Review: Stolen Desire (Outlawed Realm #4) by Tina Donahue

March 11, 2014 Review 11

Review: Stolen Desire (Outlawed Realm #4) by Tina Donahue

Her freedom depends on one man. A criminal to his realm…

Outlawed Realm, Book 4

One minute, Paige Ross is outside a Seattle bar, grieving a failed engagement. The next, she jerks awake in a weird, candlelit room with velvet walls, black silk sheets, and a man who motions for silence.

Paige has little choice but to trust the powerful stranger who promises a way out of what looks like Satan’s brothel. And pray his promise to keep her safe is as real as the heat burning in his eyes.

Banished from E2’s ruling elite for supposed crimes against the realm, Zekin risks everything to rescue those brought to E5 for the guards’ carnal pleasure. Paige will be leaving this inhospitable realm of fire and ice—if he can somehow forget the way her trembling body melts in his arms.

Safe—temporarily—in an underwater world populated by strange creatures, Paige’s sexual awakening explodes into an unquenchable need that consumes them both. But the guards will be looking for her. And Zekin’s plan to send her home is a dangerous journey she cannot—will not—take without him.

Warning: Scorching-hot sex and loads of aching tenderness between a drool-worthy hunk who’s determined to do the right thing and a woman who’s not about to give him up.

Title: Stolen Desire
Author: Tina Donahue
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Shameless Desire, Illicit Desire, Shameless Desire, Mastering the Beast
Series: Outlawed Realm
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Shameless Desire, Illicit Desire
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: March 11, 2014
Genres: Erotic Sci Fi Romance
Pages: 193
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: five-flames

The fourth book in the Outlawed Realm series is a riveting and erotic romance that takes place in another realm though deadly full of wonder.

Abducted from Seattle, Paige Ross has little choice but to trust the man who promises to get her out of what appears to be Satan’s brothel and pray his promise is a real as the heat in his eyes.  Banished from E2 for his supposed crimes, Zekin risks everything to rescue those brought to E5 for the guard’s carnal pleasure.  While keeping Paige temporarily safe in the underwater world Paige’s sexual awakening explodes into an unquenchable need that consumes them both.  When it comes time to send her back to E1 will he be able to let her go? Will she be able to leave him behind?

This fast paced plot brings the reader to a dangerous and fantastical realm where the creatures and the surroundings are extremely dangerous.  The author captures the imagination with vivid imagery that brings it all to life and makes the reader feel as if they are part of the story.  The captivating characters draw the reader deeper into the story and leave them wanting to know more.

The attraction between Paige and Zekin radiates from every page with vibrant intensity and the sex scenes scorch the reader with their passion.  Paige captures the reader with her insistence that she’s not scared even though she’s quaking in her boots at the surreal situation she wakes up to.  Zekin is a very protective and caring man determined to do the right thing while fighting his very upbringing and dealing with the unfamiliar emotions.  The supporting characters are also intriguing and ensure that the reader is drawn to all their stories.

So far I have really found this to be an enjoyable series with unique elements and situations that really has me questioning reality as I know it and what could be as well as keeping me caught up in the adversity that these characters have to overcome.  Lots of diversity and wonderful characters add spice and make for very entertaining reads and I can’t wait to see what adventure Tina Donahue takes on next.

Stolen Desire

 

Talk About a Love That Wasn’t Meant to be…

When I was creating my Outlawed Realm series, I was looking to bring lovers from different realms together. As we all know, it’s hard enough to adjust to a different state, much less a country, or in the case of my characters, different dimensions.

Outlawed Realm has five dimensions. Like this graphic:

Outlawed Realm

Wikipedia

 

These dimensions are all on Earth. However, they’re layered one on top of the other. E1, Earth as we know it, is closest to the sun, followed by E2, E3, etc. beneath it. Because of their time differentials, the inhabitants of each realm don’t know the others exist. That is, unless they cross over through the connecting portals.

 

As the series begins, my hero crosses over and sets into motion a cascade of events that cause inhabitants from one dimension to go into the others. All with exciting and very romantic results.

 

In Unending Desire, book one of the series, the hero comes from E2, a place where everything is controlled, emotion isn’t allowed, all the men look the same. All the women are identical in appearance. He comes to Seattle (E1) to rescue the heroine from certain death. Imagine his shock in seeing our messy, vibrant world after being so restricted in his own. In book two, Illicit Desire, I wrote about E4, a world of twilight and jungles. E2’s rulers have built a palace there where they enjoy pleasure slaves. These slaves aren’t born, they’re grown in artificial wombs to begin a lifetime of servitude to their masters. Shameless Desire, book three, again takes place in Seattle. One of the shifters from E4’s jungle has crossed over. Like the hero in Unending Desire, he needs to warn the heroine of danger.

 

Stolen Desire, book four, takes place on E5, a dimension of ice and fire. Paige, my heroine, awakes to find herself in a world she can’t comprehend, faced with a man she doesn’t know but has to trust. Her life and freedom, their future depends upon it.

 

While I was writing Stolen Desire, I kept thinking of Avatar, the sense of wonder I had as the story unfolded. That’s what I strove for in my tale. To create a world so unique, thrilling, dangerous, and in many ways beautiful, that a reader couldn’t help but be enthralled.

 

There’s also a moving love story, and yes—lots of hot sex. J

Excerpt:

 

Fire glowed from within the rocks’ slender cracks, flooding the area with light until the water was nearly the color of blood rather than a solid black. Steam belched from both the rocks and marine floor. Within the phenomena stood a series of large, circular pods constructed of a transparent material that allowed those confined within to see freedom but never experience it.

It was what the rulers of Zekin’s dimension had demanded for their newest penal colony, one unknown to their people, the same as the Pleasure Palace.

Confinement to this prison had been the penalty Zekin earned for his crimes, the same as the other convicted criminals. Men who now followed him. Little did the rulers know what he and his group had done to the guards who’d once terrorized their prisoners, meting out too little food, too much punishment.

With the last of his strength, Zekin swam Paige toward the first pod, where he’d been introduced to starvation and beatings intended to break him and ensure his obedience in all things, making him as unquestioning as the others in his realm.

Not for a moment had he bent to the brutality. It made him stronger, more resolved to fight back, even if it meant his end. Better to die an honest man than to be anyone’s slave or puppet.

The interior lighting of the pods tinted the sea around them a pale azure. With his free hand outstretched, he placed his fingertips on the door’s alloy panel. It required only a moment to recognize his identity. Soundlessly, the metal doors parted. Keeping his arm firmly around Paige’s waist, Zekin swam them inside.

Once the doors closed, the water receded within seconds. They stood dripping and facing each other, their thighs, bellies, chests touching. Not knowing how Paige would react to that now that the danger had passed, Zekin released her and stepped back.

She noted that, then regarded the few puddles still draining into the floor’s narrow vents that glowed with light, making the space almost too bright to regard for long. She lifted her face to the transparent walls above them, crisscrossed with metal supports. Thousands of small creatures emerged from the water’s sooty depths, their bodies transparent, revealing their beating hearts. They swirled around the pod. She drew her arms in as though to protect herself.

“They can’t harm you in here,” Zekin said. He touched the back seam on his suit. His facemask slid up, followed by the silvery-blue material slinking down, away from his head. He gulped great mouthfuls of the sanitized air, welcoming it.

Paige clawed at her own mask until she recalled how to remove it, fumbling in the back of her suit for the seam. The moment the thing was off her, she spoke in a rush. “I’m not worried about that—I’m not scared.”

Her teeth clacked and her body shook.

A wave of worry coursed through Zekin, mingled with unexpected tenderness. An emotion he’d rarely allowed himself to feel. Cautiously, so as not to alarm her further, he stepped a bit closer and lied, “I know you’re not afraid.”

She smiled weakly, clearly struggling to appear undaunted by all of this. “Can I ask you something?”

He nodded, prepared for her endless questions about who he was, where he’d come from, where this place could possibly be. Followed by her horror from his answers.

Her mouth trembled. “Would you mind holding me for a second? Just a second, until I can calm—”

His embrace interrupted her plea.

With her arms wreathed around his neck, Paige nuzzled close, her face against his shoulder. Whimpers poured from her, sounding both relieved and embarrassed. Zekin wanted to assure her there was no need for shame. However, the right words, ones that would soothe, were beyond him. She was a woman filled with emotions he’d been trained to ignore and deny.

How could he do so now?

 

 

Available from: Samhain – Amazon – B&N  

 

 

Outlawed RealmAbout Tina:

 

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

 

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CONTEST DETAILS:

 

Tina will choose one commenter as her winner. Winner gets her choice of one of Tina’s award-winning, bestselling ebooks from this list:

 

1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT

2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit

3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award

4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT

5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT

6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller

7. Take Me Away – #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books

8. Unending Desire – Best Book Rating LASR

9. SiNN – Nominated for Book of the Week LASR

10. Sinfully Wicked – Magnificent – Romancing the Book

11.  Claiming Magique – Top Pick – NOR

12. Illicit Desire – Four Stars Romantic Times

13. Come Fill Me – Five Stars – Guilty Pleasures

 

11 Responses to “Review: Stolen Desire (Outlawed Realm #4) by Tina Donahue”

  1. Tina Donahue

    Thanks so much for hosting me today, and for your awesome review!! 🙂

  2. Rhianna

    Was just talking about needing more scifi romance yesterday! Will have to check this series out. 😀

    • Tina Donahue

      Thanks, Rhianna!! I have to admit, I wasn’t much of a sci-fi fan until I saw Gatteca and Avatar. Wow, those two films changed my mind. 🙂

  3. Mannouchka

    Woo Stolen Desire was so interesting to read . And its true it was hard to put it down . It’s like we are there in your story.
    Tina always has great cover and the color is woo .It’s what made me choose this book of outlawed Realm, Book 4, and really like how she started her book
    Her freedom depends on one man. A criminal to his realm…
    When she wrote is like you can be there is so well described you can put the book
    down you want to know what would happy.
    Like those sentences :

    Paige popped another crispy critter into her mouth. Eeete reminded her of women who said their husbands or lovers only beat them because they were so in love. They were terrified of losing the one woman who completed them. Fucking crazy thinking.
    Paige didn’t want to give Eeete advice that would bring her physical or emotional pain.
    And Paige trust Zekin to explained to him what happen to her,
    when she said this “My fiancé, Johnny, called off our wedding plans two months before the date we finally set, as though cancelling so late was no big deal. To him, I guess it wasn’t. I pushed him into it even though I knew deep down he didn’t want to commit. Good Lord, I paid for everything, including the stupid ring.”
    Hope you will enjoy this book like me and not to be missed and Tina Donahue has done amazing work that shines way above and beyond the average.The erotic scenes are so hot and the love affair so compelling that I couldn’t put the book down.If you love exciting paranormal-adventure romance with a generous dose of erotic action, pick up a copy of,Stolen Desire. I recommend it enthusiastically!

    • Tina Donahue

      Thanks, Mannouchka!! Hope you have an awesome day! 🙂