Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Tour Review: Thomas's Muse by Kris Austen Radcliffe

Title: Thomas's Muse (Quidell Brothers #1)
Author: Kris Austen Radcliffe
Source: Innovative Online Book Tours
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: November 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 4

Four years ago, for a brief moment, Sammie Singleton became the muse of an artist she
didn't know. The moment vanished, and now Sammie spends her nights with a different man.

Her life is black and white. But she needs food for her soul to feel alive.

She needs color. She needs art.

Everything changes the moment she meets Thomas Quidell. Brilliant and talented, Sammie quickly realizes Tom is her artist--and the man she's been fantasizing about all these years.

Tom offers her more than a lifeline. He opens her eyes to a new life. Vibrant, loving, fulfilling. But is she strong enough to take a chance?
Sammie and Thomas have a connection that goes back years - they just don't realize it yet.  Sammie is involved in a relationship that just isn't good for her - he is cold, distant, and lacks the essential colors in life that Sammie craves.  Thomas is just what she is looking for - caring, intelligent, and sexy.  Thomas is one of the better men I've read about in a romance.  He wants to help Sammie find what she is looking for in life, and he hopes it might be him.  Sammie is a little damaged emotionally and doesn't think she is good enough for anyone, but Thomas knows otherwise.  When her relationship blows up (in a bad way) he is there for her.  He's such a sweet and amazing guy.

There were a few problems I had with the storyline.  Thomas mentions several times that he wants to take it slow, but she is living with him quite soon after they meet.  Yes, they are sleeping in different beds at first, but that is not what I consider taking it slow.  Their relationship also kicks off before she ends her current one - who is a complete ass, but you should still end one before starting another.  If this little thing had been changed, this would have gotten 4 stars instead of 3.  The action in this book is incredible.  The intimate scenes are very detailed and hot - so expect to get a little flustered.

The story is filled with art and color.  Because of this, many of the scenes are very descriptive and vivid, they are full of life.  It was great to be able to imagine things in such clarity because of the writing.  This series has a very strong start and at the end there is a small glimpse of who might be starring in book two.

Author Bio:
As a child, Kris took down a pack of hungry wolves with only a hardcover copy of "The Dragonriders of Pern" and a sharpened toothbrush.  That fateful day set her on a path traversing many storytelling worlds -- dabbles in film and comic books, time as a talent agent and a textbook photo coordinator, and a foray into nonfiction.  After c-authoring "Mind Shapes: Understanding the Differences in Thinking and Communication", Kris returned to academia.  But she craved narrative and a richly-textured world of Fates, Shifters, and Dragons -- and unexpected, true love.

Kris lives with her husband, two daughters, Handsome Cat, and an entire menagerie of suburban wildlife bent on destroying her house.  That battered-but-true cope of "Dragonriders"?  She found it yesterday.  It's time to pay a visit to the woodpeckers.

Don't forget to check out what others on the tour are saying:
12/30 Excerpt Little Bit of Spice
12/30 Guest post Cindy Vine
12/31 Review My Kindle Fever
1/6 Interview & Guest post The Pen and Muse 
1/7 Excerpt Kristy Centeno
1/15 Review Roxy's Reviews
1/16 Review Bitten by Romance
1/17 Guest Post  Pure Jonel

1/21 Review Harlies Books

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