Monday, September 01, 2014

Review: Phantom Desire


Title: Phantom Desire

Series: Phychic Menage #2
Author: Houston Havens
Genre: Erotic Futuristic Romance, Menage, Romantic Fantasy, Light BDSM
Heat: 4 stars
Source: ARC provided by the author 

Cover: 5 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Heat: 4 stars
Freshness: 5 stars
Addictiveness: 5 stars
Total: 4.5 stars

* I believe you should read book 1 first, so you can understand the amazing world built by the author*

A thrilling continuation of a wonderful series. Menage taken to another level!

When I first saw the cover, I was a bit disappointed by the third male almost hidden in the shadows. After I read the book, this cover became an obsession. It is so well crafted and thought out, it compliments the story perfectly.  Amazing!

Mind traveler Chandra fall in love with Ortello and his brothers while on the run from her corrupt government. When tragedy hits the Nodin's family, she must find strength within the unknown so she can save her future and the Nodin's brothers. 

Chandra is a rich character, that learns how to resurface stronger from grief and pain.
"You are acting like our lives are a play to be acted out, and when our parts are done we make our grand exit left, from the stage of life... by dying."
"What was the lesson I was supposed to have learned from this never ending pain?" 
Nikias is the unexpected perfect man. Oh, I love his character!

"More times than not, it's the women who find the courage to face an issue and then address it. Men? We tend to stick our heads in the sand and hope it'll all go away."
"Who is the ghost? How do we know for in this physical world, we're not the ghosts in waiting, and the ghost is the one with the real life? Perhaps death here is really life there. Maybe death here is rebirth into real life on the other side." 
Andonis is a deep, hot character! Like Chandra he wants the control.

"The three diamonds symbolized me, you, and Nikias. The Celtic symbol on the back is our beloved Ortello. Never to be forgotten and forever watching over us. Because of him, we three have found each other in an everlasting love."
"I'm in control now, not you. I can tease you all day if I like. I can build you to a climax but never give you satisfaction. Or I can let you come here and there throughout your seduction." 

Houston Haven's work is a breath of fresh air! 
The author is so incredibly original, that her world built and plot takes the reader to unimaginable places. 
Her characters are well-rounded and believable, even when they are ghosts. 
The book is fast-paced and the plot is full of twists and turns. The intensity level grows accordingly with the pace and the story keeps the readers guessing until the last page of the book.

Yes, I took a half star out of my review, because of the end. It's good, but I wasn't expecting the cliffhanger. It makes me wants to read book 3 today, so Ms. Havens, hurry up!

Oh, have I mentioned how addictive this series is? 
I've been talking and recommending book one to everybody since the day that I've finished reading it, and book 2 is as good, if not better than the first book.

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  1.'re review made me cry. THANK YOU for such kind words and for proving me right; that the readers DO WANT MORE THAN COOKIE CUTTERS and that they want to read what us authors, who don't fit in 'the box', write. It's readers and reviewers like you that I write for and book three is coming soon...
    :-Q *sticking tongue out* man-o-man half a star out because I did my job right...I left you wanting MORE!? Come on, give it made you want book that's a job well done! *tugs on half a star* Give it back!
    LOL Hugs to you and again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. lol Yeah, I have a sort of love/hate relationship with cliffhangers.
      Even though I've been setting my 5 stars very high lately, I can tell you that your series is my favorite series of 2014. It's the one I've recommended the most, and the one I've been looking forward the most. :)

  2. Fantastic Book! And great review. Congratulations 😊

  3. Rhonda! Thank you for the kind comment about my book and for the congrats! Hugs!

  4.'re so sweet to put up with my kidding...hum, setting the stars VERY HIGH are ya...hum, now I have to accept that challenge and see if I can reach it with book three! Won't be easy, I'll be starting 1/2 a star behind because EVERY BOOK in THIS series ends with a cliffhanger. But I'm going to try...seriously, thank you for recommending my books to others...I'll try not letting you down and I might even get you to love the cliffhanger. ;-D HUGS Houston