- File Size: 900 KB
- Print Length: 243 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (February 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FBZXRM6
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I struggled to finish this book, it was not what I was expecting and the first half of the book read like a really bad script for a low budget porn film. It does get marginally better in the second half of the book, but the nicest thing I can say about this book is that the cover is lovely.
If you have ever read any of my reviews, you know I don't mind sex, even graphic sex in the books I read, in fact I love a steamy book, but in those books, the sex enhances the story - it isn't the story. In this book I felt like it was all about the sex, with some other stuff happening. There was so much potential; a jealous ex-lover, exotic location, pirates, reunited siblings, but none of these really came to the forefront. I found the "relationship" between Tristian and Diana to be totally unbelievable, the writing lacking and the "plot" basically non existent.
I gave this book two stars, one for the cover (which is awesome) and one because some of the prose actually made me laugh out loud (which I am sure was NOT the author's intent) but really "his meaty balls"? "his beefy rod"? I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face.
Based on the other reviews, I am in the minority here and that is fine, to each his own, but this book was not for me and I doubt I will read another by this author.
Many a pirate books and movies have I watched or read, butt this one was different from them all.
Diana Fletcher goes to the tropics to rescue her brother and to bring the man who turned him into a pirate, and to bring him back to England so he can be punished. And harbors a secret for this adventure and the promise she made to be able to rescue her little brother.
Tristan Kent never meant to hurt her Brother, he tells her he tried to save him, but Diana does not believe him, yet this good looking man is not what she expected.
She wants to believe him, and desire escalates between them, can she trust him or is he a fool. Read the book to find out what he wants from her and will she fall in love. A great story that will grip you well.
Tristan Kent is no gentleman. Born into deep poverty, he went to sea an illiterate boy, just looking for some way to survive. Now, years later, he captains the pirate ship Lady Lark, cruising the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and relieving the merchant vessels he encounters of their wealth. If Tristan were to return to his native England, he’d hang.
Still, he’s no villain either. Unlike his crew, he’s never gets drunk. A natural leader, he’s firm but fair with the often desperate and unsavory men he commands, avoiding bloodshed unless there’s no alternative. He’s unfailingly loyal to his friends. Over the years, he has educated himself far better than many of his more fortunate countrymen. He speaks half a dozen languages and reads The Iliad for entertainment.
He’s also stunningly handsome, breathtakingly virile, and has a wicked sense of humor.
Diana Fletcher might be a woman, but she hardly qualifies as the weaker sex. Motherless, brow-beaten by her cold-hearted minister father, Diana has learned to take care of herself, as well as her younger brother Peter. She’s smart, stubborn, outspoken and far more independent-minded than is considered appropriate for females in eighteenth century England. After her father dies, Peter falls into the clutches of a band of pirates. Diana’s ready to do anything to save him. That includes selling her body to her father’s unscrupulous friend Deacon Bishop in return for a ship and men to help her search for her hapless sibling.
Of course, the black-haired, violet-eyed virgin is incredibly beautiful, even when she’s wearing the rough canvas and homespun of a mariner.
When Diana and her crew capture the sleeping Tristan on a tropical beach, he’s more amused than concerned. He turns the tables and takes her prisoner, even as he explains that he has saved rather than enslaved Peter. But truly it is Tristan who has given up his freedom, losing his heart to the feisty preacher’s daughter. He makes up his mind that she’ll be his wife—and somewhat surprisingly, she agrees. Though she hardly trusts him, being wed to a handsome, attentive and sexy pirate is clearly preferable to becoming the mistress of a disgusting, corrupt man who’s her father’s age.
First Comes Desire is labeled as historical erotic romance. I’d consider fantasy erotic romance to be a more appropriate description. The action unfolds on an idyllic tropical island inhabited by a tight-knit community of friendly natives who normally run around half-naked. Her sensuality awakened by Tristan’s expert love-making, Diana soon sheds her modesty. Aside from Tristan’s possessive chauvinism, the attitudes of the characters all seem very modern. There’s little historical detail—in fact, I’m just guessing at the time period, based on Wikipedia’s article about the history of Madagascar.
Not that this really matters. The book is great fun, with its lusty hero and contrary heroine, not to mention several incredibly evil villains. The sex scenes throw off so many sparks they threatened to short out my e-reader, although Ms. Donahue’s choice of terminology struck me as a bit coy at times—especially when the hero introduces his formerly virginal bride to anal sex almost immediately after she surrenders her maidenhead. Never mind. The attraction between Tristan and Diana, sudden though it may be, is the most believable part of the novel. Their love also rings true, developing more gradually as they learn to trust one another.
The plot—not so much. I found many aspects implausible, including the initial premise. In particular, I couldn’t really imagine how a man with Tristan’s experience and intelligence would not have understood the threat posed by his discarded mistress. He also seemed blithely unconcerned about being followed to his island paradise by his murderous crew. I suppose he might have been blinded by love.
Diana’s a delightful character, torn between her conservative upbringing and her freedom she finds, paradoxically, in being bound to Tristan as his wife. There’s a definite BDSM vibe to their relationship that kink-lovers will find arousing. Tristan claims Diana in a very literal way. He insists that she satisfy him sexually however he desires. Not that she protests, of course. Once again, this is a fantasy (with some Gorean overtones), the seductive idea of being owned by your lover.
If you enjoy erotic romance featuring a gorgeous, noble he-man and his devoted woman, willing to give up their lives for one another—while taking frequent breaks for carnal activities—you’ll love First Comes Desire. Just don’t expect much in the way of history!
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