Today I am pleased to present Seduced by Innocence by Kimberly Kinrade. I have my review and the entire first chapter!
About the Book:
Seduction comes in many forms.
“Liquid fire poured into me, filling me with the intimate sense of him as he leaned in to claim my lips with his own. I reached for him, needing him closer, but my arms couldn’t close the distance between us, which grew wider with each hitched breath. So close to finally feeling something real, something carnal and deep, I cried out in frustration, dropping my hands as he disappeared. My cries deepened into a frenzy of panic and my eyes flew open. I clutched my blanket and stilled myself to calm my racing heart.
Just a dream. Always just a dream.”
Rose Wintersong didn’t have an ordinary upbringing. Raised in what most would call a hippy commune, but what is actually a powerful coven of witches, she never questions the life fate chose for her.
Until she meets Derek O’Conner.
Derek challenges everything Rose believes and forces her to see the secrets hidden beneath the whitewashed walls of her idyllic country life.
Rose knows she should walk away, that the sexy martial arts instructor is bad news bred to create discord in her tight community… but the animal magnetism between them is impossible to fight.
Caught between the passion of first love, and the steady beat of the life she’s always known, Rose must choose between the innocence of her youth or the pleasures of womanhood—but lost innocence comes at a price, and Rose harbors a dark secret that could destroy everyone she loves—including Derek.
Submit to the Seduced Saga as Derek and Rose face their future while unraveling the mysteries of their past.
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(Note: I reviewed the second book in the series, Seduced by Pain, on March 4.)
I rarely go into things like cover, etc. I prefer to focus on the story. That being said, I have to mention that this book (I read the kindle version) is visually beautiful to read, and I will admit that it added to my enjoyment of the reading experience. Each chapter begins with a small illustration representing the character narrating the chapter, and a Shakespeare quote that relates to that part of the story. These little touches combine seamlessly with the author’s gorgeous prose, including Rose’s emotional diary entries.
I was drawn into Kinrade’s world of the paranormal: lust, greed, and betrayal combine with friendship, love, and loyalty to create an engaging tale of witches and shifters.
My heart broke for Rose as she struggles with her dark gift, a gift that she sees as curse, and has kept her isolated. My heart soared for her when she was finally able to find someone she connects with, but I held my breath, knowing that their tenuous relationship was destined to come crashing down around them.
The story is extremely emotional, sexy, and sensual, with a bit of humor, action, and intrigue added in the mix. Derek is a great alpha-male, and I fell for him along with Rose. I fear their powerful attraction is not enough, and I am desperate to read the next book in the series and find out what fate has in store for these two!
“We witnessed each other, and isn’t that what relationship is about? Bearing witness to one another, witnessing and being witnessed so that our acts of love, passion, kindness, adventure… all the moments that make us human, so that these acts have meaning and memory beyond ourselves?
Whatever else happens, he will forever know me, and I will forever know him.”
*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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About the Author:
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for all ages and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal series The Forbidden Trilogy, her lower grade fantasy series The Three Lost Kids, and watch for her New Adult romance and fantasy books coming in 2013 including The Seduced Saga, Sunrise and Nightfall, Death by Destiny and The Fallen Trilogy and her next YA fantasy adventure, The Reluctant Familiar. You can find her books on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads among other fine retailers.
When she’s not writing, she runs Daring Books Design & Marketing with her husband, Dmytry Karpov, where they help authors with all manner of marketing, editing, and design needs until such a time that their brilliant children take over the business for them.
She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two cats who think they’re gods (and probably are), her two dogs who think they’re humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.