Meet the MASTER OF ECSTASY. Darach Mackenzie is everything dark, dangerous, and delicious. His voice is a tempting slide of sin, and he's the primitive need that lives in every woman, no matter how much she denies it. But even five hundred years of sensual knowledge haven't prepared him for the woman who awaits him in his clan's ancestral castle.
HAPPINESS IS HER BUSINESS
In a distant future, Blythe works for Ecstasy Inc. to make people happy. That's her job, and she does it well. Company policy forbids the use of sensual solutions to cure unhappiness, and Blythe agrees that sex is a short-term fix. When her abilities are called into question, Blythe travels back to the Scottish Highlands of 1785 to prove that she can make anyone happy. She hasn't counted on a centuries-old vampire for a client.
Darach believes that sexual pleasure is the key to happiness. Blythe thinks that Ecstasy Inc. has all the answers. Neither one considers love as an option. They're about to discover how wrong they can be.
About the Author
The author of more than 12 novels to date, Nina Bangs has published with Dorchester and NAL. Nominated for four Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, she finally won in 2009 for Best Shapeshifter Romance (Eternal Craving).
Read an Excerpt
The Master of Ecstasy
By Nina Bangs
Darach MacKenzie watched the white cat from his tower window
and smiled. The slide of his lips across his fangs stirred the
familiar hungers: for nourishment, for sexual pleasure. The
two needs seemed always entwined. He pushed aside both. He
must first know what threatened him. His smile widened, a
savage baring of his teeth. He suspected his smile would not
be a comforting thing to see.
"Something passing strange creeps in on wee cat paws." His
murmur was soft, thoughtful, and meant for no human ears.
His smile faded as he raked his fingers through his hair then
allowed the strands to settle across his shoulders again.
Ganymede had brought another of his kind to aid him. It would
do him no good because even their combined powers would not
make Darach abandon his duty.
"'Tis a mighty nuisance ye'll be." He frowned. He knew not
what Ganymede and the cat were, but he'd felt their power, a
power that was not human. "Mayhap I should know what ye're
He focused his mind on the cat and slipped into her thoughts.
It was no hard thing to do. Not only did she do nothing to
keep him out, she seemed almost to welcome him.
As his thoughts touched hers, he widened his eyes. He found no
plans for death and destruction, only ...
Sex. Sex in all its conceivable forms. Naked bodies spread and
open to every erotic act. An explosion of sensual stimuli,
darkness, heat, and insatiable sexual hunger.
Darach stepped away from the window and turned back to his
room. She was a strange helpmate for Ganymede, but one that
Darach could understand. Both he and the creature masquerading
as a cat appreciated the joy of all that was sexual. And with
his heightened senses, all that was sexual was a wondrous
experience. Darach had lost many of his human characteristics
when he became vampire, but he had compensated. His smile
returned as his gaze touched his bed with its massive posts
hewn from native wood, its silken coverings, and its memories.
Aye, he had compensated.
He strode to the door then paused. Closing his eyes, he willed
his return to human form, breathing out sharply at the smooth
disappearance of his fangs like the sheathing of a cat's
Absently, he put his hand over his heart. Even after a hundred
years, his heart's beating amazed him.
With his eyes still closed, he searched for her, the woman he
had sensed but a short time ago. She was there in the room
beneath his, all warm female, a temptation to the sensual
hunter in him. He had meant to feed this night, but it would
do no harm to amuse himself first.
He would meet her, then go down with her to the meal Ganymede
had prepared for his guests. It would give him a chance to
measure the danger from Ganymede and the cat while they were
together. Ganymede would do nothing while all his guests were
gathered around him for fear of upsetting them.
His guests. Darach had heard Ganymede speaking to them, people
from far distant times who had paid Ganymede for the pleasure
of staying in this castle while they sought sensual enjoyment
from each other. But the castle belonged to Darach's clan, and
Ganymede had not asked permission to use it. Mayhap Ganymede
and his guests would experience far more than they had
Darach opened his eyes, settled his plaid across his
shoulders, and opened the door. Humor touched him, blunting
the hunger still gnawing at him. Ganymede's guests would find
much to upset them with their first meal. The vile odor
drifting from the castle's kitchen suggested a witch's brew.
Darach wondered idly if he would find all of them changed to
toads after eating. It would certainly solve his problem. With
that cheerful thought, he strode from his room and closed the
door behind him.
As he moved silently down the winding stone steps, he wondered
about the woman. Was she young or old? Would she meet him with
heated welcome or cool disdain? He could touch her thoughts,
but he chose instead to savor this small mystery. Though it
mattered not. If he wanted her, she would be his. It was
always so. He did not question why, only enjoyed what the
fates brought him.
Darach reached the bottom of the steps and stopped before her
door. He knew his smile was predatory and attempted to
rearrange it into something less threatening. He could not do
it. Shrugging, he raised his fist to knock.
Excerpted from The Master of Ecstasy
by Nina Bangs Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read 6 of Nina Bangs' 'vampire' books in the last two-three weeks and this is by far THE BEST! They are all exceptional but this book is a definite read! It offers love, betrayal,good and evil,sex, deception, suspense, comedy,and drama all in one book! I love books with strong women and this book as well as her others are known for their tough and strong-minded women! You fall in love with the main characters and find yourself routing for the bad guy to come out and play! Sparkle and Ganymede's adventures are never boring or predictable! If you love paranormal romances you will LOVE this book!
Nina Bangs has been coming on strong with her books and this is another in the long line of 'good reads'. It's a time travel, it's a vampire book like none other. Very refreshing tale! Bythe was born in the year 2310, where nearly everything - including life - is indestructible. The people live on and on and on, so they grow bored and bored lead to extreme depression - except in Casper, Wyoming where Blythe was been 'exiled' to do her job. A job that included reading her client's feelings and doing what she needs to make him happy - just sex it outside the limits. She crossed that limit in her previous assignment - hence the banishing to Casper. In order to prove she is worthy to get out of Happyville, USA, she has taken on a new assignment - A working vacation (immediately superior tagging along to report on her). She and her boss book a vacation back in history - 1785 Scotland to be precise to Castle MacKenzie (HUM - Miss Bangs please note that is SMALL k not large K!!) through Grannymead tours. We learn Grannymead and his companion - and oversexed spirit Sparkle Stardust are there to make trouble. He commands to Sparkle appear in cat form to help with his plans. Grannymead has booked the tour into the castle thinking it's empty. Everyone soon learns there is one Darach MacKenzie, owner - for several centuries - of the castle. He wants the tour gone, so Grannymead plans to kill the vampire for control of the Castle. Bythe is attracted to Darach, though she is not sure about liking a vampire. To make her confusion worse, her boss has assigned her - challenged - her to make Darach happy or else get fired - and no sex! How do you make a 700 year old vampire happy??? Toss in a deranged Buffy the Vampire fan from the present century who sees herself as Bully Jr. and who agrees with Grannymead the Vamp has to go, you have is one witty tale that will keep the readers guessing from page to page. Sure to please vampire fans and time travel fans looking for something a little different, and guaranteed to satisfy Nina Bang Fans!
Taking a trip back in time might not be your ordinary vacation choice, but not everyone has reformed demon, Ganymede, for a travel agent. Since Blythe does, she takes a trip from the 24th century back to the 18th. As an agent of Ectasy Inc. she is under one rule above all else, no sex. That should be easy enough to accomplish, especially since Ganymede's not reformed demoness helper is causing Blythe's fellow male travelers to not be attracted to women. However, there is a vampire lurking around, and he is a much greater challenge. Darach finds the future woman intriguing in more ways than one, and is determined to win her, despite the insane vampires attacking the castle, the wild women looking for immortality, and the fluffy little pink tribble type things following Blythe around. .............................. ***** If Ganymede is in a book, it's a guaranteed winner in the laughs department. Adding in his associate, Sparkle, and the giggles double. Ms. Bangs cleverly mixes action, humor, time travel, and vampires to make a charmer of a novel. The only problem is now I want one of the little fuzz balls sent to harrass Blythe with affection. *****
Master of Ecstasy is a paranormal romance that lean towards erotica without actually being erotica. It certainly has its share of sex, but I don¿t think it has anything more than a lot of other romances I¿ve read. What it also has is its fair share of humor, which cuts the sexiness quite a bit. The world-building is very odd, a mixture of 1700s Scotland and the future. I¿m not sure that I¿ll read any more in the series. It wasn¿t bad, it just didn¿t really hold my interest much.
A tick-the-boxes vampire romance. Scotland, check; vampires check; time-travel, check; culture clash, check, magic, check; I could continue but it's not that bad. Blythe (oh yes the Blythe Spirit thing is used on the cover) is on a holiday back to 1785 from 2339, when the world is overpopulated and longevity is taken for granted. He's Darach McKenzie, from a family of vampires who is in the castle to deal with some of the out-of-control vampires who are homing back to the castle as the ancestral home. They're attracted but not sure where this can go.Ganymeded and Spare are organising this romance-fest and trying to matchmake. It's not quite going to plan but no plan survives the first contact with the enemy.It's readable, fairly predicatable but entertaining. Not a keeper but not the worst I've read. Occasionally I felt like it was trying too hard but still not bad.
This book is about a vampire by the name of Darach MacKenzie and a woman named Blythe. Blythe lives in the future and takes a travel tour to the distant past which happens to be the Scottish Highlands of 1785. This is where she meets Darach. Blythe works for a company called Ecstasy INC which basically is a company that is hired out to make people happy. Blythe discovers Darach and decides that it is her job to make him happy. He on the other hand doesn't exactly feel like he is unhappy. She goes about doing her analyzing stuff to him and he resists the whole way. Darach feels sexual pleasure is the key to happiness and this is where him and Blythe have their turmoil. It was a fun story, easy reading and I like the way Ms. Bangs writes. There was some sexual content but I wouldn't consider it overly done. It actually went right along with the story and wasn't just thrown in for good measure. I thought the book was enjoyable and would recommend it for a good time travel paranormal type read.
I love all the books with Sparkle Stardust. Love the series
What an incredible read, I don't know how I've not come across this author before but I've certainly been missing out. The dark and deadly but incredible sexy Vampire Darach and Blythe, the strong independent 'woman from another time' are the central characters, with a host of supporting characters, including Ganymede and Sparkle Startdust, they are cosmic troublemakers, I love these characters, they are fun to read with the mischief they create. This book is incredibly well written and has it all, humour, danger, seduction, a talking cat ! Yep that's what I said, This is one trip you're all going to want to take, I'm off to search out more of Ms Bangs work and hopefully find some more of Sparkle Stardust and Mede's unique kind of trouble.
Sorry to all of you who loved this book, but it just wasn't something I enjoyed. I read it all, giving it a chance, because ever since I read Twilight and the Vampire Diaries, I have been OBSESSED with vampire stories. So I thought, "Why not give this one a try?" But to me, it just wasn't worth it. Bangs focused too much on the sexual aspect of the story rather than actually giving it a plotline to start out at. In other words, the only thing the story really gave the spotlight to was SEX. I think if she started the story out by letting us get to know the characters first, it would have worked out better. Again, I know a lot of people have absolutley loved this book, and in the department of originality, the book is great, but it's just not for me.