State of Ecstasy

Romance - Contemporary
348 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2012
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Author Biography

Ju Ephraime began writing professionally at age 19; at that time, she wrote short stories for the local radio station in her home town. She gave up writing to pursue her education and has since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. During the course of her schooling, she wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, a business manual and its answer key, as well as other literary work. In 2010 she revisited her first love, writing for fun and enjoyment. She writes high heat, steamy, romance novels. The first was, State of Ecstasy in the LaCasse series, which was soon followed by, Temptation to Sin, Loving Therèse, #2 in the LaCasse series. Ju has gone on to write several more books, including, The Odor of Violet, on tour this month, Complete Surrender, #3 in the LaCasse series; as well as, a Christmas Novella, Footsteps in the Sand and her award winning paranormal, White Magic Woman, Quarterfinalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, 2013, out of over 10,000 entrants.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

State of Ecstasy is a captivating opening in the LaCasse Series by Ju Ephraime, a sizzling romance that will keep the emotions of readers fired up, with the intensity lasting throughout the entire read. Twenty-six-year-old Daphne has just discovered that Michael, the man she has been dating for eight months, has actually been confessing his love to someone else, has even proposed to her and the wedding is in the very near future. Now, broken and losing her self-esteem, Daphne flees to Martinique, hoping to reconnect with herself, but what awaits her is the gorgeous, insanely handsome Wolfe LaCasse, who is about to unlock hidden doors of pleasure in her heart. Can she withstand the fire of this man? Daphne flees the island, but she can’t forget the ecstatic experience of being with LaCasse.

Follow her story as she transforms from a timid, self-effacing woman into one longing to give, to explore her sexuality and embrace the deepest desires of her heart. For the first time, she is taking control, and the ride isn’t going to be slow. The prose is as captivating as the plot, laced with powerful and insightful passages, imbued with the emotional depth that readers want to experience in this kind of story. Ju Ephraime has the rare gift of making readers feel her story and her characters. The characters are well-developed and readers can easily connect with them. Daphne’s inner journey and her courage that grows throughout the story are elements that enrich her and I loved the way the author handled this aspect of character development. Beautifully paced, State of Ecstasy is a work of great entertainment, a story with a lot of surprises to give pleasure to readers.