Monday, October 6, 2014

Ascension Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Ascension book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for two $10 gift cards. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: October 6, 2014
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical/Paranormal Romance
Series: The Demon Hunters #1

When demons threaten London, Lady Belinda answers the call.

Lord Gabriel Thurston returns home from war to find his fiancée is not the sweet young girl he left behind. She’s grown into a mysterious woman who guards her dark secrets well. When he sees her sneaking away from a ball, he’s convinced it’s for a lover’s rendezvous. Following her to London’s slums, Gabriel watches in horror as his fiancée ruthlessly slays a man.

Lady Belinda Carlisle’s only concern was her dress for the next ball—until demons nearly killed her and changed everything. A lady by day, and a demon hunter by night, she knows where her duty lies. Ending her betrothal is the best way to protect Gabriel from death by a demon’s hand.

Gabriel soon realizes, like him, Belinda has been fighting for her country. He joins in the fight, determined to show her that their love can endure, stronger than ever.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A thrilling and romantic read, Ascension was a fantastic historical/paranormal romance. Sweet and enjoyable, it was definitely a great book and I really liked it.

Belinda was an awesome character. She was both a perfect lady and a total kick-ass demon hunter. A lot of characters can't seem to strike that balance, but she did. She kept up the appearance of a respectable lady while going out to kill demons every night. She was strong and formidable, as well as kind and truly likable. My only problem with her was that she tended to underestimate Gabriel a lot. For being so in love with him, she assumed the worst about how he was going to react to her new lifestyle several times. I just wish she had given a little more credit to the man she loved. But, otherwise, I thought she was a wonderful character.

Gabriel was great as well. He might have been surprised by how much Belinda had changed but he was, first and foremost, in love with the woman, no matter how much she had changed. He was accepting of her wishes and loved her simply as she was. Not to mention he could also hold his own in a fight, both in a normal war and a demon war. I thought he was perfect.

The romance was very sweet. Despite how both Belinda and Gabriel had changed in their time apart, they were still perfect for each other. It was clear that nothing would stop them from loving each other and I really liked that. And there was certainly a lot of chemistry between them. Enough to turn the heat level way up and add some steaminess to the romance. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. Towards the end, though, things got a little confusing with all the demon stuff going on and it took me a little bit before I caught up again. Other than than, though, I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

Ascension was a wonderful historical/paranormal romance that I really liked. It was thrilling, sweet, and delightfully romantic. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

“I expected to come home and find you overjoyed to see me, but instead I found you changed. I do not know what has happened, but I intend to have you as my wife. I will not waver on this, Belinda.”

Moving her hands to his chest, she pressed. He did not give way. Unless she was willing to harm him, she was trapped.

“I am no longer certain that it is what I want.” She turned her head away from his mesmerizing stare.

“I must try to change your mind back in my favor then.” He dipped his head and touched his lips to the sensitive skin where her neck met her shoulder.

She couldn’t stop the moan from escaping.

He traced his tongue along the side of her neck.

A pleasant shiver ran down her back and her skin warmed. “Gabriel, someone will hear.”

“Your father is in Scotland, and your mother is asleep on the other side of the house. Her ladyship has probably drunk herself into a very sound slumber, and we shall not be disturbed by your lady’s maid for several hours at least.”

She pushed harder against his chest. This time he did give way. “You have thought this through.”

Her stomach twisted and her heart pounded with either fear or anticipation. She didn’t care for either one replacing good sense.

He didn’t respond, just watched her, and his gaze was part caress, part invasion. “Did you come here for the sole purpose of ruining me?”

Finally, he closed those arresting eyes. “In all fairness, I thought you already a woman of less than stellar reputation.”

“And now?”

“You have said that you are a virgin, and I believe you. As I said, after all these years, I know when you are lying to me.” He strode toward her.

She backed away until her knees pressed against the bed. “Yet you still intend to rape me?”

“Rape? No. I will do nothing that you do not allow, Bella. I want you. I intend to have you either tonight or another night, but I will never hurt you.” He advanced until he pressed up against her, and she had nowhere to run.

“I want you to leave.” Hollow words, but it was worth a try.

His mouth curled up. His hand skimmed across the top of her chemise where the robe had fallen open. “Do you?”

His touch was as light as a feather, but it cascaded down to her toes and caused a mewing sound to escape her lips.
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About the Author:

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance, with several books currently contracted to multiple publishers, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of romance for many years to come.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.


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