Sunday, February 27, 2011

Review and Giveaway...Bliss by Opal Carew

This will be my very first Giveaway!!!
I am giving away my copy of Bliss by Opal Carew that I received for judging.

I have wanted to do this for a while and just haven't gotten around to it.  I have several hundred books on my shelf and most of them are waiting to be read so I want someone else to get a chance to get their hands on a new almost new book.

Ok is that cover steamy or what???

Blurb from the authors website:

Kara is a sex columnist who thinks desire is purely physical and steers clear of any romantic notions about love. J.M. is a Tantra master who believes sex is a spiritual union that brings lovers together body and soul. They can’t deny their irresistible physical attraction—but Kara knows they can never have a future outside the bedroom. After all, Kara thinks Tantra is silly and the whole elitist idea of sacred sex really bugs her. But after a few heated nights of hands-on practice with her own personal Tantra instructor, she experiences a soul-shattering bliss more intense than anything she’s ever felt. And she starts to wonder if there might be something to Tantra after all…or could it be that J.M. has simply stolen her heart?

My review:

So let me start of by saying I loved this book, but there were parts that irritated me throughout.

One of my previous professions before I joined the military was a self employed massage therapist.  I know a lot about holistic healing and also learned some about tantra...I'm not an expert mind you, but as far as relating the chakras to different parts of the body and things like that I get whats going on with the energy flow.
*If this confuses you or your absolutely not down with opening your mind to alternative methods there is a chance that you may not like this book, because its pretty deeply immersed in it though the sex is a pretty wide range*

Either Opal did a kick ass job on her research or shes into holistic healing, but regardless I loved the plot in this book.  Its different and I like that.  Kara is absolutely not into the whole love thing.  She doesn't believe in it at all.  She ends up forced by her editor to attend a conference for her sex column to write an article on an tantra master.  That tantra master happens to be JM a man that she had a hot and steamy one night stand with after her flight to the conference got delayed.

JM tries to introduce Kara slowly into the practice of tantra.  Along the way they delve into exploring Kara's fantasies.  There is sex with a stranger, 3 ways, light BDSM, and a mini orgy with her and 4 males.  I started to feel bad for JM near the end, because Kara struggled so hard to keep from feeling for him, but in the end it came out well.

My little hang ups in this book in no way ruined it for me, but it wouldn't be a proper review without stating them.  First was during orgasm the author writes that Kara "wails" almost every single time...Now personally when I think of wailing I think dying cat not smashing sex, but that's just personal preference.  Second was that there was a sex scene that seemed like it was copied word for word from the previous sex scene.  I know its basically all the same and there are going to be signature moves for the characters, but I would prefer not to read the same sex twice in a row.

Beyond those things it was a great book and I enjoyed it.

Kinda makes me think of this song

*My reviews are personal opinion only. Any books that have been given to me were strictly for review and were in no way influenced by monetary gain*

For those of you that want to enter to win the book just leave a comment and a if I don't already have a way to contact you I need that as well.

This giveaway is only for 18 and up and will be open until March 4th
I am offering my first giveaway up internationally
Winner will be chosen and announced on March 5th


  1. This read sounds hot and steamy, please enter me. :)

    I too just cleaned off my bookshelves because I have way too many TBRs! Guess I'm gonna have some giveaways coming up :D.

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  2. I haven't read anything from Opal before.And this sounds super hot. Great review.Please count me in for the giveaway.

  3. What the hey, enter me too. :)

  4. I've been wanting to read this book for a while. I'd love to win!!! :)

  5. me me me............... Please ;)

  6. This is a most wanted book for me. Thanks for giving us the chance to share the wealth!!


    airjenny747 at aol

  7. Wow! I love O.C.! Jule ( ecopositive HOTMAIL ) Blessings!

  8. Would love to win this.

  9. Sweet-I love that your diving right in to more books right after you cleared your shelves...makes me feel normal for doing that too:)

    Elaine! Its pretty hot. I really like when they get into the experimenting fantasy parts

    Jessica...Of course your can passup the chance to win a free ook my dear! Im so going to miss you when you go military.

    Angela, Michelle, Jenny, Jule, and the actual Anonymous :) welcome and thanks for stopping by and entering the contest.

  10. Sounds fantastic, would love to win so I can read it.


  11. I love Opal Carew! And all of her covers are STEAMY. The covers alone make her a wonderful author hahah :)


  12. I love Opal Carew. She is one of my favorite authors. My favorite so far is Six.

    I'm at kmartine523 at yahoo dot com

  13. I'd love to be entered for this

    bradunwanted @ yahoo . com