Apr 20, 2010
PAGAN & PEN REVIEW
Title: Lush Velvet Nights
Author: Tina Donahue
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Length: 135 pgs.
Pagan & Pagan Elements: No/ No
Reviewed by: Kim Earley
About The Book: During the day, Adriana's a lonely corporate heiress, helming a supermarket empire. At night, she hires escorts, scripting provocative fantasies of kidnapping, lust, submission and endless longing. It's all she has to excite her until she meets Nathan Wynn. Tall, blond and muscular―like a modern-day Viking―Nathan's a labor relations attorney representing Adriana's union employees. His imposing presence intensifies her basest desires. When he protects her from an escort he believes is an attacker, she knows he's wonderfully dominant and unrestrained. Fascinated by Adriana's underlying sensuality, Nathan brings her to his secluded mountain estate, determined she submit fully to his hunger. At a gentleman's club, he makes certain she denies him nothing. Engaging in a seductive sexual journey, Nathan's caught off-guard by his stunning need for Adriana. An attraction he fears because of past events in his life. A growing emotional connection she will not let him deny.
The Review: When I see a title from Ellora's Cave, it doesn't take much thought to snatch it up. I've never read anything by Tina Donahue before, but after reading Lush Velvet Nights, she'll be on the top of my must read list!
The characters jump off the page and straight into your heart, and the story line is romantic, pulling you in from the first page. Adriana is an heiress, but far from spoiled. Tired of dealing with men that want her for her money, she makes a first attempt at hiring an escort service to fulfill a kidnapping fantasy. Nathan unknowingly rescues her from her would-be attacker, and instead of being repulsed by her hiring the escort service, he finds his attraction to her such that he decides to step into the kidnapper's place, and takes her to his mountain estate.
Adriana is flawed, she's strong, and she believes wholeheartedly in the love she's found with Nathan. Nathan is a hedonist, fearful of any sort of commitment. His words tell her from the first moment that this is a non-relationship, that it's no strings. She agrees, but longs (at one point weeps, saying to her father figure, “I lied, I want strings.”) for Nathan to return her love. Will Adriana change Nathan's mind about love, and reach his heart?
Lush Velvet Nights has made it to my Reviewers Top Picks and is likely to stay there for quite some time. Steamy sex, fantasy pleasures, and characters that pull you into their lives and their hearts will have you reaching for Lush Velvet Nights again and again. This one is a must-read!
Pagan Elements: None
Cover (Rated 1-10): 9-The cover is super sexy, and leaves no question as to the heat you'll find inside.
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