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Released: July 2014
ISBN: 9781311762207
ASIN: B00LP0EN70
THE BLACK DOOR
Author: Charlotte Howard
Length: Novel
Genre: Erotic Romance
Price: $3.99

Imogen Pearce is a single mum of four children and fast approaching 40, she works at Ryedale Incorporated where she has to battle a younger and smarter generation to get to where she wants to go. If that means taking on the account of Cherry and Sean Rubin’s adult shop, then she will. But what happens when Imogen discovers the private club that they run at the back? And what happens when she realizes she knows quite a few members?

Excerpt
Men. All the bloody same.

My mind traced back to the day I had given up on one-sided monogamous relationships.

The children were at school or work, and the sun was beating down. It was a glorious day, and I had decided to go home for lunch, rather than spend it in a stuffy office.

I pulled up outside the house and a fleeting thought passed through my mind when I saw Connor’s car sitting in the driveway. My husband of eighteen years had had the same idea.

I crept into the house, hoping to surprise him. But, it turned out that his idea had involved a slutty bottle-blonde.

I wanted to blame the events that followed on a red mist descending over me. The truth is that in the time it took for my mind to register that some tart was riding my husband in what I later found out was known as reverse cowgirl, my mind had calculated the necessary response.

The skank lost a good handful of bleached hair, roots and all. I allowed her to gather her clothes and watched as she tugged her pants on whilst running out of the house. If nothing else, the neighbours got a good show.

Connor yelled at me. But his words were drowned out by the blood pumping in my ears. I marched back up the stairs and into his little study. Opening the window, I saw Miss Slut stood in the middle of the road, screeching obscenities at me. I looked at the Ferrari in our driveway and smiled.

I think his Xbox enjoyed its first and final flying lesson as it sailed out of the window. The fact that it landed in the bonnet of his prized mid-life crisis proved that Karma does exist.

Connor. Holly.

I made a mental note of the two names at the top of my imaginary hit list.

I blinked and I was back in the boardroom.

What the reviewers are saying
A beautiful experience
This is not the first Charlotte Howard book I’ve read, and it certainly won’t be the last. Her writing has seasoned and matured to the point of very near perfection . . . One thing that sets the author’s voice apart is the depth of her observations, the way she bares all, the lack of censorship . . . Everything about this novel is original. ~ M. Medler, Amazon UK

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Loved it!
Hopefully there will be a another book to follow. Loved the story and would like to know more, fingers crossed! ~ Paul, Amazon UK

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I am a new reader to this author but I have a feeling I will be seeking out more of her work in the future. She gave us a real account of what a lot of middle aged women face today, a cheating husband, becoming a single parent and having to excel in your career where the younger generation is taking over . . . Let me just say this now, the moment I knew I would love to have this woman as my best friend was when she admitted to having a secret hit list with her ex and his bimbo on the top . . . I really found that with each chapter I could relate to Imogen more and more as a middle aged woman who finds herself at a cross roads in life. She took what life handed her and made the best out of it; even gained a bit more thrill than she thought was possible. Normally I connect with the male character more than the female, but her fire and determination that was mingled in with her fear and insecurity melted my heart. It made that fight to not only survive but succeed even stronger, which I feel we need more female characters like that in the book world . . . This book and the author have made it on my list of books to reread and authors to watch. ~ Tbird London, Goodreads

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. . . this is an awesome tale that will keep your attention from the first page until the last. I loved every minute of sleep that I lost while reading this gem. ~ Huntress Reviews, Amazon

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So score one for a forbidden office love affair. Throw in the temptations of a private club sealed behind the titular black door and you’ve got the makings of one saucy erotic romance. ~ Laura Roberts, Button Tapper Reviews

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I love a good & unexpected BDSM romance read . . . this well written tale with a spunky & gutsy single mom with the unusual name of Imogene. She is an older woman, but like all single moms in our world they fight any & everything for their kids & sometimes lose their sense of being a woman along the way. Ms. Howard has a flair for steamy scenes, great characters & a great storyline . . . I would encourage all romance reader who love a steamy storyline to give this book a whirl & walk thru Ms. Howard's Black Door! I would read any other book she has . . . she has a flair for erotica! ~ P. McKenna, reader

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Gifted book for honest review
What can I say about this book.. It pulled me right in from the first page.. It was like living in imogen shoes walking right with her.. It had me crying and screaming -yelling and pissed off and laughing my ass off from chapter to chapter. this book was amazing and well-done.. pack full of hot and sexy playtime too. ~ Theresa, Amazon and Julie's Book Reviews

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This is one of the most original books that this reader has read in ages! One can never predict what is going to happen next in this sexcapade filled novel. The characters, are all likeable in spite of their flaws . . . Just when things begin to settle down, another crisis is thrown at Imogen and therefore, the reader. There is never a dull moment in this fast moving piece. It is well worth taking an afternoon to read this zany adventure and to finally learn what' behind the black door! ~ Belinda Wilson, Amazon

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I was able to relate to what she was going through, whether they were my or my friends’ experiences, of raising children on a daily basis. I found myself chuckling, nodding and shaking my head with a smile often. I found that it took some time for the story to get to the SEX – but was I being impatient? Do I prefer a book to get to it ASAP? Or is it good to sometimes get a book to build more, give more depth to the characters, and tease a little from time to time before getting to what we KNOW we want? That really depends on the reader of course. But as we all know, variety is a good thing :-) I especially liked that Imogene was close to my age, and was very…. Real. The story, characters, AND the sex are truly believable – it can be a work of non-fiction! ~ Read Love Lust blog

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I really enjoyed this book, to be a single mom and supporting your family and working a full time demanding job. Not just any woman can do this; although the author has created a very entertaining book she has also given us, the reader, an inspiration. This story is about ups and downs, love and trust and heart retching betrayals. This story had me pissed off crying, and laughing in the next breath. ~ Sony, Goodreads

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A beautiful experience
Everything about this novel is original. Don’t even think you can guess what’s through that keyhole. I will not give the plot away, not one bit, because I could never do it justice. There are so many aspects of this story that rang true with me, so many instances of ‘phew, I had a lucky escape when I was in her shoes’, and still, there was enough humour to lighten the mood and make it all a beautiful experience. “Adventurers Only,” says the cover. I took the leap of faith, and loved my journey. What are you waiting for? ~ Ella Medler, Goodreads and Amazon

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This book reminded me of Peyton Place on steroids but without the actors. I really liked it. I stayed up all night reading it. This poor woman had so many everyday problems hit her all at once, it is no wonder she at times got the screaming fits. But when the storm passes, we get the sun. The book was a roller coaster of emotions and revelations. ~ Rhonda Jones, Goodreads and Amazon

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Excellent novel!
The Black Door is a story that takes you on a ride of deceit, friendship and the murky underworld of what happens behind the black door......I've have read all of Charlottes work and this is up to her usual standard, it is exciting and keeps you guessing at every turn and reveals twists you were not expecting.....well worth curling up with a cuppa. ~ Dee, Goodreads and Amazon UK

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What can I say about this book.. It pulled me right in from the first page.. It was like living in imogen shoes walking right with her.. It had me crying and screaming -yelling and pissed off and laughing my ass off from chapter to chapter. this book was amazing and well-done.. pack full of hot and sexy playtime too. ~ Olivia Rofrits, Goodreads and Amazon

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. . . an escalating comedy Shakespeare would have been proud of . . . ~ Diana, Goodreads and Amazon

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Brilliant
Really amazing talented author can't wait for more books to be released. ~ Pigginperfect, Amazon UK

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Pure escapism
A really well written getaway.
I enjoyed loosing myself in the story, so much so that I can't believe I have finished and it's time to go back to real life. ~ Hayley Mills, Amazon UK

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Excellent novel!
The Black Door is a story that takes you on a ride of deceit, friendship and the murky underworld of what happens behind the black door......I've have read all of Charlottes work and this is up to her usual standard, it is exciting and keeps you guessing at every turn and reveals twists you were not expecting.....well worth curling up with a cuppa. ~ Ms. D. Barrett, Amazon UK

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The Black Door isn't your typical erotic romance. It's much more -- contemporary romance and romantic suspense, as well as a tale of revenge and forgiveness. Imogen finds herself in an all-too-common scenario of a suddenly single mother trying to make ends meet, while her philandering ex husband lives the life of Reilly. It's bad enough he's been cheating on her, but when other secrets begin surfacing, Imogen's life feel like it's shattering around her. Charlotte's voice pulls the reader into Imogen's story in such a sharp way that one can't help but see and experience everything alongside Imogen. It's not difficult to feel her struggle, and her path through the dark to a new life. This is an emotive story that one will want to try reading in one go. Charlotte has done an excellent job with this story and put a fresh spin on the genre, introducing us to a heroine we can't help but find engaging and likable. Great job, Charlotte! ~ Heart of Fiction

 

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