Thursday, 16 October 2014

Blog Tour: Entangled by Maddie James

I received a copy of Entangled in exchange for my review.

Jackson and Kari feel like they have known each other all of their lives, dreaming of each other at night, and yet they've never met and don't even know each others names. Kari's wedding is approaching, and though she doesn't love Tye, saving the farm and having political influence win out, and she knows that she should. But on her wedding day, Jackson arrives from the 18th century, stopping the wedding and saving Kari from a fate even she didn't realise. It soon becomes clear that the whole problem relates back to a curse put on Jackson's family by Tye's grandfather, Blackbeard, and the couple have to find a way to stay together despite it.

In case that wasn't so clear, Entangled is a time travel romance, and a good one at that. I thought that the way in which Jackson coped with the future was believable considering he'd been told stories about it his entire life. So he was kind of surprised but calm, though didn't fully understand what a lot of things in the future were. Of course this was helped by the fact that he was with Kari who he had been having visions of since he was a little boy.

The visions made Kari and Jackson's relationship interesting. They were actually quite quick to get physical, though they'd been seeing each other since they were children...well sort of, which didn't make it quite so quick. What I liked was that despite this they had problems, most notably Jackson's (understandable) 18th century attitude towards women. I did think that needed to be there if I'm honest.

I loved Kari as a character. At the beginning of the book she wasn't happy about being treated as weak but didn't so all that much about it, but as the book progressed you saw her coming back into her own (I think she always was strong she'd just been beaten down) and I do very much like a strong female character, even if she did need saving.

The action itself was good. I didn't actually see the way that the story was going to pan out. Instead I got a bit of a shock with the way it went, but thought that it was a good ending considering the characters that were involved in it. Though I do think one of them got away with it a bit too easily.

I enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to checking out the rest of the series!

The Soul Mates Series

Maddie James weaves a five book series that combines romance, paranormal, and spiritual elements—within historical and contemporary worlds—in a family’s quest not only to break a legendary pirate’s curse, but to bring the entire family together again. Full circle. The characters trip through time from 1718 to the future, and through spiritual worlds, to reconnect with their fated spirit mates.

Soul Mates, Book Three
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Can souls touch through dreams and find their way home again?
Jackson Porter seeks to fulfill his mother, Claire Porter's, dying request, and answers about the imaginary lover who haunts his nights. His future, he learns, is in a place called Ohio, miles and centuries away from his barrier island home in 1745. The land, his mother says with her last breaths, is his legacy and belongs to him. She urges him to claim it.

In the year 2032, Kari Upton is driven to fight federal sanctions to save her land and her valuable poppy crops. Her upcoming marriage is one of convenience. Marrying Tye Gentry will save her Ohio farmland. There is no other way to gain power than to marry him and ride on his father's political coattails to the state legislature.

And all would be perfect if it weren't for those erotic dreams of man with long dark hair who haunts her day and night....

Soul Mates, Book One

Can souls touch through time and hold on, when all odds are against them?
Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.
Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.
Entranced sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.

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Soul Mates, Book Two

Can lost souls reunite across time when all hope at love has been abandoned,
and demons of the past refuse to go away?

Pitched from a ship during a violent storm in the year 1746, Victoria Porter washes ashore, soon to be rescued by a man on a strange mechanical beast who whisks her into a world beyond anything she could have imagined.

In 2014, Colton MacKenzie fears he has written his last bestselling horror novel until he discovers two things—The Cult of Teach, and a tantalizing nymph wandering the Ocracoke Island seashore. Fascinated by the history that surrounds the Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, he seeks to learn more about these modern-day pirates, and hopefully write a bestseller using the premise. He’d planned on riding this ride solo until the strange waif on the back of his Harley touches him in ways his demons hadn’t let anyone touch him in a long, long time....

Soul Mates, Book Four
Coming soon….

Can wandering souls collide and tame their wanderlust long enough to fall in love?

Katie MacKenzie is a wanderer. With her mother dead, her father in prison, and her siblings scattered hither and yon, she refuses to risk the connectedness of a family again. Family means drama and emotions, good and bad. But when you are on your own, you have only your own drama to deal with. Family is the one thing she does not want.

But she’s pregnant. Alone. And for the first time in her life, more than a little frightened of her future. Her wandering days may soon be over, but that gut-wrenching search for… something, still nags at her. Calls her. And leaves her yearning for peace.

A peace that is difficult to come by. She is willing and prepared to go it alone. And all goes well, until a needy, homeless, and somewhat unworldly stranger enters her life….

Soul Mates, Book Five
Coming soon …
Can the bonds of parted spirit mates reconnect through the heart, when the mind and soul have forgotten they have ever loved?

Spirits often have purposes and Claire Porter’s is no different. She possesses a healing soul. God feels her spirit is needed on earth and delivers her a particular task—to seek out and heal a lost family; to reunite the siblings and bring them peace. What God doesn’t tell her is that this family is her own—those of her children. Jackson, Victoria, and Jeremiah, are scattered about in contemporary times, and know nothing of each other’s lives.

But the task comes with conditions. God erases any memory of her children, or of their father, and sends her to earth in a new body, a new name, new life. Trust your spirit and let it guide you, he tells her.

Just as he could not bear to watch his wife die, Jack Porter’s spirit cannot fathom that he will be separated once more from his beloved Claire. He begs mercy with the Heavenly Father only to be told that he should trust and be patient. Jack Porter is not a patient man. His restless soul aches for his lost love and he continues to test God’s resolve. So God gives him an ultimatum—he will send Jack back to earth but only under the same conditions as Claire. Jack agrees and God challenges him to the same quest, to find his spirit mate and reunite his family—with no knowledge of their existence.

Entwined brings The Soul Mates Series to a close as Claire and Jack again seek out their spirit mates, while reuniting their entire family in the same century. 

About Maddie James
Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, bestselling romance author, Maddie James, pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres. Sweet or spicy, suspense or comedy, western or time-travel, her heroes and heroines always chase one thing—the happily-ever-after—whether they realize it or not!

Maddie has over 40 titles in ebook and trade paperback print published worldwide, with foreign editions in French, German, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, and more. Her books have received numerous 5 Star and Top Pick reviews and have landed on various retailer top-selling lists. She has been listed as a Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance Author at Amazon.
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