Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Review: Savor by Kate Evangelista plus Giveaway

So today is a first on my blog. A book review. Normally I just reserve those for Amazon, Goodreads, etc as I don't always have the most coherent reviewing abilities. In most cases it's just

"Me like book good."

Ok, not THAT bad, but pretty close. I try to mention the characters and plot and stuff, but it isn't the greatest and I try hard not get spoilery.

However, today is different. Today is a new day. A day that I break out of my comfort zone and do something I've never done before. So, in my general insanity, I signed up to do a book review for Kate Evangelista's New Adult Paranormal Romance titled "Savor". For those of you following my blog for a while, you'll know that Kate has been a regular on here with cover reveals and blog hops.

Yes, she's a friend. No, this won't affect my opinion of the book.

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.

How to find Kate:

First off, I LOVE the cover. She has been seriously blessed with cover awesomeness on every book she's written and it really captures the tone of the novel.

Now for fans of Kate, this is a continuation, of sorts, of the events in Taste. In so much as the characters from the first book are integral to the plot of this novel. As for timelines, it is several years later than the events of that story.

One of the big differences is that Taste was YA and Savor is very definitely NA. There are some seriously sexy situations, however they aren't needlessly so. They exist for a reason beyond fan-service. And fans of Luka will definitely get to know him better.

Dakota Collins, the main character, is flawed and real. She sees the world through a camera lens. It, and her eye patch create a barrier between herself and any personal connections. At least, she thinks so. However, Luka Visraya is not so easily dissuaded. Their interactions are a combination sexy and at times odd, but always interesting. It is obvious that something is going on beyond Dakota's understanding. That in itself kept me reading.

Kate does an excellent job of expanding on the characters from Taste. Giving them more life and depth. The setting is amazing and gorgeous (and a little magical too). Speaking of magic, although this is a paranormal romance, there is very little overt magic, etc that you would expect. At least not until the end. I think this is because Dakota doesn't know any of this and whatever does happen, she passes off as just something weird.

Kate does end on an interesting note that made me really wish she had kept going, but that's not a bad thing either. I liked it. It made the characters the focus and not the magic, other worldly stuff.

All in all, I loved this book. It was fun, sexy, and an interesting read and I can't wait to read the next book. Because, dammit, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! Ahem. Sorry.

So, I'll arbitrarily give this 4 hot men in kilts (just for Kate because Kilts) for being a great, fun, and sexy read.

Now for the giveaway hosted by Paranormal Cravings
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