Sunday, February 16, 2014

Royally Trained Blog Tour

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In a country stuck in the dark ages is a world filled with sex and scandal. Governed by royalty, those in power have many deep-rooted secrets that span generations.

Prince Anton’s sordid past has forged his future. He finds his only pleasure from being a sadist, but he knows he must continue the royal bloodline and create an heir for his country. Forced by responsibility, he turns to the one man who can give him the best of both worlds. But will Prince Anton find what he’s searching for?

Damian is the ruler of The Dungeon. He is the Teacher, and the only man Prince Anton can trust to provide him with what he needs. He is on a mission to find a virgin submissive to become the prince’s life partner. What happens when the Teacher falls for the woman he’s been ordered to train?

As lust and love spiral out of control, Prince Anton and Damian find their lives change unexpectedly because of one independent and defiant woman.

Crown Prince Anton of Colania, a remote island country roughly 1,000 miles southwest of New Zealand, strode confidently through his royal city. He was the country’s only ruler, the last surviving acknowledged prince of the monarchy that had been in power for hundreds of years.
As he entered The Dungeon, his eyes flickered over the patrons. Colania didn’t have a traditional class system based on wealth or power. With few exceptions, everyone was on nearly equal footing. It was part of the reason there was little effort or push to bring the country into the technological era. Here in The Dungeon, though, was a well-defined hierarchy.
Employees who’d been with the owner the longest took responsibility for those who played in The Dungeon.  Safety and pleasure were their domain, and they were easy to pick out due to their well-fitted, fine clothing. Each piece was designed to be practical yet seductive, and only Dungeon employees had such quality.
The owner was the wealthiest man, next to Prince Anton, on the island.  The owner was sought after by men and women alike for his training skills and sexual prowess.  He was also the only man on the island who could afford to have brand-new vehicles shipped in for himself as well as have updated electricity and amenities throughout his business and home.  
Prince Anton had only been in the man’s apartment on the third floor of The Dungeon once, but he had been impressed with its luxury.  Prince Anton was positive that parts of the castle had yet to be brought up to the standards that were imposed on this property.  Many corridors and hallways in the castle had no electric lighting or heat whereas The Dungeon had lighting that could be dimmed for mood and atmosphere.  Similarly, certain rooms that weren’t frequently used were still heated with wood fireplaces instead of a thermostat.  The only thing that had been refurbished throughout the castle was the plumbing, and that was for sanitary purposes.  Prince Anton could not tolerate things to be unclean.
Prince Anton didn’t hesitate or linger as he made his way through the club. He went straight to the black door on the back wall. He’d been here many times, and there was little to interest him. Everyone here was too used for his particular tastes.

He entered the black door and moved swiftly up the hidden staircase. This area of the club was off-limits to most. It was only available to patrons who paid exorbitant fees for private sex. Typically, only those who were ashamed of their vices used the rooms.

Prince Anton was neither ashamed nor paying for privacy today though. He had an appointment with the owner of The Dungeon, Damian Bellaro.
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Megan's Review: 
I received an ARC of this novel for an honest review. I was in no way compensated.

This novel is a unique adaption of current government ruled by a historically influenced royal family. Prince Anton has a sordid past which has shaped him into a sexual sadist. Being forced as the ruling body to marry and produce an heir to continue the bloodline he has enlisted the help of Damien to find him a life mate. In a world where the sex industry is legal and prevalent, Teacher Damian is the best of the best in the art of domination and instruction of those willing to be trained as a submissive. Mellissandra is desperate to save her sick brother and help her parents care for him but when she willingly volunteers to become Prince Anton's life mate she has no idea the danger she has signed up for. Her innocence and purity are desired but will her sheltered upbringing and fiery temper help her or hinder her? The powerful have secrets that the common public does not know about. Can Prince Anton suppress his dangerous and destructive carnal desires to do what is expected of him? Can Damian assist Anton in finding the perfect submissive? Will Mellisandra stay true to herself and fulfill her goals or will she be tainted by lust and devoured by love?

I was completely and utterly intrigued by the characters in this story. Prince Anton I absolutely could not stand in the beginning…he was arrogant, demented, and cruel…oh I could go on and on. However, as the story progressed the author did an amazing job bringing out that which made him the way he was…and the transformation that occurred within him was fantastic! Damian from the start was the epitome of the jackass alpha male and I loved him completely for it…though I felt like slapping him several times. Mellisandra was strong, though quite bratty at points, she overcame all that she was subjected to and overcame it…her strength, survival instinct, and growth throughout the story was inspiring. Aside from the three main characters were several others who played active roles in the story…some you will love, others you will despise, and some will shock you.

I can honestly say that there were times I wish there had been a little more back story on the basics of how the society was run…this is not a historical, though it has the historical feel with reference to the royal influence on the government. Sometimes I would have a scene pictured in my head one way and a sentence or comment from a character would make me have to alter my "inner movie" of the story because it did not fit with what was in my head…I know I may be weird but this is what my brain does when I read. Without giving spoilers it's hard to express what I felt was missing…but it in no way takes away from the story. I thought this was a well-written novel filled with secrets, lies, intrigue, and pure craziness that will keep you engaged as to how it will all work out.

That being said…if you are someone who is not comfortable with the aspect of sexual domination and submission, descriptive sexual scenes, foul language, and calculated murder this is not a story for you. However, if you are one who likes lots of sex, deception, and murder surrounded with love and dipped in a whole lot of crazy get your one-clicker ready! I really enjoyed this book…especially the fact that the setting kept me on edge wondering how the behind the scenes worked in this society…it kept me enthralled and though there is clearly an opening for a sequel it was not a cliff hanger…well not completely. I honestly hope that the author has more in store for us in the lives of Anton, Damian, and Mellisandra because I will definitely be one-clicking away to continue on with their story if she does!
Diana Ames was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania.  She lives with her husband, two children, and a variety of crazy pets.  Balancing work, wife and mom duties, and writing has been the best and most rewarding challenge of her life.  The publication of this novel is the culmination of a lifetime of dreams.
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