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Review of Love’s Intensity by Cassandra Ulrich

Review of Love’s Intensity by Cassandra Ulrich


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Love’s Intensity

by Cassandra Ulrich

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BLURB:

Brad loves fast horses, cars, and bikes.  Life would be perfect if his stepmother could only mind her own business.  Instead, his father hired a longtime friend and her family to work in their home, turning his world into a feudal mess.

He wants to hate the new arrivals and it doesn’t help that Kressa, daughter of the newcomers, is the most gorgeous girl he’d ever laid eyes on.  With a scent that draws him to her, Kressa causes him more internal conflict than he ever dreamed possible.  He falls for her so deeply, he tells her a secret he’d never even told his best friends – that he’s training to be a ninja warrior.

Kressa adores her country and loves hanging out with her many cousins.  News of the move to Massachusetts comes as a shock to her.  She refuses to be happy in this new place working as a servant for a rich man and his mean son, who had the nerve to be cute.  And why does her skin tingle every time her hand brushes against his?

Despite her efforts, she finds herself desperately longing for a friendship with the one boy who scowls at her.  Matters are only made more complicated when his family and hers clash. When he goes on a dangerous mission, she wonders, will he return so she can tell him he’s won her heart or will their families manage to keep them apart?

Excerpt Four:

Brad rode Silver Bullet alongside Kressa and Gentle Rider so the horses faced each other upon his approach.  He gazed into Kressa’s eyes, longing to learn something new about the girl who lived in his house.  Brad removed his riding glove and reached over to brush Kressa’s hair away from her face so he could touch her cheek.  She did not shrink away.  His fingertips tingled where her skin met his.

So beautiful.  Brad’s heart pumped a little faster and his mind swirled.  Does she feel drawn to me too?  He shook his head slightly.  “We should go back now,” Brad said tenderly, realizing once again that the warmth he felt when he touched Kressa also did something to his heart.  It was better not to remain alone.  He wondered if Kressa would ever admit whether she experienced any affection toward him.  He found her hard to read sometimes.

Brad pulled on his glove, led the way back through the forest, and headed for the stable.  After brushing, feeding, and watering all four horses, Brad and Kressa strolled back to the house.  “Great lesson today.  I think before long you’ll be able to go out on your own.”

“Really?  That would be great.  How many more lessons do I need?” She said eagerly.

“I would imagine one or two more.”

They both laughed at the good news.  At that moment, Kressa’s dad appeared around some shrubs at the base of the hill. His face held a fiery red glow.

“Kressa, get to the house right now,” Mr. Morales said grabbing her arm and pushing her toward their apartment.  “I don’t know what you were thinking today taking her through those woods, but I don’t like it.”

“Sir, there’s wide open space to run the horses on the other side of the trees.  I wasn’t trying to seduce her,” Brad said, feeling some guilt for touching her cheek earlier.

Mr. Morales shot Brad a fierce look and took Kressa away.  She followed, pleading with her father to let her go and trying to convince him nothing happened.  Kressa and her father began speaking in Spanish, so Brad could no longer comprehend what was being said.  Brad headed back to his room in anguish over what he just witnessed.  He picked up the handkerchief and rubbed it on his cheek.  He was sorry for causing her so much trouble.

Over the next few hours, Brad spent time on his laptop looking up home schooling rules.  He gathered all the information he could and went looking for his father.  Brad and his dad needed to do a lot of preparation if Kressa were to start school at home in a week.  Finding his father in the office, Brad presented him with the draft for a lesson plan needed. It had to be submitted to the school administration.

Dinnertime proved tense for Brad, and he didn’t doubt it was for Kressa as well.  He avoided looking at her as much as possible, not because he experienced nervousness concerning their interaction earlier in the day, but because he did not want Kressa’s father to take it out on her.  She seemed stiff whenever she served Brad a side dish.  He knew her reaction was due to her father keeping a close eye on them all evening.  Brad wanted to talk to his new friend, but knew it would be better if he waited until morning.

 

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Review:

 Wow, this book has a lot going on it but in a good way.  What would you do if found out that the “help” had a past with the very people that you worked for?  That’s what Brad and Kressa face in the book.  Brad’s dad was best friend’s with Kressa’s mom growing up and that sit well with Brad’s stepmom.    Loved that little conflict in the book.  Kept the adults interesting and not just window dressing in the book.  Too often parents in YA books are forgotten about or worse, just window dressing.

Brad is the all-American boy that loves horse and just being a teenager.  Bring in a truly Mexican young woman, Kressa and those two couldn’t be more different.  I liked the dialogue in the beginning of the book that Brad and Kressa had.  I instantly connected with them and liked them.  Forced to be together all the time including school, its hard for them not to be friends and in the end fall for each other.  But this story isn’t just about Brad and Kressa, its also about their parents and the intensity of the relationship between Brad’s dad and Kressa’s mom.  It brought the whole story to a more well rounded read for me.

Something else that I truly liked about the book where the Christian undertones for me.  Yes, I do read inspirational/Christian books.  🙂  Love’s Intensity isn’t just about the growing attraction between Brad and Kressa but also about the past and ultimately the future of these two families.  The prejudice and misunderstandings are well written and realistic.  I truly did like all the characters in the book.  Each brought something to the story and made it better.

Of course, I like nothing better than a realistic interracial relationship and this one had it in spades.   Brad and Kressa fought their relationship growing between and the author did a great job with that, plus there is a ninja…Yes, you will have read the book to find out about that.

If I had a compliant, it would be the length of the book.  It was a bit too long but the book just kept getting better and better so I didn’t mind it after awhile.  I did have to take breaks and talk to Harlie about it.  🙂  I highly recommend Love’s Intensity for everyone that wants to read a feel good book about two different families coming to together and learning to live with each other and watch their children fall in love.

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Cassandra Ulrich was born on the beautiful island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, located east of Puerto Rico.  Living in the tropics fueled her imagination and day dreams.  For years, she wrote poetry and entered competitions.  However, only many years later did she discover joy in writing stories longer than a few pages.

She published her first young adult novel, A Beautiful Girl, in April 2011.  The inspirational novel has already touched many hearts ranging from teens to adults.

Her second novel, Love’s Intensity, is a teen paranormal romance, released on July 11, 2013.

Web site: http://cassandraulrich.com/

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Review of Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney w/giveaway

Review of Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney w/giveaway


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BESIDE YOUR HEART

By

Mary Whitney

BLURB:  

“It’s an emotional story that will take the reader back to those feelings that made the late teen years such a powerful time.”

Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life.

Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together in high school—the year of her sister’s death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through a coming of age. Was it just high school, or was it something more?

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“No British literature. Isn’t this supposed to be an English class?” Adam asked.

“Uh.” My ancestors would’ve been proud of the jolt of American patriotism that hit me.  “There was a revolution two hundred years ago. We write our own books now.”

He leaned back in his seat with a smile. “I think I heard about that.”

“We still share the same language.”

“Sometimes I’m not too sure.”

“I bet not.” I could imagine what he thought of a Texas accent.

He picked up the list of books again. “What about Catcher in the Rye?”

“I read it a long time ago when I was, like, eleven.” I laughed a little as I remembered how I’d first come to read it.

“Is there something funny about that?”

“Yeah. My father had suggested I read it then. The book is the classic coming-of-age story. Clearly, he wasn’t really thinking about whether or not it was appropriate for an eleven-year-old.”

“Really? Why?”

“Well, for one thing, the main character is a guy who swears a lot.”

“I suppose I swear a lot.” He cracked a sly smile. “At least compared to you Yankees.”

“Yankees? You’re in the South.” I laughed.

“What else is inappropriate about the book? Now I’m interested. It can’t only be a few swear words.”

“No, it’s not just that. It’s…” I hesitated for a moment as I realized I was about to bring up the topic of sex with Adam Kincaid. What the hell, I thought. I should be matter-of-fact about it. He had a girlfriend and would never want anything with me. I could hide I thought he was hot, so I shrugged. “Holden, the main character…he’s a little sexually frustrated.”

His eyes twinkled, and it felt as if my words hung in the air. I wanted to squirm in my seat. ‘Sexually frustrated’—like me checking out Adam Kincaid.

 

His proper upbringing showed again as he sidestepped the issue, yet he smirked. “That sounds like an adventurous book to be on an American high school syllabus.”

“Like I said—it’s considered an American classic.” I laughed. “I guess some things are sacred.”

“But of course.” The gleam appeared in his eye again, and he turned toward me in his seat. “Teenage sexual frustration is sort of a rite of passage, if you will.”

There went the good-English-boy manners out the window. His tone, the look in his eye, his body language—was he flirting with or taunting me? I decided the former was impossible, and if the latter, I wasn’t going to back down. With two parents who were lawyers, debate was a family routine.

“A rite of passage? More like a biological fact, isn’t it?” I asked, casually clicking my pen. I raised a brow. “Especially for guys.”

“You’re right about that,” he said with a grin.

Review:

Seriously, I read a bunch of YA/NA and for the most part it has been excellent so far.  I’m pretty sure that I read my favorite and best book this year with Beside Your Heart.  I know, Pink shouldn’t have favorites but the love story between Adam and Nicki is damn near perfection.  Seriously…perfection.

I felt every emotion, thought, feeling, touch that Adam and Nicki had in this book.  Finding your first love is exciting, sometimes frustrating and when it ends, it sucks even worse than death.  Okay maybe not death in Nicki’s case but you get the point.  While Adam starts off being the typical high school douche with the cheerleader, he really does like Nicki, first as a friend and then as a girlfriend.  Nicki really tried not to fall in love with Adam but the allure was too much for her.

What I really enjoyed about their story was that it started off as a NA with the whole “what if” and then bam, you are back in high school.  Ms. Whitney has a great voice when it comes to YA/NA and she has the slang, humor and situations that teenagers/young adults face.  The dialogue between the characters is extremely realistic and timely.  I really felt at times that I was a fly on the wall while I read this story.  Ms. Whitney also writes her characters with depth and realistic problems and hangups.    If I had to pick a favorite secondary character it would be Tom.  Everyone needs a Tom in their life and Nicki has him…in spades.

If I had one bad thing to say about the book, is that I HATE waiting for the next book in the series, I DON’T read series books that often.  Harlie does but then again, I have a life and she doesn’t.  Oops…said that out loud.  😉  Nicki and Adam stole my heart and then broke my heart.  I can’t wait to read how Ms. Whitney handles their separate situations and lives in the next book.

I can also say this…if you don’t like YA/NA, give this book a chance.  You will not be sorry and you think me for it later.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:MEDIA KIT MaryWhitney

Even before she graduated from law school, Mary knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.

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Cover Reveal for Time Spell, book #1 in the Ivy Grace Spell Series by T.A. Foster

Cover Reveal for Time Spell, book #1 in the Ivy Grace Spell Series by T.A. Foster


Time Spell.Final.CoverABOUT TIME SPELL:

Ivy Grace is learning that magic–and love–are all about the right timing.

Follow the adventures of this spirited young Southern woman as she embarks upon a successful new career writing novels and movies that explore romantic mysteries of the past.

Ivy, a witch who spends her days practicing her brand of good magic in a sleepy little city, often travels back in time to observe events of yesteryear and turn them into compelling stories for her modern-day fans. But as her uncanny ability to weave enthralling historic tales lands her in the limelight, she quickly finds that fame sometimes comes with a price.

Evil forces now know who she is and threaten to reveal her family’s most sacred magical secrets.

With the help of her ruggedly handsome editor and a sexy supernatural ex-boyfriend, Ivy must unravel history while fighting to keep these ominous forces at bay.

Will Ivy be able to make the ultimate sacrifice for the people she loves the most?

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He brought both of his hands up to my face. The skin of his palms felt slightly rough, but warm. My eyes locked with his while his thumb softly traced across my lower lip. He leaned down and brushed his lips on mine and lingered, kissing me gently and deeply. I pressed my mouth to his, taking in his tongue and the taste of his mouth. He moved his hands over my body, wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me close, so I was pressed hard against his body. I was melting into his embrace one inch of skin at a time.

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ABOUT T.A. FOSTER: TAFoster

T.A. Foster is a Southern girl whose heart and spirit are connected to the beach. She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children and two canine kiddos.

Her long love affair with books started at an early age and as soon as she was able, she transformed imaginative stories into words on paper. Time Spell is T.A.’s debut novel, and the first in a series about a very adventurous, clever, and magical girl named Ivy.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University.  When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing or planning her next beach trip.

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Twitter: @tafosterwriter

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