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Pleasure (Shadowdwellers Series #3)

Pleasure (Shadowdwellers Series #3)

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by Jacquelyn Frank

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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. . .

<CENTER> Double Your Pleasure. . .</CENTER>

Discipline. Penance. Order. A Sanctuary priest's life revolves around such things. But when Sagan is taken captive


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. . .

<CENTER> Double Your Pleasure. . .</CENTER>

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. . .

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Shadowdwellers Series , #3
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Hi there. It's me! Again. Time to update some more. Trying to keep up with this and realizing I haven't updated this since 2012. (It's 2015 right now) I've expanded my online presence to include Facebook and Twitter, a website a blog and every other bleeping thing there is out there in the cyber world. Was finding it hard to manage all that exposure and get work done at the same time. I am writing under two names (JAX is for my steamier stuff...and yes, it does get steamier!) And I am in over half a dozen languages now! INCUDING a full line of NIGHTWALKERS audio books with the glorious narration of the superb Xe Sands. I'm thrilled with the job she did!

NIGHTWALKER, the final book in the NIGHTWALKER series has just debuted and my fingers are crossed that it will do well.

I'm still living in Asheville, NC. My kitty family has dwindled to a mere eight cats. I was fostering and...I found it so hard to trust anyone would give them a better home than me! Is that ego or arrogance or just trust issues?

Email will always be welcomed. I am a tech queen and my laptop has grown roots into my thighs. (And my bottom has grown them into my recliner). I am so thrilled about all of my books and I want to know what everyone thinks of them! I think it would be fascinating to hear what my readers would like to see happen in the Nightwalker world as the series ends. I receive emails at jackifrankwrites@gmail.com these days. Feel free to say hi! 

If you haven't tried me, please do. I always recommend starting with JACOB. Or if you don't want to invest in a series, go for DRINK OF ME. It's a stand alone. 

Hugs and Kitties,
Jacquelyn Frank

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Pleasure (Shadowdwellers Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Below ground in Alaska is a concealed city that humans are unaware of its existence. It is the place where the Shadowdwellers race reside. The underground is darkness as even the slightest ray of light can kill these people. Sanctuary priest Sagan is kidnapped by a serial torturer killer and her minions; they bring him to the house of Valera, a born witch. She uses her magic to kill his captors shocking the underground priest that a human magic user has no taint of evil oozing from her. Magnus, the head of Sanctuary, wants Sagan to bring his beloved Valera to the "dweller" city to demonstrate to the Night Riders that not all magic practitioners are evil. The senate governing the Shadowdwellers is trying to force Chancellor Malaya to marry a person of their choice and produce an heir. Her bodyguard Guin, who has protected and loved her (unrequitedly) for fifty years, detests his beloved having to marry a man not of her choosing. Unable to cope he leaves her for the first time in five decades. His departure makes Malaya realizes what she has taken for granted and how much she loves her bodyguard. Acadia, whose uses another name in the senate, attacks Magnus' wife and Guin, leaving it to the outsider Valera to mitigate damages although few Shadowdwellers trust her. Thus ends the exhilarating Shadowdweller trilogy (see ECSTASY and RAPTURE) and while the enjoyable story line fails to wrap up everything in a nice tidy package, readers will gain much PLEASURE from this fine entry that hopes for peace amidst the night walker species. The romantic subplot between Guin and Malaya is fascinating as he tries to hide his feelings especially his ire over what the leaders are doing to his beloved while she fails to see him beyond a trusty protector and to a degree friend. The other romantic subplot is also terrific as the human witch and the Shadowdweller are natural enemies. Jacquelyn Frank is a master fantasist who makes her paranormal earth seem real with a spark of hope for peace, but frankly this is an author known for her twists and spins. Harriet Klausner
Jill_Hoog More than 1 year ago
Ok, first I have to say that I absolutely love all of Frank's books in the Shadowdweller and Nightwalker series. If you read the back cover or online synopsis of this book they lead you to believe that this book is about Sagan's story and Malaya's. The author devoted about 20% of the book to Sagan, and the other 80% to Malaya. While Malaya and Guin's story was still enjoyable, it would have been way better to read more about what happens to Sagan and Valera. I kept waiting for her to switch back to them. I felt like there were so many unanswered questions about quite a few of her characters and she sort of kept us hanging. I really do hope that this truly was not the last book in this series.
C3_1991 More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting this to be two seperate stories. Both were ok but I wish Segan's story would have been just as long as Malaya's. Segan's part ended so quickly. It left me with a million questions. It would have been great to see Val entering his world, meeting people, etc. Not to mention how people reacted to the changes in Segan's status. It left me wishing there was more but not finding it. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Frank for a couple of years now and love her work. Please try and read her series in order, it's easier to understand the world she has built. I knew that Malaya and Guin would get their story. A couple of readers suggest that this work is disjointed because it starts off immediatly with where book 2 leaves off with Sagan's dissapearance and we get his story and it introduces his mate. And then we get Malayas story. As a reader, you need to treat this book as two novellas under a single title, and again, I encourage the reader to start with book 1 for world building and character references. Sagan's story being a novella works just fine and Malaya doesn't need a complete novel as her story with Guin really picks up in book 2. I cant say another thing without "spoilers," but do read her books, they are wonderful.
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
Pleasure was more of two and a half novellas spliced together rather than a full novel with a continuous storyline. It took me a while to warm up to the book. Sagan played such an insignificant role in Ms. Frank&rsquo;s other novels, I really had no interest in him. Unfortunately, the way the storyline played out, at the end I still had no interest in Sagan or Valera. One item that continued to bother me with the Sagan/Valera story line was the lack of urgency. I had this issue with the characters in Rapture also. It reminded me of Stephan R Covey&rsquo;s self-help book &ldquo;The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People&rdquo; in which he talks about the Time Matrix activities which includes four categories, urgent/important, urgent/not important, not urgent/important, and not urgent/not important. For Nightwalkers, everything seems to fit into the two Not Urgent category, which doesn&rsquo;t seem to make sense to me. Think about it. If our President&rsquo;s life were in danger, it would be bumped to the Urgent/Important category. If someone kidnapped your child, it would be in the Urgent/Important category. There seems to be too much dinking around and sex when bad things are about to jack up their world. If the main characters don&rsquo;t care enough to do something about a potential disaster, why should I? Another other thing which bothered me about the Sagan/Valera saga, and I don&rsquo;t think this is much of a spoiler since every romance has a scene where the hero and heroine part ways for whatever reason was their departure from one another. It reminded me of the old romances. &ldquo;Run, Johnny. And don&rsquo;t look back! You run as fast as your legs can carry you.&rdquo; Kinda of cheesy, but oh well. As the story progressed, I began to wonder where was Sagan? I couldn&rsquo;t understand why no one had thought to bring him forth to ferret out the culprit with his mind reading skills. I don&rsquo;t know. It didn&rsquo;t jive with me. Sure having him use his powers would end the novel, but I still like things to unwind logically. **** Guin and Malaya&rsquo;s story I liked better and actually had been looking forward to it after the last novel. In many ways it touched me. I thought it awful to have the one you love romantically bump and grind another in your presence. It seemed odd at times, making Guin&rsquo;s love more brotherly. It was hard for me to put myself in his shoes even though I sympathized with him. As far as sex in the novel, I liked some aspects of it while others not so much. For instance, I found the characters thinking or talking too much without a lot of action. I always imagine good sex to be too sensual and breathtaking to have a coherent conversation. Not the case with Malaya and Guin. They had all sorts of conversation. And when not talking, they were heavy in thought. It made the time they spent in sexual exploring seemed more like an examination&mdash;just too clinical to blow my mind. Malaya&rsquo;s ignorance annoyed the heck out of me. Sure, she didn&rsquo;t realize Guin was interested in her at first. I can see that. But once he came out and said it, why did she continue to play dumb? Well, actually, it wasn&rsquo;t even playing, she just was oblivious. I don&rsquo;t know. I can&rsquo;t imagine anyone being that blind or being that far out of touch with reality. **** Drae and Magnus made a significant appearance in this novel. I&rsquo;m not sure why, since they already had their story. Personally, I didn&rsquo;t think the two deserved such a large role in a book featuring other stars. The shift pulled me out of the Malaya/G
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want more! I would like to know what happens after the child is born
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't what I expected. I loved Guin and Malaya's story as it went through the other two books. I think that with the story of the human Witch added in, it felt a little too rushed. Don't know where she is going with it.
ButtErFly9995 More than 1 year ago
Jacquelyn Frank is an excellent writer. This book is just as captivating as the first. I would recommend it to everyone. If you liked reading the first in this series, you are definately going to like the second and third. Enjoy!!
Jedibarrister More than 1 year ago
In trying to put two story arcs into one, Frank's latest suffers from underdeveloping both arcs. Sagan's willing flout of the laws in a matter of hours after decades of denial is nonsense. Malaya's story had all the makings of a great telling but having devoted 30 pages to Sagan, the now-requited love story also fell flat.
lateefahmurray More than 1 year ago
From the first page, the story will pull you in and grip you! Vivid scenes, non-stop action, supernatural characters...Great! Someone please make a movie!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairly good story, but I have to admit I was expecting a lot more, after having so thouroughly enjoyed her previous two novels in this seris. There's no closure, no sense of things being wrapped up like there was with her Nightwalker seris. I find myself wondering what happened to some of the characters she started developing in the first two novels. What about Brendon, or Tristan? What of Trace and Ashla's baby? How does the whole human which play into the Nightwalker scenario. And I felt Sagan's story kind of got the shaft. It felt rushed throughout. I almost wonder why Frank bothered. Why not just focus on Malaya and Guin - that was the story she obviously wanted to tell. I just felt it was a rushed ending to an excellent series! Oh well - I guess we'll see what the 'aliens' bring next!
DLE1120 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I wasn't sure I was going to like a story on Sagan - I thought he was a rather boring addition to the last book. But I should have had faith in Frank, all her books are phenomenal! And of course, I couldn't wait for the story of Guin - he is hot!
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"Here." He hummed. (Can you describe yourself to me?)
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I loved this book, I couldn't put it down till I was done with it.
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I enjoyed all of the books in this series. Jacquelyn Frank has definitely captured the imagination.
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