Review: Pleasure Me by Monica Burns

Reviewed by Jen

Somehow I missed out on this book when it first released back in 2011. That was a pretty spectacular feat, looking back and seeing how much some of my book buddies really loved it. Pleasure Me is chock full of some of my favorite tropes and while it wasn’t 100% perfect for me, I really enjoyed the story.

Lady Ruth is a 41-year-old courtesan who has just lost her protector to a younger woman. She must face the reality that she is growing too old to be an ideal mistress. It makes her question her self-worth and convinces her she will never find another man. Instead, she decides to focus on the orphanage that she runs.

Garrick is gorgeous and smart and powerful. He’s also 12 years younger than Ruth. But when he encounters her at a ball, he is helplessly drawn to her. The attraction only intensifies when he wants to buy the same property she does for his own orphan charity.

But here’s the thing, Garrick is a virgin. Yes, a delicious virgin hero. But he has no plans to change his virginal status. He considers himself deformed, and oddity no woman would ever want, because he has only one testicle. I chuckled writing that, but it was very serious business to Garrick. His one attempt to bed a woman ended in laughter and ridicule mixed with derision over his abnormality, and he swore to himself he would never invite another opportunity for a woman to hurt him like that again.

Unfortunately for Garrick, people are starting to notice that he has no lady loves in his life. There are even rumors that he might bat for the other team, so he concocts a plan to create the appearance of Ruth as his mistress. Only in his proximity to her, is he unable to keep the ruse from becoming reality.

This is my first book from Monica Burns and let me tell you, she is great with longing, angst, and sexual tension. I was glued to the page, waiting anxiously for every touch kiss and exchange between these two. They both fight their attraction so hard, Garrick because he did not want his secret revealed, and Ruth because of the age difference and her belief that Garrick would eventually dump her for a newer model. So big kudos for that. And also for the love scenes, which were hot as hell.

The problem I had was that these two drilled their insecurities into the ground. Long after Ruth had clearly accepted Garrick’s testicular state, he still did not trust in her when the chips fell. And, I swear to God, if I had to read about Ruth bemoaning her age one more time, I was about ready to jump in the book just to slap her mouth closed. I get that these insecurities were the hurdles to this couple getting together, but at a certain point, enough was enough for me.

That said, my irritation was not nearly enough to keep me from enjoying what worked so well here. Honestly, some of the scenes were so good, I stayed up way past my bedtime, unwilling to put the book down just so I could enjoy a few more pages. This was my first Burns book, but it won’t be my last. If you missed this one the first time, you should pick it up and give it a try now.

Rating: B/B+

*Book provided by author for review

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Pleasure Me
by Monica Burns
Original Release Date: March 1, 2011
ReRelease Date: September 25, 2017


  1. Glad you liked this one. I have read Burns in the past and really enjoyed her work. I am eager to read this one.

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