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HISTORICAL ROMANCE Three classic fairytales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist…. Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his HISTORICAL ROMANCE Three classic fairytales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist…. Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go… Little Red Writing: Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambelle, has been assigned by the King to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother's house, or to a ravishing woman who would stir his deepest hunger… Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants—and she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he's every bit the man he once was—and more than man enough for her..


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HISTORICAL ROMANCE Three classic fairytales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist…. Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his HISTORICAL ROMANCE Three classic fairytales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist…. Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go… Little Red Writing: Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambelle, has been assigned by the King to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother's house, or to a ravishing woman who would stir his deepest hunger… Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants—and she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he's every bit the man he once was—and more than man enough for her..

30 review for Awakened by a Kiss

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rane

    Once upon a time, about a few days ago.. a poor reviewer by the name of Rane…was BORED! The horrors! The shame! For upon her mountain of TBR did she not find a single book that drew her. Book upon book did she toss aside woe is poor Rane! The poor reviewer was at wits end when she spied a book by a new author, with fairy tales retold in an erotic feel, my blushes! With the hope that perhaps a short story may cure her reader’s troubles Rane picked up the book and was quickly capture into each sto Once upon a time, about a few days ago.. a poor reviewer by the name of Rane…was BORED! The horrors! The shame! For upon her mountain of TBR did she not find a single book that drew her. Book upon book did she toss aside woe is poor Rane! The poor reviewer was at wits end when she spied a book by a new author, with fairy tales retold in an erotic feel, my blushes! With the hope that perhaps a short story may cure her reader’s troubles Rane picked up the book and was quickly capture into each story, full of silliness, yumminess, sexiness and men who no doubt were part of Rane’s indecent dreams… Each short story has women whom were so sure of themselves and men whom desired them, with a fairy tale twist each story left a smile on Rane’s face..(or it could be more indecent thoughts…) Sleeping Beau- 4 Stars One night while he slept Adrien Christophe d’Aspe de Bourbon, Marquis de Beaulain, was awoke by a woman whose seduction left him with her memory even after five years, until he meets her Catherine de Villecourt again. Catherine thought she seduce someone else, not the beautiful man she lost not only her virginity but herself that night so many years ago, now face to face again with him, she may lose more, she may lose her heart! By mistake Catherine drugged Adrien in order to rid herself of her virginity before she was forced to marry another, of course in the way of fairy tales, nothing is as it seems, and Catherine and Adrien meet once again with the passion they once felt in each other going red-hot. The characters of Catherine and Adrien were enjoyable. Both embraced passion they felt for one another, and while it was a little tougher for Adrien to see the love he felt for Catherine was real, with the help of his three uncles, was able to ride to the rescue of Catherine! Now that was all good and all, until up and to the end, where Adrien’s sister goes bat-shit crazy and goes out to poison Catherine as she’s to marry the man she loves, and Adrien is there to kiss her awake with an extra healing potion for good measure of course! And luveee! Still I enjoyed the story, so all was not lost, and the scenes between Catherine and Adrien were yummy, why the scene against the door…*coughcough* Moving on! Little Red Writing- 5 Stars Anne de Vignon and her sisters have a secret, one that could land them in jail. At day they write poems and stories, but Anne with the help of her sisters, and her sponsor Comtesse de Cottineau write under another name, to help women of the higher court of men get a sort of revenge on the pains they cause, that is until the big bad wolf, le Loup- comes a-knocking in the form of Nicolas de Savignac the comtesse grandson, and a musketeer whom happens to be on a mission to uncover the face behind the pen. But when Red tames the Wolf, there’s still trouble and secrets that must be uncovered or there will be no happy ever after for these two… Anne and Nicolas have both had their shares of heartache and pain from those they loved and looked up to, and as Nicolas discovers more about Anne, he finds he doesn’t want to accept she could be the face behind the nasty tell-alls, and wants to protect her with all his heart. Anne hurt once by love is falling in love again, but can she trust a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Great balance that makes a short story great, nice development of the characters and some yummy sex scenes, and thankfully no misunderstandings to add word count of the story! Bewitching in Boots- 4 stars Elisabeth de Roussel has been in love with King’s private Guard of the Musketeers Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel for many years. And when Tristan is hurt and forced to leave the musketeers, Elisabeth comes up with a plan to get Tristan reinstated, and perhaps finally have her one night with him, with lucky and her lucky boots Elisabeth is going to need all the help she can get! Elisabeth has had to fight a lot of backstabbing and trash talking in the royal court to not only rise up to become her father’s favorite daughter, but to protect her younger sister from harm. When she learns of Tristan’s dismissal, she sets out to win a night in his bed and finally get him out of her system, but get him back into the musketeers were he belongs. Tristan has been on the out and outs after his injury and when Elisabeth comes rolling into his home, he’s taken back on what she wants. Always thinking she was cold, he’s surprise to learn there’s more to her then meets the eye. Fun and sexy, Elisabeth’s plans were a little out there, but let the story flow nicely in the end and for both Tristan and Elisabeth to gain their HEA after all! Now Rane the reviewer was cured of her reader boredom and quickly picked up the second of the fairy tale series, but of course that’s for another review…. The End Until next time! Click on the "Mirror" to be transported to The Princess in His bed review...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Lila Di Pasqua takes three childhood fairy tales and makes them over into a tantalizing and luscious read. I will never look at Sleeping Beauty the same way again. The heroes in these tales are absolutely delectable!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Lila DiPasqua’s lushly erotic writing is sophisticated, sensuous, and deeply romantic. If you love historical romance, this is an author to watch!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    Debut author, Lila DiPasqua has arrived on the scene with an anthology showcasing three erotic retellings of those fairy tales we loved to read as children. Each story is set during the reign of Louis XIV during the late 17th century. Seductive, tantalizing and hot are the three words that come to mind as I read these shorts. Lila DiPasqua writes great steamy sex without the overuse of purple prose. Sleeping Beau is about the smutty rake, Adrien d'Aspe, Marquis of Beaulain. Adrien is one of King Debut author, Lila DiPasqua has arrived on the scene with an anthology showcasing three erotic retellings of those fairy tales we loved to read as children. Each story is set during the reign of Louis XIV during the late 17th century. Seductive, tantalizing and hot are the three words that come to mind as I read these shorts. Lila DiPasqua writes great steamy sex without the overuse of purple prose. Sleeping Beau is about the smutty rake, Adrien d'Aspe, Marquis of Beaulain. Adrien is one of King Louis' illegitimate children and enjoys embarrassing his father. Adrien's sister Charlotte wants Philbert de Baillet badly. Now that Philbert is to be married to the widowed Catherine de Villecourt, he has pushed aside Charlotte. She wants Adrien to seduce Catherine and ruin her in the eyes of her fiancé. Adrian wants to do nothing of the sort that is until he sees Catherine. He believes that Catherine was the woman who drugged him with an aphrodisiac five years ago and gave him the best sex of his life. Adrien confronts Catherine, who acts as if she has no idea that he's talking about. Adrian has never forgiven the redheaded temptress and will ravish her if he has to so she will admit that she is the mysterious woman that got away. Catherine had her own reasons for tricking Adrian the way she did and still wants him desperately. She allows him to seduce her and give her the all consuming lovemaking that was lacking in her marriage. They will enjoy the next few days together in the carnal sense until her fiancé comes for her. Sleeping Beau is a perfect tale about a man who finally finds that one woman who completes him and will make him loyal and deserving. Adrien is very likable even with him being proud of his man ho ways. Lila gives us some insight on his nature and you really believe that Catherine can save him. Little Red Writing is about Anne de Vignon, who publishes romantic poetry under her real name while using the alias of Gilbert Leduc to ridicule and mock men who she believes have no morals. King Louis orders one of his Musketeers, Nicholas de Savignac to find Leduc's true identity. When he meets Anne and her two sisters, he knows one of them could possibly be Leduc. Known as le Loup- the Wolf, Nicholas will take down Leduc even if it means seducing Anne and learning all her secrets. Anne has given up on love, but when she meets Nicolas her heart yearns for passion that her past lovers couldn't give her. She welcomes Nicholas into her bedroom, where she is open to the delights of his lovemaking, totally unaware of what he really has planned for her. Little Red Writing is a bit more understated but still sexy. This story has some nice tension to it, including a nice connection between Anne and Nicolas. There is one great scene in the library that shows how much of a giver Nicolas is. The final outcome brings forth a few surprises I wasn't expected. Bewitching in Boots is about the widow Elisabeth de Roussel and King Louis' favorite illegitimate daughter. Elisabeth is afraid her father will make her marry another man she finds lacking. Only one man will do and one she is near obsessed with- Tristan de Tiersonnier, the ex-commander of the King's private guard. She goes to his chateau to seduce him and won't be denied. Tristan feels like less than a man because of an accident that has caused him to go lame in one leg. When Elisabeth arrives and won't leave, he is frustrated in more ways than one. He thinks she is conniving and a flirt who uses men to her advantage. If Elisabeth stays, she will play by his rules and than means he will be in charge of her body and in the bedroom. Bewitching in Boots is a delicious tale that has a very strong willed heroine who longs to be taken control by a man who makes her body weep. The sex between Tristan and Elisabeth is dirty, hot and too good for words. Lila makes a great case why Tristan and Elisabeth are perfect for one another. Awakened by a Kiss has a great deal of sopping wet, soaking drawers and passionate kissing on beds, against walls and on desks. Not only does Lila write great sex scenes, but she gives her character depth and has created a great world during a time period I wasn't too knowledgeable about. If you are looking for a few short and steamy erotic romances to tickle your fancy, do give Awakened by a Kiss a try. I look forward to more Lila DiPasqua releases and I can see her making a name for herself in the erotic romance world.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brande Waldron

    Awakened By A Kiss by Lila DiPasqua you are served up three delicious and scandalous romances that are loosely based on some of our best loved fairy tales. First you have Sleeping Beau, Adrien d’Aspe who five years ago had his world rocked to it's core when he slept with the woman who has since haunted his dreams, his every fantasy. But now he has her right where he wants her. They can’t resist each other, but she is set to marry another. A marriage of convenience and safety, to a man that Adrie Awakened By A Kiss by Lila DiPasqua you are served up three delicious and scandalous romances that are loosely based on some of our best loved fairy tales. First you have Sleeping Beau, Adrien d’Aspe who five years ago had his world rocked to it's core when he slept with the woman who has since haunted his dreams, his every fantasy. But now he has her right where he wants her. They can’t resist each other, but she is set to marry another. A marriage of convenience and safety, to a man that Adrien’s sister is deeply in love with, a man that has dropped her as his mistress like hot coals. Catherine despite her better judgement has never felt the way she has with another man than she did with Adrien. He lights something in her that can't be tames. Oh the tangled web we weave should be the title of Adrien and Catherine’s love affair. And with the help of his three meddling uncles (think 3 fairy Godmothers) this story was a pure delight with sinfully decadent encounters that will leave you fanning yourself and wanting more. In Little Red Writing Anne de Vignon is a woman in disguise. In a time when woman were not accepted as writers, much less a writer of scandalous romantic poetry. This isn’t going to fly with the King and now she a wanted woman, thing is they THINK it is a woman since she is writing under the pen name of Gilbert Leduc. One thing about Anne is I found her utterly adorable, especially with Nicholas de Savignac a.k.a. The Wolf, who just happens to be hot on her tail and needs to arrest her in the name of the King for her lewd literature! But as cupid would have it love strikes the two and Nicholas is challenged, love for Anne or his duty to the King. Bewitching In Boots is about Elisabeth de Roussel is a widowed and taking control of her love life. If she has her way she will have the handsome Tristan de Tiersonnier who just happens to be but wounded inside and out. But Elisabeth is feisty and I have to say one of my favorite characters, she must act quickly before her father, the King decides to choose another man for her. No other will do but the sexy Tristan. Thing is Tristen doesn’t want the strong willed and determined Elisabeth in his life. He feels less than a man and his ego has taken a huge hit, thinking she is only hear to tease him. She knows what she wants and she isn't backing down. I thought their love scenes were the hottest of the three, although they all were pretty incredible! Problem, he can’t resist the seductive beauty and Elisabeth knows that this is his one chance to capture Tristan’s heart Three fantastic stories that will take you away into a world of fairy tale romance, capturing your heart as well as your emotions. Lila as created each character in such a manor that they weave a tantalizing web of drama, romance and good old fashioned naughty love scenes that will light the pages on fire. Simply delicious.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*

    Deliciously hot and spicy is how I would describe Lila DiPasqua's AWAKENED BY A KISS. It is a collection of three steamy love stories each inspired, although rather loosely, by a popular children's fairy tale. Sleeping Beau After an audience with his father, the King, Adrien d'Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain is not in the best of moods and anticipates enjoying a few days of drinking and debauchery at the Comtesse de Lamotte's house party. What he doesn't need is his half-sister, Charlotte, harassing him Deliciously hot and spicy is how I would describe Lila DiPasqua's AWAKENED BY A KISS. It is a collection of three steamy love stories each inspired, although rather loosely, by a popular children's fairy tale. Sleeping Beau After an audience with his father, the King, Adrien d'Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain is not in the best of moods and anticipates enjoying a few days of drinking and debauchery at the Comtesse de Lamotte's house party. What he doesn't need is his half-sister, Charlotte, harassing him with an ill-conceived plan to win back her erstwhile lover, Philbert, Compte de Baillet. She wants Adrien to charm Philbert's fiancée, Catherine de Villancourt, and ultimately seduce her away from Philbert, leaving the way clear for Charlotte. Adrien is about to refuse when he catches sight of Catherine and recognises her as the woman who has haunted his dreams for the past five years! Five years ago, he was awakened by a kiss from a naked, red-haired seductress with whom he spent one night of unforgettable bliss. By morning she had disappeared without trace, leaving only the remnants of an aphrodisiac in his burgundy glass, the scent of jasmine on his skin and her virgin blood on his sheets! Now he knows who she is and this time she isn't going to escape! He wants questions answered. Why did she do it? Why did she choose him? Catherine is discussing her forthcoming marriage to Philbert de Baillet with her sister-in-law and hostess, Suzanne, when suddenly there is a buzz of excitement amongst the ladies. ‘Le Beau' has arrived! Unable to contain her curiosity about the man described as the handsomest in the realm, she sneaks a peek at him but is horrified to discover he is the stranger with whom she shared one glorious night five years ago. Even worse, he is the King's bastard son! Fearing arrest and imprisonment for lacing his drink, she tries to evade him but, when this fails, she denies adamantly that she is his midnight temptress. But Adrien is persistent and eventually Catherine confides to him the reason why she came to his bed that night. Unable to deny the passion that simmers between them, they agree to become lovers until Philbert arrives in five days' time. But when their time together comes to an end, can they simply walk away with their hearts intact or will they risk everything for love? I enjoyed the cat and mouse game Adrien played with Catherine to force her to admit that she was his mysterious temptress and, for me, it helped to build up the sexual tension between them. It is satisfying to see Alex, who always prides himself on being in control, completely losing it when he's with Catherine. He definitely earned a little spot in my heart when he tells Catherine that her painting is wonderful, much to her surprise and joy. Catherine has spirit and I was amused when Adrien sets down his conditions for their affair and then she counters with her own conditions! I like her honesty in admitting that she wants the affair because she desires Adrien. Five years ago, Adrien opened up the world of sexual pleasure for her and now she wants to explore it to the full. I enjoyed the comic relief provided by Catherine's maid, Odette, particularly the scene where she finds Adrien in Catherine's bed and covers her eyes in shock but then proceeds to peek at his naked chest through her fingers! Little Red Writing Ambition is what drives newly promoted Musketeer, Nicolas de Savignac, Compte de Lambelle, and his determination to complete this mission for the King is all consuming. However, he did not expect to find himself in the home of the Comtesse de Cottineau, his estranged grandmother. He has been charged with identifying and arresting Gilbert Leduc, an author who is writing defamatory stories about high-ranking men of the court. His inquiries have led him to the de Vignon sisters who live with his grandmother. Having successfully lured his grandmother away, he hopes to persuade the sisters that he is here to get to know his grandmother better after being estranged for so long. Convinced that one of the sisters is Leduc, the way will then be clear for him to search the house for incriminating evidence. When he meets Anne de Vignon, he is instantly attracted to her. He was expecting a plain spinster, not a ravishing redhead! Anne feels a similar attraction towards Nicholas but is wary of him until she discovers that he is their patroness's grandson. The voice of oppressed women must be heard and Anne is determined to keep her identity as Leduc a secret. Anne and Nicholas become lovers but what starts out as a need to simply satisfy their lust for each other soon develops into a love affair. But how will Anne react when she discovers Nicholas's duplicity? And will Nicholas be able to save the woman he loves from arrest? This is the longest and most compelling of the three stories. I was particularly drawn by the dilemma, which faces Nicholas and how this plays out. Initially, he regards the affair with Anne as a very pleasurable way of passing the time while searching for evidence to uncover Leduc's identity. As his feelings for Anne intensify, so does the guilt over his lies and, as if things can't get any worse, he then discovers that Anne is Leduc! He is put in an untenable position and there seems no way out without losing Anne. I like the way in which Ms DiPasqua resolves Nicholas's dilemma and also brings about his reconciliation with his grandmother, but I did feel that the final resolution of Anne's predicament is a little too pat. I was also disappointed not to have been privy to Anne's conversation with the King as I think it would have been most entertaining. Past experiences have caused Anne to hide behind a protective shell but when Nicholas reads her poems, they reveal someone spirited and fiery. That spirit finds an outlet in her writing, which brings attention to women's subjugation. I also think it shows real bravery because, if discovered, she risks possible imprisonment or worse. It is Nicholas who finally breaks through her emotional shell and re-discovers the passionate woman underneath. Bewitching in Boots Widowed Elisabeth de Roussel, the King's daughter, knows that it won't be long before her father chooses another husband for her. But there is only one man who has her heart, Tristan de Tiersonnier, Compte de Saint-Marcel. Former Captain of the King's private Guard, he suffered a leg injury saving the King's life. Considering him unable to perform his role, the King has replaced him and Tristan has returned to his estate. Elisabeth is determined to prove to her father that Tristan should be re-instated and that he is suitable to be her husband. So she descends on his estate with her entourage under the pretext that the King wants Tristan to find her the best fencing master. Of course, as far as Elisabeth is concerned, he is the best fencing master. Elisabeth plans to seduce Tristan but he isn't prepared to play by her rules. He doesn't like her and wants her gone as soon as possible even though the sight of her dressed in tight fitting ‘breeches, black boots and a white shirt' does things to his anatomy. Tristan has had enough of her games and issues an ultimatum. Either she leaves or There won't be any part of your body I won't avail myself of. Finding Elisabeth gone the next morning, he thinks his ploy has worked but all too soon, he finds out how wrong he is. Let the battle begin because it will take more than Tristan's threats to make Elisabeth quake in her Lucky Boots! This is my favourite story of the three with its sharp repartee and sizzling sexual tension. Despite his rudeness and brusque manner, I confess that I liked Tristan from the very beginning. I understand his initial attitude towards Elisabeth. He considers her spoiled and self-indulgent and dislikes being made the subject of the little game she is obviously playing. I enjoyed watching him gradually change into a doting lover as he discovers the real Elisabeth. Elisabeth is a charming heroine who is not only beautiful but intelligent as well. After bowing to her father's wishes in the past, I admire her determination now to go after what she wants. Tristan's opinion of Elisabeth is influenced by her scheming at court to retain her position as the King's favourite daughter. However, we discover that her real motive is to protect her sister, Claire. She cares for Tristan and recognises him as a man of honour who deserves to be re-instated in his former job. She is not above using a little deception to achieve this! Overall Thoughts The stories are entertaining and the setting of the French court of Louis XIV with all its political manoeuvering and sexual intrigue is refreshingly different. As expected, there are plenty of steamy love scenes which will definitely leave you hot and bothered. What I particularly like is Ms DiPasqua's ability to combine the erotic and the romantic. Oh là là -- if the heroes of these stories are typical of Frenchmen, then it is no surprise that they have earned the reputation of being superb lovers!! If you are looking for a super sexy and entertaining read, I can recommend AWAKENED BY A KISS and I'm certainly looking forward to reading the follow up, ‘A Princess in His Bed'. The book contains explicit sexual love scenes, which may not appeal to everyone. http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/v... This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    Reviewed by Mandi Awakened by a Kiss is the debut book by author Lila DiPasqua. It features three short stories, each an erotic twist on a fairy tale. Sleeping Beau Adrien d’Aspe, bastard son of Louis XIV has had his way with many, many women, but the one that stands out the most is a one night affair he had five years ago. Catherine de Villecourt enchanted him one evening and he has never forgot her. He has also never forgot the realization that after she fled the next morning, he had taken her vi Reviewed by Mandi Awakened by a Kiss is the debut book by author Lila DiPasqua. It features three short stories, each an erotic twist on a fairy tale. Sleeping Beau Adrien d’Aspe, bastard son of Louis XIV has had his way with many, many women, but the one that stands out the most is a one night affair he had five years ago. Catherine de Villecourt enchanted him one evening and he has never forgot her. He has also never forgot the realization that after she fled the next morning, he had taken her virginity. But as fate has its hand in his affairs, Catherine has shown up at the very chateau he is at. Catherine is shocked to learn her lover those five years ago is the son of the King. Her maid drugged Adrien that night, to ensure a successful romp in the bedroom, and now Catherine is frightened he will want revenge. But the moment they are alone, he wants nothing more than to seduce her again. With Catherine’s fiancé set to come into town at week’s end, Catherine must decide if this man from the past is worthy of her love. Sleeping Beau is a very steamy story about two people who have such a great attraction toward each other, but five years of messy history between their one night of passion. They are both feeling pressure from their families on how to live their lives but now that they have reunited, and learned the other’s identity, they both want nothing more than to learn about the other in the bedroom. Adrien is a very sexy hero who is not shy with the ladies, but his eyes are only set on Catherine. Catherine is passionate, and…horny, and wants Adrien back in her bed. Her maid Odette has some very cute lines and the romance in this story is very hot. I think at the end Adrien’s sister overreacts to events and what she ends up doing is a little over the top and dramatic and took away from the story. Rating: 3/5 Little Red Writing Nicholas de Savignac has earned the nickname le loup, or the Wolf because of his never ending quests and hard work to hunt those he seeks. Currently, his majesty has asked Nicholas to find the writer of illegal short stories. Pen portraits were nothing new, usually telling the tale of the upper class with names changed. But the anonymous author Nicholas seeks is mocking very powerful men, and these men want these stories to be stopped. Nicholas’ investigation has led him to Anne, her two sisters and The Saturday Salon, hosted by Comtesse de Cottineau. Having taken in these three sisters, the Comtesse has given them a means to write and be published. Nicholas is such a confident hero that he thinks he will saunter into the Salon and solve this mystery. His conscience starts to talk to him as he is attracted to Anne, and feels just a bit guilty he is seducing her all the while sneaking behind her back to go through her things to discover if she is behind these stories. I really enjoyed this one, the cocky hero is always a favorite of mine and there are some nice twists at the end. Rating: 3.5/5 Bewitching in Boots Elisabeth de Roussel wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, and being daughter of the King, she is used to getting what she wants. Tristan was recently injured and replaces as Captain of the Guard, which has hurt his spirit. Elisabeth is scared that her father is ready to select a new husband for her, and it will be someone she doesn’t want. She puts her breeches on, slaps on her very fab boots, and rides up to Tristan’s place with a plan in place to seduce this very sexy man. She not only has to seduce him into her bed, but also into marriage. I really loved this story. Tristan is tired of people pitying him, yet does nothing to really improve his life. Elisabeth swooshes in and demands fencing lessons and other, er – vigorous activity. The cold hearted hero meets his match in the very vivacious and lively Elisabeth and it is fun to read their journey. And the smex – oh the smex in this one definitely deserves the smutty title. Rating: 4/5 Awakened by a Kiss contains three short stories that fans of erotic romance will enjoy. I really think taking fairy tales that we all know and love and giving them an adult twist is a fun idea and Lila DiPasqua does a nice job in giving us three unique stories. Each one contains scenes that will have the smutty hearts out there beating in overtime. I could have done without the high drama at the end of some of them, but I definitely look forward to more. Rating: 3.5/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I wasn’t sure what to expect with these stories based on Perrault’s fairy tales, and categorized as erotic romance. I’m not sure this will be an author I revisit, but I will say what I appreciated. (1) The time period. There aren’t many romances based during this time in France, and it gave the society a different vibe. (2) The women weren’t naïve, but neither were they whores. They respected their places in society, but they did who they wanted, quietly. Worth reading if you like stories based I wasn’t sure what to expect with these stories based on Perrault’s fairy tales, and categorized as erotic romance. I’m not sure this will be an author I revisit, but I will say what I appreciated. (1) The time period. There aren’t many romances based during this time in France, and it gave the society a different vibe. (2) The women weren’t naïve, but neither were they whores. They respected their places in society, but they did who they wanted, quietly. Worth reading if you like stories based on old tales.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Vane

    **Book contains Erotic content** This book is comprised of 3 historical erotic romance novellas inspired by 17th century French fairy tales. The author did a fabulous job of bringing the luxurious and licentious reign of the Sun King,to life through her primary characters who are all bastard children of Louis XIV. I was charmed and titillated by these highly sensual tales.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    My Review: Novella #1: SLEEPING BEAU For five long tormented years, Adrien Christophe d'Aspe de Bourbon, Marquis de Beaulain has been assailed by haunting erotic dreams of the woman who once drugged him then went on to grant him the most memorable sexual escapade of his life. Leaving with the dawn, he never learned her identity and though he searched, she was never found. Now in the present, Adrien's emotional and heartbroken younger half-sister pleads with him to seduce the woman that has stolen My Review: Novella #1: SLEEPING BEAU For five long tormented years, Adrien Christophe d'Aspe de Bourbon, Marquis de Beaulain has been assailed by haunting erotic dreams of the woman who once drugged him then went on to grant him the most memorable sexual escapade of his life. Leaving with the dawn, he never learned her identity and though he searched, she was never found. Now in the present, Adrien's emotional and heartbroken younger half-sister pleads with him to seduce the woman that has stolen her lover's heart. Exasperated by his sister's immature demands and foolish stubbornness to cling to a man that obviously no longer wants her, Adrien is inclined to say no until he glimpses the woman in question. It's her, his midnight temptress and this time he'll not allow her escape without giving him the answers to the questions that have haunted him for five endless years. Catherine de Villecourt is weeks from securing a life that will finally grant her the contentment that has thus far succeeded to eluded her. Married off to her now late husband, a man who didn't love her, Catherine did all she could to prevent the nuptials even going to the extent of sullying her virginity, but to no avail. While her upcoming marriage is once again a loveless one, the chance for children and a family is all she requires. But Catherine may be looking at a life in prison when she's cornered by the man she drugged with an aphrodisiac all those years ago. The sweet memories of their love making have sustained her heart all this time but with his identity finally revealed as one of the illegitimate sons of the King, her actions, if learned, could very easily find Catherine incarcerated. While Catherine persists in denying she was the lady that seduced Adrien all those nights ago, he'll not give up. Hoping to strike a mutually beneficial agreement, Catherine propositions Adrien by granting him one week as his mistress in exchange for his silence. Foolishly both hope to purge the other from their lustful thoughts but as one sinful encounter after another leads them quickly towards week's end, their hearts soon prove to be in grave danger. But with Catherine betrothed to another and Adrien hesitant to make a commitment, their affair might end with heartache after all. My Thoughts: SLEEPING BEAU resonated strongly with my reader heart. The sinfully erotic content, sharp language, and forbidden passion reminded me greatly of Lisa Valdez and her debut release, PASSION. From beginning to end, I loved this novella. Adrien is a delicious hero. His quick and befuddling possessiveness where Catherine's concerned is both entertaining and heart pounding to read. He wants her so badly and while he hopes to draw out every moment of their short affair, Catherine manages to push his control to the limit every time. I enjoyed Catherine as well. She's so desperate for love yet she's managed to put a stranglehold on her desires. Both of these characters have simply been moving with the waves of time until they're once again faced with each other. It's only in that moment that they finally awake and become the people they were meant to be. A- My Review: Novella #2: LITTLE RED WRITING Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambell is consumed by a single driving goal to become Captain of the King's Guard and he'll use any means necessary to achieve it. Sent on a mission to locate and arrest Gilbert Leduc, author of illegal publishing's that paint the male French aristocracy in an unfavorable light, Nicolas tracks the notorious author to his estranged grandmother's residence. Arranging a tedious diversion for his grandmother that quickly takes her away, Nicolas promptly makes his acquaintance with the three sisters residing at the estate with the rouse that he wishes to learn more of the grandmother he's never met. Everything is soon going to plan along with a surprising yet lovely diversion in the form Anne de Vignon and the mutual lust that ignites between them. Anne is more than wary of Nicolas but he's the grandson of her patroness and to be rude would speak poorly of her high esteem for the Comtesse de Cottineau. Besides, Gilbert Leduc is more than safe for no one has been able to trace him much less believe that a couple of girls are in fact the popular author. Women need the outlet that Leduc provides them. In a world where men have complete and utter control, the grievances that women bear are too great. At least Leduc can provide them a moment to shine light on the oppressive behavior of their men. No, what Anne is more wary of is the uncontainable desire within her soul that burns for Nicolas. Having only known neglect in a man's arms, Anne recognizes the pleasure that Nicolas could provide her. What's the harm in taking a lover especially when he's as sinfully beautiful as Nicolas? Where Nicolas once thought that sleeping Anne, who very well may involved with Gilbert Leduc, wouldn't ever be a problem, now guilt assails him. He's falling for Anne and as time whittles away and his avoidance of his investigation becomes a crushing burden that he must see through, Nicolas makes the decision to tell Anne of his love. While he must soon make his arrest whether it be Anne or one of her sisters, he knows that one of them is Leduc but he will do all that he can to keep Anne out of prison. He'll even risk his dream of becoming Captain of the Guard. My Thoughts: The most complex of the three novellas, LITTLE RED WRITING is a roller coaster of intensities. While of course you dislike Nicolas immensely at the beginning, his heart's turmoil soon puts you on the edge as you suffer along with him knowing that in the end, he's still bound by his royal obligations. There is also gratification in reading of a selfish man falling victim to his own arrogance. The brilliance is in the writing however in that you're soon rooting for Nicolas with the hopes that he'll reach his Happily Ever After. Anne, conversely, is lovely from beginning to end. I loved her devotion to her sisters and the need she felt to help women. While perhaps it might not have been the best avenue to accomplish the latter with Gilbert Leduc, I enjoyed the light that was shown on the injustices towards women. B+ My Review: Novella #3: BEWITCHING IN BOOTS Elisabeth de Roussel, the favored daughter of the King, is wholly enamored by the King's Captain of the Guard, Tristan de Tiersonnier. Ever since the moment she first clapped eyes on his stunningly strong physique and piercing gaze, she's wanted to be the sole recipient of his heated regard and lusty embrace. After his callus dismal for an injury obtained from doing his duty and protecting the King, Elisabeth knows that he's been dealt a grave injustice. But there's more to Elisabeth's desire then to just see Tristan righteously reinstated, she wants him for herself. Knowing that her father is once again planning to marry her off, this time she'll have more of a say as to whom. Planning the seduction of a life time, Elisabeth sets off for Tristan's chateau with every intention of claiming him for good or to at least purge her flaming desire once and for all. The last person in the world that Tristan wishes to see is Elisabeth and her royal entourage. His dismissal as the Captain of the Guard has left him bitter and depressed as he haunts his chateau. Solitude is what he craves not the favored daughter of the King. But when the beauty alights from her carriage clad scandalously in gripping breeches and skin hugging boots, all of Tristan's thoughts head directly south. Determined to scare her from his premises, he threatens her with silken scarves and complete domination. (Uhhh yeah, like who would say no to that? Thankfully not our heroine) Forever in control, Elisabeth is at first frightened to let down her guard in front of Tristan. Trained to always withhold emotion whilst at court, Elisabeth doesn't know how to express herself with words. Soon, however, she finds release in Tristan's hold. But when she gambles with her future in attempt to secure her marriage to Tristan, her scheming ways may finally succeed in dumping her on the loosing end. My Thoughts: BEWITCHING IN BOOTS is the most erotic of the three novellas, in my opinion, making it a delightful stellar of a finale. First, I love a broken hero, especially a physically broken hero. Tristan embodies all that and more but what I loved above all else, is his ability to keep his pride from clouding his judgement. Too many times I've read of the prideful yet broken hero and his crushing ability to hurt his heroine and it was wholly refreshing to find that in this novella, that wasn't the case. Normally, a managing female such as Elisabeth wouldn't necessarily be my favorite but what I discovered along with Tristan is that she was a much needed flame that re lit Tristan's dismal life. She was perfect for him. A- AWAKENED BY A KISS is a sinfully erotic collection of multi-layered plots and characters that's sure to please. One certainly doesn't need to be familiar with the fairy tales that inspire these romances in order to fall head-over-heels in love for its the collection of heroes and heroines that make this compilation so marvellously entertaining. Readers yearning for a lusciously romantic diversion will find all that in more with this first edition in Lila DiPasqua's Fiery Tales Collection.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Booklover1335

    AWAKENED BY A KISS by Lila DiPasqua is a collection of three “cleverly retold” fairy tales containing elements of the classic stories, but with new, creative and steamy interpretations. Each story is approximately one hundred pages long which made them quick, yet seductively satisfying reads. The first book “Sleeping Beau” was adapted from “Sleeping Beauty” and is a great beginning to this anthology. Adrien d’Aspe, the Marquis of Beaulain, is commonly known to the women of the French court as “le AWAKENED BY A KISS by Lila DiPasqua is a collection of three “cleverly retold” fairy tales containing elements of the classic stories, but with new, creative and steamy interpretations. Each story is approximately one hundred pages long which made them quick, yet seductively satisfying reads. The first book “Sleeping Beau” was adapted from “Sleeping Beauty” and is a great beginning to this anthology. Adrien d’Aspe, the Marquis of Beaulain, is commonly known to the women of the French court as “le Beau” for obvious reasons. He’s the bastard son of the King (who has an enormous brood of illegitimate, though acknowledged children) and was cursed at birth. He was given into the care of his three rakish bachelor godfathers to raise, and follows in their legendary footsteps until he is reunited with the one woman who awakened his passion and his heart to the possibility of love. "Little Red Writing" was my absolute favorite of the three tales. Nicolas de Savignac, is one of the kings trusted musketeers and is known as “le loup” or “the wolf” to his peers because of his hunting skills, as well as for his relentless and cunning pursuit of threats to the crown. He finds himself faced with the dilemma of being true to his strict personal code and how he defines himself by his occupation, or to protect the woman he loves from uncertain danger by revealing her as the scandalous author who attempts to provide justice through her writing to women who have been wronged by the men in their lives. "Bewitching in Boots" I think was the weakest of the three fiery tales and centers around Elizabeth (the favorite, though illegitimate daughter of the king) and Tristan (the former Captain of the Musketeers). She has loved him from afar and is determined to seduce him while at the same time proving to both him and his father that he is worthy of her love. This particular story didn’t seem to hold the same magic that the other two did, and I found Elizabeth’s machinations to be selfish, and Tristan’s acceptance of her potentially deadly scheming to be too easy despite her altruistic yet self-serving motivations. Despite my feelings about "Bewitching in Boots" many things about this collection of stories appealed to me. I loved that the stories weren’t exactly what I expected. While the stories contained elements of the originals that were recognizable, they were not just rewritten with more explicit love elements. That for me would have been wearisome. Instead each variation on the original contained interesting and captivating twists that were imaginative, fresh…and yes steamier. I loved that this collection of historical romance short stories was set in France, and that French terms were used within the tales when appropriate. I have to admit I think it made it sexier…..especially since there was a handy glossary at the back of the book that explained the meanings and terms that were used. I also appreciated that an excerpt from the original fairy tale by Charles Perrault preceded each story. While I can’t say that I learned a moral lesson from Lila’s stories, one thing I did learn was that her next collection of “Fiery Tales”, The Princess In His Bed due out November 2010 can’t come soon enough. Ratings: Overall: 4.0 stars. I would give the individual stories the following star ratings: * Sleeping Beau= 4.0 stars * Little Red Writing= 4.5 stars * Puss in Boots=3.0 stars Sensuality: 3.5 ( a tad bit more explicit than a traditional historical romance, but nothing shocking)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patti TheLoveJunkee

    The premise of this book sounded very interesting - erotic fairy tales? They were not exactly what I'd expected but I did find the book enjoyable. In Sleeping Beau, Adrien is the newly legitimate son of the king. He's at a house party where all the ton is there, when he spies a stunning woman - a woman he'd had an unbelieveable encounter with five years previously. She'd come to his bed, had amazingly erotic sex, and then left him without a backward glance. He'd not forgotten her since. Catherine The premise of this book sounded very interesting - erotic fairy tales? They were not exactly what I'd expected but I did find the book enjoyable. In Sleeping Beau, Adrien is the newly legitimate son of the king. He's at a house party where all the ton is there, when he spies a stunning woman - a woman he'd had an unbelieveable encounter with five years previously. She'd come to his bed, had amazingly erotic sex, and then left him without a backward glance. He'd not forgotten her since. Catherine has her reasons for the events of that evening, and when she arrives at her friend's home and sees Lord Adrien she is upset. He eventually corners her and she slowly reveals her reasons for their encounter. He convinces her to agree to a daliance while they are staying on the estate, until her betrothed comes to claim her; he doesn't mention his sister is her betrothed's mistress... This story was very erotic. Catherine had a history that made me want an HEA for her. Adrien was a good as hero, the reformed rake, smitten by the "mystery woman" who tamed his heart. The events at the end of the story came as a surprise, and tied neatly in with the original fairy tale. ~~~~~~~ In Little Red Writing, Nicholas nickname The Wolf) is a Musketeer, searching his estranged grandmother's home for evidence of an author penning illegal books. He's narrowed it down to the three sisters living in his grandmother's home, but doesn't know which one it is. Anne and her sisters write the stories, aiding women who have no one else to turn to - airing their grievances while at the same time exposing the male aristocracy for the insults committed against those who are helpless in society (ie, women). As cold-hearted Nicholas begins his investigation, he is taken by the beauty of Anne, and after bedding her, begins to fall in love. Anne's past had shaped her into a bitter woman, focusing only on the injustices in life, until Nicholas showed her passion. By the time Nicholas acknowledged his feelings for Anne, it was too late - the King demanded an audience. At first I wasn't too fond of Nicholas, but by the end of the story he surprised me and won me over! (And it wasn't just the desk sex!!) ~~~~~~~ Bewitching in Boots has two of my favorite storylines: Enemies to Lovers, and Women in Historical Novels Who Wear Men's Clothing (I don't know why I like that but I do!). I think this was my favorite of the three stories - Elizabeth, favored daughter of the King, arrives at the home of Tristan, the King's former chief guard, planning to seduce him into her bed and into marriage, which will be difficult to do as he hates her. Elizabeth knows the king is planning to marry her off again and this time she wants to choose her husband. This was a nice story and I liked both the hero and heroine. There was some light bondage (yay!) and the ending made me happy. I think sometimes with short stories, the authors have to jump right into the "good stuff" so they can occasionally feel a bit abrubt. These stories were an entertaining take on traditional fairy tales, every now and then I'd catch something and think "yes, from the original fairy tale", which made it fun. My rating: 3 1/2 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nely

    Awakened by a Kiss is the first book in Lila DiPasqua's Fiery Tales Series. In it you'll find three well-known fairytales with an erotic twist. Sleeping Beau: Adrien d’Aspe, bastard son of Louis XIV, cannot forgot the one night affair he had years ago with Catherine de Villecourt. He remembers it almost like a dream, it was so long ago. But luck is on his side, since the lovely Catherine will be a guest at the same chateau and he will finally find the opportunity to confront her. Catherine can't Awakened by a Kiss is the first book in Lila DiPasqua's Fiery Tales Series. In it you'll find three well-known fairytales with an erotic twist. Sleeping Beau: Adrien d’Aspe, bastard son of Louis XIV, cannot forgot the one night affair he had years ago with Catherine de Villecourt. He remembers it almost like a dream, it was so long ago. But luck is on his side, since the lovely Catherine will be a guest at the same chateau and he will finally find the opportunity to confront her. Catherine can't believe that Adrien is the King's son. And even worse, she knows he will want revenge after her maid drugged him in order for Catherine to have her way with him those five years ago. She needed a quick tumble in order to rid herself of her virginity - instead she found a handsome stranger who has starred in all her dreams since. Little Red Writing: Nicholas de Savignac is one of infamous Musketeers but is more commonly known as "le loup" or "the wolf" since he will stop at nothing to catch the bad guy. His current mission is to find the author of illegal publishing's that depict some of France's male aristocracy in an unfavorable light. His investigation has led him to the Comtesse de Cottineau's doorstep. There he meets Anne and her two sisters and he is quite certain one of the women residing in this household is the authoress he is searching for. While Nicholas sneaks around searching for clues his feelings for Anne evolve from attraction to what may possibly be love. But could he forgive himself for sleeping with the enemy or will he turn the girls in? Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel wants Tristan de Tiersonnier. And as the king's favorite daughter she is used to getting exactly what she wants. After Tristan suffers injury while on duty protecting the king he is callously dismissed as the Captain of the Guard and sent to heal in solitude at his chateau. Elisabeth knows her father is getting ready to marry her off so she takes matters into her own hands - she marches right on over to Tristan's. The last person Tristan wants to see is Elisabeth and her royal entourage. And although he threatens her and does one thing after another to scare her off, the lady stands her grown. When he finally threatens her with silk scarves and total domination and the lady still does not back down, Tristan knows he's met his match. These were such deliciously fun and naughty stories. The fact that they were historical and set in France made them even more sensual. I loved how Ms. DiPasqua interwove little French sayings into each story... whether it be caleçons, justacorps, or Pour l'amour de Dieu! I found the time frame to be unique since you really don't find a lot of French historicals set in a time where it was okay for women to have sexual relationships with men without being considered loose as long as it was done quietly. I really enjoyed Ms. DiPasqua's writing style, her rich historic backgrounds and the fun and quirky characters that star in these stories. All in all, Awakened by a Kiss is full of desire, true love, and sensual encounters that will have you blushing if not contemplating a cold shower. I found it charming and tasteful. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more by this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is a collection of three separate stories. I am writing a review of each for my own benefit since I tend to forget details once I've moved on to the next. Sleeping Beau - Adrien is the bastard (though recognized) son of the King, Louis XIV. He is a well-known rake going from one conquest to the next without emotional ties of any kind. He finds himself at a house party where he spots a woman he had an encounter with five years ago. She captivated him, but left him with no clue as to her ident This is a collection of three separate stories. I am writing a review of each for my own benefit since I tend to forget details once I've moved on to the next. Sleeping Beau - Adrien is the bastard (though recognized) son of the King, Louis XIV. He is a well-known rake going from one conquest to the next without emotional ties of any kind. He finds himself at a house party where he spots a woman he had an encounter with five years ago. She captivated him, but left him with no clue as to her identity. He has never forgotten her. She is Catherine and five years ago used him to take her virginity in the hopes of spoiling an unwanted engagement. It didn't work. She had a miserable marriage, but is now a widow. Adrien can't resist the temptation to possess her again. Catherine, however, is engaged to his sister's lover although it is not a love match. His sister wants his help to spoil their engagement. He refuses to be a part of her scheme but he can't resist Catherine and the feelings she awakens in him. They have a very touching HEA. This story was short but quite moving and emotional. Little Red Writing - Another emotion-packed story. My heart just breaks for them sometimes. This time it is Nicolas, one of the King's guard, on a mission for the crown to determine the identity of an author secretly and illegally publishing thinly veiled stories detrimental to men of the aristocracy. Anne, one of three sisters who are suspects, live with their benefactress who turns out to be Nicolas's estranged grandmother. Nicolas takes notice of Anne and decides to seduce her to gain information for his case. Of course, it turns out to be much more than just sex between them. And, of course, they have their HEA and Nicolas is even reunited with his grandmother. Very nice story. Bewitching in Boots - This tantalizing tale is about Elisabeth, the King's favorite daughter, and Tristan, former captain of the King's private Guard. He was injured saving the life of the King and Elizabeth's sister three months previous and was sent to his chateau to recuperate. He was replaced of course which made him withdrawn and despondent. Elisabeth had always been enamored of him and decided that she would show up at his house on the pretense of needing a fencing instructor. Tristan found her captivating in her men's garb and her unique boots. She had to do some convincing to get him to agree to the lessons, but what she also wanted was to bed him thinking that would get him out of her system. Yeah, right. They both fall in love and have a wonderful HEA. Lila DiPasqua is a new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 stories. Her style is a bit more raw than what I am generally used to reading. But it was still enjoyable. I am going to look for the other 2 books in this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bookaholics

    Awakened by a Kiss (Fiery Tales, Book 1) by Lila DiPasqua Erotic Historical-Aug. 3, 2010 4 stars Awakened by A Kiss is an anthology full of highly erotic and decadent stories based very loosely on 3 fairy tales. (If I hadn’t been told they have been based on fairy tales I would not have realized it!) In these 3 stories, 3 couples find passion and love in the luxurious background of rich Versailles during the reign of the Sun King XIV. Sleeping Beau In the first story the handsome rake Adrien d’Aspe Awakened by a Kiss (Fiery Tales, Book 1) by Lila DiPasqua Erotic Historical-Aug. 3, 2010 4 stars Awakened by A Kiss is an anthology full of highly erotic and decadent stories based very loosely on 3 fairy tales. (If I hadn’t been told they have been based on fairy tales I would not have realized it!) In these 3 stories, 3 couples find passion and love in the luxurious background of rich Versailles during the reign of the Sun King XIV. Sleeping Beau In the first story the handsome rake Adrien d’Aspe is awakened by the kiss of a mysterious woman. They shared a night of unforgettable passion. Years later he believes he has found her but she denies knowing him. He knows she was his lover and is determined to get to acknowledge him even if he has to seduce her… Little Red Writing In the 2nd story, Nicolas de Savignac is on an assignment by his king to find a suspicious writer. But is surprised when his lead suspects are located at his grandmother house where he finds 3 lovely ladies. All of them sisters. One attracts his attention and his desire. He knows he must find the culprit but what will his new love do when she finds out he suspects them and must turn one of them in? How can he protect his love and her sisters and still remain loyal to his king? Bewitching in Boots In the last story the illegitimate and highly sought after daughter of the King wants one thing. Tristan de Tiersonnier. The problem is that he has never seemed to like her. Under the pretext of hiring him to teach her fencing skills she wears her lucky boots and sets after seducing him into her arms. I was surprised and pleased at how much I enjoyed and was titillated by these delicious stories of sensuality and romance. This book is definitely erotic and packs a ton of scorching reads. However, the author does not stint on the story. I found all the characters likeable and did feel they actually cared for each other unlike many just erotic books which are filled with purely sex scenes. The blazing scenes were very tasteful and only included the main 2 characters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves HOT romance filled with sumptuous fantasy and is looking for an easy and light read. Reviewed by Steph from Bookaholics Romance Book Club

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kat Desi

    "Fiery Tale" indeed! Even with its high levels of erotic content, with this author's elegant writing, this book totally did not result in trashiness. It's hot, yes, but each of those sex scenes were written tastefully for all three stories in this book. Sleeping Beau is my favorite of all three stories. Even though I have read a lot of Historical Romance, this is where I first had a glimpse of the French Courts. The difference between the English and French high society cultures were stark—at leas "Fiery Tale" indeed! Even with its high levels of erotic content, with this author's elegant writing, this book totally did not result in trashiness. It's hot, yes, but each of those sex scenes were written tastefully for all three stories in this book. Sleeping Beau is my favorite of all three stories. Even though I have read a lot of Historical Romance, this is where I first had a glimpse of the French Courts. The difference between the English and French high society cultures were stark—at least in these books—the French were not delicate about their sexual adventures and I found that pretty interesting. I can't wait to read more from this author! I highly recommend this if you like Historical Romance and don't mind racy scenes!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emery Lee

    **Book contains Erotic content** This book is comprised of 3 historical erotic romance novellas inspired by 17th century French fairy tales. The author did a fabulous job of bringing the luxurious and licentious reign of the Sun King,to life through her primary characters who are all bastard children of Louis XIV. I was charmed and titillated by these highly sensual tales.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is such a fantasic book.... A Fiery Tale Romance for sure.. I loved it....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isalys

    AWAKENED BY A KISS is a collection of three very decadent and incredibly steamy stories based loosely on three very popular fairy tales. In these tales, three couples find love and passion in the luxurious time of Versailles during the reign of the King Louis XIV. SLEEPING BEAU (STORY #1) Adrien d'Aspe, Marquis of Beaulain, is one of the bastard sons of King Louis XIV. Five years ago, he was seduced by a mystery woman whose memory of has since haunted him. While attending a garden party, his siste AWAKENED BY A KISS is a collection of three very decadent and incredibly steamy stories based loosely on three very popular fairy tales. In these tales, three couples find love and passion in the luxurious time of Versailles during the reign of the King Louis XIV. SLEEPING BEAU (STORY #1) Adrien d'Aspe, Marquis of Beaulain, is one of the bastard sons of King Louis XIV. Five years ago, he was seduced by a mystery woman whose memory of has since haunted him. While attending a garden party, his sister Charlotte pleads with him to seduce the woman that is now affianced to her lover. Adrien is reluctant to get involved in his sister's affairs - until he realizes that the other woman is actually his mystery lover. He approaches Catherine only to have her deny any knowledge of him. His mission now is to get her to admit who she is and seduce her...but for his own sake this time. Adrien was incredibly sexy and he knows that most women are only too happy to throw themselves at his feet. He is happy to oblige them; that is until he finds the one woman that he wants more than just sex from. Catherine wanted Adrien as badly as he wanted her, but she "played by her own rules" and I loved that about her. The story was a great start to this promising trilogy. There was no shortage of fun & flirty characters, brow-wiping intimacy, and hero-to-the-rescue drama. The last scene involving Adrien's devious sister is a bit over the top, but it did give the story that climatic ending it needed. LITTLE RED WRITING (STORY #2) Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambell, has one goal and that is to become Captain of the King's Guard. In order for him to accomplish that, he must do one thing: he must locate and arrest Gilbert Leduc, author of a series of illegal publishing's that paint the male French aristocracy in an unfavorable light. Nicolas tracks down the notorious author to the home of his estranged grandmother. He arranges to have his grandmother removed from the property by a diversion. He then proceeds to befriend the three sisters that reside at the estate under the pretense that he is there to learn more about the grandmother that he has never known. All is going according to plan, until he realizes that he's fallen in love with the woman he has to arrest. Anne feels that the identity of Gilbert Leduc is well-protected and for good reason. During a time where women are dominated by the men in their lives, Gilbert's work provides them an outlet to express their hurt and discontent at their treatment. However, her wariness of Nicolas stems not from her fear for "Gilbert" but for her weakness for Nicolas. Never having known passion, she knows that Nicolas can change that for her...so what's the harm in taking a lover? This was definitely the most complex of the three stories. Nicolas and Anne's story takes you on a ride chock full of passion, secrets and deceit. At the onset of the story, Nicolas is arrogant and he is solely focused on his mission. It was great to watch him unravel at the hands of the lovely Anne. His character really grew over the course of the story and his turmoil over having to arrest Anne was very endearing. Anne really was a lovely character. I loved her devotion to her family and to her cause. BEWITCHING IN BOOTS (STORY #3) Elisabeth de Roussel, the favored daughter of the King, has loved Tristan de Tiersonnier from afar for as long as she can remember. After being injured while doing his duty, Tristan is callously dismissed from court. Elisabeth knows that he has been wronged and she intends to see things to right. Of course, those are not her only intentions. Tired of loving him from a distance, she wants to seduce him and have him all to herself. Before her father can marry her off, she visits Tristan at his chateau requesting that he give her fencing lessons. Tristan is none too pleased about seeing the spoiled Elisabeth and her royal entourage. His dismissal has embittered him and she is the last thing in the world he needs. However, his thoughts take another turn when she greets him dressed in breeches and skin hugging boots. He decides that he needs to scare her off for both their sakes. He "threatens" to show her exactly rough and gruff he is. His mistake was threatening her with silken scarves and total domination. Our final story was the sexiest and most erotic of the three giving this trilogy one heck of a finale. Tristan was the most damaged of the heroes and it made it all the more gratifying to watch him "heal" over the course of his story. As difficult and prideful as he was, he also expressed a sound judgment that redeemed him in my eyes. As my followers and review readers, you know how partial I am to strong female leads. {It must be the feminist in me, haha.} Elisabeth was all that and more. Although she was rightfully nervous to leaving herself vulnerable to Tristan, she embraced it and showed him that she was just as strong and stubborn as he. She is what he didn't know he needed. BOTTOM LINE The fairy tales that inspired these stories aren't obvious to the reader, which I appreciate. I think that Lila did a superb job of creating new and original stories that delicately hint at the original fairy tales. The only thing that I had a little difficulty with was the transition in point of view. I've gotten accustomed to reading novels in which the narrative (hero and heroine's) is distinctly separated. In ABAK, I had to flip back a few times to see who's head I was in. AWAKENED BY A KISS is a collection of wickedly sensual and well-written stories that offer interesting & diverse characters and unique plots that are sure to get your motor running. This is a wonderful start for a promising young author and I am definitely looking forward to the next round of bedtime stories *ahem* fairy tales! HEAT LEVEL: 5-Scorching Review also available at http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com/201...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caroline The HEA Lover

    (This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)> Sleeping Beau: Adrien is a bastard of the king, he’s handsome but he’s also a complete rake. I have mixed feelings about him, I wanted to love him but there was something that annoyed me a little. This is the story I liked the least (but it’s still a good story!), mostly because I didn’t much like how Adrien always tried to push Catherine into admitting the past. Well, she wanted it too but I felt like he was forcing her to say she wants him. The s (This was originally posted on Book Lovers,Inc)> Sleeping Beau: Adrien is a bastard of the king, he’s handsome but he’s also a complete rake. I have mixed feelings about him, I wanted to love him but there was something that annoyed me a little. This is the story I liked the least (but it’s still a good story!), mostly because I didn’t much like how Adrien always tried to push Catherine into admitting the past. Well, she wanted it too but I felt like he was forcing her to say she wants him. The story in itself was original and the smex was hot so it’s all forgiven lol. There’s a bit of drama with his sister that made it intriguing but also a bit rushed (after all it’s a short story so it was bound to happen =P) . I liked Adrien’s uncles and I wish we’d see more of them. They looked like funny and interesting characters. A good hot short story that revisits the tale of the Sleeping Beauty. Little Red Writing: Now, this story I really liked! We are introduced to Nicolas de Savignac. He is a Musketeer on a mission to find the writer who publish scandalous stories about the men of the aristocracy. Nicolas is certain it’s one of the 3 sisters who live with his estranged grand-mother. I really like Nicolas, he is ready to do anything to find and arrest the culprit…and if it takes sleeping with one of the sisters so be it! lol I liked the story AND the characters. Anne is a writer, she wrote love poetry but she was abused by a man she thought loved her and stopped believing in love altogether. The 3 sisters are bitter towards men, and they make the perfect suspects for Nicolas. The naughty scenes were very hot!! I was curious to know how the story would end and I didn’t see the end coming. Very hot tale with lovable characters. Bewitching in Boots: This story was PERFECT. I loved it to pieces. There, I said it. *happy sigh* If the previous stories were hot this one is scorching hot. The story, the characters, the smex...everything was perfect. I loved the hero Tristan, he's a leader and he wants to lead in bed too. The heroine knows what she wants too, she wants Tristan and she'll do anything to have him. I liked that she was so confident and that she dared take what she wanted. Let's talk smut now, hot Bondage and dominant Tristan made it SO good. *sits on ice* The story is a mix of 'awwww so cute' and 'OMG so hot' (<===yes i'm a 14years old LOL). I loved all the characters, Tristan's brother was a funny one I would love to see him again. 2 thumbs up!! Awakened by a kiss: All in all this was a very refreshing book! I really enjoyed the fact that the stories took place in France, it was a change from the usual Victorian England settings. I’ve always been interesting in the reign of the Roi Soleil. I liked reading about the Musketeers and the king’s bastards. Those stories are very hot, and I really liked that the heroines enjoyed the pleasures of the flesh and weren’t complete naives. They are not passive and act on their desires. The more I read the more I loved it. While I wasn't blow away from the start I was by the end of the book! We all have our pet peeves and some of mine are the phrase ‘milking his c**k’ and the use of the words juices/juice and cream/creamy. I can’t help it, Milk, Juice and cream make me think of breakfast (not very sexy!). lol But that’s just crazy me =P Otherwise the sex scenes are pretty hot (the last short is really really hot!!). I felt like a naughty girl reading tales from childhood with a sexy twist! I really like the concept and I’m looking forward the next 3 short stories in The Princess in his Bed. I’m very happy to know that Lila will be writing a whole novel based on a fairy tale too. *squee* I can't wait! I give Awakened by a Kiss 4 Bookies.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lexie

    This trio of fiery fairy tale re-tellings are by DiPasqua alone, though her influence is Perrault's fairy tales and the Sun King (Louis XIV) of France's court. His very decadent, very conniving and utterly ruthless court. There are Musketeers! That alone wins it a thumbs up from me. Mild warnings for language--actually its not a mild warning at all. Not a language person at all, but I had no idea that half of the words (still used in today's modern times) were also used way back when (the late-is This trio of fiery fairy tale re-tellings are by DiPasqua alone, though her influence is Perrault's fairy tales and the Sun King (Louis XIV) of France's court. His very decadent, very conniving and utterly ruthless court. There are Musketeers! That alone wins it a thumbs up from me. Mild warnings for language--actually its not a mild warning at all. Not a language person at all, but I had no idea that half of the words (still used in today's modern times) were also used way back when (the late-ish 17th century) in France. "Sleeping Beau" Poor poor Adrien--he gets completely ravished by a beauty and when he wakes up she's disappeared. But oh! He finds her again! And she is carrying a lot of baggage. Of the three I think this one was the best, in both terms of characterization and development. Communication is the paramount lesson (of all three quite frankly), but I think Adrien and Catherine learned this best, with both coming clean very early on in the story. I wasn't really pleased with Catherine's other suitor, he proved himself to be the lowest sort of man and Adrien's half-sister Charlotte had some serious mental problems. "Little Red Writing" Mon dieu but who knew Musketeers were so...dashing? And secretive. And oh. He's not really approaching this in the most gentlemanly manner is he? That said...I think we can forgive him eh? Nicolas is on a mission from his King and he does has the best of intentions at heart. Mostly. Well, he sort of started out righteously upset about the whole Leduc thing and sort of mellowed by the end. I'm not entirely convinced he understood Anne's reasons for being Leduc. And if I had to be completely truthful Anne seemed made of sterner stuff then he was. The chemistry between them was significant and it made me enjoy the story more--plus made me forget about nagging little things like, what happens next. "Bewitching in Boots" This was definitely the story that amused me the most. Elisabeth was always about two words away from smacking Tristan upside his head--for some reason or another--and Tristan was ready to strangle her. Quite often. Tristan made a very brief appearance at the end of "Little Red Writing" as Nicolas' boss, but this is set some months later, after Tristan is injured. And forced to retire to the country to brood and dither and be Mr. Crankypants where the King didn't have to listen to him. Elisabeth, in lust for Tristan for years finally managed to use her considerable influence with her father, the King, to something beneficial to her. Unfortunately for her Tristan is rather sick of the Sun King's Court politics. Even when they were getting hot and heavy it was an amusing time because despite Tristan's...bedroom tricks, Elisabeth is more than a match for him. The old blight spot was we're told how influential Elisabeth is with his Majesty--his favorite daughter--but that didn't always seem the case. Overall this collection was a fun diverting read. And it had musketeers, I'm sorry didn't I make that clear? It was interesting seeing a book full of women who were, by in large, sexually liberated in a historical setting. I'm much more used to reading about historical books where women were more afraid to show their sexual bent. I liked how DiPasqua used the fairy tales as unique plot devices, but didn't batter the theme to death. Elisabeth had to drool-worthy boots and well I think you see where that was going don't you? Her second collection, The Princess in his Bed, looks to be equally charming and is due out in November, featuring erotically charged romance novellas with "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Princess and the Pea." as the themes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wenj

    Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews: This is something of a first for me as I normally don't read historical romance, little lone a historical romance that has absolutely no supernatural or paranormal attributes. In truth, I always assumed the worst about anything with the title 'romance' thinking that it had little-to-no depth and was simply sappy sentimentality focused on unbelievable and overly steamy sex. I definitely had to re-evaluate that stance once I read this novel! I simply loved i Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews: This is something of a first for me as I normally don't read historical romance, little lone a historical romance that has absolutely no supernatural or paranormal attributes. In truth, I always assumed the worst about anything with the title 'romance' thinking that it had little-to-no depth and was simply sappy sentimentality focused on unbelievable and overly steamy sex. I definitely had to re-evaluate that stance once I read this novel! I simply loved it and diPasqua surpassed my wildest notions with this masterful collection of re-tellings. She managed to created depth within the characters, interesting stories, and wonderful setting, but I was correct on one aspect! The sex was definitely extremely steamy and only went to show that the series title of Fiery Tales was aptly chosen. 'Sleeping Beau', the first tale in the collection, was an enchanting re-telling of the classic 'Sleeping Beauty', The story of the philandering bastard son of the King finding that one woman who steals his heart is touching. It was wonderful watching the evolution of his character from essentially a man-whore to a caring and loving man. The time period the story takes place in is well described as well, and it gives a nice sense of atmosphere. Also, the emotions evoked from the story are wonderfully realized. It draws the reader into the tryst of Catherine and Adrien and as they become closer and ignore their better judgement to stay detached, we fall in love right along with them. While sex and romance novels of this sort go hand in hand, I must say that I didn't feel overwhelmed by the scenes. In fact, I think that they served perfectly to help build the budding relationship between the two and to quickly show the building chemistry in such a short span of time. 'Little Red Writing' was definitely not the story that I thought it would be. While I didn't exactly expect a cottage in the forest and a girl running through the woods with a picnic basket, I certainly didn't expect the intrigue of a poison pen tale. However, I must say that I really enjoyed this one quite a lot more then the first. The character building was brilliant and I found all of them to be enjoyable. The way diPasqua captured the era was likewise marvelous. The lack of rights towards women, the lack of freedom of speech and the general harshness of the rule really came through. The emotions were wonderfully captured. All the desire and longing between the two interspersed with the guilt and dread that built throughout the story as to the identity of Deluc was nicely dramatic and suspenseful, adding a quick pace. 'Bewitching in Boots' was by far my favorite however. The strong alpha male Tristan is aggressive and oh so tempting while Elisabeth is feisty and strong. The two coming together set off sparks and I couldn't help but become engrossed. The setting is beautifully written as is the back story of the characters. The storyline itself was at heart sweet and kept the racy theme of the novel and had me rushing to finish. This story was by far the strongest of the three, or at least for me, and I think diPasqua chose a wonderful way to close out the novel leaving the reader more then satisfied by the tales. Overall, diPasqua has a wonderful writing style that really drew me into the book. I found it to be highly enjoyable and I definitely won't be writing off this genre in the future! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for her next installment in the Fiery Tales series, The Princess in His Bed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisarenee

    This book is anthology of 3 stories written by the same author. If she didn't tell you what the connections was to Fairy Tales you probably would have no clue they were variations of the well known tales. All are historical romances that take place in France. Sleeping Beau Sort of a twist on Sleeping Beauty. Catherine did something five years ago that she's not proud of, but she was desperate. She seduced a man from Vienna by lacing his drink with an aphrodisiac. She gave up her virginity that nig This book is anthology of 3 stories written by the same author. If she didn't tell you what the connections was to Fairy Tales you probably would have no clue they were variations of the well known tales. All are historical romances that take place in France. Sleeping Beau Sort of a twist on Sleeping Beauty. Catherine did something five years ago that she's not proud of, but she was desperate. She seduced a man from Vienna by lacing his drink with an aphrodisiac. She gave up her virginity that night expecting to never see the man again, but sometimes your past comes back to haunt you. Turns out the man whom she seduced all those years ago was the King's son. He's just spotted her and he wants answers. She's haunted his dreams almost every night since their one night of passion. Little Red Writing Anne, Henriette, and Camille are sisters and authors. One of them writes articles under the name Gilbert Leduc. The articles reveal secrets about the male nobility that can ruin or make a mockery out of them. They are also considered illegal. Nicholas de Savignac is a Musketeer and part of the King's private Guard. They have been sent to arrest whichever of the women is Gilbert Leduc. Nicholas senses a mutual attraction between himself and Anne and decides the best way to get information is to seduce her and get her to feel at ease around him so she'll spill who is the mysterious Gilbert Leduc really is. Very fun. Bewitching in Boots A take on Puss in Boots. I'll leave the title interpretation up to your imagination. ;) Clair is the favorite daughter of the King. She's a widow and knows that her father has plans for her to wed again. Before the King makes up his mind Clair comes up with a plan which she hopes will allow her to choose her own husband, Tristan. The problem is he sees her as a manipulative spoiled tease and doesn't wish to play her silly games. When he decides to call her bluff he realizes first impressions aren't always correct. Note to those of you who dislike the use of words like [email protected] and such this one does contain such language.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website. RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS: Lila DiPasqua's debut book is an anthology in which she gives us three erotic tales set in the reign of Louis XIV. As I finished reading the book, two words kept popping into my mind: cotton candy. Big, beautiful, pink and fluffy, but of no substance...and yet so sweet while it melts in your mouth, AWAKENED BY A KISS is an entertaining collection of naughty stories. While each of these short stories was to I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website. RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS: Lila DiPasqua's debut book is an anthology in which she gives us three erotic tales set in the reign of Louis XIV. As I finished reading the book, two words kept popping into my mind: cotton candy. Big, beautiful, pink and fluffy, but of no substance...and yet so sweet while it melts in your mouth, AWAKENED BY A KISS is an entertaining collection of naughty stories. While each of these short stories was to be a take on the old fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots, I didn't see it as such because she took the subtle approach to `re-telling' these tales. This book is well written, but still, it left me unsatisfied. The reason is the length of the stories. I wasn't given a chance to get closer to the characters, which were fun and entertaining. There wasn't enough time to connect with any of them. By the time the romance hit, the story was wrapped up. That said, here's my take on this book: If you are looking for a book full of steamy sexual encounters that will have you taking a cold shower, then AWAKENED BY A KISS is definitely a book for you. However, if you're like me and cotton candy gives you a tummy ache, and you'd like some meat with your potatoes, then I'd say this book will not satisfy your appetite. Melanie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I don't usually read anthologies because I find the stories and characters lacking. But because I read two others in this series (and not in order which wasn't a problem at all), I decided to go ahead with this one. LOVED IT! Of course, I enjoyed Bewitching in Boots the best of all with Sleeping Beau coming in at a very close second. I really enjoy the erotic sensuality mixed with the historical romance. I don't usually read anthologies because I find the stories and characters lacking. But because I read two others in this series (and not in order which wasn't a problem at all), I decided to go ahead with this one. LOVED IT! Of course, I enjoyed Bewitching in Boots the best of all with Sleeping Beau coming in at a very close second. I really enjoy the erotic sensuality mixed with the historical romance.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christy Stewart

    I have three one-liner reviews: This can't be accused of being pwp because DiPasqua does have some great plots, just no story. A little too erotica-y that what cute or clever parts remain might be able to file molestation charges. I'm surprised it didn't include a story titled "Pussy In Boots" I have three one-liner reviews: This can't be accused of being pwp because DiPasqua does have some great plots, just no story. A little too erotica-y that what cute or clever parts remain might be able to file molestation charges. I'm surprised it didn't include a story titled "Pussy In Boots"

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Featherstone

    Lila is a Canadian debut author and I'm anxious to get my mits on this book! The premise and the back blurb have me panting! Lila is a Canadian debut author and I'm anxious to get my mits on this book! The premise and the back blurb have me panting!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lelyana's Reviews

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not the best Lila... a little boring....but the love scene...whooooa....still Lila I know.....

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    A wonderful and fun read. The historical stories in Awakened by a Kiss are all loosely based on fairy tales. Each tale is romantic, sensual, with a dash of excitement added. I enjoyed all of the stories contained within, although my favorite would be Little Red Writing. It was hard to choose! If you are looking for a romantic, and spicy read this would be a good choice.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leontine

    Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go… With SLEEPING BEAU I got my first taste of Lila DiPasqua and I was instantly enamored. I must admit I’m not an avid reader of soiree settings and nobility but DiPasqua blends a decadent time period of the Fr Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go… With SLEEPING BEAU I got my first taste of Lila DiPasqua and I was instantly enamored. I must admit I’m not an avid reader of soiree settings and nobility but DiPasqua blends a decadent time period of the French sun king with vivid characters, intrigue and spine-melting passion in to such wickedly charming stories. Adrian is a notorious lover of the fairer sex but as the story develops he surprised me with his depth of character. Catherine is a sensuous and spirited woman, she knows how the world works and yet also has a healthy defiance of it. The unexpected recognition of each other delivers a push-pull of erotic provocation and is a significant aspect within the romantic progress. The cat and mouse game where Adrian pursues Catherine with an ardent fervor of a man wanting to relive that one night filled with sensual rapture. There is also an abundance in enlivened dialogues between the main couple that set a wonderful pace in the story telling and rapidly made me flip the pages. I was entertained with SLEEPING BEAU, which turned out to be a sexy historic novella and was wondering what more Lila DiPasqua had in store for me. 3 stars Little Red Writing: Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambelle, has been assigned by the King to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother's house, or to a ravishing woman who would stir his deepest hunger… With LITTLE RED WRITING I found out what was in store for me. The longest of the three novella’s and with a theme I loved from the start. Three sister, from whom one writes confronting stories about the debauchery of entitled men. In Sleeping Beau it was revolving a lot around the sexual attraction and though that is plenty present in Little Red Writing I enjoyed it even more with the secrecy plot weaved through it. Nicolas “le Loup” is potently male, a bit shrewd when a Musketeer needs to be and devilishly charming. Anne de Vignon has crashed and burned once in the romance and has erected walls around her still very romantic heart. She is audacious, intelligent and passionate. Nicolas and Anne are instantaneously attracted to one another and it is known to the reader with hot bouts of sensuous encounters. The back and forth innuendo is glossed over by polite conversations but it is this kind of verbal sparring that makes the attraction sizzle outside of the bedchamber. Add the conflict that lies within discovering the truth, which caused quite some tension in the ending, and the romance took it up a notch for me. LITTLE RED WRITING is pure naughtiness and turned out to be quite the bed time story! 3.5 stars Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants—and she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he's every bit the man he once was—and more than man enough for her.. Lila DiPasqua saved the best for last with Elisabeth ‘s daring plan to seduce Tristan. I get excited when a woman takes matters in her own hand and in the process aggravates the hero to no end. BEWITCHING IN BOOTS is a story of 85 pages but from the get-go I reveled in the chemistry between the two leading characters. Elisabeth is feisty, smart and has a take-charge attitude which clashes head-on with Tristan’s commanding confidence and blunt attitude. From the moment she appears on his doorstep he practically roars no in her face to every request and she defies him each and every time. The dance between Elisabeth and Tristan is taunting them both but when the turnaround comes it is hello to the erupting lust. The interplay changes between them in the bed room, there Tristan’s commanding air can teach Elisabeth quite a bit about pleasure and it set the pages on fire. Even with the fast paced storytelling I was engrossed in their character dynamic and the question whether or not Elisabeth would succeed in her plan. BEWITCHING IN BOOTS is a clash of fiery will power and erotic delight. A story after my own heart! 4 stars All novella’s in AWAKENED BY A KISS are based on a rich historic backdrop, a dash of fairy tale origin and an intense sexual attraction from which the deeper romantic feelings grow. The emphasis lies on the eroticism rather than an intricate romance making it light-hearted, entertaining and sensual storytelling that steams up the pages. Debut author Lila DiPasqua, created a very unique voice for herself which I enjoyed immensly. Anthology overall rating; 3.5 stars

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