Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Release - Untimed by Andy Gavin

Welcome to The Wormhole! 
I am pleased to announce a new book by Andy Gavin!

Untimed by Andy Gavin
About the book:

Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.
As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.
Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.
When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it.
And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!
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Review: Luca's Magic Embrace by Kym Grosso

Luca's Magic Embrace: Immortals of New Orleans Book 2
by Kym Grosso

An erotic paranormal romance...
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

Samantha doesn't want to be a witch, yet that's exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha's worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who's been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?

Warning:  This book contains several love scenes and is intended for adult readers. 

My thoughts:
I loved Kade's Dark Embrace, which is book one of the Immortals of New Orleans by Kym Grosso so when I had the opportunity to read and review book two (I had been hoping it would be Luca's story!) I jumped at the chance.

I was as happy with book two as I was with book one.  The characters are fantastic.   I was excited to see that this story more or less picks up where book one ended, bringing the characters I loved from Kade's story into Luca's while adding new ones.  All the men are larger than life; all are willing to do whatever it takes to protect, save, get, have or keep whatever it is that they want or feel is theirs.  All the women are either strong, independent and powerful in their own right - or become so during the story.  It's as if Kym Grosso has created a range of characters in which everyone can see a bit of themselves or who they wanted to be, and a bit of the partner they have always searched for.

The world Kym Grosso has created is realistic and believable.  She has set her characters in New Orleans, which is perfect for supernaturals.  It is easy to see the beautiful, powerful vampires and others living in the Garden District in mansions supported by their immortality and the wealth they attain.  You can picture them with the moss draped trees and mystery and mystique that seems to go hand in hand with New Orleans.

The story is filled with steamy hot romance, powerful magic, betrayal, desire, deception, mystery, danger and love.  (For adult readers only).

The ending is a cliffhanger - but by the time you get to the ending, you are hoping for a glimpse into what book will be next because you don't want to leave the characters and the story behind.  Well worth the read - CANNOT wait for the next book.

(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review).