Two Reviews: Veiled Desire and Veiled Seduction by Alisha Rai

Veiled Desire
by Alisha Rai
e-Book
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Available: February 2, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Book received from: Author

Look, but don’t touch…

Leyla Karimi can’t keep her eyes off the hunky guy living in the house behind her. How could any woman resist ogling Dr. Mason Barrett, especially when he makes it so easy by parading around in his skin and skivvies?

If it was only their age difference, she would have made a move a long time ago. Except Mason is more than a neighbor. He’s her baby brother’s oldest friend. It’s not like they can have a casual fling and walk away in the morning.

Mason’s been doing a little lusting—okay a lot—for quite some time. When he catches Leyla peeking, it’s a sure sign she could finally be ready to heat up his nights with loving. One taste of her lips, though, and he doesn’t want a “little” of anything. He wants it all.

Unwilling to jeopardize a lifetime of friendship for a one-night stand, Leyla is reluctant to throw caution to the wind. When he’s kissing her senseless, though, it’s hard to remember all the reasons why she should hold back…

Reviewed by Fiction Vixen

Veiled Desire is the first book I’ve read by Alisha Rai.  It’s a charming and romantic story of a slightly older woman, (only by 4 years) who finds herself attracted to her younger brother’s best friend Mason.  Mason lives in the house behind Leyla’s and has been carrying a torch for her for quite some time.  They have a long history together having grown up very close and now he feels the time is right for seduction.

Leyla has been a sort of mother figure to Mason and her younger brother due to circumstances of their childhood.  But now she finds herself romantically attracted to Mason, seeing him as a sexy man rather than a kid, and her feelings are conflicted.  Leyla is hesitant to give in to her attraction to Mason, however she is finding it more and more difficult to resist when she discovers she has a very nice view into his house.  Leyla is a conservative girl on the outside with a secret naughty nature just waiting for the right man to bring it out.

Mason is the kind of neighbor every single girl would dream of having.  He’s a sexy doctor who knows how to cook and isn’t afraid to strut around the house in his whitey tighties.  He’s a bit of a tease, but has every intention of following through on his seduction of Leyla.  While relatively confident he’ll win Leyla’s heart, the only thing that could stand in the way is Sasha, his best friend and who also happens to be Leyla’s overprotective younger brother.  (Sasha is the hero in the next book in the series Veiled Seduction.)

I very much enjoyed this romantic novella. It’s a straight forward love story of two people who’s friendship blossoms into romance.  Alisha Rai infuses her characters with her witty sense of humor and creates characters that are loveable and realistic, with sexy chemistry that will steam up your e-reader.  If you’re in the mood for a quick, nicely paced, sexy romance, then you’ll want to check out Alisha Rai’s Veiled Desire.

Favorite Quote:

Leyla let out a soft groan. Had he gone to tell Sasha that his cougar of a big sister had become a Peeping Tom?

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Veiled Seduction
by Alisha Rai
e-Book
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Available: June 1, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Book received from: Author

Beneath Dr. Maira Khan’s reserved exterior, her heart beats triple-time for only one man: Sasha Karimi. For two years she’s waited patiently for the handsome police lieutenant to wake up and see her as more than a buddy. When he’s injured in the line of duty, though, she realizes time is too precious to waste. Ditching her scrubs—and her shyness—she cooks up her very first seduction.

Sasha’s had a hell of a week. Thanks to the national media, amorous women are pouring out of the woodwork, all wanting a piece of America’s newest “hero”. The biggest disappointment? Maira seems to have contracted the same case of mass hysteria. Betrayed, he pushes her away—but not before he samples a taste of her luscious mouth and body.

It works. Maira retreats, mortified and ashamed. And Sasha realizes he’s just driven away the perfect woman. Now all he needs is a foolproof plan to win her back, starting with a proper courtship—and restraining his lust. Except once Maira glimpses the man behind the uniform, she sets out to show him that pure need has its own ideas about what’s proper.

Reviewed by Fiction Vixen

Veiled Seduction is the second installment in Alisah Rai’s Veiled series.  It can be read as stand alone but Veiled Desire, the first novella in the series, will give a bit of family history and a brief introduction to Sasha, the hero in this story.

Dr. Maira Khan is a cool character, confident and professional.  But when she discovers her good friend Sasha Karimi has been brought into the hospital, having been shot in the line of duty, her cool professional exterior instantly melts away and is replace with panic as she comes apart at the seams.  She has been in love with Sasha for the last two years but has never told him, instead settling for hanging out and being buddies.  She was raised by ultra conservative parents and although she’s modern woman, she’s been shy about revealing her feelings.  The thought of losing Sasha without ever having told him she loved him nearly sends her over the edge.  She decides enough is enough and it’s time to make her move.

Sasha was shot while heroically bringing down a gunman that was shooting up a school full of children.  His injuries are not life threatening and he’ll recover but he’s now been reluctantly forced into the limelight for his much unwanted fifteen minutes of fame.  He’s a low-key guy and just wants to get back to business as usual.  When his friend Maira comes over bearing gifts (food) and looking hot, he’s happy to see her but a little confused.  When she comes on to him, he assumes she’s suffering from a case of hero worship like everyone else seems to be and he’s very disappointed and hurt.  He’s also extremely turned on. They end up in very brief but hot make out session and then Sasha sends Maira away leaving her embarrassed and humiliated.

After realizing he has strong feelings for Maira, and has made a terrible mistake Sasha becomes determined to win Maira back by apologizing and courting her properly to show her the respect she deserves.  But Maira figures they’ve already done that part—dating and getting to know each other—when their relationship was platonic.  She’s ready to move on to the more intimate aspects of their relationship and sets out to seduce her man.

Sasha is a hero in every sense of the word. (I pictured him looking like Sayid from LOST, yum!)  He selflessly put his life on the line to save innocent children from a madman and now he has women falling at his feet.  So when he thinks his friend is coming on to him for all the wrong reasons, he’s disappointed.  But instead of letting Maira down gently, he gets physical with her and then rejects her…after the kisses. I have to say I didn’t care for his behavior at this point.  I decided he was going have to work pretty darn hard to win me Maira back after that.  Luckily, Sasha comes to his senses and proves to be quite a gentleman. He pulls out all the stops to win Maira affections.

Maira’s character was actually quite different from how she was described very early in the book.  It was said people would describe her as “prodigy, weird, ice queen, robotic”.  However the Maira we see in Veiled Seduction is actually funny, warm, a little vulnerable and very likeable.  She’s smart and although she’s rather inexperienced in the romance department, she manages to work out the ins and outs of seduction.  But then I suppose with Sasha as motivation, who wouldn’t be a quick study?

Veiled Seduction is another sweet tale of friends who become lovers. What I loved most about this story is blend of romance, relationship and steamy, sexy scenes. Sasha and Maira’s relationship has been a couple of years in making and so they know each other as friends first.  However their road to relationship bliss is paved with a few potholes. They don’t dive right into the perfect romance, and they still have to work at it. They’re still growing in their relationship as friends as well as lovers so the build up is sweet and the sexual tension between them is hot!  I really liked how they were in love before they took their relationship to an intimate level.

Veiled Seduction is romantic, sexy, and deliciously dirty is all the right places. I most certainly look forward to reading more from Alisha Rai.

Favorite Quote:

The rush of primitive satisfaction that coursed through him every time he thought of that was undeniable. He was an official, card-carrying caveman.

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Other books in the series:

Veiled Desire 1 (novella)

Veiled Seduction on GoodReads

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Comments

  1. says

    Usually not a fan of may/dec romances in m/f. BUT I like that she likes (wow that's a lot of likes) her younger brother's BFF and he in turn has a huge crush on her.

    Nice review FV

  2. says

    KC–Their age difference is only 4 years. I don't really think of that as a May/December situation. And Mason will make you forget your reservations KC, trust! :)

  3. says

    I've heard pearl talk about these novella's and you're reviews definitely add to the push to go buy them :) I truly love the sound of both couples and the hot romances!!

  4. says

    I love Erotic Romance books and I'm always on the search for new good ones. These both sound really really good! Thanks for the review!

  5. says

    Thanks for your wonderful reviews! Do you plan on reviewing any of the new Carina press books that just got released? They're available on booksonboard.com but I'm not sure which ones to get!

  6. says

    Yulia–Yes! I'm very excited about the launch of Carina Press. Currently I have Dark and Disorderly by Bernita Harris on my Kindle for review. I plan to read plenty more from Carina, they have a great selection of authors there. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Alisha Rai review. :)

  7. says

    Veiled Desire by Alisha Rai…might I comment on how HUGE her breast are on the cover…THERE I said it and I feel better…come on we were all thinking it! lol Great reviews babe! Sounds like two hot reads!!!

  8. says

    Mandi–Yes, Mason was verra nice.

    Cecile–Thanks!!

    Monroe–Yes, these are two very nice love stories with lots of sexy times. And yes, those are some boobies! Lucky Mason!

  9. says

    Appreciate your thoughts on these..

    I did see them when they came out – but the covers just turn me off – I know it's odd..

    One looks very Historical and the other have a very chik-lit groove to it…

    Good to know I misjudge them…

    I'll be checking out this author..

    E.H>

  10. says

    You've piqued my interest for Alisha Rai's books! I hadn't heard of her work before, but I like the friends become lovers theme. :)

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