Review: Shameless Desire by Tina Donahue

April 22, 2013 Review 21

Review: Shameless Desire by Tina Donahue

Within Earth’s five dimensions, nothing is as it seems…and desire is never far away.

In E4’s jungle, Kuma’s the Alpha werewolf, bent on revenge against the hated guards. Swept with them from that dimension to E1, he prowls Seattle at night, stopping the thugs from abducting women for use as sex slaves in E4’s Pleasure Palace.

On her way home from her nursing job, Gwen senses danger in the night’s shadows. A stranger attacks. Clinging to consciousness, she watches the impossible, a wolf fighting him off…protecting her. She wakes in her own bed, convinced it must have been a dream until she sees Kuma in human form. Virile, intense. A man like no other.

Within his powerful embrace, Gwen experiences rapture she didn’t believe existed. His unrestrained lust and burning need ends her loneliness, though not the menace they face. The guards are a constant threat in their hunt for women and their determination to see Kuma dead. Together, he and Gwen must fight—for his life, her freedom, their future.

Warning: Out-of-this-world sex and a romance to die for. Features a hunk whose inner beast won’t be tamed, and the woman who craves his most shameless desire.

Title: Shameless Desire
Author: Tina Donahue
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Illicit Desire, Shameless Desire, Stolen Desire, Mastering the Beast
Series: Outlawed Realm,
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Illicit Desire, Stolen Desire
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Author
Published: April 23, 2013
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 247
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: five-flames

Tina Donahue


The traffic coming through the portals that connect Earths various dimensions is increasing, but the traffic is flowing both ways and some of the travelers are not willing. Kuma has decided that his vengeance upon the palace guards can happen on E4 or E1. He is not particular in the location as long as the guards meet his form of punishment. While Kuma is stalking guards to take down he sees them attack a woman that has gotten his interest. He is shocked to see the guards attack her due to her not physically resembling the females they usually choose to take to the Pleasure Palace.

Gwen has street smarts. She is used to taking care of herself. She pays attention to her surroundings. She knows when things are not as they should be. She just doesn’t know how to fight a being not of her plane. Luckily for Gwen she has acquired Kuma’s notice. Gwen accepts Kuma’s origins and wants to help his plight any way she can. I love her shameless ulterior motives. She wants to keep Kuma and all of his alpha male sexiness to herself on her plane.

Kuma has more than saving Gwen on his wicked mind. Oh my Kuma is one exceedingly hot and naughty werewolf. This book is hot. The sex scenes are plentiful and erotically sexy. Kuma’s fellow pack mate Teeko has a small side romance. Readers are treated to several romantically involved couples in this sexy tale.

There is a problem that begins in Unending Desire it rears its ugly head in Illicit Desire and is mentioned several times in Shameless Desire. The possibility of a resolution will obviously continue into the next book. I feel that under certain circumstances this could be seen as a tension builder, it is not working that way with this series. The Seattle detective situation feels drawn out and mentioned as only an afterthought. Perhaps it is still has the possibility to expand further. There is now the problem of people disappearing under unusual circumstances.

The Outlawed Realm series needs to be read in order. Nikoli and Regina from Unending Desire have fairly large roles in Shameless Desire. There is also a change in methods of acquiring new slaves for the Pleasure Palace that storyline needs to be followed from the beginning. Readers are treated to an update on Lukan and Arez. They still have the sweetest relationship out of all the characters in this series. It was nice to know that their happily ever after continues to get better and better.

Tina Donahue


In silence, he rubbed himself dry and pulled on his jeans, leaving the rest of his garments in a heap on the linoleum. A Chippendale’s stripper couldn’t have captured Gwen’s attention more. She noted the dark hairs hugging his arms, his muscles flexing with each movement. In a few more seconds, she’d be on her knees before him, begging him to do her.

Maybe it was time to stop behaving like a sex-deprived virgin and get a handle on this. She pulled out a chair. “Sit down, please.”

The moment he did, Gwen sank into her own chair and leaned toward him, resting her hand on his arm. A shiver of delight ran through her at how solid and masculine it was. “I want to know everything,” she murmured. “Tell me about the rulers you mentioned, the guards, the experiments. Why you’re here. How long you intend to stay.”


She talked too much. Not that Kuma minded. He enjoyed the silky sound of her voice. Those melodious sounds, along with her touch, kept him from answering her, driving away every word he’d ever known, dispelling each thought.

All that remained was stark need, the urge to pull Gwen into his arms, capture her mouth, run his hands down her lush body. Lose himself in her heat and scent. She smelled of life, of freedom, the kind he’d known in the jungle when the guards weren’t hunting his kind and the rulers weren’t slaughtering them.

Gwen pressed her fingers into his forearm. “Please,” she whispered, “tell me.”

He slanted a look at Staci. She was biting her thumb and shifting from foot to foot, seemingly uncertain as to whether she wanted to stay and hear everything, or flee and spare herself the horror.

As though the girl had read his thoughts, she lowered her hand and frowned. “I’m not leaving.” With more resolve than she’d shown earlier, she sank into the chair on the other side of him, rather than the one that was the farthest away. No doubt, so she was close enough to stop him from mounting or harming Gwen.

“I’m from E4,” he began.

“Yeah, we know,” Gwen said, “you already told us that.” She ran her thumb over his wrist.

A surge of warmth rushed through Kuma, stiffening his cock even more, making it difficult for him to breathe, to think.

“Who are the rulers?” Gwen asked.

He cleared his throat. His words still rasped. “They were once my people when our worlds began.”

“Worlds?” Staci asked.

He clarified. “Realms. Dimensions.”

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Outlawed RealmTina 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 were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon Reviews, chose one of her erotic romances as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for one of her erotic romances. Two of her titles received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). 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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21 Responses to “Review: Shameless Desire by Tina Donahue”

  1. Lori Meehan

    The book sounds really good. I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. I’m adding this one to me TBR pile.

  2. authortinadonahue

    Hey, Lori – so glad you enjoyed the excerpt – thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  3. authortinadonahue

    Thanks for hosting me today – and for the lovely review. 🙂

    • authortinadonahue

      Hi, Cassie! Thanks so much for dropping by! 🙂

  4. BookLady

    Congratulations on the publication of Shameless Desire! Sounds like an exciting book. Enjoyed the review and excerpt. Love paranormal romance and will be adding this book to my TBR list.

    • authortinadonahue

      Thanks so much for dropping by! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Shameless Desire was so much fun to write. 🙂

  5. Lauren

    First of all, I LOVE the cover! Nextly, who DOESN’T love a hot alpha?! (Anyone who doesn’t should be swiftly punted to E4!). I just bought this eBook on amazon…I couldn’t help myself. Can’t wait to read it!!!

    • authortinadonahue

      Thanks, Lauren – hope you enjoy Shameless Desire as much as I did writing it. 🙂 And I totally agree with you – the cover is awesome – the guy is such a HUNK! 🙂

  6. Meghan Stith

    Erotic romance is a new genre to me but I’m starting to really enjoy it. The only thing is that I don’t like when authors totally forgo story for the sex scenes. That makes the stories so boring to me!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    • authortinadonahue

      Hi, Meghan! I agree – the story and romance need to be strong – it’s not all about the sex. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. Josette Schaber

    Thanks for sharing. I love learning about new authors and I enjoy your blog.