Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review/Giveaway - Demon of Envy (Gods of Love #5) by Jennifer Lynne


                                                                  Published May 24th 2014
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Phthonos, god of envy and jealousy, has been given a second chance at life and love in the mortal realm. He is desperate to make up for the mistakes of his past. But is Thon more demon than god? And if the demon Envy wins out, how will this lonely god ever find room in his heart for love?

Olivia is an ordinary woman living an ordered life, but at thirty-two true romance appears to have eluded her. Everywhere she looks people are in relationships or falling in love, but her career as an administrator and her charity work are enough to keep the demon of envy at bay.

Or so she thinks…until the moment he turns up on her doorstep with a demand that rips her life and her heart wide open and leaves her at risk of eternal torment.

DEMON OF ENVY is the fifth novella in the GODS OF LOVE series, but each story is designed as a stand-alone with the Greek gods of desire as a common theme. The series can be read in any order.



The need to engulf her with everything raging inside flooded over him with such force he went super-still. Get it under control. The darkness was too all-consuming, and she couldn't withstand him if he lost it. She was so delicate and easy to break, despite that elusive core of inner strength, and he had to remember at all times to hold himself back.

She was human. She was fragile. And she was about to become his if he could only control his demon long enough to keep her safe.

He shucked off his T-shirt and threw it to one side, before moving forward to take over from her fumbling fingers. "With pleasure." Remember. Do it slowly. He managed to release two more of the tiny buttons before a waft of her perfume teased his nostrils. It was a musky scent that reminded him of hot nights and seductive need, so long-forgotten that its sudden effect on his
senses blasted his self-control to pieces. With a groan that rattled his throat on the way out he grabbed the two sides of her blouse and yanked them apart, the remaining three buttons flying off in all directions with a ripping pop, pop, pop.

"Oh!" Her gorgeous mouth formed into a round of surprise. He clutched at her wrists before she could cover her breasts, then released them slowly when he felt her peak of embarrassment begin to subside.

"No! Don't ever cover yourself when you are with me. I must look at you." She was solidly proportioned, with more flesh than was the current fashion, judging by what he'd seen in his brief time back here. But he liked it better when there was something substantial to hold onto.

His fingers trembled as he traced around first one large globe then the other. Her skin was so white he could see the blue network of veins peeking through from beneath. Her life force, so close to the surface. So tantalizing.

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I certainly wouldn't mind having Thon as an inner demon! And I don't think I'd be seeking the services of an exorcist anytime in the foreseeable future. Demon of Envy was a scrumptious morsel of a book that really made me want to delve deeper into Jennifer Lynne's world of Aphrodite and her sons. I really, really wanted to read more about Thon and Olivia and the reason I didn't give Demon of Envy the full five stars was because I wished that a tiny bit of the erotic content had been devoted to more of the character development. Not that I didn't truly appreciated the skillful hand that painted such smokingly erotic moments, but I developed a fixation on Thon. (Covers can really influence my mindset!)

Thon was the epitome of my idea of the perfect male lead, damaged and fighting his own innate nature to be worthy of a love he so desperately desires. In addition, look at the cover, I mean REALLY..... Dude is drop dead gorgeous. He also retained a smidgen of boyishness that was just too cute.

Olivia was a wonderful choice for Thon's female counterpart and so unique. She was REAL. Olivia was not model thin or gorgeous and she had issues. The insecurity issue of both characters was a MAJOR stumbling block and added quite a bit of drama and tension. For such a quick read, the emotional barometer gets quite the workout. I could easily have done with another two - three hundred pages of this book and been utterly satisfied. As it was it was like a hit of literary coke, a fast hard hitting high that ended way too quickly.

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Jennifer Lynne lives in Melbourne, Australia, and writes short contemporary erotic romance, mostly with paranormal/fantasy elements. When she’s not writing what her family and friends call “porn for chicks” and what she prefers to call “super-hot romance for intelligent readers”, she is working in the admin day job, running around after two teenage daughters and trying to
find time for her lovely new husband.

Jennifer is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press. Over the past two years she has also embarked on an indie journey with the publication of her GODS OF LOVE romance series featuring erotic Greek gods and modern-day mortals in need of sexual healing.



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Jennifer Lynne said...

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Sebella, and very glad you enjoyed Demon of Envy. I LOVE Thon too, and that cover (done before the story) was actually my inspiration for his character development :)

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Enchanting Reviews said...

I really love the look of the cover. Those green eyes make the cover pop. Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

i have to admit to loving this series! if you haven't given it a try i would recommend it :D

Rita Wray said...

I like the excerpt.

Jennifer Lynne said...

Hi Amy
Thon's eyes on the cover are amazing, aren't they? Thanks so much for your comment.

Hi Angela
So glad you are enjoying the Gods of Love series. Each of the stories is stand-alone so readers can jump in at any point. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Rita
Thanks for your comment. Happy you enjoyed the excerpt :)

Nanee said...

Great giveaway, love the cover of the book...

Alexisa said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and love the cover.

Jennifer Lynne said...

Hi Nanee
Thanks for your comment - and glad you love the cover. I do too! :)

Hi Alexis
Thank you for stopping by - I'm pleased you enjoyed the excerpt from Demon of Envy.

Mary Preston said...

Loving this cover.

Lee Todd said...

great review!

tracie2667 said...

I loved this book

Jennifer Lynne said...

Hi Mary
I love the cover too - a great representation of my demon hero, Thon :)

Hi Lee
Thanks for your comment!

Hi Tracie
So glad you enjoyed Demon of Envy :)

Thank you all for stopping by the tour so far.

Sandy said...

Congrats Jennifer. Loved Demon of Envy and whoa-love the cover !!!

Alexisa said...

I love meeting new authors. This book sounds great.

Jennifer Lynne said...

Hi Sandy,
Thank you! So glad you loved Demon of Envy. And I love that cover too - the gorgeous image was part of my inspiration for the development of my tortured hero, Thon :)