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January 11, 2013

Tour Stop Review + Giveaway : Three Stages of Lust: Love by T.C. Anthony

Series: Three Stage of Love 1
Format: Paperback (from T.C.)
Excerpt
Release Date: November 28, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Tour Host: Smith Publicity
Evangeline Chase is standing at the edge of a crossroad. After choosing to be blissfully ignorant for far too long and willfully ignoring what her life has been lacking, fate is about to intervene. When Alexander Mason, a striking and powerful venture capitalist, is introduced as her new boss, Eva is overwhelmed by an intoxicating cocktail of hormones and lust that leaves her struggling to maintain her composure and more importantly, control of her life.

With an undeniable urge to dominate her new boss, her own lust-filled fantasies lead to a transformation that shakes her to her core. But when Alexander challenges Eva to satisfy her carnal urges, she is forced to choose between her career, her desires, and an unconventional and lustful relationship. Consumed by fear and forced to maintain control at all costs, Eva must decide if having it all is worth risking her career, her world, and possibly, love.
ADVISORY: Due to the strong sexual content, this book is recommended for readers 18 and up. 

Finally, an erotica novel where the characters are kinky but normal and imperfect but not damaged. Like what T.C. Anthony mentioned in her interview, the genre is saturated and nowadays when someone says erotica we immediately think BDSM or tortured souls. Well THREE STAGES OF LOVE: LUST is kinky, explicit and naughty and as the story is heroine-centric as opposed to all those damaged Alpha billionaires we can't get enough of, it's something you probably haven't read before. Lived maybe but definitely not read.

Eva and Alex love story is insta-lust and not insta-love. The tension between them is palpable from the moment a drunk Eva literally landed on Alex's lap on her birthday, promising him mind blowing sex which remained unfulfilled. For days Eva kept on fantasizing about the dark and handsome stranger she met at the club and as fate would have it, Alexander Mason turned out to be Eva's new boss. Tricky but their attraction to each other is so great not even an office scandal or a possible sexual harassment case can pry these two off each other.

And like any new couple these two had a lot of crazy monkey sex, trying out different things, showing off their skills in the boudoir, proving that each is the best lover the other probably has or will ever had. I find Eva's pre-coital production to be both amusing, sexy and familiar. She would dress up in sexy lacy lingerie to seduce her man, creating an ambiance, introducing bedroom toys to spice things up and heighten their sexual experience. Alex as expected is a very gorgeous, attentive and giving lover, giving Eva what she craves and needs with so much skill it'll be difficult not to fantasize about the man!

Aside from being highly skilled in the sheets, Alexander Mason is the guy you'd be proud to take home and introduce to your Grandma. He's gorgeous, smart, very successful, financially flushed and smells like Burberry. He may have been vanilla before he got involved with Eva but his eagerness to please and satisfy her trumped any uncertainty he might have about using sexual props. The man is sensitive without being sappy, protective but not overbearing and he treats Eva as his equal and with such respect he's nothing but The Perfect Boyfriend. Now I might be speaking too soon but from his characterization in THREE STAGES OF LOVE: LUST, Alex is no damaged, kinky hero who can only get off when pain is involved, nor does he exhibit any soul shattering experience that messed him up like the other kinky billionaires we've met before. The only sob story he shared was spending time at the orphanage but other than that, Alex is a very healthy and virile male. In fact it's Eva who seemed to be the more dominant of the two.

Evangeline Chase. Now this girl is a firecracker and some might even call her a witch spelled with a capital B because she is the female version of your Alpha jackass. I think it's fair to say that Eva is a little hard to like, she's ambitious, drunk with success, confident, uncompromising and a cold, calculating career woman through and through. Though she's a very loyal friend and fairly a good daughter but as far as relationships go, she's a Maneater and considers sex as something recreational, a physiological need that has to be met on a regular basis. She's not keen on keeping relationships nor does she want a family, her priority lies on her career and making a name for herself in the financial world. I, for one, actually love Eva, true she may be all that but at the same time she's a breath of fresh air from all the sweet subs saturating the genre. Her controlling Type A personality is clearly a facade, she's so guarded her walls are thicker than the Great Wall of China. I actually find her character realistic and relatable because it's either we are Evas ourselves or we know someone who is version of her. 

The character blueprint one usually finds in romantic novels is completely reversed here which I think is one of the reasons why I love the book and why some people might find Eva abrasive and hard to like. While Alex is sweet, loving and romantic, Eva is a commitment-phobe, she's not in it for the long haul, she'll stick around while its still fun but the moment the scent of love and relationship fills the air, her flight reflex kicks in. It's a great strategy to avoid heartbreak but she's met her match in Alex because no matter how hard she tried, Alex managed to melt the ice encasing her heart. Clearly I love the romance development and the career driven parts of the story, but no book is perfect and there are only two things that didn't really work for me: (1) Alex giggles - I'm sorry but when I see the word giggle I think of a girl wearing a plaid skirt and pigtails; and (2) the conflict is a little shallow and/or Eva is just a drama queen. I think it's both. The guy whisks you away to Bora-Bora, full disclosure, and you blame him for something he has no control over is plain bananas!

But despite these, I love, Love, LOVE THREE STAGES OF LOVE: LUST by T.C. Anthony, it's a story written by a woman for women and it's something I highly recommend romance readers take the time to read. The characters are delightful and Eva in particular is very layered and multi-dimensional. Some women might hate her others might admire her iron clad resolve but I definitely think you'll find a piece or two of yourself in Eva regardless because her story is every woman's story especially those who had, have and are aspiring to have a career. A definite must-read.
Favorite Quotes
Yup, I'm a cynic at best! Truth is, I still adore [Emily]Griffin and [Nicolas] Sparks as authors, but I'm just too cynical to believe that their plots could ever be possible.

To the love that will find you when it's time, and to the strength and courage you'll need to accept it with an open mind and open heart.

Your wanting it all, your unwillingness to try, your fear of having to sacrifice anything for it: you are fooling yourself into thinking that this is protection. 

I resisted giving myself the release of losing the control. Love is uncontrollable, and I was all about control!

Men jump and then look down to see the fall. But women... Woman measure the fall, evaluate the fall, time the fall; we plan it to the point where there is no more thrill in falling.

Do you know why you are so certain that fairy tales don't exist, Ms. Chase? It is because you are so fucking good at erasing them the minute you see something magical coming from a distance.



We are giving away two digital copies of Three Stages of Lust: Love by T.C. Archer.
This is an International Giveaway

Good Luck!

59 comments:

  1. At this point anywhere outside of the Texas boarders! It has been so many years since I have left I don't care where I go as long as it is not here!

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    1. I hope you gt your Michelle needed vacation soon!

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  2. Plain bananas?? lol

    This sounds great. I'm so tired of characters that are so damaged that I need therapy just from reading about them.

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    1. Haha! You are so right about that. I might be speaking too soon but I hope they stay "normal".

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  3. I would love to visit Scotland one day. I've read so many good books set there that I am inspired to see the place!

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  4. I actually keep a list of my top 10 destinations at my desk at work. One day I hope to get to all of them. I have traveled a lot, so while my number one is Australia, it's because I have already hit some awesome places.

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    1. Me too! Aside from how exotic the continent it, the people are real good looking.

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  5. Alex sounds great, and I am interested about Emma.
    Not entering giveaway, just wanted to say hey.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. Thanks for stopping hy Braindi. I know this isn't exactly your genre but thanks for checking it out.

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  6. Maybe Hawaii! I've always wanted to go there! Thanks!

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  7. I'm greedy and I don't have a dream destination. I plan to travel the world.
    Ok, you sold be this book Braine. After fifty all erotica seem to have taken a turn towards BDSM. This will be a breath of fresh air.

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    1. Who doesn't want to travel the world? Money is the only problem.

      Yes, I loved this, it's familiar but so different.

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  8. I am super excited to read this trilogy!

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  9. This sounds hot and cute..thanks for sharing this one Braine!

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    1. Alex is cute but Eva not much. Thanks for stopping by Kimberly!

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  10. oh, I'm going to have to try this one out. I love the sound of it & I loved the review Braine!

    Have a great weekend

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    1. Please do and I hope you like it. Happy Weekend Sexxy Momma!

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  11. So I probably definitely shouldn't read this lol! So I skimmed over this one a little bit, but I'm glad it was erotic and the characters sound absolutely AWESOME! Alexander sounds absolutely hot ;P

    Great review!

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    1. Hahaha AWKWARD! You're growing up right before our eyes, it won't be long before you start reading books like this... although I don't think your mom & dad will like that.

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  12. The book itself sounds interesting, which is why I am entering this giveaway. But I just wanted to say that this review is amazing!!! Very well written!!

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    1. Thanks you Delilah, I'm happy to see you approve.

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  13. I have quite a few places I would love to go but my top 3 are Venice, Antigua and Greece

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  14. I would love to go to Hawaii...just out of Australia would be great!!!

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    1. Those places are beautiful, I would want to go too!

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  15. New Zealand- I can't imagine a more beautiful place to visit. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Gosh! After LOTR I am dying to visit that country!

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  16. I always wanted to go to Egypt... Their history really fascinates me... But I also want to go to Greece, France, mostly European locations...

    Thank you for this chance!!!

    P.S. I think this was your longest review I ever read... Nice by the way... =)

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    1. LOL I do my best to keep my reviews short but there's so much to say about Eva. Sorry if I took too much of your time.

      Egypt: My son wants to go here, I promised him I'll take him there before the world ends or I die, whichever is first.

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  17. Thanks for the awesome review and giveaway! I"d have to say somewhere warm and sunny :)

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    1. If I could live in Hawaii or some other tropical paradise I totally would!

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  18. Scotland - historical, ruggedly beautiful, men in kilts and HELLO - that accent - meow!
    Thanks for the great post and giveaway.
    kitcat76(at)hotmail.com

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    1. I think I can get off with the accent alone LOL

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  19. I'll say Bermuda. I would love to see a tropical destination with a reputation for paranormal activity. Who knows, I may meet my dream wereman!

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    1. Good luck & if you meet one, ask him if he has a brother or cousin or friend and hook a sister up!

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  20. I couldnt entet rafflecopter bc everxtime it thinks im setting up a contest. Ive talked to the guys and they just cant fix it. I would love to go to Texas (Sea World. Lol). I have never had the chance to travel. Now that i can, no money. Paris, dying to see the eiffel tower at night. Im a hopeless romantic. Hawaii, anything past Vegas. Although, Coronado Beach, San Diego is great. I would be happy to go anywhere, Mexico.

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  21. My dream destination is definitely Italy. I can't wait to visit some day.

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  22. Paris in the springtime. I can only dream at this stage.

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    1. You're not alone, we are a bunch of dreamers here :)

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  23. Oh there is a kinky but normal , not damaged characters out there...yeah!!! I have this to read too. Now you want me to read this uber soon!!

    Miss B I am old enough to read this one...yes!!! Awesome review!! I love you suped it up! I know when you supe it it's gonna be awesome!!

    Woot!!

    xx

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    1. Yes! We finally got some kinky but normal people! Woot!

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  24. My dream destination is Scotland. I don't think it comes as such a surprise knowing my love of highlander books. lol ;) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. If you have scottish blood, maybe you can trace your clan & get yourself your clan plaid. :D

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  25. Paris! I know it's not original, but I'd just love to go there!

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    1. Me too! I want to gorge on authentic french dessert & annoy people with my faux accent :P

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  26. My dream destination is Europe, all over, Paris, London, Lichtenstein, Vienna, Holland, Oslo ...

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    1. Great list and very romantic places too :)

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  27. My dream destination right now would be Hawaii....I went right after I graduated and didn't get to see much so I really want to go back over 20 years later!!!

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  28. Awesome review, Honey! I'd been wondering about this one for a while, but I'm going to go find myself a copy right now!
    Thanks for sharing, Chica! =D

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    1. You are welcome! I hope you get a copy, I'm curious to see what you'll think about Eva.

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  29. Hi Braine,
    You already know my point of view about the control freak, throwing insane tantrum, who need to grow up...But I really liked the objectivity of your review. You make me think that maybe I overreact writting about Eva! Oups...

    And if you want to visit Paris one day, feel free to stop by my home. My coffee will give you some energy (way too black!) and I my chocolat cookies are killers!

    As for me, I plan to travel to Japan one day and probably went to ogle someone well built surfers abs in Australia too!

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    1. Yup and it's all good. I love the "discussion" over the book between us.

      I'll take you up on that Paris offer! While you're making cookies, can you make some French Macaroons too?! LOL

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  30. I really want to go to Maine. Not really sure why, I've just always wanted to go there :)

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  31. Seychelles!

    tess_halim(at)hotmail(dot)com

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