by Jessica Trapp

June 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7861-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Meiriona played her part in the ambush of Godric Montgomery in a deadly game of betrayal to the King who ordered her betrothal to a Yorkist. In 1470 the country is embroiled in a power game between the house of Lancaster and the house of York. Families are torn asunder by the clashing of political wills. Meiriona and her father do what they must to survive. Even if it means ruining another manís life.

Upon meeting face to face Meiriona shared an attraction with Godric neither had intended. Even after her treachery was revealed, Godric kissed her in a manner that would haunt Meiriona over the years. But it is not kisses that plague the mind of Godric as he sits in an Arabic prison. Instead, his days have been filled with thoughts of vengeance on the woman responsible for his being sold into slavery.

Meiriona doesnít escape marriage. Her father forces her to wed an old family friend. On her wedding night none other than an embittered Godric abducts her, claiming she belongs to him. Will she be able to convince him that she had no choice all those years ago or will Godricís anger turn a deaf ear to Meirionaís pleas?

Two people, both headstrong and determined with separate reasoning behind their actions come together and try to force the other to succumb to their judgment. The path to happiness and peace is a long, obstacle-laden road overshadowed by the dark cloud of political influence. For Meiriona and Godric there is only one thing that can free them. But are they willing to take the chance?

Jessica Trappís debut novel Master of Pleasure is reminiscent of the bodice-ripper books. It has been awhile since Iíve read a book that has the hero spanking the heroine. Readers of the classics will consider this book a much-needed morsel in a diet of chick-lit type novels the publishing houses have been fond of lately. Fans of the more modern heroine may want to pass on this novel.

Reviewed in October 2005 by Rho.

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