdemeanour. Her punishment involves rope play, flogging and voyeurism, culminating in a threesome when the Pharaoh joins in. A good piece of erotica.

      17. The Invader by Jayne Wheatley - a female soldier is captured by the enemy in the heat of battle and taken to a hut to be raped. She reluctantly responds to his touch. Not a story I enjoyed reading.

      18. A Cure for the Immoral Young Lady by Emma Lydia Bates - an advertisement for a morality ‘cure’ turns out to be anything but. Slightly fantastical story of how a woman’s life and attitudes can be changed from one encounter. Not an especially strong story.

      19. Pretty Tied Up by Elizabeth Coldwell - a glamour model gets an introduction to bondage at the hands of a female photographer. Despite a good premise and some good description, the story seemed to be lacking some depth.

      20. Midsummer Madness by Rowan Qwen - a Chieftain’s daughter is promised to a man in another tribe, but wants a quick fling before she settles down. Bedding both men in the course of one evening of festivities makes for an exciting, if somewhat surreal, story.

      In conclusion, I’ve read 20-30 Xcite books previously and always found them somewhat mediocre - some good stories, but mostly forgettable. This was of much better quality than the others, and sparked many a late-night fantasy. The stories were imaginative (without being too far-fetched), and fit the theme of the book (without being too contrived). There was a definite bias towards BDSM, but that suited me fine. Definitely a book I will be keeping and reading again.

    2. Overall Rating
      8 out of 10 stars
      Pros
      Imaginative and generally well-written.
      Cons
      A couple of stories weren't to my taste.
      Bottom line
      Definitely a book I will be keeping and reading again.
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