But it happened a few days ago when I learned that Romantic Times had reviewed Illicit Desire, Book Two in my Outlawed Realm series for their November issue, and wrote one of the best reviews I've ever received.
It wasn't only that the reviewer gave it four stars, which is great, but what she said about my story. Here's the review. I'm still smiling. :)
It's a rare treat to find an oft-used trope crafted into such a touching, sensual page-turner. A meticulously detailed realm of subhumans, werewolves and genetically enhanced sex slaves provides the backdrop for an intense story of identity, desire and freedom. Peril and sexual exploration are well balanced with insight, making for a reading experience as thought-provoking as it is exciting. Elements of humor round out a winning installment of the Outlawed Realm.
Summary: When his creators saved him from death, Lukan was forced to leave behind Arez, a woman he craves and adores. Desperate to rescue her, Lukan enlists the help of quantum physicist Nikoli Zorr to create a portal. Without a way to return to Earth, Lukan and Arez have nothing but their trust in each other to help them outwit myriad dangers and ruthless creatures.
(SamhainPublishing.Com, dl $5.50)
Outlawed Realm, Book 2
Pleasure that destroys all thought. Love that shatters all barriers.
Once a sex slave marked for termination, Lukan was miraculously liberated from E4’s Pleasure Palace, where E2’s fine, upstanding rulers secretly indulge their cravings for every imaginable vice. But freedom is not enough.
He left his heart behind with Arez. Within her fragrant, heated caress, he knew everything denied him. Rapture, contentment, tenderness…and love. Desperate to have her back in his arms, he embarks on a dangerous mission to deliver his untamed temptress from the certain death she does not know awaits her.
Within her velvet cage Arez knew only carnal submission and loneliness—until Lukan. But he has disappeared, and she senses something different in the way the supreme ruler is using her. Then, as if Lukan felt her longing for his strong arms and fevered kisses, he is there to sweep her from this twilight dimension to another.
But true freedom lies just out of his grasp. To reach the last portal—and their destiny—Lukan and Arez must first outwit an army of predators that hunt them. Human, subhuman…and monsters.
Features a lusty guy who makes Greek gods look wimpy, and a wanton woman who lives for scorching sex. When these two get it on, watch out, they ain’t playing at lust or love.
“Heat with Heart”
ILLICIT DESIRE (4 STARS - ROMANTIC TIMES)
CLAIMING MAGIQUE (AVAILABLE NOW)
UNENDING DESIRE (BEST BOOK Rating - LASR Erotic)
SENSUAL STRANGER (BOOK OF THE YEAR 2010)
DEEP, DARK, DELICIOUS (HOLT MEDALLION AWARD OF MERIT)
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/tinadonahue