Crystal Jordan has released three of
her Wereplanet novellas in one book called Carnal
Desires. Fans of her work will shout for joy!
Recently returned from a trip, Varad
Mohan walks into the ballroom of his palace and immediately
smells his wife. She is in heat and Varad knows that once
she sees him, nothing will do but for them to mate, no
matter that their passion has seemed to have dimmed with the
death of their child. Varad knows that his queen will never
turn him down but getting her to admit that she loves him
once more is another thing and Varad won’t settle for less.
Mahlia sees her husband, King Varad
across the crowded room. Her senses kick in and the only
thing she knows to do is run. She runs because she can’t
stomach the thought of delivering another child with the
possibility of losing it like she lost her infant son. Her
plans go awry when Varad catches her and proceeds to show
her how the king of all weretigers makes love to his mate.
“In Heat” was out of this world hot. I
love the concept of mating heat and uncontrollable desire.
Varad loves his queen but in his inability to deal directly
with his child’s death, he hurt her and while he realizes
this almost too late, I thought him quite honorable to admit
his feelings to her and show weakness when he was supposed
to always be strong. Mahlia’s character was a bit dearer to
my heart because of her sadness and total devastation at the
loss of her son. My heart ached for her.
Weredragon Lady Katryn has been living
with weretigers on the planet of Vesperi for her entire
life. Pretty much ignored by her ambassador father, she is
now required to head back to Harena, the planet of her birth
in order to mate with her own kind and become part of a
harim. Totally ignorant in the ways of dragons, Katryn is
not sure she will be happy living in a new place. The
emissary sent by her affianced mate to transport her to the
capital city, Tarkesh makes Katryn yearn for something she
can’t have: him.
Lord Tarkesh and Lord Nadir are a mated
couple. Required by their matriarchal planet to mate with a
female in order to breed, they know that their love for each
other is strong. However, they want to cherish and love
their female mate as well. Since Nadir is the more
dominating of the two dragons, he sends Tarkesh to meet
Katryn so that she won’t be scared. Things backfire when
Tarkesh and Katryn hit it off more than Tarkesh thinks they
should and he feels like he has betrayed Nadir. Only time
will tell once Tarkesh and Katryn arrive and go through with
the bonding ceremony.
I love a good ménage story in which the
characters are all bonded and in love with each other. “In
Smoke” was that type of ménage. Tarkesh and Nadir were
combustible enough as lovers without Katryn but add her into
the equation and the entire trio was simply flammable.
Sera Gibbons has spent the last five
hundred years in a cryogenic freeze. As one of only two
survivors of the spaceship she was traveling on, she
survived the crash landing on the werebear world of Alysius.
Her friend Jain chose to remain on the planet with her newly
found mate and Sera chose to stay with Brettan, a merman
ambassador. After nearly a year of being with him, Sera has
fallen in love but she is no nearer to finding out his
feelings for her than she was months ago. One minute
Bretton is aloof and the next he is sensual. No matter how
many times they come together in sexual ecstasy, Sera always
feels as if Bretton only comes to her when he has no other
choice. She is so very wrong.
Give me a merman right now! I want one
and am willing to do what it takes. Bretton was drop dead
gorgeous from the tip of his toes to his waist length black
hair. His overt sexuality kept me and Sera well
entertained. His emotions were hard to read; defense
mechanisms he used very well. I think “In Mist” is my
favorite of the three novellas in Carnal Desires
for this reason alone.
Crystal Jordan entrances and intrigues
with Carnal Desires, a series of three
intertwined novellas about a sensuous world of shape
shifters and the mates that love them. Sit back, relax, and
enjoy the world that is the Wereplanets.