Friday, May 9, 2014

{Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway} Part of Me (Damaged Hearts #2) by A.C. Arthur

Part of Me by A.C. Arthur
(Damaged Hearts #2)
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: May 13th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts—a deeply emotional, unforgettable New Adult paranormal romance series by A.C. Arthur about the men who are sworn to protect the females—human or otherwise—from the savage fury of his own nature…
Lidia Morales has always felt out of place. The one stable presence in her childhood has always been Brayden. Every major moment, every growing pain, everything in her life has been shared with him since they were little, so it makes sense to her that they will stay friends at college together. Until one night, emotions are revealed in a heated kiss, and Lidia’s world is turned upside down. Brayden has always been just a friend and she knows she should look somewhere else for love. But the memory of the passion between them is undeniable—and Brayden isn’t about to let her forget it. As trouble brews, Lidia may need Brayden more than she realized and Brayden will do whatever it takes to convince her that they are soulmates…bonded for life, in Part of Me by A.C. Arthur.
Hunger for You coming June 10, 2014!  And don’t miss Mine to Claim, available now.


{Details} ebook, 80 pages. Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin. Source: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to A.C. Arthur, St. Martin's Griffin and Xpresso Book Tours
{Rating} 4/5 -- I really liked it!
"He kissed me." (page 1, line 1)
I liked Lidia. She's smart and practical and stubborn. She's also complicated girl. She wants a normal life, she wants to be best friends with Brayden - not more:
"...I rolled my eyes and sighed inwardly because I knew I was being unreasonable. Being upset with Brayden because he'd been right all along was petty. Being upset with my DNA was even more pointless. But dammit, I wanted to be upset! I didn't want to have a mate and I especially didn't want that mate to be Brayden." (ebook, location 1321)
I understood Lidia's desire for a normal life - a horrific past, the way she was treated by others of her kind, I wouldn't be raising my hand volunteering to risk my life on their behalf either. And then there's her fear that she will hurt the people she loves.

Her reticence when it came to changing her relationship with Brayden was both understandable - all that baggage the girl has and she risks losing her best friend - and frustrating because Brayden is an amazing guy. He's a guy you can count on, will support you and defend you, and they have great chemistry. He knows what he wants and he's willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
"I wish I could have it all," she whispered.

I moved then, turning Lidia until she lay on her back and I could look down into her face. I cupped her chin so she couldn't look away. "I only wish I could have you." (ebook, location 1420)
Part of Me was exciting, fast paced, with loveable characters and a romance years in the making. I've enjoyed this series very much and can't wait to read the next book in the series, Hunger For You.

 Mine to Claim

Be sure and pick up Mine to Claim too! I loved the introduction to the world of Shadow Shifters, to the bond between mates, to normal girl Grace and Shadow Shifter Aidan, who comes to her rescue again and again and shows her a world she never knew existed.

Artist C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.

Working in the legal field for almost thirteen years now she’s seen lots of horrific things and longs for the safe haven reading a romance novel brings. Her debut novel Object of His Desire was written when a picture of an Italian villa sparked the idea of an African-American/Italian hero. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes!

During the course of her writing career Artist has won the YOUnity Guild’s Best New Drama and Romance Author Award in 2005/06; been nominated 3 years straight for EMMA Awards, with the fourth time being a charm she took home the 2007 EMMA Award for Favorite Romantic Suspense; and has also received her first Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award Nomination for Best African American Romance. She is represented by Christine Witthohn at Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC.

Author Links:
 Follow the rest of the tour:

1 comment:

  1. Great review! This sounds like a really good series and I love how complex Lidia's character seems to be. Glad you liked it! :)