Series: The Muse #1
Published by: Self-Published on December 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: The Author
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Kalliope lives with one purpose.
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.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: All Lined Up, All Broke Down, All Played Out, Roar
One Line: So intense and emotional, I couldn’t put it down!
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Intense. Emotional. Addictive.
Those are the words that come to mind when I think of Inspire. Honestly, it was a mixed bag kind of read for me at first. Not that I didn’t like it or anything, I just didn’t know what to really think about it. Then, I can’t pinpoint exactly when, things just got so intense and started to really click for me and I just fell so in love with this book. It definitely kept me up late at night, and that rarely happens anymore since I’m so sleep-deprived because of the new baby. That’s when you know it’s good. Top that off with the emotions this book brought out in me, which, if you know me, is a rarity in of itself. That’s how you know it’s amazing.
This book is a bit different in that it comes in parts. You’re in Kallie’s head for a third of the book, then you’re in Wilder’s head for the next third, and in the last third, it’s alternating POVs. I think that worked out well for this book because you really have to get to know Kallie to understand her actions and her character. I’ll admit, I’m still a little fuzzy about her powers and its effects, in that I couldn’t grasp how serious it was. Not that I don’t understand it all, just that it’s hard to really visualize, but that’s just me. Maybe that’s why it was a mixed bag of sorts at the beginning. I did like Kallie for all intents and purposes and I respected a lot of the decisions she made because of the need to protect Wilder, even if it hurt both of them at times.
Wilder. Oh, Wilder. That guy! Not only did I end up falling for him, I truly felt for the guy. When he hurt, my heart ached so much for him. There was one point after things fell apart for the couple and Wilder and Kallie had this one scene at her door, I seriously got all choked up for him. I was thisclose to shedding a tear, which never happens to me, but he just made me feel so much. I felt those telltale pangs in my chest when things got rough and I had all those warm, cheesy feels when things were good. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been that invested in a couple.
I’ll admit that their love story felt a bit too heavy too quickly, but it kind of worked for Kallie’s character. Her power demands strong emotions with anyone she comes in contact with, so it’s no wonder things get so serious for her and Wilder so quickly. It takes a certain skill to make that kind of relationship work were readers won’t turn their noses up at it, and Cora managed to make it work. I totally saw his secret coming and how it fit with their connection and I loved how explosive things got when it was revealed. It was different than I expected, but in a good way. Carmack wrote in just the right amount of drama and pain during that moment and the moments that follow that seriously tugged at my heart.
By the way, way to torture me with that ending, Cora! Major cliffhanger attack!
So yes, I definitely think you should give Inspire a try. It’s an amazing NA Paranormal read and I think Carmack did an excellent job weaving in the Greek mythology, which I love, with the contemporary aspect of their story. If Gods and muses were real, I could easily something like this playing out. I’m dying to know what happens next for Wilder and Kallie, and after that crazy ending, I have no idea what Carmack has planned next.