Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Sinful Trilogy by Kenya Carlton

Title: The Sinful Trilogy
Author: Kenya Carlton
Genre: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: June 29, 2015

***Content Warning:  Explicit sexual content and violence, 18+***

Sweet As Sin #1
Brought together in the aftermath of WWI, a lethal, war hero and a beautiful, seductive heiress are forced into a marriage neither wants.

Captain Drake Devilin fought with honor and survived a brutal war only to return home to find his parents dead under scandalous circumstances and his grandfather determined to restore the family honor and fortune.

Sienna Caldwell wants to trust her father’s decision to marry her to the charming playboy, but realizes the life she yearns for may never be hers. Faced with secrets upon secrets, she can do nothing to change the future. With her father’s blessing she puts herself into the handsome Drake’s care.

While Drake struggles to keep his bride alive, Sienna battles to keep her heart intact even as a magical world of myth and horror opens before them. Drake realizes the woman he married is more powerful than he imagined as he fights for her soul and their lives against an unimaginable evil.

Devil’s Play #2
Snuggled within the warm embrace of marital bliss, biologically altered army Captain Drake Devilin and his supernatural bride, Sienna, face their biggest challenge to date. Called back for duty in World War II, Drake must leave his amazing life behind and join his troop to fight the Nazis. Although he’s certain his new mission is merely a rouse to obtain his most precious commodity, his wife, Drake leaves, but not before giving Sienna a magical necklace in the hope it will protect her against unknown enemies.

Lured from her prosperous island by a sorcerer who is convinced she was always meant to be his bride. Sienna is challenged to play three magical games to ensure her husband’s safe return. In each game, a limited time is given to Sienna to immerse herself into a new world, situation, and persona; find Drake; and have him acknowledge her by name. And she can’t use her powers to make it happen.

Everything dear to Sienna’s heart is put in jeopardy. Willing to fight for the love of her life and her happiness, Sienna takes on the sorcerer in his own game of cat and mouse.

Sinfully Ever After #3
Experimented and tested on by the Nazis, Captain Drake Devilin and his troop of beasts are made into something unholy. Unwilling to serve as a guinea pig for the government any longer, Drake has only one thing on his mind … his beautiful wife, but instead finds himself involved in a war of the supernatural kind. The pressure mounts when Drake uncovers that a stranger from Sienna’s past is responsible for the rash of supernatural crimes plaguing an underwater city.

After beating an evil sorcerer at his own game, Sienna Devilin awaits her husband’s return from Germany. Once Drake Devilin arrives, Sienna can tell something is different about the captain. Moody and temperamental, Sienna doesn’t know what to think when he turns down a fight to help with a fresh crop of engineered monsters.

With World War II in full swing, Drake is unable to talk his wife out of their new obligation. Sienna is more determined than ever to fight off demons from her past and monsters in their not too distant future.

Sinfully Ever After #3
     Light snow fell to the earth. The flakes melted nearly as quickly as they landed. Drake welcomed the fresh air.
     Yards from the house he tracked his wife’s scent near the horse’s paddock. Sienna stood under the full moon in front of the big animals that grazed by the fence. He worked his way past the medical tents to join her. Pretty and peaceful, it was no wonder she came to the pasture since dinner had been a complete and utter disaster.
     Murphy and Barker joined them for a marvelous evening—along with their wives—for screaming, cursing, and his personal favorite…crying. Murphy’s spouse, Evie, called him every name and then some, while Alex, Barker’s wife, sat in her seat softly sobbing. Somewhere before dessert but after dinner Sienna snuck off.
     “Dear wife,” he whispered in her ear before he placed his coat over her shoulders. “I will extend to you my sincerest apologies for not being forthright, but you must promise to never make me sit through anything similar to that again.” Confident he wouldn’t be turned into a toad when she gifted him with a laugh he pulled her back into his chest.
     “They’re worried about their men.”
     “I gave them a choice this afternoon.” Drake buried his nose into the careless curls constructed on top of her head. “It is out of my hands,” he murmured, submerging himself in her sweet scent.
     “Evie and Alex are not angry at you per se. They’re mad at the amount of loyalty their husbands display toward you and their country.”
     “I am not the villain here.” He sighed. “Am I yours?”
     Sienna turned in his arms.
     Slow drifting snow caught on her long eyelashes, illuminating her beautiful face. He captured her lips, and attacked her sweet mouth. Only for a moment, he thought to himself before he released her.
     “Why did you stop, Captain?” She continued to tempt him with tiny kisses to the underside of his chin. “Afraid you’ll lose your mind?” The sum of her powers were too great for one person alone. Extreme anger or sadness could send her into a downward spiral. It had taken Sienna years to learn how to control the balance of her emotions. Otherwise, the sanctity of her sanity would be put into question. Drake remembered all too well the time she nearly went mad.
     “I was falling in love with you,” she replied to the thoughts in his head.
     Drake felt that she was wrong and it was the other way around. His raw need for his wife almost certainly sent her over the edge. Every time he got too close another spark of magic would course through his veins. He couldn’t imagine what a huge wave of her power would do to him.
     “Tell me, Captain, are you afraid of the devil in me or is it the devil in you?” Sienna rose on the tips of her toes to kiss the side of his mouth. Weeks had gone by where he didn’t think he would ever see her again. Drake felt the soft palm of her hand caress his face, while she sweetly nipped at his neck. Regardless of his wants or needs, he understood what was at stake for the both of them.

My Obsession with Horror
What is it about our culture that makes us want to be scared, i.e. roller coasters, haunted house, and bungee jumping? Okay, not everyone jumps off a cliff, but I’m almost positive horror books simulate that creepy, free falling feeling. My love of horror books began around junior high. My dad always had a book around, and since I wasn’t the best at returning stuff back to the book mobile, I was forced to read his library of weirdness.

Curling up with a horror book on a cool fall night with the fire burning and a cup of hot chocolate promotes its own kind of high. The solitaire scare is even better than the one at the movies; the dreaded group audience where everyone waits for the person next to them to flinch is just not the same. A creaky wood board here, or a slammed door there isn’t half as scary as black words on white paper. If 357 pages of plotting and planning forces the reader to turn on the night light then the author has succeeded.

Skeleton Crew was my first Stephen King book. Gramma was the story that stuck with me. Short stories were a great introduction to the king of horror. This book was a gateway drug to bigger and better scares. I tackled Carrie, Dead Zone, and Salem’s Lot in a quick and fast order. Next was Dean R. Koontz, a stellar horror writer in his own right. Koontz takes a different approach to the world of thrills.

Both authors don’t necessarily use the fall back monster to scare the crap out of their audience. The true masters of horror prey on the psychology of their reader’s mind. A small, ordinary situation can turn people into heroes, which forced me to ask: What would you do? In the first few moments when the protagonist isn’t sure what’s going on, the reader has already decided whether they would stay or go. Most people would pack up and hit the road, never to see that house or town again. The first sign of any strange plot that could possibly change their world would make the reader pound pavement. But what if the plot has to do with harm to a loved one, or better yet the world? Well then, dammit, the reader will have to decide to stay and kill the freakin’ monster or possibly die … decisions, decisions.


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