Saturday, February 1, 2014

Book Review for Solar Heat by Susan Kearney


Solar Heat
The Heat #2

By: Susan Kearney

 stars
Reviewed by:Angels
Format:Kindle
Published: Belle Books
Source:ARC NetGallery Gene: Futuristic Romance 

Blurb


Is she an indispensable ally or his worst enemy?
When intersolar mining entrepreneur Derrek Archer rescues Azsla from her emergency sleeping pod, he's confounded by his desire for her - and the other strange feelings that begin to emerge whenever they're together.
Is she better off with him or without him?
Azsla's attracted to the sexy asteroid miner, but she fears getting close to Derrek might compromise her mission - and reveal that she's an enemy spy.
Looming over them is a cataclysm of deadly proportions - for if Azsla doesn't complete her mission, more than one world could be destroyed. She and Derrek must overcome their distrust, suspicion, and opposing loyalties, but between Azsla's secret, and Derrek's murky past, this mission may bring them closer together - or tear them apart.



Our Review

This is not the kind of normally read so I mixed things up and decided to give this title a try.I read some of  Susan's books many years ago and loved her Rysrani series so I thought to see what was in store in her new heat series.

I loved it.From cover to cover.I really enjoyed Derrek Archer and Azsal story.I am always excited to re- discover an author you haven't read for sometime and realize  you still love there writing.I will admit that for many years I stuck to one reading gene and the same authors and never ventured but, once I took the plunge a whole new world opened up for me.So be adventurous to and you won't be disappointed.

The story takes place in space were Aszal and her crew of escaped slaves are on the way to the planet Zor. Aszal is on a spy mission to discover information on there military defenses. Zor is now a planet that was built from escapee slaves from the planet Rama. During there escape there were technical difficulties and they had to  escape to several pods into space and hopefully to be discovered so she could fulfill her mission.

Aszal and Derrek met as he is the one who discovered her and her crew.The sparks fly once Derrek set eyes on Azsal he felt this possessiveness and jealousy he has never experienced before.Thinking in a plot of some kind he tries to dismiss it.If only his feelings were that easy to ignore.

My favorite character had to be Aszal I love when you have a strong female character.One that is witty ,smart,beautiful and deadly all wrapped up into one package.We also saw another side of Aszal of being able to be a loving and caring person. Azsal has a very complicated past.She struggles daily to suppress who she really is not just her real identity but also her true Quait abilities that would give her away.I admired Aszal for the decisions she would be forced to make and by coming to know her character by now I felt confident she would make the right choices.

Derrek the hunky asteroid miner character is complicated as well.A former slave who is now on of the most influential man on the planet Zor. Forced to start his life over again after his mind was scrubbed for a crime he didn't commit.You feel Derrek's pain of heartache at feeling the loss of his former family and his life as a slave who was under the control of the Quait echelons or former masters.He has made a new life for himself and his crew and loves living in space but, also has established homes on land.

Learning the background of this couple there fierce attraction complicates things. Aszal she can't tell the truth without exposing herself and after learning more about Derrek's past he will not be able to let go of his past so easily and accept her for who she really is. Aszal knows no matter what her mission is she is not happy about being one to betray them after coming to know and care for Derrek and his crew.

What a page turner for me and the complicated relationship between this couple took us with them on there amazing journey of finding love and starting over and showed us how to overcome ones past.We saw that people can  change if they let go of ones past in hopes of finding ones true life- mate.There was so much intrigue going on around this couple throughout this book that you never new what would happen next.I believe it just made the love between them grow stronger.The story was also filled with political intrigue ,betrayals,unlikely friendships being developed.Surprises of all kinds.Love and laughter.The plot had everything that a reader could want.I loved the characters and the odds they all had to overcome.

Really enjoyed this story from the beginning to end.I know there is mixed reviews about this one you seem to love it or hate it but ,I for one really enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to the next installment in this series.

Recommended to readers who love science fiction. reads and futuristic romance.

My favorite quote form the book !
"My children haven't been born yet ,and they are arguing with me. It's fripping unbelievable." 









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January 27 @ Mythical Books


Shadowskin 

by Bethany Cassel 

Weaving a Fairy Tale Tapestry

Once upon a time, there was a poison apple. This poison apple never wanted to hurt the princess with skin as white as snow, but evil dwarves made her do it. 

In the very earliest stages of Shadowskin, the book was meant to be a straight retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. It was inspired by the question and subsequent answer of, “Why would the evil queen really want to kill Snow White? The poison apple is more than that . . . it’s really the queen’s daughter, cursed with a deadly touch.” This is where my main character, Pomona, originated. She was the personification of the poison apple in the story. At first, I was content to develop just this part of her identity and retell just one fairy tale, but, as things go with writing, things quickly got out of hand. I realized that Pomona was far more than just a poisoned apple, but that required some more development...

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January 28 @  Wonderings of One Person:

 

Beyond the Fortuneteller's Tent (Beyond #1)

Beyond the Hollow (Beyond #2)

by Kristy Tate

The Inspiration for Writing the Beyond Series

I thought I knew how the Twilight series would end. While I, and half the reading world, waited for the release of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, I concocted what I thought was the perfect happily ever after for Bella and Edward. After a year of impatiently waiting for the final conclusion, I was hugely disappointed in Meyer’s ending.

But then—wait! Why not use my own happily ever after? Why not create my own series? And so I did. No vampires, no werewolves, but lots of obscure legends and an ending I can’t wait to write. Two of the three planned Beyond books are now published, and I’m not sure if I want the series to end…yet. I love Petra and Emory. I’m not sure I’m ready to let them go. So, at the moment, I can’t say whether the Beyond series will be a trilogy or something much larger. But I do know the ending, and I love it. I hope it will be worth waiting for...

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Enchanted Fairytales
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by Cindy C Bennett 

Who Doesn’t Love Fairytales?

Who doesn’t love fairytales? Princes and princesses, magic, villains, obstacles to overcome to achieve true love—fairytales have it all. They’re an easy escape into an enchanted world. I think that has a lot to do with the current trend in retelling these fantastical stories.

I’d already decided to write some retellings when I was approached by my publisher to write a full length retelling of the fairytale of my choice. I chose Rapunzel for the full-length, leaving me the option of all the other fairytales for my short stories...

...With all of my fairytales, I studied and read all of the old versions, and a few of the new, using names and settings from the traditional tales. Some of the names might seem a little strange, but with all of my main characters, there’s a meaning behind their name.

I enjoy reading fairytale retellings almost as much as I like writing them. I hope you like the way I’ve retold these classic stories, and have fun immersing yourself into every fairytale you read, both traditional and the retellings. As always, happy reading!

January 30 @ A Backwards Story

 

Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)

Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)

by Alethea Kontis

The Real Peter Woodcutter

My maternal grandmother passed away last February. It was the first time in seven years that my siblings and I were together in the same place.

I see my little sister Soteria the most often and talk to her almost every day. I speak to my older sister Cherie less frequently, but I'm trying to remedy that. Our brother West, however, seems to enjoy falling off the planet. So traveling to Vermont in the driving snow was made extra special for all of us because we got to see him.

I made sure he didn't leave without a signed copy of ENCHANTED. Instead of defacing the title page, like I normally do, I took up almost all of the blank space on the page before that, thanking West profusely for being both my real-life brother and the inspiration for Peter Woodcutter...

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January 31 @ Bookworm Lisa


The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen

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by Andrea Cefalo

The Inspiration for Writing The Fairytale Keeper

Did you know that nearly all cultures have their own version of the Cinderella story? Neither did I until attending a children’s literature lecture in 2007. I don’t know about you, but my mind tends to wander when I have to sit through two hour lectures. So I started wondering. If most cultures have a Cinderella story, was it based on one girl, a real Cinderella? Was Cinderella a girl who lived hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago? Or is there is just something so compelling about the Cinderella story that most cultures make up their own?

I didn’t want to write another Cinderella story. My story presumes that all of Grimm’s fairy tales are based on a real person, and that that person is the real Snow White. During her adventures, she compiled these tales through the people she’d met, the stories she’d been told, and the events she’d experienced.

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