Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Book Reviews - The Demon Lover & Heart Like Mine

Another two featured books from Netgalley are getting reviewed today -  The Demon Lover and Heart Like Mine.  Again, two novels pretty different from one another, but both really interesting in their own way.

Both of these I read recently as well, but with a little guy that is crawling up a storm, and now trying to walk, and who is just now learning to sleep through the night, I am one tired momma over here... I admit, I love to read and escape more than I love to write these days... or at least, I give priority to escaping in a book during his nap time, than I do spending it writing! But I do have to pat myself on the shoulder, because I think that I am doing an OK job at some catching up on my reading list, fitting in a little writing time here and there, giving myself some TLC by picking up a book or two when I can, and taking care of a little human. It's not easy, people!

  I gasped, or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked my breath in and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.

Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly sensual dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: Her incubus is not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the demon, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this supernatural lover from her heart.

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(** This review contains some spoiler content. Proceed with caution!)

Am I supposed to have all these good feels for an incubus? I don't think I am supposed to, but here we are! I am so confused? Isn't he supposed to be a bad guy? I see what you are doing here, Author! Oh yes, you got me. Pulling on my heart strings and making me feel sympathetic for this creature, yet knowing the harm he can do. 

This is classic gothic, and I LOVE IT! You don't always need to have explicit scenes to get some really intense feelings and connections to a story and characters. This was so subtle and yet so passionate. I really felt heartache for Callie's demon lover, and yet feared for her well being, all at the same time. The yearning they both feel is so intense, it jumps out of these pages and into a reader. Some parts left me completely breathless!

Love the hints of mystery and darkness surrounding the home she purchased, and the author was even able to connect all of these magical creatures in this story nicely. It was a direction that I did not anticipate in this book, but I am digging it!

This is not a new release, and glad of it. Because I have book 2 and 3 out and ready for my hot grubby hands to grab. Getting back to this forbidden romance.... Is it wrong for me to hope that maybe they will find a way to be/stay together? (Le Sigh) I definitely want to find out.

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When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined.
Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?

At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again.

But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.

Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mine is a poignant and hopeful portrait about womanhood, love, and the challenges of family life.

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You know... it wasn't that long ago that I had limited genres that I would dive into. But a coworker and friend of mine opened up my eyes to contemporary fiction such as this novel, and I am so grateful. I had this prejudice that contemporary chick lit would be boring, because it's real life situations... and we live real life... Who wants to escape into a book with real life situations? How ignorant of me... So Moira, if you are reading this, thank you for your recommendations years ago, because I am so much more open to reading this type of novel and I haven't come across one yet that has not gripped me.

This one was no exception. I truly could not put this book down. These characters were so well fleshed out, and I enjoyed reading from the different POVs. That really helped show insight into each character's feelings as they dealt with Kelli's loss and the conflict that would arise from adjusting to a blended family amidst all the trauma. Going back and forth in time wasn't jarring for me at all, either. I looked forward to the flashbacks and the unraveling of the secret of Kelli's past.

I do feel that the book ended too soon. Would have loved to see their quest complete, but I guess that the Author had achieved what she wanted to achieve and ended it where she needed to end it. I do hate unanswered questions, and I felt that the story was not over by a long shot... a big part of it was just beginning.

Excellent storytelling. Plot and characters really well developed, and emotions that couldn't be better fitting and realistic in this situation. Couldn't have chosen a better beach read!
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Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.

Happy Reading!


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