Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Kairos, by K.J. Coakley

Title: Kairos, An Enmortals Series Novel
Author: K.J. Coakley
Release Date: June 13, 2014
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What if the enticing man who has just seized your every sense enlightens you to realms beyond our dimension? Can that spark of love withstand a war to protect mankind? Kairos: An Enmortals Series Novel by K. J. Coakley is the spellbinding novel that reveals that the deepest love need not be confined to the trappings of one world.
The first in a series of paranormal romances, Kairos swirls in mankind, magic, and mythology as it chronicles the first blush of yearning between Sulwen Macgregor, a shy and sheltered college senior, and Logan Thatcher, a mesmerizing former playboy with arresting good looks, an offbeat sense of humor, and an ironclad moral code. When the two meet, Sulwen has no inkling that she soon will embark on an odyssey that not only exposes Logan as other than mortal, but uncovers astonishing aspects of her own being as well.
As Logan saves Sulwen from fast-approaching peril, the two must discover if their love is truly without bounds and strong enough to fend off adversaries far more craven than they ever could fathom. With wild imagination, otherworldly passion, and heart-pumping action, Kairos goes where no human being has dared, all in the name of love.

Her dark lashes lie against her ivory skin. A few tiny freckles are speckled over the bridge of her nose. I run my finger from the indent next to her pert little nose, over her high cheekbone, and then trace the edge of her hairline down and around her ear. My eyes watch with rapt attention, taking in every detail of her beautiful face. She is the most breathtakingly beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on. I smirk as I think of how she doesn’t even realize how truly alluring she is. God, I love this woman.
I settle her down on the grass and lean down to graze my lips over hers. Her warm breath glides over my cheek as I turn my face into hers and run my nose and lips along her jaw.
“I love you, Sulwen Macgregor,” I whisper softly next to her ear. I kiss the tip of her nose and then gently lay her down.
As I stand I steal one more glance at her and feel the smile that breaks across my face. So peaceful. So much of everything that I need lies there looking like a nymph in the grass.

3.75 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love the genre of paranormal romance books, they always suck me in.  I enjoy seeing the mysteries each of these authors come up with as well as the spin they put on their stories.  I'm pleased to report Kairos is different from any other paranormal book I've read thus far.  The mystery surrounding Logan and his group truly intrigued me, and when the last page was turned I was desperate for more!  

Sulwen is just a regular college girl who lives a pretty ordinary life.  Her mother abandoned her when she was young and her father recently died.  She lives with her best friend, studies hard and works even harder to support herself.  Then one night, exhausted from a long day's work, while closing up Logan knocks on the door, asking to use the phone, and when he's gone it's clear her life is about to be turned upside down.

I liked Logan, he was mysterious yet protective of Sulwen and I felt as though he genuinely loved her.  For me Sulwen was somewhat of a contradiction.  She knows Logan is hiding something, but it's as though she is so attracted to him and in lust with him that she would believe anything he says.  At times she is confident then there were other times she seemed to not have any self confidence.  I wish I could have seen her question his story, demand proof.  I felt as though she went along all too willingly.  However, by the end, she started to grow on me, she put Logan in his place, she demanded commitment and honesty, but maybe that is because the story was getting intense, and her role in the whole scheme of things finally started feeling important.

To be honest I am still not 100% clear on the details of the paranormal activity in the book.  The prologue was intriguing and hooked me, but I wish there had been more dialogue between Logan and Sulwen as to the details of who he is, why she's important, and what exactly the end game is to be.  What kind of people/beings are they fighting, who doesn't want the barrier closed and why, and I would have appreciated more details on the evil they are fighting as well as who else might be after Sulwen and why they are considered the enemy.  I felt as though too many pages were filled with sex and not near enough exploring the backbone of the story.  I kept reading, hoping to figure it out, but alas I'm still plagued with questions.  I thought the ending was fantastic.  It was as though I finally felt invested in the story, small details were finally revealed, there was more intense action and the suspense felt right.  I'm not going to lie, the cliff hanger ending was perfect in that it had me yearning to see what's going to happen next.  I'll definitely be reading the second book, I just have to know!     

About Author K.J. Coakley
Author K. J. Coakley lives a life where she plays many most women do when they are a wife, mother, and caretaker of two rowdy dogs. But when she’s not working her nine to five gig, or spending time with her family, she can be found glued to her laptop where she loves to create worlds with sexy alpha males and brazen heroines. She is also an avid fan of heavy metal and rock music, and regularly attends music festivals.

Coakley received an Associate degree in Business Administration from Walters State Community College, and a Bachelor of Business Management degree from East Tennessee State University. Her debut novel Kairos is the inaugural installment of a new paranormal romance series.

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