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Master of Pleasure (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jun 2005
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A Brides Betrayal
By order of the king, Lady Meiriona is to be given to a bastard warlord in marriage. Rather than see his daughter and his lands in the hands of a Yorkist, Meirionas father ambushes Godric Montgomery when he comes to claim herbut only after a kiss shell never forget
A Bastards Revenge
Sold into slavery in the East, Godric becomes the plaything of an Arab princess. And when she gives birth to his daughter, he is given the child and set free. Seven years of his life have been stolenand nothing will stop him from exacting his vengeance upon the woman who betrayed him
A Slave to Desire
Over the years, Meirionas dreams have been haunted by Godrics passionate touch. On the day she becomes the wife of another man, he returns to ruthlessly take what is his. Though Meiriona vows to resist her captor, a traitorous hunger for him consumes her. The slightest surrender of her body inflames Godrics soul, setting a battle-scarred warrior against a new foehis own heart
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Godric placed his hands on the tree behind her, enclosing her in a prison of muscle. His body enveloped hers, and his comforting campfirelike scent surrounded her. He leaned forward until his chest grazed hers.
White-hot sensation skittered down her spine.
"It would not be like that at all," he whispered, brushing her forehead with his lips. "I feel how your skin responds to my touch. I feel your heartbeat."
"That is anger and fear."
His hands traced a slow trail down her shoulder. Leaning away, he allowed enough room between their bodies to rake his fingernail softly across her nipple. Sensation arced from her breast to her womans core.
"This, my lady, is neither anger nor fear," he murmured.
Although the dress and shift were between them, she felt naked. She gasped and pushed him back, not wanting to experience the desire curling in her stomach.
He took a tendril of her hair and twirled it between his fingers. The strand glistened red-gold in the sunlight. "Your passion matches your hair."
She shook her head. "Everyone knows red hair is unlucky."
"Men make their own luck by following their passion. And yours awakens each time I touch you "
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It's not that it's badly written -- it's a readable book. It's just so - mediocre. There is nothing particularly original about this story (the author's first). There are some flashes of interesting dialog, such as when the hero, refering to his imprisonment, says he thinks he was thrown away by God; or when the heroine, victim of a prudish upbringing, thinks that her sexual feelings for the hero are wicked. But these flashes of originality are just not followed up. The romance between the hero and heroine is pretty standard fare; if you've read a great many romances, you'll be finding some familiar scenarios and sub-characters.
The author had a great opportunity, given the hero's history of enslavement in a Turkish harem, to give the romantic scenes some unique "umph", but this history is never built upon. (The reader is told the hero was a sex slave, and later on we learn he'd brought back some toys in a trunk - and that's it. He does use the toys on the heroine, in their one & only sex scene, but in what I can only call a blase sort of way. Emma Holly, this is not!)
Even as a revenge plot, the story never took off either. The hero kidnaps the heroine, in revenge for the enslavement he experienced thanks to her father's machinations. But her family is, like, OK with the fact that she's kidnapped -- there's no real effort made to get her back! Even when her little brother follows her, no one from the heroine's family (including her husband?!) gives enough of a damn to send out a negotiator?
Even the time period isn't well utilized. It's set in the Wars of the Roses, but it might just as well have been William the Conqueror's time, or any medieval period, for all this exciting historical period is brought into the story.
And there was definitely something weird about the heroine's husband (who's also her uncle, no less), who keeps saying at the end, "I loved you" over and over - about the heroine's FATHER. Just a tad yucky.
As a freshman romance writing effort, it's not all bad, but I think the author needs to develop her own voice. I kept wondering if she was reading other writer's romances while trying to write this - because most of it seemed so familiar.
The year is 1470, and Lady Meiriona is the pawn in a deadly political power match between the house of Lancaster and the house of York. The book opens with a bang as Meiriona prepares to betray her Yorkist bridegroom and the King who ordered her betrothal. Unable to defy her father, Meiriona begs him to spare the life of the (...) warlord, for she's seen too much of death. Godric of Montgomery, however, is anything but grateful after he's sold into slavery.
Seven long years pass before Godric wins his freedom, but he's not forgotten Meiriona's treachery. Now the father of a (...) daughter sired in captivity, Godric is determined to provide a home and a future for his child. To do that, he seeks retribution for the actions perpetrated by Lady Meiriona and her father. So he steals what is rightfully his by order of the King: Meiriona.
This story is packed with action, adventure, and sexual tension. But that's not all. Despite the seemingly overwhelming conflict between Meiriona and Godric, there are moments of absolute hilarity. If that's not enough to send you to the bookstore, here's the best part of all: two wonderful lead characters you will root for from page one. Oh, and did I forget to mention how skillfully the author draws the reader into the setting?
Don't miss this fabulous debut by Jessica Trapp!
On what he thought would be his wedding day, Godric instead finds himself taken captive and sold into slavery. He spends the next five years as a sex slave to a sheik's daughter. After fathering her child, he and the baby are set free and he is off to seek his revenge.
On what is supposed to be her second wedding day, Lady Meiriona finds herself taken captive and carted off to Godric's home.
Will these two star-crossed lovers overcome the pain of the past to find happiness? Of course! But Ms. Trapp sets up fun and sensual bumps in the road for them along the way.