Saturday, December 21, 2013

Taboo Kisses by Gracen Miller - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

WARNING: This book is for readers 18 and over, contains explicit sexual content, including, but not limited to, m/m, m/f/m, double penetration, anal play, sex-toy play, sex-fruit play, shifter sex, voyeurism, forced seduction, and anything else I might've forgotten to list!


Taboo Kisses…where desires and inhibitions collide.

Dispatched to the mortal realm from Atlantis to seek the source of a brewing rebellion, Sameya is thrown for a tailspin when she discovers her fated mates. As a siren her songs entice mankind and immortals alike to their death. She’s stunned to be seduced by a taboo union with a tiger-shifter and vampyr. Mating the pair could complicate everything and threaten her freedom. Fueled by her duty to Atlantis, Sameya rejects fate’s wisdom and refutes her attraction to the men.

Taboo Kisses…when the forbidden becomes irresistible.

Gabriel and Maximus have been searching for their mate for centuries. Neither expected the siren they were hired to find would deliver more than a lucrative payday. Frustrated by Sameya’s aversion to their mating, the men anticipate an empty future if she refuses to complete their union. In a rash move Maximus seizes Sameya and holds her captive.

Taboo Kisses…when the siren is serenaded with temptation.

Trapped and at their mercy, Sameya is bombarded with pleasure. Can her mates convince her to take a gamble on their taboo union? With danger lurking in the shadows, will the choice be taken from her?


Empress’ delights, she disliked the jumbled way he made her feel. Confused one moment and aroused the next. “What is your name?” 
“Call me mate.” 
Her breathing died, then escalated. She forced a lame-ass sounding laugh past her lips. “Don’t get cocky. I’m not into leeches.” 
“Don’t disqualify me from the running.” He sidled closer, aligning his body against hers once more, but maintaining space with his palms on the mausoleum on either side of her head. “Not when Gabriel and I haven’t had the gratification of making you come…yet.” 
She gasped, her eyes rounding at his foregone conclusion. “Better men than you have tried.” 
“None of them were your mates.” 
“Wait! Mates? As in plural?” She flattened her hands against his chest to push him away, but forgot to add pressure. The hard contours of his body fascinated her more than was practical. “That’s…insane.” But gods the idea fascinated her. “Sirens don’t partner outside our race and we certainly don’t have more than one partner.” 
Sameya didn’t realize she spoke the thought aloud until the vampyr thrust both his hands into her hair. After he had her anchored into position, he shifted closer, widening his stride to fit her pelvis between his legs. His hard-on nestled against her abdomen as he tilted her head back by her hair. 
“No more insane than a vampyr mating a shifter.” His mouth landed on hers. He nibbled on her bottom lip, licked the corners and crease. Distracted by the exhilarating sensations, she was unprepared to counteract his move when he placed the pad of his thumb against her chin and tugged, parting her lips for his tongue to thrust inside.


Where you can stalk me—not really!—but I would love to meet and interact with you:

Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society.  When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/football/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, movies, Alabama football and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She is convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and blending coffee and writing together generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs. To learn more about Gracen and her writing or to leave her a comment, visit her at the following sites:

Author Interview

What inspired you to write Taboo Kisses?

Gracen: My husband asked me to write him something kinky and because of that Taboo Kisses was born. Before this book I’d never written hardcore erotic romance or a threesome. I had a blast testing the limits of my creatively-kinky side.

Do you have a favorite paranormal/supernatural creature?

Gracen: I’m partial to vampires, but I’ve had more fun crafting/writing my own paranormal creatures. I created several for my Road to Hell series. But if there’s a vampire in a movie, I’m all over it. And I’ll pick up a book with vampires in it quicker than any other paranormal creatures.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Gracen: I have so many authors that I love. Some of them are Aline Hunter, Ann Mayburn, Kendall Gray, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, and Kresley Cole. That’s just a few because there are at least a dozen on my automatic buy list.

Do you find writing erotic scenes to be exhilarating or awkward?

Gracen: Exhilarating in a way and never awkward. The awkward comes in when my family members want to read it! LOL My husband benefits from those scenes. I write them with the intention of arousing the reader. If they’re not doing the same to me, then I feel like I’ve failed.

Do you have a favorite character from Taboo Kisses?

Gracen: Not really. In most of my books I could say yes, but I loved all of these characters equally. The heroine was badass and the heroes were alpha hotness, so it’s hard to pick who would’ve been my favorite when I loved all of them. But I wouldn’t mind Maximus biting me, so maybe I’m a wee bit partial to him since he’s a vampire.

What is the hardest part about being a writer?

Gracen: Making time to write. It’s easy to let family and household duties get in the way, but I’ve learned to treat writing like a business. Otherwise, I’d have no reason to force myself to dedicate time to writing. My goal is to write 2,000 words during the weekday. If I don’t, then I’ve not done my job.

Favorite movie and why?

Gracen: Hmm…Some of my faves would be Underworld because Selene is a badass and I love strong heroines. Plus it has vampires and werewolves. Who doesn’t love them? But I also have to say Dirty Dancing and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Dirty Dancing because it is one of the most romantic movies I have ever seen. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days because the things she puts him through are hysterical.

Do you have any new stories in the works and can you tell us a bit about it/them?

Gracen: I just finished a new adult book titled Rockin the Heart. It’s the first story in the Hot Wired series. It’ll be released on January 21, 2014. I’m extremely excited about this book. I normally only write paranormal erotic romances and paranormal urban fantasy romances, so new adult is a genre that is out of my comfort zone. I fell in love with these characters and I have suffered the worst book hangover since writing the last words. I’m also working on the fourth book in the Road to Hell series.

Of all your books, which character did you have the most fun creating and why?

Gracen: Elias. He’s a fallen angel and one of the four kings of Hell from my Road to Hell series. He’s pure evil. He’s never misunderstood in his quest for more power for Hell. I love him because he has zero limitations. He doesn’t care who loves him or hates him and he follows his own code of ethics…unfortunately through the eyes of most this means he has no morals. But that makes for a fun character to write.

Any last words and/or advice for aspiring writers?

Gracen: Follow your dreams and never give up! This isn’t an easy industry to be successful in. Many of the greatest stories ever written were rejected before they inspired the reader’s imagination. For those with family members that are unsupportive—I have several of them in my family—remember your goals are as important as theirs. Don’t forfeit your dreams to make them happy. No one deserves to hold that much power over you.

My Review 

Taboo Kisses is an erotic romance with a paranormal twist. Sameya is a very old Siren who hails from Atlantis. She, however, is currently on a mission to discover who is behind the plot to take down her Empress. 

Enter Maximus and Gabriel, a vampyr and a tiger-shifter. Both are mated, but know their lives aren't quite complete without their third mate. When another man offers them the chance to track down an elusive Siren, they decline, not quite trusting the man, but curious enough to seek her out on their own.

The three meet in New Orleans. Maximus and Gabriel decide to give the revelers below them a show, so they fuck on the balcony. Meanwhile, Sameya stands in the shadows and watches, eventually catching Max's eye. 

Max and Gabriel manage to catch up to Sameya after their sexual display, and this is where the book started to sort of bother me. Max uses his vampyr powers to make sure she comes with them without a fuss. He and Gabriel take her back to their home and get their witch friend to collar Sameya magically so she cannot leave.

First offense: holding someone against their will and using the excuse that they're your mate to justify it.

Second offense: continuously telling a very powerful, very ancient Siren that she belongs to you, and for her to stay and give you a chance whether she wants to or not, because she is your mate.

Third offense: pretty much forcing yourself on the Siren, even though she isn't quite keen on being intimate with you, because she is your mate. 

Yes, Sameya is aroused and enjoys the orgasms the two men can give her, but at the same time, she's constantly trying to figure out a way to get out of their clutches. Until she eventually changes her mind and agrees to stick with them, letting the two mate her officially so she can, in fact, belong to them.

The sex scenes, when not seeming sort of...non-consensual to me, were kind of hot. One of the other things I wasn't too keen on was when Gabriel shifted into his tiger form and pleasured Sameya with his tongue. I get that it's paranormal and all that, but it sort of rubbed me the wrong way.

The plot could have been slightly better, but overall, it wasn't too bad. I really didn't like Maximus that much, and I wish Sameya hadn't given up/in so easily. Gabriel is...decent enough, I suppose. 

Now I could have been reading too much into it, but I really didn't like the pushiness and refusal to take no for an answer from the male characters. That was definitely something I think could have been written a little...differently. I know it says forced seduction in the warning, but I didn't quite expect it to be written in a way that really irked me.

I didn't hate the book, but it wasn't quite my cup of tea. I'd rate it a 3/5 stars, and if you're into paranormal creatures getting it on, even when being held against their will, you might like Taboo Kisses.


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