Keeper of the Lost Souls
by Kristy Centeno
Release Date: June 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts. Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn is part of a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls, whose main purpose is to guard those spirits which are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living.
Because Bryn is a witch, she’s fairly comfortable dealing with all sorts of threats, which she does with ease and confidence. Handling supernatural creatures is as easy to her as baking a pie. Dealing with people however, is something she is yet to learn how to handle.
Unfortunately, as her 18th birthday approaches, and the time for her to take on her first assignment finally arrives, Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.
Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches. A vendetta he has carried on even after death. However, as much as he might hate them, in order to stop a century old threat, he must join forces with one. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge.
About the Author
I’ve always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options I realized that writing was what I loved the most so when I found myself with some free time on my hands, I decided to give it a shot. As it turned out, my very active imagination helped me achieve my goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another.
As I keep moving along in achieving my dreams of becoming a published author, I divide my time in between my four children and my very understanding husband.
Banished from Grace by Aria Williams
Coming June 2013…
Nardia is a very special nurse, one with a unique gift. With the touch of her bare hands, she can heal any physical ailment. With the help of her angel guide, Benilde, Nardia has healed her way through countless centuries.
Life should be easy for this attractive (not to mention, immortal) woman, but throw in two handsome men, a coffee addiction and memory loss that dates back to the medieval ages, and you’ve got a life that’s more than complicated.
When she meets AJ at her favorite coffee shop, she can’t help but feel an immediate attraction to him. At the same time, she knows there’s more to his story than what he’s letting on. And then there’s the handsome Doctor Regan, who she feels a connection with, but is she trying to make it more than is really there in order to spare her the heartbreak of being with AJ?
Only adding to her problems is the new resident, Dr. Jeffries, who seems out to get her from day one, and a murder case she can’t help solve without revealing her own secrets.
Can Nardia uncover the secrets of her own past while still moving forward and saving those in need of her help in the present?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aria was born in the large county town of Orange situated in NSW, Australia. In 2011 she moved to Forest Reefs NSW and settled on nine acres with her husband and young family.
Aria completed her Enrolled Endorsed Nursing studies over a year ago, while completing this course the idea for Fall From Grace came to her. This dream was put on hold till she finished her studies and settled into her new life in Forest Reefs.
Aria travels to a residential care facility and cares for the disabled during the day and at night enjoys her passion of writing YA and paranormal romances. In her spare time she loves to play with her five Siberian huskies who give her great joy.
Aria enjoys late night walks with her husband and family dinners involving her parents, four other siblings, their partners and her niece and nephews.
The inspiration for her writing comes from her four children, who never give her any quiet time but she would not change this for the world.
As the second book in Foster’s Love Undercover series, this novel picks up right after the events of Run the Risk (book #1) and from what I recently learned, this book crosses over into Foster’s Edge of Honor series as well. And you can bet that I’ll be reading this series at some point because I really do enjoy Foster’s books a great deal! =^.^=
With Bare it All the focus is entirely on Reese and Alice and their growing relationship. Logan, Pepper, and Rowdy, all of my favorite characters from the first book, make appearances in this novel, but their story arcs are now secondary and they are in the book primarily for support and humor. Though I should say that Rowdy does a lot to help Reese track down information on Alice’s past. But mostly, this is all about Reese and Alice. And their relationship is most definitely a hot one.
Reese is sarcastic and blunt, but also quick with the wit, loyal to his friends, and not afraid to do what is necessary to keep those he loves safe. He’s also really a push over when it comes to his dog, Cash. Alice is quite and cautious, and given what happened to her it’s not a surprise that she maintains a level of guardedness around people. It was fun to watch her come out of her shell and get swept away by everyone in Reese’s circle of friends. It was also great to finally learn her story, as I was extremely curious about what was up with her after the first book. Believe me when I say, Alice’s story was definitely surprising and my respect and admiration for her grew once I learned it. And on a side note, I absolutely loved the fact that Cash was the initial connection between Reese and Alice. If it hadn’t been for him, it unlikely that those two ever would have hooked up. That dog definitely knows how to play matchmaker. Heehee
Like with the first book of the series, this story is filled with action and suspense. As investigations into a drug lord and human trafficking heat up, Reese and Alice suddenly find themselves in the cross-hairs and they quickly come to realize that they will have to rely upon each other to make it out alive. As a result, I spent much of my time reading this book while on the edge of my seat and biting my claws in nervous anticipation of what was going to happen next. I really didn’t want to put the book down once the action started.
There was also quite a lot of humor in this book. Between Reese and Rowdy’s scenes, and the scenes involving Reese and Pepper/Logan, I found myself smirking a lot whenever they started baiting each other and joking around. Especially whenever Rowdy was involved. Ah Rowdy, I do so love that man. I can’t wait for his story to come out so that I can learn even more about him. I just know his book is going to be a fun one.
And let me just say a quick thing about the romance. It’s starts off a slow burn that eventually grows into a seriously hot blaze. I love that Reese didn’t rush Alice into anything and that he was willing to wait as long as necessary until she was ready. The slow development of their relationship made it all the more satisfying when they finally did act on their feelings.
Overall, this was a very satisfying read. The blending of everyone’s stories was well done, the pacing was excellent, and the entire book was wonderful. Fans who loved the first book of this series will definitely enjoy this one. And as much as they loved Logan and Pepper, they will love Reese and Alice even more. So if you are still debating on whether you should buy this book or not, listen to this feline and buy it now! I promise, you won’t regret it. =^.^=
This was an amazing book and a wonderful start to what promises to be an incredible series. From page one I was hooked and couldn’t put it down until I got to the very end, when I actually got upset because I didn’t want it to be over. =^.^=
Foster’s characters are well-developed and will instantly find a place within your heart. I loved each one of them, though I’ll admit that I enjoyed Rowdy just a bit more than the rest. What can I say, I like the bad boys every now and again. Anyways, Logan is a very strong, loyal, determined character, who definitely has his hands full where Pepper is concerned. His desire to get answers in order to solve his best friend’s murder is greatly admirable, but the fact that he was willing to get them by lying to Pepper did rub my fur the wrong way. As a result, I really enjoyed watching Pepper keep him of balance throughout the novel, especially once she found out that he was lying to her. And speaking of Pepper, she’s feisty, no-nonsense, and isn’t afraid to fight when the need arises, but at the same time she’s so caught up in trying to protect her brother, Rowdy, she doesn’t allow herself to live life, at least not until Logan shows up. I actually felt sorry for her a lot of the time because while I understood why she was living the way she was, it still pained me to see her constantly doubt herself and worry over her brother’s safety. Still Logan and Pepper truly are perfect for each other, and when they aren’t driving each other up the walls, their relationship is seriously hot.
I also greatly enjoyed Reese and Alice’s side story. These two are another fun set of interesting characters. There’s definitely chemistry brewing between them and by the end of the book I wanted to know what Alice’s secret was! I’m so happy that these two get their own story. And Rowdy also was a ton of fun. At first I wasn’t sure I would really like him, but as the story progressed he quickly became a favorite of mine. Then there’s Lt. Peterson…I really want to know what her story is at some point, too. The scene involving her and Reese handcuffed to Reese’s bed had me in stitches even though they were in danger at the time. If you want to know what I’m talking about, I highly suggest that you pick up a copy of this book for yourself and give it a read. You won’t be disappointed, trust me.
Since this was my first time reading any of Foster’s novels, I must say that I liked her writing skills as well. She did a fantastic job not only keeping to the main plot point of the story, but allowed her secondary story arcs to develop at the same time. Whenever the focus shifted between the characters it was done smoothly and with enough acknowledgement to the main story arc that I didn’t mind that we were moving away from Logan and Pepper’s story for a bit in order to catch up on Reese and Alice or learn a bit more about Rowdy. The different perspectives and story arcs made for a richer story, and I’m glad that Foster chose to write the story this way and had the skills with which to pull it off.
Then there were the memorable scenes. Not just the bed scene which I mentioned earlier, but the bar scene where Rowdy meets a woman who intrigues him, the cabin scene involving Pepper, Logan, Logan’s brother, and Reese, the scene where the power goes out, and so many more. Honestly, I couldn’t figure out which one I liked more. These scenes made me laugh, sigh, scream in frustration, and shiver in delight.
So do I recommend this book? You bet I do. If you love Romance with a touch of Suspense, then you’ll definitely want to check out this book!