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Purgatory Point

by Adriana Kraft

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In MISTRESSS OF PURGATORY POINT Martha, a pastor's widow, has bought Purgatory Point. Rumors are that ghosts live there but no one told Martha about the ghosts before she bought the house. As she settles into the house and the neighborhood she finds herself attracted to the local ranger, Dan Ford. She also finds herself attracted to Natalie, the owner of the local gift shop. Natalie does not hide her attraction for Martha. She also has been trying for years to get Dan to her bed but he has managed to stay out of it. Martha meets her ghosts, Ben and Stella, when she wakes up aroused and finds Stella tending to her satiation. Martha also learns that her ghosts need her to find true love so they can be released to go to the other side. Martha has to find her true love but she feels her true love died and she is too old now to find it. Natalie does not allow Martha to fall into that trap and Stella will do what she must to push Martha into finding her true love.

I liked Martha, Natalie, and Dan. I liked Ben also. I'm still out on Stella. While her reasoning is sound, it is all for her. She is scary when she decides how she will force Martha into a relationship so she and Ben can leave Purgatory Point. What makes Purgatory Point different from other ménages is the age of the people involved. None is under their mid-30's. Martha is 48 and Dan is 52. I liked the older characters. I like that they are no longer possible centerfold material and that it does not matter. Martha does not dwell on the flaws of her body. For the first time in her life she does not have to be good. She is a late bloomer. She grew up in a religious household and married a pastor when she was young. She did not have time to experiment sexually. She was the good girl who did what was expected of her and did not cause waves. She does not become this wild immoral woman when her husband dies. She moves because the memories and the expectations of her late husband's parishioners were more than she could handle. She had been satisfied with her life but it is not until she moves to Purgatory Point that she wonders what she has missed. Natalie and Dan are there to show her there is more to life.

I liked that Dan did not have a reputation in the community of being a player. I liked that he was a solitary man who wanted to help others. I also liked how Natalie knocks Martha off balance. She grew up in a different generation. She was more open in her sexuality and did not play games. She was more aggressive in her attraction to Martha, always letting Martha know she would like to know Martha more intimately. Natalie built upon Martha's knowledge of nature and the myths surrounding it. Dan taught her more. Both open her eyes to what she can have and be sexually.

The biggest difference though, between Purgatory Point and other ménage stories, was the look at religion and spirituality. All the characters have a spirituality in their lives, regardless of what they call it. Both Martha and Dan come from religious backgrounds. I liked the questions Martha dealt with as she explores her sexuality. How does sexuality fit into religion and spirituality? Is it a sin if it goes against her religion's strictures? The answers may not be clearly stated but Martha found the right answers for her. I liked that she questioned what she had missed with her husband. I liked that she did explore with both Natalie and Dan. The most telling scene was when Dan confessed about his past. I liked that Martha did not instantly accept his past. I liked that she questioned how she felt about that past and did it rule out a relationship between them. It would have been easier for her to pretend Dan's past meant nothing so she could rid herself of Stella but she did not take the easy way out. She hurt Dan but by taking the time to think his and her pasts through she ultimately strengthened their bond.

This is a ménage worth reading. Yes, there is lots of hot sex but the story and the questioning by Martha make this a standout read.

In RETURN TO PURGATORY POINT famed photographer Eric returns to Purgatory Point hoping to rekindle his relationship with Natalie. His brother, Todd, and his wife, Susan, now live in Purgatory Point. Todd knew Eric had feelings for Natalie but Natalie never saw him as anything but the nerd behind the camera. Natalie only had eyes for football hero Todd. Susan knows both brothers knew Natalie. She is willing to invite Natalie into their threesome but does Natalie want in?

These are enjoyable characters. Eric, Todd, and Natalie have to rethink their feelings from high school. Natalie is not thinking exclusive but Eric wants to share her only with his brother and sister-in-law. Todd wonders what he missed in high school. Eric also has secrets in the form of a tattoo and scarring that Natalie wants to know about but he is not willing to let her in. I like the ages of the characters. None of them is younger than their mid-30's. They have been around and are stable in their sexuality. It is relationships that matter here. How does jealousy fit into a ménage? When Eric thinks of exclusivity in terms of Natalie, is if for only him? Does the exclusivity include Todd and Susan and mean no one else? When Eric thinks of commitment, does it exclude the ménage element?

Spirituality is also looked at with Eric at the center of that storyline. He has time traveled and has a spirit there who guides him and who sees him as a sexual partner. How does Natalie fit into that relationship? When Eric finally tells her that story she wants to be with him on that guided tour. Can Eric's spirit guide, Yobel, help Eric and Natalie find the answers to their questions on commitment and exclusivity?

Lots of good hot sex but questions that can pertain to readers as well as the characters. ( )
  Sheila1957 | Oct 26, 2013 |
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