Thursday, April 5, 2012

Virtual Book Review Tour and Giveaway - Soul Mate by McKinzie S. Heart

Blurb: "It is 1882 Midwest North America and fiery Scottish lass Katlyn MacKenzie has inadvertently found herself working in a local saloon after her father’s death.  Handsome cowboy James Granger wants Kate more than he’s wanted any woman before so he is determined to make her his come hell or high-water.

She is tempted by his heated, experienced touch but will she succumb to his charms or will another stake his claim?  For in steps a strange suitor that will not be denied in his own quest for Kate’s heart, body, and soul.  His scorching kiss competes with James’s touch while they both pursue her.  But who will she choose?

Because though one offers passionate life and the other offers blissful death, only her Soul Mate can claim her."

My Thoughts:  Where do I start?  I won't leave a brief summary, like I normally do, because this is a short 51 page read and the description says enough. Mckinzie Heart gave me a story I wasn't expecting, that is for sure. I loved the fiery, red head Katlyn. She had the sass and temper to match her red hair. Katlyn also has another gift that you will come to learn. James gets her hot, but there is someone else that we least expect and he makes no joke that he plans to have the feisty lass. I read this story in one sitting with the unexpectedness I would end up loving to see it longer. How it would play out with more pages to it so its not as rushed. I will also say, the sex is hot with a side of kink in the graveyard. Even though the book wasn't what I thought it would be, I was still intrigued by the concept and not just because of the sex. I've always loved the idea of soul mates. To see see a tale of one and how Heart managed to pull me into this story, makes me have to say it was a good read. I admit, I struggled with writing this review. Mainly because I had to process it all, but the fact that the story is still fresh in my mind, a few weeks after reading it, says more than I ever could in a simple review.

4 out of 5 

Excerpt:   Nothing looked familiar but she pushed on bombarded now by flashes of images in her head. Her head felt full and heavy undoubtedly proving it would worsen unless she could escape. She must escape now! She lifted her skirts and bolted in blind desperation. The images and feelings increased, pressing against her skull. Gunfights, murders, natural and unnatural deaths…too numerous to count and now the whispers began. Some threatening, some enticing weaving in and about the mixed images…calling her, luring her. The multiple voices bombarded her mind as the flood of feelings threatened to overwhelm her. And the mixed scents of gunpowder, leather, and assorted perfumes flowed about her threatening to drown. One particular headstone stood strong and comforting in the distance. She concentrated in that direction feeling only a soothing wave.

She dropped her skirts and covered her ears as she raced to it leaping over misty hands and arms that only she could see reaching up to grasp at her skirts and legs. Kate didn’t know if they could actually touch her but she surely didn’t want to find out. When she finally jumped upon that soul’s site, everything quieted receding back into a calm after the storm.

McKinzie S. Heart is a prolific author whose area of particular interest is in erotic romance delving in a variety of sub-genres. She's had various works published with The Reader's Retreat and later, became Senior Editor of The Reader's Retreat from 2004 to 2006. She also co-owned an ebook website. She's won numerous awards in the community for pieces ranging from children's to adult works. Additionally, in 2008, her book Dark Moon Harvest won an award for Best Cover Art.

Soul Mate is published with Rogue Phoenix Press. Elemental Seduction #1 – The Dance and Elemental Seduction #2 – Requited by Fire are two books in an anthology of four published with Silver Publishing. Dark Moon Harvest is in rewrite. Her readers claim that her adult works are "wickedly entertaining" and that "I couldn't put the story down until I read the whole thing!" She hopes that you, too, enjoy one of her stories today!

Facebook: McKinzie S. Heart
Blog: http://www.Writing.Com/authors/mckinziesheart/blog


 McKinzie will award a $20 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, as well as to the host with the most comments!

I encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning! The tour dates can be found HERE


Pimpin' Reads said...

You have surprised me with your review. Looks like a good read. Occasionally a short is just what is needed and I too am interested in soul mates.

Romance Reader Enthusiast said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read. Tours are a great way to find new authors that I want to read their material over and over. Thank you for your thoughts also. That also helps me decide if I want to read a book or not.


marybelle said...

I love it when a story stays with you long after. I appreciate your thoughts thank you.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting McKinzie today.

McKinzie S. Heart said...

Thank you for hosting my book, Soul Mate, today! I will be back this afternoon :)

MomJane said...

I think your reviewer really loved this story, and if it is as good as she made it sound, it is one I am going to have to read.

McKinzie S. Heart said...

MomJane- It seems that she really enjoyed it which makes me grin ear to ear :) I hope that you do get the opportunity to read it.

AprilAlvey said...

I am so in love with this book when i read the Excerpt i was like OMG I love gunfights and stuff like that and the heated glances that is going on sheww about made me melt.What A Great Book. What A Great Giveaway my email is

Catherine Lee said...

Great review, Lindsey. Even though it's a short read, the reviews have been so nice

McKinzie Heart is a new-to-me author whom I've enjoyed getting to know on this tour.

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

McKinzie S. Heart said...

Thanks AprilAlvey for such a wonderful comment! I'm glad you liked it. Catherine Lee - I hope as the books start coming out that you will continue to check on them :)

McKinzie S. Heart said...

Thanks for hosting my book Soul Mate!

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the review and excerpt. The book sounds very good.


lindsey hutchison @ United By Books said...

your welcome and thanks for letting me review your book.

Good luck everyone and i hope everyone has enjoyed this wonderful tour

Acasleton said...

Thanks for the review. This sounds really good!