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Series: Dark Pleasures #2
Published by Julie Kenner on January 20, 2015
Source: the Author
A doomed woman. A dangerous and mysterious man. And an epic passion that cannot be denied…
After what seems like an eternity, I am finally back in Malcolm’s arms. My lover. My mate.
Our passion is wild. Violent and all-consuming. A heat that binds us through touch and time.
But passion has a price, and our enemies search for us. For me.
Because there is a power inside me that I do not understand. A fire that burns as wild as the pleasure I find in Mal’s arms.
And the evil that chases us will stop at nothing to reclaim that power...
Part two in a three-part novella trilogy, FIND ME IN PLEASURE continues the story of Mal and Christina/Jaynie – thousand-years old soulmates locked in a never-ending cycle of death and rebirth. Once part of an elite organization formed to fight the fuerie, an evil energy bent on destruction, Mal now roams the earth with his fellow organization-brothers monitoring the society for hints of the fuerie and its influences. Christina was once part of this organization too, until she was captured by the fuerie and fused with an all-powerful weapon capable of wiping out the earth and everything on it. Now Mal must keep an watchful eye not only on the fuerie, but also on whatever human Christina is reincarnated into – and kill her.
Christina has remembered her past, lifetimes without Mal, remembering all the times he had to kill her knowing it killed him just a little bit more each time. Remembered that she is immortal. And that the fuerie are desperate to find her and detonate the weapon she holds inside. The action picks up right where FIND ME IN DARKNESS left off, so immediately our heroes are thrust into danger as the fuerie close in around them. And in this installment, the reader is treated to more of Christina’s memories as she struggles to remember everything that happened before she was merged with the fuerie’s weapon. We also learn more about the different members of the Phoenix brotherhood, their abilities, and how the weapon inside Christina works.
FIND ME IN PLEASURE, as the title may suggest, is far more erotic and sensual than Part 1 of this trilogy. The weapon feeds on Christina’s energy, so in order to control the weapon, Christina must learn to control her energy. And to learn this control, Mal introduces Christina to the seductive world of Domination/submission and the delicate art of edging – bringing Christina to the sexual brink over and over, while denying her orgasm. But it’s not just a sex game; it’s survival. The Phoenix Brotherhood will not allow Christina to live unless she can prove she is learning to control the weapon. Without control, her life is forfeit.
I have mixed feelings about Christina in this installment. She flip-flops between acceptance and anger quickly with very little warning, so it came across as inconsistent, especially when she suddenly insisted on being called Jaynie again. I get that she just found out about Mal taking some of her memories, but I thought this was an extreme reaction given all that came just before that conversation. Furthermore, she doesn’t seem to progress beyond the emotionally destructive state of martyr-like suicide. I sincerely hope we’ll see Christina making stronger, more stable choices in the final installment that highlight her growth and development as a character.
Still an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see how this all plays out in the final part of the Dark Pleasures trilogy!