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Friday, January 22, 2010

Review: Rampant (Galley) by Saskia Walker



BLURBS:
*for mature readers only, explicit content*

where I got my copy: Harlequin Spice
where to buy: Amazon, B&N
release date:April 01, 2010

The moment she arrives at her rented vacation cottage nestled in northern Scotland, Zoë Daniels feels it—an arousal so powerful she’s compelled to surrender to the unusually forceful carnal desires…with nearly anyone who crosses her path.

Zoë knows she’s not quite in control of herself and begins to wonder if there’s any truth to the legend of Annabel McGraw, a powerful, promiscuous 18th century witch who once owned the cottage, and whose spirit is rumored to affect anyone who stays there. Zoë doesn’t believe in anything that even hints at the occult, but now strange visions are turning frightening… and only one man’s touch can bring her back to earth.

THOUGHTS:
If you are one of my GoodReads friend you probably saw my reaction on the prologue of this book. Although I know that this is on the Erotica side of our bookshelf, I was not really expecting the first sex scene in there. It was not really shocking, I was just surprised. haha. I don't read much Erotica, my reaction was probably sounded virginal. Anyway, let's get back to the book shall we?

The moment Zoe reached the small town of Carbrey in Scotland, she immediately felt horny. Horny like she have never experience before. In fact she has to pull over to get some fresh air, and what a coincidence, a biker dude pulled over and ask her if she was lost. She wanted him do all sorts of sinful stuff to her at that very spot, it was like an invisible force was turning her on. Nothing transpired, she had it under control but when she finally got to her rental cottage - Her Haven, weird things and uncontrollable and intense "need" happened. A crazy coven member and apparently a brilliant Chef named Cain Davot is out t get her. He plans to do a little necromancy and re-embodiment for his beloved Nymphomaniac She-Witch Annabel McGraw, also the previous resident of Her Haven. It was said that her spirit haunts the place and influence the occupants staying in it. Well that explains why Zoe's libido is on a haywire. But like all other erotica/paranormal/love story. Zoe have a savior and his name is Professor Grayson Murdoch. Also known as the biker prof. Described as tall, with blond hair (chin length), to die for bod and well endowed. In short it reminded me of my beloved Eric Northman, only this Grayson guy sounds bookish and is obviously a witch. Like what the blurb said, Zoe is a skeptic and I am going to add stubborn and sometimes totally irritating. Doesn't she find it weirder than usual when she saw Grayson taking a shower and pleasuring himself through her bathroom mirror? Sure it was a wonderful sight but I would totally freak out and ditch that town. And how about the insane and wild sex orgies, mild, BDSM, threesome, etc... that she keep dreaming / seeing? It must be a pain being turned on 24/7 and not being able to think about anything but sex.

As far as the story goes, I am actually pretty impressed. It's not everyday that a book takes me to a European country with a spectacular view of the sea and coven of Witches living such debaucherous way. I was also fascinated with the history of Annabel. Her wild ways, the intrigue on who she was, the path to her demise and exactly how powerful was, I think that is the main reason why I kept reading. At first I thought she was evil, that she asked Cain to bring her back after 3 centuries and then she seems to be friendly towards Zoe, then I realized that there is only one evil in this book. Murdoch's lack of history intrigues me too. What is he hiding? What's his dirty little secret? And what exactly is his purpose in purchasing the house beside Her Haven?

Rampant is definitely recommended for the lovers of erotica with paranormal elements in their character. A hot book Smut at its finest.

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6 comments:

Emily said...

I have a confession to make- when I first saw your tweets I thought you were talking about Rampant, the killer unicorn book by Diane Peterfreund. I was like, wtf is smut doing in a YA killer unicorn book? I realized pretty quickly that that wasn't the book you were talking about!

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Emily - LOL. That was funny. Sorry the title confused you.

The Book Vixen said...

I thought the same thing as Emily!! I was thinking to myself, 'I thought this was a YA book...?' LOL

Saskia Walker said...

Hi Pat, thank you so much for taking the time to review Rampant for other readers. Yours was the first review the book received! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story – especially if erotica isn't your usual genre.

If you enjoyed Annabel, you might enjoy a short serial story (a free online read) I have forthcoming at eharlequin. It's about Annabel's first arrival in Carbrey and it goes live during March. http://www.eharlequin.com/store.html?cid=583

Thanks again!
Saskia

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Thanks for stopping by Saskia. I'll be happy to read more of Annabel. Thanks for letting me know. I'm excited :)

A Life Bound By Books said...

WOW at this review. This books sounds like something I have to read. I mean if your compairing the hero to Eric, then yeah... I need to read this.

Thanks for the info about the book and the review. Adding it to my wishlist now.

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