Thursday, April 4, 2013

Their Virgin Princess by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Title: Their Virgin Princess
Author: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
My Rating: B+ 

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: Masters of Menage #4
Main Characters: Alea with Dane, Coop, and Lan
Release Date: January 2013
Publisher: Black Oak Books
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
A broken woman…

Alea Binte al Mussad, Princess of Bezakistan, was abducted from her university, mentally tortured and forced to witness the worst of humanity. She was rescued, but not before fear and her shattered soul made her retreat into herself. Two years later, she’s living behind the palace’s locked gates and the walls she’s built surrounding her heart. Alea is comforted by the joyous family around her, but inside feels so alone—except when she’s with the steady trio of guards who relentlessly keep her safe. And tempt her with a passion she isn’t sure she’ll survive.

Three stalwart warriors determined to claim her…

Dane Mitchell, Cooper Evans, and Landon Nix wanted Alea from the moment they laid eyes on her. Held back by their duty and her fragility, they worship the Princess from afar, determined to claim her if the chance ever comes. When Alea learns that someone may still be hunting her, she plots to escape both danger and her guards’ simmering, overwhelming passion. Dane, Coop, and Lan aren’t about to let her go. When they find themselves in paradise and all boundaries are stripped away, the ice begins to melt around Alea’s heart. But when reality comes crashing in, will she learn to accept love before a killer strikes again?

My Review:
This book is a great example of book-buying in the digital age. I was in a writer's workshop being taught by these two authors and they talked about this book and the story line of it. I'm not a fan of the virgin heroine trope, but a heroine stranded on a deserted island with her three guards....yeah, that appealed. I wasn't the only one who downloaded the book DURING class. It was actually pretty could look around the room and see several of us on our ebooks finding it in the store to download.

And it was not a disappointment even though this is a story line that I normally would have issues. BUT you do have to set aside a bit of disbelief...a virgin who takes on three lovers in a single night...yeah, probably not that realistic, but many of us EVER take on three lovers at once? It's all about the fantasy right??

And I did enjoy the premise of this book. This is the fourth in the series, but I haven't read any of the others. And obviously, there were events and history to this story that happened in other books, but the authors did a good job of giving you enough of the backstory. I certainly never felt lost. 

Alea spent some time in captivity before this book happened. The who/why of that captivity is still a mystery in this book. She was kept captive where she was tortured by having to watch other girls get raped and killed, although she was never personally touched in that way. It was a mental torture. Dane, Coop, and Lan have been her guards in the two years since and have all loved her from afar. She's never shown even the slightest interest in any of them, although they all three hoped someday to become part of a relationship. In Alea's country, it is VERY common for women to take three husbands. Many times those husbands are brothers and although these three aren't actually related, they are as close as brothers. 

I liked the story line especially the "stranded on a desert island" part of it. I enjoyed the three guys and their very different personalities. Dane is a Dom, although he keeps swearing he can give that up for Alea if need be. Lan is a shy, quiet sweetheart...he was my favorite of the three guys. Coop is the medic and caregiver. All three have something to offer and I liked them as a group of friends too. Alea has some mental scars that stand in the way of her HEA and I liked, overall, how that all played out. It was a good, fun, HOT, entertaining book. If you can get past the 3 lovers for a virgin, I think you'll enjoy it too. 

1 comment:

Mariana @ Book Travels said...

I love this series, es the virgin part is a bit of extreme but all those woman are great and the guys completely alpha male.
I hope you get the chance to check the other books.