Pleasure and Purpose

Megan Hart's talent for bringing pathos to life is exquisitely manifest in these short stories – one cannot help but be drawn into the pain and conflict at the center of these stories – that and the redemption offered in love.

Stillness was exceptionally well done. Edward's rage against himself and his mixed feelings for Cillian is brought vividly to life. Honesty was another facet that further illustrated the characters of these three men, but I wasn't sure there was enough basis for it to become a love story. To a certain extent, it almost seemed as if Cillian was ready to love anyone who loved him in return – which struck me as somewhat facile. Somehow, Cillian didn't feel as developed a character as either Alaric or Edward. Determinata is perhaps the most poignant story – Alaric, who always seems to be trying too hard to play catch up, finally finds love of his own.

I can't wait until the next installment in this series. 

Book Blurb for Pleasure and Purpose

Introducing the women of the Order of Solace—three new novellas from the national bestselling master of erotic romance.

The handmaidens of the Order of Solace are each named for the exquisite service that best reflects their true calling. Their greatest delight is giving pleasure—devoted as they are to fulfilling the desires of the mind, the needs of the soul, and the cravings of the body.

Meet Stillness, called upon to soothe the conscience of a man in need of redemption after a shocking act from his sexual past. Then there’s Honesty, whose vow of Solace is to a prince looking for a submissive handmaiden. Instead, he gets the unexpected. And finally, Determination, a handmaiden confronted with a client lost in a haze of random sex and drugs. She has just the plan to literally whip her man into shape.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2009 4.75