Reviewette: Lover's Dawn by Kristi Astor

Reviewette: WINTER'S DESIRE Anthology, "Lover's Dawn" by Kristi Astor

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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: I can't remember who mentioned this but I must agree with their comment. This woman's boobs do look to be in the wrong spot. They're right under her shoulders! It's like neck then cleavage. I guess she won't have to worry about them one day sagging to her belly button... That'd be a pretty far drop.

Singe Title/Series: "Lover's Dawn" is a single title novella

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

My Review:

The only life that Aisling Wainscott has ever lived is by way of pen and paper with her erotic tales that she sells secretly to the men's magazine "Boudoir". After shocking her older brother Jack with her very unladylike and scandalous stories, she's since sold everything she's written with his help. But internally, Aisling feels that she's a complete fraud. While having ridden herself of her pesky virginity and curiosity, she's since come to the rationalization that the only pleasure to be had is via fantasy.

Seeking refuge in the old circle of stones near her home, Aisling makes a wish for a man that couldn't possibly exist. But when faced later in the evening with Will Cooper, a man of questionable decent, she's shocked to discover that he embodies all that she wished in a man. Unfortunately, their wide separation in class and birth would make a match impossible but it doesn't mean that she can't seek the pleasure that Will promises.

Will has been trying to figure Aisling out since that long ago time when they were childhood friends. Their lives have since taken them in different directions and she still remains an undecipherable mystery but he can't deny their mutual passion for one another. When desire inevitably leads to love, Will's heartbroken when Aisling, the strongest person he knows, is cowardly where her heart's concerned.

Frightened of the sudden feelings swamping her mind, Aisling tries to rationalize it with the wish she cast in the circle of stones. Before that moment she knew who she was and what she wanted, but now everything has changed and she doesn't know if she has the strength to change with it. Will she defy her family and society to marry the man that makes her heart sing? Her winter's desire.

This was a fun and refreshing novella. I haven't read many historicals set in the early 1900's so this was a real treat. It was like modern meets Victorian. I loved the roadsters and the electricity but society is still as buttoned up as ever.

Aisling was a sassy, in-your-face kind of girl. It's take it or leave when it comes to who she is and what she stands for and she makes no apologizes for her scandalous behavior. She smokes, curses, and drives like a crazy woman. She's passionate and lustful which is evident in her erotic stories but Aisling is also a woman who has been witness to heartbreak and has guarded herself from the possibility of it ever happening to her.

Will Cooper embodies not only Aisling's heart's desire, but a complete defiance to the way she's been raised. He's a man of questionable lineage, a bastard but a good lookin' one. Even Aisling's inner snob shuns the idea of marriage but her body's craving of Will knows no bounds. But it's her heart that makes its own decision. The heart wants what the heart wants and it's just a matter of how much Aisling is willing to give up if she doesn't follow it.



Barbara said...

LOL! You and the boobs on this cover! I wish I had boobs that perky, lol.

Anyhow, alas, I have not finished this book yet, aside from Charlotte's tale. I have not had a minute to myself for days!!! I'm hoping to finish tonight. And I stress, Hoping.

VampFanGirl said...

lol! I know, those pale white globes just draw my eye like no other. ;) I think they defy gravity..

I think you'll really like this novella, Barbara. If you've read any other historicals in this time period, let me know. It reminds of movies like "Brideshead Revisited". Well, that's about two decades after "Lover's Dawn"... You'll know what I mean though when you read it.

Hugs, VFG

Blodeuedd said...

Maybe she had some kind of nice old-time boob-job.

Oh is that her nipple I see, really pointing to the side?

Sounds like a good story, I already kind of like her, as long as she gets over her inner snob

VampFanGirl said...

LOL, Blodeuedd! Man, those boobs are distracting. ;)

Aisling's inner snob rears its ulgy head a few times but I think the novella ended well and that Aislings feelings were more of fear than anything.

;) VFG

Barbara said...

Hmmm...this takes place in the Edwardian era, right? Early 1900's? I don't think I've read any tales from that era. I'd love to, though. It's always Regency. I think that's why I love Victorian so much. It's different.

I'll let you know my thoughts once I finish the story.

VampFanGirl said...

Yup, the Edwardian era. Hmmm... I wonder why there isn't more novels written in this era?? Well I suppose the horse drawn carriage is more romantic...

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