Larksong Hammerstrike has always been just the younger sister of Princess Aryanna. Never quite as pretty or as smart, always lacking, a mere empath whose power gets her into trouble more often than not. But at Carnalval, the festival of all things sexual, she unleashes her sensual side for a night in the arms of a masked stranger. When morning dawns, Lark can't resist a peek beneath the mask of her lover and is once again crushed by fate. The man of her lusty adventure is none other than the future Lord of the High Elves and destined to marry her sister.
As heir to the kingdom of Landis and current instructor of wizardry at the Academy of Magical Arts, Sarco Sunwalker is honor bound to rise above the temptation of the beautiful empathic student who invades his mind, body, and soul. But when sparks fly, lightning strikes, and thunder rolls, Sarco finds himself more than tempted by the storm of Lark's passion and vows to find a solution that will prevent a war between races, fufill an infamous quest, and win Lark's hand.
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Take an epic fantasy novel mix it well with an erotic romance throw in a handful of comic relief in the form of gnomes and you will have Tempted By The Storm by Maxine Mansfield. We have elf wizards for our hero in Sarco Sunwalker and we have a powerful emphatic heroine Larksong who is also one of the few of a near extinct line of spiritmasters who among other talents controls the weather with her moods.
This is chock full, from nearly the first page, of sex and sexual situations earning the title erotic romance, in the fantasy camp we have elves, barbarians, dark elves, wizards, dragons and don't forget the gnomes who also provide 3/4 of the comic relief involved in the story. Tempted By The Storm is a light epic fantasy that has as many giggles as it does sighs from the sex and wonder at the fantastic creatures and characters.
This was an enjoyable read and at nearly 400 pages a book you will be able to pick up and enjoy for several days. The story is easy enough to follow that you wont get lost along the way and even with the plethora of fantasy creatures you are never confused or feel like you need a translator to understand who is who (like you do in some fantasy books). Last but certainly never least are the gnomes, they are disgusting, loyal, extremely sexual, ugly and have some of the best one liners in the book.
There was only one word that could describe the creature standing before him. Wonderful.
“Did you say something?” the woman whispered.
He shook his head. “Nothing, I just can’t believe my luck. You really are real and here with me.”
She smiled, but her smile didn’t extend to her eyes.
Before another heartbeat passed or another breath taken, he stood at her side. With tenderness, he gazed into her gentle, masked face and took both of her hands in his. He was humbled as her fingers trembled even more than his own did. “We don’t have to do this if you’d rather not.”
She smiled wider, and her eyes gleamed with mischief. “I suppose we might as well. After all, we’re already here, and you’re at least halfway undressed.”
Sliding his hands up her arms and around her shoulders to her back, Sarco felt for and found the clasps holding her gown together. With the flick of a wrist, they gave way, and with a swish, the silky fabric fell to her hips exposing lush, rose-tipped breasts. Just the right size to hold in both hands, to fondle, to caress, to taste.
“Hmm, it seems you’re halfway undressed yourself.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write romantic fantasy. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.
I have one very special man, our three equally special children, and six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.
Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes.