06.10.2019

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Above an exclusive men's store on Rodeo Drive there is a private club called Butterfly, where women are free to act out their secret erotic fantasies. Only the most beautiful and powerful women in Beverly Hills are invited to join. JESSICA-The lawyer, who longs for the days when men were men, and women dressed to please them. TRUDIE-The builder, who wants a man who will Above an exclusive men's store on Rodeo Drive there is a private club called Butterfly, where women are free to act out their secret erotic fantasies. Only the most beautiful and powerful women in Beverly Hills are invited to join. JESSICA-The lawyer, who longs for the days when men were men, and women dressed to please them. TRUDIE-The builder, who wants a man who will challenge her -all of her-with no holds barred.

LINDA-The surgeon, who uses masks to unmask the desires she hides even from herself. But the most mysterious of them all is the woman who created Butterfly. She has changed her name, her accent, even her face to hide her true identity. And now she is about to reveal everything to realize the dream that has driven her since childhood-t 'GLAMOUR, WICKEDNESS AND PASSION.BUILDS TO A DRAMATIC AND UNEXPECTED CONCLUSION '-'Publishers Weekly' 'SIZZLING '-'New York Daily News'. 4 'An Empire Built to Destroy Another' for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration!

The best phrase to describe this epic saga that spans decades and transcends dozens of interconnected lives is: 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.' Lovers of deep meticulous revenge plots will love the message of this novel. Moreover, this novel will leave you with a very strong feeling of female empowerment. As I mostly read and listen to romance titles, I do want to note that Butterfly reads more like hi 4 'An Empire Built to Destroy Another' for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration! The best phrase to describe this epic saga that spans decades and transcends dozens of interconnected lives is: 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.' Lovers of deep meticulous revenge plots will love the message of this novel.

Get for free butterfly kathryn harvey ebook in pdf/epub/online. Free books download. Barbara Wood (born January 30, 1947, in Warrington (Lancashire, England) is an American writer of historical romance novels. As Kathryn Harvey. Butterfly, 1989.

Moreover, this novel will leave you with a very strong feeling of female empowerment. As I mostly read and listen to romance titles, I do want to note that Butterfly reads more like historical fiction (taking place in the US in the 60s/70s/80s) and women's literature than romance.

However, for those romantic suspense lovers who love to dig deep into plots and character evolvement, Butterfly will satisfy the most inquisitive of minds. One additional caveat is worth mentioning.

Butterfly deals with some darker subjects like physical and mental abuse, adultery, and rape. Interestingly, however, this is not a story about a BDSM club-which had been my original impression going in. Instead this is a story about how and why a very exclusive, private club where women's fantasies are catered to was built and how it affected the lives of several of its patrons. Among the exclusive clientele of the Butterfly Club are a lawyer (Jessica), a surgeon (Linda), and a luxury pool builder (Trudie). All are extremely successful women and all have very special reasons for needing a place like Butterfly where their secret desires can be catered to or where they can be free to let go of their particular inhibitions and fears in order to experience pleasure. This story will take you through each woman's successes, quandaries, and how and why they find themselves at Butterfly as well as how Butterfly ultimately changes each. But who built Butterfly and why?

And just who is instrumental in this intricate plot and why? This is a much longer story which will take you to some heart wrenching places before ultimately vindication reigns. Rounding out this intriguing saga is the talented narration by Laura Jennings. This was my first experience with Ms. Jennings and I was impressed. Jennings creates unique voices for each one of the many characters. Not only does she create genuine sounding female and male characters, but even within a particular gender she manages to create distinguishable differences with accents and intonations.

And from her Southern accent to her Mexican American one, each renders the story that Kathryn Harvey has penned that much more tangible and real. Jennings also pays close attention to the timing of her delivery.

From the high suspense scenes to the more sensual ones, Ms. Jennings delivers each with maximum effect to heightening the particular mood being created by the book. All in all, I highly enjoyed the suspense and detailed plot of Butterfly.

This story is part of a trilogy, and I can't wait to see what new adventures await in Stars (Book 2 in the Butterfly trilogy). Source: Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review. I don't usually put my 'trashy' reading books on my book count, so when I picked up this one earlier this week I didn't bother putting it up on this site. I read this for the first time when I was a teenager, as it was one of the random books around in my house at the time, but I only had a vague memory of how it played out. The book is MUCH better than I remembered, with a good story that spans decades providing the framework for the private club that provides the book with its name. Butterfly I don't usually put my 'trashy' reading books on my book count, so when I picked up this one earlier this week I didn't bother putting it up on this site.

I read this for the first time when I was a teenager, as it was one of the random books around in my house at the time, but I only had a vague memory of how it played out. The book is MUCH better than I remembered, with a good story that spans decades providing the framework for the private club that provides the book with its name. Butterfly is a secret club that caters to women's desires at a steep cost, providing not only discreet and handsome Companions to serve their whims, but amazingly appointed rooms and situations to carry out their fantasies. The 'current day' portion of the book covers four women who visit Butterfly for their own reasons, following not only the encounters they have there but also how they learn from them for their own lives. The story of the owner of Butterfly comes out slowly, via chapters set throughout her life interspersed with the 'current day' stories, and the weaving of the timelines is very well done. There is a lot to go through in this book, from forced prostitution and abortion to standing up for oneself against a dismissive spouse or overcoming preconceived notions of what someone might be.

The end of the story is amazing and very well done, and while I've now learned there is a sequel of some sort, I have no idea how it would be done. The characters span the range from sympathetic to hated, and the descriptions are detailed but not overly done.

While the titular Butterfly club does lead to sexual scenes, they are not deeply graphic and while I would rate the book as an 'R' rating, that is more for some of the themes covered than for the sexual scenes themselves. I'm glad I reread the book, and pleased that the depth and layering of the story turned out to be so much better than what I remembered. My review was originally posted on my blog. I loved this book, there is no other way to start this review. It was written in 1988, but really other than the lack of things like cell phones, laptops, etc.you would never know it. I devoured this 500 page book in less than a 36 hour period, so for me that's probably about 5 hours of reading give or take.

I couldn't put it down, I just had to know what was going to happen next! The author does such a great job with the set My review was originally posted on my blog. I loved this book, there is no other way to start this review. It was written in 1988, but really other than the lack of things like cell phones, laptops, etc.you would never know it. I devoured this 500 page book in less than a 36 hour period, so for me that's probably about 5 hours of reading give or take. I couldn't put it down, I just had to know what was going to happen next! The author does such a great job with the set up, really she weaves the set up all though the story so you don't really know who is who until the middle of the book.

It starts off with the Prologue, which is essentially the end of the story, but no hint of who is who. She expertly weaves the present with the past to create an incredible story of female empowerment and revenge. I don't want to post any spoilers because this is just such a fantastic story that it would be a shame to ruin any of it at all. In the present we have 3 women who for whatever reasons are having trouble with their intimate lives. They seek out Butterfly, which is a 'boutique' fantasy service for women who can afford to pay for it. It's all completely anonymous which, obviously, adds to the appeal. As the story progresses we get to know each of these women and why they feel the need to use this type of service.

Very early on we are introduced to Beverly, she is a part of the society crowd in Hollywood. Her story unfolds as the book goes on. We get to know her little by little, but it's just enough to keep you intrigued.

We also learn that she is a major financial backer for a TV Evangelist in his bid for the Presidency. I love how she describes the Evangelist, it's exactly how I pictured them when there were so many back in the 80's and 90's with such scandal surrounding them. The other main character in the story is Rachel and she is the most intriguing as her story is told mostly in the scenes from the past. Her story starts when she is just an adolescent living with her parents in a trailer park in New Mexico in the 1950's.

As her story unfolds you begin to see how she fits into the story being told in the present, but really she is the main character of the book and she is phenomenal. This story is all about revenge and women taking charge of their own lives. Some would label this a 'Trashy' Novel, and maybe in 1988 it was, but it certainly isn't by today's standards. To me this was a cross between Danielle Steele and the better parts of Jackie Collins. It's a nice mixture that makes for a very good read.

Kathryn Harvey sure can tell a story! Her writing was just a joy to read and I know that I am going to be seeking out more of her books. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good mixture of things in their books.

This isn't really a romance, lovey-dovey book. It's more of a mystery than anything, there are elements of romance, mystery, intrigue. It's hard to explain, but it's definitely not your typical romance novel. Let me start off by saying that Kathryn Harvey's Butterfly is an excellent, EXCELLENT read and I am very happy to have been able to read and review it!

I went into Butterfly having already bunched it into a certain clique of books (BAD, CANDACE!) Google it and you will find Butterfly in the same sentence as Fifty Shades of Grey, with words like erotica thrown around every which way. So I thought to myself, 'OK, I'm ready for an erotic tale of romance, sex, romance, sex, and then true love winnin Let me start off by saying that Kathryn Harvey's Butterfly is an excellent, EXCELLENT read and I am very happy to have been able to read and review it! I went into Butterfly having already bunched it into a certain clique of books (BAD, CANDACE!) Google it and you will find Butterfly in the same sentence as Fifty Shades of Grey, with words like erotica thrown around every which way.

So I thought to myself, 'OK, I'm ready for an erotic tale of romance, sex, romance, sex, and then true love winning out in the end.' STOP RIGHT THERE! I couldn't have been more wrong if I tried. While some may classify Butterfly in the erotica genre, or suggest that you read it if you liked Fifty Shades, it is SO much more.

Butterfly is a well written novel, with believable characters and a strong plot. Kathryn Harvey's Butterfly is a story about life. Past regrets, lost love, hardships, success, revenge. If you picked up Butterfly looking for a romantic, touchy feely, chic lit novel, you have the wrong book. It is SO much more than that. Butterfly follows the life of Rachel, who during her first 16 years of life suffers from abuse, rape, prostitution, and a forced abortion.

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Let me be clear, Butterfly deals with hard subjects. The book follows Rachel for 35 years as she works extremely hard to earn money, prestige, and power. She feels that she needs to have power and influence in order to reach a place where she can exact her revenge upon Danny Mackay. Danny was the one person in Rachel's life that she thought she could count on, however he ended up hurting her the most. Every step she takes through adulthood is a calculated, thought out move in order to bring herself closer to seeing the downfall of Danny. Interwoven between the present day chapters are chapters detailing Rachel's past. However, Butterfly isn't just about Rachel, it also tells the story of a few other women.

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All are from different walks of life, but each have something missing in their personal lives. Jessica is a victorious, married lawyer; Trudie is a successful business owner who happens to be single; Linda is a twice divorced doctor. To fill the voids in their lives, these women find themselves members of a secretive Hollywood bordello- Butterfly. I found it very rewarding to see how all of the characters and Butterfly fit together as the story evolved. Harvey also threw me for some major loops. Just when I thought I had recovered from the last surprise, a bigger twist would be introduced. I truly loved Butterfly; the characters and smart writing especially.

Harvey succeeded in creating a touching story that left me wanting more. Luckily, the second book, Stars, is out and waiting to be read. Butterfly has found a place on the highly coveted Top Shelf of my bookcase; reserved only for the books I truly appreciate. If you are looking for a great summer read, Butterfly is for you. I highly recommend it (in fact, my Mom is currently devouring it on her Kindle!) Kathryn Harvey's Butterfly is not a novel to miss! Turner Publishing has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, Butterfly, for the purpose of review.

I read this book after my first boyfriend and I ended our relationship. While I've seen others write that this book is not really erotica or that it's about a poor making it rich story, I'm not really interested in classifying it as either. I flagged this as erotica only because of the women being satisfied by a club catering to their sexual tastes.

this is where it gets personal The reason why I rated this book with 5 stars is because even after close to 20 years, I still remember this I read this book after my first boyfriend and I ended our relationship. While I've seen others write that this book is not really erotica or that it's about a poor making it rich story, I'm not really interested in classifying it as either. I flagged this as erotica only because of the women being satisfied by a club catering to their sexual tastes. this is where it gets personal The reason why I rated this book with 5 stars is because even after close to 20 years, I still remember this book and it had a profound impact in my life. At just past 16 I experience my first bad break up in a relationships.

As a teen, everything feels more intense. I was pretty messed up over it and my self esteem had taken a terrible trampling. While I wasn't exactly suicidal, I was homicidal at times. I was so angry and I couldn't get out of the cycle. By chance, I found this book at a used bookstore. The women being pleased was what caught my eye. It opened up a new world for me.

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It let me know that there were other females out there who have felt as I did. Even better, they did something about it. They never let it set them back.

They didn't use it as an excuse to become a shadow of what they could become or settle for something less. Butterfly relayed to me, that a woman could make stupid mistakes but still overcome them. With enough hard work and applying herself and forgiving herself, she can ultimate earn what she wants.

While I understand this is a work of fiction, I internalized it. It helped me pull myself out of a funk and roughly 2 decades later, I assess where I am compared to my bruised 16 year old self. I'm successful and happy. Who knows where that asshole ex-bf is?

And now, who cares? For me, this book was a life changing event and a defining moment in my life. For me, it was personal and touched me.

I recommend this book to other women who have experienced unfortunate circumstances and think it will never get better. I'm here to tell you, yes it will. Don't let those bastards win! Your success and overcoming them makes them lose.

Originally posted at: Butterfly is an exclusive club for ‘lonely’ women, concealed within the confines of a high-end Beverly Hills men’s shop. Successful doctor Linda, high-powered attorney Jessica, and swimming pool contractor Trudie, are all members. Each is looking for that elusive something that will make their lives complete.

Each of these women are successful in their professions, at a time when these are male dominated areas. But who is the driving Originally posted at: Butterfly is an exclusive club for ‘lonely’ women, concealed within the confines of a high-end Beverly Hills men’s shop.

Successful doctor Linda, high-powered attorney Jessica, and swimming pool contractor Trudie, are all members. Each is looking for that elusive something that will make their lives complete. Each of these women are successful in their professions, at a time when these are male dominated areas. But who is the driving force behind Butterfly, and why? That is the real story here, and it is one of betrayal, determination and ultimately, of revenge. It is the story of Rachel Dwyer, and how far she will go to right the wrongs done to her.

This book is a fascinating look at the lengths one smart and determined woman will go to, in order to cause the utter humiliation of the one person who ruined her life. The various threads of what Butterfly is, what the three women, Jessica, Trudie and Linda have in common and who is behind it all are woven together with intricate care and detail, and encompassing more than three decades in the life of the main character orchestrating it all. Above all, this is the story of Rachel Dwyer and Danny McKay, and how things can go so terribly wrong sometimes. This book begins in the late seventies, at Butterfly, with the women who want to fulfill their fantasies and feel something.

Linda is looking for that elusive thing, an orgasm, after two husbands have called her frigid; she needs to explore herself and discover why. Trudie lives for her visits to Butterfly, not understanding why her Saturday night pick-ups don’t measure up to what she has at the club. And Jessica, powerful and successful as an attorney to the rich, powerful and famous, just wants someone to see her for the strong woman she is, not the inept and inconsiderate person her husband considers her. Each of these women discovers the cause of her particular difficulty and is finally able to move on, thanks to the men of Butterfly.

In this book, we meet Rachel when she is an impressionable fourteen year old, and she is already aware that she is quite unattractive, almost ugly in fact. When her father comes home drunk, he decides to try and have sex with her, but her mother knocks him out with a skillet and tells Rachel she needs to get away while she can, and thus begins Rachel’s journey through life. She meets and falls for Danny, but he sees her as just a means to an end. He takes her to a west Texas brothel, and sets her up with the madam, where even someone who looks like Rachel will be able to earn her keep. Two years later, Rachel is still there but Danny is moving on to bigger and better things, and finally tells her just what he really thinks of her, tossing her out on the side of the road, bleeding, after a botched abortion. This is where it really starts getting good. Rachel is highly intelligent, and extremely motivated.

She reinvents herself, and becomes Beverly Highland, one of the most powerful women in Hollywood by the time she is thirty. I loved watching as Rachel/Beverly recreated herself, all for the purpose of bringing Danny McKay down.

Everything she does is with one single goal; find a way to raise Danny McKay up as high as she can, just so she can destroy his life. I like Rachel’s strength of character, something she held onto no matter what life threw in her path. I also liked that she never forgot her friends, and was able to help them turn their lives around. Danny McKay is a scheming and egotistic man, always looking for ways to trick or cheat his way to the top.

He becomes one of the most popular and well loved evangelists, with millions of followers, based in part on the miracle he performed early in his career: bringing a man back to life during one of his huge revivals. He is sneaky, and will dispose of anyone who stops serving his purpose. It is this very trait that will bring Danny down, because every person he carelessly discards is then helped by Rachel and all of them become pawns in her war to destroy Danny.

This may sound like there are no happy ever afters in this one, but you would be wrong. Harvey has woven the threads here to bring happy endings for Jessica, Trudie and Linda, and even a happy ending for Rachel/Beverly. It is a story that spans the period from the Great Depression of the thirties through to the seventies, and I found it fascinating that the turning point in so many lives here was the death of President John F.

Kennedy, tragic though that was. If you are looking for a fascinating and intriguing trip trough the past, and the motivations behind what people will do to each other, I highly recommend Butterfly.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, Read this one years and years ago, and had an odd conversation the other day that reminded me of it. Butterfly is a book with something of a split personality, as if it's not quite sure if it wants to be women's erotica or one of those 'woman rises from poverty and makes multimillions' sagas that were so popular in the eighties.

There are two main plot threads, and while they do tie together, it's kind of a weird fit. One plotline concerns a poor, homely girl who goes through a series of over-the Read this one years and years ago, and had an odd conversation the other day that reminded me of it. Butterfly is a book with something of a split personality, as if it's not quite sure if it wants to be women's erotica or one of those 'woman rises from poverty and makes multimillions' sagas that were so popular in the eighties. There are two main plot threads, and while they do tie together, it's kind of a weird fit. One plotline concerns a poor, homely girl who goes through a series of over-the-top humiliations worthy of a V.C.

Andrews novel. Her greatest tormentor is Danny Mackay, her first lover. Years later, Danny has clawed and backstabbed his way to a promising career in politics.

His chief supporter is the glamorous Beverly Highland. (It's not hard to figure out who she is!) But Beverly has a few surprises up her sleeve. The other plotline centers on Butterfly, a high-class brothel for women. Staffed by a slew of hunks, Butterfly caters to women's repressed fantasies.

The scenes aren't all that naughty by today's standards, but they're fun. I don't think Butterfly really works as erotica, though, since the few smutty chapters are interspersed between tons of angsty chapters.

There are other issues, too-things that just don't ring right once you think about them for a few minutes. The one I remember best is: One of Butterfly's clients has an emotionally abusive husband.

When they have the fight that finally spurs her to leave him, she throws in his face that she slept with another man and paid for it. This is supposed to be her big moment of empowerment, and the husband is just sort of agog. But.this is a guy who loves to belittle his wife for not being pretty enough (in his opinion). I can see him being shocked at a regular affair, but when you add prostitution into the mix, a guy like that would be more likely to retort that she had to pay for sex because she's not pretty enough to attract a lover. It wouldn't be a grrl-power moment at all. A wonderful read!

Total female empowerment. Think of a group of 4 women that have been used, abused, and cast aside by men in their lifetime and sexually unsatisfied everytime to boot.

These four women become successful business women and they open up a little business. Catering to the fantasies of women.

Lots of successful women show up at Butterfly to pay for and recieve what they do not get at home. I found it to be a very original idea and enjoyed reading about women that shun traditional A wonderful read!

Total female empowerment. Think of a group of 4 women that have been used, abused, and cast aside by men in their lifetime and sexually unsatisfied everytime to boot. These four women become successful business women and they open up a little business. Catering to the fantasies of women.

Lots of successful women show up at Butterfly to pay for and recieve what they do not get at home. I found it to be a very original idea and enjoyed reading about women that shun traditional society and just get what they want, even if they have to pay for it. The only thing I found trashy (I have seen that word used in many reviews about this novel) was Trudie's sleeping around with a new guy just about everynight (outside of Butterfly). I also thought Beverly's revenge, though justified, was a bit elaborate. I think cutting off Danny's family jewels and shoving them down his throat would have been just as satisfying and much more cost effective. Danny is the current television evangelist that years before ruined Beverly's young life by throwing her into a world of prostitution at the tender age of 14. I also found I enjoyed reading about young Beverly more than older Beverly.

Felt like she lost her personality and character in the more 'modern' parts of the book. I found this one on the trashy book dollar rack at my local bookstore but I wouldn't classify this as glitter trash or smut, even though the back cover teases this. It's more of a slow, patient, obsessive revenge story with some Butterfly client stories thrown in. I think Beverly's character is a bad-ass but in a kind of cold, and borderline one-dimensional way like Clint Eastwood. Her lack of true character development made the climatic revenge scene the novel builds to sort of dissatisfying. I I found this one on the trashy book dollar rack at my local bookstore but I wouldn't classify this as glitter trash or smut, even though the back cover teases this.

It's more of a slow, patient, obsessive revenge story with some Butterfly client stories thrown in. I think Beverly's character is a bad-ass but in a kind of cold, and borderline one-dimensional way like Clint Eastwood.

Her lack of true character development made the climatic revenge scene the novel builds to sort of dissatisfying. I think the book would have worked better if Beverly had been given a tighter focus. Yeah, so I read a review of this book from a fellow blogger who couldn't recommend it enough, loved every page!

I swear they were as high as a kite when they were writing that because I've never read a book which has wasted my time more. This is why: One, the characters. Beverly and her horrific past. Don't get me wrong it was horrific however the author seemed to see her revenge as all and everything in her life and I just couldn't help but want more for her. I then got more and more frustrated Yeah, so I read a review of this book from a fellow blogger who couldn't recommend it enough, loved every page!

I swear they were as high as a kite when they were writing that because I've never read a book which has wasted my time more. This is why: One, the characters. Beverly and her horrific past. Don't get me wrong it was horrific however the author seemed to see her revenge as all and everything in her life and I just couldn't help but want more for her.

I then got more and more frustrated as it became more apparent that Harvey thought that a past is enough to shape a characters personality when it really really really doesn't. There were of course other characters but Harvey seemed not to bother with them. True she dedicated word space to them but I don't think she really thought about their characters beyond giving them each a female empowerment issue.

Truly do we only become true women once we have stood up against a man? Or needing a man to then realise our own empowerment?.I think no. But this message grated own me because I can see how she reached that conclusion I jsut think it's a damaging one. There isn't that much to say about the narrative apart from it was pretty much a reflection on the past and how it creates you future. Which I am also against, seeing as I feel that the past shapes you as a person which therefore impacts your future but does not shape it as I think Harvey beleives. All in all I would say never ever read this book. That is about it.

Then again if you do read it, please tell me how you get on. Because you are, of course, allowed to completely disregard my opinion:P. Above an exclusive men's store on Rodeo Drive there is a private club called Butterfly, where women are free to act out their secret erotic fantasies. Only the most beautiful and powerful women in Beverly Hills are invited to join. Jessica—The lawyer, who longs for the days when men were men, and women dressed to please them Trudie—The builder, who wants a man who will challenge her-all of her-with no holds barred Linda—The surgeon, who uses masks to unmask the desires she hides even from hersel Above an exclusive men's store on Rodeo Drive there is a private club called Butterfly, where women are free to act out their secret erotic fantasies.

Only the most beautiful and powerful women in Beverly Hills are invited to join. Jessica—The lawyer, who longs for the days when men were men, and women dressed to please them Trudie—The builder, who wants a man who will challenge her-all of her-with no holds barred Linda—The surgeon, who uses masks to unmask the desires she hides even from herself But the most mysterious of them all is the woman who created Butterfly. She has changed her name, her accent, even her face to hide her true identity.

And now she is about to reveal everything to realize the dream that has driven her since childhood—the secret obsession that will carry her beyond ecstasy, or destroy her and everyone around her! This book wasn't bad, but it was long and took me a while to get into. The main storyline was actually an interesting tale of revenge and could have stood alone. I found the stories about the women who went to Butterfly however, didn't really add anything to the storyline and were a bit of a distraction. Contrary to reviews that promote this book as sexy, or erotic, some even lumping it in with 50 Shades, it is none of that. There is no romance, and the few sex scenes are not in any way graphic This book wasn't bad, but it was long and took me a while to get into.

The main storyline was actually an interesting tale of revenge and could have stood alone. I found the stories about the women who went to Butterfly however, didn't really add anything to the storyline and were a bit of a distraction. Contrary to reviews that promote this book as sexy, or erotic, some even lumping it in with 50 Shades, it is none of that.

There is no romance, and the few sex scenes are not in any way graphic or romantic. The main story was a 3.5 for me but the distraction of the other storylines, which could have been a book on their own, loses a half star. You ever crave a a delicious, sinful treat? I remember reading this book as a teenager and loving it in all its trashy goodness. I had a yen to revisit this story, so I picked it and started reading from the beginning.

I went to bed at 4am after finishing it. And it was as good as I remembered. No spoilers, but fair warning - this book has NO redeeming social value. It exists for a fun read. If you read this expecting some degree of literary value, you'll be disappointed. Read it because it's fu You ever crave a a delicious, sinful treat? I remember reading this book as a teenager and loving it in all its trashy goodness.

I had a yen to revisit this story, so I picked it and started reading from the beginning. I went to bed at 4am after finishing it. And it was as good as I remembered. No spoilers, but fair warning - this book has NO redeeming social value. It exists for a fun read.

If you read this expecting some degree of literary value, you'll be disappointed. Read it because it's fun and you can enjoy every last drop of goodness. Was born on 30 January 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK. Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Southern California and attended Los Angeles Schools. After High School, Barbara attended the University of California at Santa Barbara but left to train as a surgical technician. During this time, Barbara held numerous jo was born on 30 January 1947 in Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK.

Together with her parents and older brother, she immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Southern California and attended Los Angeles Schools.

After High School, Barbara attended the University of California at Santa Barbara but left to train as a surgical technician. During this time, Barbara held numerous jobs, before she sold her first novel in 1976. A few years prior, Barbara met her husband George.

To date, Barbara has written 22 books, including two under the pen name Kathryn Harvey, these books are quite different from the Barbara Wood's novels and she, her agent and editor agreed that a pen name would serve to indicate the difference. She is an international best selling author with books translated into over 30 languages. The reader is transported to exotic countries that Barbara has meticulously researched to provide her fans with a true sense of the culture and history relevant to each story.

At the heart of every book, is a strong, independent woman. Currently, Barbara is busy working on her next story that will, no doubt, showcase an extraordinary heroine in an exciting and intriguing adventure. When not writing, Barbara often takes time to enjoy the work of other authors, and that of a certain well-known martial artist, whose name is listed among the 'Ten things you might not know about Barbara.'