The Romance Reviews Erotic Romance Madness Hop!

(ETA Monday: I’ll be notifying the two giveaway winners sometime tomorrow! There’s still time, if you want to get your name in the hat!)

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The Romance Reviews Erotic Romance Madness Hop

Click the button! Hop somewhere fun!

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It’s finally time! The Romance Reviews Erotic Romance Madness Hop is upon us!

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Where: Here, at The Romance Reviews, and various blogs. Click on the button above to go to a random participating blog! (Because it’s a HOP. Get it? Hop to a random awesome place).

Duration: May 10-14. No need to try and visit all the blogs at once. Space yourself out!

What: Each participating blog will be giving away free stuff, showcasing a favorite novel, and The Romance Reviews is giving away stuff too.

My novel showcase: Destiny Calls by Samantha Wayland

My giveaway: I’m giving away a Dream Marked series set: one free ebook of Appassionato, Tango Trio, and Love Storm to one lucky commenter. The runner-up will get an ebook copy of the first book in my Four-Letter series: Risk Is A Four-Letter Word. All you have to do is leave a comment and your name will be in the running. On May 14 I will choose a winner at random and then a second name as runner-up.

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Destiny Calls by Samantha Wayland

buy link: Amazon, Ellora’s Cave

author website: http://www.samanthawayland.com/

When I read a novel, I most enjoy those with an exciting plot (explosions are a plus), character development that knocks my socks off, and/or superpowers (I read everything from sci-fi/fantasy to murder mysteries). When it comes to erotic romance, I adore sexual tension. Unresolved sexual tension is the ultimate romance candy: characters who are crazy for each other but aren’t together yet for some reason makes my imagination tingle.

Destiny Calls by Samantha Wayland has so much of this kind of tension that I broke into a sweat halfway through the first chapter. I couldn’t put the book down. I had to find out what happened. I read the entire thing in an emotional frenzy–it took about three-four hours. I read it so quickly not because the novel is short (the print version is 314 pages), but because I refused to budge until I’d consumed it whole.

The novel opens at a club where long-time best friends and police officers Patrick Brown and Brandon Barrett have gone to see the band on stage that night. Amusingly, that particular evening is when the bar caters to the local gay crowd. Since nothing in this kind of book ever goes smoothly, of course Brandon is harrassed by an ugly biker dude who won’t take “not interested” for an answer. Patrick, the straight guy in this particular duo, decides that kissing his bisexual best friend would solve the problem. After all, if he and Brandon are “together,” the ugly biker dude would leave them alone, right? Little did he know that one kiss would rock his entire universe.

Much soul-searching and self-reevaluation occurs in the next few chapters. Patrick had no idea he was attracted to Brandon. Brandon agonizes over the situation because he’d been nursing a crush on Patrick for years. Then, just when I thought Ms. Wayland had milked the sexual tension to completion, in walks Destiny. With the addition of a third into the already volatile mix, the tension ramps up to steamy levels. Destiny is just what the two men need to help them come to terms with their growing attraction. It doesn’t hurt that she is as much a friend to each man as they are to each other. It also doesn’t hurt that the three of them truly fall in love in a realistic fashion. As a heroine, Destiny definitely holds her own with both men. She turns what could have been a major mistake for the men into a passionate affair involving all three main characters equally.

Happily, the rest of the novel details the trio’s growing emotional commitment to each other without ever lapsing into unemotional sexual acrobatics. The sex is inventive, hot, and the key to understanding their growing love for each other. Destiny Calls is a satisfying romance, complete with a delicious happy ending. The conflict is believable, the dialogue is snappy, and the characters likeable. This is the book that put Samantha Wayland’s name on my must-buy-everything-she-writes list.

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The Romance Reviews Erotic Romance Madness Hop

56 thoughts on “The Romance Reviews Erotic Romance Madness Hop!

  1. Oh these blogs are killing me! So many great books *must win the lottery!* Thank you for introducing me to a new to me author. Her book sounds great.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. Nice, these sound wonderful and very spicy:) thank you for the great giveaway.
    elliott2668(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Great review. Sounds like we enjoy the same kind of books, so my wish list just grew another branch. Sure hope I can get some money to begin pruning before it gets much bigger.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  4. Oh boy!! My summer reading list is getting longer. I am supposed to be doing some catching up. I may have to add a few more days to my summer vacation just to do that. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  5. I remember reading an excerpt of this book and wanting to read it. Must go put it on the must read list NOW!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway. I would love to read your books
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  6. I would seriously love to read either one of those! So thanks for the chance to win!

    rae.gwendy(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Sexual tension and off the charts chemistry are my favorites too, Erin. Thanks for your very generous giveaway.

    Happy Mother’s Day

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  8. Thanks for the recommendation of Destiny Calls, it sure sounds like a great story. This has been one of the best Hops (maybe because I love reading erotic romances!) and I’m finding lots of new books and/or authors to add to my TBR pile. I have not read any of yours yet, but would love to ;o}

  9. I need to check out these books. I’m sure they’ll end up on my must have list.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  10. Wow! After reading your thoughts on Destiny Calls, I want to read RIGHT NOW! I love the way you describe the build-up of characters and their issues. :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts
    I read the blurb for your Dream Marked Series and LOVE it. The twist you put on the dream state sounds very fascinating. Not to mention those sexy covers! I am adding them to my TBR. And some sexy beach scenes in Risk is a Four Letter Word. Mmm.
    Thank you also for the giveaway.

  11. I want to read this series so bad! Sounds awesome! Ive had my eye on them for awhile! Thank you so much for the chance to win! And thank you for the fun hop!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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