Book Review – Chosen by Desire (ARC)

Chosen by DesireChosen by Desire,
Book 2 in The Guardians of Destiny Series
Written by: Kate Perry
Published by: Forever
Date: October 1st, 2009
Pages: 368
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 978-0446541015
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Top Pick

Chosen by Desire is a mouth-watering paranormal romance guaranteed to make you blush; a fast-paced story that pulses with action, emotion and luscious, sensual romance”

Bookish and devoted to her work, Carrie Woods is the last person who you could imagine as a thief; yet here she is, stealing ancient texts and scrolls from a Chinese monastery for her research project. Terrified by her criminal behavior, Carrie is doubly shocked when a monk seems catches her attention. With steely determination, Carrie clutches her bag of stolen goodies even closer to her and carries on her way. Maximillian Prescott knew by her nervous movements that the blond woman had something that didn’t belong to her. In his monk robe he felt that it should be someone elses job to find out what she had taken; unfortunately, Max’s master had other plans. As Max re-joins the outside world he lures the unsuspecting Carrie into a trap; needing to know exactly what she has stolen from the monastery, Max becomes her employer, which puts Carrie in his home, right where he wants her.

I have enjoyed both books in this fantastic series and if anything, book 2 is even better! I loved this story and I adored all the piping-hot sensuality and sexual tension that surrounds Max and Carrie, when they are together. Max is gorgeous, gruff, domineering and guarded while Carrie is open, honest (except for the latest misstep) and generous to a fault; they compliment each other well and I fell in love with their story. There is sizzling erotic bedroom (and other places) scenes; they are descriptive and sexy HOT, HOT, HOT! I enjoyed the witty banter between Carrie and Max as well as the relationship between Carrie & her mother and Carrie & Gabe, from Book 1 in the series.
I very highly recommend this book to Kate Perry fans and to all paranormal romance lovers!!!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!
 

Read more about Chosen by Desire.
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Author’s Website
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A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy of this book to review.

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Book Review – The Killing Tree: A Novel

The Killing Tree: A NovelThe Killing Tree
Written By: Rachel Keener
Published By: Center Street a division of Hachette Book Group Inc.
Date: 2009
Pages: 327 pages
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1599951119

The Killing Tree is gritty and compelling; an emotionally-haunting story of life in a small, mountain top community.”

Product Description – From Amazon.com
“It’s the summer after Mercy Heron graduates from high school, and she’s living in the household of her domineering grandfather and a grandmother whose behavior has always been erratic–some folks even call it crazy. They’ve raised Mercy since her mother died giving birth to her under the June apple tree, after Father Heron locked her out and ignored her pleas for help.
Mercy’s days are spent working at the local diner, and hanging out with her wild best friend Della. Unlike Della, she’s never seriously considered leaving the insulated community on Crooked Top mountain. Not until that summer when she meets Trout, a man who opens Mercy’s eyes to a world beyond what she’s known–both physically and emotionally. Their relationship must be kept secret, because Father Heron won’t approve of his granddaughter being involved with a migrant worker. But when Mercy tries to escape, she’ll learn just how powerful, and ruthless, her grandfather can be. And the truth of her past will threaten to forever bind her to the mountain.”

The Killing Tree‘s title alone is enough to pique ones curiosity. As I began reading the story I was immediately drawn into Mercy’s emotional struggle and felt very strongly towards many characters whose lives impacted the teen-aged girl in a negative way. Mercy’s Grandfather in particular, is a real (insert curse word here)! As the story unfolds, we learn more about Mercy’s history and what her plans are for the future. Along the way we meet Mercy’s best and only true friend on Crooked Top Mountain, “dazzling” Della. Each of the characters in the story is painstakingly drawn to help the reader feel more connected to the story and leaves them wanting more. With a smoothly-flowing story that has extremely emotional overtones, The Killing Tree explores love, loyalties, religious zealotry, hope and redemption. When Mercy meets Trout, she begins to flourish, finally understanding that she can have more then her blighted past has promised her thus far. Love blossoms and danger lurks as freedom is tasted and it all seems too good to be true. At about 1/3rd of the way through I figured out one of the major plot twists; but no need to worry, it didn’t ruin the rest of the story.
I recommend this book for readers looking for a strong, emotional drama written with vivid characterizations and darkly-beautiful settings.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (7 out of 10 Diamonds) – I really enjoyed it
 

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http://www.rachelkeener.com/

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A special thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy to review.

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