Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Deacon (Unfinished Hero #4) by Kristen Ashley

Deacon is here!! The fourth book in Kristen Ashley's Unfinished Heroes series will be available tomorrow, 9/23! Just click on the links to pre-order your copy now. While you're waiting for Deacon you can check out the book blurb and Dorsey's 4 star review complete with an awesome photo collage! There is also a tour wide giveaway with lots of great prizes. Just fill out the Rafflecopter for your chance!

 Available at: Amazon / B & N / Kobo

What it’s about

Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity, he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone.

Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull for him to connect is strong. He fights it, but he loses, always coming back for more. But when he does, he gives her nothing.

From the first time she sees him, Cassidy knows Deacon is dead inside. She knows he’s the kind of man who could destroy a woman. But one night when Deacon’s control slips, Cassidy takes a chance.

He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

Dorsey’s Review

4 Alpha Submissive Stars!!

I've been intrigued by Deacon since his role in Raid and couldn't wait to meet him, get to know him, and find out about his tragic past which Raid eluded to in his book.

Deacon is definitely a tortured hero, his back story was heartbreaking and he took that burden upon himself, even though it was something way beyond his control. !e see what made Deacon the cold isolated man we know.

Cassidy is an ambitious and fearless young woman. At twenty four she left Oklahoma to follow her dream of living in Colorado, which she fell in love with during a family vacation when she was thirteen. She took her savings and a loan from her parents and bought a resort with several (semi rundown) cabins, and is determined to make it a successful vacation spot for families. Her boyfriend Grant makes the move from Oklahoma with her, but soon gets tired of the "all work-no play" Cassidy. However, she is not to be detoured from her vision.

Then a handsome mysterious visitor comes along, and continues to show up periodically, couple times a year for six years. He always requests secluded cabin #11 and stays a few days and than and disappears for months on end... when they lock eyes, something that she's never felt before settles inside her...the mysterious man in Cabin 11 that makes Cassidy's heart flutter when he's around. Each visit Cassidy tries to engage him in conversation, but always gets rudely and thoroughly shot down.
"Cabin eleven was home to me for a few days every year, the only home I had, cause you were there."
After 6 yrs of visiting her cabins, he shows one night and all the cabins are full and with foul weather, Cassidy offers to let him to stay in her guest room, at first he's chagrined that she would let a "stranger" stay with her until she points out that she has known him for six years. Needless to say that stay changes the dynamics as they give into their attraction and their coupling is explosive and nothing will ever be the same! Cassidy becomes attached during his stay with her and realizes that he could possibly and completely break her heart.
"I was a cold motherfucker, off the grid, no life, no home, no ties, no emotions, everyone knew it. Until I came back to some rundown cabins I'd been to before that were off the beaten path....A place no one could find me. But when I come back, a beautiful woman with attitude, amazing eyes, and lips I wanted wrapped around my dick....lucky me, later, I found she was stubborn, ornery, funny, strong, spoke her mind....and gave it as good as she gets."
The question is can Deacon let go of the past, can he give his whole heart to this women who has managed to get past his cold exterior?

I love how KA always manages to intertwine characters that we know and love from her other series into each other, and once again she did that here. I’m not going to name names and spoil it, but it was a great treat!! On final note this was different than the rest of the books in the series, because Deacon was different. While the epilogue rocked in the usual KA style, it was not in keeping with epilogues we've read from her past books, it more or less tied up loose ends for the characters and gave the reader closure.

Although Raid is my favorite in the Unfinished Hero series, Deacon did not disappoint!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Unexpected Hero (Southern Seas Series #2) by Gwendoline Ewins

What it’s about

 Polynesia, 1866: Charity Trescothick and Sebastian Churnside have been acquainted with one another forever but when disaster strikes and he sails to her aid, they discover how wrong they have been. Sebastian is much more than an aloof businessman, Charity is far more than a dutiful daughter.

Charity's father, Reverend Trescothick, is dying. He sees Sebastian's arrival as the answer to his prayers for her security and connives at their marriage. He succeeds, but the question is, will these two people, scarred by childhood tragedy, marry for his sake alone or will tenderness and passion set their marriage alight

Kathleen’s Review

Story Rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 BIG Stars
Heat Level ~ 2.75 Stars
Ending ~ 4.5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5 HUGE STARS!


This is the second book I've read by author Gwendoline Ewins and I can honestly say she does an EXCELLENT job of penning a very romantic historical book.  It took me a few pages to get into the story, but after that I was totally hooked.  First off, I loved the setting; it took place on a small Polynesian Island called Makatea. Gwendoline use of descriptive words had me totally envisioning the island, the people and their way of life. 

The story line was very well done and it had many moments that touched my heart. There were some sad times for the in the beginning for the heroine, Charity, and I LOVED how the hero, Sebastian, was there for her in her time of need. Their relationship did not start right away and as a matter of fact Charity did not have a good opinion of him at first. As they got to know each other she realized just how wrong her thinking was. I loved reading how they became friends, then lovers. Their everyday life on Makatea was a joy to read about. 

I felt both Charity and Sebastian were well thought out characters. I LOVED them and enjoyed reading how much their relationship grew over the course of this book.

The thing that grabbed me most about this book was the way the romance was done. Some of the things that were said and done between Charity and Sebastian took my breath away, positively lovely! 

There were many of loves scenes as these two became closer, but the details were left mostly to our imagination. Despite this, I have to say, the sensuality was definitely there. I really felt the love these two had for each other growing as the pages turned.

Of course every good romance has to have a misunderstanding or two. The big misunderstanding came near the end of the book, and happily it did not get too out of hand before all was explained and forgiven.

The ending was indeed a very happy one, I was grinning ear to ear and I really did sigh as the book came to a conclusion. The only thing I felt was missing was an epilogue. Not having an epilogue did not affect the way this book made me feel about it, but it would have really been lovely if we could have had just a glimpse into Charity and Sebastian’s future. 

Those of you who LOVE reading historical romances, I URGE you to give this book a try. I’m sure you will not be disappointed. 

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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