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ARC Book Review-A Vampire’s Soul

A Vampire’s Soul
Carla Susan Smith
Kensington Books
Published July 3rd 2014
270 Pages
Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9781601832917
Authors Website

INTO THE DARK…

Rowan Harper’s world has been wrenched apart. The man she thought she loved—the man she does love—is a vampire, and not the kind that glitters. Running away isn’t an option. Gabriel isn’t just her lover. She’s bound to him in ways she can’t comprehend, ways that put both of them in desperate danger even as Rowan’s desire for him blazes anew.

The rules of her life before are gone. But she has a power of her own, a power she is remembering in fits and starts even as time races against her. With her life and Gabriel’s very soul on the line, Rowan has to choose who to believe—and who to trust…

My Review

I Received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review. 
 
Rowan has just learned that her boyfriend, the love of her life, has kept a secret so much more than she ever imagined….he is a vampire! Rowan is blown away and has no idea how to handle this shock. At first Gabriel gives her space, but as the truth starts to sink in, she starts to realize that he is still the same loving and passionate man she first fell in love with. Now she might be in danger from a woman scorned that is jealous of her bond with Gabriel. And on top of that she learns that she is bound to him in ways she doesn’t know yet but will change her life forever. After she learns everything and her full memories return to her, will she be able to grab at the chance at a future with Gabriel or lose him forever….

A Vampire’s Soul is the second book, and it continues right from where the first book ended (which I loved, so you don’t miss out on anything) and we see Rowan really struggling with the truth about Gabriel. At first glance you think…well why would she struggle with it so badly? But if you have read the first book, her finding the truth isn’t the best way, and in fact I sympathize with her, because you see how shocked she is, and hasn’t had much time to process it. In some parts of the book we don’t see Rowan and Gabriel too much, but you see more side characters more involved in the story, and I loved that when Rowan does except Gabriel for all that he is, she does it with every part of her, nothing held back. One of my favorite aspects of Rowan, is that she doesn’t hide anything, she is frank and honest and I enjoyed how refreshing her character is.

There is quite a huge element of danger and suspense added to the story, and then we see more about Gabriel and Rowans past together, and there is alot more to their bond than you ever realize. It definitely is heart wrenching at times, and my heart went out to this couple, that definitely deserve their happy ever after. There is quite a few layers in this story, very unique, that for being less than 300 there is so much happening in this story that pulls you in and you find yourself enthralled by the magic of the storytelling of this author that weaves a tale of passion and intrigue and a intense world that you ache to see more of. I definitely will be keeping this author in mind for the future. These two books are definitely going on the favorite list. I would highly recommend this author to any romance lover that is searching for a tender yet powerful vampire love story to capture your heart. MAGNIFICENT!!!

My Grade
4.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Steamy
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ARC Book Review-A Vampire’s Promise

A Vampire’s Promise
Carla Susan Smith
Kensington Books
E Book
Published June 2014
306 Pages
Paranormal Romance
ASIN: B00HRFWQ2Q
Authors Website

Synopsis

Trust Your Instincts
Rowan Harper is nothing but a smart-mouthed bookstore clerk with a crappy love life on the night she walks into Rosie’s Bar. Most of the drama in her life is borrowed from her best friend’s adventures. But when she meets Gabriel–tall and movie star gorgeous–everything changes. Never mind that she turns down the drink he offers, or that he brims with secrets she can’t begin to guess at. He ignites a desire in her she never suspected–and shows a fascination with her she can’t explain.
He has no family, no job, no bank account;he knows where she lives and her favorite flower. An aura of mystery cloaks him, even as Rowan grasps for facts, even as she fears an answer that could destroy her happiness. Gabriel can guide her through a wonderland of new sensations. But only if Rowan trusts him enough to follow. . .

My Review 

I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review. 
 
Rowan, works in a local bookstore, and unlike her best friend, who draws men like bees to honey, she hasn’t had much luck in the men department. Rowan is still a virgin, and not because she wouldn’t love to have a lover or two, but she has never met anyone that she wanted to share that part of herself with. When she comes to the local bar, to satisfy her friend, she meets a man that tilts her world with just one look. Rowan is blown away with “Gabriel” who is a sexy viking type, and looks at her as if she is the only woman on earth and he thirst for her blood. What shocks her is that he wants her, especially when there is so many other beautiful women that she knows she can’t even compare herself too. But Gabriel is persistent, seductive, and charming, and even though she doesn’t want to risk her heart, she can’t help but find herself sharing her life with him, and knowing he is full of secrets, she knows that he is her destiny…

A Vampire’s Promise is the first book that I know of that this author has written….and all I can say is SUPERBLY DONE!!! Impossible for me to put this one down. I don’t read too many vampire romances, but this one was so delicious and lick your lips worthy, and I will warn you though it has one kicker of a cliffhanger, so much so that I knew I had to get the second book in NG. Gabriel and Rowan are quite a team, and Gabriel is quite the hero of the story. Gabriel is a vampire, but is quite the gentleman around Rowan. I loved seeing how old world he is, believes in courting a girl, and not just wanting sex the first night. As the story progresses, you see these two slowly kindle a flame that blossoms into a beautiful and tender love story. You know that Gabriel’s secret is bound to come out soon, but you also don’t want to put the special relationship they have created together on hold. I could barely get through this book fast enough, I was soaking this story 100%, and I could barely contain my excitement of this story and how much it revved my energy up. I almost felt like I was being the one seduced and slowly courted. The emotional display is so vividly displayed, that you can’t help but immerse yourself completely in the story. It is addicting and almost magically pulls you in.

Overall a whopper of a romance. A tale full of zest, sensuality, and the seducting power of two souls truly coming together. A story to captivate you both body and soul!! A ENTICING ROMANTIC TALE TO TUG AT THOSE HEARTSTRINGS!!!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy