This time out, I have a new author, Jackie Barbosa with Behind the Red Door (Aphrodisia), a collection of three related stories. In 'Wickedly Ever After', Eleanor Palmer is determined not to wed Nathaniel St. Clair, Marquess of Grenville. He's highly unsuitable, a rogue of the first order, no matter how attractive he might be. While Nathaniel knows her father disapproves of him, Eleanor is tempting. Far too tempting. So when he arranges to take her to the brothel known as The Red Door, claiming her favorite author is known to go there, Eleanor can't possibly resist. 'Scandalously Ever After' has Captain Jack Prescott arriving at The Red Door and procuring the services of Calliope for an entire week. But he doesn't really mean to use her services at all. Calliope may be able to change his mind about that, but she knows he's only hers temporarily. 'Sinfully Ever After' has Nathaniel's sister Lady Jane St. Clair in love with her fiance and dear friend Gerard Everett, but Gerard is another first-class rogue, and Jane wants to tame him. So she poses as a potential courtesan at The Red Door to learn the sort of things he likes, and learn them from him. While I've been disappointed with the romance aspect in many of the books published under this imprint, this one actually fulfills the promise of erotic romance in each of this trio of stories while not skimping on the steamier aspects. I quite enjoyed all three tales, with their strong heroes and very determined heroines. I think Ms. Barbosa could be a star in this subgenre as long as she keeps this up. I'm giving this one four of Cupid's five arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!