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When Pleasure Rules (The Shadow Keepers #2)

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Seven innocents have been brutally murdered in Los Angeles, yet the Shadow Alliance has no suspects and no leads. As the body count mounts, the age-old feud between vampires and werewolves threatens to explode.

Lissa Monroe�a strong-willed, ravishing succubus who entices men to surrender their souls�agrees to go undercover for the Alliance. Her mission: infiltrate the
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jul 27, 2011 A rated it really liked it
This story was on Rand and Lissa. We didn't meet either of them in the first book, which was kind of a bummer for me. I like to have some history of the characters. In saying that, I think she did a great job establishing a history with previous characters. I like that we also met Petra (who is in the next book). Still feel for Serge and can't wait for his book. Rand was likeable; Lissa I really liked. Great suspense..didn't see where everything was going:) It's not stuck on one particular story ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I was disappointed that the characters weren't characters from the first book, however I soon got over that as I delved into the pages of murder, mayhem and love. The coming together of these two characters was a wonderful read.
Stephanie  G
The on going feud between werewolves and vampires continues and is getting deadlier each day. The Shadow Alliance, secret organization that governs the paranormal, wants answers now. Werewolf Vincent Rand is back in Los Angeles to find out who is framing his boss Gunnolf for the murder of 7 humans with more bodies piling up. Lissa Monroe is to use her succubus powers and ability to look into her lover's minds to find out more about Rand for the Alliance or will be forced to give up every thing s ...more
Marissa Dobson
After reading When Blood Calls I was anxious to start reading When Pleasure Rules , sadly it didn't live up to When Blood Calls for me. I excepted When Pleasure Rules be as good if not better When Blood Calls .

Honestly I am not really sure the reason I didn't care for When Pleasure Rules . I would have to say that at least part of the reason was I didn't fall in love with the main characters. Honestly I really didn't care for either of them. I didn't find Rand and Lissa to be likable.

Lissa is a
In the second book of the Shadow Keepers series we follow succubus Lissa and weren Rand. It's hard to really pinpoint what the plot was and explain it because there were so many different plot threads going on in this book. There were a lot of characters and it seemed like every single one of them had their own side plots. Lissa and Rand didn't even share the same plot. They each had problems of their own that just happened to intersect. I guess I will say the main plot thread was somebody tryin ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Maria_Love_For_Books rated it really liked it
“When Pleasure Rules” by J.K Beck is not just another paranormal romance. It’s a book full of action, adventure and passion. The world the author has created is dark and sexy.
The story is about Lissa Monroe a succubus who lived many lifetimes using sex and her ability to take souls. Although she is a succubus she hasn’t feel more than simple sexual desire for no one until she meets Rand, a werewolf. He is a man on a mission and he is not an easy going man. He had a very hard life and a born to
Oh wow. Like some other people, I had high expectations of the first book in this series, and felt let down by the reality, so I was a bit dubious about reading this book. I only bought it because I really wanted to read something with a shapeshifter hero, preferably a tormented one. And wow, Rand was tormented. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Lissa being a succubus, especially the soul-taking aspect. But that turned out to be one of the most romantic aspects. (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 01, 2010 LeeAnn rated it it was amazing
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Dec 03, 2010 Texas Reader Stacy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal-other
Another Hit! This is the second in the series and is just as strong as the first. Sometimes a 400+ page book has some slow and tedious parts. But not this series, each page is packed full of action, suspense, and passion. The characters from the first book all return to help solve the crime against humans. But we meet a few new ones including the main couple. Theirs is an interesting match, each with their own baggage and pasts. I really enjoy the character development in this series, each chara ...more
Amara Pierce
Jul 08, 2011 Amara Pierce rated it it was amazing
The hero and heroine of this novel are not in the first book of the series, so at first I was disappointed. Luckily, many of the characters from the first novel make an appearance in this one, so I got a chance to satisfy my fix for those characters while also growing to care for Lissa and Rand.

The way the succubi work in the Shadow Keepers series was really interesting to me. You also get to learn a little more about the werewolves. Overall, it was definitely a book I'd recommend.

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Jul 10, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
this is the second book in J.K. Beck's Shadow Keepers and I'm really enjoying this series. The characters are really well done, even the secondaries and the world is put together well. I like this one even better than the first one. The story is a little predictable where the romance is concerned but it's told well enough that I just don't care. Can't wait to see who the third book centers around. There are so many great characters I can't imagine I'll be disappointed.
Oct 02, 2010 Destiny rated it it was amazing
Another winner from J.K. Beck! I was very excited to delve back into the world of the Shadow Keepers and all the same characters from book one (plus some new and exciting ones)! I thought it was a little harder to get into than the first book, despite being familiar with characters/setting, but the action picked up and never stopped! I will be eagerly awaiting the release of book three at the end of this month!!
Me gusto que estos no son los típicos protagonistas, no pueden estar alejados mas uno de otro en lo que son, pero a su manera la escritora logro que esta relación funcionara y se mantuviera, bastante misterio y tramas enrevesadas como en el primero que te mantienen dudando desde el inicio, pero que tienen su clara finalidad.
Jul 17, 2010 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal fans
This book was amazing! I love heroes that have flaws and are far from perfect and that describes both Rand and Lissa. Their passion jumps from the pages and captures you from the beginning. The secondary characters are also jumping off the pages and making sure that your paying attention. Can not wait for the net book in the series.
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Mar 18, 2017 Kristina Deluise rated it liked it
SEVEN INNOCENTS HAVE BEEN BRUTALLY MURDERED IN LOS ANGELES, YET THE SHADOW alliance has no suspects and no leads. as the body count mounts the age old feud between vampires and werewolves threatens to explode.
lissa monroe a strong willed ravishing succubus who entices men to surrender their souls agrees to go undercover for the alliance. her mission to infiltrate the mind of a werewolf leader vincent rand.

Confession: i gave up at page 232.
1. way too many sub plots----------
Jan 06, 2011 Ruby rated it liked it
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I spent a lot of time at the bookstore this past weekend looking longingly at book three of the Shadow Keepers, When Wicked Craves. I really wanted to read it. But my conscience kept piping up to remind me that I had made a vow to read series books in order. It's a good thing I don't have a well-developed wild side. I gave in to my conscience and brought When Pleasure Rules to the register with me and I don't regret it one bit.

My relucta
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Oct 31, 2012 May Mostly Romance rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
When Pleasure Rules ของเจเค เบค

เรืองนีเปนเลมสองในชุด แตไมเขาใจคะ เพราะดันเลือกเลาเรืองของตัวละครทีไมมีบทบาทในเลมแรกเลยแมแตนอย คราวนีเรืองพาคนอานไปยังกลุมมนุษยหมาปากันบาง

วินเซนต แรนดเปนมือสังหารประจำเผาหมาปา ซึงมีทีมันอยูทีกรุงปารีส เขาไดรับคำสังจากผูนำใหเดินทางมาลอสแองเจลิสเพือสืบหาความจริงเกียวกับขาวลือทีใสรายหัวหนาของเขา แตการมาเยือนของแรนดไมไดรับการตอนรับจากกลุมแวมไพรทียึดเอาเมืองแหงนีเปนทีมันเทาไหรนัก

จากเหตุการณในเลมกอนหนา ผูนำหมาปาวางแผนทีจะยึดเอาลอสแองเจลิสเปนทีมันของตัวเองดวยการใสความว
Aurian Booklover
Oct 27, 2015 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
I have read the first book over 3 years ago, and I really liked the world building, I just didn’t like the main characters. I am glad that I did not have that problem with the second book, as I loved everything about it.

Lissa Monroe is a succubus, while having sex she feeds on pieces of the man’s soul. Her secret ability is rare; she can also look inside his mind and find his deepest secrets. And exploiting those secrets has finally allowed her her freedom from the slavery that most succubi suf
Oct 30, 2010 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
The evidence in a series of high profile murders involving a paranormal killer point to neither a shape-shifter or a vampire as the murderer but also rule out neither. Political ramifications for the leaders of the paranormal communities add urgency to stopping the murders and the members of the PEC (paranormal police) are under pressure to solve the crime quickly. The PEC set their sights on werewolf enforcer Vincent Rand who is conducting his own investigation into the murders and coerce succu ...more
Tiberius, governor of the para-daemons, has given the PEC and prosecutor 10 days to find out who has killed seven humans and laid it at the door of para-daemons. Is it possible that his rival for office and a certain vampire female, weren lord, Gunnolf, is responsible? Not exactly sure who's responsible or why Gunnolf is determined to find out.

Weren assassin Vincent Rand is the epitome of bada** and the go-to guy for Gunnolf is on a mission to find out who is laying the blame for the murders at
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İlk kitap, Lucius ve Sara arasındaki ilişki ve olaylar yumağına odaklanmışken ikinci kitap, ilk kitabın kahramanlarını da içinde barındırarak Lissa ismindeki bir Sukkubus ve Rand isminde bir kurtadam'ın yaşadıklarını konu alıyor. LA'da git gide artan bir cinayetler yüzünden kurtadamlar ve vampirler arasında savaşın yaklaşmasından korkan Birlik, bu cinayetleri araştırması için eski tanıdıklarımız Doyle ve arkadaşına emir verirken vampirlerin ve Birliğin başı olan vampir de en yakınları olan Lucui ...more
Nov 08, 2010 jD rated it really liked it
I really like this un-named series and enjoyed this 2nd installment. I will be honest, the reviews were not enticing overall. I decided to take the chance because the 1st book was so well done and the 3rd book has good reviews. I was curious and I had a Borders coupon, so I got it on the cheap.

I digress. This installment takes us into the lives of Lissa, a succubus, and Rand, a werewolf. We also get to enjoy characters from previous books and a few new ones. I will tell you upfront, I did not li
Oct 11, 2013 Tania rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-k-beck
"When Pleasure Rules" by J.K. Beck. Book 2 of The Shadow Keepers series.

Vincent Rand (known as Rand thoughout the whole book) is a werewolf with a dark past. The leader of werewolves on the Alliance council has charged him with the task of finding out who is killing humans. It looks like a vampire is responsible but someone is telling rumours that it's the werewolves who are really responsible.

Lissa is a succubus with special powers. She can read a man's thoughts and feelings when she has sex wi
Apr 18, 2011 Tamran rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I did like this book. Maybe not as much as the first but I enjoyed the story. This one seemed a little slower to start than the first. About a little more than half way thru it picked up for me & I wanted to find out what happened.

If I had a complaint it would be once u read what Rand was feeling/seeing/talking about when he was with Lissa it broke off & then u read it again only from Lissa's POV. the same would happen if it were Lissa first. It's not a bad complaint but what I think ma
Jun 10, 2011 E. rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Lissa Monroe is a succubus who has lived several lifetimes using sex and her ability to siphon souls but now tries to rescue others from the servitude that she was condemned to. She is tasked with attempting to obtain information from the visiting werewolf Vincent Rand who fears the beast inside of himself but has returned to the city of his youth in a bid to clear his leader Gunnolf from being implicated in the troubles being experienced by Tiberius, the lead vampire in Los Angeles. Ryan Doyle ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Darcy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, pnr
With this book we got a little different look into this world. The main couple of this book were so broken having been through so much in their lives. Lissa is a succubus, who is reborn life after life, often times not remembering what happened in those previous lives. Rand grew up in the hard part of LA, a gang member and killer before he hit double digits. So it was appropriate when these two lost souls managed to find each other. But being their pasts were so colorful they weren't without pro ...more
Dharia Scarab
Book could have been ok, but I hate books that show what the bad guys are up to.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more,
Angel Ruess
Aug 05, 2014 Angel Ruess rated it liked it
I love the storyline that goes on, but not the romance that is happening. Both Rand and Lissa were new characters, and that's ok. But I was more that 70% done with the book before I even cared about Lissa, and 84% done with the book before I even entertained the idea that Rand was a redeemable character, and I never fully embraced the idea. I'm sorry but I find it hard to like a character that started murdering people for a gang at the of 9. Let alone think that a gang banger-even a former one d ...more
Dec 10, 2012 StrangeBedfellows rated it liked it
I really loved the first book of this series, "When Blood Calls." I really liked this one. So no real love here, but it is a good book in a good series. The two main characters, Lissa and Rand, are both appealing and well-written -- especially as a duo. There was plenty of chemistry, to keep things lively, and complexity, to keep things interesting. The story was also nicely paced from cover to cover, and I never grew bored. Best of all, just enough attention was given to the "supporting" charac ...more
Mar 20, 2010 Cindyg rated it really liked it
This book was so full of everything...I no doubt missed something. I did enjoy the story but it was difficult for me to connect to the primary characters because there was so much going on with the secondary characters. You really have to pay attention, with little or no distractions. It should be interesting to see where the next book goes, I believe it's Nick and Petra's story; hopefully it will be a little easier to connect with them.
The pace in this book is good, I liked Rand and Lissa alot
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Julia A. Beck was born in Mountainview, California, USA on 1965. Her father was an aeronautical engineer, and her mother worked as a secretary. She grew up in Austin, Texas, where she attended Lyndon Baines Johnson High School, graduating as valedictorian of her class. She went on to the University of Texas, where she received a bachelor's degree in communications (radio-television-film). Afterwar ...more
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