"A Hilarous and Sexy Read!"
NYC hairdresser Kathy Bartlett has a low opinion of men and
cars. They look great, but overheat at the worst times.
Her ex husband was a prime example. A self-proclaimed sex
expert, his technique left Kathy cold, and that was before
he decided to warm up her best friend! The result, a speedy
divorce, but now the creep is sueing HER for mental
anguish. She calls her marriage to Peter Michael Stone a
major 'PMS' moment in her life.
The car has failed her as well. Christmas Eve finds Kathy
stranded on the highway with a sack of oddball toys she'd
picked up for a shelter. Waiting for the tow truck to
arrive she examines one of the toys. It's hourglass shape
and bank of amber lights give no indication of it's
function. Another Peter.
Spying the tow truck, Kathy grabs her cell phone, hair
supplies, and bag of toys, and climbs out into the frigid
December night. The chill convinces her she needs a
vacation. She makes a wish for warmth, and peace, in a
place with every modern convenience, and a man who would
indulge her every whim.
Suddenly 'Peter' kicks into action. With lights and colors
flashing, a voice very like Arnold Schwarzenegger's
quips, 'Hasta la Vista, baby!' The next thing Kathy knows
she's been cast back to sixteenth century Scotland to face
two bare male behinds. It's still cold, and conveniences
appear unlikely. The two men are arguing with a third.
Kathy fears the two plan to beat him. Before she realizes
she's interrupted a mere wager, she's sprayed their 'love
guns' with mousse, and made suggestions that have the two
brawny giants heading for the hills. The third man, Ian
Ross remains behind. He is beautiful and his voice is sex
personified. Just what Kathy didn't need. He believes she
has come to him seeking his skills as the clan's Pleasure
Ian knows everything about giving pleasure but nothing
about love. The skill had been passed down through the
first born sons, from the time his great-grandfather had
returned from an eastern harem to share the knowledge of
what he had learned there. The Pleasure Master can not
marry, nor have any emotional attachments. His students
require confidentiality. He cannot even form friendships
lest he arouse suspicion. Even so, he has enemies who would
like to put an end to his task. Ian has made his home in a
cave far removed from the village so that his pupils can
maintain their anonymity. He believes that he cares for,
and is cared for by no one, not even the two brothers who
shared his mother's womb.
The brothers have challenged Ian's right to the duty. The
test will require him to seduce a woman of their choosing,
a woman resistant to his charms. Kathy is chosen when it
becomes abundantly clear that she has no wish to involve
herself with another man who spreads his talents around.
Supremely confident in his abilities, he makes a the
brothers a counter wager. The contest is on.
Ian and Kathy's struggle is symbolized in an incredible
brass bed which Ian has inherited from his great-
grandfather, the first pleasure master. A bed Ian never
uses. On it are depicted passionate scenes, from those days
in the harem, which would rival the Kama Sutra. Ian
believes them be instructional. Kathy believes them to be
the chronicle of a great love. He tells her he would only
sleep there with a woman he loved, a certain impossibility.
But there is space for one more picture, and Kathy is
suddenly seeing possibilities.
Ian is so focused on lowering Kathy's barriers that he
never notices that his heart has become involved. He finds
himself thinking about only her and shirking his duties.
Kathy finds it increasingly hard to resist this sought
after man, who is truly so very alone. With hearts on the
line and enemies closing in, both realize that it's time
for Kathy to go home. If he loses Kathy, Ian will also lose
the bet, or will he?
The incredible sexual tension is offset by humor. Kathy's
cell phone continues to work in spite of the time shift and
her toys cause all kinds of trouble, especially 'Peter' who
appears to be doing it on purpose! The secondary romances
of the two brothers add to the fun. The Pleasure Master is
an amusing and sexy read.
Copyright © 2001
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted June 27, 2001