Title: Awakened by a Kiss
Author: Lila DiPasqua
Genre: Historical Romance/ Erotic
Awakened by a Kiss is the first book in Lila DiPasqua's Fiery Tales Series. In it you'll find three well-known fairytales with an erotic twist.
Sleeping Beau: Adrien d’Aspe, bastard son of Louis XIV, cannot forgot the one night affair he had years ago with Catherine de Villecourt. He remembers it almost like a dream, it was so long ago. But luck is on his side, since the lovely Catherine will be a guest at the same chateau and he will finally find the opportunity to confront her.
Catherine can't believe that Adrien is the King's son. And even worse, she knows he will want revenge after her maid drugged him in order for Catherine to have her way with him those five years ago. She needed a quick tumble in order to rid herself of her virginity - instead she found a handsome stranger who has starred in all her dreams since.
Little Red Writing: Nicholas de Savignac is one of infamous Musketeers but is more commonly known as "le loup" or "the wolf" since he will stop at nothing to catch the bad guy. His current mission is to find the author of illegal publishing's that depict some of France's male aristocracy in an unfavorable light. His investigation has led him to the Comtesse de Cottineau's doorstep. There he meets Anne and her two sisters and he is quite certain one of the women residing in this household is the authoress he is searching for.
While Nicholas sneaks around searching for clues his feelings for Anne evolve from attraction to what may possibly be love. But could he forgive himself for sleeping with the enemy or will he turn the girls in?
Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel wants Tristan de Tiersonnier. And as the king's favorite daughter she is used to getting exactly what she wants. After Tristan suffers injury while on duty protecting the king he is callously dismissed as the Captain of the Guard and sent to heal in solitude at his chateau. Elisabeth knows her father is getting ready to marry her off so she takes matters into her own hands - she marches right on over to Tristan's. The last person Tristan wants to see is Elisabeth and her royal entourage. And although he threatens her and does one thing after another to scare her off, the lady stands her grown. When he finally threatens her with silk scarves and total domination and the lady still does not back down, Tristan knows he's met his match.
These were such deliciously fun and naughty stories. The fact that they were historical and set in France made them even more sensual. I loved how Ms. DiPasqua interwove little French sayings into each story... whether it be caleçons, justacorps, or Pour l'amour de Dieu! I found the time frame to be unique since you really don't find a lot of French historicals set in a time where it was okay for women to have sexual relationships with men without being considered loose as long as it was done quietly. I really enjoyed Ms. DiPasqua's writing style, her rich historic backgrounds and the fun and quirky characters that star in these stories.
All in all, Awakened by a Kiss is full of desire, true love, and sensual encounters that will have you blushing if not contemplating a cold shower. I found it charming and tasteful. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more by this author.