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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Illicit Intent by Tina Donahue


Title: Illicit Intent
Series: Appointment With Pleasure, Book 3
Author: Tina Donahue
Published: June 7, 2013 - Ellora's Cave
Format: Ebook received for review
Tour: Lit Connect

What’s your wildest erotic wish?

For Piper, that’s easy. Two Alpha males who ravish her like marauding pirates and find her curves beyond luscious. She knows her type isn’t for every man…certainly not Guy and Joel, right? Guy’s tall, dark and sinfully virile. Joel’s blond and bronzed. They’re freaking gods, escorts her friend hired so Piper’s thirtieth birthday is unforgettable with the bondage and submission she’s fantasized about. Carnal games that awaken Piper’s sensuality, while her voluptuous figure and sweet vulnerability fuels both men’s animal hunger.

One evening of decadent pleasure isn’t enough. Piper aches to perform ménage acts with them for agency clients who like curvy women. A wicked idea, except for her family’s ties with law enforcement, the threat of exposure. Is it worth the risk?
Hell yeah. By day, she’ll be good. During their wanton acts, the three of them will explore their growing bond as they’re very, very bad…

For a book that I wasn’t too sure of when I first started it, it sure ended with a bang. And there was a whole lot of banging in the middle too (sometimes I laugh at my own jokes!)

After an afternoon of mojitos and cosmos, Piper confesses her m-f-m fantasy to her best friend, Elaine. Later, on the way out to a night on the town, Elaine brings the subject up in conversation again. At first, this section felt a bit forced to me, not really a very natural feel. I understand why it was there, there had to be a reason for what was to happen next. But the conversation just didn’t feel like something my friends and I would say, so I had a bit of issue relating to that.

Elaine turns out to be what I will forever more refer to as “The Best Friend Ever”, and she presents her overworked and undersexed friend with a little present for the evening. And by little, I mean HUGE. She’s gotten her a penthouse stocked full with a couple luscious men, named Guy and Joel. They are paid escorts, and they are there to do her bidding for the whole night. So yeah, I liked Elaine. *grins*

As for Piper, she’s had a bad relationship and her self-esteem has taken some knocks. Who hasn’t been there, right? But once she is able to just relax and be herself with these two gorgeous men, it will be the beginning of a life change for her. I like Piper. She is sensible and intelligent. And throughout the story she shows magnificent tenacity. She’s likened to Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page in terms of her looks, and it’s nice to hear about a voluptuous woman.

Guy and Joel… *sigh* They give her a magnificent evening. They are attentive and caring, intuitive about her needs and seeking her pleasure is a goal. Guy is a bit more reserved as the story goes on, and Joel is a bit more outgoing. But when you get the three of them together it’s no holds barred fun – and it gets very hot!

After their sexy night, Piper decides she needs more of them. And the lengths she will go to to achieve that are astounding. I can’t say I blame her one single bit! The guys felt a connection, too. I really loved the dynamic between the three of them. The guys have history and they have great chemistry with Piper. You can practically see the currents run between them, they’re so connected.

All in all I really enjoyed this story. It started a bit bumpy, but as it went on I was reading as fast as I could, anxious to see what would happen next. The sex is delicious, and very naughty at times. The direction this book takes is pretty unique, and I think if you enjoy m-f-m or erotic romance, this would be a perfect selection for a quick read!

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Meet the Author:

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic
Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.
Email: tina(at)tinadonahue.com
Website/blog: www.tinadonahue.com


Teaser Excerpt

“What’s your fantasy about?” he coaxed.
She swallowed and closed her eyes.
To gain strength to answer? He wasn’t about to ask. Acting on pure impulse, Guy slanted his mouth over Piper’s, liking how her breath caught then rushed out as he slipped his tongue between her precious lips.
Mmmm.
Her mouth was loose beneath his, exquisitely soft, its heat welcomed. She tasted of something crisp and refreshing, toothpaste perhaps, and the champagne she’d had. She surrendered to him as though she had no will to do otherwise.
Nice.
He deepened their kiss, sweeping his tongue over hers. Tentatively, Piper responded as though testing his response. Guy would have bet several years of his life that she was more concerned about his pleasure than her own.
That wouldn’t do. Tonight was hers. No matter what it took, he’d make it the most memorable she’d ever known, giving her what that jerk Kevin couldn’t or wouldn’t.
 Guy explored Piper’s mouth with great tenderness, taking his time, enjoying her pleased sigh. To him, kissing was the most intimate thing a man and a woman could do. It bared the soul and reached the heart far more easily than sex ever could. That was about lust. This was about being close, telling another person—without the hassle of words—that they mattered. They were special. You liked them.
Piper rested her hand on the side of his neck and ran her forefinger over his ear, then eased a lock of his hair back. She made the small gesture seem as though she was taking care of him as she’d tried to do with the drink.
Her effortless generosity spiked Guy’s arousal more than he’d expected, far greater than he could resist. His gentleness became a memory, his need and hers all that mattered. He worked his hand beneath Piper’s hair and cupped the back of her neck, then lost himself in the moment. Impassioned. Reckless.
They made sounds that betrayed their excitement, the spark of desire burning bright within each of them.
Guy felt it in Piper’s hunger for him, his undeniable craving for her as a desirable woman, someone to be valued.
At last, he needed a breath, sensing she felt the same. Ending their kiss—the first of many tonight—he eased back.
Her flushed skin was several shades darker than her natural color, proving again she’d enjoyed their brief intimacy. Slowly, she opened her eyes. They were dazed with lust, her caution gone.
Guy teased, “Did your fantasy include more than that?”
“Oh yeah,” she breathed, her lips still wet with him and slightly bruised from his passion. “Lots and lots.” She paused to take in more air. “You can’t even imagine.”
He fought another smile. He’d seen and done it all, though never with someone so sincere and vulnerable. Somehow, that made Guy want to devour Piper, while also protecting her. A curious mixture of emotions he wasn’t about to explore.
“Like what?” Joel asked.
Guy suddenly remembered his buddy. So did Piper. She regarded Joel’s fingers stroking the heavenly swells of her breasts. Those luscious mounds wiggled prettily with her heightened breathing.
Damn, she was lush, her body ripe the way a woman’s should be. No bony, haute-couture contours that only a high-fashion designer might covet. She was a woman built for a man, her curves a welcomed sanctuary.
“Tell us,” Guy prodded.
With her attention darting from him to Joel and back, Piper mumbled, “I’m your, ah…”
“What?” he asked at her pause.
She covered her face with her hand, then peeked through her splayed fingers. “God, I can’t say it.”
“Sure you can.” Joel brushed her hair aside and nuzzled her neck.
Her hand fell to her lap. She moaned shamelessly.
Guy went to one knee again and eased her skirt above her panties, the same red shade as her dress. A birthday girl dressed in her Friday best, just waiting to be unwrapped, like a longed-for gift. Pulling in a deep breath to settle himself, he stroked the lingerie’s lacy edge.
Piper whimpered, then blurted, “I’m your sex slave. I have to do whatever you two say, everything both of you want, or else.”
“Or else what?” Guy asked.
She made a strangled sound that sounded embarrassed yet aroused.

Joel stopped suckling her neck and kissed her cheek. “We punish you?”





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