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Cherished | [Maya Banks, Lauren Dane]

Cherished

Two all-new novellas that cross the boundaries of desire. "Exiled" by Maya Banks: Enticed to the island paradise where an enigmatic prince is living in exile, beautiful, virginal Talia is introduced to a world of forbidden pleasure where the prince's every whim is fulfilled and her fantasies are rendered in exquisite detail. "Sway" by Lauren Dane: Levi Warner is an established, older man - wealthy, powerful, and above all, respectable. Then Levi meets Daisy, an uninhibited 24-year-old dance instructor and artist, not exactly the kind of woman Levi is accustomed to. But the young, free spirit, brings out something in him he only experienced in fantasies.
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Publisher's Summary

Two all-new novellas that cross the boundaries of desire.

"Exiled" by Maya Banks:

Enticed to the island paradise where an enigmatic prince is living in exile, beautiful, virginal Talia is introduced to a world of forbidden pleasure where the prince's every whim is fulfilled and her fantasies are rendered in exquisite detail. But when the prince is summoned back to fulfill his duty to his struggling country, reality is thrust upon Talia all too soon. She returns home, heartbroken, convinced she was a passing fancy for an idle ruler and his most trusted men. Until the day they arrive on her doorstep, determined to have her back where she belongs.

"Sway" by Lauren Dane:

Levi Warner is an established, older man - wealthy, powerful, and above all, respectable. Then Levi meets Daisy, an uninhibited 24-year-old dance instructor and artist, not exactly the kind of woman Levi is accustomed to. But the young, free spirit, brings out something in him he only experienced in fantasies. When their scorching affair turns into something unexpectedly deeper, Levi finds himself torn between preserving his reputation, and exploring a wilder and much more satisfying kind of life.

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    Arlena Broken Arrow, OK, United States 04-09-15
    Arlena Broken Arrow, OK, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Married, avid reader and book reviewer.

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    "Two Good Novellas"


    Title: Cherished
    Authors: Maya Banks and Lauren Dane
    Narrated by Vanessa Caine
    Series: Delicious # 1
    Narrator: Vanessa Caine
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4.5
    Reviews: (two)

    What I liked from Maya Bank's story.....Exiled

    Story Rating: 4
    Hero's Rating: 5
    Heroine Rating: 4
    Romance Rating: 4
    Heat Rating: 5
    Imagination: 5
    Ending: 4
    Narrator Rating: 4
    Overall Rating: 4

    'Exiled' was one interesting story featuring Talia, Prince Alexander[Xander] and his most trusted friends.' This is a real BDSM theme and this author gives the reader a very intriguing read where the heroine feels that she has to take care
    of a debt to Prince Alexander. Will Tia be able to fulfill this obligation? Be ready for some real interesting characters that in the end will give the read some 'passion, love and oh yes some raw sexuality.' This story plot was really something to take in and not wanting to tell it so, I will say you will have to pick up this read for yourself to see how this will all come out if for not other reason than to check out those steamy scenes that this author know how to give her readers.

    next....
    we have Lauren Dane's story....Sway

    Story Rating: 5
    Hero's Rating: 5
    Heroine Rating: 5
    Romance Rating: 5
    Heat Rating: 5
    Imagination: 5
    Ending: 5
    Narrator Rating: 5
    Overall Rating: 5

    'Sway'... was my favorite novella's of the two reads. I really enjoyed this author's perception of a sweet story of a younger woman with a older man. I liked this story of Levi and Daisy and I found most of the characters to be well developed, well portrayed and believable giving the reader a interesting and captivating read that will keep your attention till the end. I thought that this plot was very realistic and in the end the reader is given a sweet sexy read. Be ready for some erotic dominate scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VK Family Northwest, KS 03-18-13
    VK Family Northwest, KS 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "with love from captain obvious..."
    What did you love best about Cherished?

    I have yet to read something I didn't like by Maya Banks...


    What did you like best about this story?

    hot hot hot...a little mystery is fun


    Which character – as performed by Vanessa Caine – was your favorite?

    Garon


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when it was discovered how Garon had always loved her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story followed by the book "sway""
    Any additional comments?

    These autors are in my fav list and know how to write. I wish I had known that the book sway is read after but hey thats what returns are for I guess. Both stories are great and well worth listening too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bookaholic 02-16-13
    Bookaholic 02-16-13
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    "Sway"

    At the moment this review is only for Lauren Dane's story Sway (I will get to the other eventually). I loved this one when the book first came out and I can't believe I missed when it first came out in audio. I thought it was a great introduction to the Delicious series (spin off of the Brown Siblings) . I thought the narrator did a fabulous job and of course I loved the story....I just hope the whole series eventually comes out on audio. While you don't have to read the Brown Siblings books (it is only the last book in that series where you meet the characters for the Delicious series), to "get" this one, it is a great series so recommend reading (or listening as the first three are due out in audio soon) the series just because... now back to Sway...

    I loved Daisy and the relationship that evolved between her and Levi, and of course I loved seeing what was happening with all the other characters I have come to love in these books. Definitely worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 01-31-13
    DK 01-31-13 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

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    "I enjoyed both of these novellas"

    Exiled was a bit 'out there' - fantasy...I REALLY enjoyed Sway. A fun, romantic story. These books are both adult themes with 'harsh' language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-26-13
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    "omg"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who likes repetition


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maya Banks and Lauren Dane again?

    i might


    What three words best describe Vanessa Caine’s voice?

    it was fine


    What character would you cut from Cherished?

    no one


    Any additional comments?

    i listened @ 1.5 for the narrator sped but still was driven crazy by hearing the same thing over & over & over...blah blah blah

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johanna 02-13-13
    Johanna 02-13-13
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    "If I could give it zero, I would"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was not my style at all. Gross, not represented accurately in the description, and frankly, I am embarrassed that I even started the book. I am not into weird sex triangles where a woman is used as a toy by multiple men.


    Has Cherished turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will never purchase another book by this author.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG! HOT HOT HOT"
    Where does Cherished rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It not the wildest thing I've listened to but it had its moments.


    Any additional comments?

    There are two stories and the first one is the best. Maya Banks is a great writer. I couldn't move just waiting to hear what would happen next. If you like erotica get this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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