Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Becoming Red (The Becoming Book 1) by Jess Raven and Paula Black


Becoming Red (Book 1)

What a marvelous trip to Ireland I just had. I came to realize, I need to get myself a true Irishman. Maybe somebody like Connal Savage. Huge. Gorgeous. With dreadlocks. Yummy.

“Becoming Red” is a brilliant creation from the pen of two promising authors who not only have managed to create a fascinating world within our world, but mix ancient Irish and Nordic mythology with a phenomenal twist of paranormal.

Ashling DeMorgan arrives in Dublin, not knowing much about her ancestors, broken by her past and traumatized about the horrible death of her mother. Because of her grandmother (who I’m still thinking had foreseen the facts) she meets her destiny in the form of a drop dead gorgeous specimen of a man named Connal Savage. Well, you can say he’s a man, but Connal keeps a great secret which not only will change Ashling’s life as she knows it, but will also unleash a wild past full of revenge, ancient gods, action, betrayal, power and love beyond anything comprehensible in this realm.

Since one of my greatest dreams in life has been to travel to the UK and go to Ireland, this story fell in my hands like God sent. I felt myself taken into the city of Dublin and meeting along with Ashling, the race of Formorians, which you can somehow compare to were shifters, but with a powerful and overpowering mating instinct during full moon. AND WHAT AN INSTINCT! All the steamy scenes you can expect from a romance like this are delivered with such a delicate yet scorching taste from the authors that honestly leave you breathless: Ashling and Connal give a whole new meaning to the phrase MATING LIKE ANIMALS.

I think the pair of Ash and Connal are one of the most lovable couples in paranormal romance I’ve ever encountered. The endearments such as Big Bad and Little Red are waaaaayyyy too sweet. In addition, though a little bumpy at the beginning; their relationship becomes more and more solid and the challenges presented just prove to the reader that they are indeed meant to be together. No questions. Also, the overall development of characters is not to overwhelming that it makes you forget names. You will meet a pack of Formorians ready to attack whenever the full moon allows them to, and somehow though you know these are the bad guys, you will actually find them quite intriguing. I know I want to learn more about all of them!

The best thing about this book (though many will disagree maybe) is the absolutely fan-freakin’-tastic CLIFFHANGER, that will MAKE you want to read Becoming Bad, ASAP.  

In overall this was one of those unexpected book treats that I really wish I could have more often.

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Spotlight: Becoming Bad (Book 2)
How do you fight the monster when it is inside of you?

The black lake beneath Dublin’s medieval city holds a secret. Imprisoned there for millennia, an ancient race of demi-gods have found a way to the surface and are preying on humans to feed their sexual appetites. Hunted to near-extinction, these half-men, half-beasts have been without a single female to breed a new generation. Until now.

All her life, Ashling DeMorgan feared her dreams. She kept her head buried in ancient mythology, because the real world seemed so much scarier. On returning to Dublin to settle her invalid grandmother’s affairs, Ash discovered a city plagued by the same wolf-like creatures that killed her mother. Their bite is like sexual heroin and Ash has been bitten. Now she is trapped in a waking nightmare, with the monster who ordered the death of the only man she’s ever loved. Made to doubt if she ever really knew the assassin-turned-guardian who stole her heart and gave his life for hers, Ash finds herself betrayed by her own changing body.

In a dangerous world of suspicion and divided loyalties, Ash must come to terms with what she is becoming. Worse still, her infuriatingly arrogant captor may just prove to be her most unlikely ally in what will become a life and death race for survival.

MacTire, king of a once formidable race, has lived his life in the shadow of a half-brother who took everything from him. Connal Savage seduced his mate and engineered a genocide that all but exterminated their species. Finally, he has a chance at retribution. Connal’s woman is his for the taking. But are the bonds of brotherhood so easily severed and are the ghosts of the past ever truly dead and buried, or will they come back to haunt him?

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The writing duo of Jess and Paula met online through their mutual love of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. They sparked creatively and have been writing together for the past three years. Paula lives in Dublin, Ireland with her family. She set aside a career in medicine to raise her three children. Jess lives in Manchester, England with her mother and dog, Simi. When she isn’t writing up worlds with Paula, she’s a wedding planner for a large retail store.
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