Friday, July 29, 2011

Without Mercy by Belinda Boring-Review & Giveaway: Bookish Snob Release Blitz


Each stop hosts a giveaway so stop by and enter to win a copy of Without Mercy, the first installment in the urban fantasy Mystic Wolves novellete series! Comment for a chance to win a FREE copy. 
Ends July 31th at 11:59 PM CST. Two winners will be notified the following day. 

Today's Blitz schedule is shown below. Visit and comment at all the blogs to significantly increase your chances of winning 

Without Mercy Blurb:                                                                                               
What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?

When Darcy’s outing takes a turn for the worst and tests her to the point of breaking, she struggles to maintain her humanity. Where loyalty and pack mean everything, she surrenders to the inevitable and only an act of complete trust can touch her. When all is said and done, with memories flooding her mind, Darcy holds tightly to the only thing that makes sense – it was all a dream. Or was it?

The loud click of a gun being cocked stopped me cold. I didn’t need to turn around to see death had finally caught us. I closed my eyes for a brief moment and grimaced.

Seconds. We’d missed freedom by mere moments and with adrenaline coursing through my body, a feeling of defeat crashed over me. To come so close and be stopped was devastating.

I dug deep for courage as my hand was squeezed. Jasmine would be terrified enough without seeing fear in my eyes and if we were going to get out of this, I needed to keep her calm. Or at least calmer than I felt.

Giving her a look I hoped conveyed confidence, I motioned for her to stay quiet as I positioned her behind me and turned to look at our attacker. All night I’d sensed the person breathing down our necks, following closely but always just out of sight. Now I could put a face to our stalker.

I saw the gun, aimed straight at me. The finger poised over the trigger ready to shoot. The hand holding it was steady and trained to adjust to every movement. I shied to the left and back again. Without hesitation, the gun’s motion mimicked mine.

Damn. Judging from the precise motions; whoever was holding the gun knew what they were doing. If they took a shot, they wouldn’t miss and out running a bullet was too risky.

A quick sniff at the air and drawing on my other senses told me I was dealing with a human male and I couldn’t help but grin at the bitter scent of fear mixed in with the sweetness of his excitement. It was intoxicating.

I may be a female but as a werewolf, I held incredible strength. My body began to relax. As long as I paid attention to the gun still pointed at me, and made no crazy moves, our chances of escape had just increased.

I looked beyond the weapon and recognized the determined face that stared back at me. The emotions rolling off his body caused my wolf to raise her head and howl. This wasn’t a pack mate or dominant wolf to play submissive with by showing my throat. Looking at our attacker, I could feel my hackles rise as she growled, desperate to take over.

4 Stars

To be accosted while on a simple errand was about last thing Darcy expected.  But when a steady hand holds a gun in a threatening stance, Darcy knows she better think quickly.  A few minutes, a spurned rival, and innocence is forever lost.

This short story, told in first person, introduces a new werewolf pack in a novelette series called Mystic Wolves which will be continued in the next adventure, Cherished. This short urban fantasy kept me glued to my kindle screen and the outcome was surprising.  Darcy is a spirited female alpha and the little peek we were given of Mason, her mate, definitely left me yearning for more. I would have preferred this story to be fleshed out a bit more with a little more background included, but my guess is that the background details will be unveiled in future escapades – most likely, doled out in stingy rations to us ravenous readers. The foundation is being carefully set and I think the author’s imagination will ensure this becomes a “must read” series.

Reviewed by Laurie-J




A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for book on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!
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marybelle said...

LOVED the excerpt & trailer thank you. A winner!!


Lexi said...

Sounds like a great read, has a little of everything thrown together to make a great result! Great review of it. Thanks for the chance to win!


Nora B. Peevy said...

Hi Laurie,

I hopped over from The Weekend Creation Hop. I didn't realize when I read your post on my blog that you lived in Texas too. Cool! I am from Wisconsin, Milwaukee to be exact. This weather in the summer is murder. I lived by Lake Michigan back home.

I joined your blog following on both the Facebook Network and Google. Just wanted to let you know.

I'm also looking for guest bloggers for my blog. The schedule is fairly open. If you're interested, let me know. You can contact me on my blog or email.


Beverly said...

Just stopping to say I loved this story - tomorrow is my day on the blitz! Happy reading.

Belinda said...

Hi Laurie! Thanks so much for having me on your blog today and your amazing review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by to help me celebrate my first ever release! I LOVED writing Without Mercy and I'm excited to see where this series takes Mason and Darcy. Good luck and thanks for entering :)

@Beverly You're a sweetheart! See you tomorrow LOL

Gabrielle said...

Hi Laurie! Just hopping by with Shah's hop. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. This seems like an interesting read. :)

Julie S said...

This sounds pretty interesting. Thanks for the post.

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Anonymous said...

Great post! I LOVED the excerpt and the trailer!

Anonymous said...

Great review and I <3ed the excerpt!


vvb32 reads said...

congrats to belinda with this latest release and glad to hear you liked the story.

latishajean said...

Thank you for sharing love what I read can't wait to read more! Great giveaway Thank you so much for the chance!

wanda f said...

Love the excerpt thanks for the chance to win

donnas said...

Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!!

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