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Review: Temptation at Twilight by Jo Carlisle

Title: Temptation at Twilight

Author: Jo Carlisle

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

Series: Lords of Pleasure (Book 1)

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Format: Paperback, 288 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451234820 (Penguin/NAL)

ISBN-13: 978-0451234827 (Penguin/NAL)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

A fantasy resort that offers all the pleasures of life-and death…

Vampire brothers Aldric, Soren, and Luc Fontaine own and run La Petite Mort, an adult fantasy resort for the adventurous of heart-and body. Humans, shifters, Fae, and other beings gather to enjoy two weeks of fantasies-come-true at the New Orleans estate. The brothers themselves have experienced everything life, and death, have to offer…except finding their true mates.

Soren makes a bargain with a Voodoo Priestess, binding him to her forever in exchange for the return of the wife he lost a hundred years ago. He is soon convinced that one of the new guests is his wife reincarnated, and an intense sexual attraction turns to a true emotional bond…but all could be lost when the Priestess comes to collect

Quick & Dirty: A potentially great and interesting world falls short and is filled with sexual scenes.

Opening Sentence: Above nearly all else, Soren Fontaine loved playing with his food.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

I have been on a roll with reading books more geared towards the adult crowd. One of my next books was actually Jo Carlisle’s Desire After Dark, which is the second book in the Lord of Pleasures series. Once I realized that it was a second book, I quickly purchased Temptation at Twilight. As the first book in the series, Temptation at Twilight is a mix between urban and sexual fantasies. There are many different sexual scenarios and most involving three partners at a time.

Temptation at Twilight follows the story of a specific brother, Soren Fontaine. The Fontaine brothers are a part of vampire royalty. They are Lords of their own right, famous as the warriors of the paranormal realm. Together, brothers Aldric, Soren, and Luc serve to protect and serve to please. They have focused their attentions towards La Petite Mort, an adult resort that fulfills every fantasy and desire that their patrons have. Soren enjoys the pleasures and benefits of La Petite Mort, catering to their guests needs. But deep inside, Soren longs for his mate, Helena, who was killed over a century ago in a very brutal way. He has been searching for a way to get back Helena, and in his desperation, he has sought out the voodoo priestess, Leila Doucet.

Leila’s reputation precedes her, and she is as evil as they say she is. She has an ulterior motive, implanting an evil being into Soren. But she does deliver in her promise, and she does bring Soren to her mate. Harley Vaughn is a sexual being, with very similar traits as to Soren’s late Helena. But she differs in her self-confidence and sexual prowess. Soren hires Harley as one of his personal Chosen. Now Soren needs to get out of his agreement with Leila before she kills him and he loses his mate all over again.

Soren Fontaine was a likeable protagonist, but I felt disconnected from him. It could be his lifestyle or his dialogue. I felt like he lacked something and I couldn’t like him as much as I should have. His story is tragic, and given the history and culture that Carlisle presented in Temptation at Twilight, no one should ever lose his mate. I disliked him when he was Leila, always giving in to her sexual wants and desires. He has a mate that he finally found again, and he sleeps with another woman! I understand the rules of sexuality, within the boundaries of this book, but I just didn’t understand that concept.

Harley Vaughn seemed like a lost soul looking to discover who she really was. She is an orphan, not having a living relative left in this lifetime. She gives in easily to her desires and becomes this unadulterated woman, ready to fulfill the fantasies of demons and vampires.

There was a lot going on, and at times all I wanted to read was about the story. But maybe I missed the whole point behind Temptation at Twilight. Maybe the previous books that I’ve read had me looking for more than just sex and pleasure. I felt that everyone was having sex with everyone, and no one cared about what was going on outside of these sexy times. It became a little too much for me, at times forcing myself to just skim through those scenes.

Notable Scene:

“We don’t own slaves,” Soren said shortly. “Though it’s perfectly legal and even economical, Aldric doesn’t believe in the caste system, and, frankly, neither do I.”

“Really?” She arched a brow. “That will soon change.”

With that cryptic statement, she went to gather her things, leaving him to scowl after her and wonder exactly what he’d gotten himself into. Already, he felt . . . different. The blood he’d drawn from her still tingled on his tongue, coursed through his veins like an illicit drug.

He craved more of it. Of her. And that need within him frightened him more than any dangerous enemy he’d ever faced. He couldn’t let it overwhelm him, couldn’t allow dark desire to obliterate his purpose.

Somewhere his true love waited. Soon he’d have her back. Even if the price was far higher than he’d dreamed.

Lords of Pleasure Series:

1. Temptation at Twilight

2. Desire After Dark

FTC Advisory: I purchased this copy of Temptation at Twilight.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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