Spotlight on Kerrelyn Sparks and ‘How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days’!

HtTaB ksBOOK BLURB: Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father’s life.

Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

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Leo ripped off his gloves and threw them down, along with his bow and quiver. Then he drew his sword and pointed it to the sky. “Now!

Lightning broke through the dark clouds, racing toward him. He widened his stance and braced for impact. It struck his sword, fracturing so that a dozen smaller streaks shot off in a circle around him.

The major portion of the lightning sizzled down his sword, eager to reach his flesh. It hit his bare hand and jolted him so hard he fell to his knees and dropped the sword. The dozen fractured shards rebounded, drawn to him like a magnet. They pounded into him, jerking him back and forth. Thunder cracked over him so loud his ears rang.

Power surged through him, so fierce and scorching he thought his skin would melt, his guts would boil, and his head burst like a kernel of corn dropped into a fire. Pain and power, power and pain, he could no longer tell the difference. He only knew he wanted it, wanted to drink it in, soak it up, and claim it all.

REVIEW: This is the first book in The Embraced series and I found it fun and fast pacing, as well as entertaining. In it you’ll find a tortured hero, a virginal heroine, plenty of villains and a lot of magic.

I was impressed with the world the author built, but disappointed at the romance, which hardly had any time to grow before it bloomed full force.

This was truly enjoyable to read and I would have had no trouble recommending it to even tweens, except it does contain sex scenes that are not suitable for them. Maybe the author should consider making this available to them as well, without the “R” rating.

If you’re this author’s fan, you’ll love this story and anxiously await the second installment to this series, So I Married a Sorcerer, which is coming out in August.

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Sparks, Kerrelyn_CREDIT Jennifer Berry Studio 16AUTHOR BIO: Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters. To learn more about her paranormal, historical, and upcoming out-of-this-world fantasy romances, please visit Kerrelyn on Facebook, Twitter, or her website at

Kerrelyn loves hearing from readers, even those who howl at the moon. Letters may be sent to P.O. Box 5512, Katy, TX 77491-5512. If you would like bookmarks and signed bookplates, please mail a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to her P.O. Box, and she will send those items to you.


‘The Forbidden Lady’ by Kerrelyn Sparks

FL KSSTORY: The Scarlet Pimpernel meets The Patriot in Kerrelyn Sparks’ debut novel, ‘For Love or Country’. With an army of wigs and a wardrobe that favors lavender, Quincy Stanton poses as a Loyalist fop by day. By night, he wages a secret war against the British with an impressive array of eighteenth century spy gadgets. If the truth is discovered, he could hang. Then along comes Virginia Munro, a lovely fellow patriot who’s becoming entangled in her own brand of spy games…

When spy falls for spy, anything can happen. Both are reluctant to admit their motives to the other… which, of course, makes dinner party conversation awkward. When two spies are stumbling upon each other in the dark, the results can be hilarious and dangerous. Is Boston big enough for the two of them? Perhaps if they combine forces…

REVIEW: I’ve never read this author before but I did hear about her and when the opportunity struck for me to sample her with her début book, I took it. Now that I’m done with the book, I can only say…HOLY COW! If all of her books are half as good as this one, I have misd on some great writing.

Originally published by Forge Books in 2002 under the title of ‘For Love or Country’ this book is now offered to us through HarperCollins Publishers and I have no doubt finding new fans all over the world.

The above blurb is from the original book which is still sold through Amazon and I like it better than the one from the Avon blurb because it conveys more of what the story holds and it has a better hook.

Where do I start with my praise of this story? Should I tell you first how much in awe I was of its writing or with plotting? Both were exceptionally good for one’s debut. Or should I tell you how good and wonderful the love story was?

I honestly fell in love with the hero. Quincy Stanton epitomized the good guy and his characterization, actions and the words coming out of his mouth was so well done that he may as well been alive, standing right in front of me. I fell for him hard! Almost as much as he did from the moment he laid his eyes on Virginia Munro, the smart and sassy woman who was a torn in his side he’d rather keep there. The scenes between the two were witty, sensual and just … priceless.

If you’re in a rut and can’t seem to find a new book out there to satisfy you, you should give this ‘new-old’ book a try. It will satisfy all the bones in your body; while tickling your funny bone, it will melt your heart with its love story and in process satisfy your adventuress heart with its cloak and dagger spy take on Bond stories.

If you love the period drama and especially the Revolutionary War, than you’ll appreciate the attention to historical detail which was uncanny and made this tale even better.

There’s nothing lacking in this story. It has everything we all are looking for in a romance from the great love story to the believable plot with a pace that will allow no room for boredom. If you missed it the first time around, like I did, try not to make the same mistake again.

Book provided by Avon through Edelweiss.