Wednesday, January 18, 2012

History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason


An opulent, romantic novel, set at the height of Europe's belle époque, about a handsome young man in his mid-twenties- a golden boy who secures a position as a tutor in the household of one of the most prominent bourgeois families in Amsterdam-and his entry into a world of moneyed glamour and dangerous temptations.

History of a Pleasure Seeker is well-thought out and descriptive, almost like watching an old black and white movie. The focus is on the characters and not pomp and flash. I really enjoyed the characters, they were well-rounded and intriguing.

Humor just jumps out at you on rare occasions, which was surprising, yet rewarding. The time period is true to form and lends authenticity to the story. I must say, I'm not much of a person to read erotica or erotic scenes. However, Mason does it with aplomb. They give you a sense of forbidden passion and intrigue, without becoming gaudy or too intricate. Sensual and suspenseful, History of a Pleasure Seeker is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Pick it up today!

Richard Mason lives in New York City and was born in South Africa, the son of dissidents persecuted under the apartheid regime. In 1999, in memory of his sister who committed suicide, with Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mason started the Kay Mason Foundation, which helps disadvantaged South African girls access quality education and become the next generation of leadership for South Africa. Now, Richard is raising money to build a business school for promising young boys.

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