Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paloma Beckons to me!

Greetings and salutations hump day nation! We can do this - please say it with me...."Oh yes, we can do this!" What a week - Olympics over, back to school gearing up, summer winding down and so many new releases a gal doesn't know what to read first! Thankfully we Guilty Indulgent bloggers have found another new to us author, who is actually new! We are quite delighted to be spotlighting her debut novella - the first in a seven, count em, seven part series!!! Oh we do love a good saga and this one is hoo-boy good! To get you all in the mood, lets say a fond farewell to the Olympics with a last glimpse at those boys of summer....I must say, whoever designed swimwear for this year's divers and swimmers is my new best friend! Mmmmmmmmm! 

Lustful Cravings - Seven Sin Sisters, Book 1, Paloma Beck, 
Secret Cravings: August 6, 2012

GENRE: Erotic Paranormal Romance
ELEMENTS: Menage, Adult Language, Explicit Sex

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), their only weakness being their body’s 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 their powers combined to get them to their Pronouncement.

Say what you will about the paranormal genre being repetitious and overdone - Ms. Beck puts that rumor to rest.  Creating a who new world of paranormal creatures (the Valendite Breed) - a little bit magical, a little bit vampy and a whole lot of alpha male sexy!  Combine that with a race of women (the Circle of Magdalena) with powers of their own, bound by their "soul sin", you have that blissful concept of a pre-destined mate tempered with the modern need to have trust, affection and love earned.

Never shy about venting my frustrations with the world building that normally occurs with the first book in a new series - Lustful Cravings manages to weave a spell that leaves the reader with a general understanding of who the players are and what their world is about without being overly descriptive or over-divulging as many first introductions are.  Ms. Beck provides the reader with enough information about these Sinster Sisters that every single one of their hopefully HEA stories is a tantalizing morsel one is willing to wait for.  There are still enough mysteries about the Valendite Breed and their covert missions for TEU that upcoming story lines should be surprising and exciting as well.  Thankfully, the next in the series will release soon so the wait wont be terribly painful!

As for characters themselves, Layla is an interesting choice for a first story - the youngest and embodying possibly the most complicated soul sin of lust - she's a virgin who has never felt the need to connect outside her family home because her sin has never kicked in until that fateful night she spies Madden in a crowded club.  Watching Madden go completely alpha to get the mate he wants and needs is sexy and intense. That he actually takes such care to ensure it isn't the traumatic experience it could have been is endearing.

The added complication of Anton into the mix takes the story from a sexy read to a sizzling read.  The concept of the rare Tre Adoro between Madden, Layla and Anton, a  different type of Valendite Breed, makes for one supremely hot symbiotic relationship. Like the perfect triangle, all three sides are equal and derive strength and support from each other and cannot do without any one piece missing. Find that in a menage relationship and you have the makings of sheer brain candied heaven!

Well written, cleverly crafted, strong but appealing characters and a unique story line with sizzling hot erotic love scenes - this is a new author to watch out for!

RATING: Five Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries!
This book was given to us by the author for an unbiased review.  Many thanks.


Paloma Beck is an erotic romance writer in both the Contemporary and Paranormal realms. Despite the genre, she creates alpha heroes and women strong enough to love them. Everything is fair game in Paloma's stories because she believes love comes in all varieties.

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 -or espresso- and a good book make any day better.



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