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Pleasure by: Jacquelyn Frank

Sep 27, 2009

*** SPOILERS ***

Beyond our world lies a land where darkness reigns—the land of the virile, sensual Shadowdwellers. Yet their mysterious abilities are no match for the power of desire…


As Chancellor of the Shadowdwellers, Malaya’s first duty is to her people. Her bodyguard, Guin, knows this only too well. For tradition’s sake, Malaya must marry, and the thought of this lush, vibrant, woman in a loveless union is impossible for him to bear. Guin loves Malaya—not as a subject loves his queen but as a man craves a woman. And even if he cannot keep her, he’ll show her everything she stands to lose…

Discipline. Penance. Order. A Sanctuary priest’s life revolves around such things. But when Sagan is taken captive and thrust into the Alaskan wilderness, he encounters a woman who challenges his faith and his self-control. Valera is a natural born witch who almost lost herself to the lure of dark magic. By rights, Sagan should shun her, but convention will count for nothing in the face of a passion that could change the realms of Shadowscape forever…

       First off I am a HUGE fan of Jacquelyn Frank. Her NightWalker Series is one of my favorites. Elijah.......*repeatedly quirks brow* Can you say YUMMY !!!!!
     *Blushes* Ok back to Pleasure. Pleasure is the 3rd book in the Shadowdweller series. It's a pretty good book, but not my Fav. of hers.

     1st~ She made it a 2 part book. First half is Sagan & Valera's story. Second half is Malaya & Guin's Story. Which i don't mind split books by any means, but she only gave Sagan 7 chapters. I would have so liked more of his story. Especially with who his women ends up being. I know this isn't the Nightwalker Series but they do tie together, and magic users are a big part of that series.
     The cats.....OMG, i love the talking cats, especially Ulysses. I enjoyed the cats can talk to Sagan & Valera, and their additudes. That's great !!! I would have loved for them to have more of a part in this book also.

     2nd~ Not the book itself  but the entire series, her writing style seems a bit different to me. Jacquelyn is definitely a little more blunt in writing the sex scenes in this series. For example:

Nightwalker Series:
...clutching him to her so she could shift her hips and rub her heat against the hard length of his sex.

Shadowdweller Series:
...He disregarded her limp sated state and set his cock in the hot wet bath of her sweet pussy.

*Blushing*  WOW!!!
      For me the sex scenes just didn't fit the characters. Guins, yes. Malaya, no. Her personality during the sex scenes, compared to the non-sex scenes just seemed liked split personalities to me. Don't get me wrong , her writing is still very good. Just different for me in this series.

      As for the story line i liked it very much. I liked how Malaya & Guin have a past together. * Shakes head in shame* Even though Malaya was BLIND for all those years. *tsk,tsk* But still i liked how they didn't just meet, and one of them falls in love with the other in 2 freakin seconds. It's refreashing to see.

      Malaya and the arranged marriage..... *cringes* Ewwwww. I could not imagine being in that situation. I don't care if i was a Queen, or if it would look better to my people. Nope, nonya, nada. Wouldn't do it. I want Love. *Sigh* I want physical & mental attraction and affection. I could not marry someone i didn't love. I am VERY happy the way Malaya worked around the arranged marriage. She gets to get married & have babies with who she wants and loves. Plus she is still following the law by getting married. *Sticks out the tounge* In your face council......HA!!!

       Daenaria & Magnus. This was a good part, but very sad. *Teary-eyed* I can't believe she actually lost the baby. I'm soooo glad Daenaria gets to be there when the evil bitch dies. She so deserves to be a part of that!
       Now the evil bitch in this is great. Trying to figure out who she is, is ming boggling. I loved that it kept me on the edge of seat. Definitely great writing on keeping you in the dark. A+ on that. Everytime something came up about her you i finally get to find out who the evil bitch is. I liked that !

       Overall this was a great book. I highly recommend the entire series. But make sure you  start with the Nightwalker Series first !!!

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2 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

JoJo September 27, 2009 at 1:06 AM  
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Book Chick City September 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

I know what you mean about sex scenes like that. I have just read a book with the same words and it really didn't fit the book and it just made me cringe. I'm not a prude at all and when it's right a bit of sex is great but when it's wrong, oh. is. it. wrong. Great review, and you wouldn't have known it was your first if you hadn't have said. :)

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