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“Opal Carew's Swing is a blazing hot erotic romp... a must-read for lovers of erotic romance. A fabulously fun and stupendously steamy read for a cold winter's night. This one's so hot, you might need to wear oven mitts while you're reading it!” ―Romance Junkies on Swing
“4 stars! A beautiful erotic romance...real and powerful.” ―Romantic Times on Swing
“Swing is fresh, exciting and extremely sexual with characters you'll fall in love with. Absolutely fantastic!” ―Fresh Fiction on Swing
“The constant and imaginative sexual situations keep the reader's interest along with likable characters with emotional depth. Be prepared for all manner of coupling including groups, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and same sex unions…I recommend Swing for the adventuresome who don't mind singeing their senses.” ―Regency Reader on Swing
“Carew pulls off another scorcher...she knows how to write a love scene that takes her reader to dizzying heights of pleasure.” ―My Romance Story on Swing
“Swing is so much fun to read...The story line is fast-paced with wonderful humor.” ―Genre Go Round Reviews on Swing
“A great book…Ms. Carew has wonderful imagination.” ―Night Owl Romance Reviews on Swing
“4 stars! Carew's devilish twists and turns keep the emotional pitch of the story moving from sad to suspenseful to sizzling to downright surprising in the end...The plot moves swiftly and satisfyingly.” ―Romantic Times on Twin Fantasies
“Opal Carew brings erotic romance to a whole new level…she writes a compelling romance and sets your senses on fire with her love scenes!” ―Reader to Reader on Twin Fantasies
“4 stars! Written with great style. ... Twin Fantasies is surely a must for any erotic romance fan, ménage enthusiasts in particular.” ―Just Erotic Romance Reviews on Twin Fantasies
“Twin Fantasies is plain delicious in its sensuality. Opal Carew has a great imagination and her sensual scenes are sure to get a fire going in many readers.” ―A Romance Review on Twin Fantasies
“4 ½ hearts! Twin Fantasies has humor, angst, drama, lots of hot sex, and interesting characters that make for an entertaining read that you will have a hard time putting down.” ―The Romance Studio on Twin Fantasies
“Opal Carew has given these characters [a] depth and realism… Twin Fantasies is a thrilling romance, full of both incredible passion and heart-warming tenderness, and Opal Carew is an author to watch.” ―Joyfully Reviewed on Twin Fantasies
“Super sexy and able to incite passionate emotions.” ―Romance Junkies on Twin Fantasies
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“Twin Fantasies is every woman's fantasy!” ―Bertrice Small, New York Times bestselling author on Twin Fantasies
About the Author
Opal Carew is the author of Total Abandon, Pleasure Bound, Twin Fantasies and other erotic romance novels. "So why do I like writing erotic romance?" she asks. "I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries." Opal loves crystals, dragons, feathers, cats, pink hair, the occult and all that glitters. While she writes, she listens to inspirational music, lights candles and keeps crystals near. Before devoting herself to her passion as a writer, Opal spent 15 years as a software analyst, and she has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She lives with her husband and two sons in Ontario, Canada.
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Before I say anything I will state that I am a hardcore romance fan. I am even more a huge fan of erotic novels. So before you read my review and automatically assume im a romance bashing nut understand that Nora Roberts, Lora Leigh and Linda Howard are authors that I read and reread on a regular basis.
Well lets say that this book is incredibly unrealistic. The characters are very underdeveloped, you dont get a sense of actually experiencing what Hannah is goig through because the writing is very skittish. I understand how Hannah could have done some of the things she has done, and Carew's ideas of explaining the reasoning as to why Hannah reacted the way she did makes a lot of sense, only she didnt do such a great job of translating it on paper. J.M. and Grey seem completely fabricated and dont seem like genuine characters. I dont even want to begin to start about Hannah's sister, Grace. Everything about her character is contradictive.
Even the sex scenes, which is the main reason why anyone would pick this book up in the first place, seemed rushed and underdeveloped. I did fall in love with Grey towards the end of the book, but I think the author could have made more of an effort in making him less of a chump and a pushover and explain his decision in the end because in the end i was left with the feeling of "oh gosh I would never go out with a guy like that".
The book wasn't totally lost though because I did stay reading it because I was curious of the way the book would develop. But overall I wouldnt have spent the money on the book knowing what i know of it now.
By the way... the ending sex scene in the end was completely and utterly ridiculous, cheesey and tacky. To the point that I actually rolled my eyes about 10 times trying to get through it.
Her ex-boyfriend even signed the two of them up for a workshop on the Kama Sutra in the hopes it would help her overcome this obstacle. Of course, that was before they broke up. She couldn't actually go to the class alone, could she?
No, she's not that desperate... Not when the sexy customer she's had her eye on enters her coffee shop at closing time and is giving off all the right signals. Maybe a little anonymous sex with a stranger is just what the doctor ordered.
Sex with J.M. turns out to be anything but anonymous when the hunky Tantric Sex and Kama Sutra teacher sets his sights on the lovely barrista. He'll use every one of his impressive skills to take Hanna to sensual heights she has never dreamed of. J.M. is in it for more than one night, and he intends to show her just how serious he is about her.
Things really get complicated when her ex-boyfriend, Grey, returns to win her back. He knows he screwed up before, and he'll do whatever it takes to earn her trust and her love once more.
How will Hanna ever choose between two delicious men willing to do anything to please her? Maybe she won't have to...
Oh my... BLUSH is a more than apt title for this steamy little romance! I am sure that I did just that - blush - more than once while reading it. You would think after all of the ménage romances I have read in the last few years that I would begin to become a bit blasé to it all. As long as books like this one invigorate the theme with fresh ideas, I think I am quite safe from becoming bored with ménage romances - stories, that is! LOL
The general conception - or rather, misconception regarding these types of stories is that it is all about the titillation factor that goes along with threesomes. Not so. Opal Carew joins the ranks of other talented authors who manage to create a believable loving relationship between three people. This is about three people who defy the mores of society in the pursuit of that noblest of emotions - love.
But there is no denying that the sex is just dang hot. The love scenes in BLUSH will have the most staid reader squirming in their seat and hot under the collar. However, the sex would not be nearly as affecting without the caring and tenderness that each scene is infused with.
Both J.M. and Grey go above and beyond to help Hanna overcome her orgasmic issues. Patience and diligence go a long way as they finally break through the walls she has built up. Individually, each man is any woman's daydream, but together? Whew! Their combined potency is absolutely off the charts!
Hanna may have her sexual problems, but she refuses to wallow in them, and finally opens herself up enough to work through them, refusing to let pesky little things like inhibitions impede her progress. When the dam finally breaks, and she realizes exactly why she has refused to allow herself to achieve climax for so long, she embraces the solution with open arms, working through those deep-rooted issues.
In case it isn't already obvious, BLUSH includes some ménage content, with both J.M. and Grey focused on Hanna's pleasure. There is no sexual contact between the men in this story, but they do push the limits within the heterosexual realm.
For those of us who adore blistering hot romances with ménage storylines, BLUSH is a definite winner! Readers are bound to be as wild about this book as I am. *grin*
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Jeremy Smith is an instructor at the university giving a ten-week course on Kama Sutra, and finds he has trouble staying away from a nearby coffee house Hot Spot Café. The Earl Gray tea was exceptional, but that wasn't the draw, the owner, Hannah, was. He is extremely attracted to her, and one evening he went by after closing with the intent of asking her out, but when he got there, and clothes started flying, he knew he had unleashed a wildcat just waiting to reveal herself. Jeremy also discovered the secret she was hiding, and knew with his help; she could release her inhibitions, and finally have what had eluded her. When Jeremy gently approached the subject with Hannah, she said she was willing to try.
Grey Bennett had been miserable since Hannah had ended their relationship. He knew he had screwed up with her, but wanted her back. He had been in love with her from almost the beginning, but hadn't told her because he was afraid. He would have to tell her something that could destroy her feelings for him. She wanted to get married and have a family, but that was something he could never give her. He was sterile, and knew it would be a huge blow for her. Grey loved her to distraction, and knew she loved him, so he was going to take a risk that she would be able to handle it. He had signed them up to take a class on Kama Sutra prior to the breakup hoping it would help Hannah solve her sexual issues. She wasn't going to attend now that they were apart, but he was going to learn all he could in the meantime.
Hannah becomes more attached to Jeremy the more time they spend together. When Grey calls asking to see her out of the blue, she realizes how much she still loves him, but even more so when he professes his love for her. She is confused because while she still loves Grey, she also has very complex feelings toward Jeremy. Things become much more complicated when Grey realizes that his instructor Jeremy is involved with the love of his life.
I liked the characters Hannah, Grey, and Jeremy. All three were likeable, and could have been more developed, but it was believable how Hannah came to be involved with both men. I was expecting a more emotional read, but instead got just the sensual story. The end came too quickly. It would have been a more enjoyable read if the resolution came earlier in the book, so the future relationship could be expanded upon.
Opal Carew is a good writer. Her characters are fun, likeable, the love real and situations believable. She does has a tendency to follow the sensual of the story rather than bringing depth to the characters, but the books are so well written that it's really not that distracting.
With "Blush", she has Hanna who can't orgasm, Gray who is sterile, and JM who is the sex master caught between them. Gray couldn't say "I love you" to Hanna, so she broke up with him and two months later meets JM, who Gray is going to for advice to win back his girlfriend (and none of them know that they know each other). Hanna and JM start a sexual relationship and over the course of the book they fall in love, but Hanna still loves Gray, and in the end they come up with a nice compromise.
The only bad thing I have to say for this book is: the ending was rushed. I felt that Gray just accepting JM into a three-some and JM content to be the "lover" too contrived. Ms. Carew spent practically the entire book dealing with Hanna and her problem, having her explore her sexuality and love with both Gray and JM that the last two chapters were thrown together to make a nice ending. And the issue with Gray's sterility was never brought up again. Just as Hanna took a long time to come to terms with her situation and her love for two men, the same build up should have been given to Gray and JM, with JM being told that if they were to have children together it would be him and Hanna.
I would recommend buying this book, it was well worth reading. Her other book "Twin Fantasies" was a little better played out, but "Blush" is definitely worth the money.
The story moves along quickly, the conflict is fascinating, and I found this book to be quite liberating in the sexual fantasy department.
Directed at women who can't free themselves up enough to orgasm, this is a great exploration of that topic.