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Book Review: Legends of Lust by Autumn Bardot

This week’s I Love Romance Blog review selection is Legends of Lust by Autumn Bardot. If you’re a fan of mythology, history, or ass-kicking women finding true lust (and sometimes love), this one is for you!

This book is a new release that, in fourteen short stories, tell the tales of remarkable women finding the men that match them in their infamy. From all realms of traditional historical fiction, Autumn kicks the heat up and had me clutching my pearls more than once. It is rare to find stories that are an equal mix of romance and erotica, but the author does a great job of blending the two.

As an added bonus, at the end of each story, the author has provided the original story’s information so we know how to find the foundation of each. I don’t think I’m going to be the only one wanting Odysseus’ story to be a full-length novel.

I’m a nitpicky kind of reader, but I’m hard pressed to find anything I didn’t like – definitely add this to your reading list! For shear awesomeness and entertainment – I give Legends of Lust by debut author Autumn Bardot 5 HEARTS!

Recommended Read

Book Info:

Who knew the ancient world could be so downright… arousing?

Like uncovering a sexy diamond in the rough, Legends of Lust reveals the fiery passions lying dormant behind your favorite mythological stories. This adults-only, debut collection of fourteen steamy, erotic short stories by Autumn Bardot is an explosion of sexy, nasty, and romantic retellings that will take your love of myths to a whole new level.

Odysseus, a mere man, becomes a god-like master of the tease in the eyes of the sex-starved and eternally lustful goddess, Calypso. The tale of Amazonian queen, Hippolyta, and Theseus gives “love-at-first-sight” a whole new meaning that will enthrall your senses. The encounter between Vishvamitra and Menaka takes them to explosive new levels of bodily nirvana. And Gilgamesh, the mighty god-king, sends temple prostitute Shamhat to tame a wild man, but instead he teaches her something about man’s most primal instincts… and is not left wanting.

Run wild in your personal Elysian Fields of pleasure with this spicy, irreverent peek into the sensual world of our most beloved gods, heroes, fairies, and shape shifters from every corner of the earth.

Universal Reader link: https://books2read.com/u/4EMMyA

Scorching, right? Let’s check out the book trailer!

AUTHOR: Autumn Bardot

TITLE: Legends of Lust: Erotic Myths from around the World

GENRE: erotica, some romance, mythology, fantasy, collection

RELEASE DATE: January 8, 2019

PUBLISHER: Cleis Press

ISBN/ASIN: B07H9HLFC1

OUR RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥

REVIEWED BY: Kevin Ethan

Up Next Week: Valentine in Venice by Kaya Quinsey

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Paranormal Romance Review: Magick and Moonlight (Marie Lavender)

If you liked Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, one-click Magick & Moonlight by Marie Lavender. Both Jessie and Ethan are hiding in small-town Oregon from something in the p…

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SECOND CHANCE HEART by Marie Lavender

Amazing early review for SCH! 🙂

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Thoughtful, 5 Star Review for Second Nature!

 I just found this great review for the first book in the Blood at First Sight Series! Woo hoo! 🙂
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dose of mush & thrill, July 25, 2015
This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
A cup of tea never goes out of fashion, nor do the kind of books that guarantee cosiness to go with it. We are, of course, talking here about romance. And Marie Lavender has a knack for serving it well.
As the author notes about the protagonist – a vampire, “All he’d ever hoped for, when you looked past the bitterness of fate, was acceptance. He had foolishly wanted to be accepted despite his supernatural flaws. And that just wasn’t possible.” That ironically is true for the very genre of romance in the sense that window of acceptance of deviations is rather slim. Readers around the globe are so invested in romantic stories on a sentimental note from the outset that little room is left for any dramatic manoeuvres. Unlike Scifi which allows unheard-of theatrics, Mystery which necessitates unforeseen twists or Adventure which guarantees unexplored arenas, Romance has to comply with specific human ideas of pleasure and love. For, these stories tend to our heart and are blind to all else, thus designed to bear an immense responsibility with a delicate touch. So there must be losses, a somewhat fairy tale approach, passionate lovemaking, an unquenchable thirst, a character both beasty and tender, and the joy of reunion. Perhaps no other element typifies this essence of a love story than vampires do.
Second Nature opens with a woman managing the strings of loneliness, work, a new life and bitter past. Her first rendezvous with the blood-sucking hero, Alec, is sudden and something of a fantasy, despite teetering on lines of “consensual rape.” It leaves us gasping for more, and the author caters to that well enough in the chapters that follow. The story bears ample juice, thanks to a nice little teleportation power she has accorded her lead character, while the lady gets a more subtle but spicier power of reading the other’s mind. There is something that Ms. Lavender seems to be building towards that doesn’t come out in the open. And while the two lovebirds part ways momentarily and go through revelations of their respective past, the source of Desiree’s powers remains a mystery. Cue: Book 2?
Marie Lavender does not complicate her writing. The descriptions are just about sufficient and well spaced to allow us a vision of wall-and-wood that surrounds the unfolding affection. But she pulls us into the latter’s steamy sessions and doe-eyed discussions well enough to draw our focus on matters of anticipation. Yet, the genius lies in her plot itself. It is well paced and simple, but shapes up the characters and their background to such an extent that one can’t help but wonder whether a larger set-piece is about to unfold in this series as a whole. Maybe I simply want that to happen. That is one area the plot can definitely improve upon and go all out on.
Regardless the status, though, we have a story in our hands that gives us what it promises – a dose of mush and thrill.
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Thank you so much, Malay, for your awesome feedback! Don’t worry; there are more surprises coming in the second book! 🙂

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Awesome 5 Star Review for SECOND NATURE!

I’d just like to thank the mysterious “B.B” for this wonderful review of Second Nature that I just found on Amazon! Thank you for reading book one of the Blood at First Sight Series!  🙂

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 5.0 out of 5 starsClassic Vamp-Rom That Does Not Leave You Disappointed, May 17, 2015
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This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Second Nature is everything a vampire romance should be…a strong human female, a tortured and extraordinarily handsome vampire, and an inexplicable connection between the two that almost doesn’t happen, but thankfully does.

Despite their obvious species difference, vampire and human, Alec and Desiree are drawn to each other. There’s just something about Desiree Edwards that drives Alec mad….in the good sort of way. Her blood calls to him, her scent drives him wild. Why does this human affect him so? He must find out more about this woman. In a moment of weakness, Alec takes Desiree’s blood without her consent and gets more than he bargained for.

Desiree has always felt like an outsider looking in. With a failed marriage in the not so distant past, she has committed herself to her work. However, when Alec abducts her, she finds out that she is more than ready to move on…she’s just not so sure she can accept it.

Marie Lavender is quite skilled at utilizing all the tools available for a hot adult romance- good plot, great characters…ahem…steamy sex scenes! This first installment is a great foundation for more stories to come. Though we learn a lot about our two main characters, Ms. Lavender leaves us with opportunities to learn so much more. The characters have good dialogue and their personalities go well together. The writing is solid. The pace is great. There is never a lull in the story.

I look forward to future books in this series.

 

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5 Stars for SECOND NATURE!

I’d like to thank Carole for this awesome review of Second Nature, my first vampire romance:

This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I just love vampire stories when the reader can actually fall in love with the vampire. This is a story like that. Ms Lavender gifted this book to me, and I’m so glad she did. I really enjoyed it. Alec is a handsome, sexy vampire who sets his sights on the beautiful, insightful Desiree, and he just has to have her. Desiree’s life changes from that moment, but so does Alec’s. I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but I will say that I just loved it, and there is nothing like a sexy vampire.

Carole McKee

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Double 5 star reviews for UYR & UYH!

I just found these wonderful five star reviews. Thank  you, Kira, for your lovely words about the books in the Heiresses in Love Series!  🙂

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This review is from: Upon Your Return (Paperback)
This is a great read. The characters just pull you in. The plot is amazingly put together. The over all love story is romantic. It also has a lot of funny moments. The fact that this is a great first start to a series put together makes me interested to read the others. If you love Historical romance and ship captains this is a great book for you. I would recommend my friends to read this novel any day.

Upon Your Honor

This review is from: Upon Your Honor (Paperback)
The book was a great read. Very interesting character development. The characters just pull you in wanting to read more about them. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Historical romance.

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A Short and Sweet Five Star Review!

Awesome five star review for Second Nature!

Marie Lavender- Multigenre Author

I just stumbled across Cindy’s review of Second Nature on Amazon. How exciting! Thank you, Cindy!  🙂

5.0 out of 5 starsThis book was a gift for an honest review, February 25, 2015
This review is from: Second Nature (Blood At First Sight Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I just loved this book. I will be keeping this in my library to read again. Marie Lavender has written a great book. Can’t wait to read more of her books. Buy this book you will not regret it. If you love Vampires you’ll love this one.
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Woo hoo! Thanks again, Cindy!  ♥
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5 Star Review for LEATHER AND LACE

I am so happy to have stumbled across this awesome five star review for Leather and Lace, a romantic suspense book published under my alternate pen name, Erica Sutherhome! Here is the brief, however lovely review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Action, January 19, 2015
This review is from: Leather and Lace (Paperback)
Quite a mixture of romance, danger, erotic romance, love, and action. Patrick is a detective and Angie is a stripper. He sees something in Angie that intrigues him, and he is falling for her, hard; but Angie is keeping a secret from him. The story is well-written and quite enjoyable. Both characters, Patrick and Angie warmed my heart. I loved it.
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