Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Release Blitz + ARC Review: The Seduction by Shay Savage

The Seduction 
(Unexpected Circumstances #2)
by Shay Savage
Release Date: June 14, 2016

As Alexandra tries to conform to her new life, she soon discovers that betrayal lies inside the castle walls. When noblewomen plot against her, Alexandra ends up on the receiving end of Branford’s rage. Earning the trust of her wary husband will be no easy task for the young handmaid.

Branford may know his way around their bedchamber, but he’s finding himself ill-prepared to handle the duties of both prince and husband. His missteps bring down the wrath of the queen, and he will have to do everything in his power to atone for his transgressions. Branford must find a way to open his heart to his new wife if either of them has a chance of overcoming the treachery ahead.

In this second installment of Unexpected Circumstances, Alexandra is still the naive, blushing virgin that I grew to root for. But seriously, this woman need to grow some teeth. That is only so long I can stand her blushing, innocence and submission. I hope I can see some transformation in her personality soon.

This time around, there is a vindictive bitch out there trying to sabotage Alexandra's status by shaming her in public. I can see the ploy a mile away, but thank goodness it was resolve quite fast and Branford didn't turn into a hot temper ass for too long. We also get a healthy dose into the insight of Branford's childhood life and his parent demise.

As per the title of this book, I'm enjoying Branford's seduction skill a tad too much. There is something about these historical romance and blushing virgin that make me turned all gooey and tingly everywhere. I can't stand all these foreplay much longer, can't wait to start on the next one.

I had felt it before—pushed up against my stomach at times when he was full of desire and need.  But to do this…to actually touch his male flesh with my hand?  I felt a cold shiver race between my shoulder blades, and if his hand had not been on top of mine, I probably would have pulled away.  At the same time, I found myself strangely intrigued.  What would it feel like in my hand?  What would it look like?  I had never seen a man without his clothing and had never given much thought what he looked like underneath.  Earlier, Branford had told me he wanted to see me—to see me bare.  It was something he desired, and I found myself wondering what he looked like as well.
“You don’t have to, Alexandra,” Branford said.  I looked up to meet his gaze.  His lips turned up in his half smile.  “But I am your husband, and at some point, you will become fairly familiar with it.”
I knew I had to be blushing a deeper crimson than I ever had before.  Branford chuckled softly and then brought his lips to my forehead.
“Whenever you want to,” he said.  “It’s not going anywhere, I promise.”
“I just…I mean…I never…”
“I should hope not,” Branford said with mock indignation.  “I would be quite affronted if I ever heard of any man getting close enough to you to show you such a thing.”
I smiled, and then a giggle escaped my mouth.  I turned my face into Branford’s chest since his hand prevented me from covering my laughter with my fingers.
“Do you want me to help?” he asked quietly.
“Help?”  I could barely hear my own voice.  Without another word, Branford used his hand to push mine lower.  I felt the edge of his trousers at first, and then my fingers came into contact with the very end of him, round and bulging under his clothes.  He didn’t pause but continued to move my hand lower until my fingers rested on top of it with only the thin linen separating my flesh from his.
I closed my eyes and pressed my teeth against my bottom lip.  Even through the fabric of his pants, I could feel the heat of him in my palm.  I heard Branford’s shuddering breath, and he moved my hand all the way down to the base and then back up to the tip.  It was warm, and it was hard, and it was…huge.
There was no way…no possible way…it couldn’t…it couldn’t…

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.