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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Blog Tour: "Platinum" by Jeffe Kennedy (Guest Post/Review)

Welcome to our Virtual tour stop of "Platinum" by Jeffe Kennedy brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours.

Platinum, the second book in my contemporary BDSM romance series, Facets of Passion, has been out just over a week—and before that was out with reviewers—so I’ve been having a lot of fun conversations about the story.

This book follows one of my favorite themes—the repressed heroine freed by the opportunity to express herself sexually. In Platinum, Althea is a frustrated artist, living the life her parents and social circle approve of. When she meets bad boy metal sculptor, Steel, she is drawn to his confidence in his self and in his kinky predilections. Read: he introduces her to some BDSM and she loves it. By being a “dirty girl,” she’s able to shake those familial and social restrictions that have held her back.
And she has a good time doing it.

It’s the fantasy, in the end. They start when Althea agrees to do whatever Steel tells her to do, while she’s in his basement domain. That’s the tension and the thrill—something that I enjoy reading and writing. There’s something both arousing and liberating about the idea of putting yourself under someone else’s control.

One of my readers, who gets bedroom inspiration from my stories—heaven help us all!—mentioned that, although she loves reading about being dominated and bossed around, she doesn’t enjoy the reality nearly as much.

Ain’t that the truth?

It’s an interesting point, that what we love to read, we don’t necessarily want to experience. It may be fascinating to read about tracking down a serial killer, but who among us really wants to be that risk-taking homicide detective? Historical stories are always fascinating and seem romantic, but really, would we want to actually live that way, with the disease and social imbalance?

Many people do enjoy the BDSM lifestyle, but for many, it’s more an exciting fantasy. I notice a lot of readers call my books “mild” BDSM—and I think that’s fair. I enjoy the tension and intimacy, but my characters mainly dabble. They sometimes play kinkier than other times, and sometimes they’re quite vanilla. Like a lot of couples.

What’s important is that everyone is having a good time.
(Facets of Passion #1)
by: Jeffe Kennedy
Publishing Date: 10/24/11
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Erotica
My Review

A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht. Taylor writes the adventure off as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterwards, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally. Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her – and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?
(Facets of Passion #2)
by: Jeffe Kennedy
Publishing Date: 2/25/13
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Erotica
Source: Provided by Author

Althea Grant is doing fine. Sure, her Charleston gallery is suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere. But she’s happy enough. When rugged metal sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.

Steel, fascinated by Althea’s rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr that can be used for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the coolly polite lady into modeling for him is the second.

As Steel peels away her careful manners and tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn’t just fine at all—it’s as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she’s failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?
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My Review:
I read "Sapphire" the first book to the Facets of Passion in 2011 and was looking forward to reading "Platinum".  
Althea Grant is struggling to keep her art gallery open due to the economy being horrible and she is trying everything to not lose it.  She does not want to end up having to stay with her parents after she is accomplished so much to get where she is.  
She ends up meeting Steel one day when he walks into her art gallery to pay for some space to create his art pieces.  Althea lets him use the basement, but she does not feel comfortable showing off his art due to not being the usual taste to the art gallery.
The minute Steel meets Althea, he is infatuated with her beauty which happens to be rare.  He become inspired and wants to have her as a model, but he has other ideas as well.
Althea though was raised much differently from Steel and she tries to avoid him at first and his question he asks of her.
She has a boyfriend and has a gallery to keep going, but for some reason Steel is someone she cannot stop thinking about.  
She's about to dive into a world they may change her for the good or it may break her.

If there is one thing I LOVED about this book, it was the characters and how they were complete opposite of each other.  Here you had Althea brought up much differently from Steel and she ran a art gallery.  She dressed nicely with her pastel colors and Steel was all about leather, and getting down and dirty with his art work.  
He also had a different side of him and it mostly came in the bedroom.  Althea was not used to what Steel had to offer.  She was use to the gentleman types and doing missionary style.  
Steel though opens up her world not only emotional, but physically to change who she is.  
I really enjoyed what Jeffe Kennedy did in this story.  She had Althea open up as a person and realize that life did not have to be so strict.  Steel was kind of forceful though, but he did respect Althea when it came to what he was doing to her.
The only thing I did not like it that it was short.  I actually wanted more of the characters.  
There were times that Althea was a jerk to Steel, but I think she had her reasons because she was not used to having a guy being so upfront with her and she was not used to talking to a guy like Steel before.
Will I read another book in the Facets of Passion series, if Jeffe Kennedy writes one...MOST definitely.  
I love her writing style and how she makes me enjoy the intense relationships and how opposites do attract.
I recommend this book to erotica readers out there and people who enjoy reading about a bad boy that meets a good girl and he changes her outlook in life....emotionally and sexually.
I received a complimentary copy of the book for the blog tour from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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In the morning, Althea dressed carefully in a pretty pale lemon chiffon dress with tiny pearl buttons all down the front. She curled her hair and left it down, thinking it complemented the neckline of the gown better and looked nice with the wide-brimmed matching hat. She looked forward to seeing Brandon for a lovely Sunday outing.
Never mind that she’d spent a nearly feverish night thinking of Steel’s lurid promises. She had no intention of breaking up with Brandon. Steel could hang himself from his own sculpture for all she cared.
She clipped through the gallery as a quick check that all was well, then let herself out through the front and rearmed the alarm. Brandon hadn’t arrived yet, so she busied herself with deadheading the impatiens and lobelia in the window boxes.
“Don’t you look a picture.” Steel leaned against the wall nearby, decked out in his motorcycle leathers. He wore mirrored sunglasses, so she couldn’t see his eyes, but his intrusive gaze consumed her nevertheless.
“What are you doing out here?”
“Taking in the sun, seeing the sights.” He grinned at her. “Gallery’s closed today, I see. Wanna go for a ride on my bike? You’d have to change, though—that skirt would be up over your head in no time. Not that I would mind. In fact the image of you offers some interesting—”
“I have a date,” she snapped.
He raised his eyebrows. “Let me guess—Sunday brunch. How…sweet.”
“I happen to like brunch.”
“And did you like staying home alone on Saturday night?”
“I had a long day, working,” she emphasized. “I preferred some time to unwind.”
He chuckled at that. “Princess, I have no doubt that you could use some unwinding, but I could suggest a dozen more interesting ways to do it. For example, we could start with—”
“I’m not interested.” She cut him off again and turned back to picking off the dried and wilted blossoms.
“You don’t act like a woman who’s not interested.”
“I’ve decided to stick with Brandon. I’m declining your…offer. Not that I seriously considered it. At all.”
“Brandon?” He drew the name out, baaing on the “a” sound like a sheep.
“Oh stop. It’s a perfectly fine name.”
“You think so? Brandon? Sounds like a Momma’s boy to me.”
“Not every guy has a noun for a name.”
“Not unless he’s bold and manly like me.” He winked and she laughed before she caught herself, but with her face still turned down to the window box, he might not have heard. “I notice you never say my name.”
“Sure I do. Steel refinery. Stainless steel silverware. Calphalon steel pans. I say it all the time.”
“I want to hear you gasping it out while I’m riding you,” he spoke from just behind her, in a quiet, intense voice.
She whirled around and had to take a step back, he was so close. “I don’t want you talking to me that way.”
“I think you like it.”
“I don’t.” But her voice faltered.
“I think Brandon treats you like a lady. I bet, when he bothers to pay attention to you, that he ‘makes love’ to you. All clean and polite-like. Sunday brunch sex. Am I right?”
She focused on the prominent Adam’s apple in his tanned throat. He was all over stubble again. She wondered how the scratchiness would feel.
“There’s nothing wrong with love-making.”
“No,” he agreed, and he smiled when she glanced up in surprise. “There’s a place for that too. Long afternoons, lace curtains and taking each other in long, luxurious, slow licks of pleasure.” He stroked her cheek. “I can be into that too. But I’m offering something the Brandons of the world won’t. I think there’s a very dirty girl under all that lovely lady exterior. The one who gets juiced just looking at my art. Who wants it hard and hot and maybe just a little rough. Tell me, has any man dared to tie you up with your legs spread wide, so he could have his way with you?”
She gaped at him and he leaned in. Whispered in her ear.
“I would. One word from you, princess, and I will.”
“Is this your idea of luring me?” She tried to sound indignant, but it came out breathless.
“Absolutely.” He flashed her his wicked grin. “And it’s working too.”
Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves. 

Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website


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