Review: The Pleasure Principle, by Jane O’Reilly


Part of a series? Yes, but this can be read as a standalone.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: Adult, erotica.

Genre: Contemporary, “romance”

Publisher: Carina UK

Pages: 75


An education…

When it comes to sex, shy and awkward Verity is as reluctant as a virgin. So imagine her horror and shame when her ex reveals her inadequacies to the internet? To prove that she’s not frigid, as claimed, she’ll sleep with the very next man she sees!

So when her boss, Cal Bailey, a man completely confident in his own sexiness, invites her to one of his legendary parties Verity leaps at the chance. She gets Cal right where she wants him but at the crucial moment her insecurities take over, leaving Cal confused and her frustrated!

Verity, convinced she can’t do it, is set for rejection again but Cal is a sexpert and he’s determined to turn Verity’s pain into her ultimate pleasure…





I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.


This novella is very hot and if you’re looking for a story based on the sexual discovery of the main character, then this one could be a good read. It barely took me two hours to finish it (in between tidying my place and talking on the phone for a little while). I think it’s a good alternative when you don’t have much time to read and you want something shamelessly sexual. 😉


So, you have a main character from which POV the story is told. She’s a woman in her twenties, dumped by an asshole who went out of his way to ridicule her online. She’s very emotional, doesn’t believe in her abilities to satisfy men in bed so she agrees to go to a very special party at one of her boss’s place.


Seems pretty common, right? Well, I can’t exactly say that it’s a unique novella or story, but it’s still working.


Cal and Verity are an interesting pair. I think it’s fun that the author doesn’t show us that it only takes one try for the male character to make the female forget everything about her issues, her hangups and her fears. It made it more believable and I enjoyed Cal’s determination.


Now, don’t get me wrong, there isn’t that much depth in this novella. You have a fairly good characterization considering the short length of this story, you have a plot that is working but isn’t overly complex and you have a writing style that isn’t stilted. It flows and I think I was in the mood for something light and not so difficult.


But, I must confess that there are a few peaks in both main characters’ psyche that let me believe that if the author would have wanted, she could have written a full length novel with some depth. Maybe even a more twisted plot. I’m pretty sure that I would have been onboard. 🙂


The ending is a little rushed maybe, and the characters’ feelings become too important too suddenly. At least, I didn’t have the opportunity to witness the build up. I saw the lust, the sexual chemistry between them, even a semblance of care, but actual feelings…not really;


I don’t regret reading this novella and I repeat: if you want an erotica novella, maybe you should give this one a chance.



3 to 3.5


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