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The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-$et Temptress: Learning The Life by Lantana Bleu

The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-Set Temptress trilogy is in many ways the spiritual successor of Jackie Collins’ take on erotic romance set among the rich and famous.

 

Lantanableu_spicysecrets_book1_ebook_finalThe beautiful protagonist, Miss Melisse, moves effortlessly among the highest circles providing the ultimate in fantasy trysts to the rich and powerful in glittering backdrops of champagne and splendour at only the most exclusive of venues.

 

Where it differs, and becomes something completely unique and fresh, is in the author’s background as a retired courtesan. This experience and insight is called upon in creating the series and vivid fictional world, though obviously through the prisms of literary flourish and full creative licence.

 

‘Learning the Life’ is the first installment in the Spicy Secrets trilogy, introducing us to the enchanting high-class call girl Miss Melisse as she delves deeper and deeper into the spicy, sexual underworld.

 

Needing to survive alone in New York, she dances in seedy strip joints before quitting, returning to college (and the workaday world), then ultimately chooses to enter “The Life” by graduating to a deluxe ‘finishing school’ for ‘ladies of the evening’.

 

It is here, working in a luxurious and highly discreet NYC bordello, that she learns the skills and subtleties of seduction.

 

And it is here too that she comes under the wing of mysterious madam ‘GG’, her mentor, and also a sexy new partner-in-crime, ‘Shishapuss’, who help transform her into the cool and consummate jet-set temptress of later books.

 

With her new-found experience and friendships, Miss Melisse –  a petite blonde bombshell who is described as a cross between Hollywood icon Grace Kelly (though lustier) and Disney’s Tinkerbell – learns how to charm men with her femininity, a caring, soft approach, and a spicy finish.

 

Quickly, she becomes a sought-after modern-day courtesan, or VIP companion, holding court in Manhattan and travelling the world with her well-heeled clients, including one wily millionaire sheik.

 

While craftily juggling a colourful client-base of high-powered, highly-sexed men she runs into the irresistible Brahim, a charismatic and fun-loving beau with spicy, naughty secrets of his own.

 

When sparks fly and love is ignited, Miss Melisse is faced with a tough question – can she literally afford to let one man melt her heart and potentially upset her (lucrative) apple cart?

 

Packed full of sizzling erotic scenes, intimate dialogue, true confessions and saucy sex tips from Miss Melisse on how best to pleasure men (both physically and psychologically), this is essentially a coming-of-age novel with an erotic twist. Call it “Chick Lit” with a scorching hot heat index!

 

Loosely based on the experiences of the author, Learning The Life is an entertaining, often humorous read laced with arousing yet tasteful sexual encounters. At the same time, however, it is a vivid and believable account of how a modern, enterprising woman can make the world’s oldest profession work for her, on her terms.

 

Touching on the choices many modern women face – dependence versus independence; taking risks versus playing it safe; using sex, flirtation and feminine wiles to get what one wants (vs. playing it ‘straight’ in a man’s world) – it is bound to resonate with readers, even if the setting itself is exotic.

 

Fundamentally, women will find empathy with Miss Melisse as, despite her controversial career, she is a likeable character with a spiritual side – working hard to make a living, keeping pride and humour in her life, and doing what she considers to be something worthwhile.

 

All in all, this is a sexy, escapist novel that raises the veil on a fascinating, secretive world and more than whets the appetite for Part Two, Love In The Life.

 

The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-Set Temptress: Learning The Life (Paperback) by Lantana Bleu is published on April 4, 2016, priced £12.38. An eBook edition is also available, priced £5.50, as well as audiobook, narrated by the author, and priced £19.28. Visit www.TheSpicySecrets.com

 

The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-$et Temptress, Part Two: Love In The Life by Lantana Bleu

Love In The Life is the second installment in The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-Set Temptress series by real-life courtesan turned author Lantana Bleu.

 

Lantanableu_spicysecrets_book2_ebook_finalIn the first novel – ‘Learning the Life’ – readers followed high-class New York call-girl Miss Melisse as she came of age, learning the fine art of seduction under the tutelage of madam GG and building up a client-base of the most influential and wealthy men.

 

Part two sees the shrewd blonde bombshell at the top of her game and continuing her often hilarious amorous adventures with regular high-paying clients such as eccentric Sheik Jazzy, Xerxes, her super-eligible Internet millionaire, Harry Quint, the best-dressed capitalist, Mr. Funsaki, a karaoke-singing electronics magnate and the low-brow  Hollywood movie producer, Nic Copolos.

 

Between juggling her demanding clients and playing with cute boy toys in her spare time, she’s utilizing her ample assets and sound business mind to bring a long-held ambition to fruition: “La Fantasia,” a secretive, secluded and sexy spa retreat staffed by “handpicked love servants” where women can hide away “to refresh and renew themselves with men who stand ready to please, pamper, and pleasure them”.

 

La Fantasia is Miss Melisse’s brainchild, nest egg and the reason she keeps going in a profession she is gradually growing disillusioned with. It’s full-speed ahead, but then her master-plan is threatened by something she didn’t anticipate: love.

 

The hot-blooded, accomplished and mysterious Brahim, an enticing filmmaker cum actor (with spicy secrets of his own) is the one man who threatens to break her one cardinal rule, “No love. No relationship” – at least until her fortune is made, she’s left prostitution behind and La Fantasia is up and running.

 

She increasingly finds it difficult to separate business from pleasure, what with Brahim interrupting her work dates – and her thoughts.

 

And when Brahim proves to be pure magic between the sheets and a true friend, Miss Melisse finds herself in a worrying position – facing a choice between making love or making money.

 

And, there is the ever-present torch she secretly carries for a very special client she met only once, briefly, and the only patron who ever set her heart afire. How do you give your heart and life over to one man when your thoughts keep turning to another?  Get real, she tells herself, crushes on clients are out of the question…

 

Soon Miss Melisse finds herself gambling more than she ever expected and worrying if it will all come crashing down around her when Brahim eventually finds out what she really does for a living.

 

Packed full of teasing interludes and long, steamy sex scenes in unlikely ways and places, Love In The Life is a witty, literary entry in the erotic romance genre that delves deep into the life and mind of an unapologetic Pretty Woman.

 

It’s a (guilty) pleasure to be reacquainted with the sharp, sassy and enterprising Miss Melisse. As in the first novel, she makes for a complex and compelling protagonist who propels the story forward, but this time round benefits from an extra dimension of pathos through her vulnerability. She’s new to having a so-called loving relationship, and it’s deliciously entertaining to watch a wild thing like her attempt to navigate in new territory.

 

Her “love vs. money” dilemma and the conflict between her desire to “settle down” with someone special and the force of her adventurous, ambitious nature keeps the reader engrossed until the final page and screaming out for book three, ‘Leaving The Life’.

 

 

Mercifully, however, the Spicy Secrets trilogy has been released simultaneously so, unlike a trilogy such as Fifty Shades of Grey, there doesn’t need to be an anguished wait for the denouement.

The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-Set Temptress: Love In The Life (Paperback) by Lantana Bleu is published on April 4, 2016, priced £12.38. An eBook edition is also available, priced £5.50, as well as audiobook, narrated by the author, and priced £19.28. Visit www.TheSpicySecrets.com

 

The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-$et Temptress, Part Three: Leaving the Life, by Lantana Bleu

 

‘Leaving The Life’ is the third instalment in The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-Set Temptress series by real-life courtesan turned erotic author Lantana Bleu.

 

In the first novel – ‘Learning the Life’ – readers followed high-class New York call-girl Miss Melisse as she came of age, learning the fine art of seduction under the tutelage of madam GG and building up a client-base comprising wealthy and powerful men.

 

Part two – ‘Love In The Life’ – saw the shrewd blonde bombshell at the top of her game, earning a fortune and continuing her saucy adventures. While juggling the eccentric Sheik Jazzy and her other millionaire clients, Melisse fell in love with Brahim – a hot-blooded filmmaker cum actor and that rarest of men – one who actually captured her heart and set her body on fire.

 

But this unexpected turn of events threatened to derail Miss Melisse’s carefully mapped-out master-plan of accruing enough to achieve her long-held ambition of opening a secretive, secluded and sexy spa retreat for women called “La Fantasia”.

Lantanableu_spicysecrets_book3_ebook_finalIn part three, we are re-introduced to the sharp, sassy and sexy protagonist in romantic Cannes, in the south of France, as she rebounds from a broken heart when Brahim takes a new direction that doesn’t include her.

 

Downbeat and dejected, she tries to get over him by working hard and playing even harder with new men. But there’s a VIP client from the past who she met only once, briefly, and can’t get out of her heart. Little does she know the feeling is mutual.

 

But she is still living the life as a high-flying courtesan for Sheik Jazzy, whose patronage assures that she can soon make her dream for La Fantasia a reality.

 

Jazzy is happy to give her everything she wants, but there is a hidden price – that she stays his forever. When the sheik kidnaps and takes her to his legendary gilded harem – a latter-day pleasure dome where lust, laziness and indulgence reign supreme, she must admit that perhaps she’s done a little too good a job in getting a man to fall in lust with her!

 

While there, Miss Melisse is serviced by an adoring (if kinky) personal butler as she contemplates the pleasures and pitfalls of being a jet-set temptress. But she finds meaning and purpose by sharing her most scorching spicy secrets with a desperate wife of the sheik’s in sore need of her expert tuition.

 

While negotiating her way around wild parties in the harem, new dabbles in BDSM, and Jazzy’s usual peccadillos, she questions how she can she break free of her gilded cage for good and leave such a highly-paid and glamourous lifestyle behind to achieve what, deep down, she’s always wanted – true love, and her own business.

Packed full of emotional turmoil and knotty dilemmas, the book touches on many themes women regularly face in their lives, albeit in a more erotic and exotic setting.

 

Should Miss Melisse choose safety and security over independence? Can a woman truly have it all, and can love ever be bought?

 

As the plot unfolds, readers will be enthralled as they wait to discover if her capable personal butler Rami can help her envision her life for the better, or will Brahim come to her rescue? That is, if she even need rescuing. And can two people who fell in love at first sight, and know nothing about the other, ever reunite?

 

Like a brilliant Jackie Collins novel combined with elements of Bridget Jones and Pretty Woman, this erotic chick lit novel is a romp of a read, packed full of teasing interludes and long, steamy sex scenes.

 

Fans of the genre will see this as the ultimate in tasteful fantasy trysts, all set to a backdrop of champagne, money and power, and those who have already read books one and two will find a rewarding pay-off to the trials and titillations of Miss Melisse.

The Spicy Secrets of a Jet-Set Temptress: Leaving The Life (Paperback) by Lantana Bleu is published on April 4, 2016, priced £12.38. An eBook edition is also available, priced £5.50, as well as audiobook, narrated by the author, and priced £19.28. Visit www.TheSpicySecrets.com

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