Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Tour for Intimate Desires by Celeste Carrara (Review & GIVEAWAY)

We're ending the week on a steamy note with the older woman/younger man-themed Intimate Desires by Celeste Carrara.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this super steamy read along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to leave a comment stating your opinion on this kind of relationship for the chance to win a $15 Amazon GC!

Stephanie is almost forty and her life hasn’t turned out the way she planned. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to give up and wallow in her misfortunes. She has fantasies, wild fantasies and she decides it’s time to make them come true. Lucky for Stephanie, she has four hot tenants that are anxious to satisfy her needs.
It was supposed to be one night of pleasure. Mark soon realizes he can’t get enough of his landlord, Stephanie. He doesn’t care about their age difference, or what others will say. Mark will do whatever it takes to make her see they are meant to be regardless of the obstacles that lay ahead. He will fight for her because that’s what you do… you fight for the one you love.


They showered and held each other, naked in her bed. It felt so good to be with a man that way again. Until then, she hadn’t realized how much she truly missed a man’s arms around her, and the feeling of safety and security it provided. The way he nuzzled into her neck as he held her, the way his breath tickled her ear, the way his leg dragged her close to him as he cuddled into her. He cared for her. She could feel it. A year ago, it would’ve overwhelmed her. She hadn’t been ready then, but Stephanie was ready now. She had ignored the need in her for too long. She let herself get caught up in her losses and neglected her basic needs. She wanted Mark. Plenty of women dated younger men, why not her?
“Goodnight, beautiful, and thank you for an unbelievable night.”
“Goodnight Mark, and thank you for giving me exactly what I needed.”
He smiled at her and kissed her lips and watched her until sleep took over.



As a woman in her forties I was immediately drawn to this story and the decadent delights it portrays.  It's a steamy read from start to finish with a fantasy feel to it as the heroine ends up having all her desires met when four young men move into her home.  These young men are randy, sexy, and attracted to her and drawn to her youthful body and attitude.  From that moment on we combine sensual fun along with a burgeoning relationship between the heroine and one of the young men that culminates in a HEA with virtually no big misunderstandings to get in the way.

Stephanie is reeling from losing her job and her husband and to make ends meet she's decided to rent her house to four young men whose pictures she's attracted to and who inspire a sense of safety in her.  Upon their arrival her life will never be the same again as she experiences a sexual awakening with all four of them at first, but later on one of them stakes a claim that leaves her giddy as a school girl.  Being with these young men builds her self-esteem and inspires her to start her own business as her self-confidence blossoms throughout the numerous sexual interludes.  The age difference is an issue for her but she doesn't dwell on it as the feelings Mark inspires in her are too important to lose.  She embraces their mutually intense bond and ignores those who look down on them.  She's a strong-willed woman not afraid to voice what she wants both in and out of the bedroom and she's easy to admire.

Mark and the other young men are super sexy with the usual college boy demeanor and language.  Each man is distinctive in their looks and what they desire in the bedroom, but they're all attracted to Stephanie and have a plan to seduce her as they're in agreement that her needs are all that's important.  He wants more though and tells her early on of his commitment to her.  He's a gentleman to her in public and insatiable in bed, but they spend a lot of time talking which helps readers understand their connection.  He feels that Stephanie makes him a better man and being with her has him wanting to make her proud of him and to that end he becomes a stronger student and works more hours to prove he can take care of her.  He has no problem with their age difference and often has to convince her of its unimportance too.  He's a charming young man and Stephanie's lucky to have him....darn her!

Their age difference was occasionally brought up but it wasn't a big barrier to their relationship.  The other characters were equally okay with it except for Mark's mother who was a bit nasty early on but everyone came together in the end as they respected Mark's choice as he was a man and knows what a man wants.  There are numerous sexual interludes, one group scene and then smaller couplings, throughout the story with each being intensely erotic.  I wish there had been a bit fewer of these scenes though as they began to overwhelm the story and slowed the stories overall momentum.  The ending was a bit abrupt and I felt it left some things hanging as well.  Overall though I found this a decadently delightful read with immensely appealing characters.  It's every older woman's fantasy and it made for an entertaining afternoon!

My rating for this is a B.

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Celeste Carrara grew up in New York City where she spent her days exploring all of its amazing treasures. Her writing started as a teen when she turned her heartache into poetry. From then on, she found a love for reading romance novels as well as books in other genres such as paranormal, mystery, poetry, thrillers and more. Celeste never dreamed that one day she would be lucky enough to become a full-time writer.
After having a dream that she couldn’t get out of her head, Celeste decided to put that story on paper. She was amazed at how fast her pen flew with the help of her characters leading the way. The result was book one in her Paranormal City series, Give Me Forever. A paranormal erotic romance based in her favorite city, New York.
Celeste has been on an amazing journey and has self published four additional books in her series. Recently, she tried her hand on new genres that produced two novellas, an erotic romance and a new adult contemporary romance. She spends her days writing in her office in her home in New York that she shares with her husband, and their two children. She has no plans on stopping and is currently working on the next novel in her Paranormal City series.  



Celeste will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

-To be entered, LEAVE A COMMENT STATING YOUR OPINION ON YOUNGER MAN/OLDER WOMAN RELATIONSHIPS, along with your email addy (no email=no entry).
-Winners will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more you comment the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends TONIGHT (3/28) at 11:59 PM CST!


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today! I especially want to thank you for your fantastic review! It made me very happy, thank you :)

    1. Thank YOU for stopping by Celeste and I look forward to your next release!

      The Scarf Princess

  2. Great review Jody~ thanks for sharing!

  3. Nice review

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  5. I'm quite OK with a younger man older woman relationship. So long as it doesn't verge on creepy.


  6. It depends how young as there is a rule that you can date someone 7 years younger than you but thats the youngest you can go. However, once you get older you don't seem to notice the age gaps.