Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Spotlight for Phantom Desire by Houston Havens (Review)

As a big fan of the first book in the Psychic Ménage series I'm thrilled to introduce you to the newly released second installment, Phantom Desire by Houston Havens.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this book along with my impressions of it

It’s awesome to be here with you on your blog today. Thank you for having me. I hope to entertain and intrigue your viewers with my latest book in the Psychic Ménage Series.....

Mind traveler Chandra Lamar is on the run, not only from her post-catastrophic dystopian government but from a past she can’t remember. A psychic vision pushes her to recall her purpose for being, but it’s a ghost that awakens her desires for a life she fears she’ll never have. Both push her to remember the past because it threatens what she wants in the now; the Nodin men.
Andonis Nodin battles to accept his failures. The heavy burden nearly breaks him when he can’t save a loved one from the grim reaper’s grip and questions his desire for Chandra, the woman he blames for the death around him.
Nikias finds true love with Chandra in his arms, but is desperate to stop her from seeking revenge on a mission he knows is a one way trip.
Ortello knows for them to recapture the love they once felt for each other, he must be willing to let her go. But overcoming his obsession to make Chandra his and his alone isn’t easy.
Will Chandra go through with the vengeance in her heart or give it up for love? Who is the powerful woman in her haunting visions and will those revealing apparitions crumble her world with the Nodin clan? Does Chandra find true love in the arms of the Nodin men or does her Phantom Desire forever own her heart?


“Like I said, release me.”
His bottom lip pressed up forcing the corners down as he shook his head. “Sorry. I’m not of mind to do that.”
“What?” she shrieked. Was she wrong or was that sparkle dancing in his eyes delight?
“You’re mine.” A cheeky smirk sliced across his face. “Like it or not.”
Betrayed, Chandra clinched her fist, shaking it at Andonis’ retreating back as he fled to open the door. “Bullshit! Pure bullshit!” She screamed flying off the bed as he stepped out of the room. The minute she grabbed the candlestick holder from the nightstand, he drew the door to within an inch of closing. It was clear he’d guessed her intensions and sought to protect his head from any flying objects coming his way.
“You’re not going, Chandra,” he said from behind the door. “Final word as your husband.”
Nikias stood in the hall listening to all the commotion. He backed up at his brother’s quick exit from the room. A loud thump and then a crash splattered against the closed door. Andonis looked at him with a devilish twinkle in his eye. “Do you think she’s angry with me?”
He felt his brow pull up in amusement. “Just a little. She’ll be even angrier when she finds out you lied about the common-law thing.” He pressed his brow into a tight pinch.
Andonis moved like lightning down the hall.
“Where are you escaping to?” Nikias followed him to the foyer. He watched as Andonis grabbed a shirt and slipped it on while stepping out the front door.
“To have a word with Logan. Keep her busy until I get back.”
“Andonis! Please don’t do this.” He threw his hands up in a pleading gesture. “Don’t leave me with an angry woman who’s seven inches taller than me.”
“You’ll be fine.” He vanished around the corner of the house.



This story picks up right where the previous story ended as Chandra is left dealing with the loss of her lover Ortello and the realization that she had a small part in it by working for a government she now realizes is corrupt.  She's having difficulties dealing with it as he was her first true love and showed her the strength in loving and being loved.  On top of her emotional turmoil is the threat of death to her and her friend Fay from the government for their changing sides.  As if all that weren't enough to keep her life in turmoil there's the intense attraction to and from the Nodin brothers left behind along with the unexpected support of Ortello still looming.

Ms. Havens has crafted an exciting story full of twists and turns, richly developed characters, steamy interludes, and a vividly detailed world being ripped apart by war.  There's a war going on on a sensual level too as the remaining Nodin brothers are dealing with their grief in their own way while trying to deepen their connection to Chandra.  For youngest brother Nikias, he's truly wise beyond his years showing great emotional depth.  Older brother Andonis is full of rage towards himself and even Chandra and desperately wants to take control to keep those he loves safe which Chandra doesn't accept easily in their battle of the sexes.  This battle is intensely erotic as these brothers are super sexy with unique personalities to give a girl everything she wants.  Chandra is a strong-willed woman with revenge on her mind though she can't help being drawn to them and the support and comfort they offer that empowers her even further and puts her even closer to danger.  There's lots of heartfelt and tear-inducing moments along with the steamy interludes though that reflects their deepening relationship that not only empowers Chandra but makes her men the best they can be too.

This is a fast-paced story full of unexpected twists and turns and intriguing revelations about Chandra and Fay with ramifications I can't wait to see played out that sweeps readers along in a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  The plot is intricately woven, hinting at new creatures and myths, but Ms. Havens juggles every aspect masterfully.  The ending culminates in a cliffhanger, but oh what a cliffhanger it is!  I'm now left on pins and needles waiting for more from this cleverly crafted tale that perfectly balances erotica with suspense, sci-fi, and bits of the paranormal to give every reader their heart's desire.  If you haven't yet started reading this series.....well, what are you waiting for?!?

My rating for this is an A.

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


Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.
Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series and numerous articles in literary magazines.


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