Goddess Of Spring ( Goddess Summoning # 2 ) – P. C. Cast

Goddess Of Spring

Book Description

Lina’s trendy bakery in Tulsa is proving to be less than lucrative, and she must come up with a plan. When she stumbles upon an Italian Goddess cookbook, Lina can’t help but think she’s found the answer to her problem—even if it means invoking a goddess to save her business.

Soon enough, Lina finds herself face-to-face with Demeter, who has a plan of her own. She proposes that Lina exchange souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, who will breathe new life into the bakery. In return, Lina must set order to the Underworld.

Before all this, Lina’s problems mostly involved sourdough and second dates. Now that she embodies the enchanting Persephone, Lina has weightier things on her mind—like the formidable task of bringing Spring to a world of spirits. But when the handsome, brooding Hades kindles a spark in her heart, Lina wonders if this Lord of the Underworld might be the man of her dreams.

Divas Thoughts

OMG! The Goddess Of Spring ( book # 2 ) was, in our opinions, T.H.E most romantic mythology, fantasy, paranormal ( not so sure about paranormal, but it fits somehow ) magical, lovestory, novel we have read in a long time! We LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. The first book in the Goddess Summoning series gave us a taste of what was to come next, and boy were we thrilled to know this book was about another Greek God. But not just about any God. Nope. This story´s main characters were 2 very well known Gods in the real mythology. Hades, God of the Underworld, and Persephone, Goddess of Spring. Dear Lord, they couldn´t have been any different and yet more perfect for one another.

If you know your Greek Gods, then you probably know the real story about Hades and Persephone. What happened to them and how they ended up with each other. While legends were quite brutal back in the days, P. C. Cast managed to turn something brute-ish into an actual lovestory that made our hearts leap out of our chests! Bravo to the author for keeping it close to real with the facts and still making this story unique!!

When we think about Hades, we see an evil God who rules the dead, keeping everything in check, right? Well, just imagine that kind of God with to-die-for looks. Imagine that God being rude. And then imagine him, in all his glory, standing next to one of the Gods most beautiful figure amongst them all. Persephone. The Goddess is send to the underworld to rule the dead with Hades. How awful. So far, so good?

Hades softens towards the beautiful Goddess and shows her a different side of himself. When they fall in love with each other, something awful happens. Something that should never have happened in the first place. One tragic thing leads to another and a reader is left with so many ugly emotions ( angst is written big in this book!! )

We found ourselves rooting for Hades to finally find love, and we were cheering for Lina to find some happiness in her life. Wait….did we just mention Lina? Hmm….damn, we did, didn´t we? Well, Lina is apart of the whole mess. Read the book and find out for yourself why and how..* evil laugh*

The sex was something we´ll never forget. There was no BDSM in this book which was fantastic ( we need a change of wallpaper ). The close scenes Hades and Persephone / Lina had were something off the charts steamy! We´re not going to say ” Best sex ever ” because it wasn´t. It was just sexy and steamy as hell ( or Hades)!!

With the Goddess of Spring, the author once again impressed us with her easy, swift writing. We had no troubles reading this book and were totally bummed that their story ended. The devastation, the agony, the angst was all over with the last page. * sniffle *

A fabulous read for any romance lover!

Would we recommend this book?
– Hell yeah!

Would we re-read this book?
– Definitely!

The Divas are giving Goddess Of Spring by P. C. Cast 5 out of 5 hot champagne glasses!

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Goddess Of The Sea ( Goddess Summoning #1) – P. C. Cast

Goddess Of The Sea

Book Description

On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary…but she never believed the spell would actually work.

When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.

CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should he falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.

Divas Thoughts

P.C. Cast wasn´t unknown to us before. We caught her name standing out when her House Of Nights books were getting big. Now, there are only so many vampire books you can read in a short time so we decided to look up other pieces written by this New York Times Bestselling Author. We stumbled upon her Goddess Summoning series and started to read the first book without knowing what we would get ourselves into. The Book description doesn´t really give a reader ansy idea what´s to be expected.
We read it and we were totally surprised. We were like: ” Mermaids? Really??” * cracking up over here *.

The story starts out realistic and within a few minutes a reader gets sucked into the mythical world of Gods and other non existing creatures. Pure bliss for any Greek mythology lover. There were parts of the ” old world ” taken and worked into a romance that was really enjoyable. Unfortunately, this book lacked of that special spark needed to make this a full blown 5 star review. The story was there, the historical facts ( as far as mythology can be considered historical ) were there as well. But the spark was missing.

The lovestory between Christine and Dylan was good, but we wanted more. We wanted them to have more love between them and less threat against them. The sex was…..hmm….we do not want to spoil it for you. If you´re thinking about how mermaids can have sex….well, let us tell you that we weren´t the only ones quetioning that. You have got to read this book yourselves in order to understand it all. It´s unusual, but still great!
Hard not to love the mermaids, though. * shoulder shrugging *

All in all we thought this book was a great start for the author´s Goddess Summoning series.

Would we recommend this book?
– Yes.

Would we re-read this book?
Maybe.

The Divas are giving Goddess Of The Sea 3 out of 5 slippery / splashy champagne glasses.

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This book can be purchased on Amazon and B&N as paperback or ebook.

 

The Frost Of Springtime – Rachel L. Demeter

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* We received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

BLURB:

*To rescue her was to rescue his own soul. *

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an
everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her
from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his
first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons
pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a
dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her
age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home”
is gone—replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out
of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality
and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where
only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

OUR REVIEW

We are in awe. The Frost Of Springtime, written by Rachel L. Demeter is a MUST HAVE!
First off…most Historical Romance books take place in England. Which is perfectly fine, but let´s face it…
England in the 19th century was kind of stiff. France, on the other hand, is and has always been a country
that lived. And to narrow it all even more down…Paris has always been a city that was filled with all sorts of
people. People who would have done everything for their love…the city itself.

We were more than happy the author took on a historical event that that actually happened! How often do any of
you readers / bloggers get to read about the Paris Commune? That was way to cool to find such a brutal and short
war combined with a lovestory. For those who don´t know what the Paris Commune was about…we recommend you
start reading this book because it´s definitely more exciting to read the facts in here than in a history book. The author did
a splendid job describing the event ( in it´s true form ) and even using the actual political participants who had their hands
involved in matters back then. PERFECT! What more can we ask for? 🙂  Absolutely nothing!!

Despite the fact that we loved the true facts, we fell instantly in love with the story. It was dark, emotionally devastating,
and sensual. The innocence between the two main characters was beautiful and their love grew so strong thoughout the
story with such grace. One of us even cried while reading The Frost Of Springtime.

The main characters, Aleksender and Sofia, had both been through the deepest pits of hell. We fell in love with Aleksender
the moment his character was introduced. He was a God-like handsome man who had a dull, dark life. He wasn´t happy with his wife, Elizabeth,
and he carried more demons on his shoulders than one could imagine. Now….alot of Heros are broken. Yeah….we´ve read about all kinds
of broken men. But, in our opinions, Aleksender was the only man we actually felt deeply sorry for. We felt his pain and we saw a side of a character that hasn´t been
described before. The dark paths he walked made us believe he was on the brink of self- destruction ( which he was!) That was until he found the girl who would change his soul. Sofia was young and damaged when she was rescued by Aleksender. He became her guardian and with that…he took her under his wing and protected the girl who managed to awaken him. Sofia was described as a beautiful young woman who had the soul and beauty of an angel. Her spirit was filled with pure goodness and to top that…she was also a very talented dancer. Her love for her guardian became something different with time and both characters found themselves in an unfortunate situation.
Aleksender was married, Sofia was his ward and so young. What would Paris´society have to say about them? And what about that awful 7 day war?!
Also…if you believe this book is filled with all sorts of naughtly spankings, or with 154 ” best orgasms EVER”..then you´re wrong. There is sex in this book, but it´s ( now please take a seat, people ) true sex. It´s sexy, it´s sensual, but it´s not sex-overload. WHICH IS A GOOD THING!! Let us all be honest here for a  moment:
How fat are chances that a couple will screw like bunnies while a war is running outside?

The author made it clear that both the Paris Commune and the lovestory were equally important.  We LOVED that! Rachel L. Demeter focused on the facts and turned everything into one huge dramatic, sob worthy, dark, brutal story with just as much love, passion and kindness. The frost Of Sprintime was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. When blood was shed, there was also love to heal the wounds.

This book actually showed us how love and tragic go hand in hand and that love can actually be more powerful than any
other emotion.
We loved the cover, we loved the writing style, and we adored the characters. We fell in love, really hard.

Now…even if you´re not a fan of Historical Romances….you need to read this book. It´s definitely worth it. We can, without a doubt, say that this book and author with not disappoint!

Would be recommend this book?
– What a stupid question. OF COURSE! A lovestory with great characters and real history in it? OH HELL YES!

Would we re-read this book?
– Haha….we´re re-reading it right now! Yes. We will probably never get bored with this story.

The Divas are giving The Frost Of Springtime, by Rachel L. Demeter 5 out of 5 well deserved champagne glasses!

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pulication date:

FEBUARY 14, 2014

Purchase Links:

Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Frost-Springtime-Rachel-L-Demeter/dp/1934912611/ref=la_B00IBKLO06_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391884879&sr=1-1

B&N

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-frost-of-springtime-rachel-l-demeter/1118596184?ean=9781934912614

Info:

PUBLISHER: Black Lyon Publishing /
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LENGTH: 286 pages

pulication date:

FEBUARY 14, 2014

The Griffin Family – Suzanne Enoch

**Spotlight**

Suzanne Enoch

*The Griffin Family*

Sin And Sensibility
An Invitation To Sin
Something Sinful
Sins Of A Duke

The Griffin Family was such an enjoyable read! From “Sin and Sensibility” to “Sins of a Duke”….I had a ball! Suzanne Enoch´s stories have so much wit, sparkle and sexy moments, that you´ll find yourself wishing you were one of her characters! The adventures these characters went through kept me up all night!

The historical romance series is about a wealthy old English family who has name to protect. Scandals are meant to be avoided at all costs and the Griffin Family is dead set on keeping their name squeaky clean. That is…..until Lady Eleanor ( the only Griffin female) goes about and rattles London´s society a little up. Ofr course, each Griffin member gets their own story and each book gets better and better!

Sin And Sensibility ( book #1 )

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Lady Eleanor wants an adventure before she surrenders herself to a boring marriage with someone she doesn´t love. She rebels against her family and society just so she can have some rememberable days of freedom. And who other better than the amazingly good looking womanizer, Valentine Corbett to protect her from scandal and school her in sin?
I loved this book. No….scratch that: I ADORED this book. It was my favorite from the series. Everything was so fantastic. Eleanor, her over protective brothers, her brother´s best friend ( Valentine )..the way the surroundings were explained, the events, the scandal….I´m telling you! This book was just what I was looking for! One minute, I was holfing my breath, and the next minute I was ready to punch a certain character! I loved how Eleanor fought for her own freedom and how Valentine always helped her get what she wanted. Eleanor and Valentine´s growing relationship was just beautiful…* sigh *…..I´m giving this book 5 out of 5 champagne glasses! Why? because Sin And Sensibility deserves it!

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An Invitation To Sin ( book# 2 )

Seven marriageable daughters,,,and Lord Zachary Griffin is just the man to help them. After all, what could be more tantalizing than teaching the beautiful Witfeld sisters all the special ways of driving a man into marriage? And leading exquisite Caroline Witfeld, the oldest and most spirited and least frivolous sister, to temptation would be wildly delicious.
This book was great. I liked the idea that a Griffin brother was at a house filled with beautiful women who needed the know-how on fishing themselves a husband. All wild and willing to take Zach himself down, but Zach had only one thing in mind. To prove his oldest brother that he was indeed able to handle his own life. What Zach didn´t see coming was him falling for Caroline. Caroline wanted Zach….but she also wanted out of the loud house and to work as a painter in the big city. One thing leads to another and they fall for each other….but due to Caroline´s dream…..something happens and she leaves. But where was Caroline? I´m giving this book 4 out of 5 champagne glasses.

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Something Sinful  ( book # 3 )

Lord Charlemagne Griffin was always the business head of the family. Always very flawless and aware of everything around him. Until one night…..it happened! Shay found himself lusting after an exotic goddess at a ball. And before he knows what he´s doing…..Shay brags about his new business deal to impress the beautiful lady and that is his most biggest mistake ever! What Lord Shay doesn´t know, but finds out pretty fast, is that Lady Sarala Carlisle has much more to offer than a pefect chest. She out smarts the Lord and tricks him with his business deal. A cat and mouse games starts…but it´s Charlemagne who uses one of his many skills to beat her. The skill of seduction.

This book was another beautiful written romance. The idea was unique and special and it was so much fun to read about Lord Charlemagne and Lady Sarala. Their fights…the on an off bickerings, and then the passion they shared was just WOW! I´m giving this book 5 out of 5 champagne glasses!

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Sins Of A Duke ( book # 4 )

 Sebastian Griffen, the Duke of Melbourne, raised his younger siblings and always kept a close eye on each of them, seen to it that they made their correct matches, and kept the family and it´s name scandal – free! Sebastian is considered the most powerful man in England and he has the best reputation EVER! Until it happened to him. The biggest scandal of all times was marching it´s way to hit Sebastian hard! And boy…..does it hit him badly.

Josefina Katarina Embry is THE most beautiful creature in all England, and she also claims to be a princess of a country far far away from England. Sebastian suspects that Josefina is up to nothing good, but for some reason….he just cannot stay away from the fake princess or resist her heavenly charms. Will the Duke give into temptation that would lead him into the biggest scandal of all times?

This book had even more than I could have expected! All the characters from book 1-3 were in this story ( which made this book totally awesome! ) and the idea to make life really hard and challenging for the Duke was just FAB! The poor guy always took care of his siblings scandals, but he wasn´t so sure how to keep himself out of one. Such an exciting read and also a MUST READ for anyone who loves some hot and steamy sex scenes. This author really did a fab job with the last book of the series…I´m giving this book 5 out of 6 champagne glasses.

All four books can be purchased at Amazon.com

author:

http://www.suzanneenoch.com

The Sutherland Brothers series – Kresley Cole

**SPOTLIGHT**

The Sutherland Brothers series

*Kresley Cole*
Captain Of All Pleasures ( published 2003 )

The Prince of Pleasure ( published 2004 )

I read this series a few years ago and I absolutely L.O.V.E.D it! Hell, I even re-read them a few more times after the first round! Now….I am left with nothing more than 2 sleezy books in this series. The author has been asked a million times if there will be another book in this FABULOUS historical romance series,….but all she says is….” Not yet.”….* looking confused * ( not yet means, NEVER? or does it mean: Not now?….Hello? )

ANYWAYS….despite the fact that there are only 2 books in this series…I fell in love. * sigh* …Kresley Cole is currently concentrating on her Paranormal stories, ( which are all MUST READS)…So I guess we´ll just have do make do with these 2 ( for now).

If you´re into sexy Captains who rule the waters of this world…..you will totally enjoy these books! Captain Of All Pleasures + The Prince Of Pleasure are sexy as hell, hot, dramatic, passionate, and fantastic reads! The characters will capture your heart and soul and take you on a journey that will stay with you for a long time!

Note:

In my opinion…the covers should be changed!

They look kind of tacky….

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Captain Of All Pleasures ( book # 1 )
The first book introduces the older Sutherland brother, Captain Derek Sutherland, who is ( of course! How else should it be? ) a gorgeous, broken man with a cruel soul. That is…..until he meets his his rivals daughter,….Nicole Lassiter.  The american girl falls head over heels for the british Captain until she finds out who he really is. One things leads to another and Nicole seeks out revenge and wants to beat Derek in the most anticipated competition ever. The Great Circle Race from England to Australia. Even when both still feel some kind of attraction for another, the race is what is important for both and everyone ends up in one big cuddle muddle mess. I püersonally really loved this book because it had it all. I felt the chemistry between the main characters, I had such fun reading about all the events, and the end was so perfect! A true historical romance. 🙂 The story isn´t anything new, but it was very well told and beautifully written. THAT is what makes this book great!
5 champagne glass rating!

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The Prince Of Pleasure ( book # 2 )
This is the second and last installment of the Sutherland series ( really bummed about that!! ) The story is about Grant Sutherland who takes on a journey to find a ship that has been missing for over a solid decade! The man who hires Grant wants believes his family who was on that ship is still alive somewhere on a deserted Island. And…looks like the man was right. Grant travels the rough seas and finds the English girl, Victoria. when Grant wants to bring Victoria back into civilization the attraction and the trouble begins. Can a girl who has been stranded on a lonely Island jump right back to normal life again? Will everything she has taught herself be accepted in the new world? Or, can Grant accept her doings in the stuck up community of England? I liked this book as much as the first one. All the characters who were introduced in this book were great! I loved Ian ( Grants cousine ) the most, because his character had so much to potential. Victoria and Grant´s growing relationship was cute and frustrating at the same time. All the love, angst, worries, sorrows, and joys this book had made me want to believe that something like this story really once happened.
5 champagne glass rating.

auhtor link:

http://www.kresleycole.com

Both books can be puchased through Amazon.com

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon Spotlight Review

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In honor of Throwback Thursday, I had to post about my ALL-TIME FAVORITE series, The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  

My wonderful mother introduced me to this series quite a few years back and it’s probably one of the best things she’s ever done for me!  And that’s saying a lot because my mom is AMAZING and is the most important woman in my life!  

So, let’s start by saying that before there was Christian, Gideon, Gavin, Kellan, Ethan, Damien, James, and all of our other favorite book boyfriends; there was James Fraser!  James (or Jamie) is the ULTIMATE hero ever created in my personal opinion!  What this man goes through and accomplishes and how he loves will make you cry, laugh, and will seriously take your breath away.  Claire Randall is one of the strongest female characters I have ever read about and you fall in love with this duo immediately!

Here’s a quick synopsis before I go further into my raving review!

Outlander Synopsis

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.outlander series pic

Okay, now onto the technical aspects… Outlander is a historical fiction written by Diana Gabaldon in 1991.  It is the first in the series.  Since then she has released  six other books in the series; Dragonfly In Amber, Voyager, Drums Of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath Of Snow And Ashes, and An Echo In The Bone.  All of them are wonderfully long and very detailed reads.  The eighth in the series, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, is slotted to be released March 25, 2014.  The release will coincide with the new Starz original TV series of Outlander slotted to begin in June 2014.  They begin filming this October! 

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this series!  When I began Outlander, it took me some time to get into it merely due to the fact that I didn’t understand some of the dialect it was written in.  Diana places the story in the Scotland Highlands during the 1700’s and is so authentic in her work, she uses many gaelic terms in the story.  I believe I was half way 

DianaGabaldoninto Voyager (the 3rd book) when I decided to stop and re-read Outlander so I could fully get everything the book had to offer!  I was not disappointed!  I loved it even more the second go-around!  Once I could quickly understand terms like “ye ken,”  “sassenach,” and many others I can’t remember right now, it left me able to thoroughly enjoy Jamie and Claire!  What amazing characters they are!  James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser or Jamie {sigh} is a dominant, barbaric, unrefined, pure testosterone male who literally stops at nothing to protect his family, his land, his conviction, and his Claire.  Claire Beauchamp Randall is a feisty, strong-willed, brave, and passionate woman who is thrust into a world she doesn’t belong in and doesn’t understand.  Together, they become a force to be reckoned with and with that, the most powerful love story unfolds.  

into Voyager (the 3rd book) when I decided to stop and re-read Outlander so I could fully get everything the book had to offer!  I was not disappointed!  I loved it even more the second go-around!  Once I could quickly understand terms like “ye ken,”  “sassenach,” and many others I can’t remember right now, it left me able to thoroughly enjoy Jamie and Claire!  What amazing characters they are!  James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser or Jamie {sigh} is a dominant, barbaric, unrefined, pure testosterone male who literally stops at nothing to protect his family, his land, his conviction, and his Claire.  Claire Beauchamp Randall is a feisty, strong-willed, brave, and passionate woman who is thrust into a world she doesn’t belong in and doesn’t understand.  Together, they become a force to be reckoned with and with that, the most powerful love story unfolds.  

The series takes us from the Highland Uprising to the American Revolution with heart-wrenching stories in between.  Diana does an amazing job at making the reader feel and experience everything from love and loss, birth and death, war and peace, and the ever enduring passion between Jamie and Claire.   The entire series is a MUST READ and it undoubtedly gets 5 out of 5 champagne glasses from the Divas!  

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Links to purchase

Outlander: http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Stitch-Outlander-1-ebook/dp/B000FC2L1O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380050856&sr=8-1&keywords=outlander

Dragonfly In Amber: http://www.amazon.com/Dragonfly-in-Amber-Outlander-ebook/dp/B000FC2L28/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Voyager: http://www.amazon.com/Voyager-Outlander-ebook/dp/B000FC2L1E/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Drums Of Autumn: http://www.amazon.com/Drums-of-Autumn-Outlander-ebook/dp/B000FC2L1Y/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

The Fiery Cross: http://www.amazon.com/The-Fiery-Cross-Outlander-ebook/dp/B000FBFMB6/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

A Breath Of Snow And Ashes: http://www.amazon.com/Breath-Snow-Ashes-Outlander-ebook/dp/B000FCKEF4/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

An Echo In The Bone: http://www.amazon.com/An-Echo-Bone-Outlander-ebook/dp/B002L6HE46/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Pre-Order Written In My Own Heart’s Blood: http://www.amazon.com/Written-Own-Hearts-Blood-ebook/dp/B00C8S9W0G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1380051124&sr=1-1&keywords=written+in+my+own+heart%27s+blood

Surrender To Fate (Part 1 of Fates Path series) by Jacelyn Rye

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Jacelyn Rye’s debut book- Surrender To Fate (part 1 of Fate’s Path series)

Synopsis

Some say fate holds the cards. But what if love deals the hand? No love goes untested. Ever. Indeed, true love is left to prove itself. And that is exactly where fate steps in to play the game.

For William and Sarah, that game begins with growing up, in the unspoiled mountains of Colorado. In a time and space as clear as the Rocky Mountain skies above, these young souls together learn about life, what matters most, what endures, what doesn’t, and about love. Innocent young love moves ever so surely toward lives they both can picture, lives spent loving each other in a place they know so well and cherish.

Will and Sarah are ecstatically swept away in the swells of new love. And it is in their rarefied bliss that they make the fragile promise of first love, a promise that fate will soon rock and pound into doubt, guilt, and epiphany.  

Unexpected and unprepared, these young lovers are suddenly torn apart, first by distance, and then by the far greater pressures of temptation that test the very fidelity of their heart-held promise. No longer able to console each other, hold each other, touch each other, they face the inevitable decision: move on to other loves, or cling to the faith that they will someday be together, again.

Will and Sarah stare down an unknown path, sensing destiny will not wait long before it comes to take them. Wracked with doubt, they wonder if their love was real. Caged by guilt, they both feel tempted by others intent on stealing their hearts.

Fate plays hardest when love is tested. And Will and Sarah are no exception, letting go of their happy past to embrace hope for an uncharted future. Love plays hardest when fate tests. And so it is, even through their trials of the heart, Will and Sarah never really stop loving each other. Theirs is a love so real and pure that each just wants the other to find happiness, even if it’s with another. 

But fate does not surrender so easily. Dealing blow upon blow, both Will and Sarah are each struck by jolting events that take them to the very edge of life, itself. 

Sarah and Will hold tightly to their past, but steadfast promises begin to wane. Life continues, filled with romance, drama, and two souls yearning to understand the challenges brought with coming of age, and learning that fate is ultimately in control. What happens to love when life is on the line? Can they both relinquish control when love is on the line? Will fate even allow them to find out?

 

Diva’s Review

I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS BOOK!  It took a minute to get into the story which is pretty common for me but a few chapters in, I was hooked!  This is a beautiful, sweet romance based in the late 1930’s early 1940’s about two young people who fall in love but are torn apart by circumstance.  Separated by fate, Sarah and William try to stay true to their feelings, but with no access to each other they both struggle with what path they should choose.  Do they keep faith that one day they will find their way back to each other or do they move forward with how their lives are naturally unfolding?  

 With this being Jacelyn Rye’s debut album, I pleasantly found her story very well written and completely believable!  She made me fall deeply in love with all the characters which made me feel everything they were feeling!   Although this is a fiction, I could see this story happening many times over during this specific time period and it really pulled at my heartstrings!  

 If you are looking for a beautiful yet heart-wrenching love story, go out and grab Surrender To Fate today!  The Divas are giving Surrender To Fate by Jacelyn Rye 5 out of 5 champagne glasses!

* Allison*

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My friend and other Diva wrote a fantastic review on this book, so I won´t go ahead and write another one with the same content. Since I read this book too, I´ll just write what I felt about the whole story. 🙂

Surrender To Fate was actually one of the best books I’ve read this year. Each and every emotion the characters went through were 100% natural and remarkable. It felt as if I was feeling what the characters were feeling. Very few books allowed me to go through such emotional pain….and Surrender To Fate sent me from Heaven to Hell within a few seconds! I loved how this story started out so innocent and became more serious. The heartbreak Sarah endured was painful and I had no other choice as to mourn with her. Her thoughts and feelings were no strangers to me, so I really connected on an emotional level with her.

Considering the time this story takes place in ( 1940`s), I believe it´s really authenticly written. The behavior, the language, even the amount of money people made back then….everything was right and therefore perfect. I also liked that the author made sure her audience understood what hard work meant back then. The roles women played and what happened when someone couldn’t afford to feed his family. The author did NOT once over-stress a scene or a subject and that made everything realistic…because, in the end…..life does go on, even for book characters.:-)

The lovestory in Surrender To Fate was like a ghost. When the main characters ( Sarah & Will ) were together, all was perfect. And even if they weren’t even near each other…. they always felt the others absence and their love never faded completely. Their love, even if they were ripped apart by tragic events ( tragic as in moving…not dying….lol) was still haunting them in the worst way possible. You will never forget the first love of your life, right? 🙂 And you will find a way to see one another someday, true?

So, let me continue with how I reacted to this book:
I cried. Like…..alot. There was one scene that actually sealed the deal for me. The scene when Sarah has to move and she and Will meet for the last time. Will gives Sarah a stamp so that she can write him. The poor boy saved all his money ( and we´re talkiing about scratching pennies over a longer period of time together!! ) just so he could gift Sarah a stamp! OH MY GOD! I was muush after that. I had to stop reading and get that sad image out of my head as quick as possible! How romantic! ( that just shows the small things in life count!! )  Basically, the whole story had me….but reading that little scene crushed me. I also found a little humor in Surrender To Fate. Not much, since I thought the whole ” 2  kids feel they belonged together, then the kids actually decided to go steady or be exclusive, then girl moves and both live seperate lives BUT still stay in love with each other” story was devastating and heart crushing.

This book was very well written and above all……it was simple. The easier a story is, the more smoother the pages turn. The author found a good balance between Sarah´s and Will´s thoughts. Meaning: a reader has the chance to see what each of them was going through while they weren´t together. And it isn´t easy, because…..you just know that Sarah and Will are meant to be together FOREVER, but life just sometimes has other plans. 🙂

I am so grateful to have read this story. And I will charish it forever!

*Julia*

 

About the Author

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 Jacelyn spent her childhood growing up in the mountains of Colorado.  After graduating from college, she moved to Southern California, where she still resides with her husband and two young sons.  

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