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Feb. 2015: the Wonderland series is back, better than ever. The award winning “Taken by Passion: King of Hearts” includes sixty pages of new and expanded, never before published scenes. After being cheated on yet again, full-figured Alice O'Brien no longer believes she’ll find her Prince Charming. She resolves to enjoy men, but refuses to involve her heart. When she lite Feb. 2015: the Wonderland series is back, better than ever. The award winning “Taken by Passion: King of Hearts” includes sixty pages of new and expanded, never before published scenes. After being cheated on yet again, full-figured Alice O'Brien no longer believes she’ll find her Prince Charming. She resolves to enjoy men, but refuses to involve her heart. When she literally tumbles down a rabbit hole, she finds she has left her familiar home city of San Francisco. She has landed in a strange and beautiful world, where she meets a powerful and dominant shapeshifter, Jarronn, and his equally fierce and irresistible brothers. By the draw of a card foretelling his kingdom’s future, Jarronn has deliberately lured Alice to his realm in hopes of averting a terrible danger threatening his people. He has every intention of saving his kingdom with his and Alice’s bond of passion, and nothing will stop him from making her his Queen of Hearts. St. Martin’s Press published the Wonderland series in trade paperback only, with the pseudonym Jaymie Holland. Ellora’s Cave published the series primarily in e-book, under the name Cheyenne McCray. Neither version had the new and expanded scenes. Taken by Passion/King of Hearts has won numerous awards and accolades, including the “RT Book Reviews Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award!”


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Feb. 2015: the Wonderland series is back, better than ever. The award winning “Taken by Passion: King of Hearts” includes sixty pages of new and expanded, never before published scenes. After being cheated on yet again, full-figured Alice O'Brien no longer believes she’ll find her Prince Charming. She resolves to enjoy men, but refuses to involve her heart. When she lite Feb. 2015: the Wonderland series is back, better than ever. The award winning “Taken by Passion: King of Hearts” includes sixty pages of new and expanded, never before published scenes. After being cheated on yet again, full-figured Alice O'Brien no longer believes she’ll find her Prince Charming. She resolves to enjoy men, but refuses to involve her heart. When she literally tumbles down a rabbit hole, she finds she has left her familiar home city of San Francisco. She has landed in a strange and beautiful world, where she meets a powerful and dominant shapeshifter, Jarronn, and his equally fierce and irresistible brothers. By the draw of a card foretelling his kingdom’s future, Jarronn has deliberately lured Alice to his realm in hopes of averting a terrible danger threatening his people. He has every intention of saving his kingdom with his and Alice’s bond of passion, and nothing will stop him from making her his Queen of Hearts. St. Martin’s Press published the Wonderland series in trade paperback only, with the pseudonym Jaymie Holland. Ellora’s Cave published the series primarily in e-book, under the name Cheyenne McCray. Neither version had the new and expanded scenes. Taken by Passion/King of Hearts has won numerous awards and accolades, including the “RT Book Reviews Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award!”

30 review for Taken by Passion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anzu The Great Destroyer

    So, I’m doing a new review series called Failrotica. The purpose of this is to explore the depths of human relationships when it comes to romance novels. Erotica, in particular. I need to mention that I’ll be a complete troll about it, so if you actually enjoy this genre then I might advise you to avoid reading my reviews since they most probably will make you angry. I’m a nice person. I care. Back to my introduction. I’ll be choosing only la crème de la crème of erotica. Yes, I do find erotica bo So, I’m doing a new review series called Failrotica. The purpose of this is to explore the depths of human relationships when it comes to romance novels. Erotica, in particular. I need to mention that I’ll be a complete troll about it, so if you actually enjoy this genre then I might advise you to avoid reading my reviews since they most probably will make you angry. I’m a nice person. I care. Back to my introduction. I’ll be choosing only la crème de la crème of erotica. Yes, I do find erotica boring and extremely repetitive, so I need good material to work with. This being said, I’ll go for monster, bizarro and fairytale retellings - because they just crack me up. Let’s start with the raping of one of my most favorite childhood books, shall we? Oh, my god. I just fucked a king! Meet Alice O’Brien, our lovely, self-respecting and clearly intelligent heroine. The first thing we find out about her is that she’s flawed. Completely and hopelessly flawed. Why is that, you ask? She is flawed because of her full figure. Ample hips, large heavy breasts and vast bottom. (!sarcasm) No man, nor woman, can ever take her seriously because of this. But at least her fiancé, Jon, is there to help her. Damn Jon. Her somewhat forgetful—make that irresponsible— fiancé. And her hot and, despite all logic, skinny twin, Alexi. Why couldn’t she be slender, with all those thick, wavy, auburn locks like her twin? After Alice loses her job for no apparent reason (the poor thing, she probably thinks it’s because of her vast bottom), she comes home only to find her beloved fiancé busy making a sandwich. And, to her complete horror, he wasn’t planning on sharing it with her! Jon was engaging in a ménage à trois—fulfilling Alice’s fantasy for another woman. His reason, you ask? She’d heard Jon say: If Alice wasn’t so fat… Hurt beyond reason, she makes her escape and ends up resting on a bench in a secluded park. Oh, sorry. Did I say resting? I meant to say masturbating. Yes, she ends up masturbating in the quiet park using raspberry lotion! Pain works in mysterious ways… And now we switch to Wonderland, which appears to be in a bit of a predicament. King Jarronn, our charming male lead, is worried sick for his people. It should have been a time of growth for Jarronn’s people, too—a time for males to seed their mate’s wombs. A time to look forward to new births in the fall. The horrible fates of all these fertile women not being able to accept the seed of their virile men… I cannot bear the thought… Veins rose along the surface of Jarronn’s muscles as rage filled him anew that he had been unable to break Mikaela’s powerful mind spells…the black sorcery that had rendered the women of Tarok incapable of conception for nearly two decades. King Jarronn’s people are dying, and the only way of saving them is by picking a random, yet special, woman and knocking her senseless with his mighty sausage! The fate of the kingdom lies in the hands of the ever erect Jarronn, who, despite being a world apart, happens to catch onto a new scent. Alice’s raspberry, and other intimate liquids that I dare not mention, concoction seems to be music to King Jarronn’s ears. Yes! He finally found the woman who will save his kingdom from Mikaela’s oh so brilliant barren curse! Jarronn lures the easily confused Alice through a metaphorical rabbit hole and traps her in Wonderland. Fortunately, she is a strong independent woman, and she will fight for her virtue with all her strength! “I am Jarronn, but you may refer to me as Milord .” Milord’s charm at its best! Alice can’t help but be impressed. “You will obey my every command, wench,” he said as he slid the satin from her hair. “And you will accept and enjoy whatever punishment is dealt.” Alice is yet to find out that becoming Milord’s queen will not be easy. She has to pass several hard and lengthy tests in order to prove that she is worthy of leading the ever aroused people of Wonderland! This woman would need to learn to trust him completely, and to follow whatever orders he may dictate, for her own safety as well as the safety of his people. Her first lesson comes quickly. “Always thrust out your chest when you are looking at me, so that I might better view your beautiful treasures.” Milord is assigned with the difficult mission of making Alice know that she is beautiful. A very difficult mission indeed. She must be stripped bare, chained up, ordered around and displayed as an exotic possession in order to increase her self-esteem. Would she ever love his people and his kingdom, if she could not even love herself? Damnation but he’d make her see herself for the beauty she was. And she would fall in love with him. She must trust him completely! “I am High King of Tarok, and amongst my people such respect is expected. If one person does not show respect, loyalty, and trust, it could cause others to believe there is a flaw in my leadership.” As days pass by, Alice seems to adapt to the life of a sex slave soon to be queen. Jarronn owned her. Not like a slave, but as a treasured possession, and she really liked how it felt to belong to him. Sorry, my mistake. Alice seems to adapt to the life of a treasured possession soon to be queen. Her self-esteem seems to have increased. Also, Milord turned out to be a weretiger. His very thick and sandpapery tongue proving useful in very dry situations. Alice also had to admit that she certainly didn’t miss a culture that dismissed its heavier citizens. A culture that ridiculed people of size and constantly forced weight-loss advertisements on them. Of course all the ads had perfect-bodied mannequins that made a gal with a few extra pounds want to go out and eat a whole damn cheesecake just for spite. One night, Alice gets attacked in her sleep by a whip-wielding Dominatrix. Thin and super-sexy, she can only turn out to be evil, as many of the beautiful women of Wonderland do. “How could you ever think the king could love the likes of you?” The evil Dominatrix says. She wants to crumple Alice’s self-esteem! “You’re fat and ugly and no one will ever love you.” With this extremely original insult she disappears, leaving Alice in tears and her self-esteem in pieces. How could she have so easily believed that Jarronn could come to love her? There was nothing beautiful or special about her at all. But yes, Milord does love her! And he proves this by always believing in her. It is time for Alice’s first test. She is to mind-bond with all four Kings of Wonderland - at the same time! After long seed-gulping and mass penetrating moments, Alice’s trust for Milord is proved. She is ready to mate with him in front of his people and become his Queen. Several orgies later, the baby hating Mikaela attacks again, but Alice’s self-esteem is impenetrable. Words like “fat” or “ugly” don’t seem to work anymore, and the evil Mikaela makes her escape only to spare the author from bothering herself with creating another villain in the next installments. “You are my possession, Alice. And you are my queen.” It would be my greatest joy if you would bear my cubs. Our dearest Alice is yet to receive her coronation gift! “The first time I took you as my mate and released the tigri pheromones, the process was started.” She stilled. “Process?” With a slow nod, Jarronn said, “Eventually you shall become a weretigress.” Rejoice! “No kidding?” Alice’s body tensed and her face lit up with hope. “That means I’ll live longer and all that other stuff? And I’ll be able to shapeshift, too?” And they lived happily ever after. The end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ 66% So I actually read this book back in 2012 when it was published by Ellora's Cave and Jaymie Holland was Cheyenne McCray. The original title of this book was KING OF HEARTS but now it appears to have been changed to TAKEN BY PASSION. I downloaded this when it was a freebie from the Kindle store because how often do we have the opportunity to reexperience the foibles of our youth? Even if it lands us in horny jail. *bonk* Oh my God Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ 66% So I actually read this book back in 2012 when it was published by Ellora's Cave and Jaymie Holland was Cheyenne McCray. The original title of this book was KING OF HEARTS but now it appears to have been changed to TAKEN BY PASSION. I downloaded this when it was a freebie from the Kindle store because how often do we have the opportunity to reexperience the foibles of our youth? Even if it lands us in horny jail. *bonk* Oh my God this book was just as bad as I remembered. No shade to the people who liked it because I do understand that this is basically just like an expanded version of those erotica shorts that people enjoy reading for the smut (#FTS) but... even with the alleged 60 new pages of content to expand and flesh out the story, I thought this was pretty awful. The heroine is plus-sized but the way this is brought up is pretty cringe-worthy. Back in 2012, people were way worse about body positivity so I guess I was hoping that maybe the expanded, rewritten version wouldn't have Alice hating on her appearance so much. Not so. Also it still has the icky beginning where she finds out her boyfriend/fiance is cheating on her with TWO other people and when caught, he immediately insults Alice's weight. Gross. And then you have the hero, Jarronn, validating the heroine by telling her how hot he thinks she is which feels... um. Gross. I didn't like the sex scenes either. They felt very juvenile to me. I think they're supposed to be. This is one-shot escapist fantasy but it's written like it too. And the writing is not good. The heroine's internal monologues are so weird. When she's not beating herself up for her weight, she's making up-- I kid you not-- fake Twitter updates that she could post about her situation, replete with hashtags. In terms of quality, this definitely feels up there with monsterotica and dinoporn. Read this for fun, or for the lols, or because you like being in horny jail. But don't get this and expect it to be that much different than the smutty original. 1 star

  3. 4 out of 5

    jenjn79

    Whew! I need a cold shower...or a bath of ice cubes after reading this one! It's really HOT! The summary on the book page is a little inadequate so I'll expand a bit. Alice is a fuller-figured woman living in San Francisco who has had a lot of bad luck in life. Bad bosses, lovers who cheat, etc. One night she comes home to find her fiance getting it on with their landlady AND another man...only the man isn't interested in the landlady, he's dominating and doing her fiance. Horrified, she runs off Whew! I need a cold shower...or a bath of ice cubes after reading this one! It's really HOT! The summary on the book page is a little inadequate so I'll expand a bit. Alice is a fuller-figured woman living in San Francisco who has had a lot of bad luck in life. Bad bosses, lovers who cheat, etc. One night she comes home to find her fiance getting it on with their landlady AND another man...only the man isn't interested in the landlady, he's dominating and doing her fiance. Horrified, she runs off and ends up in Golden Gate Park. Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Tarok, the 4 Kings must find mates from outside their world if they have any hopes of breaking a spell on their kingdom that prevents anyone from reproducing. Jarron goes first, and his card shows him Alice. Back in the Park, Alice is suddenly falling through a dark hole. She ends up in a mysterious world where sensuality and sexuality assault her from every corner. And where Jarron is determined to show her how beautiful he is, and that he is the perfect Master for her. Despite the fact that it sounds like this book has an actual plot, it's pretty much ALL about the sex. There is an underlying storyline, but it's very minor. Most of the book is super hot sex. There is a running theme of Dominance and Submission, but Jarron is a rather kind Dominant. He's not mean to Alice like you sometimes see in other D/S erotica. So Jarron was rather likable. I also enjoyed the fact that Alice was fuller figured and that she was made to accept herself as beautiful by Jarron. And I like that he enjoyed her body the way it was. If you're looked for a book with some substance, this probably isn't it, but if you want to read some hot sex, then go for it ;) Sexual themes in the book: D/S, bondage, group sex (that scene was really, really hot), exhibitionism, voyeurism, body jewelry, some light F/F

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dark Faerie Tales

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: A twist on Alice in Wonderland: only this Wonderland is BDSM themed and the King of Hearts has better uses for Alice other than chopping off her head. Opening Sentence: King Jarronn scrubbed his hand over his light beard and flexed his powerful muscles as he scowled at the four cards lying facedown on the a’bin. The Review: Alice O’Brian’s life is not all roses. She lost her job only to come home early and find her man in a very compromising posit Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: A twist on Alice in Wonderland: only this Wonderland is BDSM themed and the King of Hearts has better uses for Alice other than chopping off her head. Opening Sentence: King Jarronn scrubbed his hand over his light beard and flexed his powerful muscles as he scowled at the four cards lying facedown on the a’bin. The Review: Alice O’Brian’s life is not all roses. She lost her job only to come home early and find her man in a very compromising position with two other people. She may not know it yet, but her life is about to get much more surreal. Falling down the proverbial “rabbit hole” and landing in the land of Tarok, Alice is about to experience pleasures far beyond her wildest fantasies. With potential violence from enemies of the kingdom to the sensual punishments of her new King, Taken by Passion is a buffet of BDSM bounty. It unveils a world of BDSM liberation from the sensual punishments within the walls of dangers awaiting outside. Alice is the kind of woman that struggles with low self-esteem. Going from a relationship where she is constantly being put down for her looks and sexual wants only compounded the problem. Now in Tarok, she isn’t given an option: Her absolute obedience and trust are demanded. Jarronn won’t allow Alice the luxury of self recrimination. Her reluctance and eventual surrender are as uplifting for her as it is for the reader. Giving into one’s true desires takes courage that many don’t possess. Leaving all she knew behind, can Alice truly be happy to spend the rest of her days in a world so different from what she had before? Jarronn, King of Hearts and High King of Tarok is the “Alpha Male,” with all the arrogance that comes with it. In order for his people to once again prosper, he must take a wife, a perfect mate. With the use of magic, Jarronn finds his future High Queen in the human world and brings her back to his. He is a Dominant and requires his bride-to-be to become 100% submissive to him. His character never waivers in his purpose or determination like the predator he is. At times he seems almost cold toward Alice during her training but his underlying adoration for her does shine through occasionally. Is Jarronn going to be able to tame this beauty, or will he lose everything by pushing her too far? Will the two of them stand united against the larger threat looming on the horizon, or will they crumble under the onslaught? The land of Tarok is as amazing as it is tempting in its views of physical pleasures. All of her people take delight a variety of sexual delights available to them. The land itself is divided into four separate kingdoms ruled by four brothers. With a twist on the “Wonderland” theme, each king’s title is known for a card: i.e. Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs. Jarronn is The King of Hearts as well as The High King of all the lands. The acceptance of what is viewed here as “private” or “kinky” is a way of life for everyone in Tarok. I like that the taboo of BDSM is lifted, giving Alice more of an opportunity to embrace her personal desires in an environment that is so open. Taken by Passion may just be a re-release of an older book by Holland (McCray) but it still is a fantastic read. It is sugar and spice with a bite. If this book is any indication, the rest of the series will be quite the read. Though I may recommend keeping a cool drink on hand just in case it gets too hot for you! Notable Scene: Jarronn’s ears pricked toward the rainbow gardens. His three brothers and the sorceress had arrived at the fountain, prepared to treat his future bride to a view of his kingdom’s pleasures. Lowering his head, the king nudged up the soft material covering her breasts and freed both rosy nipples. With a swipe of his rough tongue, he licked one bud, bringing it to a tight peak. The woman sighed and arched her back, thrusting her chest toward him. He laved her other nipple, determined to awake his future bride in a way that would have her senses on fire. It is time. He rumbled his satisfaction as she moaned again. The woman would be perfect. So long as she obeyed and submitted to his every demand. And providing she passed the tests that would allow her to become his queen. FTC Advisory: Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin provided me with a copy of Taken by Passion. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. I only get paid in hugs and kisses from my little boys.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ivie dan Glokta

    This was supposed to be an erotic Alice in Wonderland spin-off. In theory it sounds yumm, but in execution it is horrible. Damn, I had to shut down my computer and perform a virus scan after reading half of this just to make sure my computer didn't pick up an STD. There isn't a story line, just fuckery, and of the worst kind. Alice is a chubby girl, that walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her with their neighbor, he calls her fat and she storms off. Gets her ass in the park, winds down a rabbi This was supposed to be an erotic Alice in Wonderland spin-off. In theory it sounds yumm, but in execution it is horrible. Damn, I had to shut down my computer and perform a virus scan after reading half of this just to make sure my computer didn't pick up an STD. There isn't a story line, just fuckery, and of the worst kind. Alice is a chubby girl, that walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her with their neighbor, he calls her fat and she storms off. Gets her ass in the park, winds down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Kinkyland. Get's a bit confused and depressed, but the wonderful inhabitants of Kinkyland give her 1000 milligrams of Hardcocksinall, and voila she's cured!! THE END

  6. 5 out of 5

    Collette

    I love this series of books. This is the first one about Alice (of course) who has a horrible life full of a nasty boss and an even worse man in her life. She falls down a hole and meets her overbearing lover that makes her feel super sexy (full-figured woman here)and loved. The sex is super hot and involves multiple men in one part. Yowza!! Loved that scene! Anyway...a fun, hot little read and well worth picking up a copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Incest is best in Tina Belcher’s erotic friend fiction. This book has been spread all over the publishing world like herpes. Originally published by Ellora’s Cave, then by St Martin’s, and now it looks like the author got her rights reverted and she’s self-published with all new expanded scenes! Boo nah. Books like this are the reason why erotica has a bad name. People give FIFTY SHADES OF GREY shit, but at least that had a plot. This was just woman arrives in the Land of Titfuckia, in a kingdom s Incest is best in Tina Belcher’s erotic friend fiction. This book has been spread all over the publishing world like herpes. Originally published by Ellora’s Cave, then by St Martin’s, and now it looks like the author got her rights reverted and she’s self-published with all new expanded scenes! Boo nah. Books like this are the reason why erotica has a bad name. People give FIFTY SHADES OF GREY shit, but at least that had a plot. This was just woman arrives in the Land of Titfuckia, in a kingdom surrounded by the Nipple Ranges, ruled over by Major Boobage as she tittied happily across the land. You think I’m joking. This book read like it was written by a teenager in heat who doesn’t know how to describe things. Or develop characters. Or a plot. Or knows what substance is. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a place for PWP. But this isn’t that short of a book and it’s literally just a book taking place in a world where people fuck constantly. It’s exhausting. Chafing must not be a thing here. Alice is a plump woman and we’re reminded of this constantly throughout the book. Look, I get it. I respect representation. But Alice’s fatness seems to be a driving force in this story. It opens on her supposed fiance getting butt plugged by some dom in her bed while he simultaneously fucks their pretty, tiny female landlord. He claims that if Alice weren’t so fat he wouldn’t have to do any of that. Not to mention Alice is constantly comparing herself to her skinny fraternal twin. She runs out crying, ends up in a park and masturbates to pass the time before she gets sucked into a portal and falls into Fucklandia where she’s held as a sex slave. Except she’s not called a slave. She’s to be King Jarronn’s queen and he’s SO TURNED ON by her but she must submit to him entirely in order for their bonding to work and she must love herself completely in order to ensure success. *eye roll* And the only antagonist is Mikaela, the outcasted for no reason sister of the incest kings who tries to get into Alice’s head by fat-shaming her. Way to mind fuck, Mik. Alice is made to walk around naked except for a leather collar and some nipple rings. Enter public acts of sex and a dom/sub relationship that extends outside of the bedroom, because that’s about as okay as a sex contract. But Alice justifies all of this to herself by claiming to like being subbed and how turned on she gets when Jarronn rules over her every waking moment. Because that’s healthy. Meanwhile let’s all ignore the fact that she’s literally being held against her will and the story is her falling in love with her kidnapper, shall we? And this bonding that will protect her from the evil Mikaela who has been mind-fucking Jarronn’s kingdom and has started in on Alice too? It’s Alice getting plugged by four dudes at once. If you’re counting holes and wondering how that’s possible, let me spoil things for you: titty fucking. So 1: if I’m paying more attention to how the logistics of a sex act happen than the act itself, you’re doing it wrong and 2: just no. Someone’s been watching way too much male gaze porn. No woman wants to get dick-punched in the chin and no dude wants to dry hump a set of room temperature fat sacks when there are a number of perfectly good holes to utilize. As if the shitty, infantile writing and ridiculous sex scenes hadn’t turned me off already, the titty fucking really did it for me. Buh bye. This could have been hot if all the sex scenes weren’t like that swimming pool scene in Showgirls: Just absolutely ridiculous and written by people who’ve obviously never fucked before. There’s just so much suspension of disbelief having to go on here that I’m overloading. I can’t do it. There’s so much bad here that it’s not even worth it. I should read a book with this much sex in it and be incredibly turned on. Instead I’m laughing and wondering how Alice can literally come on command. And why a cluster of brothers is okay plugging the same woman simultaneously. That’s just not my bag. I don’t care how attractive they are. They’re brothers. Gross. Had I known there was going to be incest going into it I wouldn’t have bought it (free download? maybe, I can’t remember, if I did pay for it it wasn’t much) Needless to say I’m not reading further in this series. And if you’re smart you’ll find something else to read. Like FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Coming from me, that’s saying a lot. And if you’re wondering whether the author did much with the whole Alice in Wonderland thing, beyond the protagonist being named Alice, four kingdoms with four suits, and a piece of world-specific cake called eetmi, that’s about all you’re getting there. 1

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura Pinciotto Bury

    Just finished re-reading this book that the author added more lines this time around. This was the first book I had read about shape shifter and BDSM. It opened up a whole new world of books to read. The characters of this story is Alice a full figured women. (Which I can relate to) is not having a good day. First gets hit on by her boss and gets fired. Them drops cell in puddle of water, ruined stockings then walks in on her guy in bed with two other people. AND that's all in the first chapter. Just finished re-reading this book that the author added more lines this time around. This was the first book I had read about shape shifter and BDSM. It opened up a whole new world of books to read. The characters of this story is Alice a full figured women. (Which I can relate to) is not having a good day. First gets hit on by her boss and gets fired. Them drops cell in puddle of water, ruined stockings then walks in on her guy in bed with two other people. AND that's all in the first chapter. Liked the book the first time out. This time loved it with the added lines. Can't wait to read the other books connected to this story again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie G

    In author Jaymie Holland's highly sensual take on the on the Alice in Wonderland tale, we are taken into the land of Tarok. Tarok has been divided into the Kingdoms of Hearts, Spades, Diamonds and Clubs and each is ruled by a different king. In Taken By Passion, Alice O'Brien has just caught her fiance cheating on her. While she's on a walk to clear her head, the ground begins to shake and she falls down a massive hole. When she awakes, Alice finds herself in a strange but beautiful place where s In author Jaymie Holland's highly sensual take on the on the Alice in Wonderland tale, we are taken into the land of Tarok. Tarok has been divided into the Kingdoms of Hearts, Spades, Diamonds and Clubs and each is ruled by a different king. In Taken By Passion, Alice O'Brien has just caught her fiance cheating on her. While she's on a walk to clear her head, the ground begins to shake and she falls down a massive hole. When she awakes, Alice finds herself in a strange but beautiful place where she meets the dominate shifter King Jarronn. Jarronn is the King of Hearts and the high king of Tarok. He and his three brothers must find their destined mates and make them their queens in order to break the mindspell that has been placed on the women of Tarok that has left them unable to conceive. I love the setup to this series and that the story unfolds throughout each book. The first few pages of chapter one introduces you to Tarok and King Jarronn. If you're looking for more story beyond chapter one, you won't really find it. The rest of the book is spent with Jarronn training Alice to be his submissive queen and teaching her to love her plus size body. I expected there to be more sex than actual plot before starting this book so I wasn't disappointed. Sure, it would have been nice to be surprised with more than a lot of naked flesh, nipple clamps, spankings and multiple partner sex scenes but I still enjoyed this book. -Stephanie G Alice had probably the worst day ever. She was fired, ripped her favorite expensive nylons, stepped in a puddle, a bird shit on her and only then to come home to her fiancé not only having sex with the landlord but some dude named Stone. Feeling a walk in the park to clear her head will do her good, Alice goes walking only to fall into a different world, a wonderland of sorts, a place where the King is a drop dead gorgeous tiger shifter and maybe just the right man who can finally dominate her. Jarronn the oldest son and high king of all of Tarok, was worried for his people it’s been a long time since any female has been with child. His evil sister had plagued his people with thoughts of infertilization, making them believe they could not conceive thus making it so. His only hope lies in the one woman destined to be his queen, the voluptuous Alice O'Brian. But if he can’t get her to trust in him and completely submit to him shell never survive the bonding. What a sizzling hot ride. There is heat on every page. You become so engrossed in the story you just keep reading and then bam you’re done. It was very interesting I loved the little “Alice in Wonderland” similarities. I think the background story and world building is unique and entertaining. My only issue is that I think the whole dominatrix theme got a little to excessive for me. Jarronn was a bit over the top with his "do not look at me unless I give you permission“ and "you may not climax until I grant you permission or you will suffer punishment.". A little was hot at first, but I think he shouldn't have had to be soo demanding. But then I guess he had to be hard or she wouldn't have learned what she needed to handle the bonding. All in all it was a quick easy read. -Athenna G

  10. 5 out of 5

    April Symes

    ***A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review*** This is a re-published book which the author has expanded on and re-done since the original was out several years ago. Alice is a smart and pretty woman who just lost her job and when she walked into her apartment, she found him cheating on her with their landlady and another Man named Stone. Alice’s sister happened to come into the scene toward the end and Alice walked away devastated. King Jarron is ready for a mate for his king ***A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review*** This is a re-published book which the author has expanded on and re-done since the original was out several years ago. Alice is a smart and pretty woman who just lost her job and when she walked into her apartment, she found him cheating on her with their landlady and another Man named Stone. Alice’s sister happened to come into the scene toward the end and Alice walked away devastated. King Jarron is ready for a mate for his kingdom. He has 4 cards to choose from and when he finally draws making his choice on the card, he knows the woman he finds will be forever mate. As he goes to get her, Alice is sitting on a bench in the Golden Gate Park, wishing she has a man who would love her for who she was and how she looked. Sitting there, she sees a white rabbit so she decided to follow the rabbit when morphed into a white tiger. That is when Alice decided to start back away to go home when the ground disappeared from out under her; that is when Alice descended the rabbit hole. Alice wakes up in a different land with a whole new set of problems with a hot man who is looking at her as it he could eat her whole. He is telling her things that he is going to do to her that Alice doesn’t understand but the things done to her make her hot and needy. Alice and Jarron immediately have a connection together but because of the traumatic experience Alice just went thru with her EX back home, it colors her immediate future with Jarron. Jarron wants Alice and the heat and passion between them is insanely good but there is a faction in the background wanting to prevent Jarron’s happiness and to prevent Alice from becoming High Queen. There are twists in the story. You have to follow the turns to figure out who the baddie is but when you do their evilness is so bad, you really want them to get what’s coming to them. I read the original story when it was out several years ago and I enjoyed the revised story a lot. I cant wait to read book two in this series. My rating: 5 stars *****

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiblu

    O F No!!!! Ok,you've just walked on your D bag of a fiancé cheating on you w/not ion but two ppl a man and a woman,soo what do when you storm out of your nasty lil apt. ? You ride busses for hours , end up in a park w/your new lotion,your fiancée BF was using your old stuff and under the influence of something you start taking your close and feeling yourself up because the F'ed faux BDSM themed world your about to enter wants you that way.... Coz Alice has dreamed of being demeaned,running about O F No!!!! Ok,you've just walked on your D bag of a fiancé cheating on you w/not ion but two ppl a man and a woman,soo what do when you storm out of your nasty lil apt. ? You ride busses for hours , end up in a park w/your new lotion,your fiancée BF was using your old stuff and under the influence of something you start taking your close and feeling yourself up because the F'ed faux BDSM themed world your about to enter wants you that way.... Coz Alice has dreamed of being demeaned,running about naked and having to prover her worthiness w/sex games in Oder to be worthy of her mate... BULL... This isn't about safe words or anything I've started to learn around ppl who really live BDSM this is just weird sex based story,where the story is around the sex... I don't like BDSM themed BS where woman have to prove their worth w/subservient and sex games always at the mans command ,where its all about what he wants and she's just St some panting wetting fool.... Dear lord I can't wait to delete this... If all you want is sex where the H us about his needs 1st and hers 2nd and she could care less Coz her panties ( if she had them) would be wet then just is the book for you... I'm read smut and this set up turned my stomach... Not as bad as one book where the male lead was always being raped or a book I read the synopsis on where the sick perv wanted to get it on w/his own twin brother but I hated this.. Couldn't finish...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This book is amazing!! It has been ages since I've read the original print version which was published before by Cheyenne McCray. This version has been expanded and is so worth the read!!! Alice O'Brien has had a very bad day, the kind of bad day that can lead you to drink heavily just to forget! I really felt for Alice, it was that bad. Little does she know that her bad day is going to get bizarre! As Alice is walking off the memory of her day, she decides to take a rest in the park. This is wh This book is amazing!! It has been ages since I've read the original print version which was published before by Cheyenne McCray. This version has been expanded and is so worth the read!!! Alice O'Brien has had a very bad day, the kind of bad day that can lead you to drink heavily just to forget! I really felt for Alice, it was that bad. Little does she know that her bad day is going to get bizarre! As Alice is walking off the memory of her day, she decides to take a rest in the park. This is where things take a turn, Alice sees a tiger and then she remembers falling! When Alice wakes up in a foreign land with a some seriously hot men in the forest with her things start to look up! These four kings are trying to save their kingdoms from an evil sorceress. The Kind of Hearts, Jarron is Alice's destined mate, with her, Jarron can start to save his and his brother's kingdoms from extinction. While the romance between Jarron and Alice unfold, drama in the form of the evil sorceress starts to make her appearance. This woman is seriously twisted and I can't wait to see her defeated!! WARNING: This book contains BDSM elements that not everyone will find enjoyable. There is NO cliffhanger as each book can be read as a standalone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    This was a good read Interesting characters, fast paced storyline, Hot scenes. This does have a lot of BDSM but not to the point where it will disgust you. I loved the idea of the King of Hearts, King of Spades, King of Clubs and King of Diamonds. (all brothers all from the same birth - quads) Anyone whos had a twins fantasy well double that extra Hot!! This story was the King of Hearts finding his Queen of Hearts (Alice) who is a mortal from Earth (also a Twin) who gets kidnapped to Tarok where the This was a good read Interesting characters, fast paced storyline, Hot scenes. This does have a lot of BDSM but not to the point where it will disgust you. I loved the idea of the King of Hearts, King of Spades, King of Clubs and King of Diamonds. (all brothers all from the same birth - quads) Anyone whos had a twins fantasy well double that extra Hot!! This story was the King of Hearts finding his Queen of Hearts (Alice) who is a mortal from Earth (also a Twin) who gets kidnapped to Tarok where the King of Hearts (Jarronn) reigns. This book makes several references to Alice in Wonderland but only in a funny way even Alice herself is amused a few times. An enjoyable book so much so that I look forward to the rest of the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Ok so for those who never read the original(what is wrong with you), Alice is your average woman. She works for an absolute jerk, and her fiancé isn't anything to write home about either. After the worst and craziest day all Alice wants to do is relax in her favorite park and try to forget everything that's happened when she literally turns into the erotic version of Alice and what a beautiful wonderful wonderland she's tumbled to. Alice has to determine within herself if she wants to see hersel Ok so for those who never read the original(what is wrong with you), Alice is your average woman. She works for an absolute jerk, and her fiancé isn't anything to write home about either. After the worst and craziest day all Alice wants to do is relax in her favorite park and try to forget everything that's happened when she literally turns into the erotic version of Alice and what a beautiful wonderful wonderland she's tumbled to. Alice has to determine within herself if she wants to see herself as she always has or is she something more someone worth loving.... I completely loved the original, and yet this story has me eager and salivating to read more. Ms. McCray has found a way to turn an wonderful read to one that is simply amazing....onto the next.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    Wonderland is NOT the childhood fairy tale of your youth, it is the titillatingly erotic grown up version of what you may remember...with a few twists.... and oh, those twists are HOT! I read the Wonderland series many years ago, when it was first published by Ellora's Cave. I was so excited to read Taken by Passion/King of Hearts again now that it had been expanded. It is just as fabulously hot as I remember and even more so now with the additional material! After reading this super sexy book, yo Wonderland is NOT the childhood fairy tale of your youth, it is the titillatingly erotic grown up version of what you may remember...with a few twists.... and oh, those twists are HOT! I read the Wonderland series many years ago, when it was first published by Ellora's Cave. I was so excited to read Taken by Passion/King of Hearts again now that it had been expanded. It is just as fabulously hot as I remember and even more so now with the additional material! After reading this super sexy book, you will be smiling like the Cheshire cat and people will be wondering what you have been up too!

  16. 5 out of 5

    shartyrant

    Not quite to my taste. The idea was cool, but the sex scenes were ....boring? There was no real passion in the scenes as described (least in my opinion). I am not sure I will read the sequels or not as of yet as I had to force myself to read the rest as I kept getting bored. I do like her Magic series, but this one just bored me. And not just because it is more "erotica" (which I knew that so that isn't my complaint), it is just that the sex scenes were so passionless and quick. No real emotion Not quite to my taste. The idea was cool, but the sex scenes were ....boring? There was no real passion in the scenes as described (least in my opinion). I am not sure I will read the sequels or not as of yet as I had to force myself to read the rest as I kept getting bored. I do like her Magic series, but this one just bored me. And not just because it is more "erotica" (which I knew that so that isn't my complaint), it is just that the sex scenes were so passionless and quick. No real emotion there and the descriptions left me cold. To each their own, right?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    I will admit that I don't read that much erotic romance anymore. But the ones I do have have make feel more then...oh God, not another sex scene. I like a good story to go along with my sex. I found that in this book. I enjoyed the characters and story idea. A must for me. I will admit that I don't read that much erotic romance anymore. But the ones I do have have make feel more then...oh God, not another sex scene. I like a good story to go along with my sex. I found that in this book. I enjoyed the characters and story idea. A must for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Crawford

    awesome can't wait for the second book I could not put this book down. This book is definitely a page turner. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a very steamy romance. awesome can't wait for the second book I could not put this book down. This book is definitely a page turner. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a very steamy romance.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    A seriously sexy and twisted version of Alice in wonderland.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carly - Resident Supergirl

    Um...wow. The "idea" behind this series is interesting given the Wonderland comparisons but other than that, was way way too smutty for my tastes. Um...wow. The "idea" behind this series is interesting given the Wonderland comparisons but other than that, was way way too smutty for my tastes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    Jaymie Holland's Alice in Wonderland retelling, Taken by Passion, has ruined the romance-erotica genre for me the way that COVID ruined 2020. Jaymie Holland's (aka Cheyenne McCray) Taken by Passion: King of Hearts (Wonderland #1) follows Alice who, having just been fired from her job, comes home early to find her boyfriend engaged in a devil's threesome with Mr and Mrs Landlord. Shocked and yet somewhat aroused by what she has just witnessed, Alice ends up at a public park late at night, rubs one Jaymie Holland's Alice in Wonderland retelling, Taken by Passion, has ruined the romance-erotica genre for me the way that COVID ruined 2020. Jaymie Holland's (aka Cheyenne McCray) Taken by Passion: King of Hearts (Wonderland #1) follows Alice who, having just been fired from her job, comes home early to find her boyfriend engaged in a devil's threesome with Mr and Mrs Landlord. Shocked and yet somewhat aroused by what she has just witnessed, Alice ends up at a public park late at night, rubs one out – because that's how she apparently copes with finding out her boyfriend is a chronic cheater – and then stumbles down the rabbit hole into the land of Tarok and the Kingdom of Hearts. Jarron, the King of Hearts, has kidnapped Alice (but in totally like a good way) so that she may become his Queen and lift the spell that his evil sister has placed on the land cursing its people to be barren. However, before Alice can become Queen, she must obey the laws of the land by walking around completely naked, wearing nipple rings, and submit herself to Jarron as his submissive. But that's not enough for Jarron: Alice, who describes herself as chubby and overweight, but is just full-figured, must learn to love herself just as she is - don't worry this starts and finishes in one whole chapter, so it's not such a big deal. Oh, also Jarron is a shapeshifter. What is already a pretty out-there storyline becomes even more bizarre in its execution. In the erotica genre, sex scenes need to play an integral part in both plot and character development. Essentially, if you remove the sex scenes and the story makes sense, then it's not erotica. Apply this logic to Taken by Passion and all you have is a story about a woman who lost her job and then walked home; a story, if I am completely honest, is one that I would have much preferred to read. There is not a single chapter in this book that does not contain some sort of sexual act, and considering the first scene is a BDSM threesome, it doesn't really have anywhere to go after that, leaving Holland in a descriptive deficit throughout the entire book. It had me feeling like a child in the back-seat of a family road trip constantly asking "are we there yet"? But, if I am to be completely honest, I am glad I persisted because the penultimate chapter made it all worth wild – but in totally not a good way. For Alice to become the Queen of Hearts she must partake in a bonding ceremony with all four Kings of the Tarok Kingdoms – Hearts, Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs – who also happen to be brothers. And what better way to bond than with a devil's fivesome. If you're trying to do the math and still coming up short, the answer is 80085. This scene is a perfect representation of the entire book; it reads like the imagination of a pimply teenager who has just discovered his older brother's stash of nudes. I try not to judge people based on their reading preferences; if you like to read romance novels way to go, if you prefer to read the classics good on you, if you're a sucker for Young Adult then go for it. But this book and consequent series, which I have not read, is where I draw the line. So, in summary; if you enjoyed this book, I'm sorry, but we cannot be friends. At all or ever again. This review was originally published on my blog, Celeste Reads

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen Voitik

    >Book review – Taken by Passion/King of Hearts >I am an independent reviewer. This book is the first in the Wonderland series and ends in a romantic HEA for the main characters. This story is a loose retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Curvy Alice is always put down for her weight in real life, but falls through space and becomes prisoner of Jarronn, a were tiger and the King of Hearts. There is a lot of erotic Dom/Sub training between Jarronn and Alice. Alice is meant to be queen, but must be wit >Book review – Taken by Passion/King of Hearts >I am an independent reviewer. This book is the first in the Wonderland series and ends in a romantic HEA for the main characters. This story is a loose retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Curvy Alice is always put down for her weight in real life, but falls through space and becomes prisoner of Jarronn, a were tiger and the King of Hearts. There is a lot of erotic Dom/Sub training between Jarronn and Alice. Alice is meant to be queen, but must be with all 4 brothers for some kind of magic to happen. I was hoping that Jarronn would fall in love with Alice enough to decide to not share her with his brothers. The scene was erotic, but I felt it cheapened the professed love Jarronn states he has for Alice. > There is an evil sister trying to hurt Alice, causing Jarronn to show his alpha side even more. The brothers were not really described all that well. This land was very open with sex, almost to make is meaningless. Having his relationship with Alice begin to mean something would have been so sexy, especially if he did not share her with his brothers. This did not happen, however. Alice was taught to lover herself, but with punishment, which took the love right out of the story. > This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving this story 3 stars. The plot was weak. The story was predominately erotic scenes. There needed to be more backstory regarding the brothers and why their sister was left out of any inheritance. Also, some explanation for the witch that seemed way too friendly with Alice and everyone would have been nice. I felt sorry for her. I felt like she was a slave.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ciru

    This book started off well. I love Alice in Wonderland smut. That being said, I struggled with this book and came to resent the fact that the main bad guy was the brothers sister, Alice had to be told by Jarron to love herself because she was a big girl. That fact annoyed me to no end. I hate books where the main character is curvy/big/fat (pick whichever you want that describes that she is above average body weight) and that this becomes a focal point of conflict within the book and she does no This book started off well. I love Alice in Wonderland smut. That being said, I struggled with this book and came to resent the fact that the main bad guy was the brothers sister, Alice had to be told by Jarron to love herself because she was a big girl. That fact annoyed me to no end. I hate books where the main character is curvy/big/fat (pick whichever you want that describes that she is above average body weight) and that this becomes a focal point of conflict within the book and she does not learn how to love herself on her own, but instead her guy is the one who has to teach her that she is beautiful and in Alice's case, also punish her for looking down on herself. That shit is annoying. If Jarron died, would Alice have reverted to being "woe is me", I'm a fat bitch??? Then we have the Dom/sub aspect of this book, where it is skewed in such a manner that nothing is discussed, Alice just has to take what Jarron dictates to her, and she will like it all. Then the queen binding. So, will all the brothers fuck each others wives? With the women liking it, because it's so "hot"? Then we have descriptive sex scenes and implied/fade to black sex scenes. Anyway, one and done. Not continuing with this series. Could have been so much better if it was skewed in Alice's needs being fulfilled and not Alice being fulfilled by meeting Jarron's needs.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Meh. I like a good steamy story as much as the next person, but this one just didn't do it for me. The characters were flat and superficial at best, and it was just a little too purple for my taste. It was like the author went down through a checklist of "popular tropes" and checked each off in turn. Chubby girl with low self-esteem? Check. Shifter/Alpha male? Check. Set of brothers for a series? Check. D/s dynamics? Check. Kink? Check. Unfortunately, none of those things were really done well. Meh. I like a good steamy story as much as the next person, but this one just didn't do it for me. The characters were flat and superficial at best, and it was just a little too purple for my taste. It was like the author went down through a checklist of "popular tropes" and checked each off in turn. Chubby girl with low self-esteem? Check. Shifter/Alpha male? Check. Set of brothers for a series? Check. D/s dynamics? Check. Kink? Check. Unfortunately, none of those things were really done well. Alice was annoying and Jarronn was more asshole than Alpha. There was minimal character development and only enough plot to hang the sex scenes on. I'm sure this is perfect for a lot of readers, but it just didn't have enough substance for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I don't mind erotica, I don't mind the dom/sub stuff...why I do mind is when the sexy stuff makes no sense in the "story". Alice is basically kidnapped from her world, away from her beloved twin sister...but it's ok because the king ties her up, doesn't let her wear clothes and tells her to have sex with him. Just kinda dumb. I don't mind erotica, I don't mind the dom/sub stuff...why I do mind is when the sexy stuff makes no sense in the "story". Alice is basically kidnapped from her world, away from her beloved twin sister...but it's ok because the king ties her up, doesn't let her wear clothes and tells her to have sex with him. Just kinda dumb.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    It's supposed to be a BDSM novel, it could have been a good one too. Unfortunately, the hero isn't into consent. He's taking advantage if the just cheated on heroine, he had kidnapped and taken to his world. Where he ties her up and brainwashes her. Horny is not consent. It's supposed to be a BDSM novel, it could have been a good one too. Unfortunately, the hero isn't into consent. He's taking advantage if the just cheated on heroine, he had kidnapped and taken to his world. Where he ties her up and brainwashes her. Horny is not consent.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    If you like the whole Dom and Submissive, this is the one for you. I liked that there wasn't an information overload and gave just enough details for a good plot in between all the steamy scenes. I wish that bonding scene was even longer! If you like the whole Dom and Submissive, this is the one for you. I liked that there wasn't an information overload and gave just enough details for a good plot in between all the steamy scenes. I wish that bonding scene was even longer!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Twitchell

    I received this book for free for a honest review.  I loved the characters and storyline.  it flowed very well and held together.  The author did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.  HOT!!!! reccomend

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This is a naughty remake of Alice in Wonderland. And I loved it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Different Hmm, erotic take on Alice in wonderland and it was okay. It’s obviously one of four books and whilst I enjoyed this not sure I’d buy the others.

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