Awakened by a Kiss
by Lila DiPasqua
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Available: August 3, 2010
Genre: Erotic Historical Romance
Book received from: Author
Three classic fairytales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist…
Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go…
Little Red Writing: Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambelle, has been assigned by the King to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother’s house, or to a ravishing woman who would stir his deepest hunger…
Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants—and she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he’s every bit the man he once was—and more than man enough for her…
Reviewed by: Fiction Vixen
Awakened by a Kiss is Lila DiPasqua’s debut and is the retelling of three classic fairytales, each retold with a unique erotic spin.
Five years ago, Adrien d’Aspe, notorious rake and bastard son to the King, finds himself awakened by a kiss. His mysterious masked lady showed him a night pure carnal pleasure and he has never forgotten her. Thinking he would never see his mystery seductress again, he is shocked to find that she is visiting the same chateau as he is, and she is to be married soon. Time is short and all he can think of is finding out who she really is, why she came to him that night and making love to her again.
Catherine de Villecourt is mortified when she realizes the man she seduced in the night five years ago is at the chateau. She expected to never see him again and for very good reason. She’d like to keep her head. Her maid drugged Adrien’s drink five years ago and that is a very serious offense. Convinced she could be charged with trying to poison the Marquis de Beaulain, she intends to stay well away from him. The problem is, she has never forgotten their night of passion and finds his attentions almost irresistible.
Sleeping Beau is a very sexy tale with a deliciously naughty hero and a heroine who drives him wild. They are absolutely perfect for each other and their chemistry is wonderfully steamy. Although their relationship begins as purely sexual, their emotional relationship develops gradually while they explore the passion they ignited years ago.
This is an erotically charged short story, that will thrust you into the time period, leaving you smiling as Adrien and Catherine find their happily ever after.
Little Red Writing
Anne de Vignon is a writer of romantic poetry. She also writes illegal stories under the pen name Gilbert Leduc that mock very powerful ‘gentlemen’ of the upper class. The King is outraged and has ordered his musketeers to find this mysterious writer and arrest him/her. Nicholas de Savignac, known as le Loup (the wolf) is an ambitious man and this arrest could put him in the good graces of the king and therefore further his career. When he meets Anne he is totally taken with her but suspects that she or one of her sisters could be the notorious Gilbert Leduc. Nicholas finds Anne utterly irresistible and becomes torn between his own ambitions, and his heart.
I love a hero that keeps me on my toes and keeps me wondering if he’ll come through and do right thing. Nicholas certainly fits the bill. He’s bad but oh so good, with the righteous hero is simmering just beneath the surface. But that’s not all he has simmering if you know what I mean. Nicholas is a lusty lover and although he is a threat to Anne’s very freedom, she is a lucky lady to be the object of his desire. Luckily, she is quite open to his affections.
Little Red Writing is a wonderfully entertaining story and very sexy. I loved the hero and heroine, and wish this one would have been a little longer since I didn’t get nearly enough of Nicholas and Anne.
Bewitching In Boots
Elisabeth de Roussel is yet another illegitimate child of the King. She happens to be his favorite and is used to getting what she wants. And she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. Now that she is widowed, she fears her father will choose yet another husband for her and she’s not having it. She’s been in love with Tristan from afar and now is the time to act on it. She is determined to make the King see that Tristan is suitable husband material.
Tristan, retired from service due to an injury and is struggling with his self worth. His chateau is in a bit of disrepair and he’s just not feeling like the man he used to be. When hurricane Elisabeth blows into his life and shakes things up, he ‘rises’ to the challenge so to speak. He is deliciously dominate in the bedroom but he has no idea that Elisabeth is actually the one in charge.
Bewitching In Boots is my favorite of all three short stories. I loved that the heroine was the aggressor, determined to get her man. Although she is the scheming type, Elisabeth is utterly charming. I was on her side from the get go. The bedroom scenes in Bewitching In Boots were smoking hot! Tristan is super sexy, in charge and the perfect match for the feisty Elisabeth.
Awakened by a Kiss is beautifully written, and wonderfully entertaining. Lila DiPasqua puts a steamy erotic twist on classic fairytales that will make you rethink the purpose of a bedtime story. I most certainly look forward to more from this author.
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