Blog Tour (Book Review): Coveted by Alannah Lynne

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Title: Coveted
Author: Alannah Lynne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 360 pages
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis

She’s his heaven and his hell…

Muriel Stewart has spent the past year grieving the loss of her husband.  Now that time has passed, her inner submissive demands Muriel find a new relationship to fulfill her need to love and serve. But there’s only one man who makes Muriel yearn for the intimate Dom/submissive connection the way her husband did, and that’s his best friend, Mathew Galindo … a man who can barely tolerate her presence.

Matthew Galindo buried his own heart and needs the day Muriel Stewart married his best friend and business partner. He’s spent the last eleven years keeping Muriel at a distance, tortured by his love for a woman he could never have, and filled with shame for coveting what wasn’t and would never be his. Not even his best friend’s unexpected death could change that fact. Until Muriel decides she’s ready for a new Dom and wants Matthew to fill that role.

Having Muriel in his life is all Mathew has ever wanted. She’s his heaven and his hell, and could be his salvation if he can get beyond his past, his shame, and the guilt he feels for not having saved Ian’s life.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25715157-coveted?ac=1

Buy links:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Coveted-Pandoras-Playground-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00ZGHYHPQ/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1438959721&sr=8-1&keywords=coveted+alannah

B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/coveted-alannah-lynne/1122109684?ean=2940151536615

iTunes/iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/coveted/id1004768710?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/coveted-4

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=fi9NCgAAQBAJ&rdid=book-fi9NCgAAQBAJ&rdot=1&source=gbs_vpt_read&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_viewport

COVETED will only be $0.99 until Release Day!

Michelle's Review

It has been over a year Massage therapist Muriel Stewart since she has stepped foot at Pandora’s Playground, the most exclusive kink club in her area, since the passing her husband and Dom, Ian. She was called over to the club by one of Ian’s friend and partner Lucas. Well he sought of “ordered” her to come by, and being the true submissive that Muriel is, she needed to show her face. She is met by Lucas at the door as well as his other partner Mathew Galindo. While Lucas is all welcoming, Mathew is just brooding in the background.

Muriel has always wondered why Mathew had just a “dislike” towards her. Both Lucas and Mathew surprise Muriel with an added addition to Pandora’s Playground. She is immediately taken aback with the new installation of a bath house, created for aftercare, after a scene. The light BDSM scene between Lucas, Muriel and Mathew as pretty hot. 

After getting into Mathew’s head, you get a sense regarding his unrequited love for Muriel. It was a little surprising as a reader, that a Dom like himself, had such self loathing. And although he tried to keep at arm’s length from Muriel, he couldn’t help his dominance over her. Their scenes together was pretty hot as well.

So my issue with the book, even though it was a good read, it seemed a bit rushed. It jumped like six months ahead. I really wanted to see how Muriel and Mathew’s love developed. I thought was going to be an issue with one of Muriel’s customer’s (which would have been a good angst moment IMO), but that was brushed away as well. One of my biggest pet peeves as a reader, is when a book ends at 88%. If I were to buy it, whether for 99 cents or $3.99, I do not like a book ending 80 something percent. Just no! I really do not want to see excerpts from the next book or even the previous book. Will I read the read of the books in the series, quite possible since I really want to see what Lucas’ story will be about. 

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided via Net Galley for an honest review.

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SALE INFORMATION
Pandora’s Playground is a spin off series from the Heat Wave Series and to celebrate the release of COVETED, Alannah Lynne has put the whole Heat Wave series on sale for $0.99!  This will only last 8/9 – 8/12.

Book 1 – SAVING ME
Buy links:
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Savin-Me-Heat-Wave-Book-ebook/dp/B008UCCXXM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426122344&sr=8-1&keywords=alannah+lynne+saving+me
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/savin-me-alannah-lynne/1029826626?ean=2940044965164
iTunes/iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/savin-me/id910748839?mt=11&uo=4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Alannah_Lynne_Savin_Me_Heat_Wave_Novel_1?id=k7RDBQAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/savin-me-contemporary-romance

Book 2 – LAST CALL
Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Call-Heat-Wave-Series-ebook/dp/B009KEXBC6/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=09YC6Z3CH3SQNWBKW6MD
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/last-call-alannah-lynne/1113105916?ean=2940015526622
iTunes/iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/last-call/id626044664?mt=11&uo=4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Alannah_Lynne_Last_Call_Heat_Wave_Novel_2?id=4LVDBQAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/last-call-contemporary-romance

Book 3 – CROSSING LINES
Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Lines-Heat-Wave-Series-ebook/dp/B00B6YP24I/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=023VYQ6RJK3D8N4XN5MM
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crossing-lines-alannah-lynne/1114232623?ean=2940015944822
iTunes/iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/crossing-lines/id604422718?mt=11&uo=4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Alannah_Lynne_Crossing_Lines_Heat_Wave_Novel_3?id=T7ZDBQAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/crossing-lines-contemporary-romance

Book 4 – GOING ALL IN
Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Going-All-Heat-Wave-Book-ebook/dp/B00O1GUN2E/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=007CJFG0CK0JMRB90Q43
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/going-all-in-alannah-lynne/1120420796?ean=9780988436978
iTunes/iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/going-all-in/id911611162?mt=11&uo=4
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Alannah_Lynne_Going_All_In_Heat_Wave_Novel_4?id=d7dDBQAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/going-all-in-heat-wave-novel-4

Book 5 – MATTER OF TIME
Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UR2CW34
B&N Nook – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121441846?ean=2940151459594
Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/matter-of-time-4

Excerpt

“You need more than a Dom, angel. You need a permanent life partner. I assume you’ll want to remarry. You need someone to come home to at night… You deserve to be held while you’re sleeping… To have someone take care of you when you’re sick.”

She laughed. “Ian didn’t do all that. He didn’t like to be crowded in his sleep, and he didn’t have a clue how to take care of me when sick.”

Mathew swallowed and his jaw clenched. “If you were mine, I’d hold you all night, every night. And you can be damn sure I’d be right by your side, tending to your every need, if you were sick.”

“So why can’t you be mine? Permanently?”

“Because I don’t know how to do any of the other stuff a man is supposed to do for his wife. Hell, Muriel, I’ve never, ever taken a woman on a date.”

“Bullshit, you do know how to do those things. You’re just stuck on this endless loop of false thinking.” She drew in a deep breath and forced herself to calm. “As for dating… I know you’ve never gone on a real date.” When his eyes flared with surprise, she smiled and admitted, “I know more about you than you think. I’ve always been drawn to you and paid more attention than even I realized. I can show you how to date. Just give it… give us a try.”

His head went back and forth again, but hope flickered in his eyes and his chest rose and fell with shallow breaths as he considered her words.

After a moment, he said, “I’m always amazed by feminists who argue this lifestyle sets women back a hundred years. There isn’t a more kickass feminist on the planet than a sub. You may wear my cuffs and spend a tremendous amount of time on your knees, but you fucking own me. You’re the one who has me in chains, and there’s not a goddamned thing I can do about it.”

Her stomach bottomed out as her heart soared. She didn’t think for one second this would be easy—nothing worth fighting for was—but it sure sounded like he’d agreed to being more than temporary play partners, and joy launched her off the table and into his arms.

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About

Alannah believes there’s nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you’ve found happily-ever-after.

She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending.

She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, a dog, and two cats.

Website: http://alannahlynne.com/

Blog: http://alannahlynne.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AlannahLynne

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alannah-Lynne/238722127419

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2888174.Alannah_Lynne

Interview

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I started COVETED back in 2011 when my husband’s health took a bad turn. He’d battled a brain tumor since 2007, but in 2011 it started to grow and change into a more aggressive kind of tumor, and I was really scared about the future. About that same time, I read an article written by a slave whose Master died during 9/11. It got me to thinking about moving on after the loss of a soul mate and what it must be like for a submissive whose entire world revolves around her Master. Fortunately, once I started writing, Muriel and Mathew took over and made the story all theirs, so it didn’t become too personal for me.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere! LOL It might be from something I’ve read, a television show, or song lyrics. I’d say 80% of my story ideas come from songs. Carmella, in DARING MASQUERADE, was inspired by Katy Perry’s song “Darkhorse” and the line, “She’s a bitch. I call her Karma.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Description is the worst for me. Sometimes, as I go back through and read the first draft, I realize my characters are completely naked and floating around in nothing but white space. Then I struggle with the dilemma of how much description to add to make the setting come to life and how much is too much and boring. It’s a constant battle for me.  

What are your current projects?  

The next story I’m gearing up to write is EXPOSED (Pandora’s Playground #2)… Lucas Steele finally gets his HEA. After that, I’ll release STRIPPED (Pandora’s Playground #3) where Mercy from GOING ALL IN (Heat Wave Novel #3) will face her demons. I’m pretty sure there will be at least 1 more Pandora’s Playground story, but I might release one or two Heat Wave stories before the 4th Pandora’s Playground. I still have to write Heat Wave stories for Steve, Robby, and Tyler. 🙂

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