Authors Showcase features the novels of Carmen DeSousa and Martha Bourke
August 20, 2013
Caleb Pirtle III
The Book: She Belongs to Me
The Author: Carmen DeSousa
The Story: A passionate romantic-suspense of love, betrayal, and obsession, She Belongs to Me will have you falling in love and wondering if you can trust anyone right up to the last page.
After secrets and a mysterious background leave a wife’s life hanging by a thread, a husband must look for answers in the only place he knows–the past.
When wealthy construction company owner and Charlotte detective, Jordan Monroe, meets Jaynee for the first time he is awestruck and determines to make her his wife. Jaynee, however, has a history she cannot easily overcome and is fearful to submit to love. Jordan succeeds in making her his wife, but five years into their marriage, he realizes she is keeping secrets. Before he can decipher her duplicity, he discovers her unconscious in their home from a gunshot wound only hours after giving her an ultimatum concerning their relationship.
With Jaynee’s life hanging in the balance, the mystery of her past drives Jordan to investigate. But what appears to be an attempted suicide turns out to be something far darker. Is someone from her past stalking her? Or worse, is someone close to Jordan trying to kill them both? As Jordan edges closer to the truth, it may be deadlier than he could ever have imagined.
Review by Jaime Rush: Jaynee ends up shot just outside her home, her loving husband finding her. As she lies in a coma, a distraught Jordan must untangle the threads of her recent days to find out why she shot herself. Or did she? For Jaynee wasn’t the only one keeping secrets … and one of those secrets is deadly. Can he find the truth before a killer strikes again?
I really enjoyed this book, and it’s not explicit, so teenagers as well as those with delicate sensibilities will like it. You’ll be swept off your feet along with Jaynee as she discovers the man of her dreams. You’ll be drawn into the drama. And you’ll flip the pages fast as Jordan must desperately figure out the truth in time. I was and did!
Review by P. J. Storm: After a rough start in life Jaynee has decided to put herself first and focus on herself and her education. She’s not looking for love but when sexy and confident Jordan lands in her seating area one night at work there’s no denying the instant chemistry between them.
This story is filled with romance, anticipation and mystery. I really enjoyed the character development and the dialogue between everyone. Right from the beginning I felt like I could relate to Jaynee. The only thing I didn’t like was the wedding planning. I don’t want to spoil anything but I will just say I wish she had more involvement.
I absolutely loved how the author gave us a look into their future. A lot of times I get to the end of a book and think, “but I want to know what happens next!” I’m a romance junkie and highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful love story. Five Stars all the way!
The Book: Forbidden Call
The Author: Martha Bourke
The story: Shapeshifter civil war has spilled out onto the streets of Boston, Massachusetts and it’s up to the Order to keep the peace. The New Breeds, the eight most powerful shifter warriors in existence, must prevent the renegade Toltec from overthrowing the human race.
Soaring Eagle has received the call to join the Order. The only problem is he doesn’t remember anything but his name. Injured while on the way to join his new brothers, he meets Ana, a mysterious female he’s immediately drawn to. Unable to fight the mating call, their souls bond. Just when it seems nothing can go wrong, he discovers that he’s fallen for the very enemy he’s meant to defeat. Memories flood back, and he’s torn between the ghost of his dead mate and an endless desire for a forbidden female. No matter how he chooses, there will be betrayal. But who will face the consequences – his new mate or his brothers in the Order?
Review by Reader Girl: Martha Bourke has started her new adult series off with a bang! I read and loved Martha’s YA novels (the Jaguar Sun Series), so when I heard she was coming out with an adult shifter series, I was was really looking forward to seeing what she would do. One Sunday afternoon later, I now know, and it is terrific!
I loved the world that Martha created in her Jaguar Sun novels, so I was excited when I realized that in Forbidden Call we are still in that world (some months later) and that the novel includes a few cross-over characters (although you don’t have to read the YA series to read – and get completely caught up in – the new series). The story begins by reacquainting the reader with Ana, who has slipped deeper into the evil sphere of Toltec. Once she rescues an injured New Breed shifter (mortal enemies of Toltec), the action never slows down.
The story is passionate, fast-paced, with lots of Martha’s trademark sarcastic dialogue. This one absolutely begs to be in your beach bag!
Review by M. E. Martinez Fernandez: Having read the previous works from Martha Bourke – Jaguar Sun, Jaguar Moon and Revelations-, I thought I knew what to expect, a fast-paced, sarcastic sense of humor and a great story, but I was in for a big surprise!
Whereas the previous installments – especially JS and JM – were more tender, romantic in a way that when you grow older you forget… After all, it was YA literature (a genre I LOVE!). Forbidden Call is passionate, it’s raw, flammable enough to burn the pages. The bad guys are despicable and the good guys are imperfectly perfect.
Take SE, for example. This man loved, deeply, and lost, deeply. Somehow this second chance at love kills him, makes him feel as if he’s betraying the memory of his first mate, and yet the attraction to Ana is unstoppable -maybe deeper? Ana, still a member of Toltec, had sold Maya to her organization in JS. However, she repented and realized that she’d been used by ‘mommy dearest.’ That kicks off a roller coaster of love and fire, a consuming protective instinct, courage in battle and fear of what may happen. Love in the midst of war.
All that combined with Martha Bourke’s fast-paced, sarcastic sense of humor and a great story.