I’m on deadline so I’m not reading as much as I normally do – but I did manage to get in some re-reads!
First – Megan Hart’s Pleasure and Purpose
The usual disclaimers apply here – Megan is my BFF and my crit partner, I believe she’s one of the best writers out there today and that’s not just because I’ve slept on her futon.
Pleasure and Purpose is three novellas set in a sort of spec fic future/past. The book is future/fantasy but also has a historical flavor. There’s really not much like it out there. Each novella is set in the same world, with the same group of men as handmaidens come to aid them in a search for solace. It’s one large story arc with three HEAs in it.
Each story, each handmaiden is different, some are hotter than others sensuality wise, but all work well because of that. Each man finds what he needs along a different path. The connection between hero and heroine is so well done. Each woman sees the man in a way he’s never been seen before, aids him by enabling him to accept himself. For all its sexiness, and there is a great deal of sensuality on the page here, Pleasure and Purpose is one of Megan’s best romances yet.
I loved the world and the way Megan has built the Order of Solace – the mytho-religious structure is intricately drawn and fascinating. It however, is NOT anti-religious, or sex based religion either. The handmaidens bring solace, perfect peace in whatever way the patron needs it. Mina doesn’t save Alaric with sex, she saves him because she pushes him out of his pit of self pity and enables him to find himself, the self reliant man within. In doing so, she helps him find self respect.
Anyway, I loved Pleasure and Purpose and you’re all going to love No Greater Pleasure, her next book in the Order of Solace series!
To celebrate it being Friday, how about a contest to win a copy of Pleasure and Purpose? I’ll choose a winner from the comments on Sunday at noon pacific. What book are you reading now, or have read recently?
I also re-read the first five In Death books. My favorite remains Naked in Death, because it’s just such a beautiful, well drawn start to the Eve and Roarke story. Nora really has such great talent with her characterization and Eve Dallas is just so very flawed and three dimensional.
I’ve got Dreamfever and the new Briggs too, I just have to find the time to read them!!