With this story (and with Kalid's previously), Lora Leigh has dramatically changed the tenor and focus of her Bound Hearts series - and I miss the former "feel". There was a decently significant shift when she originally switched publishers, with more story/plot and the addition of greater elements of danger - and for me, it made them stronger. At the same time, many of the aspects I'd enjoyed from the earlier works were still present, especially the fun antics of all the other wives/significant others, and the reactions of their men. And the dangers the characters faced, if any, were more "local" and "mainstream" (such as an obsessed former beau, or a domineering/controlling father, etc.)
But through them all, the focus was very much on the nature of the relationship between/among the heroine, Hero and his selected "third". In Dangerous Pleasure, the previous characters, pre-existing relationships, and the ostensibly highlighted trio were essentially footnotes or minor components of the story overall.
What we are left with is an OK story that focuses much more heavily on political, social and some cultural issues - but really only at a relatively superficial level. Others have written similar stories much more effectively. More importantly, the unique aspects of the Bound Hearts concept, which I found entertaining as an occasional departure from other reading, were not present enough in this story. This was somewhat of an issue in her last book, but it is a major one here.
I appreciate when an author tries to stretch, and to make changes in a series to keep it fresh. I imagine some of this is driven by editors/publishers. But when the changes are to such an extent that what made the series unique is so greatly downplayed, well, the reasons for continuing to read the stories may not be there any longer.
I may be wrong, but based on whom I'm assuming the next story will be about, there's a real chance these issues will continue. I have not yet given up on this series - but my hope is the next book can find a better balance.
On a separate note: the editing/proofreading errors in this book (and in fact, this series) are not as glaring as with LL's other works, however there are still more than there should be from a mainstream publisher.