Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blossom and the Beast by R.S. McCoy Release Day Review Blitz


By R.S. McCoy

Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: R.S. McCoy
Genre: Fantasy re-telling
Print Length: 337 pages

Available from: Amazon 
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Blossom Frane is only weeks away from her transformation. On her eighteenth birthday, she’ll find out her future branch of society and her totem, the animal form she’ll be able to take at will for the rest of her life. Like her brothers, she’s expected to be a brown bear of the religious branch known as Terra.

In the Alderwood forests, Blossom’s bear blood is a valuable asset. Any day now, a rival clan leader will step forward and offer her father a hefty bounty in exchange for her hand in marriage. Blossom can do nothing more than sit back and wait to be traded to the highest bidder.

Determined to spend her last weeks exploring the Alderwood, Blossom sneaks away and manages to find Kaide Landel, a rising political star of the Pyro branch. Known for his violence and disregard for the religious teachings of the Terra branch, he’s all wrong for the bear clan’s prized daughter. But when the politician uses his wealth and influence to secure her hand, Blossom has no choice but to leave her family and marry him—if she lives that long. 

Blossom and the Beast by R.S. McCoy

Blossom and the BeastThe tale of Beauty and the Beast, we read the book, saw the movie and still hum the tunes, so sweet, so sad and so romantic. Prepare for a fabulous re-telling, all updated and a little twisted around, but still as sweet and romantic as the original. With Blossom and the Beast, R.S. McCoy has a warm and fuzzy hit as one young woman and one young man try to find love and acceptance amidst the politics of arranged marriages, political enemies and magical machinations, but will their love last? Is it true? Will someone bring down the curtain on a hard won relationship for their own gain?

The last thing Blossom wanted was to be sold off to the highest bidder in marriage, she hasn’t even discovered her totem, the animal she will shift into upon her eighteenth birthday. Blossom is far too strong-willed for an ordinary man, but when she discovers she is to become the bride of a high ranking political figure from another clan, the evil reputation that precedes him turns her blood to a flaming inferno of anger.

Kaide Landel is a force to be reckoned with under his stern glare and long cape. His totem is a secret, but Blossom can feel the leashed fury he holds back. Determined to find her way home, she does her best, or worst to be as disagreeable as she can until she sees Kaide’s fa├žade fall, quite by accident and the true man shines through. Is this man truly the monster she has heard about? Why won’t he show her his totem?

With the patience of a saint, Kaide endures the wrath of a woman who is determined to thwart his attempts to get to know her, yet it is that fiery spirit, that hard-headed determination that has stolen his heart. But how can she love the beast within him?

This could be one of the best re-tellings of this classic tale in a long while. Feel the romance, the tension and follow along as Blossom discovers the beauty of the man and his beast. Will her love come too late to let him know?

R.S. McCoy has built the kind of world that feels like falling into a dream of castles, gallant heroes and independent heroines who often need saving from themselves! A touching tale that will be continued until we get the happy ever after our romantic sides demand!

I received an ARC edition from R.S. McCoy in exchange for my honest review.

Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy as well as numerous short stories, some of which now reside in anthologies. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays. 

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