Deception, danger, incomparable love – WICKED WHISPERS – erotic historical #WickedWhispers #TinaDonahue #EroticHistorical ADULT
Book 2 Dangerous Desires series
Warrior knights & the women they simply can’t tame
First I have to comment on the cover. It is absolutely gorgeous. This was an absolutely great read. It is the second in a series, but I didn’t feel lost at all while reading it, which is good. However this story is so much a continuation of the first book that it would probably be a good idea to read Loving Lies, so that you could fully get to know all the characters. (Again, it isn’t necessary, but I think that reading the first book might have made the book a bit more enjoyable for me)
This book is a wonderful mixture of history and sexy romance. I loved Enrique and how he wooed Sancha. If you are looking for something different in your historical romance this is a great book to start with.
This story was really delightful, edgy and had me turning the pages of my Kindle faster than I ever expected. This is a story of a fiery romance set with danger and excitement twisted within the plot.
At first, as I began to read “Wicked Whispers,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. It begins with the knowledge that a wealthy nobleman “Enrique” is in love with a girl named “Sancha” and has been for quite some time. In whatever “passions” that were never met to Enrique – given his line to Isabella
“It would appear your sister has never shared my passion,”
Sancha is not interested in marriage – belonging to a man in any way and staying independent to pursue her life’s work as a healer. (Which is already tricky for the time era this novel takes place in.) Avoiding one marriage proposal already, (To Enrique’s brother, Fernando), Sancha’s sister Isabella takes it upon herself for her family and sister to go forward with the arrangement. (And kinda tricks Fernando too!)
As the story unfolds, Sancha takes “refuge” in Enrique’s home after having already hid away in his brother’s castle. It is there the story between Sancha and Enrique and their passionate desire for one another soon begins to unravel.
Rumors begin of Sancha being a witch and Enrique does everything he can to protect the woman he has loved for so long.
I was really impressed by the fantastic character development and the immersive world that Tina created for all of the readers. (And you can’t forget about the steamy scenes!)
You will come to love this novel! (And don’t worry, I hadn’t even known there had been a book before this! This novel really works as a stand alone romance!)
Granted life is busy and we all have a lot to do. Personally, I’m in grad school and have endless piles of thought-provoking, densely written textbooks to go through. So what better way to scape my overwhelming homework than reading, right? LOL But that’s exactly what I do! I take a break from reading by reading some more. It’s always been like this. I tend to balance out ‘heavy’ – those that require a lot of higher order thinking skills – texts with ‘lighter’ ones. You know, the books one chooses just for the fun of it.
When I picked Wicked Whispers up, I thought it would fall into the latter category. I mean, it’s the end of quarter and I have tons of deadlines to comply with. I just needed an easy read to unwind with for a couple of hours. Well, did I pick the wrong book! Wicked Whispers sucked me in from the very beginning and I couldn’t put it down. However, the setting and plot grabbed my imagination in quite an unexpected way. Plus, the topics the book deals with made me pause to reflect on that time period and the many hardships people in general faced back then. I’m a History buff and a feminist so the Inquisition is one of my favorite periods of time; but I hadn’t read anything interesting about it for the longest time so it was a refreshing change.
And have I mentioned the story is HOT and STEAMY? It is and then some. As an avid reader of erotica and an author of erotic books, there’s very little that can still impress me. Tina Donahue’s writing did that! Her style is elegant and appropriate for a historical fiction while keeping the heat on, if you get my meaning. LOL She fleshes out her characters effortlessly and the story flows seamlessly. The main characters – Sancha and Enrique – are multi-faceted, complex, real, and believable. The supporting characters are just as great. What else do you want in a good book, right? Finally, Wicked Whispers is part of a series; however, it’s a stand-alone story. No huge cliffhangers here! Just the way I like it!
I recommend this book to those who like to read well-researched, beautifully- written historical fiction; to those who enjoy a complex erotica story about independent woman and the men who help them keep their freedom.
An awesome and unique historical romance!
I REALLY enjoyed reading this story. While I felt at a disadvantage in the beginning because of all of the references to the previous book, which I had not read, Tina did a wonderful job of explaining the pertinent information and filling in the gaps.
Enrique is absolutely adorable (in a sexy “I know exactly who I want and I want you” kind of way). His devotion to Sancha was so endearing, even while he struggled at times to justify the deeds she did with the social mores of the time.
I admired Sancha and her dedication to her perceived duty of helping others. Again, I think I would have learned much more about her from the first book, which I have on my wish list and will be purchasing shortly 🙂
All in all, this was a wonderful historical romance and I absolutely LOVE Tina’s work!!!
It is the year 1488. The Inquisition and it’s demands torment many of the inhabitants of Spain. While so much revolves around magic and devil worship, only a few find themselves safe from the evils surrounding this time. All had to be careful of what they did and said. Then there were those who spread gossip and fear with rumors of devil worship and magic.
Senorita Dana Sancha defines herself as a healer. She reads and spends copious hours researching cures for various diseases. When anyone falls sick with fever or wounds, she helps them mend. Never does she want marriage where a man can tell her what she can and cannot do, knowing her husband would force her to cease. The only man who can tempt her heart is Enrique.
Enrique de Zayas is the man who she thinks wants to change all of her hopes and aspirations. Yet Enrique falls so in love with Sancha, he is willing to do anything to win her heart and protect her.
Lucinda de Cortes wants to wed Enrique. She will stop at nothing to see the fall of Sancha and herself in the magnificent castle owned by Enrique.
The plot and characters are well developed. The research into the Spanish Inquisition is well done. I loved the descriptions of the clothes, décor in the castle and surrounding areas.
For me Wicked Whispers has a major twist and a surprise ending. I love surprises. I highly recommend this book for all those who love historical romances.
This was a wonderfully enchanting read! Even though this is the second book of a series, the writer does a very fulfilling job of providing plenty of background information on everybody- making it an easily read stand-alone. I’ve never read anything set during the Inquisition time period, so I found Wicked Whispers to be extremely original and entertaining! The writing is of superb quality with very intricate details that form an exquisite picture in my mind while reading. The characters were very complex and realistic with very palpable emotions and unique personalities. And the romance was oh-so-spicy yet delivered with an elegance that made every touch and moan classy! I was completely absorbed with this book and found myself unable to put it down! The trials that Sancha faced during that time period were realistic and really made me feel for her. This was a sweeping story of love, lust, trials, and emotions that was beautiful to partake of! I recommend this book to anybody who has an even slight interest in either historical fiction or romance – you won’t be disappointed!
Follow the heart through darkness…
As the Inquisition gains force, even the faintest rumor can brand one a heretic. In this world it is Sancha’s gift–or curse–to be blessed with the gift of healing. But the villagers are in need of her arts more than ever, and she feels it is her duty to help them at the risk of losing her life. And at the sacrifice of her heart…
Enrique has never wanted a woman as he does Sancha. Determined to have her love, he woos her with exquisite passion, giving her refuge to pursue her healing in secret. But their very desire and escape from the ruthless forces of the world may be their undoing. And together, they must pit themselves against a jealous rival and archaic tradition to secure their place in a hopeful new dawn…
He looked at her. “Never have I met women like you.”
She inclined her head slightly to concede his point. “Now you understand why I said you must find another more in accord with your needs.”
“I want no one but you.”
He’d cupped her face, his thumb skimming her bottom lip. Her mouth tingled. Her breath spilled out on a wanting sigh at the tenderness and desire in his expression.
He reined in his gelding and lowered his mouth to hers.
She couldn’t fight him. Didn’t want to. The night was perfect for love, their attraction too intense, his kiss soft and searching at first then filled with raw male need, his tongue slipping into her mouth.
Sancha sagged against him, suckling his tongue as though she’d been born for the task, loving his clean flavor, his strong caress.
With the reins in one hand, he eased his other beneath her shirt, fingertips grazing her skin, hand cupping her naked breast.
She should have pulled away, told him to stop. Trembling with unbearable need, she opened her mouth even more to his tongue, inviting him to invade her deeply, intoxicated by his scent and strength.
Emboldened by her willing surrender, he dragged his thumb over her nipple, making the tip even harder. She ached for him in a way she couldn’t deny. All her life others had told her how sinful lust was. For her to avoid it at all cost. A woman’s purity was worth more than love. Passion could fade in a moment. Chastity alone proved a female’s honor the same as valor did with a man.
She’d never doubted those truths, having rarely thought of them until now.
Within Enrique’s embrace, she was complete for the first time, even though they had no future. Somehow, this moment and a few others seemed enough. On some level, she knew her sentiments were wrong. A better woman would fight for what was right, denying herself and him.
She gripped Enrique’s thigh, not wanting him to stop. Her touch seemed to excite him even more. He tore his mouth free and lifted her shirt, exposing her breasts to the ebbing moon and night air. The cool breeze skipped lightly against her feverish skin. His mouth was hot and damp on her throat.