Book Review: Pleasure by Jacquelyn Frank

So I pulled this book out of the Half Price box o’ books my husband bought me.  I’d never heard of Jacquelyn Frank and let me tell you, if you like paranormal romance that’s heavy on the romance, this writer is for you.  The sex scenes in her books are vividly described and frequent.  It’s more like romantic erotica.  I get it if that’s not your thing.  To be honest, this is the first book that I’ve read in the paranormal romance category that is so focused on the sex.  All that being said however, the story line itself is quite good.  Had she left out the romance (or even just shortened the scenes) I think the book would still have been just as good of a read.  If you’re looking to get your fire burning though then I suggest you pick up a Jacquelyn Frank book today.  She’ll get your motor running. 

This story actually has dual stories running at the same time.  One is between Guin and Malaya and the other is between Sagan and Valera.  In truth, I wish that the Sagan/Valera story had been fleshed out a little further.  I would have liked to know more about them and well… how things were going with them I guess.  There is some light humor in Valera’s character which I appreciated because it’s about her cats and her love for them and let’s just say that I share the same love of furbabies that she does. 

The story between Guin and Malaya is a bit frustrating just in the fact that you wish that Malaya would catch on already!  Truthfully I don’t know that any woman is really that dense. 

There’s definitely some shock factor in the book regarding twists and turns that you don’t see coming.  It’ll keep you on your toes. 

I enjoyed the read enough to pick up another one of her books which I’ll tell you about in a later post. 

Synopsis from Jacquelyn Frank’s website:

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…

What are you reading these days?

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