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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review of A Dash of Desire by Charity Parkerson

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TITLE – A Dash of Desire

SERIES – Spiced Life

AUTHOR – Charity Parkerson

GENRE – Contemporary Romance


LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 261 pages

PUBLISHER – Punk & Sissy Publications

COVER ARTIST – Charity Parkerson

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He wants to tame her…

After losing his wife to her wild ways at a young age, Tristan moved on to follow a higher calling. He

finds comfort in helping others and has no intention of inviting drama back into his life. That is, until

temptation blows into town.

She wants to corrupt him…

Riley is a foul-mouthed, bad-tempered, and bitter soul. Down on her luck and on the run from another

terrible decision, the last thing she needs is a soul-saving hottie pushing his way into her life.

But will they end up destroying each other?

Taming Riley becomes an obsession for Tristan. With his reputation on the line and Riley’s heart on the

table, can Tristan find a way to keep both? It only takes a dash of desire to ignite a flame when this

savior and sinner collide. But this is one inferno that could end up destroying them both.

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The chain rattled. “Riley, Brother Daniels’ truck is out front. Have you…” Tristan jumped away from Riley

as Billy burst onto the scene. The woman froze, as she caught sight of him standing in the center of

Riley’s bedroom. No doubt, he was also looking guilty as sin…and turned on. He definitely was that. “Oh.

There you are.”

“Riley fell,” he said without giving her a chance to question what she’d—no doubt—witnessed coming

through the door.

A loving expression touched her features as she eyed them both. “I’m not surprised. Poor girl. You

wouldn’t believe how many calls I got from West Anaheim ER, letting me know my baby had broken

another bone.” Billy’s voice hardened. “Especially, since my no-good sister, Marty…”

“Billy, please?” Riley said, cutting her off.

With a sheepish grin, Billy blushed. “Sorry darling. Sometimes I forget.” Riley crossed the room, and gave

the older woman a quick hug. She toyed with Riley’s hair, tugging it over one shoulder and sliding her

hand down the locks. “Anyhow,” she said, turning her attention back to Tristan. “My girl has a good job.

She never would let me come take care of her, since she could afford to hire someone to do it.” Flashing

Riley an exasperated look, she added, “This one has never needed anyone. Thank goodness, since


“Billy,” Riley said, reeling her aunt in, once more.

“I’m sorry. It’s just with it being your birthday and her doing what she did, I just.” Tearing up, Billy

covered her mouth. A sob still broke loose. Before anyone had time to react, she walked out, closing the

door behind her as she left. Riley stared unblinking at the wood separating them from the rest of the


“Wow.” Tristan was baffled by Riley’s obvious shock. As she turned wide eyes his way, her voice came

out in a horrified whisper. “She was crying. I’ve never seen Billy cry. That’s the same woman who used

to make me pick my own switch when I misbehaved.”

A chuckle rose in Tristan’s throat. “I didn’t know it was your birthday.”

Riley motioned toward the door, still seemingly floored. “She once beat a chicken to death with a shovel

after it chased me down the driveway. I was scarred for years.” Tristan’s chuckle turned to a full-on

laugh. “I’m being serious. She cooked him afterward. I haven’t looked at a drumstick the same since.”

Tristan swiped at his eyes. “Happiness looks damn sexy on you.”

He glanced away, uncomfortable with the change in topic. Happiness was one thing he knew little

about. “Being in your company seems to have that effect on me,” he said, half hoping to fill the silence

and half needing her to know the truth. “How old are you today?” He asked, changing the subject.

“Twenty-eight. Why? Do you intend to spank me?”

She sounded hopeful. There were no safe topics where Riley was concerned.


I love reading Charity Parkerson's books.  Her writing, stories and characters are truly amazing and so real.  Her stories taken some very unexpected turns and are full of surprises.  I love her writing and how her words draw you into her story.  A Dash of Desire was no exception.  I love this story.  I was quite taken with Tristan and was really surprised he was a pastor.  He definitely wasn't  your typical pastor.  Tristan was such a caring and loving  man.  I also have to say Riley is truly amazing and a very strong character.  She was through so much but remained this amazing and delightful person. I love how Tristan and Riley meet in the story and their constant bantering.  The chemistry was there between Tristan and Riley.  They fell hard for one another.  I really enjoyed where Charity took the story.  I was quite surprised with everything that came out even though I knew in the beginning there was something going on with Riley.  

I highly recommend you read A Dash of Desire.  You will not regret it.  It is full of mystery, romance, love, desire and action.  I did not want to put the book down.  The pages just flew by.  I am looking forward to reading more of Charity Parkerson's books and recommend  you read her books.  You will not regret it.  She is truly an amazing writer.  It will be interesting to see what she comes up with next.  5 stars

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Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora's Cave Publishing, Indie

Publishing House LLC, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her

mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

*Winner of 2, 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards

*2014 Golden Ankh Nominee

*2013 Readers' Favorite Award Winner

*2013 Reviewers' Choice Award Winner

*2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance

*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath


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1 winner will receive this prize pack: 1- autographed copy of A Splash of Hope, 1-“Team Naughty” tote,

1-audio copy of The Wizard & The Wanton, 2 autographed bookmarks, 1 “Sinner” t-shirt, and 1

pack of Ellora’s Cave Cavemen playing cards.

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