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Hungarian Rhapsody

Edited by Antonia Adams By Justine Elyot, Charlotte Stein and Kay Jaybee

Hungarian Rhapsody
Paperback, 224 pages paperback Online Price:
ISBN: 9781908262127
Imprint: Xcite Books
Published: 14th June 2012

EPUB, 223 pages ebook Online Price:
ISBN: 9781908262134
Imprint: Xcite Books
Published: 1st May 2012

Category: Romance, The Secret Library

Rating: 5 / 5 stars - 2 vote(s).

Three passionate novellas from The Secret Library range that offer essential, sensual reading.

Hungarian Rhapsody – Justine Elyot

Ruby had no idea what to expect from her trip toBudapest, but a strange man in her bed on her first night probably wasn’t it. Once the mistake is ironed out, though, and introductions made, she finds herself strangely drawn to the handsome Hungarian, despite her vow of holiday celibacy. Does Janos have what it takes to break her resolve and discover the secrets she is hiding, or will she be able to resist his increasingly wild seduction tactics? Against the romantic backdrop of a city made for lovers, personalities clash. They also bump. And grind.

Restraint – Charlotte Stein

Marnie Lewis is certain that one of her friends – handsome but awkward Brandon– hates her guts. The last thing she wants to do is go on a luscious weekend away with him and a few other buddies, to a cabin in the woods. But when she catches Brandondoing something very dirty after a night spent listening to her relate some of her sexcapades to everyone, she can’t resist pushing his buttons a little harder. He might seem like a prude, but Marnie suspects he likes a little dirty talk. And Marnie has no problems inciting his long dormant desires. 

A Sticky Situation – Kay Jaybee

If there is a paving stone to trip over, or a drink to knock over, then Sally Briers will trip over it or spill it. Yet somehow Sally is the successful face of marketing for a major pharmaceutical company; much to the disbelief of her new boss, Cameron James.

Forced to work together on a week-long conference in anOxfordhotel, Sally is dreading spending so much time with arrogant new boy Cameron, whose presence somehow makes her even clumsier than usual.

Cameron, on the other hand, just hopes he’ll be able to stay professional, and keep his irrational desire to lick up all the accidentally split food and drink that is permanently to be found down Sally’s temptingly curvy body, all to himself. 

Without turning around he said, ‘You like what you see?’

I suppressed my yelp of alarm at having been perceived and tried to retrieve the situation. ‘Scrambled eggs, yeah, lovely.’

‘Not the eggs,’ he said. ‘You are checking out my ass. You like it?’

‘I’m not … nothing of the kind,’ I protested, but it sounded too lame to continue with. Instead, I sidled up to the counter and peered into the bowl. ‘What’s this?’

Lecsó,’ he said, but I was none the wiser, so he explained. ‘We like for breakfast. Onions, peppers, tomatoes, cook with sugar and salt and paprika until they are soft. Then we put with eggs, right?’

‘It smells lovely.’

‘Thanks. You sit down. I bring coffee.’

He slid the bowl and a tiny cup of super strength coffee under my nose once I was ensconced at the kitchen table, then he joined me opposite.

‘Healthier than a fry-up,’ I commented, sampling the fare. It was delicious. He was a good cook. I eyed him, all rumpled and tattooed and sinewy and handsome over there. I’d pre-emptively kicked him out of bed. How strange of me.

I reminded myself that he was arrogant and entitled. And, what was that other thing? Oh yeah. I was on the rebound. Big style. Stay away, Ruby.

‘Healthy,’ he said, chewing speculatively. ‘Not typical Hungarian food. Much fat.’

‘But there isn’t an ounce of fat on you,’ I said before I could help myself.

‘Ounce?’ But he had understood me, if that devilish smirk was any evidence.

‘You don’t look fat,’ I blethered on.

‘Thanks.’ He took a sip of coffee. ‘You like my body?’

I’d played right into his hands, it was clear.

‘I just meant that you look healthy.’

He leant forward on one elbow, his head low, eyes fixed on mine. ‘I’m healthy,’ he said. ‘You’re healthy. We can be healthy together.’

Whatever he meant by that, it sounded filthy. I guessed he wasn’t offering to introduce me to his gym.

‘Ah … I came here for some alone time,’ I told him, hoping it sounded more convincing to him than it did for me. ‘Time to think.’

He put out a hand and I froze, unable to move, as he brushed a damp curl from my forehead. I hadn’t been able to blow dry my hair, forgetting that Hungarian sockets were different.

‘Your eyes they are sad,’ he said. ‘You have sad thoughts.’

‘I’m fine,’ I said in a high, tense voice. ‘Just want to be left alone.’

To my horror, my throat closed over the food it had just swallowed and my eyes filled with tears.

‘Hey now.’ János was up and around the table in a flash, crouching by my side, sliding an arm around my shoulder, pulling my face against his neck. ‘Hey.’

He felt warm and reassuring, his bare skin with its peppering of hairs bathing me in a strange lulling calm. I squeezed out the stupid tears then let myself be held a few moments longer before muttering, ‘I’m OK,’ into his neck.

‘My lecsó not as good as my mother’s, but is it so bad?’

I made a sound that was half-laugh half-sniff. ‘No, it’s nice.’

‘Like me. I am very nice man. I don’t let sadness happen in my apartment. So you have to be happy, right? What Jodie says – cheer-up-it-might-never-happen.’

He recited it like a mantra and I giggled to hear the words in his dark, Dracula-esque accent.

I lifted my eyes to his. ‘You’re sweet,’ I said. ‘But I’m OK now. I’ll be OK.’

He kept a hand on my shoulder. ‘I don’t know. You want to tell your friend János why you are sad?’

‘No.’ I smiled.

He shrugged and stood up again, patting my shoulder on the way to his full height.

‘Mysterious Ruby,’ he said, wandering over to the french window and flinging it open to stand on the small balcony. ‘Beautiful day,’ he said. ‘It’s a day for the pool.’

I thought it was a day for staring at the ceiling and getting my head together, but I didn’t comment.

‘What you think, Ruby? You come to the pool with me? Or you want I show you all tourist attractions ofBudapest. How long you are staying?’

‘As long as it takes,’ I said. ‘Besides, isn’t that up to you? It’s your apartment.’

He turned around, the early morning blue sky and golden sun surrounding his outline.

‘You stay as long as you are happy,’ he said. ‘I have one condition.’

‘Oh?’ I waited to be sexually blackmailed.

‘You come to the pool with me today. You need to feel the sun.’

I leant back on the table, considering this. If I didn’t go to the pool with him, I’d just mope about here brooding and obsessing about stuff. The pool might be nice. Plus, I had to admit I was a bit nervous of spending time in a city so foreign, where I didn’t speak a single syllable of the language. A companion would be a boon. He could teach me a few conversational basics and how to get around.

‘Well, OK,’ I said.

‘Cool.’ He mopped an upward hand through his forest of hair and smiled so that his moustache lifted. ‘You get your things and we go.’

On the yellow tram curving and jangling through the elegant city streets, I asked János about his life.

‘I do things,’ he said vaguely. ‘I have property. I start many businesses but Hungarian economy is bad, you know?’

‘I’d heard. What kind of businesses?’

‘I start a bar, but it fail. Then a restaurant. I think of new ideas, good ideas, but is hard in this city – there is so much rules and paperworks. I want to build stuff, make things good forBudapest.’

‘Budapest is very beautiful,’ I commented, looking out of the window at the Parisian-style boulevards and grandiose architecture. ‘Have you always lived here?’

‘Of course. I can’t live nowhere else. You are fromLondon, like Jodie?’


‘And you run away toBudapest.’

I pursed my lips. He had that right. But he didn’t have a right to know. I was saved by the tram bell, as it glided to a halt at the gates of a vast and lushly green park.

‘The pool is in the park?’ I asked, following János into the green oasis. ‘Is it outdoors?’

‘Indoors and outdoors,’ he said. ‘It’s a spa. Water is always warm, even people go there in the snow.’

‘Sounds brilliant! We don’t have many outdoor pools inEngland.’

‘In Hungary, they are everywhere.’ He smiled down at me and pointed at an amazing building over to the right, like a child’s version of a fairy tale castle. A child whose favourite colour was yellow.

‘It’s there.’

‘No way! That’s a swimming pool?’

‘Come and see.’

Justine Elyot

Justine Elyot is the author of the Black Lace title On Demand as well asThe Business of PLEasure and Meeting Her Match. HEr fiction is published by Black Lace, Xcite and Cleis Press.  She likes to explore the dark side of desire in her writing. She lives by the sea.

Kay Jaybee

Kay Jaybee wrote the novels Making Him Wait, (Sweetmeats Press, 2012), The Voyeur (Xcite, 2012), and The Perfect Submissive (Xcite, 2011), as well as the novellas Digging Deep (Xcite, 2013), A Sticky Situation (Xcite, 2012), and The Circus (Sweetmeats Press, 2011). She has also written the anthologies The Best of Kay Jaybee, (Xcite, 2012), Tied to the Kitchen Sink, Equipment, (All Romance, 2012), Yes Ma’am (Xcite e-books, 2011), Quick Kink One and Quick Kink Two (Xcite e-books, 2010), and The Collector (Austin & Macauley, 1st Ed 2008, 2nd Ed 2012).
Kay has had over 60 short stories published by Cleis Press (inc. Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2, Best Women’s Erotica 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012; Best Bondage 2012, 2013, Sweet Love, Gotta Have It, Sweet Confessions), Black Lace (Sexy Little Numbers, Sex and Music), Mammoth (The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Erotica), Xcite (inc.Ultimate Sin, Boy Fun, Power Play, Threesomes, Finger Music, Tricks For Kicks), Penguin (Oysters and Chocolate; Erotic Stories of Every Flavor), Seal (Oysters and Chocolate; Nice Girls, Naughty Sex), Smut, (Smut Alfresco), and Sweetmeats Press (Immoral Views, Punished).

Kay is currently working on The Retreat, the sequel to The Perfect Submissive.

Charlotte Stein

Charlotte Stein has written over thirty short stories, novellas and novels, including entries in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance and Best New Erotica 10. Her collection of short stories was named one of the best erotic romances of 2009 by Michelle Buonfiglio, and her first novel, Control, was recently called "...a non-stop crazy hot sex book". When not writing non-stop crazy hot sex books, she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms and occasionally lusting after hunks. She lives in West Yorkshire with her husband.

Charlotte Stein can be found at:

Customer Reviews:

Reviewed by: Raunchy Reader on 6th May 2012 3:11PM

I love this book - I'm so glad there's a series of The Secret Library. Three totally different romances, the contrast is great.

The backdrop of Budapest is fabulously romantic and Janos is definitely my favourite hero out of these three stories. He's gorgeous. What is it about Hungarians!

A Sticky Situation, set in Oxford, is so English. Sally reminded me of those rather old-fashioned heroines, very sweet, but with a twist of feisty thrown in. Some very touching moments in this one.

Brandon, the hero in Restraint, made my insides melt. Some lovely humour in this one too.

If you want romance with hot sex, this is the book for you.

Reviewed by: Midnight Boudoir on 29th April 2012 10:52PM

Its strange as I would always go for the more hardcore sex scenes type book, but the storylines from each one of these brilliant authors made a fantastic read.
I felt a great connection between all the couples and could feel the conflict between them, it takes a good erotic authors to keep you hooked on the story lines with the sex feeling like it is just an added bonus.
Despite all 3 sex scenes being quite vanilla, each was written well and dont think just because its vanilla its boring its certainly was NOT, they are all a very hot erotic sexy read; with cracking endings to all 3 novellas.

I cant actually say which story was my favourite as they were all brilliantly written and each being so completely different from one another. But seriously all three novellas were expertly put together with their addictive reads.

I adore the new velvet flock covers beautifully designed you will want to collect the rest as they will look stunning in a bookcase.. you know...those wooden things with shelves...!
Okay now I\'ll finish getting down off my high horse...
This book can easily be left on your bedside or coffee table and of course would make a beautiful gift to someone.

Hungarian Rhapsody by Justine Elyot

This is the first Novella in the set of 3 and is set in Budapest. Justine must have extensive knowledge of this city as I felt I was there with detailed descriptions of roads and parts of the city; a gorgeous touch to the book.
I love the connection between the couple that sometimes isn\'t there in a novel, you watch Ruby begin to relax and enjoy being treated like a real woman after what she has been through, we see her realise she can enjoy love and sex again within a relationship .
The writer makes us believe Janos is just another man who only wants one thing; but the story allows us to get to know him better too, finding out he is very much a deep hearted romantic that we want to see in every man, has Justine created our perfect man in print.....!
I loved this story it flowed so well and you could feel the sexual tension start to grow between the couple ending in an hot steamy encounter filled with emotion, it felt so real and was beautifully written with no sleaze, the storyline and the connection between this couple was great to follow, making you want to see them to get together.

Restraints by Charlotte Stein

A cabin in the heart of the woods is a great setting for this sexy novella from Charlotte Stein; I have read another of her books \"Telling Tales\" and I absolutely adore her style of writing and this was no exception. In fact it was quite a similar storyline again which I loved.
Marnie is a very sexually outspoken woman and she assumes when Brandon walks off or scoffs at her it was a result of being a boring a prude, so instead of excepting a weekend of awkwardness she decides to confront him to force him to explain why he hates her so much.
I loved the connection between Marnie and Brandon and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her find her inner dominatrix and being able to watch Brandon gain the confidence he never had. The sex is vanilla but extremely sexy and an entirely hot read. I couldn\'t put this story down I to read it to the end.
The story flows well with a few smiles and a great build up of sexual tension, another great read from Charlotte Stein and and some very erotic writing with a brilliant sexy twist at the end.
A Sticky Situation by Kay Jaybee

This novella was a great natural love hate relationship a great name for the story too, its just about sums it up in 3 words. A brilliantly written novella that flows well and is an easy read you cant put down; I felt connected with the two characters straight away especially Sally as I too have her clumsy faults, I just wish I could make my clumsiness that to think!

I loved how her character flaws and clumsiness has been turned into something so very erotic a great twist to the story. The build up to the sex scenes were amazing you can feel the sexual tension between them. Sex was pretty vanilla but oh boy was it hot, you dont need BDSM and spanking in every story to be a great read I promise you, the twist with using food as sex was stunningly sexy and a great erotic read, something that\'s never really turned me on to do myself; but I enjoyed being a voyeur and found it a great turn on to read.
9 1/2 weeks eat your heart out!

A great read from Kay Jaybee I will be looking for more of her work.

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