When vibrant, forty-something widow Annie Conroy spies her new neighbours having kinky sex in their back garden, she decides it's time that she too woke up and smelt the erotic roses. And where better to begin her daring adventures than the luxurious Waverley Grange Country Hotel, and its hidden den of iniquity: the chintz-clad but wickedly pervy Suite Seventeen?Under theWhen vibrant, forty-something widow Annie Conroy spies her new neighbours having kinky sex in their back garden, she decides it's time that she too woke up and smelt the erotic roses. And where better to begin her daring adventures than the luxurious Waverley Grange Country Hotel, and its hidden den of iniquity: the chintz-clad but wickedly pervy Suite Seventeen?Under the stern but playful eye of exotic master Valentino, Annie quickly discovers the shocking hidden depths of her own sensuality, and surrenders herself body and soul to his outrageous games of power. But when the Waverley's entire future hangs in the balance, and Annie has the means to help save it, dare she gamble on going one step further... and giving her heart to the mysterious man who's come to control her?...
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Suite Seventeen Reviews
This story is about Annie Conroy, a middle aged widow, exploring several different kinds of kink. There’s a lot more to the story, she’s also rich and has the power to save the Waverly Grange Country Hotel where the illustrious Suite Seventeen is located, but the plot didn’t draw me in as much as the richly developed characters. And the descriptions are amazing.I really didn’t expect to like this story–I’m picky about contemporary and have a hard time relating to older characters who’ve lived through more than I. But Valentino made the story for me. Because of him, this book sits with my favourites of the genre (most of which are written by Cherise Sinclair).When you first meet the man, he’s dressed in drag. Nothing against people in that lifestyle, but cross dressing isn’t my thing. I thought I’d hate it right then and there, but Valentino was fascinating. Everything he does has a reason, most often involving either his pleasure or someone else’s, and he makes no apologies for who he is. The erotic scenes are so much more thrilling when he’s involved and I found myself looking forward to the times the main character would get to see him.If you’re not easily offended, I would definitely recommend this book. And if you are…well, you might want to try it anyway. Portia Da Costa is talented enough to make you question what you consider normal, and tempt you to cross the lines.I give it four and a half hard shots. This review is also posted on No Angel Reviews. To read more of my reviews, click here: http://imnoangelauthorsblog.wordpress...
This is one errotic book and I will loking at more books from this author. Even with that said I liked the characters and thought it was a very fast interesting read
I felt I was tricked by the description of this book. This storyline was not what I expected. This story could have gone a hundred different ways that it did. This is story is about Annie Conroy. After spying on her next door neighbors, Maria and Robert, she starts to have strong sexual desires. One night she meets a mysterious man named Valentino and has a sexual experience with him, it opens up a world for her to explore her sexual desires.From the very beginning, the reader gets the feeling that Annie is sexually confused. She is easily stimulated by anything and everything. She is a 40 year old widow who has not interacted with a man for quite some time. After her night with Valentino she believes she is this superfreak. She tries to delve into this world of eroticism. Reading throughout the story, the author does not make her fit into this world. She was not kinky. She was coveting a world that she did not belong in. She tried something new and thought she was part of it, but she was still on the outside looking in. The reader does not learn anything about these characters, so it was hard to feel any sexual chemistry between Annie and Valentino. There was nothing interesting about these characters. And for them to fall in love after 3 days was absurd. The book was boring to me from the beginning. The author was caught up in descriptions of scenery that she loses the story. It also seemed as the chapters did not link together, even though it's a continuous story. I can truly say that this book was not for me and I will not be recommending it to anyone.
I liked it because it was different. However, Anne was a little too submissiveness for my taste.I had a hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars. I am glad that I read it, but the emotions were a little too difficult for me. There is a lot of erotic, kinky sex between a middle-aged woman and a georgous Italian man, who is 12 years younger. For much of the book, I felt uneasy and insecure. It reminded me of feelings a woman has when desperately attracted to someone who is gorgeous, desireable and unattainable. A man who would never be interested in someone like her.CAUTION SPOILERS:The story is told in the first person by Anne, a recently widowed woman in her mid 40s. She visits the Waverly hotel to meet someone who does not show. While waiting there, she is mezmerized by a georgous man dressed as a woman. He calls himself Valentina. They speak briefly and Anne is drawn to him. As she is waiting for a taxi to go home, she sees Valentina dressed in jeans with no shirt, walking into the nearby woods, now calling himself Valentino. She follows him. They have sex in the woods. The next night, she returns to the same hotel for dinner with her investment advisor Charles. Valentina is there again dressed as a woman and tells Anne she should have sex with Charles in a room with cameras. Some other oddities occur during that night with Valentino as well. The next day Anne returns to the hotel to discuss her bill and has another encounter with Valentino, who is dressed in a business suit, wearing glasses and going by the name Signor Guidetti, the hotel manager.The insecure feeling occurs because Valentino has never asked Anne out or initiated their meetings. Anne is the one going to him each day. He responds with kinky sex, but she doesn't know if he likes her, wants her or what he thinks about her. Anne feels like a lovestruck teenager and fears she's making an idiot out of herself.An example of how submissive Anne was follows. This was about their fourth time together. When they first entered the bedroom, she bent down and kissed his shoe and stayed in that position until he told her to get up. He had never previously told her to do this.I regret that the author did not answer two questions. (1) Maria (Anne's neighbor and friend) had certain connections to the hotel and always knew when Anne would be there, but the reader does not know how she knew. Maria also knew other things about the hotel that were never told to the reader. (2) What was the dollar amount Anne had available to invest and what was the dollar amount that Valentino received for his Ferrari?DATA:Story length: 257 pages. Sexual language: erotic. Number of sex scenes: more than eighteen. Setting: current day England. Copyright: 2007. Genre: erotic contemporary romance.OTHER BOOKS:To date, I've read one other book by Portia Da Costa. My 3.5 star review of Entertaining Mr. Stone Copyright 2006 was posted 5/25/09.
"Suite Seventeen," or ....how Annie Got Her Groove Back.....Forty-something widow Annie is jealous of her neighbors Maria and Robert's lively sex life, and decides that it's time to get herself back in the game by having some fun at Waverly Grange, an up-market hotel catering to guests with money and to those having 'singular' tastes. One evening at the hotel bar, Annie encounters Valentina, a gorgeous transvestite, only to discover later on that 'she' is actually Valentino, the hotel's manager...when Annie has torrid sex with him in the hotel's gardens. Annie is mesmerized by the hot and handsome Valentino, and falls quickly down the rabbit hole into all kinds of kinky goings-on with him. However, she's afraid that she's not young enough, experienced enough, or pretty enough to hold his attention. As they grow closer, Annie realizes that age is just a number and that sexuality can a very fluid concept....Perhaps I might have liked this book more if I was more comfortable with the characters. I didn't care much for Annie. I just don't buy that she falls 'in love' with Valentino in just a few days...'in lust'...maybe. She has sex with Charles, but is wholly caught up in giving Valentino a 'blow-by-blow' on the phone the entire time. She's silly and coy about her sex games with Maria and Valentino. And..I'm just not sure why Valentino needed to be a transvestite...what exactly did that add to the story? He's supposed to be this sex-on-a-stick Dominant who leads Annie into accepting her sexual self...but does he need to do that wearing crimson lame and stilettos? Maybe it's supposed to show the many components that make up sexual attraction, but it rather skeeved me out....So...lots better than just OK, but just not my cup of tea.
I don't get it. The descriptions were beautiful. The writing was really good. I wanted to think the characters were well rounded but they weren't. I wanted to know more about them. I mean...we know Valentino had the older woman thing but that's kind of it. Annie's husband died. How? Marie and Robert were interesting but still...not a lot of back story on them. I would have preferred to know more about the characters then see sex on every page. I am so tired of reading these erotic books by authors that think because they throw sex scenes on every page they can keep from having a story line. I'm here to say...NOPE. From now on, when I buy a book and all there is though the books is sex sex sex and ZERO storyline, I'm returning it to Amazon. This one is going back.
Ive read many Portia Da Costa and this is more romance than her books normally are. the story is good but from a black lace book I was expecting more umph! I had heard great reviews about this story so was expecting so much. I did enjoy it and took it as the escape that it is. Great story but not as much sex as I had expected. Not that thats a bad thing, but I wasnt expecting a story and the love between the two main characters was nice. Ill be looking at the hotel managers a little different now thats for sure!. Enjoyed the story but was surprised.
This was a 50 Shades Type of book. Very naughty but I liked it. It was a nice short read for a weekend day.
Forty something widow hooks up with twenty something cross dressing Latin lover. Unexpectedly hot. I think I've just developed a new kink!
Suite Seventeen by Portia Da CostaMs DaCosta really held my interest with this book from start to finish. It’s a keeper on my library self.