Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Invitation to Eden Review Tour Stop Three – Wild Ride by Opal Carew

Her friend told her dreams come true at Eden, but this is more like a nightmare.

Marissa is shaken when her bad-assed biker ex-boyfriend begins to stalk her. After receiving an invitation to an exclusive resort called Eden, she jumps at the chance to get away.

But even in paradise, she can't escape the man from her past. As he's closing in on her, a passing stranger on a motorcycle pulls up and orders her onto his bike. Frightened and willing to take any chance to flee her dangerous ex, she does as he says.

Her knight in supple leather manages to lose her ex and take her to a secret hideaway, but now she finds herself overwhelmed by his potent masculinity and submitting completely to his authoritative commands.

Killer didn't want to be her saviour. He had problems of his own. But once Marissa's under his protection, he will do whatever he can to keep her safe. Even force her to face her deepest fears.

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This novella is one in a series written by some of the best known authors of the genre. The invitation to Eden is just for a week, so the stories are speedy and intense. Do look out for the others.

This story revolves mostly around confusion and issues of trust. It ends up with some very hot scenes, but even those make one recognise the importance of trust in unexpected opportunities. The lack of time means one has to suspend belief and go with the flow – and in such a short story it is possible. After all Eden is supposed to be imbued with magic, and Melissa gets to experience just how powerful it can be!

Wild Ride was exactly that. As expected, an Invitation to Eden is never quite what the invitee expects. When Marissa receives an unexpected invitation she thinks that maybe her prayers have been answered because the private island is the perfect place to hide from her biker ex-boyfriend who is trying to insert himself back into her life. By the time she learns that her safe haven might not be so safe after all, it’s too late to turn back so she endeavors to enjoy her time on Eden, convincing herself that there is no way that Rip would be on the island. Of course the island gives you what you need, and Marissa soon finds herself face-to-face with her terrifying ex and in her haste to escape, she jumps on the back of Killer’s bike.

Killer. Now that's a name that is sure to cause feelings of safety and security to invade your head and heart. Not even a little bit. Yet for some reason (lust), Marissa finds herself trusting him and places herself in his care. This is the point at which I seriously questioned her sanity. Considering her reaction to Rip, the last thing she should do is hop on the bike of someone she doesn’t know – he could be riding with Rip for all she knows and she just delivered herself to him. But trust is not always something that is rational and he made her feel safe, so she went with it and boy did she ever go with it. Once Killer gets her to safety he can no longer pretend that she doesn’t affect him. And as he proceeds to put her through the paces of submission, he realizes how much he underestimated the effect she has on him.

As expected on Eden, the sex scenes are hot and they are plentiful. The sex between Killer and Marissa was HOT! During conversations earlier in the book between the two about fantasies, I expected that there would be a ménage scene and Ms. Carew did not disappoint – surprised me with the identity of the other man, but no disappointment. The inclusion of two additional MC members was not surprising either and seriously ratcheted up the heat factor with the MFM and MFMM interactions. However, what did surprise me was the inclusion of another female and the FF scene that followed. It surprised me because Killer seemed confident that Marissa would be okay with it when they had not discussed it previously and because there was no indication earlier in the book that is was coming. Sadly this jerked me out of the story and interfered with my reading flow. Despite this interruption, Wild Ride was a really good read for me and I am looking forward to more of Ms. Carew’s writing and another trip or two to Eden.

Hi. I'm Opal Carew, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. I write erotic romance for St. Martin's Press and Samhain Publishing, and I self-publish stories. I also write romance as Amber Carew.

So why do I like writing erotic romance? I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries. I like dealing with a female character who is growing and evolving - questioning her sexual boundaries and pushing past them. My stories usually include ménage a trois. It is great fun to write a heroine choosing between two equally appealing heroes... or more.

These aren't women who just jump into bed with anyone. They find themselves in an unusual situation - something exciting and erotic - but a situation where they have to push themselves beyond their comfort level. As a result, they grow as a person. So often fear holds us back - of what others will think of us, of what we will think about ourselves - and we don't follow our hearts. These women push past that fear.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wild Ride (Invitation to Eden #17) by Opal Carew to read and review for this tour.

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