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Spinning a fresh twist on the romance genre, Ju Ephraime's Daphne is in the driver's seat and in full control to make the decisions that will change her forever. Daphne's developed sexuality and power bridge a gap between the classic and the contemporary with subtle nuances, sparkling insights, and a provocative, sensuous narrative style.
Reminiscent of the works of Lisa Kleypas and Stephanie Laurens, Ju Ephraime's rich emotional landscape delivers an achingly accessible complexity that makes State of Ecstasy steamy, provocative, and fresh, and its author a forceful new voice who brings an entirely new level of heat.
Posted July 28, 2012
State of Ecstasy is a story set in the French Caribbean and it's about the twin of Foxx LaCasse, the hero in Loving Therese. The author did a superb job of tying these two books together so each can be read as a standalone. I love Wolfe the hero in this book, I love the heroine also, but my heart went out to Wolfe. Not only because he obviously loved Daphne, the heroine in the story, but because he was a TERRIFIC lover. And boy did he LOVE Daphne. The book was hot from the moment Wolfe met Daphne on his private beach until they got married. There were a few moments of sadness, when he found out Daphne was hell bent on leaving him and returning home, but I believe he handled it beautifully, when he decided against being intimate with her. But it was all the sweeter when they got back together. State of Ecstasy is just that, ECSTASY!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2012
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite
In "State of Ecstasy" by Ju Ephraime, Daphne is recovering from a bad break-up. She was completely duped by boyfriend Michael and is picking up the pieces. She has thrown herself into work to forget, but now thinks a holiday will be better for her. Her friend and work colleague Gayle tries to dissuade her, thinking it is a bad idea but Daphne is determined. She flies off to Martinique where she very quickly falls for the gorgeous Wolfe. She tries to rationalise herself out of what quickly becomes infatuation but she is fighting a losing battle. Soon she is in his arms where a whole new physical side of herself is awoken. But surely everything is happening too quickly? And of course there are complications, which take human and emotional forms. So they give themselves time and space to think.
This is the ideal book for some saucy summer reading. But there is more to it than just good looking characters and steamy sex scenes. It is not shallow. The story touches on very raw, real emotions, ranging from love to hatred and jealousy. It is also about the need we feel, whether real or imagined, right or wrong, to curb our physical desires and stay rational and practical. Sometimes it is OK to want it all. The complexities of families and family life and the pressures of business responsibilities come into play as well and are portrayed all too realistically. This is a book you can easily end up reading in one sitting since there is plenty of excitement and drama. Thank goodness this is just the first in a series!
Posted March 18, 2012
Is it hot in here or is it me? The State of Ecstasy was a steamy romantic story that kept me reading! I read the book in only two sitting because it was so good. With a great opening you dive into some romantic and erotic characters. This quite possibly could be my favorite romance of all time. The writing style of the author makes you feel right in the book. I would recommend this to anyone that want to spark up their evening reading!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2012
This is my FIRST review. Oh, sure I've read a ton of books, but I've never written a review for one, except on my blog. So here goes...
I enjoyed this story very much. At times, I wasn't sure whether it was erotica or romance until I realized it didn't matter. There are erotic elements and there are things that traditional romantics expect: boy meets girl, they have passionate interactions, they fall madly in love, overcome whatever hang-ups they have, get married, have babies, and live happily ever after. With the dialogue, I wondered what time period this story was set in, but it didn't distract me from the beautiful love that Wolfe and Daphne found with each other.
I've been reading paranormal romance books so long, I was waiting for Wolfe to actually howl at the moon and make Daphne his weremate, but that never happened. Maybe in the sequel. :)
After reading this, I'd like to plan a vacation to the island of Martinique. With my husband, of course.
Posted July 16, 2011
from the cover alone you get swept into a spell the book tells all and really makes you want to be at this place wonderful please read it its one to keep and shareWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2011
Ju Ephraime is to be congratulated on doing a phenomenal job in her description of the French Caribbean Island of Martinique, and the passion that flared between these two characters, Daphne and Wolfe. This author takes you on a journey where you literally experience the intense sexuality between the hero and heroine. The story is fast paced, and it moves you along from their first initial encounter, to Daphne leaving Wolfe and returning to the US, to her final decision to return to the island to be with him. The romance level is HOT, the sexual encounters are so vivid that you are practically there with them, as you experience second hand the passion which flares whenever these two come together. This book does not disappoint!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.