Friday, January 19, 2018

Release Week Blitz, Giveaway & Review:Return of the Lycan King: Book 1 Nicholas and Kristen by Candace Blackburn

Title: Return of the Lycan King: Book 1: Nicholas and Kristen
Author: Candace Blackburn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Candace Blackburn
Series: Return of the Lycan King
Format: Digital eBook
Digital ISBN: 9780692994450

One life, one mate. Nicholas Konstantine has been waiting over a thousand years for his mate. But when he finds her, she's completely unaware of her Lycan biology, and she's battling her own personal demons.

Kristen O'Connor is a recovering addict, with some major trust issues. By not letting anyone get close, she won't get hurt. Yet after one meetiing with Nicholas, her walls are crumbling, and she wants more with this man.

But Nicholas reveals his Lycan side, and hers as well. In addition, ghosts from both of their pasts come back to haunt them. Will they face everything together, or will Kristen's fears be stronger than her love?

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Excerpt:


"No."  Repeating the word over and over, as if that would negate the reality, Kristen walked to the bathroom and turned on the lights. The fluorescent bulbs weren't needed to highlight what was there.  Her pupils were, indeed, a deep yellow.  The color was framed by her thickened eyebrows.  She swung her hair around and...dear God.  Her hair was at least a foot longer than it had been that very morning.  Her fingers shook as she held a thick section of red hair.

All she saw were the claws.

The scream was primal and Kristen sobbed as she sank to the floor.  Nicholas was there instantly, wrapping his arms around her.

"What is happening to me?"

He rocked her back and forth, rubbing her back in circular motions.  "Your body is going through a change."

"No shit, Nicholas.  But why me?  God almighty, I'm waving the freak flag high enough as it is.  Now I'm part animal?"  She held her arms in front of her face.  "I've got fucking claws!"

"I know, beautiful.  I've seen them."

"Don't!"

"Don't what?"

"Call me beautiful.  I'm anything but."

"You're incredibly beautiful.  Even now, with all the things that are disturbing you so badly."

"They aren't disturbing to you?  You spent the night fucking a Lycan, werewolf, whatever and you're perfectly calm."  The sobs slowed as she turned to look at him.  "Why is that, Nicholas?"

"Because," he said as he held out his hand.  Kristen gasped as claws extended from his finger tips.  "I'm a Lycan too."



Copyright © 2018 Return of the Lycan King: Book 1 Nicholas and Kristen by Candace Blackburn


What I thought about Return of the Lycan King

Return of the Lycan King is the first in the series from Candace Blackburn.
This is a familiary “one mate” story.  Nicholas Konstantine has been searching for his mate, but when he finds her, she’s got some issues of her own – one being that she doesn’t know what she is, and secondly, she’s a recovering addict and third, she’s got family issues in the sense that her parents disappeared.

Nicholas helps Kristen realize what she is and that he is her mate.  They have good chemistry together and Nicholas tends to ignore some of her more annoying human traits.  Of course they have some obstacles in their way and the ending leaves some unanswered  questions in anticipation of the next book in the trilogy.

I did have some pacing issues with the story.  When I find myself skimming, that’s usually not a good sign.  Perhaps another pass at editing would have helped with that.  The dialogue in some places also seemed to be a bit choppy and not flow very well.

Overall, this was an interesting story, but it did have some places where it could have been improved.

An ARC was provided for review.  


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About Candace Blackburn:


Candace makes her home in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart husband and their two sons. She's an indie author who has published two previous romances (with a bit of fantasy in each), Tristan's Redemption and Nate's Forgiveness. Her current works are all paranormal romance (her favorite genre to read!) and are set in her home state. She loves coffee, cold weather, the Boston Red Sox, the Carolina Panthers, and hearing from fans.

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