May 7, 2013

Guest Blog and Review: "Rubenesque Rapture" by Rose Wynters

Rubenesque Rapture
The Endurers, Book 1
Rose Wynters

Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance and Plus Size Romance (BBW)
ISBN: 978-1483933078
Number of pages: 288
Word Count: 49,547    

Book Description:
From author Rose Wynters comes an erotic new paranormal series featuring the Endurers.  
The world is on the very brink of Armageddon.
Can these immortal warriors fight the demons infiltrating our world while saving their soul mates? 

Book Trailer:

Thanks so much for having me here at Jessica Loves Books. Jessica and I definitely have something in common. I love nothing better than settling down with a great book, especially a hot, paranormal romance that practically makes my teeth sweat!:-)

Today I wanted to share a fun little interview with Anna Andrews. For those of you that haven't read Rubenesque Rapture yet, Anna is the heroine of the book. This interview was done after the release, and as you can see, Shayne is hot on her tail. This is a man that knows he's got a good thing going!

If you'd like to see the interview with Shayne, you can find it at:

Character Interview with Anna Andrews Heroine of Rubenesque Rapture by Rose Wynters

Anna arrives for her interview wearing a sleek black dress and pumps with a small heel. Her long, strawberry-blonde hair is sleekly curled, and her face is radiant. Shayne hasn't taken his hands off of her since they arrived.

This is Anna's first and only interview. You can tell she's just a bit nervous. 

Me: (Clearing my throat, before gesturing toward the seats.) Thanks for letting me interview you today, Anna. I see you brought your handsome husband with you.

Anna (She smiles, while Shayne shoots me an arrogant look. They sit down side by side, and Shayne grabs her hand.): Thank you for having us.

Me: Well, let's get right into it, shall we?

Anna: (Nodding.)
Me: What made you decide to share your story?

Anna: (Thoughtfully considering her response.): Shayne was the one to talk me into it. I was a little hesitant at first, simply because I can be rather shy by nature. Shayne eventually convinced me though.

Shayne: Winks at me before saying, It didn't take much convincing.

Me: (I blush, getting his meaning loud and clear. For one moment I am speechless, imagining what a night in his arms must feel like before shaking it off.) Okay, so let's get to know you better, Anna. What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up every morning?

Anna: Her face is bright red as she answers, Brush my teeth.

Shayne: Bursts out laughing before saying, Believe me, that's not the first thing she likes to do.
Me: I know losing your mom was very hard for you. Do you think you turned out the way she would have wanted?

Anna: Her face grows serious. I think I turned out exactly the way she planned, except I might have surpassed it in one area. I don't think she would have ever been able to factor Shayne into the equation. I mean who could?
Me: (nodding) What is your worst fear?

Anna: (blanching) Losing Shayne. This would be the worst possible thing that could ever happen.

Shayne: You don't ever have to worry about that.

Me: What attracts you to Shayne, Anna?

Anna: She slowly turns to Shayne, and their eyes meet. Even I can feel the extreme passion that flows between them. With an obvious effort to tear away, she turns back to me. Everything, she tells me, almost breathlessly. At first it was more physical. I was attracted to his height, the powerfulness in his  body. Then it was his persistence. He knew what he wanted, and he wasn't going to stop until he got it. Just knowing he wanted me to that extreme? There isn't a woman alive that could resist a man like that?

Shayne: Preening.

Me: I unconsciously mutter, You got that right.

Anna: Giving me a strange look.

Me: (Realizing I slipped up.) Uh, sorry. Anyhow, what do you like least about yourself?

Anna: (Giving me a half-smile.) That's easy. My weight.

Shayne: (He mutters and expletive, shaking his head no.) Bullshit. I love every curve on your body. He looks at her, eyes blazing in sincerity. Try again, he growls, not enjoying her putting her weight down.

Me: Sighing.

Anna: (She's practically glowing at his praise.) Next question, please?

Shayne: (He's obviously annoyed that she'd ever consider her voluptuous curves unattractive.)

Me: So that's a pretty shocking scene you have in your book, Rubenesque Rapture, with Ian. Have things been uncomfortable since then?

Anna: (Shaking her head.) Not really, but then again we haven't seen much of him since. She shudders. Things could have been much, much worse than what they were. He's currently in New Orleans on official Endurer business.

Shayne: (Glowering as he stares at me before getting a thoughtful look on his face.) What he needs is a mate of his own, he says gruffly. Are you single? 

Me: (Staring at him in disbelief, before standing up. I'm having to fight the urge to beg for an introduction.) Well, that just about wraps it up! Thank you for joining me today. 

Anna: Thank you for having us.

Shayne: He gives me a quick nod, before turning back to Anna with a slow, sensual smile. Leaning close to her ear, he mutters, I ask the chauffeur to take the scenic route back.

I hope you enjoyed that little interview with Anna. I really enjoyed writing about her in my book. I think you're going to have as much fun reading about her!

Thanks again for having me here today. I'll be checking out the comments periodically, so feel free to post away. Just say hi or ask something outrageous. I'm hoping we can get some fun interactions going! 

This was my first foray into the BBW, or Rubenesque, genre. I have to say that I did like the concept, and I can certainly appreciate a fuller figured woman being the main character and the love interest of a gorgeous warrior. However, I felt like I was constantly being beat over the head about Anna's size. I only need to be told once that she is a size 24, curvaceous and plump, beauty. I don't need to be reminded of that every time I turn a page. I felt like it should have been a subtle enhancement to the story, not the albatross around its neck.

I was also very intrigued by the Endurer world. It started off fast and furious, introducing us to the immortal Endurer warriors who protect humankind from hell-sent demons. In the story, the world is on the edge of Armageddon, and Lucifer is preparing to send his demon army en masse into the world to wreak havoc and steal souls. But, the demons, and Lucifer, are determined to kidnap Anna and use her for breeding purposes. For some reason they are convinced that if they can get one of their evil puppets to impregnate her, she will give birth to the Antichrist. This was one of the story elements that was not really explained adequately. I never did really grasp why they believed that she was the one human female that could fulfill this desire. What made her so special? Since this is Book One in Rose Wynters' Endurers series, I expected (and needed) quite a bit more exposition to really bring the world to life for me. I felt like the whole time I was reading the book that I had jumped into an established series at around book two or three, and had missed some important details. And with this book being over 450 pages on my e-reader, there was certainly enough time to explain!

I was drawn in by the instant chemistry between Shayne and Anna, and while the sex scenes and dirty talk were hot (graphically, blush-inducing, hot!), it seemed a little forced. Instead of letting their attraction and lust develop naturally, it was rushed and jumped into way before I really believed it. I quickly got on board, but by the time I was ready to embrace their lustful romps, they were proclaiming their undying love for each other. It definitely helped move the story along, but it could have been that much better if it had been allowed to breathe a little bit.

Overall, I did really like this book. The characters were vivid and likeable, and I can really see myself getting drawn into this world and the coming battle between good and evil. Plus, Wynters did a really good job introducing enough secondary characters that she could carry this series on with several really interesting sequels. I will definitely pick up book number two when it is available!


Without taking his gaze away from her, he hooked her clothing from the table beside him with one hand. In one smooth move, he lightly tossed them in front of her. “I thought you might sleep more comfortable that way.” 

He knew his heated gaze was making her flustered, and it amused him. She was damn lucky they wouldn’t be alone together for much longer. Anything longer than that, and her virginity would be a thing of the past.

“How did I get in here anyhow?”

He smiled. “How do you think?”

She was fuming. “You expect me to believe that you carried me in all by your little bitty self?” she asked sarcastically, gesturing towards her body. Granted, Shayne was extremely tall and muscled, but there was no way he could be that strong. Unfortunately for her, the last thing she remembered was falling asleep on the ride.

His heated gaze dropped down to her breasts hidden beneath the sheet. They were swollen, her nipples sensitive against the material of the sheet. His eyes slowly traveled back up to her face, nailing her in place with their intensity. “I could carry you with one arm tied behind my back,” he replied with a half-smile. “It would take a lot more than you to make it difficult.”

“Yeah, right,” she replied bitingly. “Let's cut to the chase, shall we? I'm well aware of my size 24, and it would never be considered easy to carry. I don't have time for your games.”

With her clothes gathered up in her arms, she looked up at him coldly, “Do you mind?”

“Not at all,” he drawled, making a princely gesture with his hand, before leaning up against the wall. He looked nonchalant and cool but inside, he was a hotbed of lust so strong he was nearly going up in flames.

 If she stood up and dropped the sheet, he wouldn’t be able to control himself.   He’d have her flat on her back with his dick buried in that hot, little pussy before she knew what hit her. His body was alert and ready to spring at a moment’s notice.

About the Author :

I've always had a love of the paranormal and romance, and I'm a true romantic at heart. I love taking romance to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The hotter the better! You're going to see some pretty wild and crazy stuff in my books, so be prepared!

When not writing, I enjoy traveling and exploring the mysteries of the world. I also like to camp, swim, and even fish. I'm a firm believer that life is meant to be lived, not passing you by!

I have several books that will be released this year. I'm currently working on Book Two for The Endurers series. Look for it towards the end of May. I will also be releasing a werewolf romance series, and a book contains four short stories regarding a fairy trapped in our world. It's going to get very exciting.

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