Monday, April 1, 2013

VBT: Giveaway & Review ~ Tempted by the Storm by Maxine Mansfield


Larksong Hammerstrike has always been just the younger sister of Princess Aryanna. Never quite as pretty or as smart, always lacking, a mere empath whose power gets her into trouble more often than not. But at Carnalval, the festival of all things sexual, she unleashes her sensual side for a night in the arms of a masked stranger. When morning dawns, Lark can't resist a peek beneath the mask of her lover and is once again crushed by fate. The man of her lusty adventure is none other than the future Lord of the High Elves and destined to marry her sister.

As heir to the kingdom of Landis and current instructor of wizardry at the Academy of Magical Arts, Sarco Sunwalker is honor bound to rise above the temptation of the beautiful empathic student who invades his mind, body, and soul. But when sparks fly, lightning strikes, and thunder rolls, Sarco finds himself more than tempted by the storm of Lark's passion and vows to find a solution that will prevent a war between races, fufill an infamous quest, and win Lark's hand.

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Wild Rose Press


There was only one word that could describe the creature standing before him. Wonderful.

“Did you say something?” the woman whispered.

He shook his head. “Nothing, I just can’t believe my luck. You really are real and here with me.”

She smiled, but her smile didn’t extend to her eyes.

Before another heartbeat passed or another breath taken, he stood at her side. With tenderness, he gazed into her gentle, masked face and took both of her hands in his. He was humbled as her fingers trembled even more than his own did. “We don’t have to do this if you’d rather not.”

She smiled wider, and her eyes gleamed with mischief. “I suppose we might as well. After all, we’re already here, and you’re at least halfway undressed.”

Sliding his hands up her arms and around her shoulders to her back, Sarco felt for and found the clasps holding her gown together. With the flick of a wrist, they gave way, and with a swish, the silky fabric fell to her hips exposing lush, rose-tipped breasts. Just the right size to hold in both hands, to fondle, to caress, to taste.

“Hmm, it seems you’re halfway undressed yourself.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write romantic fantasy. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.

I have one very special man, our three equally special children, and six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.

Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes.

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*Maxine will be awarding a Tempted by the Storm themed gift bag to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (US/CANADA ONLY) *

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My Thoughts:

Oh, so much Hotness in one book! Adults only!!! I enjoyed this exceptionally steamy book. There was a lot of steamy scenes in this book. So much so that it was almost too much for my liking, almost! ;-) Sometimes it seemed like there was more of that than anything else. I'm not complaining though!

This book had elves, humans, gnomes, a surplus of super steamy scenes, romance, a quest, a good amount of humor, great characters and more!

I really liked Sarco and Lark together and I couldn't wait to see if they got their HEA. I was really into this book and I liked it with the exception of a few minor things that irritated me. The story made up for it though.

I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish in exchange for my opinion. I liked it and thought it was an extremely Hot book. ;-)

How would you feel if your moods affected the weather?

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  1. +JMJ+

    Hmmmm. Given that I love rainy days and am a little listless on sunny days, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to let the weather be affected by my moods! ;-) I think I'd move to a place where the weather is usually very bad, so that I'd be happy to get a lot of sun--just for the sake of the people who have to live around me. =)

    1. It is kind of you to take your neighbors into consideration while deliberating my question. :-)

  2. i thing i would feel bad ^^;; i can have a lot of mood swing so teh weather would be really unpredicable ^^:: on the other side, nature need both sun and weather so it wouldn't be so bad perhaps^^;; and who knows having this power would perhaps force me to be more stable ( though i get so emotive when i'm sick ^^;; i can't control that)

    1. I'm glad this was a hypothetical question lol! We would be in trouble if women's moods controled the weather!

  3. Thank you so much for your review of Tempted by the Storm. Sorry it took me so lomg to comment. I live in Alaska, (Where thank God the weather doesn't follow my moods) and I'm just now having my first cup of coffee for the day! And, it looks like sunshine is in the picture!

    1. lol! You beat me to it today. My kids are still home from school or I would have commented sooner as well.

      I hope you enjoy the coffee and the sun. :)

  4. Hot and steamy is definitely the phrase to use with Maxine's stories. BUT, the thing that's so "cool" about them all is that the central love story is just absolutely wonderful with sweet elements--always! Glad you got to review this book. It's a fun addition to anyone's TBR pile!!

    1. I'm glad too. I'll be checking out more of them soon!

  5. It would be interesting. If I am sad so is the weather but since I am usually happy, the weather would be good.
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  6. I feel like the world would be in trouble because some days my mood swings are intense. Think of just driving down the road and getting cut off but 5 minutes later a great song comes on and your mood alters...

  7. Since I love bright sunny days, I would definitely try to be happy most days and not worry about anything.

  8. This does sound really good! And the mornings would probably be really gloomy and rainy cause im grouchy until I get caffiene and wake up then it all just depends. :)

    1. I'm not a morning person either! Can you imagine the kind of weather we would create every morning?

  9. I think it would be kind of fun if I wanted to produce a thunderstorm over someone. : ) But other than that, probably not. Everyone would know what mood I'm in all the time.

  10. I think it would be an interesting life, to say the least. :)
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  11. With my issues in life, I don't think that would be good. I doubt we'd have much sun. I have a tendency to be melancholy or simply mellow. I could see a lot of overcast days in our future if my emotions controlled the weather. I added this one to my wish list and hope to get a chance to read it soon.

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    1. Glad to see you back Josette!

    2. THANKS! I'm glad to be back! I've missed being able to come on to the blog. Today was fun getting caught up with the recent posts for April. Now hubby is informing that I really should be resting to get rid of this cold LOL

  12. Oh you do not want my moods to affect the weather! It will be a complete disaster because I get from happy to pissed of in seconds and it's hard to make myself smile again.. It will be a very dark world..
    As for the book, I like the summary and I'd love to read it at some point... Loved the excerpt!