Monday, December 30, 2013

Thomas's Muse Review

Welcome to my review of
Thomas's Muse by Kris Austen Radcliffe.
Four years ago, for a brief moment, Sammie Singleton became the muse of an artist she didn't know. The moment vanished, and now Sammie spends her nights with a different man.
Her life is black and white. But she needs food for her soul to feel alive.
She needs color. She needs art.
Everything changes the moment she meets Thomas Quidell. Brilliant and talented, Sammie quickly realizes Tom is her artist--and the man she's been fantasizing about all these years.
Tom offers her more than a lifeline. He opens her eyes to a new life. Vibrant, loving, fulfilling. But is she strong enough to take a chance?
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Kris Austen Radcliffe gave me a peek through the looking glass of what it would be like to live with a male model. Sadly but truly she imploded my dreams of having my own man candy, now I don’t really want one LOL.  I can so see a male model behaving like Rick did and I would probably start lopping things off of him but hey that is just me. 
Enter Thomas, OMG I am in love with him! He is hot and has a great body but mostly he is thoughtful and a gentleman in every way. He is so great with his nephew Bart and hey, handsome cat (Kris knows who I speak of) loves him too. Once you read the book, you will find out about the great smoldering love affair that has been steaming under the surface and they didn’t even realize it!  I love that about this novel.
Sammie is a bit messed up or broken however you view it. She is living with Rick but neither of them are in love, it is more of a convenience and easy hot sweaty sex thing than anything else. Rick treats Sammie like he can control her and dictate their sexual experiences, it is ALL about him.  Sammie just doesn’t believe there is anything out there for her and doesn’t want to be alone and so she stays. 
I won’t breakout to much of the story because then I would ruin it for you.  But believe me; Kris Austen Radcliffe is broken into a new contemporary romance series with a great first book.

Yes each chapter switches perspective, but they are “Labeled”… pay attention and you will love it. I love see the situation for each person’s point of view. Thomas’s thoughts made my grin like an idiot through the entirety of the book
I adore Bart the little nephew, he is sweet and amazing.  He won my heart.

As a child, Kris took down a pack of hungry wolves with only a hardcover copy of "The Dragonriders of Pern" and a sharpened toothbrush. That fateful day set her on a path traversing many storytelling worlds--dabbles in film and comic books, time as a talent agent and a textbook photo coordinator, and a foray into nonfiction. After co-authoring "Mind Shapes: Understanding the Differences in Thinking and Communication", Kris returned to academia. But she craved narrative and a richly-textured world of Fates, Shifters, and Dragons--and unexpected, true love.

Kris lives in Minnesota with her husband, two daughters, Handsome Cat, and an entire menagerie of suburban wildlife bent on destroying her house. That battered-but-true copy of "Dragonriders"? She found it yesterday. It's time to pay a visit to the woodpeckers.

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The Accidental Witch by Jessica Penot

Welcome to my Review of
The Accidental Witch by Jessica Penot.
Phaedra Michaels is a small town psychologist who is beginning to lose hope. Two of her patients at the local hospital in Dismal, Alabama have just killed themselves, she’s still reeling from her divorce and what turned out to be a disastrous marriage, and her father has died, leaving her without any notion of who her real mother is. 
Just as Phaedra decides to commit herself to a serious drinking problem and an eating disorder, or two, a mysterious spell book arrives in the mail. Feeling desperate, Phaedra uses it to cast spells to save her fading patients. Suddenly, good things start happening.  Phaedra’s patients begin to get better and she even starts dating the sexy doctor from the hospital.
Phaedra is so happy she doesn't notice the small things that start to go wrong in Dismal, or the dark creatures slithering out of the shadows near her house. When Phaedra finally realizes her spells have attracted every card-carrying demon from hell, she has no choice but to accept help from a slightly nerdy, 500 year-old warlock with a penchant for wearing super hero T-shirts and a knack for getting under Phaedra’s skin. Now, if only she could get the hang of this witch thing, she might be able to save her town.   
My Review
What a great premise for a book and a series!!! I love witches and magic stories.

The idea that she is a born witch and never knew it is genius! Then when a book of spells shows up at her new house and she gives it a try as a joke it actually works!!!

But watch out for the backlash is all I am sayin. Even good intentions have repercussions. This is a huge lesson in reading the manual first when you try something new.

It really gets exciting when she needs to fix all the problems created by her reckless magic. You are going to love it!
Jessica Penot is a writer and therapist who lives in Alabama with her children, husband, corgis,
and other strange creatures.  She is the author of Haunted North Alabama, Haunted Chattanooga and Circe.   

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The Knifes Edge Review

Welcome to my review of the Knifes edge by Matthew Wolf..

When legends come to life the world trembles from a single name. Ronin. Once-heroes from a different age, they wield elemental powers… wind, water, fire, stone, forest, sun, moon, flesh, and metal.

At the same time, a young man discovers his best friend with a sword in her stomach, and dark wings sprouting from her back. Guards rush onto the scene, accuse him of the act, and he is forced to flee. In a new world without his memories, Gray must find his way amid legends and darkness, as he wrestles with an elemental power inside himself.

A power all too similar to the infamous Ronin…

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Loose yourself in the next great epic fantasy.
This first novel has all the ingredients necessary in the recipe for a bestselling Fantasy.
1 Pound amazing new world (Daerval)
1 cup of adventure
A dash of magic
1 cup villains
A liberal handful of heroes
Stir well with plot twists
Frost with surprises.

Bake at 426 pages of Best Seller!
Matthew Wolf is the author of the Ronin Saga. Or maybe he's a Ronin. Either way, he's involved somehow. Aside from epic fantasy, he enjoys woodcrafting, outdoors, a bit of a health nut (Kale is good!), and trains in Kung Fu.
His childhood of traveling the world and studying Old English and Japanese influenced the schemes of the Saga, and the world of Daerval. He is a graduate from UCSB with a Literature degree with a specialization in Medieval Literature and Japanese.
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