Book Review, Excerpt and Rafflecopter: Destiny Calling by Maureen L. Bonatch

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
subgenre: suspense, fantasy. Theme: New Adult, demons
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: December 22 2014
978-1-62830-666-8 Paperback
978-1-62830-667-5 Digital
Number of pages: 310
Word Count: 80,630
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor (DCA Graphics)
 Book Description:

 Hope only wants to find out if her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with her touch makes her the devil’s spawn, or his exterminator. But when the woman who raised her is murdered by something not human, she loses the only family she knew and discovers one she might wish she hadn’t.

Drawn back to the home town she vowed never to return to, her ability is seen as an asset to everyone but Hope, and she doesn’t know who to trust. Her family wants her to help them overcome an enemy oppressing the human population, while the man of her dreams is courting her for the Underworld.

Time is running out, and Hope’s choice may be made for her, as she discovers she’s a pawn in a bigger game played by a merciless ruler who doesn’t lose.

Tagline: Hope Doesn’t Know If The Man She Can Touch Is A Dream Come True, Or A Nightmare Just Beginning.

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I strained to release my arm from Griffith’s vise-like grip while scanning the surrounding trees, trying to determine which was less of a threat, the beast of a man holding me or those who might be waiting for me in the woods.

“You will come inside, now.” Griffith spoke slowly and deliberately as if I were a small child.

I batted at the hand Griffith placed on my head. “I’m not a puppy, quit petting me.”

“I will protect you.” Griffith’s warm breath caressed my ear. “If for no other reason, to find out what I’m giving up and why she wants you so badly.”

I inhaled his masculine scent, like musky earth. It washed over my face, and the tension in my jaw released. I stopped struggling. “Are you the devil?” My tongue was thick and heavy so the words came out slurred.

“Not even close.” His words soothed and comforted, like having a weighted blanket cocoon me. Each movement was an effort. It wasn’t the same as the thing in the woods. This was more like the feeling after a long massage or bubble bath.

“It’s not safe.” Griffith wrapped his arms around me, and I rested against his broad chest.

“It’s not safe.” I nodded. My muscles relaxed and my eyelids grew heavy.

“It’s cold. We’re going inside.” Griffith kept his arm supporting me as he steered me toward the house.

“We’re going inside.” I parroted and walked up the steps, leaning heavily on him.

Out of the corner of my eye, something was cautiously moving at the edge of the woods. Branches snapped as whatever was observing us crept closer.


About the Author:

Growing up with four siblings had Maureen familiar with escaping into a good book, or the recesses of her mind. She realized later in life everyone didn’t have characters telling stories in their heads, or weren’t envisioning magic and mayhem within the everyday. This, and long walks in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania spawned a love of writing.

Since her desire to become a Solid Gold Dancer was thwarted when the show was discontinued, Maureen opted to pursue other paths. Attempting to conquer new endeavors proved fruitful with her first novella, while other attempts, such as challenging a fear of heights with parasailing, were unsuccessful.

Therefore she’s chased other interests, though none-the-less-daring, but closer to the ground, such as belly-dancing, becoming a self-proclaimed tequila connoisseur, fulfilling her role as biker babe to her alpha hubby and surviving motherhood to twins (so far).

Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.

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Book Review: 

Is Destiny calling or is it Destiny itself? Destiny grew up in an orphanage or shall I say she grew up in an infirmary separated from the rest of the kids. The nuns told her it was for her own good, but she knew the nuns felt she was infested with evil.  One touch from her infused certain feelings in the person she touched, so they separated her.  When Destiny was 13 she was adopted by a woman named Tessa.  Tessa was her only family until she was murdered by something non-human.  Destiny felt and saw the black like fog surrounding Tess’s body but could not explain it.  So, Destiny set out to avenge Tess’s death.

On her journey, Destiny was drawn back to her home town where the orphanage was located.  She however did not expect what was waiting for her, an actual real family.  How could they have left her in an orphanage for 13 years?  They said it was to keep her safe.  WOW, that sounds familiar!  Her new found family claimed to need her help to overcome an enemy that was oppressing the human population.  What enemy?  What are they talking about?  Destiny does not understand this new world.   She knew she was different, but a non-human.  No thank you.

Destiny Calling was an intriguing story, different, but I liked it.  It was well written and kept a good pace throughout. Bonatch did a great job connecting you to the characters.  I loved them because she wanted me to, hated them when I needed to and felt for them when they needed it. Bonatch added a romantic element, it was not steamy and heart felt but, it was there and developing even through dreams.  I would have liked a little more in this area however, don’t let that stop you from reading it.

All in all it was a fun read and I recommend it

4 stars


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