Fantasy Mountain (Piper Denna)
She arranges fantasy fulfillment for a living. Now it’s her turn.
Victoria has built a world-renowned business at Fantasy Mountain, the resort where no want is too wacky, no urge too unusual, no passion too peculiar. Her ability to create any sexual scenario has granted her everything she could want: power, money, independence. The one thing that remains out of her reach is the man she knows she’ll never have…and he happens to work just down the hall from her.
Brett has all but given up hope of breaching the wall around Victoria’s heart. In fact, he’s engaged to be married back in London in only two months. But he knows Victoria has desires; he’s seen them firsthand.
When a night of passion rekindles old feelings, can he finally fulfill the ultimate fantasy of the woman who’s made it her mission to satisfy everyone’s desires but her own? After all, whatever the erotic dream, it can come true at Fantasy Mountain.
Content Warning: Wild romps, no-holds-barred lust, and deep, meaningful lovemaking. A love story first, sparing no steamy details. Contains glimpses into very kinky fantasies.
Piper Denna’s Guest Post: Things that go bump…or flap
Everybody’s scared of something. Some of us admit to fears readily, while others go for the tough ‘tude and act fearless. In checking out this blog, I learned Faith is afraid of birds. I can relate. Birds are fine if they’re far away…in trees, where they belong. But I’m not interested in petting or holding them. All those sharp claws and beaks are so…fierce.
Our fears are usually based in experience. For me, the childhood chore of feeding the chickens and gathering eggs was fraught with terror—we had one lone rooster (by accident; he came in an order that was supposed to be all hens) who had no other male bird to fight with, so he fought me. And won, every time. I tried facing my fear as an adult, and agreed to hold my mother-in-law’s pet cockatoo, and she promptly bit my face. And chased me every time I entered the house. So I’m just fine accepting—and admitting—that I don’t like birds, and I’m scared of them.
Fictional characters often have fears, and we as authors usually force them to face those fears. In the story I’m writing right now, the hero has a phobia of dogs…and of course, the heroine has a huge dog. His fear is cute, though, and I’m sure he’ll get over it (once he confesses to her—and me—what cause the fear).
In Fantasy Mountain, Victoria should be afraid of helicopters, but has faced that fear and uses one all the time. She lives with fear on a daily basis, but projects an aura of cool power. Her need for constant order and her nearly compulsive cleaning show she’s afraid of anything she can’t control (with good reason), and in an effort to avoid future loss (her greatest fear), she plans to never care for anyone else again. Fortunately for her, Brett is fearless in love, willing to put himself out there again and again, until she’s willing to risk it. It helps that he knows her almost as well as she knows herself, and he doesn’t doubt she loves him…he only needs to convince her.
Title: Fantasy Mountain
Author: Piper Denna
Length: 292 pages
Source: Review copy for a tour
I expected a light-hearted romantic romp, but Fantasy Mountain provided so much more. Piper Denna manages to tell a story that is not only romantic and sexy, but also funny, heart-warming and oh-so-real.
Where to start in describing the resort itself? It almost sounds magical, which is the sort of vibe Victoria was going for. Clients are encouraged to feel like they’re stepping not only into another world, but directly into their fantasies. The resort will stop at virtually nothing to achieve that for clients – from providing participants to setting the scene, every little detail is covered!
I sometimes feel male characters are more fleshed-out in romance, with the main character viewed as sort of secondary. Not so in Fantasy Mountain, which is filled with three-dimensional, well-developed characters. I loved Victoria, and I feel she is one of the best characters I’ve seen in any romance novel. Devastated by the loss of her partner, Victoria decides to step up and do something she’s always wanted to do. From that determination Fantasy Mountain is born.
Brett was also a great character, though I felt sometimes he wasn’t as clear as he could have been about his feelings – typical man trait there though I suppose! With his accent, his good looks, and their unfailing chemistry, Victoria has a hard time keeping her eyes off Brett. They’ve kept hands off (mostly), due to his fiancée and her own reservations. Throughout the story though, factors combine to make keeping their professional distance harder, and their budding relationship is wonderful to read. You can’t help but root for Brett, even as you understand Victoria’s reasons for pushing him away.
As well as Victoria and Brett, I also enjoyed the minor characters, from the pilot to the dog (sorry, deliberately vague to avoid spoilers!). The only negative for me is one particular scene at the house of Victoria’s best friend, Carmyn. Without giving away too much, the….openness in that particular scene felt less believable to me than the rest of the book.
Wonderful, slow-building intimacy, a great setting, steamy sex scenes and fantastic characters make Fantasy Mountain a book not to be missed!
Buy it? Worth paying for in my opinion!
In a nutshell: More than your average romance