Title: Lustful Cravings (Seven Sin Sisters, Book One)
Author: Paloma Beck
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Length: 96 pages
Genre(s): Erotic Paranormal Romance (M/F/M)
Heat Level: Sizzling
Secret Cravings Publishing
Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy bigger than anyone ever expected. One by one, they will find their mates from the immortal Valendite breeds and secure their place in history. Each sister embodies one of the seven deadly sins only to be cast aside once claimed. But claiming comes at the price of separation, causing a weakening of their combined powers, which none want to happen… until Layla, holding the sin of lust within her body, locks eyes with Madden.
Madden is one of the strongest of the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men originating from the Italian Wars in the 1500s. Today, the Valendite Breed serve as the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), an invisible arm of the CIA. Their only weakness is their need for a mate to carry on the Breed. So now that Madden has found Layla, he will never let her go.
With forces mounting up against the Breed, Madden and Layla will need to rely on all of their powers combined to get them to their Pronouncement.
Madden pulled away from her, just slightly, and she whimpered in protest. He chuckled and kissed her nose when he saw her wrinkle it. Struck by the flush of her cheeks, Madden noted the same flush running down her throat and to the very top of her breasts. As she took deep breaths to calm herself, he placed his forehead against hers. But Madden only paused for a moment because he had no intention of letting the emotions he was pulling from Layla subside. He would not let her gain the control she was wrestling for. A woman off-balance was what he needed her to be.
As part of the Valendite Breed, Madden had been raised to know the prophecy, to appreciate the significance of finding your mate and claiming her. He planned to worship Layla until the day they died. The sharing of blood so sacred, nothing could tear them from one another. Not only would their blood bond them together but it would also sustain Madden and prolong Layla’s life so she lived as long as he did.
Madden moved his hands to frame her face and drew her head up to meet her eyes. He brushed a soft kiss against her full lips before speaking, his voice husky with desire. “Take your tongue, Layla love, and touch it to my sharpest teeth. The blood exchange will bind us and I can take you then. Ho bisogno di te. Please don’t make me wait.”
Madden’s words were barely finished when he took her mouth again. Gently his tongue drew hers out, slowing to let her catch up to his need. When he felt the puncture wounds and tasted the first drop of her blood, he moaned low inside himself. He felt Layla tense at first and then soften her body as it settled into his own. Her moans began to mirror his. He could feel her desire as if it was his own, and it multiplied the urge to claim her and demand she submit to him as his mate.
Madden held back with every piece of control he had been trained to possess. This moment required him to remain in control, to ease her in the mating. He felt her pull away. Her body shuttered and a small whimper bubbled up from her throat. He was suddenly struck by her vulnerability.
“What’s happened, Madden? Why do I feel this way?” His Layla was frightened and he wanted nothing more than to comfort her. Her feisty golden eyes now appeared panicked. Madden couldn’t bear it.
“Layla love, we’re bonded now. You will forever feel what I feel just as I will feel the emotions inside of you. It is a powerful thing for mates. It will make the next act we perform even richer than any romance book you’ve ever read.” He rose then from the floor between her legs and pulled her to him, carrying her out of the room.
“Which way to your bedroom, Layla?”
O.M.G. Yes, O.M.G.!! *wipes brow and picks tongue and jaw off the floor* To say this book was amazing would be an understatement. As most people know, I couldn’t get past the second Twlight book because the whole paranormal/vampire thing being repetitive, unoriginal and boring. If I’ve read about one vampire, I’ve read them all. *yawn* Well, Paloma proved me wrong on so many levels that I’m drooling for the second book in this series.
Layla is a member of the Circle of Magdalena. Its a rare race of women who are the destined mates of the Valendites with powers and a curse all their own. Each woman has one of the seven deadly sins as her soul sin and depending on that sin, Layla’s is lust, has either had to fight to control it or has never experienced it. Layla is the youngest of the sisters and a virgin. Meeting Anton stirs her sin of lust and not knowing what it is she flees.
Madden, Madden, Madden… *sigh* Where can I sign up? He was a total alpha one moment but when he realized that Layla was a virgin and didn’t realize what was going on within herself, he was just perfect. Added to the mix was Anton and wow. I needed a fan. The idea of a menage in a paranormal is nothing new but Paloma’s take and the way she wove into the story was believible and in this reader’s mind, smart. Its not smutty, but sexy and breathtakenly beautiful.
The world that she has created for her characters and the stories to come is brilliant. The suspense element that is woven into the plot is nicely done and well thought out. There are so many layers to the plot, world building and characters that at times I was dizzy but its a good dizzy. I read this book twice and will read it again. Layla, Anton and Madden are multi-layered characters that I came to care about deeply and how their mating effected everyone around them and within themselves. I keep on reading and praying that everything would be alright.
I can’t wait for the next sister’s story and see who she ends up with from the Valendites. Brilliant story, enticing characters and a different take on a menage and this book is a must read for me.
5 Smiles and one of Harlie’s Little Sister’s top 10 reads of 2012
AUTHOR BIO & LINKS
Paloma Beck is an erotic romance writer in both the Contemporary and Paranormal realms. Happily married and living a life of total contradiction, Paloma runs carpool service for her three sons, volunteers in PTA and teaches religious education.
Then in the moments when her characters talk to her, she journals their stories – and they are anything but PG. As a natural introvert, quiet time with her characters is necessary to keep sane while writing is the perfect outlet for her creativity.
Paloma believes a daily dose of coffee and a good book make any day better.
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