Review: Taken by Desire (Demonic Desires #1) by Valerie Twombly {Tour} ~ Excerpt

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Taken by Desire

Demonic Desires, Book 1

Valerie Twombly

Taken by DesireRelease Date: May 18, 2015

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Greydon has two important missions: Find his brothers and rescue his people. His duty becomes complicated when he’s forced to beg a human to save his life.

Aimee Jarvis always considered her bookstore a detour to bigger things. Little did she realize her next stop would be the intriguing world of a demon prince. Yet, she finds the dangerous Greydon alluring.

While their attraction continues to burn, they both deny what their hearts already know. It will take the mystery of an ancient civilization and a shocking discovery for them to admit their desire.


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~ 4 Taken By Desire Stars ~

Taken By Desire is book one in the Demonic Desires series by Valerie Twombly. What a marvelous start to an enchanting mysterious world, full of sexy demons, a lost city, and species at war.

I had the privilege of being a Beta Reader for the very first time with Taken By Desire. I never expected to see such a difference from beta to finish, but it was amazing to see how the novel turned out.

Taken By Desire enthralled me from beginning to end. The author does a wonderful job showcasing the different types of demons and what makes them either good or bad. The story flows at a nice steady pace. The plot is deeper then we suspect and a few surprises are thrown in along the way.

Our leads Aimee and Greydon, complemented each other. They both have strength, courage, and compassion. There romance was a nice sweet burn and once they succumb to their mutual attraction, the sensual scenes are hot and steamy. I loved the secondary characters, especially Fang. We also meet Bethany, Aimee’s best friend, and one of the other Demon Princes. I can’t wait to be introduced to more characters and to read about Fang and Bethany’s romance.

If you enjoy reading about sexy demons, going on a magical quest, and finding ones mate, then Demonic Desires is for you. I can’t wait for more in this series.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy free of charge from Valerie Twombly with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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Greydon and Fang checked the perimeter of the compound to be sure there was no trouble. Greydon didn’t trust Zolar, even if it was impossible for the god to enter. It would only be a matter of time before the god succeeded in finding a way in.

“So, how do you feel knowing that Aimee is part demon?” Fang asked.

Greydon shrugged. “How am I supposed to feel?”

The demon protector snorted. “You have the fucking hots for her. Why won’t you simply admit it?”

Greydon stopped outside the front door to the palace. “Just like you to speak what’s on your mind.”

“Will you deny it?” Fang raised a brow.

Greydon laughed. “No, I guess I’m not.”

“Well that’s good because her scent is all over you. So, what are you going to do about it, or have you already?”

“I don’t know.” He opened the door, crossed the threshold with Fang on his heels and immediately sensed Aimee’s restlessness. He was driven to find her. “Fang, I have something I need to do.”

“Of course you do.” The demon walked in the other direction, laughing to himself.

“I’m glad he finds this humorous,” Greydon mumbled under his breath as he followed both Aimee’s scent and the pull his tie had to her.

Seconds later, he found himself standing in the doorway of the expansive library, staring at her as she stood in front of the fire. The black yoga pants formed to every inch of her lean body and the pink tee allowed her midriff to peek out.

“You look far away.”

She jerked and spun to face him. “I didn’t hear you. I wasn’t tired so thought I’d come in here.”

He walked into the room and made himself comfortable on the couch in front of the fireplace. “Something bothering you?”

She rubbed her arms as if cold, but he knew better. She was anxious about something. He could smell it. “I’ve been thinking. I want to help you, but I’m not sure how. Maybe you can guide me in the right direction?”

He cocked his head and stared at her, then patted the seat next to him. “Come sit and we can discuss it.”

She plopped down beside him and stared straight into his eyes. “I want to get one thing straight. I know you think that your attraction to me is from the blood bond, and maybe it is. However, I’m attracted to you as well and I have no bond to blame. I liked the kiss, and well, I hope you’re not discouraged from doing it again.”

At a loss for words, he figured the best place to start was with her request to help. “Okay, let’s deal with one thing at a time. I think you might be a big help in deciphering our society. We’re taught when we are very small about this world and what happened here. However, there are many gaps. You studied ancient languages and have a love for old books.”

She nodded. “I think I know where you might be going with this. You want me to do some digging around here to see what I can learn?”

“Would you mind?” he asked, watching her eyes light up and a big smile spread across her lips. He realized he liked seeing her happy.

“Absolutely! I would be honored. I have to admit, it would also give me a chance to learn more about my supposed heritage.”

“I guess you probably have a lot of questions. I know I sure as hell do. In the morning, Fang and I plan to go back to the compound where you were held, and see if we can locate the others.”

Aimee stared off into the flames. “I’m sure by now they know I’m gone.” Her pleading gaze came back to meet his. “You have to save the other humans there too. God only knows what they’ve done to them.”

The need to provide comfort coursed through him so he brushed his thumb down her cheek, desiring the intimate contact. “I’ll do my best, but you have to understand. My people, and especially my brothers, come first. After that I will not hesitate to save who I can.”

“Of course I understand, and I wouldn’t expect any less.” She leaned into his palm and desire darkened her hazel eyes.

He couldn’t stand it anymore, so he leaned in and brushed his lips across hers. He wanted more, and even though she’d admitted being attracted to him, he still held back. However, it took him by surprise when she placed her palms on his chest and pushed him back into the couch. Her lips never broke contact with his and when he could go no further, she wrapped her arms around his neck. Her tongue pressed and he opened, allowing her to sweep in and taste him. She positioned herself between his spread legs and the next thing he knew, she was grinding against his swollen erection.

She laced her fingers in his hair as her tongue continued to plunder his mouth. Never before had he given control to a woman. He wondered why, since he was loving every second of it.

He slid his hands down her back and cupped her ass, digging his fingers into the firm flesh. She moaned into their kiss and pressed harder against him. Heat radiated between her thighs and caused his shaft to ache. He needed both his cock and his fangs buried deep inside her, but damn he had to stop this and quickly.

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Valerie TwomblyAs a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother’s favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying. “It will give you nightmares.” She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.

Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian’s, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.

Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers.

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9 comments on “Review: Taken by Desire (Demonic Desires #1) by Valerie Twombly {Tour} ~ Excerpt

  1. Taken by Desire sounds Awesome. Paranormal Romance is my favorite genre. And who doesn’t need a demon lover? I’ll take one! Great excerpt! I’ve read other books by Valerie Twombly and their Great. This one is on my TBR list. Blessings and Thanks to All.

  2. This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading!

  3. What an exciting book! Thanks for sharing the great excerpt.

  4. Thank you for sharing and reviewing.

    • It was my pleasure. Looking froward to the next installment. ^_^

    • It was my pleasure to feature Taken By Desire today.

  5. Very impressive cover!

  6. Great excerpt and want to know more. Liking Greydon.