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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
BLOG TOUR: Inspire by Cora Carmack
Welcome to my tour stop for the Official Blog Tour for Inspire, the first book of the Muse Series, by Cora Caramack! Check out what my thoughts on this new paranormal story!
New Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Muse Series, #1
December 15, 2014
Kalliope lives with one purpose.
As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.
Her presence may inspire genius.
But it breeds madness, too.
I can feel Wilder’s breath against my lips. More than that, I can see it. The sun has set and the temperature has dropped, and air fogs between us. There’s something about actually seeing it, like our lips are touching, we are touching, despite the distance between. And as we sway from side to side, my heart gradually begins to pick up speed.
The strains of guitar music flowing out from the restaurant are nearly indecipherable over the heavy heartbeat in my ears. But Wilder must hear it. His hands are strong on my body, guiding my movements, and I’m practically clay in his palms.
We dance, eyes on eyes, lips nearly on lips, and there is lightning beneath my skin each time his body brushes against mine in a new way. His touch is firm, but gentle, never pushing or pressuring, though I can tell from the dark look in his eyes that he’s just as affected as I am. The music shifts, building to a crescendo, and he spins us. My chest pushes tight against his, and I bite back a gasp. I don’t know if it’s the cold or him or some combination of both, but the tips of my breasts are painfully tight. Just the pressure of my bra is enough to rub them raw.
I remember the night at his apartment, the way he’d taken his time learning my body. I think of the heat of his mouth on my skin, and the memory alone is enough to make me shiver and clench.
He’s back to being business, grown-up Wilder tonight in his button down and glasses. Only now that I know him, it doesn’t seem like such a stark difference. He is neither the straight-laced man nor the tattooed bad boy. Or perhaps he’s both. Regardless of what he’s wearing, Wilder is caring and loyal and strong and so sexy that I’m having trouble remembering why I shouldn’t push him into the backseat of his SUV and crawl on top of him.
~~~~~ **About the Author**
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life -- boring jobs (like working retail), fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, Losing It, is a New York Times and USA Today best-seller.
Well... I like it! I enjoyed reading Kalli's story. For an immortal muse, she also has wants, needs, and desires for herself...just like any other mortal. Cora Carmack has written a beautiful love story with Greek mythology interwoven a modern setting...that kept me turning the pages. The well-developed characters and varying POVs created depth to the story, and made the characters realistic and relatable. However, I was somewhat put off with the "instant" connection between Kalli and Wilder. I almost didn't want to continue reading. But... I decided to continue and see where the story takes me. I am so glad that I did continue. I was completely enthralled with the story.
Being the first book of a series, I was already expecting a cliffhanger. And, of course, Inspire ended with a cliffhanger. No matter... I'm already looking forward to the next book. The story melded together romance, mythology, imaginings, and...straight up...sexy which made it so addictive to read. Not only that...this is the first Cora Carmack book I have read, and I am a fan!
Can't help it! Reading Inspire will become an obsession!