Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Release Day Blitz + Review: Maiden Claimed (Palace Secrets Book 2) by Ravyn Rayne @BlushingRavyn

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Maiden Claimed by Ravyn Rayne
Series: Palace Secrets Book 2
Publisher: Blushing Books
Released: August 6, 2015


It was supposed to be a simple trip to the market in Paris.

Nothing for Lady Hannah is ever simple.

One secret after another.

The lies are mounting up.

Lady Hannah has made a deal with the devil. Worse she's falling in love with him. There's no turning back.

A steamy medieval romance filled with spankings and erotic pleasures.

A Character Interview with Hannah

Do you ever feel jealous of the queen, your former mistress and friend?

She's still very much my friend. Sometimes late at night I'm jealous of the romance between Ella and Alexander, but I've come to accept my position at court. As for Ella being queen, that's a job I would never want.

How hard is it for you to keep a secret?

Lies mounting up will get you caught. The goal is to weave a tale of truths into the secret so that you remember every detail. There are times I wish I didn't have to keep secrets, but my life and those I love depend on it. I know how to keep my mouth shut. It's not easy but I'm careful.

You travel to Paris quite a bit. Do you like it there?

It's absolutely beautiful. There's a wealth of silk, jewels, and other fine goods at the market that I can't easily get elsewhere.

What about the men in Paris?

I avoid most of them as best I can. If I brought a gentleman back to the palace, Ella or Alexander would likely have my head.


Waiting outside the bathhouse, a gentleman, with honey-golden hair and eyes as green as the blades of grass on a summer's day, stops in front of me. He looks me over and smiles. His face is covered in scruff and dirt licks his skin. "I approve."

There's an arrogance surrounding this man, and I have the urge to silence him.

"You approve of what?" I ask and cross my arms defensively. My eyes narrow, unpleased.

"I approve of you joining me in the bathhouse. Though I admit you look pretty clean already. Guess I shouldn't be surprised." He reaches out to touch a strand of my blonde hair and I swat his fingers away and force his arm down to his side.

"You've lost your mind." My grip on his wrist is forceful, showing him who's boss.

"What do you think you're doing?" he asks, glancing down at my hand still holding his wrist.

Three Questions with the author, Ravyn Rayne

All your romance novels tend to be novella length, can you tell us why that is?

Sure! I find I prefer reading and writing shorter romance novels, especially when it comes to romantic erotica. I want my readers to enjoy the novel, the romance, and the sex without feeling boggled down by too many plot details that aren't necessary. (Have you ever read a book and thought, wow this scene was totally unnecessary?) If I want to write a subplot or have a specific direction I desire the story to go in, then I will continue the series in another book. Some of my favorite romantic erotica novels are 22k-30k words, which tend to be the length I'm writing. This also gives me the opportunity to write a lot and publish often. So readers will be able to pick up a new Ravyn Rayne title every month and sometimes two per month!

Is there going to be a third book in the Palace Secrets series?

Yes! Grave Misfortune has already been written. It's scheduled for release September 24th.

Where can readers find out information on your upcoming novels?

I have a page on my website Ravyn's Books, that exclusively details the books, blurb, release date (if available). It also includes information on the current books I'm working on. Sometimes there's changes to the page if a book hasn't been released yet (title, slight blurb change), but for the most part it's fairly accurate. It's also the most up to date place I keep information.

My Review

I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

In Maiden Claimed we follow along with Lady Hannah; Queen Isabella’s Lady in waiting and King Alexander’s mistress. Hannah is sent to the market in Paris to buy a present for the Queen; her birthday is coming up soon. While she is there she witnesses a woman being abused and wants to help her. So Hannah takes her back to the palace with her so she can find her a husband and hopefully the woman can then move far away and will then be safe and live a happy life. She has to keep this woman a secret from the King and Queen or she could get in trouble.

The woman is in great need of a bath so before she takes her to the palace she pays for the woman to have a bath at the public bath house. While she is waiting for the woman a man comes up to her and starts a conversation with her and wants her to join him in the bath house. But Hannah puts him in his place real quick like. She lets him know that she is not that kind of person.

After Hannah returns to the palace with the woman guess who she runs into. Yep the guy from the bath house which she finds out is a Duke and his name is Lucas who is at the palace because he is looking for a bride. Lucas knows Hannah’s secret and she is afraid that he is going to tell the King and Queen what she is up too. She tries her best to play it all off by having to tell lies which she doesn’t like but she has learned that sometimes you don’t have a choice.

While Hannah is playing all nice with Lucas to keep him quiet she starts to have feelings for him and wonders if he is doing the same. But of course being the kind of person she is she doesn’t believe that there is no way someone like the Duke would ever care for her. But before she has the chance to find out the King lets Lucas know that Hannah is his mistress and that she is off limits and that he must look elsewhere for a bride.

Hannah is a very strong woman. Stronger than most women with all that she has been through and all of the things that she has had to do. All the secrets that she has and has to live with would make any woman strong. Well now let me rewind here with all the things that she lives with could actually break quite a few women.

I think I have already said this but some things can’t ever be said enough. I have read everything that Ravyn has written and I have truly loved each and every book. The more she writes the more I want to read. Ravyn has a style of writing that I don’t think I have ever come across before and I can’t get enough of it and I want more of it. I can’t wait for the third book in the series Grave Misfortune. I hope this is not the last book in the series. I hope Ravyn has plans for more books in the Palace Secrets series in the future. 

Snag the first book, Palace Secrets


Love comes in many forms and always at a price.

At twenty-three, Princess Isabella must settle down for the sake of her kingdom. Caught up in a secret affair with her lady-in-waiting, Hannah, the princess knows it can only last for so long.

When Prince Alexander arrives to court her, he confides that his father is on his death bed, and he will be crowned king soon. Isabella hastily agrees to the proposal, desiring to be queen, knowing little about her soon to be husband.

Murder, secrets, and lies combine with menage, spanking, and erotic encounters in this steamy medieval romance.

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About the Author

Ravyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can't wait for her next vacation,

Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don't make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.wherever it might be.

Currently on schedule to publish two books a month through Blushing Books, Ravyn is incredibly prolific. Her series include: Federal Agent Chronicles, Palace Secrets, and Gem Apocalypse. She is also writing a spin-off series to Gem Apocalypse, titled Courtesan Slave Trade. Her goal is to write two romance novels per month. She has been published professionally since 2013. You can find her young adult book here.