Master of Pleasure
Published by: Zebra
Release Date: June 7, 2005
A Bride’s Betrayal
By order of the king, Lady Meiriona is to be given to a bastard warlord in marriage. Rather than see his daughter and his lands in the hands of a Yorkist, Meiriona’s father ambushes Godric Montgomery when he comes to claim her—but only after a kiss she’ll never forget…
A Bastard’s Revenge
Sold into slavery in the East, Godric becomes the plaything of an Arab princess. And when she gives birth to his daughter, he is given the child and set free. Seven years of Godric’s life have been stolen—and nothing will stop him from exacting his vengeance upon the woman who betrayed him…
A Slave to Desire
Over the years, Meiriona’s dreams have been haunted by Godric’s passionate touch. On the day she becomes the wife of another man, he returns to ruthlessly take what is his. Though Meiriona vows to resist her captor, a traitorous hunger for him consumes her, while the slightest surrender of her body inflames Godric’s soul, setting a battle-scared warrior against a new foe—his own heart…Add on Goodreads
"Readers of the classics will consider this book a much-needed morsel in a diet of chick-lit..."
—Rho, A Romance Review
"Excellent love story ... the central story of vengeance developing in true love is well told and the relationship between the characters has the ring of truth."
—Deborah Elliott, Affaire de Coeur
"Ms. Trapp has penned a fun debut ... with feisty characters and a storyline that will entertain."
"I really can’t think of a time that I have had this much fun reading a medieval. ... This book is full of delights, and doesn’t have a single dull moment in it. If you are looking for a new author, and a book that will make you laugh as well as bring tears to your eyes, then you won’t want to miss this one. Five pink hearts."
—Amanda, The Mystic Castle
"Loved it, loved it, loved it!! Make room on your bookshelves because this one is a keeper....
...I can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. Master of Pleasure was so enthralling I couldn’t put it down. Ms. Trapp writes the most sensual love scenes, even when they only kiss. The characters were so real that I was sad when the book ended. I felt as if my best friend had moved away. Trust me when I tell you this is one book you’ll want to read. Just make sure you set aside some time, as it won’t be put down until you finish the whole thing." Read Entire Review
—Robyn, Once Upon a Romance
"Jessica Trapp provides a sensual feast, spiced with delicious humor, raw emotions, and a hero and heroine so real they’ll linger long after you put down the book—and if you can do that before you finish it, your will power is stronger than mine. A genuine keeper!"
"Ms. Trapp mixes passion, betrayal, abduction, and revenge into a tasty brew."
"I've reread this one multiple times because it has layers to its romance and plot. Trapp uses diverse language that not only elevates the romance but the literature itself. The passion is felt from page one to the very last word with unending tension between the protagonists. I love this book. I wrote the author to tell her I love it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's one of my favorite books of all genres!"
"Jessica Trapp has produced a sensual, riveting novel full of intrigue, revenge and love.
On what he thought would be his wedding day, Godric instead finds himself taken captive and sold into slavery. He spends the next five years as a sex slave to a sheik's daughter. After fathering her child, he and the baby are set free and he is off to seek his revenge.
On what is supposed to be her second wedding day, Lady Meiriona finds herself taken captive and carted off to Godric's home.
Will these two star-crossed lovers overcome the pain of the past to find happiness? Of course! But Ms. Trapp sets up fun and sensual bumps in the road for them along the way."
- Anna Kathryn Lanier
"This is a wonderful book. I wanted to read it in one sitting but couldn't because I have to work. 🙂 The characters are great and memorable. Jessica Trapp has a way of "putting you there" while you're reading; you're able to visualize what is in the book easily. It's not just another romance novel, this one HAS a story line and is just fascinating! But it's saucy too. 🙂 I will read it again."
Awards & Honors
Detroit Booksellers Best Contest.
JABBIC Master of Pleasure won third Place in the Houston Bay Area RWA Cover Contest.
Colorado Romance Writers - Award of Excellence Contest
RWI’S 2006 More Than Magic Contest
(As titled Master of the Heart)
First 2004 Golden Pen Contest
First 2004 Jasmine Contest
First 2004 Orange County Rose Contest
First 2004 Four Season's Awards
First 2004 Duel on the Delta
First 2003 Heart of the West Contest
First 2003 Opening Gambit
First 2003 Silver Quill Award
First 2003 GOTCHA Contest 1st 2003 Hot Prospects Contest 1st 2003 Where the Magic Begins Contest
Second 2004 Emily Contest 2nd 2003 Laurie Contest
Second 2003 Hold me, Thrill me Contest 2nd 2003 Romancing the Novel Contest 2nd 2003 Haunted Hearts Contest 2nd 2003 Heart to Heart Contest 2nd 2003 Melody of Love Contest
Third 2003 Fool for Love Contest 3rd 2003 Gateway to the Rest Contest 3rd 2003 Sweet, Spicy and Spooky Contest 4th 2003 Yellow Rose
Fourth 2004 Winning Beginnings Contest HM 2003 Touch of Magic
HM 2003 Southern Heat Contest
First Hook, Line and Sinker Awards Author Kristi Gold and Vicky Dreiling sponsored a Writing Calisthenics workshop at the West Houston RWA Meeting in September, 2003. Writing samples were created by participants at the workshop during a five minute writing exercise. Jessica won the best "Sinker" (end of chapter hook) award with the following:
"Milady." He leaned forward, close enough to smell the scent of rose soap lingering in her hair. "Do you trust me?"
She smiled. "Yes."
"Good." Slowly he slid his dagger from his belt and held it to the creamy white skin of her neck.
Godric placed his hands on the tree behind her, enclosing her in a prison of muscle. His body enveloped hers, and his comforting campfirelike scent surrounded her. He leaned forward until his chest grazed hers.
White-hot sensation skittered down her spine.
“It would not be like that at all,” he whispered, brushing her forehead with his lips. “I feel how your skin responds to my touch.
I feel your heartbeat.”
“That is anger and fear.”
His hands traced a slow trail down her shoulder. Leaning away, he allowed enough room between their bodies to rake his fingernail softly across her nipple. Sensation arced from her breast to her woman’s core.
“This, my lady, is neither anger nor fear,” he murmured.
Although the dress and shift were between them, she felt naked. She gasped and pushed him back, not wanting to experience the desire curling in her stomach.
He took a tendril of her hair and twirled it between his fingers. The strand glistened red-gold in the sunlight. “Your passion matches your hair.”
She shook her head. “Everyone knows red hair is unlucky.”
“Men make their own luck by following their passion. And yours awakens each time I touch you…”