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Series: Psychic Ménage #2
Published by Other Genres: BDSM, Erotic Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Romance
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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 the one he loves from the grim reaper’s grip; he 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?
After reading Sinful Surrender, the first book in Houston Havens’ Psychic Ménage series, I couldn’t wait to sit down and dive into the second book, Phantom Desire. Now that I have read it, I have something I’m dying to tell Ms. Havens – “WTF! How could you? You pulled me into this amazing world, broke my heart and put it back together, and then you leave me with that ending? Are you trying to kill me? I hope that you are writing the third book right now or I may have to become one of those super crazy stalkers who will haunt you until the book is done.” Thank you for allowing me to get that off my chest.
Phantom Desire picks up right where Sinful Surrender left off except now the book focuses on Fay’s best friend, Chandra. When I first began reading, I found myself shaking my head in confusion. I wasn’t sure what was going on but eventually realized that this was the point. Ms. Havens’ brilliantly put me into Chandra’s mindset and her own confusion after the death of a loved one. Once Chandra realized what was happening, then as the reader, I too finally understood.
There was so much emotion on every page of this book as Chandra and her lovers, Nikias and Adonis, had to deal with grief and guilt. Every thought they had, every tear they shed, was so authentic that I forgot I was reading about fictional characters. It was so sad to see the trio let their misunderstandings come between them. Guilt is such a powerful emotion and yet frustrating at the same time. I was never sure if I wanted to hug these characters or slap them, but I never stopped caring about them.
What amazed me about both books in the series, is how vested I was in the non-romance part of the story. I don’t typically enjoy paranormal, yet I was mired so deep in the ongoing battle between the Dirt Dwellers and the Airbornes that I could have cared less what genre the book identified itself as. The mystery and suspense pulled me in further into the story which is why when I reached the ending I screamed at my e-reader. I refuse to spoil the fun for you, so let’s just say that you need to read this book and read it as soon as possible.
Ms. Havens’ ability to write the romance, the passion, the mystery and the paranormal equally is quite the gift. She is able to perfectly blend all of the aspects into a story that flows so naturally you will completely lose track of time while you are reading. The mystery will keep you turning the pages, the sci-fi will get your creative juices going, and the passion will get other juices going.
I do not recommend reading Phantom Desire without reading Sinful Surrender first. This series is more of a continuing drama and therefore you will need all the pieces to understand the complete puzzle. And now that Ms. Havens has shown the reader another piece of the puzzle, I am counting down the days until the third book is available. If Ms. Havens knows what’s good for her, then she won’t make me wait too long. I can be a very annoying stalker!