Title: Lust Author: Charlotte Featherstone Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Erotic Romance Series: The Sins and the Virtues, #1 Publisher: Harlequin Spice Pub. Date: January 25, 2011
~ Blurb ~
Of old, humans and Faeries have dwelt side by side in parallel realms. Only the canniest mortals recognize the alluring creatures that often walk--and lie--among them.
The righteous Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of is princes can win a woman's love--honestly, without coercion... and love her wholly in return.
To halt the slow demise of his people, Prince Thane--the embodiment of Lust--infiltrates the Georgian court to seduce his mortal inverse. Noblewoman Chastity Lennox is pureity incarnate--a sensual prize well worth winning. But Thane's carnal quest proves more challenging than he ever dreamed.
No other has ever been able--or willing--to resist his erotic charms. Chastity's resolve is maddening... and intriguing. It makes him want her all the more. But how best to seduce one who truly seems above temptation? Discover her greatest weakness and become the intoxicating essence of her deepest, most forbidden desires...
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Recently I had the lovely opportunity to read and review, Defy the World Tomatoes, a contemporary romance/suspense book, by Ms. Phoebe Conn. After reading, I just knew that I needed to ask her to stop by the blog to tell readers more about it. I'm happy to say that she agreed, and today she's here bearing gifts for us!! YAY!
So, without further ado, I'm pleased to welcome Phoebe Conn to tell us more about her newest release!
Thank you so much for inviting me to Blog. I love to be able to speak to fans. I come from a musical family, but despite years of taking piano and flute lessons, I have absolutely no musical abilities. My grandson who is not yet two plays the piano better than I do. My sons are rock musicians and I love their music, thank God. Now they’re grown and no longing practicing at home, so it’s unnaturally quiet!
Fans often ask where I get my ideas, and Griffin, the hero of DEFY THE WORLD TOMATOES, is a classical pianist because I love music and musicians.
They pour their passion into their work and are truly alive. They can also be self-centered, which can be a terrible flaw in a hero, or any other man. Griffin hires Darcy to landscape his estate at a time he’s anxious to change his life, but unfortunately, she isn’t anxious to change hers. Although she is growing tired of dating fertilizer salesmen! Griffin and Darcy are a wonderfully mismatched pair, but Griffin argues most persuasively that they’re a perfect match.
DEFY THE WORLD was at one time a produce company on the east coast. I saw their label for a crate of tomatoes at an art fair and thought, DEFY THE WORLD TOMATOES is the best title I’ve ever heard! The challenge was then to write a book worthy of it. I hope you’ll agree I did. Please let me know your thoughts at my website, www.phoebeconn.com
Insulted, Darcy couldn’t draw a deep breath until he’d returned to the house, and even then she wasn’t certain who had actually won that exchange. Deciding it’d probably been a draw, she took comfort in the familiar, made some quick measurements of the scruffy lawn, then sat on the terrace steps to create a sketch. Knowing what was required, she’d prepared some rough figures before leaving the nursery and was about to complete her written estimate when Griffin began to play the piano.
She’d once dated a man who could produce a passable version of “Memories” from CATS, and a few Beatles tunes. That’s all she’d expected from Griffin, but he was playing an intricate classical piece whose lofty strains soared to the living room’s twenty-foot ceiling and then rolled out over the terrace in thunderous waves. The only classical selections she could name were the “1812 Overture” and Ravel’s “Bolero”, and it was neither of those.
She quickly added the costs entailed in constructing the Zen garden, then got up and crossed the terrace to stand at the french doors Griffin had left ajar. She hesitated to enter the living room for fear of disturbing him even more than she already had, and so simply propped her shoulder against the jamb and waited for him to finish whatever it was he was playing and look up.
The piece was a lengthy one, however, and Griffin demonstrated far more than mere technical brilliance. He played with the very same passionate fire she’d glimpsed in his dark eyes. The music washed through her in a sensuous rush and, far from being annoyed at having to
wait, she stood transfixed, caught up in the melody Griffin coaxed from the keys with a fury that would surely have reduced a lesser instrument to a heap of kindling.
Other than the sticks Darcy had tapped together in the rhythm band in kindergarten, she had no experience in creating music. She’d been to a couple of rock concerts, even seen the Grateful Dead once in San Francisco, but she’d never attended a symphony performance. Still, even a novice such as she would have recognized Griffin’s genius.
When he finally drew the piece to a crescendo of pulse-pounding chords, she couldn’t help but shout, “Bravo! That was fantastic.” Griffin glanced up and for a terrible moment appeared not to recall who she was. Afraid she’d disturbed him after all, Darcy approached the piano with a cautious step. “I’m sorry if I interrupted you, but I thought you were finished. I’ve never heard anyone play so well.” She remembered hearing the Russians were passionate and mentioned the only composer who came to mind, praying she didn’t sound as ignorant as she truly was. “Was that Tchaikovsky?”
Griffin left the piano bench with an easy stretch. “Franz Liszt. I’m glad you enjoyed it.” He came forward with a slow, smooth stride, and Darcy couldn’t seem to make her feet take a step backward even after he’d invaded her personal space by several inches. He came to a halt so close she had to crane her neck to look up at him.
She thrust her clipboard into his solar plexus to jolt him into stepping back and create more distance between them. “At the top of the form, I’ve made a drawing to show the placement of the cypress and boulders. My total is at the bottom. If you’d like to get other bids, please go right ahead. I’ll not be offended, and you’ll find my prices are competitive.”
Griffin took hold of her clipboard and, after a quick glance at the form, reached toward her. “Do you mind?” he asked.
Darcy was too shocked to object when he plucked the rose-topped pen from her bib pocket, but his fingertips grazed her breast to coil an electric charge around her ribcage. With an almost painful sweetness, lingering sparks drifted downward to leave her moist with desire. She shook her head, but it wasn’t simply to offer the pen. Griffin’s slightest touch brought such a heart-stopping thrill that she couldn’t help but wonder if she would survive should he ever show her the same unbridled passion he’d just lavished on his piano. Then, with a slight tremble, she wondered how she could bear to exist if he didn’t.
Series: Stand Alone Received By: Author for Review
She knew he was trouble, but she’s no coward.
Darcy MacLeod’s Army brat childhood drives her to sink roots as deep as the plants with which she works. As part owner of a nursery/gift shop in Monarch Bay, she’s well on her way to her dream. Though she’s haunted by the lingering fear that her one chance for true love has come and gone.
When Griffin Moore asks her to landscape his sumptuous new estate, she’s entranced by the internationally renowned pianist’s air of mystery. Yet as she is inexorably drawn into his bed, her instincts tell her that secrets lurk behind his sophisticated mask.
With her carelessly styled hair, grubby overalls, and hands that see more dirt than an earthworm, Griffin finds Darcy a refreshing ray of light in his shadowy world. His globe-trotting concert schedule makes him the perfect Interpol informant—and makes a permanent relationship too dangerous to risk.
Their passion rivals the music of the great classical masters, but even as Darcy dips a toe into Griffin’s extravagant world, darkness reaches out to strike a dangerous chord. And Darcy must fight to keep her second chance at love—and her lover—alive.
Warning: Contains meddling friends, high adventure, down and dirty sex, and a couple who make beautiful music together—in bed and out.
Intrigued by the title? How about the book blurb? If you answered yes, yay! This is one romantic suspense that had me suspended on the meaning behind the title before I even opened the book! Phoebe Conn has created an air of mystery interwoven with suspense and romance right from the beginning of the title until the last few pages. Many a time I was left with burning questions that I couldn't wait to find out the outcomes to.
Darcy MacLeod is a co-owner of a nursery on the Californian coast, more specifically, she's a landscape architect. And she happens to be just what the famous classical musician, Griffin Moore, needs. At first his interest in her lies only in her ability to create a tranquil Zen garden overlooking the ocean at his luxurious estate. But, soon, he finds himself creating more and more jobs for Darcy, just in an attempt to keep her around longer. And Darcy is not complaining!
Despite the differences in lifestyle and personalities, they can't seem to break away from one another. But, as their progressing relationship bounds over lifestyle hurdles, and a rocky business association, there's one hurdle that Darcy wasn't expecting and has a hard time accepting, Griffin's tie with Interpol. This is an added pressure on Griffin because he knows there is high risk involved for anyone who's close to him. But Darcy is not that easy to let go.
The characters are two unlikely matches. Each are only children who are stubborn, demanding, and slightly selfish to the core, but their paths diverted early in their childhood, and now being adults can be found at opposite ends of a spectrum. One is a nursery owner who finds comfort in dirt, landscaping, bright colors, and overalls. The other is renowned pianist who enjoys a Zen garden at his lavish mansion, attention of fans to his genius, clean lines and earth tones, and a good tuxedo. However, both find comfort and a deep sense of passion in each other that disrupts each of their own visions for the future.
For the first third of the book, I was left with many questions and wondering who the characters really were, what they really wanted, and how-in-the-world they would ever end up together based on the magnitude of differences. But, when that third of the book passed, I was convinced that the old cliche of 'love will conquer all' would ring true.
Ms. Conn did a fantastic job at creating meaningful dialogue that absolutely resonated the differences of the characters. Even if the author had chose not to use proper nouns and pronouns, I still would have known who was talking in the book. The characters really are different, and the attention placed on those differences to remain consistent throughout the book shows through. This is a book that is full of dialogue and not weighed down with too much back story and internal conversations.
The relationship between Darcy and Griffin is like watching two polar opposite people finding common ground to hold on to one another. There's hurdles and obstacles along the journey, but ultimately their feelings for one another pull them through. Each of the characters change a little by sacrificing something of themselves in order to meet the other half way in the middle. And with these two characters, that's saying a lot. Both are determined to live their lives the way THEY mapped them out, not by influence of another.
I have to admit that every once in awhile I just wanted to grumble at them both for their stubbornness. But, passion is undeniably present in and out of the bedroom in this romantic read. The smexin' scenes are fantastically wrote! Not over graphic, but full of steamy and passionate romantic goodness! You get a true sense of character connection at these times.
There is a secondary story taking place at the same time with Darcy's best friend, and co-owner, Christy Joy, that was great and may have readers relating to the rough circumstances surrounding her situation. She's a single parent, a couple years divorced from a wealthy lawyer, and has custody over their young daughter. Christy Joy struggles to find a balance between her personal life and business (MUCH like Darcy does throughout the story), while dealing with the threats of her ex-husband seeking full custody of their daughter.
I am so happy that I had the pleasure to read and review this new-to-me author's book. My first inclination is to say it was a sweet romance tale, but really, there's so much more! I enjoyed watching the way two unlikely characters learned to relinquish control, know when not to be such a workaholic to enjoy another person's company, and learn how to find common ground for a relationship to build upon.
The characters different and unique occupations added to my enjoyment of the book! It's always fun to read a new spin on romance. And speaking of spins, the suspense with Interpol was a fun addition. I also must add, that despite the sub-genre label of romantic suspense is true, it is not the main focus or dominance in this book. The majority of storyline lies in the character and relationship development, and pulls in the story arc of the Interpol suspense. Which, in my opinion, was a good combination for me.
If you're looking for something different, passionate, romantic, and adventurous, then I recommend this book for you. There's passion to be found and control to be given up in order for two uniquely opposing characters to find love!
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How did I miss this series?? The new edition to the Witches series that is coming out in January sounds great, but I'm not familiar with it. It's obviously now on my TBR though!
Title: My Immortal Assassin, Witches #3
Author: Carolyn Jewel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pub. Date: January 3, 2011
Revenge. It's all Grayson Spencer wants. Christophe dit Menart, a human with dark magical powers, destroyed the life she loved. She wants the pleasure of killing him, no matter the cost to her. If not for Durian, a dangerously sexy demon fiend charged with keeping Christophe alive, she would have succeeded, too. Now, she's certain all hope is gone. But he has a plan and an offer she can't resist...
Durian has spent his life as a trained and sanctioned assassin. His duty: to enforce the laws against demons harming humans. He's always prided himself on staying out of the fray, carrying out his orders and honoring his fealty to his warlord, but never getting attached. Never until Grayson, a spunky and determined woman clearly gifted with magic herself. He convinces her to swear fealty to him so he can protect her and teach her to use her magic to taste the revenge she so desperately wants.
They're soon bound together in a forbidden desire--a dangerous passion that calls into question Durian's oath of loyalty to his warlord. When he refuses to return her to Christophe, his disobedience threatens to inflame the tumultuous war between demons and the magekind. Can they--and their love--survive?
Hi, everyone! It’s a pleasure to be Among the Muses today (thanks so much to Tanya for inviting me over!). I’m currently celebrating the release of my latest paranormal romance, ETERNAL FLAME. (Yes, today is release day, so that means I am doing a happy/nervous dance around my house). But, instead of boring you with talk about that unsexy dance, I thought I’d talk about the inspiration for my stories.
You see…I like to write about monsters. Sexy monsters. Vampires, demons, or, in the case of my latest hero (Zane Wynter)…demons. Sure, some folks might say demons are scary, but I think the right demon, in the right time, well, he can be sexy.
Zane’s character came to me slowly. I knew he was a man with secrets. The best guys always have secrets. I knew he was a fiercely loyal fellow. I knew he had a dark side. Put all these character traits together, and you create that which walks the fine line between good and bad—you create an anti-hero.
I’ve been a fan of the anti-hero for years. I don’t want to write about a perfect, white-knight. Perfection is actually what scares me in this world. We all have flaws, so we might as well fess up to them. So I want my heroes to be flawed, I want them to be dangerous, and I want them to kick-ass.
Zane kicks ass. But then, so does my heroine. Ladies can be strong and dangerous, too!
The inspiration for my stories doesn’t come from my desire to be a fairytale princess. No, I’d rather be writing about the monsters in those fairy tales. The dragons. Or the wicked queens. Give me a dark side, please!!
Thanks for checking out my dark inspiration post. Now I’d love to know…do you have a dark side? Tell me…and one commenter will win an autographed copy of ETERNAL FLAME (or any Cynthia Eden book of your choice).
THE NAUGHTY LIST--Available now from Kensington Brava
ETERNAL FLAME--Available 11/30/10 from Kensington Brava
Oh, yes, the flawed hero will always have a special little place in my heart! Thank you Cynthia for stopping by and taking us for a walk on the dark side! I agree that we all have one, and who wouldn't take on walk to save the damaged, sexy hero?! :)
The contest will run from 11/30 - 12/3 11:59pm EST.
Answer Cynthia's question about your little dark side *g*, and leave an email addy so I can notify the winner.
Contest is open Internationally!! Whoo-Hoo!
Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified via email, and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected.
Thanks for stopping by and supporting Cynthia Eden and her newest release, Eternal Flame! Good Luck!
I've been looking around this morning to see if any publishing companies were celebrating Cyber Monday with any sales, and so far only one ebook publisher (that I could find) is.
All Romance is having a ONE DAY only 50% rebate towards each title you purchase!! The only catch is you pay full price at checkout, then after checkout your account will be credited with eBucks. Still, for how much I shop and put things on my wish list, I think this is fantastic!
Also... All Romance has now made it easy to send ebooks as gifts to your friends and family! Here's what All Romance/OmniLit had to say:
Is there a particular eBook you'd like to give to a friend? Now you can! Purchase it yourself, then click on the little prezzie icon next to the title in your library to send the gift to someone else.
The giftee will receive a special notification via email with a custom message designed by you. If they already have an account with either All Romance or OmniLit, the title will display in their library. If they don't, they'll be invited to open an account and find their book waiting for them.
And, if you find any more deals that I've missed, please come back and let me know!! :)