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#Review of First Comes Desire (Pirates Prize) by Tina Donahue w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

First Comes Desire

by Tina Donahue


GENRE: Erotic Historical



On a lush, secluded island, one passionate adventure leads to another….

Diana Fletcher means business. The beautiful, innocent, reverend’s daughter has traveled all the way to a tropical island off Madagascar on a mission: To find her brother—and to punish the man who drove him to a life of piracy. But when she comes face to face with the enemy in question, the handsome, powerfully seductive man is not at all what Diana expected…

Tristan Kent never intended to harm Diana’s brother. A man of humble origins, Tristan claims he tried to save him from another ruthless captain. Diana is desperate to believe he is telling the truth…and that the intoxicating desire that escalates between them is true as well. But can she trust him? Or is Tristan’s story—and his heart—nothing more than fool’s gold? Amid the haze of sensual delights and soaring ecstasy Tristan has in store for her, all will be revealed…


Excerpt Three:

Tristan advanced so quickly Diana had to step back and ran into the wall.

He pulled her close. “You shan’t have time for a lover. I intend to keep you quite busy.”

His mouth was on hers, his kiss possessive and hard. Not even a moan could have escaped her. He used her fully, with a husband’s right, and pressed his lean hips into hers, making certain she knew his arousal, her duty to satisfy him for as long as he desired.

She yielded. Not from fear but the feelings he stirred. She didn’t want to wound him, nor did she want him to hurt her.

At last, he seemed to understand. His kiss grew tender and exploring, then finally torrid. Their tongues battled to see which one would fill the other’s mouth. She won a few times and so did he, the bawdy sounds they made proving satisfaction.

When they’d finished, he looked sheepish.

Not knowing what to say, she stroked his cheek, careful not to touch the scratches she’d given him.

Smiling, he captured her hand, led her down the hall past numerous rooms, and stopped at the last. He pushed the door open and escorted her inside.

Polished white marble covered the floor, the same as in the hall, the ceilings high, windows large, facing trees and a clearing to show the distant water. It sparkled blue-green, matching the silk sheets on the large mahogany bed.

Never had she witnessed anything as imposing or as inviting. Given what had transpired between her and Tristan in the hall, she had no doubt what would soon happen in here. Their bedchamber for all time.


Ever read a book, closed it and actually didn’t know how you were going to review it?  Yep, that’s me right now.  You are probably thinking that I didn’t like the book.  Well, I did but it wasn’t what I expected.  I expected more piracy or swashbuckling but instead was treated to a lush romantic story.

Tristian is/was a pirate but had decided to leave the life for good.  Diana had been on the hunt for him for a year because she thought that he had kidnapped her younger brother.  When they meet, I actually had to chuckle.  I know, Ms. Donahue probably didn’t write it that way but I loved Diana’s spunk and feistiness when it came to Tristian.  I also liked how Tristian treated her.  He teased her, aroused her but it was never cruel.  Unfortunately, Diana didn’t see it that way but that’s what makes the whole meeting that good.  At least for me.

Tristian had a rough life and there were things that he had done in the past that he wasn’t proud of but he was proud of his home, the islanders, Peter, James and most of all, Diana.  He never thought he would find a woman like her but he did.  Diana was a bit too naive for me in the beginning.  I liked how she grew into her role with Tristian.  Of course, she still had to nag her brother, Peter, but he finally understood.  Some of their scenes reminded me of the sully teenager and the “really, just really” things that modern teenagers say and do.  LOL!  One of the other things that I liked about Diana was that she was willing to adapt to her new way of life.  Was it easy?  Nope but sometimes it was funny.

The villains in this story are vile.  I’m still trying to get over Canela and her deception.  Poor Adamo.  She made her bed and unfortunately, Tristian made sure that she would lie in it forever.  As for the other villains…honestly, I wasn’t surprised.  I figured that’s what would happen but I never saw Canela coming at all.  I thought that she would fade into the background but her lies, deception and pure jealous overtook her and it wasn’t pretty.

I need to warn you that there is a bunch of sex in the book.  But come on, it’s erotic, right?  There is some kink, too and I felt like in the beginning it was instant love but overall, the love, respect, and friendship between Diana and Tristian grew and it was fun watching it blossom.

Overall, I really liked the erotic pirate’s tale.  It was lush, romantic, emotional and sexy.  Just what I needed right now.  (Considering that I’m going on a cruise next month.)

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers’ Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). She’s featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, Tina worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.


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Tina will be awarding ebook copies of the three titles in her Dangerous Desires series – Loving Lies (Book One), Wicked Whispers (Book Two), and Passionate Pursuit (Book Three) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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