Series: Wonderland

CLAIMED BY PLEASURE by Jaymie Holland

CLAIMED BY PLEASURE by Jaymie HollandClaimed by Pleasure by Jaymie Holland
Series: Wonderland #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on 2011-10-25
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

Alexi O'Brien is pissed and will stop at nothing to locate her missing twin. Even when Alexi is abducted into a beautiful and highly sensual world, Alexi is determined to escape and resume her search for her sister-even though the dark and dangerous man who captured her excites her in unimaginable ways. King Darronn prefers his women submissive. His future queen is anything but. Whatever it takes, Darronn intends to convince the fiery and spirited Alexi that her body, heart, and soul belong to him.

It’s been a year since Alexi O’Brien’s twin, Alice, disappeared, but Alexi isn’t giving up hope of finding her sister.  Even being pulled through a looking glass and finding herself in a magical world doesn’t faze Alexi for long.  Nothing will take her focus off finding Alice…except perhaps the handsome, dominant King Darronn.

Darronn, King of Spades, is used to women submitting to him.  Getting Alexi’s submission, however, will be a challenge; one Darronn revels in accepting.  A battle of wills begins between the two, but it’s not long before Darronn finds himself falling for the woman who will be his mate. The question is, will he be able to convince Alexi to stay with him when she finds out he’s been keeping a very important secret from her?

Watch out for the sparks that fly in Claimed by Pleasure – they’re wickedly hot!  Jaymie Holland knows how to make both her characters and readers sweat, and it shows.  Passion and emotion run extremely high in Claimed by Pleasure, which makes the book feel like it’s moving at lightning pace (which isn’t a bad thing).

Alexi is a strong, stubborn woman, one many readers will be able to relate to.  She doesn’t feel that she fits in the world of Tarok, though she clearly does.  The skirmishes between her and Darronn give Claimed by Pleasure a different feel from the first Wonderland book, Taken by Passion.  What I loved most about Claimed by Pleasure was that both Alexi and Darronn had a lot to learn about relationships.  Compromise is a word neither likes, but once both of them are on the same page, their relationship is electric!

Claimed by Pleasure is the second book in the Wonderland series but it can be read as a standalone.  But both Alexi and readers of Taken by Passion are sure to be delighted that Alice, the heroine of Taken by Passion, appears in Claimed by Pleasure.

I absolutely adore the Wonderland series and I cannot wait for Annie and Awai, Alexi’s cousin and aunt, to meet their matches in Darronn’s brothers in Bound by Desire and Kept by Seduction.  If you’re looking for great erotic fantasy, the Wonderland series is not to be missed!

Note: Claimed by Pleasure by Jaymie Holland is a reissue of Wonderland: King of Spadesby Cheyenne McCray.

TAKEN BY PASSION by Jaymie Holland

TAKEN BY PASSION by Jaymie HollandTaken by Passion by Jaymie Holland
Series: Wonderland #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on 2011-08-30
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

After being cheated on yet again, full-figured Alice O’Brien decides that she will leave behind her dreams of Prince Charming. From now on she will be a “love ‘em and leave’ em” kind of girl. However, when she—literally—tumbles down a rabbit hole, she discovers that she has left the familiar chaos of San Francisco behind and stepped into something vastly different. And it is here that she meets the fierce, powerful shapeshifter named Jarronn, who is one of the four irresistible brothers who rule this strange and fascinating land. Jarronn quickly seizes Alice for himself and threatens to introduce her to untold pleasure and to steal her furiously pounding heart. However, Alice soon learns that Jarronn deliberately lured her into his kingdom in order to make her his mate in hopes of averting a dark danger that threatens his people. But can their bond of passion save them?

Alice O’Brien is having a record-breaking bad day which is topped off by her coming home to find her fiancé cheating on her.  Her day takes a strange turn when a trip to Golden Gate Park sends Alice tumbling down a rabbit hole where she lands in a fantastical land…and in the path of a devastatingly handsome king.

Jarronn, the King of Hearts and High King of Tarok is in a bind.  The fate of his kingdom rests on he and his brothers defeating the mind-spell cast by their enemy.  Jarronn knows he must pick a mate who is not of his world, and fate makes him set his sights on Alice.  She’s everything he could want, both as a mate and as a queen.  But what will happen when Alice learns Jarronn’s true purpose in bringing her to his kingdom?

Get your fans ready, readers – the Tarok kings are here and they’re hot enough to burn!  Taken by Passion is a hedonistic delight that I devoured in one sitting.  I flat-out love Alice.  She’s a kind, beautiful plus-size woman who’s been put down and made to feel insecure all her life.  It takes a trip to “Wonderland” – aka Tarok – for her to find the love, passion, and relationship she needs.  Jarronn loves the way she looks and he won’t settle for anything less than Alice seeing how gorgeous she is.  It was wonderful to watch their emotional journey from blinding lust to love…with explosive amounts of lust, of course.

It’s impossible to talk about Taken by Passion without discussing the erotic content.  Ms. Holland pulls out all the stops and it works.  The sexual content is extremely high but never feels overdone and isn’t repetitive – not an easy feat.  Ms. Holland also makes every delicious moment memorable, for which I applaud her.

If passion and emotion weren’t enough, a dangerous villain adds an element of danger to Taken by Passion and adds intrigue to the Wonderland series as a whole.  Finally, you cannot ignore the fact that Taken by Passion is simply fun.  I laughed at some of the quirks of Tarok that made Alice think of the story Alice in Wonderland.  All in all, Taken by Passion has everything you could want in an erotic fantasy romance and it’s the perfect book to curl up with for a few hours.  I love Taken by Passion and I can’t wait to revisit Tarok in the next Wonderland book, Claimed by Pleasure.

Note: Taken by Passion by Jaymie Holland is a reissue of Wonderland: King of Hearts by Cheyenne McCray.

 

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