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"double the PLEASURE...two love stories in one book"

Sagan, who is taken prisoner by the evil Acadian's henchmen, is saved by a most unlikely source, Valera, a witch. Witches are the enemy of all Nightwalkers, and they are hunted because of the evil they do upon the Nightwalker races. However, Valera is different and Sagan can sense her goodness. Valera and Sagan fall in love, but she is a human witch and he is a Shadowdweller.

Meanwhile, Malaya, one of the Royal Chancellors for the Shadowdwellers is having problems with the Senate, because they wish to force a marriage on her in compliance with an archaic law. Unfortunately, Guin, Malaya's bodyguard and most faithful friend, is secretly in love with her and takes exception to the Senate's decree. All the while, the evil Aradian plots behind the scenes to cause pain and gain power.

PLEASURE tells two love stories in one book, and while Sagan's story is the shorter of the two, it is complete and very sweet. This reader is glad that tough, loner, Sagan found someone. There is, also, a chance for understanding and healing between some of the witches and the Nightwalker communities. Valera is a great character, and her cats are a real hoot. These cats have the right attitude and say exactly what I imagine cats would say.

Malaya and Guin's relationship is much more of a struggle. Mainly, because the long-suffering Guin, who is low born and a former assassin, thinks himself unworthy of Malaya and keeps his feelings hidden. When it seems that a loveless marriage is to be thrust upon Malaya, Guin can no longer suffer in silence. Malaya is a bit dense about Guin's feelings and unaware of her own growing love, but she refuses to lose him. These two make a great couple-- they balance each other and make each other a better person.

PLEASURE is aptly named, for it is a great pleasure to read and makes a wonderful addition to the Shadowdwellers series. I'm totally absorbed in this series and hope to see many more volumes taking place in this unique world.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted December 26, 2010

SUMMARY

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 world of the Shadowdwellers forever...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...

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

 

Pleasure
(The Shadowdwellers: Book 3)
by Jacquelyn Frank

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
August 1, 2009
Available: August 25, 2009
ISBN #1420104241
EAN #9781420104240
354 pages
Paperback
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