1.26.2013

Guest Post/Review~ The Kinky Truth: Star of Wonder by Angel Payne

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Good Morning Sexxy People,

Today the lovely Angel Payne has stopped by to visit Salacious Reads...please welcome her.


You ever notice how on “Saturday Night Live,” all the guest celebrities tell the world what a thrill it is to get to be on the show, and how excited they are and stuff? I have to be honest, I pretty much treated all those comments with rolling eyes and a lot of disbelieving huffs. Really? Were they THAT thrilled?

Well, here I am, getting ready to do my first-ever blog post for the incredible Salacious Reads, and I’m going to be just as huge a dork! I’M THRILLED TO BE HERE!! I’ve So dug reading this blog since it was dreamt to life, and just dig all the naughty fun you get into here.

So as long as I’ve brought up SNL…how about I treat you to a little “Salacious SNL,” Angel Payne style? For instance, what WOULD an episode of “Saturday Night Live” look like if I really DID host the show—and feature all of the heroes from my books as “guest stars” in the show’s sketches? Hmmm, how the mind does play with the possibilities…

For the OPENING MONOLGUE, I would absolutely have to select DANTE TIERI, from my December release STAR OF WONDER.


Since the SNL opening monologue is often known for being a bit flirty and fun, I can completely see Dante joining me on stage and proving to me—and the world—that 43 year-old guys really CAN and DO have the bodies of men half their age! Dante, who was physically inspired by both Adrian Paul and Hugh Jackman, would have so much fun getting to peel off his shirt, letting us all get a great look at the body that Celina Kouris gets to enjoy so much in their book! Of course, because Dante is also a bazillionaire, he’d decide to give everyone in the audience a car for putting up with his shenanigans.

The OBLIGATORY POLITICAL SKIT belongs, hands down, to MARK MOORE, the commanding Dom who stars in PERMANENT MARKER.


Mark is a former senator, which means he’ll know exactly the right of snark to inject to the lines with a delicious mix of credibility and comedy. And though Seth Myer is a cutie pie, Mark’s going to make you believe that politics really CAN be sexy. He’s a tawny-haired god who ties his heroine, the feisty Rose Fabian, into the nets of an authentic pirate ship in their story. And yes, ohhhhh yes, you CAN let your mind wander from there…

THE MUSICAL GUEST will definitely HAVE to be Dasha Moore, the pop star heroine from THREE-PART HARMONY. As you might be able to guess, Dasha is lucky to have not just one, but TWO decadent Doms to serve her every submissive dream. I think it would be SUCH fun to have them join her on stage, dressed in skin-tight black leather, and wielding their favorite toys of choice.


DAVID PENNINGTON is somewhat of a bondage man, so he’ll get the coil of rope. KRESS MORIDIAN, Dasha’s irresistible FBI agent and protector, favors a great-looking elk hide flogger. *Major girl growl.* Let the fantasies begin!

Last but certainly not least, I pick GARRETT HAWKINS to help me with an awesome SNL SHORT.


Garrett, who is also known as THE FIRE DOM, is one hell of a bad-ass, beautiful bodied rep for the US of A’s Special Forces. He gets his own book as the first of my W.I.L.D. BOYS OF SPECIAL FORCES series! (I know you’re wondering what the acronym means and I’m all too happy to tell you! W.I.L.D. is: WARRIORS INTENSE in LOVE and DOMINATION. Can I get another girl growl from the crowd? *grins*) Knowing Garrett pretty well by now, I estimate that our golden-haired, blue-eyed former Iowa farm boy will likely pick something with a jammin’ Nine Inch Nails tune, featuring the rest of the guys in his Special Forces unit, especially his best friend, Zeke Hayes, who helps him through some pretty intense stuff in this book! It’ll be released on February 26, 2013, and I really hope you love Garrett as much as I do.

You know what I’m looking forward to the most on my Fantasy SNL guest gig? Getting to the END of the show, where everybody comes out on stage! Can you imagine the SALACIOUS possibilities of having all these incredible men around you at once? Oh grrrr…perhaps we’ll just fast-forward the DVR to THIS part, hmmm?

Thanks for indulging my fantasy with me!

To learn more about my books, you can check out my website right here.


He turned her into a liar on both accounts when he finally pulled away, and she twined her grip into his hair to keep him close. Shit, his hair. Turned out “satin” was a damn good descriptor after all. Her action thickened his breathing. His hands bunched against her uniform at the small of her back. His biceps went taut, as if he held himself back from letting them do other things. Oh God…those other things. Celina’s mind filled with exactly what she wanted those things to be as his rugged beauty consumed her stare. What would those long fingers feel like on her backside…traveling up her thighs…hitching into her panties…and then…

“Oh!” She gasped it, trying to fight off the next part of the fantasy. “Oh, hell!”

To her shock, Dante emitted a grim laugh. “Uh-huh. Welcome to the party.”

“Wh-what?”

He dipped his head a little, his ink-dark eyes boring into her. “It’s how I’ve felt all night, stellina mia. I’ve been in hell just thinking about holding you like this. Fighting it like a madman.”

Surprise made her jerk back a little. “R-really?”

His lips quirked. “Yes, really!” She could’ve sworn he’d break into a chuckle if it wasn’t for his tightening grip at her waist and the darkening shadows in his gaze. “Why do you think I was at the Blue Sax?”

She blinked. “I guess—I assumed that Eve and Rei had asked you—”

“No; no. I couldn’t stop thinking about you. I got worried, and I called. When I heard the place sounding like the apocalypse hit it…” His jaw hardened. “I wasn’t a pretty sight.”

More shock set in as she began to put pieces together. She’d been so grateful to see him at the Blue Sax, she’d not really thought about why he’d gone there. “You left the party because of that?”

“Because of you.” Frustration edged his voice, but the next second he stripped it back, giving her a raw rasp. “Celina…”

He huffed but cut himself short on that too. Finally, he leaned in just kissed her again. Okay, she wasn’t sure the man could ever give “just” a kiss, but this touch was different than the plunge he’d gone for after she’d first leaped at him. This was a tenuous press, seeking her reaction, a question without words. But when Celina moaned, tangling her fingers deeper into his hair, it was clear he considered her answer rendered. He opened her, spreading her jaw wide with his, then dove and claimed and consumed, taking everything save her breath. And she gave it all too. Willingly—even wantonly.

What was going on here? What the hell was he doing to her? She did wanton even less than lusty.

Desire curled through her. She recognized that much. But this version of it…she could only label it as fire. Penetrating, terrifying, consuming fire. It turned her into somebody she didn’t recognize. This person looked like her, sounded like her, moved in her skin, but was guided by a new puppeteer tonight. A master with eyes of obsidian, a touch of pure heat, and a claim he’d staked from the second he’d laid eyes on her. A possession he sealed yet deeper by charging into that bar for her tonight.

On his own.

She shifted back for a second, looking at him again. Yet in so many ways, she looked at him for the first time. For a bizarre miracle of a moment, he wasn’t “the guy with the checkbook,” the stud from the society page, or the CEO playboy with the babe-ilicious arm candy. He was simply a beautiful man who’d bowled her over at a party, and incredibly, felt the same thing for her in return. He was a gift for this night, a blessing of chemistry, a chance to have a fantasy satyr in her bed, taking her in ways she’d only shared with her vibrator before now. This didn’t mean he was going to be forever. That word, if she gave it to anyone at all, would go into the hands of someone safe, likely a guy from the base who’d be loyal, steady, sweet, and all about the ten minutes foreplay/ten minutes screwing plan.

Tonight was not about plans.

Though as she gazed deeper into this man’s face, now looming closer to hers yet again, Celina knew she wasn’t going to have much choice on that subject. In response, she could only manage one word.

“Please."

Published: December 12, 2012
Format: eBook
**Provided thru Romance Novel Promotions on behalf of the Author for an honest review
Series: The Kinky Truth #3
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Available: Amazon / LooseID

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Dante Tieri always looks forward to the Veterans Day bash he funds for the military personnel of the Chicago area. This year is no different, especially when he meets Lieutenant Celina Kouris, a Naval JAG officer who oddly can’t care less about his clothes, his looks or his billion-dollar bank account.

It isn’t easy for Celina to play nice with Dante, as she’s watched wealthy playboys ruin the lives of two people she loves. Yet after the man proves himself as more than a stunning face, a luscious body, and a fat wallet, she lets him crack her composure for one night of hardcore passion—including the spanking and domination that turn her into a puddle of sexual goo.

Celina isn’t the only one who thinks “mind-blowing sex” just got redefined. Dante is shaken by the needs Celina unleashes in him, and he consults with his best friend, Mark Moore, who opens up his world to the magic of Dominance and submission. But when Dante wants to explore more with Celina, her walls are back up, twice as high as before. As the holidays come, can Dante convince her that she really is his guiding star of wonder?


Star of Wonder is a pretty good read & and I loved the romance aspect of the story. The back and forth between Dante and Celina was exciting to read. Dante to me was a different kind of millionaire/billionaire that I've been reading about lately. He has the money, but not the cocky attitude you seem to read so much about lately. He was a sweet, loving character and I enjoyed that about him. Celina, I kinda had a hard time getting to know. I understood the feelings she had towards men w/money because of the things that happened to the people she cared about, but I just didn't understand her attitude towards Dante...she kept judging him even when he proved time & time again to be TOTALLY different.

I didn't think the BDSM element fit into this story. I just couldn't see a Dom/Submissive relationship between these two. Celina was way to headstrong and I just couldn't see Dante as a Dom. I thought he was more of an Alpha male than a dominant one.

All & All, I loved the story. It was excellently written and erotic as all hell. Definitely a strong 3 1/2 heel rating.


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Well, hello there! My name is Angel, and I’m so happy to meet you.

Like many, I’ve had a journey to get here.

I’ve loved reading all my life, and have been writing nearly that long, too. I think it started when I penned an 80-page novel about a time-traveling family for a 5th-grade school project. You could say I was hooked. In middle school, I moved to the hardcore stuff: the paragraph-at-a-time “swap-stories” with all my besties. (C’mon…don’t lie…you remember those too!) Needless to say, the stories featured lots of French kissing, mindless groping and angsty drama – but I knew I’d found a niche when I was invited to participate in several more swap-stories on campus.

Some years, various entertainment writing gigs and a half-dozen historical romances later, I discovered the world of erotica – and home. (Not to mention a great place for all that angst I never gave up.) I love this genre – change that to love this genre – and hope my stories speak to your heart as well as your blood pressure, as well as your courage to explore new things and express your truth in beautiful new ways.

And where do I do all this? Well, if you ask my hubz, he’d likely say “on another planet,” especially if I’m in story-brewing mode! The rest of the time, I live in Southern California with him and our gorgeous child, where I’m abnormally interested in travel, coffee, wine, shoes, super heroes, fetish wear, ridiculous pop culture trends – but most of all, hearing from fellow readers and erotica lovers like you!

Remember: play safe, love completely and never, ever be ashamed to live your truth.


Lata Daya...MUAH~


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