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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

G I V E A W A Y: A MEASURED RISK, Light BDSM, Rubenesque 18+ Only



Hello Everyone,
 
It is back to school week on my blog, I will be offering some giveaways to help all the moms out there to adjust to all the quiet and free time.
 
 
. Today's giveaway is for an e-copy of A Measured Risk. (The paperback version is not a part of this giveaway)
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Advisory: This is a BDSM romance. This book contains anal sex, spanking, light bondage, D/s themes and brief F/F touching. This is a work of historical fiction, it is not meant to be an accurate portrayal of or guide to how people recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a work of historical erotic romance, it is also not intended to portray modern BDSM or D/s lifestyles.

 

By reading any further, you are stating that you are 18 years of age, or over.
If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to exit this site.
Copyright © Natasha Blackthorne, 2012
All Rights Reserved, Total-E-Ntwined Limited, T/A Total-E-Bound.






Excerpt from A Measured Risk

“Why did you run away?” His deep voice settled in her belly, rich and warm, like crème brûlée on a cold winter’s night.

“Because I wanted you to follow.” She tried to sound sophisticated and seductive, but her voice choked off on the last word.

Ruel placed his hand on the shelf above her head and blocked her path to the door. His tall, solidly muscled body leaned over her, surrounding her with the sumptuous, sinful scents of tobacco, Scotch whisky and something masculine and undeniably dangerous. A slow, sensual smile stretched his hard mouth.

He appeared different. Softer. More approachable.

At the change, her insides seemed to flip over.

“Well, sweeting, getting us off alone was a very inspired idea.” He touched one of her fallen ringlets. “I am bored to distraction with endless hunting and fencing.”

As he slowly wrapped the curl around two fingers, he brushed her collarbone. Fiery sparks tingled down her spine, so intense that she shivered and her nipples beaded, pressing against her stays. By some instinct she hadn’t even known she possessed, she arched her back, presenting herself for his assessment.

His eyes shone so vividly blue against his bronzed face that they resembled cornflowers. She swallowed tightly and wished for a long drink of claret. This more personal side of him suddenly seemed far more hazardous than his usually fierce exterior.

Well, no matter. There was nothing to fear. She would allow only as much contact as need be to get to know him a little. Since being torn from her lonely yet secure life in Ireland and thrust into society at age sixteen, she’d spent her time allowing people only as near as was comfortable. She was an expert at emotional evasion.
It should be easy to regain her control.

But now, as late afternoon sun rays played over his pale hair, turning it to the colour of winter wheat, all her carefully rehearsed words flew away.

Say something—anything—else he will think you’re a bird-wit.
An intimate smile, one that invited her to play, tugged at his mouth.


“In a situation like this, alone with a gentleman, it’s perfectly normal for a lady to feel some apprehension.” His hushed voice, barely audible above the piano and boisterous singing from down the corridor, accentuated their isolation. He brushed his fingertips over her cheek and his gaze became so piercing that she had to lower her eyes. “She will invariably ask herself if he will try to kiss
 her.”

She jerked her eyes back to his face. God, he couldn’t mean to—Not yet, surely… Peculiar, heated chills swept over her. She tried to take a step back, but found her arse flush against the bookshelf.
He leaned closer; so close that his Scotch-scented breath tickled her face. “And just in case you are wondering, Lady Cranfield—the answer is most assuredly yes.”


She should demand that he put his arm down so she could pass by and leave. She really should. But she couldn’t stop looking at his hard mouth and wondering what it would feel like upon hers. He was so close to her, his breath blew on her lips. If she moved but a fraction, she’d be kissing him.

Kissing him.

Dear God. Her breath began to come very fast and short. Her throat went tight with a suppressed moan.

His eyes burnt as brightly as aquamarines. He looked so fierce. If he kissed her, if he dared… Oh God, it would be so harsh. That cruel-looking mouth could express itself no other way.

Excitement rushed through her, sending tingles to every point of her body, even her toes.

But no, he wouldn’t. Not yet.

He kept leaning closer. He didn’t close his eyes. Instead, he seemed to focus all the harder upon her.

Heart pounding and unable to move away, she braced herself for his assault.

His lips brushed hers, barely. A gossamer caress.

He lifted his head.

It was done.

Ended.

And it hadn’t even begun.

He held her chin, appearing so cool, so unaffected. His kiss had seemed to sear her. An urge to put her fingers to her lips arose in her. She resisted it, for it would give away too much of how she was affected.

Never show your feelings.

He traced his thumb along her lower lip, slowly, deliberately, as he studied her with eyes that now glittered with something powerful and predatory. Heat pooled in her pelvis, low and spreading even lower.

She went weak all over, as if she’d lain in a sunny window seat for too long. Her knees almost buckled. She forced them to lock. To be strong.

It should not have affected her so profoundly. It had just been a peck—not a true kiss at all. William had poured out all of his skill upon her and hadn’t garnered even a tenth of the reaction in her that this man’s peck had.

Ruel traced her jaw line with his fingertips. Unthinkingly, she leaned in to his touch.

“Of course, once he has kissed her, then it’s his turn to wonder…” His voice sounded unnaturally loud to her ears. “How will she respond? Will she withdraw, or can he ignite some hidden fire?”
She sensed that he was toying with her. She’d didn’t understand flirtation—why had she imagined she could carry this ruse off? Was he making advances in order to have a laugh with Francesca and her simpering friends later? Hurt blossomed in her chest. She resented him for that. She ought to feel indignant, superior, uncaring—anything but hurt.


“Please don’t make sport of me.”

She cringed. Was that quavering, pleading voice really hers?

An infinitesimal pause. “Now, why on earth would I do such a thing?” His voice was as smooth as velvet.

“To please your vanity,” she replied, trying to regain her wits.
“Here.” He placed her hand to his chest. The contours of his muscles were hard, powerfully developed. Even more so than she’d expected. His body heat radiated through the satin and, beneath her hand, his heart beat was rapid and strong.


“Is that vanity?” He put a finger under her chin, giving her no choice but to face him. “Is it?” He gentled his grip.

The warmth in his voice settled over her like luscious hot chocolate. Melting her insides to quivering burgoo, rendering her speechless, unable to move.

“My dear, lovely Lady Cranfield, I am going kiss you again.”
Then he touched his mouth to hers, more firmly this time.


Delicious, steady pressure. Her lips trembled and she clutched his lapels. He lifted his head. At the loss, a throaty, pleading moan sounded in her ears. Had it really come from her?

Clearly, now was the time for her to reassert some control over her reactions. To put him at a more comfortable distance.

“Kiss me back.” At the commanding edge in his voice, hot, sweet honey pooled in her belly.

No. Focus.

What had she wanted to ask him? Focus? Dear God, what rubbish. She could scarcely remember her own name, much less anything else. What madness had made her think she could maintain control over him?

He traced her mouth with his tongue. Deliberately; lingeringly. This time she couldn’t hold back a moan. She had grown to dislike it when William kissed her opened mouthed. It had always seemed such an overheated, messy thing. But where was her coldness now? She was burning to know what it would feel like to know Ruel’s full kiss. She had to know—just once—or she would surely die.

Just once. Certainly once wouldn’t hurt.

Tentatively, tremulously, she opened her mouth...




So what happened next? Click the banner below to read the entire first chapter and find out:




Read another excerpt, a Two Part Kiss Scene, Part One: http://natashablackthorneblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-two-part-kiss-scene-erotic-romance.html

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What other people are saying about A Measured Risk:

Five Stars for A Measured Risk From Romance in Review!
"...Yes, I am hopelessly in love with the Earl of Ruel and I don’t care if he’s a fictional character! So, ladies, read at your own risk and don’t say I didn’t warn you. Experience the elegant, and frequently excessive life of the privileged during this romantic era. This story is a bit different than other Regency Era stories you have probably read. The heat level is high and the story has a bit of a twist that makes it fresh and unique. I still don’t want to leave the world of Lady Cranfield and the Earl of Ruel. I need to move on to my next book on my review list, but honestly, I would rather curl up and read this one all over again!..." Review from Romance in Review. Click here to read the entire review: http://romanceinreview.com/2012/07/20/romance-in-review-a-measured-risk-by-natasha-blackthorne/



Five Stars for A Measured Risk From Salacious Reads!



"...you knew this man as dominant as he was, was falling in love with this woman..."

Reviewed by Sharonda


"I loved everything about this story, it was so good. But want I loved most was Jon patience with Anne. He was a strong male lead and very dominant, but his patience with her was just…I can’t even explain it. I mean just reading this story, you knew this man as dominant as he was, was falling in love with this woman...

I haven’t been disappointed with a Natasha Blackthorne historical romance as of yet and I don’t think I ever will be. Her writing always draws me in from beginning to end. There always seems to be this power struggle between her characters. But it always a good struggle, you know? Like I said before, these woman are strong and independent in a time when as a woman you’re not supposed to be, you are suppose to depend on the man. And the men, yes..they are strong and dominant, but they also support their women in everything. These men are written with strength and purpose.
Thank you Natasha for helping me love historical romance once again."

Read the entire review here:
http://www.salaciousreads.com/2012/06/review-request-measure-risk-by-natasha.html



"A Measured Risk is by far my favorite book of Natasha's, although I must admit all of her books have original story plots and extremely exciting sex scenes. A Measured Risk just had a little of everything that I liked and made it into my personal favorites library.

Lady Cranfield has a bookish, logical, and secretly decadent side that made her quite relatable to me. And Ruel? Can we say YUMM. I can…YUMMMMMMMM. This book has light aspects of BDSM, but Ruel has had these proclivities for quite some time.

He slowly introduces this lovely lady into the wonders of being submissive, and through it, he begins to slowly erase her fears. He loses himself in her and she in him. But reality comes crashing back. Will their new-found love survive it? Of course I’m not going to tell you!! I’d rather you find out for yourself!! I loved the historical aspect mixed with the new-age naughtiness. It made this book a truly decadent treat!!!" ~ Nikki of Close Encounters With The Night Kind: http://natashablackthorneblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/trr-erotic-madness-bloghop-erotic.html



Masterpiece! Loved it with a passion
"After reading this I automatically think "Fifty Shades of What"?
If you are a Fifty Shades of Gray fan than you will totally love and adore this book for sure.

Natasha Blackthorne's book's just get better and better. This one is by far the best. It's really a work of art and a total masterpiece for this genre.

This book was so enticing and inviting. Natasha writes real characters in real life situations that you can relate to on my different levels.

Ann, an educated, curvy , full woman, cold on the outside but inside she has passion burning and dying to get out. She is emotionally scarred. She sees Jon as brave and courageous. She wants to ask for his help with her fear of horses and carriages but she gets more than she bargained for. He soon shows her what she has inside herself.

Jon is a sexy, confident, dominate, trustful and honorable man. He is sure of himself and knows what he wants and goes for it. When the luscious Ann gives him a come get me look. He cant help but follow her.

It took me a few days to read this book because I didn’t want it to end. Not only did this book affect my heart and mind but it also affected my body and soul.

Its really going to be hard for me to find a book in this genre to top this one. Its truly amazing.

Sensual, erotic, romantic, steamy, sexy, sweet, arouse, masterful and loving are all the words that come to mind when I think of this book." Reviewed by Dawn Sullivan from Lawrence, Mass, USA, Total-e-Bound product page.

4.5 Nymphs for A Measured Risk from Literary Nymphs Reviews
“I think the author tread a very fine line and did it beautifully... Ms. Blackthorne did a good job with the period background, while giving a peak into the scandalous part of the Regency time period…I am looking forward to reading more of this series.” ~ Amazon Nymph

Giveaway!

To enter to WIN a free E-copy of A Measured Risk, simply make a comment telling me what appeals to you most about this book. (Or you can just say hello.)

By commenting and entering to win, you are affirming that you are 18 or older and have reached the age of majority where you live.
Void where prohibited by law.
 
Contest ends Sept 11, 2012 at 11PM Eastern Time.
I will select one winner from random draw.  
Optional extra entries for all the ways you follow me. Twitter, Facebook, Newsletter, Networked Blogs, or via Email. Please let me know how you follow me in your comment. 
 


Be sure to check out my other Back to School Week Giveaways:


1. A Midsummer's Sin, Erotic American Historical at Coffeetime Romance Forum.

Check Out Natasha Blackthorne's Erotic Historical Romances 

2. Happy Labor Day Giveaway on my blog. Tell me what you do for a living and be entered to win your choice from my epublished works. 










34 comments:

  1. Ooooh, what a steamy excerpt! I like the fact that your heroine is rubenesque instead of the usual slim/slender leads. I'd love to win! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    ehaney578 at AOL dot com

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    1. Hello Elizabeth,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my post. I am glad you like the theme of A Measured Risk. I enjoyed writing it very much. :)

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  2. Natasha I love your work! This looks like another winner. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Carin. :) Your support means a lot.

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  3. Sometimes, in between the romances and thrillers and biographies, you just want some real sex...blunt sex. Not changed for a PG-13 book. Authors like you are what I call the foreplay I don't get at home. ;-)

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    1. Thank you Step. That's a very lovely compliment. :)

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  4. I do love the sound of this book! I love books that contain BDSM, spanking, etc (probably way too much, lol). And I do love that the heroine is curvy (not the so-called perfect slim figure). This book is definitely on my wishlist :)
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Forgot to add that I follow by:
      Twitter (@juneannm), Facebook (June Manning), Networked Blogs (June Manning), Newsletter & Email subscriber.

      Also Pinterest, GFC, and Google+

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    2. Thank you June M. for coming to visit. I am glad you like the theme of A Measured Risk. :)

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  5. Love the excerpt and can´t wait to read more, =)

    best wishes, Linda xo

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  6. I love the excerpt! Everything about your books appeals to me as I have many of them.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and for your support, Yvette. it means a lot. :)

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  7. The excerpt is great and I love the theme :)

    kerryjcj AT verizon DOT net

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    1. Thank you, Kerry, I am glad that it appeals to you. :)

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  8. What do i like about the book? Well, Im a larger lady so this appeals to me on the rubenesque part. BDSM would be nice to read something that is an introduction to BDSM and Im also a history buff. So this book ticks all my boxes.

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    1. Thank you, Kooks, for stopping by to read the excerpt and for the lovely feedback. :)

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  9. Your writing just draws me in immediately. Grey's lady was a great read..loved the strong sexually independent woman and Lady Cranfield seems to be the juxtaposition can't wait to see how she evolves.

    Debi01760@hotmail.com

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    1. Hello Debi,

      Thank you very much for the compliment on Grey's Lady. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it.

      Anne's character is very different from Beth. However, Anne is strong and has been independent in her life, just in another way than Beth. Both heroines experienced emotional neglect in their early lives but they react to it differently.

      Beth found excitement and escape from the dreariness of her daily life through feeling her emotions and erotic desires. She enjoyed following her impulses but only so far as she could get away without those she cared about knowing. This led her to seek clandestine sexual encounters with affluent, handsome men. But she was actually very connected to her family and felt much loyalty to them. It’s only with gentlemen that she’s so self-protective. Wealthy, powerful men excite her, yet she knew from painful experience that despite her beauty, her low birth would preclude a marriage with one of these gentlemen.

      Anne uses her intellectualism as a way to replace relationships with others. She controls her emotions and is actually afraid of her emotional side. She is not connected to family and friends and she seeks to continue that distance for self-protection. Books and the ideas they generate for her are her friends and sole emotional comfort. Now she's suddenly been faced with a situation (the traumatic death of her husband) where she cannot distance herself from the painful memories through intellectualism as she has done in the past. This makes her feel vulnerable in a way that is intolerable to her. She doesn't really understand all the society rules but has her own inner set of values. Being emotionally vulnerable is at the top of her list of things to avoid.

      Thank you so much for the comment. I hope you're having a great Wednesday. :)

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  11. Loved the excerpt. I am sure the book will be awesome as well.

    Love your books, Natasha.

    Gayle

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  12. Sounds Like a great book!! I can't wait to read this! Corgikindlelover(at)gmail(dot)com Thanks for the giveaway

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  13. *waves hi* Great giveaway and it really sounds like a great book! Would love to read it.

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  14. Not working currently but have been working in the national parks.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  15. What an awesome excerpt, Natasha :)
    I LOVE that Lady Cranfield isn't the usual waif type heroine, she is a REAL woman with real curves & issues to deal with and is brazen enough to go after what she wants.

    Mindy :)
    Birdsooong@aol.com

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  16. The excerpt was fantastic and the book sounds fantastic...

    ronnkelly3@aol.com

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  17. Great excerpt.Looks like it'll be a very steamy read.
    Can't wait.The cover is quite pretty also.
    divavixenqueen(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  18. I think what appeals to me the most about this book is the uniqueness of it being an erotic historical romance. I really haven't seen too many like that.

    I also follow you on Twitter, Networked Blogs, GFC, FB :)

    lindsayavalon (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. I loved the excerpt and first chapter. Can't wait to win it :)
    Keep Reading!
    Jodie Pierce
    www.thevampirequeen1.blogspot.com

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  20. Wow, I'm very interested in reading more! If I don't win I'll be back on my own, but I'm feeling pretty lucky. :)

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  21. Love the excerpt and would love to read more, this book sounds great! Definitely my type of book! ;)

    natashangt (at) live (dot) com

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  22. Well, it all sounds good. It's also inspiring. I'm thinking of writing some sexy stuff (maybe not bdsm). Thanks for this!

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