Friday, June 11, 2010

Big Huge Reader Contest - Day 11!

Lush Velvet Nights by Tina Donahue
Buy eBook from Ellora's Cave
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Reviewer’s TOP PICK – the Pagan and the Pen
FIVE ANGELS – Fallen Angel Reviews
Four blossoms – a page turner – Book Junkie

When wanton desires and love demand all…

During the day, Adriana’s a lonely corporate heiress, helming a supermarket empire. At night, she hires escorts, scripting provocative fantasies of kidnapping, lust, submission and endless longing. It’s all she has to excite her until she meets Nathan Wynn.

Tall, blond and muscular—like a modern-day Viking—Nathan is a labor relations attorney representing Adriana’s union employees. His imposing presence intensifies her basest desires. When he protects her from an escort he believes is an attacker, she knows he’s wonderfully dominant and unrestrained.

Fascinated by Adriana’s underlying sensuality, Nathan brings her to his secluded mountain estate, determined she submit fully to his hunger. At a gentleman’s club, he makes certain she denies him nothing. Engaging in a seductive sexual journey, Nathan’s caught off-guard by his stunning need for Adriana—and a growing emotional connection she will not let him deny.

(In this scene, Nathan & Adriana have arrived at his mountain estate where he plans to teach her full submission to his carnal desires)

He brought her to the edge of the thick wool rug facing the hearth. Even after he’d lowered Adriana to her feet, she clung to him. Nathan knew her desire for closeness drove part of her reaction. Not knowing what to expect from him also played into her response.

Focused on her accelerating anticipation, he left her side with one order. “Stay there.”

In his peripheral vision, he checked to make certain she hadn’t moved. He padded to their pile of clothing, selecting his tie and her blouse for his coming scheme. On a whim, he lifted her thong and brought it to his nose, inhaling deeply. Jesus. His head fell forward at her heavenly fragrance. He struggled to take a full breath and maintain his control. No dice. His fingers crushed the flimsy silk. He wanted to bury his cock in her so badly, he wasn’t certain he could go through with his plan to tempt her beyond reason.

Her heels clicked on the hardwood floor.

Looking over, he saw her shifting her weight from foot to foot. She’d moved to the far left to watch him, her curiosity taking her off the rug. He fought a smile at the way she’d reverted to form, covering her breasts with her right arm and hand, her cunt with the left. For protection from his neighbor’s prying eyes or as an unconscious reaction to what he intended for her?

I’m going to show you how it feels to be truly captive, Adriana.

He suspected she knew what he planned, though not to the degree he had in mind. Nor would he warn her.

Content in the moment, he stared. Firelight changed the color of her skin from olive to a creamy caramel shade, enhancing her dramatic blue eyes. Long, black tresses trailed over her narrow shoulders. She looked as seductive as a dark-haired Venus in Botticelli’s famous painting and as debased as an advertisement for an upscale Nevada brothel in a men’s magazine.

Eyes on her, he approached, stopping at the cocktail table. He slung the blouse and tie over his right shoulder and curled his forefinger, gesturing her closer. At his side, she seemed to forget her nudity and vulnerability. Her hands rested on his tattoo. Warmer now, her soft palms did wicked things to his pecs and abs, causing the muscles to jerk on contact with her fingertips, which traced the design.

She spoke quietly, nearly a whisper. “When did you get it?”

During a drunken stupor, days after he’d learned Echo wasn’t his. Pissed, hurt and tired of working eighteen-hour days, he’d decided to indulge himself in every way possible, which eventually led him to Zanes and, in a way, to tonight. “Years ago,” he answered, “when I decided I liked being reckless.”

Her eyes lifted to his then dropped back down to his hands. In his left, he held her wrists. With his right, he pulled the tie from his shoulder and wrapped it around them. Convinced she couldn’t get free, he released her and knotted the tie. “On your knees, Adriana.”

A flash of surprise registered on her face, though she didn’t question. Nor did she resist. She sank to the rug so swiftly, he knew her legs were too weak to hold her and her body craved whatever he intended to give.

Nathan went to one knee. Her eyes darted to his pendulous cock and balls. Gently, he eased her onto her back, her bound arms above her head. Chin lifted, she watched him secure the ends of his tie to the leg of the cocktail table. The second time he pulled on the knot, making sure it wouldn’t come loose, her blouse slipped from his shoulder, landing on her arm.

She made a sound halfway between the word “what” and a whimper, finally falling silent, not asking why he’d taken her blouse, simply watching, waiting.

With the garment back in his hands, he spread it on the rug to fold it into a wide rectangle.

Understanding swept across Adriana’s face as to his intent. He reached the end of his task and watched her reaction. She blinked rapidly. Her face flamed with a rosy blush, bawdy and oddly virginal. He concentrated on the innocence. It, her mute dependence, bruised lips and the mascara smudges beneath her eyes stirred Nathan as few things had. Surprising affection battled with lust. Given his history with intimacy and love, he made certain to yield to his baser emotions. Draping the silk across her eyes, he lifted her head and pulled the fabric around to the back, tying it behind her right ear.

Her throat jerked with her swallow. Agitated, she tested the binding around her wrists. Unable to free them, her legs wavered. She took a halting breath and pulled her knees up. The narrow points of her high heels gouged the rug. The movement seemed to give her a measure of control.

It provided an image that squeezed the air from Nathan’s lungs. With her heels digging in, she’d lifted her hips and unknowingly spread her thighs, presenting a picture of a woman, bound, blindfolded and powerless, ready to be mounted, taken by her master.

He gritted his teeth at the ache in his groin, what it needed right now even as he knew a quick fuck wouldn’t satisfy. In the depths of his mind, he realized one, two or even three orgasms in quick succession would only whet his hunger for her. If he’d been able, he would have crawled inside of her body to become one with her mind, heart and blood. Crazy. He’d never been this way with another woman, not even Hayley during their early teenaged romance, and didn’t care to examine where his intensity had come from. Nor would he succumb to it. He’d promised to show Adriana a weekend she’d never forget and by god, if it killed him to wait for an orgasm, he’d follow through.

Resolved, he took several deep breaths to calm down. It didn’t work. However, he’d composed himself enough to trust his voice. Face close to hers, he murmured, “Can you see?”

She stopped sucking her bottom lip and moved her head from side to side.

He stared at her damp lip, resisting the urge to draw it into his mouth and hug her until neither of them could breathe. Shaking off his sentimentality, he countered, “I think you can.” He pulled the scarf over her cheekbones and to the tip of her nose to block out any vision.

Instantly, she pulled her chin up in an effort to see. Unable to, her heels dug deeper into the carpet.

Nathan sat back on his heels, hands on his thighs as he gazed at her, his heart banging into his ribs. He pressed the base of his palms into his legs and dug his nails into the skin above his knees. The pain should have registered but didn’t. Adriana captured his full attention. His forced silence affected her immediately. Her breasts trembled with her quickened breaths. A thin sheen of perspiration shone on her neck and upper chest. The thought of her salty, hot flesh beneath his mouth and hands made him woozy.

Watch the Lush Velvet Nights Trailer

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Tina Donahue Website

Leave a comment for your chance to win ONE of the following by Tina Donahue:
1. Adored – ebook
2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – ebook
3. Close to Perfect – mass market paperback
4. Bad Boys with Red Roses – trade paperback
5. Take My Breath Away – trade paperback

Commenting and/or asking questions on an author’s blog for the day will enter you into the Big Huge Reader Contest for a Pink Sony eReader or one of three boxes packed full of RT Booklovers Convention goodies. Unfortunately, due to the grand prize being an electronic and weight of the other three boxes, this contest is for US residents only.


Carol L. said...

I love that excerpt. I've seen and read a lot about this book on various blogs.All good ! Tina's books are amazing.Thanks for the chance to win.
Carol L.

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Carol - thanks for your kind words - and don't forget to leave a comment at my blog so you're entered to win the Sony eReader!!!

Jean P said...

That was one hot excerpt, thoroughly enjoyable. Will definitely have to add this book to my list.

Meghan said...

Nice excerpt... Definitely going on my wish list! :)

April Ash said...

Nathan is a man on a mission, and Adriana is so eager and hungry to fulfill his fantasy and hers. Wow...shouldn't read hot stuff at this early hour in the AM!

Deb830 said...

Good morning Tina -

Wow that was a hot excerpt to start of Friday morning. I'm not sure I'm going to concentrate after that. Then add the cover...HOT (fanning myself). I look forward to reading it. Congrats on your newest release.

deb ;0)

Anonymous said...

Tina what a racy cover you have, looks like you guys are having fun. Hope you have a great summer and happy writing, watch those covers though makes the blood pressure go up lol

Kristabel Reed said...

What a hot excerpt for so early in the day. Makes for a great start! I also like the implied conflict: he's the union lawyer to her corporation.

Isabel Roman said...

Wow, just found this blog. Didn't realize there were days worth of excerpts I missed! Thanks for sharing, Tina! Such a sexy way to start my lazy morning. :)

Tina Donahue said...

Hey - Jean, Meghan, April, Deb, StarryAnn, Kirstabel and Isabel - thanks for your kind comments. Glad you liked my excerpt and cover. Good luck in the Sony eReader contest.

Don't forget to go to my blog: and leave a comment, which enters you in the Sony eReader contest! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the excerpt. I now have another one I can put on my TBR list.
This one sounds intriguing.

Lovie said...

Love the cover of "Close to Perfect" - and your heat wave collection of photo made me turn the air conditioner on.

Pamk said...

nice excerpt. I've not read anything by Tina but this excerpt says I need to remedy that.

Tilly Greene said...

Hiya Tina, thank you for introducing us to Nathan, "like a modern-day Viking—Nathan is a labor relations attorney representing Adriana’s union employees." Lovely!


Tina Donahue said...

Greetings, Joye and Lovie - glad you liked the cover and excerpt of "Lush Velvet Nights"

Please make certain to go to my blog:
and leave a comment so you're entered in Tilly's contest to win a Sony eReader!

Tina Donahue said...

Hey Pam - welcome! Tilly, thanks for having me here!

Anonymous said...

The cover is so very sensual and the excerpt is hawt!!!! Looks like something I shouldn't read in this heatwave we are having here...I might just combust!!! Hehe!!!

in Germany

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Oh wow! I am so getting sucked in to D/s stories lately. Something about them is just my cuppa tea. :D Thanks for sharing that great excerpt! And, my goodness, so many lovely prizes today!

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

Paige Purnell said...

Wow and just wow!!! I have to add to the wishlist! Great excerpt!!

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Valerie, Miranda and Paige - glad I made you guys sweat a little. :)

If you haven't as yet, don't forget to go to my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the contest for the Sony eReader!

mamasand2 said...

Fantastic excerpt Tina. I am hooked by the feel of your Lush Velvet Nights.


Booksrforever123 said...

Hawt, Hawt, Hawt. That's about all I can say with all the drool coming out of my mouth. Wow!!

Anonymous said...

Do you plan on writing anymore Historical Romances?

Tina Donahue said...

Hey there, Sandie, Booksforever and Leni! Glad to see you here.

Leni, to answer your question, I may write another historical in the future. Right now, I'm concentrating on contemporary and paranormal. :)

BTW, ladies - if you haven't as yet (Leni has, I know) go over to my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered in the Sony eReader draw! :)

Stephanie said...

Whew! What a cover and the excerpt is great too!! Thanks for sharing with at Tilly's blog today.

Anne said...

Super excerpt! I prefer contemporrary anything. I OD'd on historicals when it was about all you could get other than Harlequins in my teens.

Suzette said...

Sounds good! Just like all the rest in here!

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie, Anne and Suzette!

Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog: for your chance to win a Sony eReader. :)

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading the excerpt. It was...HOT. Oh my, yes, very hot.

Tina Donahue said...

And that's the way I like it - hot! Thanks for dropping by, Patsy.

Don't forget to go to my blog: (if you haven't as yet) and leave a comment so you're in the draw for the Sony eReader! :)

Cathy M said...

Totally agree with the great reviews, I really enjoyed this story.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Cathy - thanks for stopping by and your kind words. :)

Gabby said...

Awesome excerpt Miss Donahue! This is definitely going to be on my to-buy list. Good luck with the new release!

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Gabby!

Don't forget to stop by my blog: and leave a comment so you're entering into the contest for the Sony eReader.

Zina Lynch said...

The excerpt was a good one and the trailer was good too. You are a new to me writer.

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Zina - glad you liked the video. It is soooo cool. Nina Pierce did it for me. She's very talented.

If you haven't as yet, please visit my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered in the Sony eReader contest! :)

CrystalGB said...

Hi Tina. Great excerpt. Your book sounds good. :)


coriemccarthy said...

Wow I love your Excerpt of Lush Velvet Nights. I have a few friends who have suggested I start reading your books. I can't wait to dig in. I Love reading and as soon as I can get my hands on your books I will probably become 1 of your biggest fans. Keep up the good writing!

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Crystal and Corie - thanks for dropping by. And thanks to both of you for your kind words.

If you haven't as yet, please drop by my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered to win the Sony eReader. :)

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Tina.

I watched the book trailer and loved it; especially the music.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Adele Dubois said...

:Gulp: I need a cool, wet drink after that excerpt. You write so well!


Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Tracey - Nina Pierce does awesome work.

Don't forget to swing by my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the Sony eReader drawing!

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Adele!! Thanks for dropping by. And thanks for your very kind comments. :)

Don't forget to swing by my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the Sony eReader drawing!

Jane said...

Welcome Tina,
Really enjoyed the excerpt of "Lust
Velvet Nights."

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Sherry said...

I loved the excerpt and the trailer they were both great. I can't wait to read this book.


Rosie said...

Thanks for the excerpt!!! Looks like a great book.

rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

jeanette8042 said...

Lush Velvet Nights sounds fabulous!

lilazncutie1215 @

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Jane, Sherry and Rosie - thanks for swinging by. Glad you liked the taste I gave of "Lush Velvet Nights"

If you haven't as yet, please go to my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the Sony eReader drawing!

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh very hot excerpt thanks for sharing :)

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Jennifer -thanks for dropping by.

If you haven't as yet, please go to my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the Sony eReader drawing!

Ruth C. said...


Very dangerous -- DH not avaiable.!!!

What a tease.

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Ruth - thanks for swinging by! Glad you liked the excerpt. :)

Anonymous said...

Um WOW!!!!! That was hot. I want more!!!!!!

deslauree3 at aol dot com

yadkny said...

I love the cover! Of course the excerpt was hot as well.

stacey said...

the cover is so Hot! that it is Smoken and the book sounds smoken hot two.


Courtney said...

This book sounds really good. I have Deep, Dark Delicious & really enjoyed it!

Liz said...

This sounds really good

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, desi, yadkny, Stacey, courtney and Liz - thanks for dropping by and for your kind words about my work. :)

If you haven't as yet, please go to my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the Sony eReader drawing!

SiNn said...

sorry im late just w anted to tell tina her books rock!

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, SiNn - you're never too late - thanks for stopping by - and if you haven't as yet, please go to my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the Sony eReader drawing!

Tina said...

I really love the heart and soul Tina brings to her books, how do you come up with the premises?

etirv said...

I almost never pay attention to book covers but Tina's cover got my attention! Thanks for the excerpt, too!


Tina Donahue said...

Hi, Tina - I come up with the plots from everday events. Deep, Dark, Delicious came to me after I watched an episode of Iron Chef America.

Delilah - Hi! Glad you liked the cover - it is hawt, isn't it?

If you haven't as yet, please go to my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the Sony eReader drawing!

And I will be deciding the winner of one of my books on Sunday (tomorrow). I wanted to give everyone a chance to respond. :)

Armenia said...

Hi Tina,

Dropping by to say "hi". Enjoyed that great excerpt. Lush Velvet Nights is certainly in my TBB list.

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Tina Donahue said...

Hey, Armenia - thanks for dropping by and for your kind words about Lush Velvet Nights!

If you haven't as yet, please go to my blog: and leave a comment so you're entered into the Sony eReader drawing!

Tina Donahue said...

Okay, I've picked the winner of my contest (for one of my titles) and it is (drum roll please):


I've already sent Rosie a copy of Deep, Dark, Delicious.

I'd like to thank everyone who came by and commented. :)

Andrea I said...

This one is definitely on my TBB list. It sounds like such a HOT book.

snowl3prd said...

Wow. Very hot excerpt. This book is going into the list to buy next.

Tina Donahue said...

Hey Andrea and Heather - thanks for your kind comments. And believe me, Lush Velvet Nights is very hot - it just got 5 stars and an 'O' heat rating from JERR!!!

Tina Donahue said...

Hey Andrea and Heather - thanks for your kind comments. And believe me, Lush Velvet Nights is very hot - it just got 5 stars and an 'O' heat rating from JERR!!!

Tina Donahue said...
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flchen1 said...

Ooh, congrats on the terrific reviews, Tina! Well deserved! :)

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

Love the excerpt to this one Tina - have thoroughly enjoyed all I've gotten to read by you so know this one will be a good one too.

Pam S

Nicole Zoltack said...

Loved the excerpt!

Nicole.Zoltack AT