by Cora Carmack
Series: The Muse #1
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Blog Tour Host
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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
What I want…it goes far deeper than that. And it’s completely untouchable. “Sometimes the last thing that matters is what we want to do.”
Speechless… I am utterly speechless with the awesomeness and wonder of all that was Inspire by Cora Carmack. Let me start off with… WOW. I loved this book, Cora has shown a true talent for Paranormal Romance and I loved the stories, setting, characters and well… everything!
This is the story of Kalli, an immortal Muse who spends her life moving from artist to artist, never staying long and never getting truly attached. At times, I loved Kalli and at others I absolutely wanted to reach into the book and slap her upside the head! But, that was all part of the story and part of understanding her struggle and her existence.
Wilder Bell is starting over, going to college, working full time and helping out his family. His goal? Get his life on the straight and narrow and be there for his little sister Gwen. Let me just say that Wilder has quickly moved up the list of my Book Boyfriend list. We all know that I have a thing for tattooed, talented men and Wilder is so mysterious and so sexy! I just could not get enough of him! At one point Kalli says:
And she is so right! Those words and more built up such an image in my mind that I instantly fell in love!
The connection between these to was instantaneous and electric. Their attraction and pent up desire came through the pages and devoured me whole! I kept turning that pages for more butterflies and more warm tingles!
The other characters in this book were excellent as well and really added to the story. From Kalli’s fun and eccentric friend Lennox, to Wilder’s friend Rook who was so dark and kind of scary. Then there was Wilder’s Mother, so sweet and protective and trying so hard to survive. But my favorite? Wilder’s little sister Gwen, she was so silly and spirited and made me laugh at her wildness and cringe (but still smile) at her tantrums. This cast of characters was so diverse and Cora did an excellent job creating each one.
“If I could be normal, live like a normal person, I think that Wilder would be a pretty perfect choice. But I don’t get normal.”
One thing that I really liked about Inspire was the PN path that Cora took, delving into Greek mythology with Gods, Goddesses, Fates and Furies. It was just so cool and unique and well done.
There were a few times I got frustrated with Kalli’s back and forth. By the end, I understood her so much better and therefore the path that the novel took made more sense to me.
So now I am dying in anticipation of the 2nd book in this series! ARC’s are such a double edged sword. I was so happy to get to be one of the first to read this… but now I have to wait forever to find out where Kalli and Wilder go from here! And after that conclusion? I am literally hanging on the edge of a cliff searching for Kalli and Wilder below me! I NEED BOOK TWO! Like now!!
BRAVO Cora! I loved Inspire and I cannot wait to see where you go next!
“It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Loving you.Stop worrying about how this is going to play out down the road. It’s this moment that matters. Love me right now. Love me tomorrow and the next day. The future isn’t written in stone. We decide it. Choose to love me every second. We’ll choose that together. The rest will all fall into place.”
Questions for Kalli:
Becca: What type of artist is your favorite to Inspire?
Kalli: I tend to go through cycles with my preferences, but I’ve always had a soft spot for those who work with the written word. Whether it’s poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or music, I enjoy it all.
Becca: Which course is your favorite to take at your University?
Kalli: The trouble with being immortal is that it is rare that I get the chance to learn something new. I enjoy any class where that is not the case. So I often gravitate toward classes on modern subjects. Science. Computers. Business. But really, they’re all just a way to pass the time.
Becca: What is a favorite memory that you have of yourself with one or more of your sisters?
Kalli: I try not to think of my sisters often. But when I do, I see us happy. At parties or celebrations or festivals. Usually wine was involved. Before we left Greece, we could mingle among revelers, eavesdrop as they praised and celebrated us or relations. That was the golden age. Not just for the world, but for us, too.
Becca: When was your favorite moment or time period in History?
Kalli: Besides our early days in Greece, probably the Italian renaissance. Seems like everyone was an artist then (or wanted to be), and it was easy to do our jobs. Life just felt vibrant then. New and special.
Becca: What do you like best and least about yourself?
Kalli: When you live lifetime after lifetime, nothing remains black and white. Everything that I’ve loved about myself at one point, I’ve hated at another. My immortality. My looks. My talent. There is not best or worst of me. There’s just me, and all the things I cannot change.
Becca: What did you notice first about Wilder and what keeps you coming back?
Kalli: I noticed many things about Wilder the first time we met, but the thing that sticks out in my memory is his eyes. There was mystery in them, sweetness and sin, and I couldn’t help wanting to know more. And what keeps me coming back? All of him. The way he cares, for me and his family. He is so incredibly kind and selfless. Then there’s the attraction between us. Most days it feels impossible to stay away from him.
Questions for Wilder:
Becca: Where does the name Wilder come from?
Kalli: My mother is a fan of the playwright Thornton Wilder. She took me to see Our Town when I was younger. She spent half the play crying. Maybe it was my age, but I had to fight not to fall asleep in my seat.
Becca: What was your first tattoo and do you have plans for more?
Wilder: My first tattoo was an intricate set of tree roots on my forearm. My best friend Rook and I both have it. We got it in high school, and it’s the only tattoo I have that Rook didn’t do. And I’m sure I’m get plenty more. Usually about once a year, I start to get the itch for another.
Becca: What is your biggest fear and why?
Wilder: My biggest fear? You sure don’t pull any punches, do you? Well, I guess, it’s just that I’m inadequate. That I’m not enough to take care of those that I love. I grew up fairly spoiled. I can admit that. And at times, life felt a little two dimensional. A little flat. Sometimes, it can feel like I’m still that person.
Becca: What do you like best and least about yourself?
Wilder: Well, damn. I like to think that I’m strong. That I’ll persevere through whatever gets thrown at me. As for what I dislike? I dislike my tendency to second guess everything. Myself included.
Becca: What is a favorite Childhood memory that you have with your Mom, Dad and or sister?
Wilder: Well, Gwen and I never got to be kids together, since I’m eighteen years older than her. But one of my favorite memories was the summer I came back home for good. Gwen was just a toddler, and we celebrated July fourth all together. I remember her face as she watched the fireworks. She alternated between screaming in excitement and staring in awe, and she kept insisting to me that the stars were falling and she wanted me to catch her one. It was the first moment when I really felt like her big brother.
Becca: What did you notice first about Kalli and what keeps you coming back?
Wilder: Kalli is stunning. Gorgeous. Not only did I notice that the first time we met, it was impossible to notice anything else. The world could have been ending around me, and I probably would have been oblivious. As for what keeps me coming back… even when I knew next to nothing about her, I felt almost obsessed with her. There was just something about her that felt different than anyone I’d ever met. She wasn’t the easiest person to get to know. Hell, it was like pulling teeth most of the time. But every time she’d give up some little piece of herself to me, that fascination I had with her would burn hotter, grow larger. Every single time.