Thursday, July 8, 2010

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Perhaps Love by Madison Blake

ISBN 978 14199 16113 (ebook)
ISBN 978 14199 58663 (Erotic Emerald anthology paperback)
Series: Gem Immortals, Book 1
Genre: Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance
(c) May 2008, Ellora's Cave, Jasmine Jade Enterprises

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Link (ebook): Jasmine Jade Enterprises
Buy Link (Erotic Emerald anthology trade paperback): Jasmine Jade EnterprisesBook Depository

"Great love story, hot sex scenes. Not to be missed!"

Esmeralda desperately needed the Life-Bringer, purported to be a magnificent emerald, to cure her sister of a lingering illness. For this, she travelled to seek Orin, the Emerald Immortal, said to be the keeper of the gem. She was willing to pay any price he asked for the chance to make her sister well again.

The story is very simple and I could almost predict the way the events would turn out. Well, from the moment Orin made his demands known, that is. This being an erotic romance, it was a no-brainer to guess what would ensue. However, I was pleasantly shocked at the twist toward the end. Did I mention that I love twists in my books?

Oh, did I also mention that it was hot? Scorching! Not only that, but I can empathize with Orin at the final scene wherein he agonizes about Esmeralda's return. Being lonely for so long (and I mean long, like a thousand years or more) and having Esmeralda for such a short time yet realizing just what she meant to him, his agony and tormented hope at this crucial stage in this life is in line with his character and experiences thus far.

Great love story, hot sex scenes. I love that there's a sequel (Pleasure Trap, which is now available), and I hope Ms. Blake will continue to write about this world. Looking forward to more Gem Immortal stories.

Perhaps Love can also be found in the Erotic Emerald anthology (print).

Reviewed by Shana

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Thanks to Madison, we have three print copies of the Erotic Emerald anthology for an international giveaway! She's also giving out two card decks that has all those luscious covers on the backs of the cards. The card decks are usually given out at book conferences, so if you win, you'll have one set without stepping foot outside your house! That's five prizes in total!

How to Enter:

1. Comment here or in the next posts (until July 12).
2. If you've nothing to say, check out Madison's website and tell her which among her books caught your eye and why. Or, if you've read her books before, which you love the most and why.

Note: If you don't comment here or in the posts from July 8 to 12, you aren't fulfilling the basic requirement, which means you aren't entered into Madison's contest.

Additional Chances to Win:

1. Each time you spread news of this contest earns you one point as well. Be sure to come back and give us the link of your tweet or announcement.
2. Follow us! Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, Good Reads. Each "follow" earns you one point. (Old followers are automatically entered.)
3. Join Madison's newsletter: . It's a low volume, bi-monthly (that's once in two months) mailing list.

Contest Duration: July 8 to 12 (up to 12 midnight EST)

Contest Announcement: July 13

Winners will be picked via Instructions will be given then on how to claim your prize, so be sure to come back and check because we won't hunt you down. If prizes are unclaimed after 3 days (by July 16), new winners will be chosen.


Carol L. said...

Just wanted to stop by and check out Madison's book. Went to website and have Playing For Real on my TRL.
I'm a GFC follower ad a follower on Good reads and subscribe to the newsletter. I also love the blurb above for Perhaps Love.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L.

Tamsyn said...

That was a great review. Congrats and please count me in for the contest.
I checked out Madison's website and love Pyschic Heat. The excerpt was great!

International reader/newsletter subscriber/newbie GFC

Madison Blake said...

Carol L, thanks for dropping by. Playing for Real was such fun to write and I hope you have the same fun in reading it. Glad you loved Perhaps Love, because it has a special place in my heart since it was my first published story.

Tamsyn, thanks for joining my newsletter. We have a special ongoing story and author interviews only for newsletter subscribers. A lot of readers have told me they enjoyed that. Psychic Heat is set in a futuristic setting, my first, and it was interesting to develop the world, the language, even the customs and culture. I may delve into it again in a sequel, but so far there's no plans yet. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading it.

Lizz said...

just came by to check out the contest and I love your blog. I will we keep coming back.

jeanette8042 said...

Awesome contest, this sounds like an interesting read!

FB follower/Jeanette Juan

Stacey Smith said...

Looks good and I went to your page and I say i would love to read your Psychic Heat book.Looks hot!
I'm A Follower
I blog about this on my Blog on my myspace here is the link


lindseye said...

Have a couple of Madison's books but not this one and I will be getting it when I get the next one. I hate reading books in a series out of order.

Babyblue22 said...

Madison's got some great stories! and really hot excerpts!
Thanks for the contest, I'm a follower & joined Madison's newsletter.

Erotic Horizon said...

Ok - I see what it is now..

Simply enough plotline and sweet romance - Me like alot...

Thanks ...


Madison Blake said...

Lindseye, I also hate reading a series out of order. Definitely read Perhaps Love first, then Pleasure Trap. Esmeralda and Orin from Perhaps Love made an appearance in Pleasure Trap, so I'm sure you'll enjoy the visit with them in the second book.

Thanks, Babyblue. I aim to please. :)

E.H> Be sure to give me feedback when you've read it. I love hearing from my readers. :)

BronnyD said...

I found out about the contest on a Goodreads thread. Very happy to have found you!

Madison Blake said...

Thanks, BronnyD. Hope you enjoy the excerpts here. If you want more, you can go to my website. I've got an ongoing free read there, although it's up to the 2nd installment only for now.

aromagik said...

I LOVE books from Ellora's Cave -- you're guaranteed a fantastic read!

I'm a follower (Facebook, GFC, FeedDemon) and I posted a link on my blog:


Mary Preston said...

I went for a stroll through Madison Blake's website & was struck with all the delicious covers. I discovered a treasure trove of reading.

Madison Blake said...

Aromagik and marybelle, thanks!

Sara said...

I would so love to visit Esmeralda and Orin again. I hope I can read about their life after the events in Perhaps Love. Definitely getting Pleasure Trap!

Barbara Palermo said...

You're right, this book should not be lost, thanks for the review!

debbie said...

That was a great review. It sounds like a good book. The cover alone was enough to make me want to read it.

Mystee said...

This sounds like a great book...I'd love to add it to my collection of reviews on my blog

I'm a new GFC follower of your blog

Added your on FaceBook, GoodReads and Twitter

I also signed up for the newsletter

majik.of.mystee (at)

Madison Blake said...

Sara, Barbara, debbie, Mystee, thanks for dropping by. Yup, the cover is awesome, isn't it?

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