Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 4
Troi and Amun—one dominant, the other submissive, both alpha—are possessed by the spirit of Lust. Its dark demands have tested their will every minute of every day for centuries. And they’ve committed deviant, selfish acts to satisfy its unrelenting carnal hunger. But the guilt doesn’t overwhelm them until they meet Oriel. She is their salvation, their peace. They need her. But they don’t deserve her.
Life’s lessons have taught Oriel not to trust anyone, especially gorgeous men who will use anyone for their own satisfaction. Granted, they’re sexy. Charming. Her body responds to their every look and touch. But she can’t—won’t—take a chance on them. Until she discovers she can run away, but she can’t escape the emotions they stir.
As darkness closes in, Troi and Amun’s lives and souls hang in the balance. The beast will consume them if Oriel can’t accept her own dark needs, and trust the two men who have summoned her most decadent desires.
Reader Advisory: This book contains same-gender sex, group sex, and various and sundry other deliciously wicked acts committed by two very naughty boys.
The Reader Advisory seems to imply that only the naughty boys get to have the fun, but don't worry, there's plenty of sex and wicked acts committed by Oriel as well as Troi and Amun. This is the second book in a series, but Tawny Taylor does an excellent job of explaining just enough of what happened in the first book and giving us the information we need to understand this book, without giving too much away.
Troi and Amun chose to take the spirit of Lust into themselves to save humanity from Lust. After centuries of living with Lust, they are in danger of losing their humanity to the dark spirit. Oriel has had bad luck with men in the past. When she meets Amun and Troi, she has a hard time learning to trust them. She has always had a vanilla life, and Troi and Amun are anything but vanilla.
I really enjoyed Tawny Taylor's juxtaposition of scenes in the two parts of the book. When the reader is introduced to the main characters, Oriel is living in a Civil War reenactment and has a job in a sutler's store. She has an innocent, simple outlook, and is living in a simpler time. As she becomes more involved with Troi and Amun, she leaves the reenactment, and returns to modern times. Her outlook becomes less innocent as she learns to accept Troi's and Amun's relationship, and their desire to share her as their lover.
A touch of paranormal, a touch of classic love story, with a lot of wild sex, Lust's Temptation was a great read!
5 Tea Cups!