Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Donna Fletcher - Untamed Fire Virtual Book Tour Book Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway (Ends 8/5) WW

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Historical Romance
Title: Untamed Fire
Author: Donna Fletcher

Date Published: May 26, 2012

Gaby Alvardo borrows the powerful ranchero’s horse to rush and help her injured brother.
Raphael Cabrillo doesn’t see it that way to him... she stole his horse. And so she is to be punished for her crime. She will serve a term of six months as companion to his ailing mother. 
Raphael intends to tame the spirited woman who refuses to wear shoes, dances under the moonlight, takes his ill mother on picnics and stirs his passion like no other woman.
But when an attempt is made on Gaby’s life there isn’t anything he won’t do to protect her.
Will Raphael tame the willful woman or love the untamed fire that burns within her?

Author Bio
Donna Fletcher is a USA Today bestselling author of adventurous historical romances. She is also a past President of New Jersey Romance Writers and Novelists, Inc.

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Donna Fletcher excerpt from Untamed Fire

“No! No!” Juan cried. “He’s taking you away because you stole his horse and he’s going to hang you.”
Gaby hugged the trembling little boy. “No, Juan, that’s not true. Senor Cabrillo isn’t going to hang me.”
“Yes, he is,” Juan insisted. “Pablo says all horse thieves get hanged.”
“I’m not a horse thief.”
Juan pulled himself away from her. “But Senor Cabrillo thinks you are. He’ll take you to the big tree at the end of town and hang you there.”
Gaby’s mother began to cry and her sisters soon followed. The young woman took Juan by the hand, grabbed the black shawl bundled with her few clothes and meager possessions and ordered the others to follow.
Rafael was standing next to Bella speaking with Padre Jose when the Alvardo family with Gaby in the lead, emerged from around the corner of the church,
“Ay de mi,” the padre said, crossing himself.
Rafael smiled. “You appear to cross yourself whenever Gaby is near, Padre. Does she require that much help from above?”
The padre raised his head toward heaven and nodded.
Gaby stopped in front of Rafael. Even though she was just shy of six inches over five feet, she still had to tilt her head back to meet his eyes. She paused a moment, realizing for the first time just how handsome the ranchero was. His complexion was touched with the deep richness of days spent in the sun, and his eyes… Gaby stared. The strange blue color scorched like a hot blue sun.
“Did you want something, Gaby?”
His voice was deep and smooth like a warm caress that lingers and leaves a tingle along the flesh. “Yes,” she said a bit more boldly then she intended.
“What is it?’ he asked with a sternness that brooked no disrespect.
She reined in her spirited nature, held her head high, and added a wide smile. “Do you intend to hang me?”

Untamed FireUntamed Fire by Donna Fletcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I began reading this book, I was somewhat intrigued. I had never read a book that featured Hispanic lovers. And indeed, it was a spicy romance from the beginning. As much as Gaby and Raphael butted the heads, it was evident that the sparks between them were more than anger. It was true love from the beginning even though he was a ranchero and she was a peasant. I found many of their early interactions quite interesting, to say the least.

When the mystery portion of the book was introduced, I began to wonder how things were going to be tied together. But I found that there was not a lot of focus on the mystery, so I figured it would not be very important to the heart of the story. I discovered later that I was wrong.

As the romance continued to evolve between Gaby and Raphael, my interest in them started to wane. While there were not detailed bedroom scenes (thank you), I began to get tired of them spending every evening in bed having hot, heavy sex. I realize that my morals are a little different--I grow tired of characters engaging in sex while not married. Notwithstanding, I found that my sense of reality was causing me to lose interest. Who has time to have unbridled sex every night and all night long without restraint? I found myself rolling my eyes at the relationship between the two characters.

As the mystery became important and was solved, I found some parts of that a bit unrealistic, and by the end of the book, I was happy about it ended, but I did not care as much as I did in the beginning of the book. I am grateful that profanity was almost nonexistent in the book, and that made the reading of the book quite a pleasant experience. But when it comes to substance, this book missed the mark for me.

If you like sugary-sweet romances with a spirited female, I can guarantee that you will like this book. I did not find the book overly historical, but for the true romantic, this book should be a dream.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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And now for a giveaway.  One of my readers will win their very own e-book copy of this book.  This is open worldwide.  All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter below by 9 P.M. Pacific time August 5.

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