Friday, March 29, 2013

Finding Hope by Krystal Shannan Spotlight Excerpt and Review

Finding Hope
Pool of Souls Book 2

Warning: The plot thickens with a passel of pissed off Olympians, but Ares and Aphrodite are in for a double dose of trouble! More Olympians join the mix in Finding Hope: Pool of Souls Book 2. A jewel addict, a kick-ass possibly-virgin huntress, and an insatiable ancient oracle are just a few. But don’t worry; Ares and Aphrodite are still front and center.

Addison Connelly has given up on men. She is disappointed yet again when her best friend tries to play matchmaker, and the match falls flat…or does it? Her friend knows all Addison needs is a chance, a little hope, and maybe a dropkick in the right direction. With an extra push from Aphrodite, will this lonely soul learn to trust again? Or will she run from the only man who could make her happy?

Adrian Colter, Nashville Police Detective and certifiable bachelor, puts his foot in his mouth in a big way when his roommate’s fiancé tries to match him up with her best friend. After making a horrible first impression, can he earn the trust of a woman who won’t speak a civil word to him? 

Adrian isn’t the only one trying to earn the trust of a beautiful woman. While Ares fights to rebuild the trust he lost thousands of years ago with the Goddess of Love, his parents do what they do best —show off their greed and selfishness. Will he find the hope and forgiveness he so desperate seeks or will his parents destroy his chance at happiness?

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“Now you listen here, Adrian Colter.  I agreed to let you take Tom out hunting last weekend. If you can’t do this little favor for me… so help me…”
Adrian snorted a laugh.  He heard her hitting Tom and telling him to stop laughing.  There was a short period of golden silence, but Adrian knew better.  Missy’s brain was switching gears for another angle of attack.
“You won’t have to talk flowers and dresses with Addi.  Lord knows, I can’t even remember the last time she wore a dress.  She lives on a ranch in Montana.  Surely you can come up with something to say to a cattle rancher’s granddaughter.”
Adrian ran his hands through his hair.  He grabbed his brown leather coat from the edge of his bed.  “Fine.”  He took a few lumbering steps to the door, and then he opened it to Missy’s smiling face.  Tom was standing a few feet back – grinning. “If I didn’t know better, I might think you two planned this little scene.”
He caught a downward glance from Missy and another from Tom.  “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. I have no desire to be set up with anyone, especially a wedding hookup.  How lame do you think I am?”  Adrian shook his head and stomped past Missy into the living room.  “This is really low, you guys.  I am not desperate.”
“Adrian,” Missy started, “we know you’re not desperate, but Addi…”
Realization struck.  The setup wasn’t for him; it was for her friend. Adrian whirled around to face Missy again.  “Dammit, Missy.  There’s a reason some women can’t get a man.  Usually it’s because something is wrong with them.” 
He regretted the words as soon as they’d left his mouth.  Missy’s eyes watered, and even Tom’s gaze held utter loathing. His own self-disgust made him grimace.
“You are an asshole, Adrian Colter.”  Her voice was sharp, anger clipping every word. “Daddy will pick her up.  You can just sit here and drink your beer. Alone.”  She grabbed her yellow handbag from the couch and her coat from the hook at the front door.  “Tom?”
Adrian frowned as Tom hurried to her side and helped her into her long pink wool coat. 
“You need to chill out, Adrian,” Tom shouted before slamming the door closed.
Damn it all to hell! Adrian kicked off his boots and sank into his huge recliner.  He’d made a mess of this one. 

4 stars
When Aphrodite meets Detective Adrian Colter she has a plan for the unexpecting detective,  she knows who his soul mate is and plans to get them to meet.  Should be fairly easy for the goddess of love, but that was before Addison Connelly who has not only sworn off men, she has  a temper that completely derails her first meeting with Adrian.  With mischief afoot  when a jewel addict steals from Aphrodite, it creates a few ripples in Adrian and Addison’s relationship.

This  was an enjoyable, fun filled story.  I loved the mixture of the mythical gods and the modern day love story.  Addison is a handful, but Adrian’s perception of her before he even meets her has him off kilter whenever she is near.  This is book number two in the Pool of Souls series by Krystal Shannan.  Excellent read, I hope there is more to come in the series. 
Author Bio:
Krystal Shannan is a born, raised, and current TEXAN. She is married to a wonderful man who supports her dream of writing and allows her to spend many evening and weekend hours glued to her laptop. During the day she moonlights as an elementary music teacher. In addition to a doting husband, a young daughter is also part of the picture and keeps her hopping! An ornery little Welsh Corgi completes the household.

Krystal has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She has always dreamed of writing romance and sharing the "movies in her head" with the world. If she's not writing, she's reading -historical, paranormal, action, adventure -anything she can get her hands on that ends with a Happily Ever After!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed Finding Hope...and book 3 is in the works :-)