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Pleasure (Shadowdwellers #3)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  4,294 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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 nothi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2009)
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Each book in the Shadowdweller series, in addition to being a romance novel in every sense, clued the reader in to a certain aspect of Shadowdweller society; Ecstasy introduced us to their culture and their world, Rapture shared their religion and their spiritual beliefs, and now Pleasure worked to shed some light on the politics that governed this admittedly unstable world. Ms. Frank’s writing is lyrical without being boring, poetic without being trite, and I found the conversations between the ...more
I'd give it a 4.5 star if I could. The first 100 pages of this book is about Sagan. The story was very rushed and the characters had no connection in my opinion. Then we finally got to Guin and Malaya's story, now there is a connection!!! Great love story for those 2...
Lisa Lap
Sadly this book, which teases a story about Sagan in the summary, is very short on Sagan's story. The story that is there is wickedly delicious if not a little rushed in the soul searing devotion. However, the secondary story of Malaya's discovery of her bodyguard's Guin eternal love to her is a wonderful story to read. We seen Giun's loyalty and devotion to Malaya throughout the Shadowdweller series to date - and it was no surprise to the reader how he felt about her. Watching her discover thos ...more
Aug 30, 2009 Terri rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Ok. I liked the Nightwalker series very much, but it left many loose ends. I know the author has since stated that she will write one more in this series, to tie up those loose ends, but it feels like her heart isn't really in that story anymore. I got the same sense with this book. I like the Shadowdweller series. I liked the first two books. This one felt much more hastily written, with less care. If felt like the author was ready to move on, and had to fulfil obligations to us readers regardi ...more
Barbara ★
I hadn't realized it but this is actually two separate stories enclosed in one book. I thought there was something wrong with my ebook when I came across a second prologue and chapter one. I loved Sagan getting his HEA but everything happened so fast and was so rushed that it wasn't very satisfying for this reader. Then I spent the remainder of the book waiting for Sagan's story to continue which is does at the very very end of the Malaya and Guin's story. Sagan and Valera had such promise so th ...more
Mar 05, 2010 Trish rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: have
Guin is appalled at the thought of Malaya being forced into a loveless arranged marriage. It is even more impossible for him to bear when she changes the laws but agrees to this atrocity not understanding what she will be giving up. He loves her and knows he can never keep her, but won’t it stop him from trying to show her what love is really about.

As a Sanctuary priest, Sagan’s life is all about discipline. When he is literally heaved into Valera’s life, his life is changed forever. He knows he
I have read this entire series (Nightwalker and Shadowdweller) and this book was such a disappointment! I got the distinct impression that the author had no desire to finish the series (the villain was killed & no new one given and neither Amazon nor the authors website gives any information on another book in the series but touts a completely new series and world of books starting up soon) and crammed the last two story lines into one book. She failed to give each of them the attention they ...more
Sagan and Valera's story was short and sweet. I really enjoyed it, especially the cats, but their HEA isn't really going to be a HEA in the long run...which was a little disappointing.

Guin and Malaya's story started off really slow. It took me quite a while to get into it. But it ended up being really great. Is this really the end of the shadowdwellers? I feel like there should be more.

Tristan needs his story, Rika's situation remains to be settled, which I was hoping Valera would be a part of.
Last in the series. This book wraps up the rocky relationship of Queen Malaya and her bodyguard Guin. They have been main characters in the series. Also, the political conspiracy is concluded and all loose ends are closed. I read this book to find out who did what and the end of the story. Again it would be better if the love scenes and language were less. I ended up skipping over them with an eye-roll. The author is talented with description, but character consistency in regards to the language ...more
Sassy Jacksun
One of my favorites!
I think I've re-read this book four or five times. My favorite part about Ms. Frank's "Shadowdwellers Series" is the unique view she presents about different dimensions--mis-understood worlds/populations of people who hide because they are afraid of persecution.
The world she creates is well-rounded, believable, and sexy. In addition, through this world, she challenges some of the real world problems without being preachy, or distracting from the fun fantasy ride she has cra
This was a combination of two stories.

The first one was Valera and Segan. I couldn't stop reading that one until the end. To be fair it was a short story. The heat rose quickly for Valera and Segan and even with some obstacles it was great to see them work their way to a happy ending.

The second story was a long time coming. As any of us who have read the previous stories know our favorite royal bodyguard Guin has been in love with Queen of the Shadowdwellers Malaya for a VERY long time. But ou
Sep 27, 2009 JoJosBookCorner rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any jaquelyn frank fan
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Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
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Lynda Tatad
I hadn't realized it when I first picked up the book, but this is actually 2 separate stories set in the world of the Shadowdwellers.

The first portion of the book starts out with the penance priest Sagan suffering from the effects of being poisoned by Acadian, a traitor within the Shadowdwellers who has captured him. The story then moves to the human young woman, Valera, living in a secluded cabin in Alaska. She is a natural witch, with powers that she tries to use for good. She unknowingly got
The Window Seat
This book is actually two novellas rather than a single novel, and that was a bit disappointing. It seemed almost...lazy that Frank didn't find a way to weave Sagan's story with Malaya and Guin's, but I so loved Malaya and Guin's story that I really don't mind it too much! :)

First is the novella of Sagan and Valera. Sagan was the penance priest that we first got to really know in Magnus and Dae's story, Rapture, and I enjoyed seeing the austere and somewhat distance priest find his happy little
Sandy M
I love authors who give me a totally different world to read. Nalini Singh. C.L. Wilson. And definitely Jacquelyn Frank. This Shadowdwellers series has been absolutely terrific to read. I’m hoping there are more books to come in this series, but it looks like fans will have to wait for any more. Ms. Frank is starting two new series and also working on the seventh book in her Nightwalkers series. Since I haven’t read the Nightwalkers yet, they’ll have to keep me busy waiting for the Shadowdweller ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Sagan, a penance priest for as long as he can remember, has made a startling discovery Natural Born Witch named Valera. Valera, a former necromancer, now turned good witch. Valera challenges everything that Sagan knows about the world around him. Sagan finds that he is in love with Valera but needs to return home. Malaya, co-ruler of the Shadowdwellers, has been told of an old law forcing her to marry but she cannot imagine what is wrong with Guin her loyal bodyguard let alone her twin Tristan. ...more
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I didn't like it as much as the first two. This one is really two stories, the first a true novella the second a short novel. It seemed that the author didn't know that they would be put together. Both stories border on the paranormal erotica.

So the first story was pretty good, I could even give it a 4 star. There was more of a paranormal element in this as the witch does use her magic and the light does effect the shadow dwellers. I noticed in these novels that I would often forget that I was r
Reena Jacobs
My review also on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer:

I’ll start by saying that I had mix feelings about this book. 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.

The story started where her last novel Rapture left off with Sagan. We find out what happened to him and meet his heroine, Valera. For me, Sagan played such an insignificant role in Ms. Fran
Maria Mercedes The Oracle Reviews
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,
J. Ostrowski
Yeah, yeah, so I read 3 before I got 2 but then I've been waiting on the library. Maybe you think that means I don't have a right to crtiticize about being confused. I disagree.

When an author choses to do a series with each book sporting new primary characters, the writing should be done in a way that allows the books to be read individually. That's just my take. But whatev.

My beef is with this world that Frank has created. I read the Nightwalkers nearly back to back. Not so confusing. I'm not
This book is 2 stories in one which always makes me fell slightly cheated, but it works out to a certain extent.

The first story depicts Sagan, a penance priest for the Shadowdwellers. He is ruthless in battle and a true believer in his faith and the duty he is bound to by his beliefs. In the last book he falls victim to a poisoned wound and is taken against his will. At the beginning of "Pleasure" Sagan's journey is interrupted when his escorts stumble upon a seemingly harmless human female liv
I was extremely disappointed with Pleasure, the third installment in the Shadowdwellers series. The previous book very successfully whet my appetite for Sagan's story. He was a great character, full of depth, intrigue, and possibilities. The beginning of this book actually is his story, and while I enjoyed it, it seemed rushed and only lasted through one fourth of the book. The rest of the book centers on the twin, Malaya, and her bodyguard, Guin. It's hard for me to get swept away in a romance ...more
Aurian Booklover
This book contains two stories, the first one is a short story about Sagan, and the second story is the main one about Chancellor Malaya. Still, they are a little bit connected.

Sagan was poisoned and abducted in the previous book. His kidnappers have taken him topside, planning to take him somewhere, when they stumble upon Valeria and her little house in the middle of the Alaskan nowhere. Planning to have a bit of “fun” with her before they move on. But Valeria is a natural born witch, and she
Robbie Thornton
I was so very happy that this release came as a novella and a book as the next installments in the Shadowdweller series. So often we are forced to buy a separate anthology just to read one novella in a series we are following, and that irks me. In Pleasure, we are given a novella first and then the main story.

In the novella: Sagan, a penance priest for the Shadowdwellers disappeared after an altercation with the evil villianess Acadian in the last book in this series, Rapture. He was presumed de
Just want to say I love this series. I also loved the Nightwalker series. The world that Mrs. Frank has created had me captivated. I have waited to write my review only because I had no issues with any of the previous books.. I only have a few issues and they seem to be with this book. First, I had hoped that Sagan and Valera had a longer story. I would like to have spent more time with them.. Second ( without giving anything away) One particular scene. No names lol Character 1 is wounded and dy ...more
Dear Patricia,

you, that is: I, had the brilliant idea to start a How I Met Your Mother month in February. Which led to two different review styles, one of which I, that is: You, am testing right now: The Letter To My Future Self (You).

Patricia, you weren't (and maybe aren't) a reader I would wish to have if I were an author. You are picky, you are bitter. You complain about things and then complain about the lack of them. There is simply no way to please you, and the lack of readers and follower
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Missy Ann
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