May 25, 2015

*Blog Tour* My Soul to Wake: Stain by Tara Oakes

*** Warning: this novel is intended for those over 18 years of age due to its erotic nature and mature content. ***
True love.
These are the things of legend. Unexplained, some even say impossible, but nonetheless prevalent in stories and tales from all cultures and in every land from the beginning of time. What if there is something to it? What if there is an explanation behind the mysteries and bedtime stories? Something beyond words?
She was taken from him in the cruelest way... condemned, sentenced and punished out of fear of the unknown. How is he supposed to live without her? How can he go on knowing that in this life, they will never be one again? There's only one thing to do... only one option that will bring them together again.
Leah is taken on a weekend excursion with her best girlfriends to let loose, relax and have a little fun. What harm is there in a little vacation? It's not like the legends, the haunted history of the place can scare them away. It's all harmless fun.
Or so she thought.
Something seems familiar about the town. The trees, the winds, the feel of everything. Her ever present nightmares have become more intense within the limits of the old historical setting. She's prepared to write off the whole trip as nothing more than a case of her mind running away with the sensationalized magic here. When she meets a handsome stranger who's eager to know her in a way no one else can, she begins to think there just may be something more to this place, something more to him.
Will has been waiting, biding his time, and praying that she'll come back. He's broken the natural order of things to possibly find her again, weaving their way through the years until they can be together again. He knows he may never find her, but he can't risk not trying. This place calls to her, just as it did to him. It will bring her back home. It will bring her back to him.
What's 300 years when it comes to true love? He's prepared to wait an eternity if he has to, just to see her, hold her, make her his and to help her remember what was stolen from them so long ago. He’ll stop at nothing to make her remember who she is, the power she possesses, and the love they swore to each other.
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Growing up one of my favorite books was The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. In college on of my favorite conversations with a professor was about The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Something about The Salem With Trials has always interested me so when I saw the blurb for My Soul to Wake - Stain I knew I would enjoy it, I just didn't know how much I would love it. Part second chance romance, part moving flash of history this story just sucked me in and kept me riveted.

Painful dreams of a horrific death hundreds of years in the past have haunted Amelia her entire life. She's learned how to play pretend, to try to be "normal." A girls trip to Salem, Massachusetts awakens something in her that forces her to stop pretending. As flashes of a life forgotten intensify, Amelia meets handsome and charming Will. The pair are drawn together and Will offers to help Amelia learn about the ghosts of Old Salem that my have ties to her frightening dreams. Dark forces gather around the pair as Amelia must question Will's motives and her own sanity. 

What I Loved: Author Tara Oakes does a beautiful job of balancing past and present in My Soul to Wake. Each time period in the story felt equally as important. Also the connection between Amelia and Will is so strong and vivid that even though the story has a fairly quick timeline in the present day, I completely bought the pair as destined soul mates. My Soul to Wake - Stain sets nicely sets up an interesting series without ending with a cliffhanger.

What I Didn't Love: My Soul to Wake is told from Amelia's POV. Overall I loved seeing the story through her eyes but I finished the story wishing I knew a little bit more about Will's life before the pair connected. Hopefully we'll get a little more insight in the next book in the series.

Favorite Quotes:

"She wants to make sure I know that Will has no room for me. She's taking up all the space she thinks he has for a woman in his life. Bitch."
"I know he has faith. Faith that our love will see us through these trying and dangerous times to bring us to each other on the far side of it."
"The truth sings, calls to bring the two halves together. The song is old, but it will be heard again."

My Soul to Wake - Stain is a winning paranormal romance that captivated me from start to finish and I recommend it without reservation. My Soul to Wake Book Two - Sister will be released Fall 2015. I can't wait for more Amelia and Will.

Happy reading.

Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She's a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she's not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.

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