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A Pleasure To Read
on 1 December 2004
Kathy is a New York hairdresser with a vile ex-husband intent on suing her for emotional damage after he failed to satisfy her sexually. Great the court case is scheduled for Valentine's Day! Roped into playing Santa Claus, she makes a speedy trip to a toy store to buy presents for a kid's shelter when her car breaks down. Picking up Peter (a peculiar robot she bought due to its cheap price) she bemoans her fate and wishes for a totally subservient man. Unfortunately Peter thinks it will be far more interesting to grant the total opposite of her wish, so Kathy finds herself whisked to 16th century Scotland and into the arms of man who is definitely not submissive. OK so she's not happy to find that chocolate or coffee have yet to be discovered, but at least she has her hair products, a sackful of cheesy toys (including Peter and Suzy the singing flower) and her mobile, which strangely seems unaffected by time travel as she is still able to phone home (pardon the pun) and speak to her best friend Coco.
Ian Ross is the Pleasure Master, an inherited and legendary title denoting a sensually trained man able to bring total pleasure to any women. It is not until the mysterious arrive of Kathy, Princess of Hair, that Ian starts to question his existence. The Pleasure Master has no male friends (after all he may have bedded their wives, sisters or mothers)and as the eldest of triplets, he finds himself contesting his position with his 2 brothers. Caught in a wager to retain his title, Ian finds himself pledging to bring this strange foreign princess to his bed. Revenge is sweet though as he selects his brothers' possible conquests, one of which is Coco.
This book was incredibly funny in places, and Ms Bangs certainly writes with wit and imagination. The scenes of a minature gorilla marching to the tune of 'Macho Man' and a remote controlled model helicopter swooping over a rival clan had me in stitches. Kathy certainly knows how to use her toys to protect her man. This was my first book by Ms Bangs and after such an auspicious beginning, I will certainly be checking out her other works.