Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Grapevine Book Tours Presents Courage (Mark of Nexus #2) by Carrie Butler Blog Tour Stop

Welcome to my stop for the Courage blog tour, organized by Grapevine Book Tours

Title: Courage
Author: Carrie Butler
Series: Mark of Nexus #2
Expected publication: October 15th, 2013
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)


Making a deal with the bad guys wasn’t the highlight of Rena Collins’ semester, but, hey, it saved her boyfriend. Now, in order to appease the human-altering organization known as ERA, she’ll crawl under their microscope while they study the Mark of Nexus and plot their eye-glazed version of the future—until she realizes that’s not all they’re plotting.

Wallace Blake has always known his girlfriend is unlike most girls. But now that information has surfaced regarding the two bloodlines that balance his supernatural race, he finally understands why. Rena belongs to one of them. She’s been augmenting his power, all along...

Enter: Corynn Catley. Brought into the country under the guise of an internship, she’s intended to become ERA’s secret weapon. Kind of. Her abilities cancel out Wallace’s, rendering him powerless, but that’s exactly what he’s always wanted. Too bad it only works when his girlfriend’s not around.

All the while, Rena fails to notice the crush her geeky best friend, Aiden Ross, is nursing. He’d give anything for her to see him in a new light—even reinvent himself through questionable means--but there’s a reason people are told to be careful what they wish for. Finding the courage to tell her could put everyone’s lives in danger.

Courage (Mark of Nexus #2) is a New Adult paranormal romance that features four unique points-of-view. While the novel stands alone, it is best enjoyed after Strength (Mark of Nexus #1). 


My Review

5 of 5 Courage

First off I have to say this because it is so true but Carrie you are amazing! Man when I read Strength I fell in love with Rena and Wallace my man of Strength. I just could not get enough of them and the trials they had to endure but they made it and Rena and Wallace have stayed strong. But that came at a price for Rena because she had to go up against the ERA and she made a deal with the devil so to speak because the ERA knew she wanted to save Wallace and they made a deal with her and she agreed. Rena needed to save Wallace and she would have done anything to save him and now that she has agreed to be the ERA guinea pig she is starting to think she may have just opened Pandora's box. 

Wallace oh my poor Wallace. He was in school minding his own business watching Rena from afar when he and Rena finally become a couple. But for Wallace it is so much more because he is supernatural and has kept that to himself for a long time and when he and Rena get together and their world is jeopardized Wallace will do whatever it takes to save Rena. Even if that means giving up his strength to save the women he loves.

If this isn't enough to worry Wallace and Rena they have to worry about the secret weapon the ERA has brought in to tame Wallace. Corynn is brought in to take away Wallace's strength but Wallace welcomes it because he will be able to be around Rena and not hurt her but there is a glitch in that thinking and his powers stay when Rena is around. Lord poor Rena and Wallace can't catch a break and then Wallace realizes he is not the only vying for Rena's attention.

See her best friend is vying for her love and he will do everything in his powers to have Rena. Aiden is a man on a mission and he is determined to sell his soul to the devil (ERA) to get the girl of his dream. But what no one realizes is that in doing that he has set of a shit storm and the ERA is coming and wants it payment. Will Aiden be the reason Wallace and Rena are destroyed and the world destroyed? 

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Title: Strength
Author: Carrie Butler
Series: Mark of Nexus #1
Publication: September 16th, 2013 (First publication: March 7th, 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing)
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)


When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.


My Review

5 of 5 Strength

First can I just say that this series is going to take the NA New Adult genre by STORM! This story had the elements I love about a supernatural world. The flow of the story was so incredible that I could not put the book down once I started reading it. I first came across the book doing the cover reveal and then it was released on my son's birthday. I was so excited to be a part of this tour because the book cover SCREAMS red me and the blurb had me hooked on he screams at night.

Rena is your average college girl. She is loving school and her classes and friends. Then one day she is not paying attention and runs right into the schools mysterious bad boy Wallace AKA Wall. He is all muscles and all sorts of yummies to the tummie! At first Rena is like OMG because she has heard all the rumors surrounding Wall but as she gets to know him she is intrigued by him because he is nothing like what they say he is. He is kind and sweet and protective of Rena. She can't understand why he spends his time alone because he is everything she wants in a man and more. But Wall is the way he is for a reason and Rena will soon find out. 

Wall just wants to be left alone to go to school and try and have a normal life. But you can't have a normal life when you have the gifts or curse how ever you look at it that Wall does. SO when he and Rena start to get close he knows it is a bad idea but he can't seem to pull away. Then his family comes meddling and Wall has no choice but to save and protect Rena from them. A storm is brewing within Wall's family and a battle is eminent and Rena is caught in the middle of it. What will Wall do to save Rena and will Rena sacrifice to be with Wall?

This is a must read book! If you love supernatural and swoon then this is the book to read! I need book two like ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!

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Author bio: 

Carrie Butler daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

Her passion for New Adult fiction led her to co-found NA Alley—a widely recognized informational hub for the category. She is the author of STRENGTH (Mark of Nexus #1) and COURAGE (Mark of Nexus #2).









1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting Carrie today and sharing your thoughts on her NA Paranormal Romance, Tee!