Updated on May 19, 2015
50. ‘The Pleasures of Autumn’ by Evie Hunter
My only real experience with erotic literature has been, unfortunately, the Fifty Shades trilogy. Given that those books are unutterable crap, I haven’t exactly had a great introduction to the genre, which is why I jumped at the chance to read The Pleasures of Autumn, an erotic novel by Evie Hunter.
Hunter is actually the nom de plume of two writers: Caroline McCall and Eileen Gormley. They first met at a writing workshop in Dublin and began writing erotic novellas together, but more recently they’ve progressed to full length novels and Autumn is the third book in their Pleasures series.
The book follows Sinead O’Sullivan, to all appearances a stuffy, frumpy museum curator who has a secret alternative life as burlesque dancer, Lottie LeBlanc. When she is charged with stealing the precious ruby, the Fire of Autumn, private investigator Niall Moore comes along to help her track down the real thief. There’s undeniable sexual chemistry between the pair and, before long, they have both been swept up by their feverish, volatile feelings for each other.
I really enjoyed this story: it’s fast-paced and you just want to keep on turning the pages. The characters are engaging and there are enough miscommunications and misunderstandings to keep you hanging on right until the end. There’s danger too – genuine danger – and I really liked both of the main characters. As for the sexiness, there’s a sneak peak into the Parisian BDSM underworld, plenty of leather and whips, and sex scenes that didn’t make me cringe (unlike some other erotic fiction I might mention).
This is definitely one to read if you want a sexy, action-packed novel. It’s certainly inspired me to explore further in the world of erotica and dig up some more glittering gems!
“Reluctantly he released his grip on Sinead and was surprised at how much it hurt. She belonged in his arms. And his bed. And his heart.”
Many thanks to the team at Penguin for sending me this book. You can get your hands on a copy here.