Thursday, June 26, 2014

PUYB Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway + Excerpt: Past My Defenses by Wendy Sparrow

Book Title: Past My Defenses
Author: Wendy Sparrow
Release Date: 6/23/14
Genre: Suspense with a Paranormal slant

Tagline:  Why did he have to be human?

Book Synopsis:
Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.
Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.
They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?

My Thoughts:

Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expected in Past My Defenses. I have read other Wendy Sparrow books and they tend to have quirky characters, and I wonder how she was going to do this. When I think of the Entangled's Ignite line I think more suspense and danger. There is some suspense, but I found more humor. Of course, she brought out a quirky heroine and a lovable hero. 

Vanessa quirk is she's a Lycan with allergies. Yes, that's right allergies. Not just a few, but a long list of them which the reason she ends up at Dane's home. If that wasn't bad enough she scent-matches with him. Which would be all fine and dandy if he was Lycan, but no he's just an ordinary human. However, it gets worse when her Alpha finds out and wants to kill him for something he didn't know he did. 

When I started reading Past My Defenses, I was trying to get a feel for the story. So, it took me a couple chapters to get into the groove of the story. Once I found it, I found it funny and entertaining. I mean Vanessa's allergies are what almost get her killed along with psycho on the loose. Poor Dane doesn't know how to handle his stubborn "mate". To top it off, both Dane and Vanessa don't really know how the other feels, so they feel like the other doesn't understand what the other is going through. Then you have the secondary characters that make Dane and Vanessa's life a bit more interesting. 

You have Jordan who is the Alpha of the pack who had his eye on Vanessa, but is a little too late. So, he has to tout his authority. Travis he's flying under the radar, because he gives off the impress that he's a bit slow on the uptake. But in reality, he's pretty quick and witty when he lets his guard down. Christa Dane's younger sister. Her part is pretty minor, but she definitely leaves an impression. 

Here's the bottom line: If you are looking something fun with some quirky characters with a dash of suspense you might want to give Past My Defenses are try. Some of those lines will have you busting a gut. 

Favorite Lines (This Christa having dinner with Dane and Vanessa. Christa is sharing embarrassing stories:

"You know, Dane really likes wolves."Christa shot him a look--a look that promised hours of embarrassment. ..."Does he?" Vanessa asked. "I had no idea.""Yep. He used to watch all these nature documentaries. My mom worried he'd be too dorky to date." Vanessa tilted her head and fought a smile. "And here he is--all grown up, and still interested in wolves."He knew it was a mistake to let his sister and girlfriend together. This night was going to be playback for both of them.
Copy provided by the publisher 

Author Bio:
Writing is in Wendy’s blood…which is also about thirty percent Mountain Dew and twenty percent chocolate brownies. Wendy has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” so many times she could have written the screenplay at age five. She lives with a wonderful husband and two quirky kids and is active in Autism and OCD support networks. She can usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to herself.

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“Why do you sleep with earplugs in?”
He tossed them on the small table beside the bed. “I don’t normally. You snore like you’re trying to swallow sandpaper.”
Her mouth dropped open. Oh, no, he didn’t just say that. “I do not!”
Leaning back, he grabbed his phone off the same table and punched it on. “You do. It was so earsplitting, I recorded it because I’ve never heard anything like it.”
The horrible guttural noise made her hands jump to her own ears. The allergy pills had done the job and now her better-than-average hearing was assaulted, offended, and even stung from that…that…that horror. It was like a tree falling—a tree felled by Satan. That sound was evil. In some way, it was evil.
Dane grinned as he stopped it.
Pointing at his phone, she couldn’t believe she had to say it, but… “That was not me.”
He laughed.
He. Laughed.
She was so out of here. She spun away and bolted. It was an unfair advantage for a Lycan to be on school track teams, but she’d ignored that and taken Oregon by storm ten years ago. She hadn’t lost a second on her four-and-a-half-minute mile. And she’d only perfected running away from what life threw at her since then.
Yes. Hell yes.
Finally, her inner wolf was siding with her. Even a wolf wouldn’t stay in the room with someone claiming they snored loud enough to cause sterility. Bastard.
“Vanessa!” he yelled after her.
She made it to the trees at the edge of his property, fifty feet from the house, dressed in only a flannel shirt, which was going to hit the ground as soon as she was out of sight and could push the change.
“Vanessa!” he called from the front door.
Nothing he said would make her turn back. She was going to scrub his scent from her skin, from her nose, even if she had to use bleach. There was nothing…
“I know what you are!”
She stopped. Except that. Damn him and that infernal ace up his sleeve. Turning back, she yelled, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, Dane, but you are a rat bastard.”
He grinned at that and shook his head. “And you are beautiful when you’re pissed.” He took a few lazy steps forward and leaned against the beams of his front porch. He hadn’t bothered with a shirt. If he had, she’d already be home. The noon sun filtered through the branches and brushed his skin with even more gold. He wasn’t half bad himself—and curse her frantic hormones for noticing that when she was so furious with him.  - PAST MY DEFENSES @WendySparrow

Follow the Tour Schedule:
June 23
Book reviewed at Literary Addicts
Guest blogging at Joyfully Reviewed
Guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More
Book reviewed at All Things Romance
Book featured at Happy Tails and Tales
June 24
Guest blogging at I Smell Sheep
Book featured at Escape by Fiction
June 25
Book reviewed at Miriam Smith
Guest blogging at Urban Fantasy Investigations
June 26
Book reviewed at Romance for Every World
Book reviewed at What I’m Reading
Book featured at I Heart Reading
June 27
Book reviewed at In My Humble Opinion
June 30
Guest blogging at In the Pages of a Good Book
Book featured at Lisa Loves Books
Book featured at Becky on Books…and Quilts
Book featured at Book Nook Nuts
July 1
Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
July 2
Book reviewed at What’s on the Bookshelf
Book featured at RhiReading
Guest blogging at Suzanne Johnson
July 3
Book reviewed at Book Lunatic Ramblings
Book reviewed at She Hearts Books
Guest blogging at Literary Escapism
July 4
Book featured at Sapphyria’s Book Blog
Book reviewed at Snarky Mom Reads

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