Thursday, May 17, 2012

Awaited review and giveaway

Book Review of Awaited (and a little on Wasteland, book 1) by Lynn Rush

Book Synopsis:
Wasteland, #2
Release Date May 2012

Book Blurb for Awaited:

Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark.

He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate soul to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

Wasteland, #1
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Book Blurb for Wasteland:

Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his demonic enslavement.

The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.

**Short Story**
Prelude to Darkness
Wasteland, # .5
Release Date May 2012


Book blurb for Prelude to Darkness

For a slave, hope is a dangerous thing…
Margaret Rousseau dreams of freedom from a life of servitude. When a mysterious woman saunters into the servants’ tavern promising the impossible, Margaret dares to hope she could win the heart of the one man she has secretly coveted since she first wore a corset...

The Prince.

Margaret desperately grasps for the opportunity to change her bleak destiny by placing faith in a woman who is not as forthcoming as she seems. Blinded to the stranger’s dark motives, Margaret surrenders herself to gain her heart’s desires.

But her choice may bring forth a darkness that could destroy all she holds dear.

Author Information:

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake.

Rush holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa. Originally from Minneapolis, Rush currently enjoys living in the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of 15 years and jogging with her two loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.

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Book Excerpt:

My feet finally found the water’s floor. I tugged the female from Durk’s grasp and hoisted her up into my arms.
The water had washed away the crimson stains, but left her lips thin and blue. Durk pressed his fingers to her neck. “No pulse.”
“Go. Find wood dry enough to burn. We need fire. I’ll start CPR.”
He bolted to his feet and darted away. I settled her on the damp foliage covered floor and ripped her buttoned blouse apart. I rested my ear to her chest. Nothing. Cheek to her mouth. Nothing.
I clamped my hands together and started counting out compressions. “Please. You can’t die. I just found you.”
Her chest caved beneath my weight with each push I offered to start her heart. Pumping it for her. She looked so cold. So small. So fragile. Darkness tainted her lips. I imagined they’d be full and bright red like in my dreams. Her glowing skin was now dull and lifeless.
Please. Michael.
There must have been a reason for me to be on this plane. This time. This date. This instance. Not to let me find someone I’d dreamt about, then to lose her.
I pinched her nose. With my other hand I cradled her neck and opened her mouth to mine. My lips formed a seal around hers, and I blew. Her chest raised. One more breath.
I turned my head, listening. Nothing.
I repeated it for another cycle. Durk returned holding an armful of branches. He ripped open his pack and pulled out a bag.
“Zip lock?”
“Jessica made an appearance at my room while packing.” He held it up. “I thought she’d lost her mind. Matches, magazine, and tiny foil blanket.”
“You didn’t say anything.”
“Told me not to.”
Durk went to work on the fire as I finished the second round of compressions. I leaned down to breathe for her again and paused an inch before contact with her lips. “Please,” I whispered and sealed her mouth with mine.
I breathed into her, then turned and drew in a gulp of air and let it flow into her. A gentle scent of sandalwood and sugar wrapped around me. Coiled me in warmth. The woman flinched beneath me.
Then coughed.
I tilted her to the side and water spewed from her mouth. A tremor rocked her little body. The crackle of a flame, and the scent of burning leaves filled the air. “There you go. Get it out.” I patted her back.
She flopped back and her eyes opened wide.
The same honey irises I’d seen a hundred times in my dreams stared at me. “Can you hear me?”
The lids hung heavy over her dilated eyes, then slid shut.
“No. No. Stay with me.” I patted her shoulder.
Durk joined me, kneeling beside her on the other side. I pressed my finger to her neck. “Steady pulse.”
“She’s got to be in shock. Freezing. Get that fire going.” I peeled my shirt over my head as I stood. “Find all you can to get a small shelter formed around the fire.” I ripped at the belt securing my soggy pants to me. “I’ll warm her up.”
Wasn’t exactly how I’d dreamed I would first lay with a woman, but I’d be damned if I was going to let her die.
She was mine.
Book Review:

            The only things I have read about angels are the Bible, real life encounters, and “The Moral Instruments” series.  So this series of books about guardian angels and guardians, immortals who fight demons on behalf of humanity, have captivated me.  I love the idea that there are guardians out there solely for the purpose of protecting us.  I have always believed that I had a guardian angel, there is no other way I could have survived being born six weeks early (at least not as long ago as I was born) and all the stupid stuff I did as a kid and teen.
            I have enjoyed getting to know the characters of this series.  “Awaited” picks up the story started in “Wasteland” and covers different guardians we have been introduced to.  “Wasteland” introduces the guardians and guardian angels and tells the story of the King and Queen of the guardians, who are the guardian angels.  “Awaited” tells the story of Russell, who we meet in “Wasteland.”  Russell finds his destiny and mate in this story. 
            The story was kept me guessing, first about if the woman they found was who they were sent to find and then if she was evil or not.  I eagerly devoured this book in one sitting.  I strongly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys reading paranormal romance or who enjoyed “The Mortal Instruments” series. 
            I give both these books 4 out of 5 clouds.  A good read!

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  1. Hi Lynn, Hi Mindy -

    Lynn, your books are definitely on TBR list. Congrats on the great review from Mindy.

  2. I forgot the question - who is my favorite angel or angel-like far I only know one...she's a guardian angel named Claire from Sharon Hamilton's Heavenly Lover.

    1. I haven't read this book, but I'll definitely look into it. You will like these books. Really good.

  3. Hi!! Thanks for the great reviews! I'm so glad you enjoyed the stories. :) Thanks,Kay for coming by. I haven't heard of Heavenly Lover....but SWEET, I'll have to check it out! :)

  4. I haven't read many books with angels (but I'm making my way there, I promise!), so I guess my favourite angel character would be Mitch from Scott Speer's Immortal City. The only angel book I've read D:

    Definitely looking forward to these books!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I don't think I've read Immortal City. The only other angel book I had read previously was the Mortal Instruments Series, so I can relate.

    2. Honestly, Immortal City wasn't all that great, but of course that's just my opinion. It's a new release that I believe was lacking a lot of substance. And oh my goodness, for some reason I didn't classify TMI as an angel book, even though that's partly what it is *face palm*. In which case, my favourite angel character is Jace, haha.

    3. I initially hasn't thought of TMI either. I confess I saw someone else name them on another blog which is what made me go
      Duh" and I like Jace too, although now that I've read "She Speaks to Angels" it's Kian. OMG he is hot.

    4. I need to read more angel books, it seems!