Invitation to Eden (book review x2)
Invitation to Eden is series of books "from 27 of the biggest names in romance". The current releases are Wild Ride (by Opal Carew) and Pleasure Point (by Eden Bradley). This book tour and information has been organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with copies in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
About Wild Ride:
Her friend told her dreams come true at Eden, but this is more like a nightmare.
Marissa is shaken when her bad-assed biker ex-boyfriend begins to stalk her. After receiving an invitation to an exclusive resort called Eden, she jumps at the chance to get away.
But even in paradise, she can't escape the man from her past. As he's closing in on her, a passing stranger on a motorcycle pulls up and orders her onto his bike. Frightened and willing to take any chance to flee her dangerous ex, she does as he says.
Her knight in supple leather manages to lose her ex and take her to a secret hideaway, but now she finds herself overwhelmed by his potent masculinity and submitting completely to his authoritative commands.
Killer didn't want to be her savior. He had problems of his own. But once Marissa's under his protection, he will do whatever he can to keep her safe. Even force her to face her deepest fears.
Um... WOW. Wild Ride is right. Eden once again takes control and creates a fulfilled fantasy (whether it was what Marissa thought it's what she wanted or not). I loved Killer riding up on his motorcycle and whisking her away from danger... only to reveal that he may not have been a safer choice. The couple of twists and revealed secrets made the story made it interesting. Not to mention that Opal Carew knows how to write a sex scene like no other. It was a quick, absolutely fun, read.
Oh... I LOVED that just when you think the "ride" is over... Opal Carew surprises you with a final scene that is nothing short of sizzling. Oh. My. God. Way to end a book.
1 thing... I really would have loved to have learned Killer's real name. :) I'm still wondering what it is.
About Opal Carew:
Hi. I'm Opal Carew, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. I write erotic romance for St. Martin's Press and Samhain Publishing, and I self-publish stories. I also write romance as Amber Carew.
So why do I like writing erotic romance? I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries. I like dealing with a female character who is growing and evolving - questioning her sexual boundaries and pushing past them. My stories usually include menage a trois. It is great fun to write a heroine choosing between two equally appealing heroes... or more.
These aren't women who just jump into bed with anyone. They find themselves in an unusual situation - something exciting and erotic - but a situation where they have to push themselves beyond their comfort level. As a result, they grow as a person. So often fear holds us back - of what others will think of us, of what we will think about ourselves - and we don't follow our hearts. These women push past that fear.
To learn more about me and my books:
About Pleasure Point:
The island always knows what you need…
Miranda lives in paradise— the exclusive Eden resort, the ultimate in fantasy retreats. Roan, the resort’s dungeon consultant, lives part-time on the island and full-time in the past. When the sexy Dominant and the sultry pastry chef both receive one of the island’s mysterious invitations they spend a sizzling week together in the dungeon suite. They’re left breathless, wanting more… and hopelessly falling. Both have been scarred by loss, both have created a nearly impenetrable shell. The intensity and intimacy of kink might be the perfect recipe to open Miranda’s heart again. But can the man who fulfills her every secret desire ever give her what she needs the most?
When I was little... I remember watching Fantasy Island. (the plane! the plane!) Each Invitation to Eden book I read just makes me imagine Eden as a totally erotic adult version of Fantasy Island. Like Pleasure Point... I even seem to remember an episode (or 2) where an employee of the island was lucky enough to have one of their fantasies fulfilled.
I love the idea that the island (or the resort owner?) is seen as almost all knowing... and magically provides whatever fantasy each individual needs. The fact that Miranda and Roan are both kind of broken and closed off, and end up not only with a sexual fantasy, but finding their way into learning to work through there individual losses, is really intriguing.
I'm really loving that each "episode" of Invitation to Eden can be so different... but still continue with the same island fantasy theme. Awesome concept!
About Eden Bradley:
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Eden Bradley aka Eve Berlin writes dark, edgy erotic fiction. Her work has been called ‘elegant, intelligent and sensual’. Her debut novel, THE DARK GARDEN, has been praised as ‘a masterpiece’, and was a Romantic Times Top Pick, as was her erotic novel, FORBIDDEN FRUIT. Her novel THE LOVERS was called ‘…the thinking woman’s erotica…’.
Eden sold four novels and a novella to Bantam, as well as a novella to Berkley, before her first novel even hit the shelves, and Bantam contracted two more novels from her the moment her debut book was released. Her novels and novellas written as Eden and Eve have collectively been translated into German, Romanian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Polish and Japanese.
Eden has appeared regularly on Sirius Satellite’s Playboy Radio show, Night Calls, and has participated in round-table podcast and radio discussions. She has also been a regular guest at the West Coast In the Flesh readings in Hollywood. Eden has conducted a number of workshops and served on panels on writing craft and writing sex at several chapters of Romance Writers of America, at the RWA Nationals Conference, at the Romantic Times Convention and at library and independent writer’s groups.
Eden has published a number of articles on writing and has written both print and e-books for Berkley Heat, Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice and HQN, and Samhain Publishing. She has also written erotic romance for Berkley Heat as Eve Berlin. Her debut Heat novel, PLEASURE’S EDGE, won the 2010 Holt Medallion Award for best Erotic Romance, and her self-published Box Set, RIDING DESIRE, hit the New York Times and USA Today Best Seller lists in February, 2014 with her story OBSESSION.