Kalliope lives with one purpose.To inspire.As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.Her presence may inspire genius.But it breeds madness, too.
Kalli is not your average college student. Her beauty and charm attracts the best and brightest creative minds around. Time with Kalli pushes them to create their best works... then pushes their minds over the edge. Kalli is in reality Kalliope, the immortal Muse created to inspire while simultaneously destroying the artist she feeds. Lifetimes of building relationships only to quickly leave the have left Kalliope lonely and longing for something a real connection that has nothing to do with her powers.
Wilder Bell may have run from responsibility when he was younger but he's home and stepping up to clean up the mess his father has made. He won't think of the opportunities he sacrificed to care for his mom and little sister, in fact they're better off forgotten. Wilder will just keep pushing forward with all he has. That is until he locks eyes with the most beautiful woman he's ever seen and his entire world is knocked off balance.
Kalliope feels a spark with Wilder that she hasn't felt in all the millennia. She must decide if the time has come to create something real with this man or if Wilder is just another person to inspire?
What I Loved: Number one reason to read this book - Wilder Bell. Sexy and sweet, cocky and kind, Wilder is no cookie cutter book boyfriend. Wilder comes across as such a beautifully complex human it's easy to believe this would be the guy to get an immortal Muse to break away from her duties and tempt the wrath of the Gods. Inspire is a completely different animal then any of author Cora Carmack's stories and I loved its originality. Cora can also set a scene like nobody's business.
What I Didn't Love: I went into Inspire expecting to love it but I have to confess there were a few parts of the story I struggled with. Kalli and Wilder go through several starts and stops that got to be a bit frustrating by the conclusion of Inspire. Warning - that conclusion also ends with a whopper of a cliff-hanger.
"Success. Power. Love. Sex. It doesn't matter what the desire is, they all blind just the same."
"Accept time for what it is. It can go no faster or slower. Only life can do that."
"I've spent centuries learning how to speak to men, how to capture their interest, how to maneuver in their world, and now I'm undone by this dichotomy of a man and his not quite smile."
Overall Inspire is a good NA romance with an original Greek mythology twist that I recommend checking out. Inspire will be followed by Inflict later in 2015. I will definitely be back to find out what's next for Kalli and Wilder.