Friday, February 7, 2014

Tour and Giveaway - The Mystic Wolves

(Note:  Many apologies for the lack of pictures, blogger has decided that it hates my face today.  //sigh)

Title: The Mystic Wolves
Author: Belinda Boring
Series: The Mystic Wolves (#1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Blushing Heart Press
Release Date: Jan 2012
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?
Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.

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A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self-proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. It wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes. Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends, and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!

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My Rating: 3.5/5

My Review:

I really have the give the author some credit with the way this entire series starts.  She really goes off the beaten path.  She jumps right into the story, effectively disarming a reader from receiving their fairly common "get to meet the characters" stage.  It was a bit alarming for me at first, I admit.  I double (and even triple) checked the order of the books in the series to ensure that I wasn't skipping ahead into the series.  I have to say, though, that if this starting throws you off, don't give up.  Chapter seven on thoroughly explains everything you may have felt that you have missed, giving you back that time that the author teased you with by withholding it.

The main reason why this book is at a 3.5 instead of a 4 or 5 is that the writing style (with the different style of beginning) really threw me off and made it harder to enjoy the book.  Although everything pulls together and I did enjoy the book, it was a little harder for me to get into.  I felt as if I was missing such a vital part of the story, even though I was eventually filled in.  Like I said, I still really liked it, I just feel that I would have liked it more were it done a bit more traditionally.  Of course, I'm not the best person to deal with change. ;)

I loved the characters!  I especially loved such a strong willed main character.  I have to admit, I'm so tired of these weak willed women that become so submissive to their alpha men.  Ugh.  It just gets old fast for me.  Well, this is the farthest thing from a description of Darcy.  She's strong and smart-mouthed, which is definitely a heroine that's gunning to steal my heart.  She has her moments of vulnerability, which seemed a tad whiny for her normal personality, yet instead of being annoying, really just fleshed out the character and her imperfections.  Mason's possessiveness did annoy me a bit, but every time it turned out to be completely necessary worry.  This made me very happy.  Were he being possessive just for the sake of being possessive, I would have disliked him for attempting to crush a spirit as wild and free as Darcy.

The storyline in this book was a great start to the series, and I have quickly learned why this author is called the queen of the cliffhangers.  Really?!  Oy!!  So glad I have the remaining books in the series.  This was a fun read that was worth the slow start, and really?  The series just keeps getting better and better the farther I read into it.

“You want to be wooed, huh? I’m not sure I know how to do that. You may have to tell me what to do.” The cocky grin he’d been wearing suddenly became softer, his eyes twinkling, and I caught a flash of the boyish charm I’d fallen for.
“Oh no, I’m not explaining anything to you. You should know by now, Mr. Almighty-I-Am-Alpha. Just know this—if you don’t get it right … you’re a dead man.”
He let out a rich, throaty laugh, and the sound made the soles of my feet tingle. In fact, it made everything tingle, and I braced myself. I was about to get ravished.
I didn’t move a muscle as he advanced, or resist as he finally gathered me into his arms. My eyes instantly closed and I tilted my head—waiting. Everything was still, our surroundings dimmed to a quiet hush.
He moved slowly, brushing his mouth against mine softly, tenderly. It was almost like a whisper, the feel of his breath fanning gently over my skin, and when he repeated the motion, goose bumps erupted.
Even though I knew it was coming, the touch of his tongue tracing my bottom lip had me leaning into him, my hands gripping the top of his pants to steady myself. I don’t know how long we stood there for, his mouth barely caressing mine before the mood changed, and he made his move.

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