Archive | July 19, 2013

Review ~ The Loneliest Alpha ~ Cara Davidson

Loneliest Alpha

The Loneliest Alpha by T.A. Gray


Lingerie designer Alicia Clarkson just had to open her stupid mouth. Now thanks to trying to defend a fellow pack mate, Alicia’s been blindfolded, tied up, and carted off to the new alpha of the Oregon pack–Gavin MacKellen.

However, the blindfold doesn’t come off so soon as Gavin reveals he’s searching for a mate. But Alicia’s curiosity gets fired up when Gavin refuses to reveal his face to her. Just what happened to him? He talks to her from shadowy corners and behind closed doors. The man is as elusive as a squirrely fox. But Alicia doesn’t play games and the quiet spoken, hoarse-voiced alpha doesn’t stand a chance against her. They settle on an agreement, thirty days for them to get to know each other because that’s the only way this cowboy alpha will have it.

Gavin MacKellen needs a mate. But he knows no good woman would ever want to look at his face after the incident he suffered. After one look at Alicia Clarkson all his plans fly out the window. The woman’s beauty has stunned him damn near speechless. She torments his thoughts and Gavin finds himself yearning to know everything about her. As a relationship forms and love threatens to grow between them, Gavin struggles to cope with his physical appearance in the face of the beautiful Alicia. Will she be the one to stand in the face of a monster and accept him or will she turn her back on him?

[Warning: The Loneliest Alpha is a beauty and the beast love story.]

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A review by Cara Davidson

Note: This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Before even starting this book, I was already drooling for more information just based on the blurb: a new modern day tale of Beauty and the Beast with a twist of Blue Beards Wife tossed in for good measure! And boy, I was not disappointed!

A new and interesting take on Lycans, this species don’t actually change into wolf form, but instead have superior strength, reflexes, etc. to humans. They have a need for pack living, and mating exists, but there seems to be a special bond that can be between mates: Lumara (beloved mates) which I guess is the more mystical true bond that we all love (and, if we are being truthful, want). I guess similar to mates and true mates often seen in this genre.

Alicia and Gavin both have their own complete sets of baggage, but try to reach a common ground- they are both very likable main characters, supported by players who I am sure will each have their own story to tell (looks like Book 2 will be about Hanna, yeah!). There are so many ups and downs in their one month long relationship, you’ll be eagerly turning the page to see what will happen next. The mystery which makes up the backstory has enough flesh and suspense that it is able to support the strands of the rest of the novel very well. You’ll be surprised at the end!

The sexual tension between the two main characters…yep, cutting that one with a knife. The sex scenes are hot, but not super explicit. Ah, alpha loving…what else could a woman want? The only negative comment I can make about this book was that there were a few silly grammer/editing errors (for example the use of the word “lover” in a sentence, when “love” would have been appropriate). There were so few I hesitate to mention it, and it didn’t take my focus off of the story, but I’ll throw it out there anyway, in the interest of full disclosure. Regardless, I would strongly recommend this book, and plan on reading more of this authors work! I promise you won’t be disappointed in this novel!

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Touched by the Sandman ~ Coming to Boroughs Publishing Group ~ Giveaway ~ From Me to You Friday

My editor is a stickler about point of view. I know from reading some of the blogs he’s written. (He didn’t get me too bad the first time around!) I’m waiting to find out in this round! Touched by the Sandman has just been accepted at Boroughs Publishing Group where my first book (Dragons’ Mate) is published.

I read my submission of Touched by the Sandman over and it is a POV nightmare! LOL! I’m working on correcting it so when I get my marked up copy back I won’t be drowning!

I’ve rewritten the beginning at least three times. Well, pretty much the whole thing over three times-that I saved! I’m not sure which I prefer.

Here is a sample of the first paragraph from each of the three. They are totally different. Which do you prefer?

Sample 1:

The darkness blurred and shimmered, bringing to life a man of moonlight and darkness. He could see her, lying in bed, tears of loneliness staining her pillow. She made his heart ache. He softly stepped to her side. His hand touched her face, gently pushed back her hair. He leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on her forehead, turning her dreams from sadness to joy. The skim of his hand, the heat of his skin traced the edges of her curves. Her body arched towards his touch. He stepped back, and within the shimmer of dreams, disappeared.

Sample 2:

A dark symphony of passion and restraint played out in her dreams each night; played out with a man of moonlight and darkness. This man of shadows had captured my heart and soul during the midnight hours of my slumber. He had stolen the passion from my lips, igniting an ache in my body that even the daylight could not take away. Dare I dream that this man of shadows was real?

Sample 3:

My days were lonely. I went through them with no one really knowing the emptiness I felt inside. I had friends, sort of. They were really more acquaintances. Work tends to breed a sense of familiarity that doesn’t carry beyond the doors.

So, writing is not so easy! It is an erotic romance, and I must say I deep sixed sample three! I mean, really, would you read beyond that?

I can’t put any more as it will change drastically! That mentoring from my editor to bring out the best in me, polishing my submission is a lot of work, but I like to think of it as a rock in a tumbler. It may be a rough ride, but the end result is fantastic!

I’m feeling on top of the world, so I thought I’d do a giveaway of my first book Dragons’ Mate. It will come to the winner as a pdf, mobi or epub file, depending on what is needed.

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