Monday, November 18, 2013

Review + Giveaway: The Soul Within by Nancy Adams

Title: The Soul Within by Nancy Adams
Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance
Publication Date: June 18, 2012
Length: 372 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Author

Blurb:
Alex's body is in a coma. His soul, however, is not. Desperate to become whole, he must first convince stubborn beauty Evening Sinclair that he is not dead.

For generations, the Sinclairs have been healers. Using a gentle touch to heal the body and a soothing word to heal the soul, Evening Sinclair is no different. Yet despite her secret abilities, Eve has a some what normal existence, She enjoys her small physiotherapy practice, dotes on her eight-year-old daughter and occasionally helps souls get back into their bodies-that is until Alex, with his brooding good looks and glowing eyes, appears in her kitchen.

Alex is desperate to get back into his body- two innocent lives depend on it. His only obstacle is Eve and her stubborn fear. Unfortunately for Eve, Alex is ruthless and just as stubborn. He will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He will not 'go away' and no matter how much Eve tortures him with her lush body and perfect mouth, he will not change his mind. Eve will merge him, and if it takes him haunting her day and night, she will merger him back with a body-any body.

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Adina Falling

Review: 

4.5 Stars rounded up to 5

This is an amazing romantic story with lots of action and soul manipulation magic mixed in. Alex saves a pregnant woman who accidentally witnessed a crime. However, he is betrayed and shot by his partner, who wants no witness to his crime. Alex is physically in a coma, but his soul is free to roam and find Eve, who can put his soul back into his body in order to save the witness from being murdered by his ex-partner.

Alex is like a the man of anybody's dreams. He's got charming good looks, comes from a wealthy family, and is a kickass, top-secret government agent. He's stubborn and determined. He needs a body to affect the physical world and convinces Eve to put his soul into Cade's body, whose soul has departed. Eve has her own baggage to deal. She is extremely afraid of ghosts, whose physical bodies already died but can't move on, and pretends they don't exist. She doesn't want her daughter to inherit her gift of seeing souls and avoids her own mother, who is highly adept at using the gift. Alex helps her overcome her fears and accept the things she is afraid of in the world.

It bothers me that Alex was in Cade's body and he has sex with Eve but only realizes that it's not his own body afterwards and things get awkward. Shouldn't he be freaked out before they have sex? 

I definitely like the plot better than the character romance. The suspense and action builds up as Alex's ex-partner gets closer to to killing the eye witness. I like that the ghost and soul mending abilities are explained. Eve's idea of using tattoos as protective charms is ingenious and I think it's cool that it's works. The supernatural elements in the story are well explained and incorporated into the plot so it's not jarring. Overall, this is a great read with romance, the supernatural, and crime scenes thrown in. 
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Excerpt 2: 

“You’re really not dead.”

He studied her intently. “Is that why you won’t help me, because you think I’m dead?”

Embarrassed, she turned away. “I thought you might be and that you were having trouble…moving on.”

“Moving on?” he repeated. She heard him exhale in a huff but didn’t want to face him yet.

“Eve?” He used her name to get her attention but she didn’t budge. “Evening.” This time her name was said with more force.

Her cheeks were warm when she faced him. She expected him to be annoyed but he only showed concern. “Do you see the dead too?”

“No. Never, just medians. My mother did, I thought maybe it had started for me too. It was the only explanation I could come up with as to why you were still hanging around me.” Her throat felt like it was beginning to close up with the thought of it, but she asked him anyway. “Have you seen…them…out there?”

Alex was going to ask if she wanted the truth, then saw the fear in her eyes and lied. “No, I haven’t.”

The truth was he had seen many dead people walking around the hospital, mixing in with crowds sitting on benches in the waiting rooms, following around nurses and patients. The difference he noticed between the dead and the living was purpose. The living had a purpose, work needed to be done, people needed to be taken care of, the living had things to do, places to go. The dead didn’t do anything but follow the living. None of them had any direction, all of them were lost. All of them were unnoticed.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Adina Falling
My name is Nancy Adams. I am a full-blooded Canadian, right down to the maple syrup running though my veins. I enjoy watching hockey but despise skating...and the cold. I enjoy a good helping of Tourtiere with a side of Poutine as much as the next person, yet I am only bilingual when it comes to swear words.Besides writing, I have three small - but legal - addictions: bed linens, lavender and books. All of which are replenished on a regular basis. Reading into the wee hours of the morning is one of my many bad habits, next to spontaneously rearranging furniture and randomly painting rooms in my house.

Social Links: Website , Blog , FB

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Giveaway:
Adina FallingNancy will be awarding a Grand Prize of a $20 Amazon.com GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. An e-Copy of No Matter When will be awarded to another randomly drawn commenter during the tour. 

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14 comments:

  1. Thank you for your review. I love the sound of this story.

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  2. What an excellent review! makes me want to read it right now :D

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  3. Great review, thank you.

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  4. Great review!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  5. Thanks for sharing your great review and the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. Awe! Thanks for stopping by to check out the review, Eva.

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  6. Great review, and I love the giveaway!

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  7. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
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