Type: Novelette – Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Moonstruck Media
My Copy: Sent
Can Darcy let go of the shame of failure consuming her or will Mason convince her that after all is said and done, she truly is cherished?
For a moment, Darcy almost convinced herself the last twelve hours didn’t happen. As image after image hits her, the sinking realization of all shes lost overwhelms her and all she can think of is to run. Run far away where her shame can’t find her, and most of all, where she’ll never have to see the look of blame in Masons eyes. Feeling like a complete failure, she scrambles to make plans. But the voice of her mate-to-be penetrates her frantic thoughts, asking for the chance to show her just how much she is loved.
It hurts Mason deeply to hear Darcys thoughts, knowing the events of the previous night have completely rattled her. Grieving over the death of his beloved sister Jasmine, Mason knows he has to act fast. Darcy is all hes ever wanted and the idea of life without her is unacceptable. Armed with his unswerving love and wolfish charm, he sets out to remind Darcy just how valuable she is and why there is no one else for him but her.
Another win for Belinda! This was an incredibly fast read (around an hour) and I loved every second of the ride that she has created with her characters. I loved Darcy and Mason together and their quest to completely understand each other and tear down the walls their hearts have created in a time of grief. The world Belinda has created is wrought with emotion and I completely felt the connection within her characters this time around.
I love how Cherished starts exactly where Without Mercy stopped. I really like the set up of getting a new novelette every few weeks. It ensures readers don’t get bored with the concept while not cutting anything the author thinks is important.
My only bad remark is with Mason. He is depicted as the head of his clan…the strongest warrior. I had zero issues with him showing emotions…in fact I enjoyed that. My thing is with his personality. He uses words like gosh and darn. I just can’t that around my brain. I want him to be forceful….stronger…..It doesn’t fit with the picture painted for him to use such wishy washy language. I don’t want him down and dirty (ok, maybe a little), I just want him to be bigger.
Belinda has a fan in me!
I give Cherished by Belinda Boring 4 stars!
My question to Belinda- Does your real life issues, problems, loves, bleed into your work? How so?
As a writer, life can definitely get in the way. Whenever I set out to begin a new story or work on one, in my mind I have the perfect schedule. I wake up each morning feeling refreshed and eager to start. There are no doubts plaguing me and it seems like the sun is shining and the birds a chirping a beautiful melody. When I sit at my laptop, the characters instantly start talking and before I know it, the story is flowing and time quickly falls away because I’m “in the zone.” This is where I laugh, because what actually happens is the opposite. My computer runs slow and instead of opening my manuscript, I decide its okay to “quickly” see what’s happening on Facebook. A few moments turn into an hour and when I see the small tab at the bottom reminding me to get back on track, my phone rings or my dog wants attention or it’s seems like a great time to take nap. Lots of things seem to arise and sometimes it’s a struggle to prioritize but I feel blessed that in those moments, I have a powerful tool – a love of what I do.
I adore books. I adore reading so it’s no surprise to find I also adore writing. All the passion I’ve been using to run The Bookish Snob blog the past year is now being channeled into sharing the stories I see in my mind and dream. The love I have for the heroes and heroines found in some of my favorite series, I can take that excitement and focus it into making Darcy and Mason just as amazing. For all the distractions that can happen, it’s easily trumped when I’m able to tap into the reason why I love to read and write in the first place.
I write how I read – with emotion and because of that, real life issues naturally find themselves into any story I write. Is my husband a werewolf and Alpha of the local Pack? I wish! No, but when I finished writing Cherished and read back through it, it wasn’t hard to see in a lot of ways Mason resembled my husband. Life sometimes throws you lemons, big ones that hurt if you don’t catch them. Just like Darcy, I’m blessed to have a husband who loves me and wants the very best for me. A man who holds me when I cries and laughs at me when I’m being goofy. Someone who makes me feel special even when I’m being irrational and especially when I’m being stubborn. No matter what, he stands by me and that’s what I love so much about Mason. He saw what his beloved Darcy needed and gave it to her. She was the most important thing and he never hesitated to help.
Another example of how real life issues bled into Cherished, in particular, is the grief Darcy experiences in the beginning and those moments of guilt and shame. Where she felt like a failure because she couldn’t save Jasmine and lost control. There have been many times in my life where I’ve suffered from the embarrassment of not reacting the way I wanted to. Of having to face consequences where the only thought I had was “RUN!” It’s easy to escape and hide but with courage, facing the issue head on makes you stronger. I lost my best friend April two years ago to the swine flu and it was the first time I’d faced death head on. The grief was devastating; I lost a full week where I had no idea what was happening around me. I soon learned that grief can make you think crazy things and it’s in those moments where having someone remind you of who you are is important. I had that with my husband. Darcy had that with Mason. Even though it was a painful time, I don’t mind it bleeding into my work because it makes it much more powerful and real for the reader. I want each of you when you finish something I write to think, “My gosh, I knew exactly how they felt.” I don’t want it to be just words on a page but something you can experience along with the characters.
So that’s my thoughts and I hope I answered your question Nikki. I appreciate you inviting me on to your blog today and talking with everyone. But now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to see what’s happening on Facebook *groans* Bad habits never die, do they? Happy reading!
A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she’s not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for books on her blog The Bookish Snob.
With all that excitement, it wasn’t long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can’t help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn’t be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.
Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!
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