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Desires (Luxuria Trilogy) Paperback – April 1, 2014
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Summary - 4 stars
"Desires" by Galia Ryan is a combination of "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" and "Sex and the City." It's sexy and paints a fascinating portrait of the life led by high end escorts. Anna is torn between a life lived on her own terms, and the dark desires engendered by her dominant lover. At that same time, Anna's employer, Stephanie, is haunted by the choices she made years ago. This riveting tale tore me in two as I applauded Anna for being a modern, independent women making pro-active choices, but then cheered when she fell prey to Adam as well. It's a modern dichotomy to which many women can relate.
"Desires" is not recommended as a stand alone book. Start with "Choices," book 1 in the Luxuria Trilogy, and also read "Secrets," book 2 in the Luxuria Trilogy. The characters' emotions and internal debates won't make sense to readers who have not followed the series.
You will desperately want this luxurious, fictional universe to be real. The high living lifestyle will sweep you away in a wave of champagne.
The action is hot as the main storyline is interspersed with the details of Anna's 'dates'.
The romance is subtle and understated. Don't expect insta-love or in your face love in this story.
The tension is low key, but constant. Each character is faced with multiple choices which will alter the course of their lives.
Anna began this series as a banker, and has always had an eye on her financial future. Surprisingly her career as an escort has made her more independent, and helped her grow as a person. Anna has discovered many things about herself including her attraction to the darker side of sexual behavior. She's an admirable character, and her decisions will surprise you.
---Margo, Dames Unrestrained Blogspot
5 Stars: "I was immediately captivated by Anna and her story. CHOICES, the first novel in a new trilogy, was sexy, indulgent and satisfying. I can't wait to read the rest of Anna's journey as she continues to discover herself and all the pleasures life has to offer. This is a great choice if you are looking for some light BDSM and erotic entertainment." -Bookie Nookie Reviews
"Desires is Book 3 in the Luxuria Trilogy and it doesn't lose the momentum that Choices (Book 1) and Secrets (Book 2) set! I was so lucky to have all 3 books at my disposal; otherwise it would've been driving me crazy with anticipation as to what would happen next!!.... This is a trilogy that will keep you reading from start to finish. I couldn't put the books down until I found out what I needed to know .... I give the Luxuria Trilogy as a whole...5 Stars!"
--Robin Malone, Book Reads and Reviews
About the Author
Convent-educated from the age of four, Galia Ryan was brought up not to question. Perhaps because of this, she has always been fascinated by all things esoteric and “outside the square.” Originally from Sussex, England, and now living in New Zealand with her soul-mate husband and grown-up family, Galia tries to find time between her passions for writing and reading and for her other love—travel. There is always a growing list of must-see places. Desires is the third novel in the Luxuria Trilogy, which began with Choices. Book 2, Secrets, tells Stephanie’s story. Galia is currently working on an anthology of short stories. You can find her on the Web at: Galiaryan.fannypress.com.
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There are some BDSM elements in this story; they visit a BDSM club and there is a f/f experience there. While typically the BDSM stuff doesn’t bother me, she veered into the shaming/humiliation aspect of it and I just personally can never find the stomach for it. (Probably why I just liked the book, and not loved it.) As with anything, it’s all a matter of personal preference — and I will say that the book WAS extremely well written and creates such strong reactions (feelings about escorts, feelings about mind f*cks, feelings about lost chances, feelings about validity of the reasons men hire the escorts, etc…) that you are sure to end up with a book hangover — and isn’t THAT the mark of the best kind of story?!!?
Samantha is always experiencing some self-doubt as an old flame comes to her attention again. She realises that her life is missing something but what that is she uncertain about. A trip to London to meet up with an old flame causes her to take a long hard look at her life. Will things change for her? Will she open up her heart to the possibility of sharing it with someone else?
Even Adam is considering his own future as he finds himself wanting Anna back in his life. He explores the emotions he is feeling for Anna and tries to get her out of his system but finds himself coming back to her time and time again. But is what he can offer enough for Anna? He is a dominant male but is this what Anna wants?
Both Samantha and Anna are strong, independent women but are both suffering a crisis of direction in knowing what they want for their futures. Their desires have changed over time and their current lives are no longer satisfying them as they once did. Do they need money, love, male company or a change in career for their future satisfaction?
Life doesn't always give you want and this story follows this concept through by not giving you a traditional happy ever after ending. It leaves you wanting more from this trilogy.
I’ve really enjoyed this series and I must admit it was Anna’s story I become more involved in as Stephanie still remains a bit of an enigma to me.
At the end of Anna’s story she was left with a conundrum of staying with safe, dependable, loving and sexy fireman Jake or controlling, exciting, scary but sexy Adam. The decision was an eyebrow raiser for sure but none the less a welcome decision! I’ve loved seeing the journey of Anna from shy, staid (ish) bank worker to exciting, exotic escort worker.
Stephanie has been through some challenging episodes in her life from such a young age and it is through all this that brings her full circle to where she is now running one of the most high esteemed and in demand escort agency. I was always routing for her with Giancarlo and was interesting to see what would happen when they eventually met again.
This series has opened my eyes to my pre-conceptions around the escort industry and gives the reader an entertaining idea of what goes on in this evocative industry.
I definitely would recommend reading this erotic and enticing series. Desires is a great conclusion to the series. Four stars for me.
Anna story continues on. In this book she has become an escort in order to pay off her debt. Anna quickly become the most sought after call girl. Through the story Anna is left to make many decisions that will test her and could destroy her. Then Anna is forced to decide should she settle down with Jake or become Adams Sub. She had cut Adam off after asking her to surrender to him completely but he is back and he wants her. She cants stop thinking about him either. Does Anna choose love or being at a man’s disposal and in a loveless DOM/sub relationship? Her decision will come to shock many. Anna is a likable character who you will find your self rooting for and hoping that her decisions will lead to her HEA.