Reviewette: Winter Awakening by Amanda McIntyre

WINTER'S DESIRE Anthology, "Winter Awakening" by Amanda McIntyre

Releases November 1, 2009

On Solstice eve long ago, a Druid priestess and Norse warrior succumb to forbidden, erotic desire. Their passion is one that neither death, decree--nor time--can tear asunder.

Now three women of later centuries begin their own sensual journeys, awakened by the ancient power of the priestess's words--"Burn bright of winter's desire."

Sabeline experiences surprisingly unbridled nights with her betrothed's best friend in a lusty tale...

Sinead. Her body yearns for her husband, killed in the Crimean War - and for the officer who broke the tragic news...

Aisling writes risque stories under a secret pen name, but her real-life love life is a bore...until she makes a wish for her winter's desire that works only too well.

Genre: Erotic Historical Romance

Cover Thoughts: LOL! I'm still laughing over that woman's bubble-like boobs!

Single Title/Series: "Winter Awakening" is a single title novella.

Why I read it: I was offered a trade paperback by Charlotte Featherstone to review.

My Review:

Sabeline, nervous about her ability to hold her future husband's interest, requests ample advice from her worldly cousin, Margaret. Recalling her betrothed's wondering eye upon their meeting three years ago, she hopes desperately that he's sated his lustful oats. Perhaps learning a man's pleasure will be helpful in securing Lord Benedict's desire. But when Margaret asks her to picture Lord Benedict while she explores her body, to Sabeline's horror it's Sir Ranulf, the man she stole a kiss from three summers ago, that stars in her fantasies.

For three years, Ranulf has held tightly to the memory of Sabeline's kiss. He realizes that it may have been a youthful conquest of hers, but her sweet taste still lingers distinctly in his mind. But he has a job to do. As the King of England's trusted emissary, he'll see to the marriage of his charge, Lord Benedict, to the Welsh Baron's daughter. The alliance of the Welsh tribes with England is vital and his duty is clear and once the vows have been spoken he can finally move on with his life.

When her betrothed and his companion arrive, Sabeline is immediately transfixed once more by Sir Ranulf. The intensity of his stare is still as arousing as ever even after three years. Clearing her head of Ranulf and determined to put herself in the path of Lord Benedict, Sabeline tries desperately over the next few days to secure his attention but still his eye wonders. Inquiring Ranulf of what she could possibly do to please her future husband, she's met instead with his determination to not talk of relationships. Knowing that this alliance means everything, Sabeline, finally mustering the necessary strength, ventures to her betrothed's chamber with plans of seduction and after a night of intense passion, Sabeline is relieved to learn that Lord Benedict is a gentle and passionate lover. Unfortunately with the morning light comes a horrible unveiling of the true man who made love to her and a plot of betrayal that has the potential to ruin hundreds of lives.

"Winter Awakening" started off with a jaw-dropping erotic bang that had me desperate to read the rest. Unfortunately my excitement turned to boredom and while I put in a valiant effort, I found myself skimming through about 15% of the novella.

Sabeline confused me a bit. With her cousin Margaret, she's insecure but with Ranulf three years prior and at present, she's confident and cunning. Perhaps it was Margaret's vast experience with men that made Sabeline unsure of herself but I was still shocked at her change with Ranulf.

In addition, McIntyre writes in first person for both Sabeline and Ranulf making transitions between them a bit confusing. Sometimes it would take a couple of sentences before I understood who's thoughts I was reading.

But despite the boredom and slight confusion, I liked Sabeline and Ranulf. They both were loyal to their cause but torn asunder by their mutual desire. It was a star-crossed lovers scenario that really could have been a thrilling and read. It was still erotic and there was romance but just not enough in between.


Coming Soon:

THE MASTER & THE MUSES by Amanda McIntyre

Releases June 2010

Icon, rebel, unabashed romantic… with a single look painter Thomas Rodin conveys the ecstasy of creativity—the pleasures awaiting the woman who can fuel his artistry.

the Innocent

What did this master artist see in me? Genius abided in his soul, rapture in his flesh—I doubted not. To refuse him…my folly. To surrender…my sensual salvation.

the Upstart

I chafed at the bonds of servitude until he set me free. I turned my back on all that I knew to follow him and found myself between two men—master and student—one whom I loved with my heart...the other with my body.

the Courtesan

I understood, perhaps better than any, his needs.
I stoked the fires of his soul, the spark of his creativity— he made me a legend. But never could I forget his searing touch.…

Three transcendent tales of women bewitched by a master of seduction— a slave as much to his art as to his boundless passion.


Barbara said...

Honest review. I've had tales they made me feel much the same.

The plotline to this one sounds really good. I was supposed to start it yesterday but ran out of time with the halloween party and everything else going on.

From the stories I've read by this author, I think AM has a very unique voice and does a great job with pulling the reader in to a tale. I'm looking forward to this.

Blodeuedd said...

Lol I see the boob thing now too.

Tricia said...

Hey VFG! I enjoyed the review and "bubble like boobs" lol

Cecile said...

Hey Vamp, very honest review. That is all we can ask of you. I am waiting on my copy of Winter's Desire to be in my mailbox soon!!! And I am hoping to read it as soon as I get it!!!
I am looking forward to hearing all the tales of those ladies!!!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Kristie (J) said...

Not only are her boobs bubble like - they are totally misplaced!!!! I mean who has boobs just below their shoulders?!?!?!? In fact they almost seem to be a weir extension of her shoulders.

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