Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Good Karma by: Donya Lynne

Title:  Good Karma
Series:  Strong Karma #1
Author:  Donya Lynne
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date:  July 25, 2014
Review Source:  Enticing Journey

Bashful Karma Mason has been too concerned with college—and now work—to embrace her sexuality. Bullied as a child, she hides behind an unremarkable wardrobe and relegates herself to the shadows. But when her best friend convinces her to attend a charity benefit in Chicago wearing a stunning red dress that catches the eye of every man in the room, she discovers a surprising side to her personality. One that adores the spotlight but has no idea how to handle the attention.

Mark Strong, a wealthy Chicago businessman, is brimming with confidence. He’s in total control. Nothing—and no one—escapes his notice. However, Mark carries a heavy, painful burden. After finding his fiancée with another man six years ago, he’s erected a fortress around his heart, unwilling to let himself fall in love again. But when enchanting Karma snares his gaze from across the room, he has no idea she will shatter his carefully ordered life.

What starts out as a casual flirtation takes a series of surprising turns as Mark and Karma embark on a sensual journey destined by fate. Mark is driven to know Karma, understand her…educate her, and Karma is his willing student, eager to experience the pleasure he promises. But when the student becomes the teacher, Mark has to make a choice between taking another chance on love or a future alone.

Oh My!!! Wonderful! Amazing! HOT!!!!!

Good Karma is sooooo good. It’s young & fresh but also mature & exciting. How Donya Lynne manages to have a young woman with such turmoil AND depth along with innocence AND passion….well it’s just amazing writing!!!

Mark - WOW - turns out you CAN teach sex! And what a ride it can be. Such patience! Mark has been betrayed by a woman in the completely worst way a man can be betrayed. He’s promised himself that in order to not ever feel like that again he will not fall in love and he will not allow a woman into his heart. He doesn’t do one night stands but he also doesn’t do long term. He falls somewhere in the middle with his 4-6 month semi-relationships. It’s worked well for him so far….that is until he meets Karma.

Karma is the exception to all rules. She has a way about her that is innocent but she’s so full of passion. She's smart but also naive at the same time. Mark wants her in the worst way but he knows he can’t just use her and leave her. He’s not like that. Karma has a lot of verbal abuse demons she needs to deal with too. She had a hard childhood because of the things her brother and his friends used to say to her. The name calling and things that happened at school are unforgivable. As Mark is bringing her out of her sexual innocence, he’s also making her far more confident. She’s learning that she does have value and that she can stand up for herself. He’s making her feel beautiful and with that feeling comes power!

Mark has been up front with her. He told her that this was a teaching relationship and nothing more. He’s explained that there is a time limit on their “relationship” and she has understood and still wants this experience. What will happen if Mark is the one that wants more? What if Mark decides that Karma is the one? Karma is well aware, early on, that she is going to lose her heart to Mark but will she be able to deal with things once he leaves? Will she go back to being a wallflower?

Good Karma is an amazing read. Seriously…it’s fantastic! I don’t know that I would call the end a horrible cliffhanger, however, there is not closure that’s for sure. The second in this series, Coming Back To You is one I am highly anticipating!

Donya Lynne has a new super fan!!

“Talking to you over the past couple of weeks, I’ve learned quite a bit about you.”

She nodded, remembering their encounter in the parking garage and everything else they had discussed. “Yes.”

“We don’t need to go into all of that, but my concern is that…well…it’s been a while since you’ve been with a man. I, uh…” He glanced down and pursed his lips as if choosing his words carefully. “I don’t want to hurt you.” He met her gaze again. “Do you understand?”

It took her a few seconds to catch his drift, but then she drew in her breath. “Ooohh…uumm…” And there went her blush response again.

He cleared his throat and glanced back inside the box, his face red. This was only the second time she had seen him blush, and goose bumps prickled her skin at the reminder that Mark was only human and could be affected by what was happening between them as much as she could. And she certainly received the message he was sending without him having to spell it out. Some men took pride and bragged about the size of their manly parts, but Mark seemed more self-conscious—or maybe self-aware was a better term—as if he knew that size could be a detriment. Too big and, as he’d warned her, it could hurt.  She didn’t want it to hurt with Mark.

“Should I be scared?” She had felt him with the sole of her foot and the palm of her hand, but only through his clothes. She had never actually seen how big he was, so she didn’t exactly know his full length and girth.

He grinned. “No, but we should be careful. And you should prepare.” He lifted a brown leather case from the Cārvāka box and set it on the table. It looked like an oversized jewelry box, like the kind that holds expensive necklaces. “Have you ever heard of dildo training?”


He smoothed his palm over the top of the case. “Well, it’s when a woman uses progressively larger dildos to prepare for intercourse. That way, when she finally has sex, it doesn’t hurt. Do you understand?”

“Uh-huh.” With that explanation, she had a pretty good idea what was inside the case.

He reverently opened it as if he were unveiling a sacred artifact. Inside, nestled in a black, satin-lined pillow, were four glass dildos in graduating sizes. The first was simple and slender, with a small tapered protrusion on one end, a slight bulge about two-thirds down, and with a round handle on the other end. The next was a thicker version of the first, with two bulges and a heart-shaped handle. The third, which was rose colored, was thicker still, with a large egg-shaped tip, a shaft with rounded nodules along the exterior, and two large knobs at the end to use as a handle. The fourth, a deeper shade of rose than the third, was shaped like a penis, slightly curved, with a bulbous head, a thick shaft, and ridges swirled candy cane style at the other end.

“That’s about how big I am,” he said, pointing to the fourth. He smiled sheepishly.

She could see his concern. Brian the wonder stud had been nowhere near that big, and it had still hurt like hell.

He closed the box and placed his hand over hers. “You’ll start with the smallest and work your way up. I’ll help you.”

Exactly what kind of help would he be? The question must have shown in her expression, because he smiled and held out his hand. She took it and stood.

His arm immediately encircled her waist and pulled her close as his lips brushed over hers. Heat instantly bloomed between her legs. He caressed her hips with both hands as he kissed his way down to her neck.
She didn’t know what point he was trying to make, but he could make it all night if he wanted to. He was damn near melting her. After several more seconds of his persuasive lips on her skin, his tongue peeked out and licked a fiery trail up to her ear. “Are you wet?” he whispered.

She could feel the slippery sensation in her panties. “Y-Yes.”

That’s how I plan on helping you.” He pressed his lips against the tender place just under her ear. “When you’re aroused, it’s easier to slide the dildos inside you. The same way it makes it easier for a man to slide inside you.” He paused, and his cheek rose as if he were grinning. “I plan on making you very wet.”

Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew she was destined to be a writer at a young age. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first writing contest in fourth grade. She was on her way. In junior high, she began writing tales of romance for her friends, and by her sophomore year, her friends had dubbed her Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, her dream was realized when she published her first two novels in the award-winning All the King's Men Series (AKM). She is currently working on a variety of projects, including two AKM spin-off series and a quartet of erotic contemporary novels.


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