5 Star review
5 Star Review of Huston Havens “Phantom Desire”!
When Houston Havens gave me the opportunity to look at the ARC, of her new novel I could hardly wait! Since I finished reading “Sinful Surrender”, I eagerly awaited the follow up. Being given the opportunity to read “Phantom Desire” before anyone else was like giving a choco-holic a life time supply of fine chocolate. Needless to say I was in heaven and here is why.
Houston develops rich characters with deep emotional turmoil as they struggle to survive in a post apocalyptic dystopian world. In this novel, Chandra a Psychic spy who has left her own government after the realization she was working for the wrong side. Now she is mortal danger as her government attempts to assassinate her and her best friend Fay for their betrayal. In addition she struggles with great loss and heart ache, and what she can only assume is blame for her part in the loss of the man she loves. Guided by her inner warrior, and the need for revenge she puts herself in harms way to do what she’s always done, protect the ones she loves.
To say this novel was riveting would be an understatement. I simply could not put it down! I loved every aspect of the intricate plot lines, strong and relatable characters and above all else Houston’s sex scenes were on fire! I highly recommend this book to anyone. Go get your copy right away! http://amzn.to/1qXXOHh Released September 1, 2014!
Title: Phantom Desire
Series: Phychic Menage #2
Author: Houston Havens
Genre: Erotic Futuristic Romance, Menage, Romantic Fantasy, Light BDSM
Heat: 4 stars
Source: ARC provided by the author
“You are acting like our lives are a play to be acted out, and when our parts are done we make our grand exit left, from the stage of life… by dying.”
“What was the lesson I was supposed to have learned from this never ending pain?”
“More times than not, it’s the women who find the courage to face an issue and then address it. Men? We tend to stick our heads in the sand and hope it’ll all go away.”
“Who is the ghost? How do we know for sure…here in this physical world, we’re not the ghosts in waiting, and the ghost is the one with the real life? Perhaps death here is really life there. Maybe death here is rebirth into real life on the other side.”
Andonis is a deep, hot character! Like Chandra he wants the control.
“The three diamonds symbolized me, you, and Nikias. The Celtic symbol on the back is our beloved Ortello. Never to be forgotten and forever watching over us. Because of him, we three have found each other in an everlasting love.”
“I’m in control now, not you. I can tease you all day if I like. I can build you to a climax but never give you satisfaction. Or I can let you come here and there throughout your seduction.”
Houston Haven’s work is a breath of fresh air!
I give this book 5 sheep!
Not a book for younger readers by any means, it hits the spot for the pure romance and the steamy sex readers both! It even hits my scifi craving with new vistas to explore as the war for Earth continues.
This series takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, where the scarcity of females among the surface dwellers has started a new law. A woman doesn’t marry a man, she marries him and his brothers. And the men seem to come in threes. Always was my favorite number…….5 Fangs
After reading Sinful Surrender, the first book in Houston Havens’ Psychic Ménage series, I couldn’t wait to sit down and dive into the second book, Phantom Desire. Now that I have read it, I have something I’m dying to tell Ms. Havens – “WTF! How could you? You pulled me into this amazing world, broke my heart and put it back together, and then you leave me with that ending? Are you trying to kill me? I hope that you are writing the third book right now or I may have to become one of those super crazy stalkers who will haunt you until the book is done.” Thank you for allowing me to get that off my chest.
Phantom Desire picks up right where Sinful Surrender left off except now the book focuses on Fay’s best friend, Chandra. When I first began reading, I found myself shaking my head in confusion. I wasn’t sure what was going on but eventually realized that this was the point. Ms. Havens’ brilliantly put me into Chandra’s mindset and her own confusion after the death of a loved one. Once Chandra realized what was happening, then as the reader, I too finally understood.
There was so much emotion on every page of this book as Chandra and her lovers, Nikias and Adonis, had to deal with grief and guilt. Every thought they had, every tear they shed, was so authentic that I forgot I was reading about fictional characters. It was so sad to see the trio let their misunderstandings come between them. Guilt is such a powerful emotion and yet frustrating at the same time. I was never sure if I wanted to hug these characters or slap them, but I never stopped caring about them.
What amazed me about both books in the series, is how vested I was in the non-romance part of the story. I don’t typically enjoy paranormal, yet I was mired so deep in the ongoing battle between the Dirt Dwellers and the Airbornes that I could have cared less what genre the book identified itself as. The mystery and suspense pulled me in further into the story which is why when I reached the ending I screamed at my e-reader. I refuse to spoil the fun for you, so let’s just say that you need to read this book and read it as soon as possible.
Ms. Havens’ ability to write the romance, the passion, the mystery and the paranormal equally is quite the gift. She is able to perfectly blend all of the aspects into a story that flows so naturally you will completely lose track of time while you are reading. The mystery will keep you turning the pages, the sci-fi will get your creative juices going, and the passion will get other juices going.
I do not recommend reading Phantom Desire without reading Sinful Surrender first. This series is more of a continuing drama and therefore you will need all the pieces to understand the complete puzzle. And now that Ms. Havens has shown the reader another piece of the puzzle, I am counting down the days until the third book is available. If Ms. Havens knows what’s good for her, then she won’t make me wait too long. I can be a very annoying stalker!
Review by Stormy Vixen
On the run, Chandra’s desires for a life she fears she’ll never have is awakened by a ghost, one that along with a psychic vision are pushing her to remember her past because it threatens what she wants now…Andonis and Nikias, in this riveting erotic psychic menage post apocalyptic romance.
This fast paced and smooth flowing plot captivates readers with suspense, excitement and passion. The author brings the story to life with well written words and details that capture the imagination and the fascinating world draws the reader the deeper into the story. The characters are strong, compelling and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning and spine tingling suspense builds throughout the story ensuring the reader wants to know every last detail.
Chandra is still in love with Orthello but she can’t deny her attraction for his brothers Andonis and Nikias which burns just as hot. But the relationship can’t move on until they all come to terms with their emotional issues and learn how to communicate a little better. The reader can’t help but get caught up in the emotionally gripping drama as the three work on their issues while giving in to their red hot desires with frequent steamy sex scenes including m/f/m, anal sex, some light bdsm and phantom sex sceens.
Meanwhile, their enemies are still planning horrendous acts of violence and Chandra’s need for vengeance push her to go on another mission and something is trying to get her to remember a past that she has no inkling of before it’s too late which adds lots of excitement to the story and along with some surprising twists keeps the readers on their toes. I was completely caught up in the story from the very beginning and I can’t wait to read the next one. I must recommend that the books be read in sequence to get the full understanding of the world and how the characters arrived where they are.
A five handcuff review
Phantom Desire by Houston Havens was a sexy read. Intrigue, deception and dynamite sex, were just a few of the wonderful things delivered by Ms. Havens.
Chandra, warrior woman, psychic traveler and grieving lover of Ortello, Chandra must find a way to overcome a past she does not remember and the knowledge she has fallen for the Nodin brothers.
Phantom Desire began where Sinful Surrender ended and I would recommend they be read in order. Ms. Havens provided a dystopian world of intrigue and imagination that kept this reader on the edge of her seat. I loved Chandra~ her strength, her determination and her ability to love with a fierceness like no other.
No spoilers, but Ms. Havens delivered bits of information that are sure to keep you captivated and guessing.
I look forward to the next book in the series and more insight into the world of Mind Travelers and Airbornes.
Review by Jonel
This novel is steaming hot! Havens returns to the world that she created in Sinful surrender with a vigour that you won’t soon be able to forget. Erotic romance, SciFi, & the paranormal all combine into a seamless whole. Her descriptions make everything pop in a larger than life manner while the narrative takes you on a heart pounding adventure. This uniquely inspire novel kept me captivated throughout. I will warn you, however, that a great deal of world building goes on in the first novel of the series. I’d suggest reading them in order.
This novel is much more focused on the characters than on the world around them, as the first novel in the series was. The multifaceted, three dimensional cast of characters in this novel makes the entire story pop. The mixture of emotions throughout this novel is breathtaking. I felt for and with the characters. I also enjoyed the dialogue. The natural flow was very pleasing. The characters’ exclamations are priceless. It really makes you feel like you’re right there in the middle of the conversation. I also enjoyed their interactions with one another. They were real & many times comical. I still can’t stop laughing about the spray tan blooper.
Overall, this was a brilliant novel that I’d definitely recommend to others, and re-read myself. Havens leaves us with a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, and I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next.
Review by Jackie – Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories
The much anticipated sequel to book 1 Sinful Surrender where we first meet Chandra as a secondary character. She now has her own story and it was every bit as action packed and scintillatingly hot as the first in the Psychic Menage series.
Right off the bat be prepared as the opening scenes are hot and heavy, if you are not someone who gets easily perturbed than the boundaries that are pushed will be easily accepted and taken in stride as you read on but if you are than maybe this is not the story for you.
That being said this is ”fantasy” we are reading not reality based so it should be remembered that pretty much anything goes when the imagination is given free rein.
The sexual intensity that drove the characters in the first book is still at the forefront in this second and at times comes close for me in overshadowing the other story lines that are touched on, not quite becoming too much but definitely making it known that this is indeed an erotic romance.
How does one overcome despair after losing their greatest love, maybe by finding out that love comes in many different levels and that by opening up to possibilities can even be experienced with more than one person at a time. Chandra is still in love with Ortello even after death as he is with her, however her affections for his brothers are being renewed as well.
I was totally rooting for things to work out for the best for Adonis, his guilt from both past and present were such heavy burdens that it was not surprising he almost gave up on his own need for personal happiness.
It was no surprise when Nikias turned out to be a wonderful fun character. Despite painful past taunts about his albino heritage of the three brothers he has the most positive restful outlook on life and it is exactly what Chandra finds so engaging besides his physical appeal which, like the other two Nodin brothers, is very much to her liking.
Reading along as the men work out their issues along with Chandra is at times like watching a ping pong game, but well worth the effort to keep up with the back and forth.
I thought the ongoing conflict with the Underworld Government that keeps the Dirt Dwellers suspicious of if not fighting the Airbornes was developed a bit more quite nicely as well as we get more insight into the politics of the world that the characters inhabit.
The end result of this story has some surprises in store not only for the reader but for the characters as well, setting up the next book in a way that is not so much abrupt but just leaves one wishing to know what happens next while feeling very happy for how things turned out for Chandra.