Gorgeous, narcissistic, self-absorbed Lance Packhard is a sex therapist specializing in Awakenings, helping anorgasmic women find sexual fulfillment.
Lance's spare time is dedicated to the cult of his body-beautiful and writing a how-not-to book titled "Sexual Secrets of a Sexual Surrogate". His personal life consists of Sunday tea with his grandmother, and a monthly night-out with his best-friend, George. Oh, and no sex, none whatsoever... When a ruthless mother offers him an enormous sum to seduce and impregnate her 36 year old daughter, Millicent Deafly, a debt-ridden Lance hesitantly agrees. However, Millicent is not into sex, and definitely not into him. She's chosen the other end of the sensuality spectrum and is heavily into food. She is bright, bouncy and joyous, uninhibitedly plump and natural and completely dedicated to her palate. The only way Lance will get her attention is if he dabs garlic oil on his nipples. Determined to get close to her, Lance creates an alter-ego - sweetly shy Wilfred Pecklise - and takes a job at her Dinner Club, Guilty Pleasures. Guilty Pleasures caters to the flamboyant and the eccentric: super-models pigging out, thrash-metal rock stars with penis-piercings and their loving grannies, the survivors of dead billionaires, and many more oddities. Lance finds himself immersed in a sensuous world of scents, tastes, and color, and befriended by Serge Moreno - a homosexual black dwarf who was once a prostitute in Istanbul, a fluffer in skin-flicks in Vegas, and is now a celebrity Chef in London. Ironically, Lance's is not only failing to seduce Millie, but falling madly in love with her. Balancing the two lives: his and Wilfred's, his alter ego's; becomes next to impossible when his geeky best-friend George suddenly ups and marries a sophisticated French author, and decides to hold the reception at Guilty Pleasures... Praise for Guilty Pleasures Elise de Sallier Best-seling Romantic Author of "Innocence" and "Protection" The very first page of Guilty Pleasures saw me laughing out loud. By the last page I was close to tears. In between was a beautiful, engaging, colourful, delicious, funny, enthralling, gut-wrenching, erotic and heart-warming ride. The characters were multi-dimensional, the plot unique, and the storytelling an absolute delight. Thank you Manuela Cardiga for this fabulous story! Elana Sabharwal Author of "Delhi Deception" Debut author, Manuela Cardiga, arouses all senses in her stunning novel of epicurean and sexual pleasures. Guilty Pleasures is hilarious, entertaining and erotic. Cardiga has an uncanny understanding of our deep rooted emotions and relationship with all thing pleasureful, but guilt inducing. Her main protagonists are wonderfully flawed, yet at heart, both as courageous and romantic as long forgotten princesses and knights in shining armor. Beautifully written, in at times Victorian-like prose, Guilty Pleasures is a must read and will surely satisfy most readers' hedonistic side. Janet Grace Riehl Poet and Author of "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary" Cardiga's writing is rollicking and elegant--a rare combination. Her wry humour, careful observations, imagination, and erotic evocations redefine and expand our understanding of sensuality--found anywhere we are open to it.At heart "Guilty Pleasures" explores a time-honoured theme: If love opens us--spilling out both our beauties and secrets--can we embrace our fragility and that of the person we love? "Guilty Pleasures" graces us with literary layering. We see Lance Packard's book "Secrets of a Sexual Surrogate" become a sensitive manual on how to fully love a woman and make her happy. I'll definitely be handing that to my next lover! Cardiga has given us a world that's a joy for readers to belong to, and inspiration to take back to our real life worlds when we close the cover.
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Negar Arvanaghi's review Sep 23, 13
4 of 5 starsRead in September, 2013
Warning: Do NOT read this book if you are even remotely hungry.
This book was sexy. I do not mean sexy as in erotica, although there was plenty of sexytime. I mean sexy as in erotic. The tagline should read : "Food is Sexy"
Andrea (mrsaubergine) rated it 5 of 5 starsI defy anyone to read this book and not wish it was scratch and sniff! The food in it is to die for, and the relationship between Lance/Will and Millie is equally fantastic, full of lust and UST. Guilty Pleasures has a great deal of humour alongside the romance and food porn. Some of the chapter openers - snippets from Lance's book (which I REALLY want Manuela to write next!) - had me laughing out loud for days. And can we pause a minute to appreciate the cover... *sigh* I highly recommend this wonderful debut novel
Kathie (katmom) rated it 5 of 5 starsThis was such a FUN book! This is not your basic Porn WithOUT Plot. Yes, it IS erotica, but it's all wrapped up in a cute, funny, steamy, sweet, YUMMY story!
Lance has been hired by Millie's mother to make her a grandma. He is hot, and he KNOWS women and what makes them tick. Well, he knows most women, but Millie is something else.
Each chapter starts with a quote from Lance's WIP, Sexual Secrets of a Sexual Surrogate. I enjoyed these little tidbits. I also need a cookbook from Serge!!!
Jami rated it 4 of 5 starsThis was a very unique and interesting read! This book combined elements of humor, romance, cuisine, and sex advise, all into one story!The attention to detail makes this book every chef or food lovers dream come true! This book is wrapped up with romance and friendship, intrigue and mystery. I enjoyed this story and you will too!
ChattyKat rated it 4 of 5 starsI picked this book up while browsing through the erotica section but I'm not really sure if erotica is the right category?? It's actually mostly about food with the slow building romance coming in second place. Most of the "steam" occurs after the 50% mark... In order to really like this book you need to be someone who appreciates and loves food and having it described to you in such detail it makes your mouth water. This book made me very hungry...And not just for food.
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