Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Taken by the Passion by Maxine Mansfield

Taken by the Passion
by Maxine Mansfield


Lizbeth wasn't given a choice whom to marry. She'd been betrothed to the, stubborn, arrogant, egotistical, Adan Hammerstrike, barbarian prince, heir to the throne of Alaria, and...and...murderer, since the day she'd been born. But, did that mean she wasn't entitled to follow her own dreams? Especially if those dreams could keep those she cared for safe? And so what if Adan had grown from the troll of a little boy he'd been into a ridiculously handsome, sexy man. Her heart could resist him, couldn't it?

The last thing on Albrath, Adan ever wanted was to be saddled for all of eternity to the screeching, boring, lackluster, Lizbeth Soulenticer. Though her beauty's beyond compare, there are only so many turns of the hourglass in a night to enjoy it. The rest of the unbearable time, he'll be forced to contend with her silly, hero worship, and her stupid pet choices. But, Adan is a man bound by duty and honor, and he will do what he must, even though he longs for a mate who will challenge him in bed and out. Not that he'll give her his heart, mind you, at least not until they both find themselves Taken by the Passion.


He held out a hand toward her. "Spend this one night with me, Lizbeth, and  if you still feel the same in  the morning, we'll talk about you possibly going to the Academy and taking a few classes now and  then. After all, how would it look to my family and friends if my brand new wife took off before the sun rises on her wedding night? I have appearances to uphold, we both do."

Lizbeth sizzled with anger. "I don't like you, remember? I couldn't care less how this looks to anybody, and...and...and, I won't spend this night or any other with you, until I have to, even on a bet."

Adan grinned. "Really? Not even on a bet? What if a bet was to get you exactly what you say you want most? A life of your own without a moment's interference from me until the day I do become king?"

Lizbeth shook her head and turned to leave, yet Adan's next words not only stopped her forward motion but had her turning and facing him once more.

"I never took you for a coward, Lizbeth, guess I was wrong. You say you know me better than I know myself. I say prove it, Lizard. If you can manage to answer ten...no make that five questions about me correctly, you win."

His grin grew even bigger. "And if you win, not only will I escort you to the front gate and wave you through the portal on your way to the Academy, I'll be happy to inform my family and friends that you're leaving me. That you find a dusty, old institution more sexually appealing than you do your own husband, and rightly so."

The grin disappeared from his face. "But, if you don't answer all of the questions correctly, you'll spend this one night, this entire night, willingly in my bed, in my arms, as my wife, in every sense of the word. Deal?"

He held out his hand again, and Lizbeth stared at it. Her fingers itched with the temptation to take him up on his offer. A life without interference or being under Adan's thumb, even for a short while, was more than a little tempting. Could she trust him, though? Lizbeth hesitated, weighing her options. Other than being a bunny killer, Adan Hammerstrike was
known far and wide for his word. Once he gave it, he never took it back. She'd spent the majority of every day, for as long as she could remember, learning everything there was to know about the arrogant barbarian prince. She couldn't lose, and this was an opportunity she couldn't afford to pass up.

Lizbeth smiled as she shook his hand. "Deal."


Barbarian Prince  Adan Hammerstrike has known that Lizbeth Soulenticer was picked to be his wife since he was a child.  Lizbeth has been trained in all things Adan, what he likes, what he dislikes, his sexual needs, and his great battles.  The thought of such a dutiful wife bores Adan to tears, Lizbeth is a beautiful woman but an eternity with her serving to his every whim seems a little mundane.  As the future king though he has to perform his duty and plans to take her to bed on their wedding night and then head back to Academy until he takes over as king and needs her by his side.

Lizbeth knows it is her duty to serve her husband, but they are not needed on the throne yet and she sees no reason to head to Academy and postpone the wedding night until Adan becomes King.  Lizbeth's carefully laid out plan backfires though when Adan realizes that his bride is nothing that he expected and he likes it a lot.

Loved this story, I was swept off my feet right away.  Adan is cocky and Lizbeth brings him down a notch.  While both Adan and Lizbeth are coming to terms with being man and wife, Lizbeth isn't ready to become Adan's permanent bedmate and Adan realizes he is going to have to woo his wife.  In all of Adan's intense training he never was educated on how to romance his wife, now he has to figure out how while keeping her out of trouble at the same time.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Bio: Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write romantic fantasy. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.  I have one very special man, our three equally special children, and six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel.
Oh, and Gnomes! many, many gnomes.










  1. Thank you Em for having me, and thank you guys for the wonderful review :)Glad you enjoyed Taken by the Passion

  2. Great story and congrats on your new release

  3. Great review. Really makes you want to read the story.

  4. I love the cover, it promised to be super steamy

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  5. Great review and excerpt, thank you.


  6. Nice review. Love Maxine Mansfield's writing style. This book makes promises I'm sure it will keep.

  7. Glad to hear you were swept off your feet! Hopefully I will be too :)

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  8. I love the way Maxine rounds out the love story. And, a little steam never hurts a bit. Maxine knows steam.

  9. Funny and so very talented. I love this book. Glad to see you out and about Maxine.

  10. This is an awesome, hot, sexy, wonderful book. Maxine knows how to write a sensuous but hilarious and fun love story. And, the heroine's name is cool :-) Thanks for hosting Maxine--the wonderful review is well-deserved!

  11. A very helpful review thank you.


  12. I loved your review. I like a female character that can bring a man down from his level of cockiness they seem to have lol. The book looks amazing. abookreviewer@yahoo.com

  13. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com