Book 3 Facets of Passion
Publisher Carina Press
Genre: Romance, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Release date: May 13
Danielle Sosna has no problem denying herself in order to achieve her goals—after all, that attitude landed her a dream job at Vogue Paris. But in New Orleans for one last assignment before heading overseas, she’s faced with the most decadent of temptations. Seductive Cajun chef Bobby Prejean takes Dani’s strength of will as a challenge, and offers her a night of wild indulgence—if she will agree to obey his every command…
Dani can’t resist Prejean’s invitation to join him in a world of carnal desire, complete with fetish costumes and masks. Determined to keep her emotional distance, she gives Prejean everything but her name. A night becomes a week, as she spends Mardi Gras suspended…in the delicious space where pleasure meets pain.
Too late, she realizes the cloak of anonymity has not protected her—and that chasing her dream might come at the expense of her heart.
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I just got home yesterday from a marathon, five-day road trip. Because I was driving an extra car for my folks, I drove alone. Which means I listened to several audio-books.
One was an erotic romance that has gotten a fair amount of buzz lately. I was curious why it stood out so much for readers, so I picked that as one for the trip.
While it was certainly sexy – and definitely turned me on – I finally gave up on it out of boredom. And believe me, when you’re driving for hours on end through the desert of Arizona and New Mexico, it takes a significant amount of disinterest in the story to turn it off.
Of course, this sort of thing is entirely subjective. One woman’s crack is another woman’s meh. But still, I felt like the story didn’t deliver what I wanted. The sex scenes were highly charged and erotic, and yet fell short of fully delivering as I hoped they would. Then there were long stretches between where I felt like the story seriously lagged.
Some readers love a story that makes for good “one-handed reading” – basically inspiration for getting off. Nothing at all wrong with that, but this book clearly aspired to do more than that, by exploring the characters’ lives and feelings. However, those parts of the story lacked the charge of the sex scenes for me. While I love a sexy book, I’ve also been reading “sweeter” romances lately by an author who keeps me fascinated, despite all the door-closing.
Obviously with this book, other readers don’t agree and have loved it. But it’s gotten me wondering – how much story do you all like with your erotica and erotic romances?
Book 2 Facets of Passion
Althea Grant is doing fine. Sure, her Charleston gallery is suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere. But she’s happy enough. When rugged metal sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.
Steel, fascinated by Althea’s rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr that can be used for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the coolly polite lady into modeling for him is the second.
As Steel peels away her careful manners and tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn’t just fine at all—it’s as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she’s failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?
A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht. Taylor writes the adventure off as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterwards, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally. Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her – and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?
Kirliss captured her other wrist and held them close in front of her, his warm fingers massaging her skin, while he studied her face. The boat surged over a wave, disturbing her balance. Kirliss’s unusual eyes caught the light, boring into her.
“This is silly,” she tried.
“Do you want me to make you stay?”
“What?” Taylor choked. She couldn’t let him treat her this way. “No! You’ll do no such—”
She lost her breath entirely when he pressed up against her. Thinking he was trying to embrace her, she pulled away and found herself backed against the brass railing.
By the time she gathered her flustered thoughts, her wrists were handcuffed to the rail behind her. Mortified, a bit afraid and—worse—suddenly and wildly aroused…
About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training. Find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeffe.Kennedy and Twitter (@jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website http://jeffekennedy.com/.
Jeffe Kennedy knows how to show a girl a good time. Every time I pick up one of her books, I am transported to another place. This time was New Orleans and a whole lot of sexy BDSM action. Sometimes I can get burned out with too many similar themes, but this one was a wonderful coming into ones self kind of story. Dani and Prejean were characters that you can fall in love with again and again.
Dani is in the fashion industry and scrimps on her food to try and remain competitive. Ending up at a restaurant one night, she requests some changes to a dish and the chef comes out to see what kind of loon wants him to make the kind of changes she was asking for. The clash between Dani and the very sexy Prejean is full of sparks. As Dani runs into the sexy chef again, he offers her something she can’t refuse and the story ramps up to full force.
I enjoyed this book very much. Prejean is a thoughtful Dom with more on his mind than a quick spank and tickle. He really takes his time with Dani and helps her blossom. There was a whole lot of sex and a HFN ending that fit the book. I found myself wanting to know much more about this sexy chef and his Cajun background.