Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Fire and Ice (Book of Shadows #1) by Lacey Weatherford

Welcome to my stop on the Fire & Ice blog tour. You can check out my review below as well as enter the giveaway. To follow along with the rest of the tour, just click on the banner above.

Title: Fire & Ice
Series: Book Of Shadows Book # 1
By: Lacey Weatherford
Publication Date: September 8, 2013

Time passes . . . sometimes too quickly, other times not fast enough, but that’s not what’s important. The essential thing is what we learn about ourselves during that passage of time and how we apply it. Will we continue to follow the destructive paths we find ourselves on? Will we give in to circumstances that seem completely unchangeable? Or will we desperately fight to hold onto those we love and to what’s good inside us—no matter how terrible the cost?
I only know I would do whatever was required of me to keep Portia, but in a world of witches, warlocks, and demons, anything can happen.

My name is Vance Mangum, and this is my story.

My Thoughts:

Eyes rolling back into my head, I gritted my teeth against the pain and this time I succumbed to my weakness quickly, welcoming the blessed relief of darkness.

I had not read anything paranormal written by Lacey Weatherford before. I knew she could write awesome contemporary but was really keen to see how she would weave the amazing romance that she can write in with the paranormal elements. When I signed up for this tour I didn't realise that it was a spin off of sorts of the Of Witches and Warlocks series. But now I'm desperate to make a start on those books because Fire and Ice sure did not disappoint.

Vance Mangum has been on the run and in hiding for a good portion of his life. Unable to put down roots and form friendships. Always looking over his shoulder waiting for the past to catch up to him. Until he sets eyes on Portia Mullins. Vance has never wanted anything in his whole life as much as he wants her. He will do whatever it takes to stay with her, and vows to do whatever he needs to protect her. But when his past collides with his future will Vance be able to hold true to those vows?

"Vance Mangum, Blessed be.
I give now, My heart to thee."

Fire and Ice is Vance's story. A story from the males point of view is one I will devour every time. They are my most favourite reads. And getting their take on romance is pure perfection. And boy, did Vance deliver. His thoughts, his feelings, his love... Just wow!! I loved all of it!!

For a really good portion of the book, the paranormal almost took on a back seat position to the romance. The first half of the book really focused on the connection between Vance and Portia. I'm not a huge fan of instant love. Instant attraction, yes. But when it comes to paranormal I'm much more inclined to accept it. And while it wasn't exactly instant love between Vance and Portia, that instant buzz and connection was amplified. And I loved it. I loved being inside Vance's head and experiencing all his feelings for Portia. He was committed to those feelings right from the outset.

I need her--want to keep her with me always--want to always feel the way she makes me feel. Happy. I can't recall ever being this happy. I love her.

Portia was a character that I can honestly say that I liked everything about. She was sweet and kind and even though we are in Vance's head, Portia's love for him came through so clear and strong. Fire and Ice. Opposites who fit together so perfectly.

In the second half of the book the paranormal really kicked up a notch. It was exciting and page turning and even had moments of being heartbreaking. it's not all smooth sailing for Vance and Portia. Sometimes the things that you run from will eventually catch up to you. Witches, warlocks, magic, evil and surprising twists will all come into play.

A simply fantastic paranormal romance from Lacey Weatherford. In what I've read of her books so far she has shown me that she writes perfectly the romance that I love to read. I can see her becoming a firm favourite of mine. 

5/5 Need the Next Book Now Stars

Author Bio:
Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first "big" book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.

Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.

Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!

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