Friday, September 17, 2010

Review: Forbidden Pleasures by Amanda McIntyre

Forbidden Pleasures
by Amanda McIntyre
Spice Briefs
On Sale Date: September 1, 2010
Publication Date: September 1, 201
Category: Erotic Fiction

Back of the Book

Britannia, 400 A.D.

Torin has dedicated his life to battle, first as a Roman warrior and now defending his native Britannia from the Saxons. Finding pleasure with a woman is far from his mind—until he encounters Alyson, a flame-haired Celtic servant who arouses his desire like never before.

Alyson is also drawn to the strong yet gentle warrior, especially when she feels magic in his touch. How could she resist his allure when the gods themselves compel her to be with him? But while fate may have a special destiny in store for Torin, it is Alyson's choice to act on their passion....

I was given this book by the author for my honest review. The thoughts expressed here are solely my own!

For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review...

This is an amazing short tale of how Alyson and Torin came to be. For those of you that are familiar with Ms. Amanda's work ~ you will remember Tortured (if you read it - you will remember) you will remember Torin. He is the brother of our heroine in that story. We meet him as a small child ~ then we see him as a grown man... so we never know his middle story. And that is what this story is about...

This book is the middle of Torin's life; which we finally are able to get into! Oh yeah! You should really read Tortured to truly know where Torin came from and where he went. Even though you may not have read Tortured, you can still read this one. Ms. Amanda does the wonderful job she always does of bringing the story right into our minds. She gives us just enough back story for us to understand and grasp Torin's story. But to truly understand the man, you really should read Tortured. And another great reason to read Tortured... you get to find out exactly what happens to Alyson and Torin. Trust me ~ you won't be disappointed! I promise.

Alyson comes... "from a long line of seers. Her druid mother and two generations before her were all skilled in being able to read palms and perform other tasks of the magical ancient arts." This was the praise that was offered to dinner guest from her Master ~ General Ambrosius. Alyson and her family served General Ambrosius in one capacity or another. They love serving General Ambrosius for he is a just and fair man. Even though he was retired from the military ~ he went back to help the people of Britannia. He wanted what Alyson and her people wanted ~ their land back in the hands of the Celti people ~ not the Saxon.

I have thought and wrote and erased my review for Torin's story... that is not a bad thing... but I wanted this review to really capture the essence of Torin and Alyson. This is a short story and truly a hard book to review because I do NOT want to give away to much of the book. For those of you who have read Tortured - believe me, I know you are dying to know how Torin and Alyson came together. But for those of you that have not read Tortured... this will simply wet your appetite for more. Either way, you will want to know more about Torin!

Torin is a commander of his make shift army. His purpose is to defeat the King of the Saxon and defend the honor of his Celti/Roman people. He has a heart of pure gold but he is a man of honor and duty. Nothing has ever shaken his resolve to his call of duty. Nothing... until he locks eyes with a woman who will change his whole world. To watch a man become bewitched and fall for a woman is always a pleasure - especially when that is not what he thinks he needs... a woman, lol.

This is not just a love story of boy *cough, man* meets girl *cough, woman*. No, Ms. Amanda knows there has to be conflict, danger and evil to over come. And yet again, Ms. Amanda delivers that and so much more. For this being a short story, Ms Amanda gives me the things that I need and that makes her an awesome author. You will escape for a few hours back in time... to a place of magical things... You will get wrapped up in Alyson and Torin's world... and it will not let you go till they are done with you.. and still you will want more (enter Tortured, lmbo).

I pined after this story and I am so thrilled to say that this is what I wanted!! To know what happened to him, to see what drove him to where I last saw him... priceless. So if you read or have not read Tortured - get ready because you will want to read (re-read) it!!

Ms. Amanda shows you exactly what she means when she calls this story Forbidden Pleasures...
Some things should be forbidden... but some times pleasures are meant to be discovered..

Come with Torin and Alyson to find out about their Forbidden Pleasures....

To visit Ms. McIntyre's website, please go -->> here!
To check out her blog, please go -->> here! Drop her a line, she will be glad to hear from you!

And remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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  1. I haven't read any of ms. McIntyre's work, but your review makes me want to jump up and go get one of her books now! Sounds really good!!

    Have a good Friday :0


  2. Great review Sweetie!!! I am definitely going to have to get this one. I loved Tortured and have been waiting for Torin's story.

    Have a great weekend!!

  3. Oh my...I feel like I have to read Tortured now. Can't just start in the middle.

    Hope you'll have a great weekend hon!

  4. I am with SusiShunshine I need to read Tortured first now.. Love the review! Have a good weekend

  5. hi Cecile
    just a quick hi before I have to run- Going to my parents for dinner :)
    But had to check thsi hot cover and review first.

  6. This book sounds like a good read but if you say to start with Tortured then I'll need to look into it. I totally believe reading books in order so I don't miss anything. Another great review. I hope you have a nice weekend!!

    Stephanie G
    Paranormal Haven

  7. I haven't read Ms. McIntyre's work either but this sounds yummy...

    But I have to go read the first book first.. Love the cover..

    Isn't it nice when a short story hits the spot..


  8. *smooshes & muahs* loves on yous! my beautiful friend!!


  9. I'll have to read Tortured first,I'm like the others,I have to read in order.
    Great review.

  10. You're such a dedicated reviewer, hon! To have erased and rewritten it because you wanted this review to really capture the essence of Torin and Alyson. I think you did a wonderful job at that! Fabulous review!! *smooches*

  11. Wendy~ Oh gosh Wendy, you have to! She is awesome! Ohhh you really should and I will be looking out for your reviews! Which I know you will have **big grin** I hope you have a great weekend! Hugs

    Heather D~ Thank you hon! Thanks for coming over too! Ohhhh if you loved Tortured and you have to know more about Torin... YOU WILL WANT THIS ONE! I hope you have a great weekend with the family!

    SusiSunshine~ Hey honey! Ohhh you will want to read Tortured, but like I said this is the middle of Torin's life... but you will want to know more! And you will not be disappointed! Have a great weekend hon! Hugs!

    Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance)~ Hey honey! Ohhh believe me you will not be disappointed! Hugs to you and have a great weekend!

    Chris~ Yayayaya and I have a glass of wine!

    Blodeuedd~ Hey honey! Oh hon, I hope you had a great time with the parents! And I hope dinner was delicious! You are so sweet honey!

    Paranormal Haven~ Stephanie! Hey honey! This book is just that good!
    I would read Tortured just to read it again... you get a taste of Torin in there... and now you get a little more... And believe me you will want more! Have a good weekend honey!! Hugs to you!
    Thank you for your kind words!

    Erotic Horizon~ Hey honey... oh her work is awesome!!! I hope you read and enjoy! Have a great weekend honey!

    Redd~ I am still sniffling... My I love you my friend!! Hugs!!!! With lots of smooshes and muahs!!!!

    elaing8~ Hey honey! Ohhh you have to read Tortured!!! NOW!!! Hee hee! Yeah, I am pushy! Have a great weekend!

    Janna (ErotRomReader)~ Hey honey! Awww you are so sweet to me! Thank you! I really did want to do this book justice. Because it is just that good! I hope you have a great weekend!!! Hugs and kisses to you honey!

  12. Wonderful review Cecile! I loved Tortured and can't wait to read Torin's story!

  13. I loved the Master and the Muses - I really need to check out some of Ms. McIntyre's other books - she's got a wonderful writing style.

  14. How do you get through all these racey books, Cecile? It takes me a couple of days, after reading the reviews, just for me pulse to stabalise!

  15. Chris~ Hey hon! Thanks for popping in! Hope you had a great weekend!

    Tricia~ Hey hon! Ohhh I do remember you loving Tortured! And yes, you willlll want to read this one! Hope you had a great weekend as well! Hugs!

    Patti (Book Addict)~ Oh Patti, if you loved TMTM, you really should try a lot more of Ms. A's writing. I think you will fall in love with her style! Hugs to you hon!

    JJ Cocker~ Ohhh honey.. when they are just this hot ~ believe me you will want to keep reading. I am an addicted true hussy!!!! I hope you had a great weekend honey!

  16. I can't wait to read this I adored Tortured and can't wait to see what happens with Torin in this prequel! Great review hon!



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