Thursday, September 20, 2012

"The Wanting Heart" Virtual Book Tour Review/Guest Post/Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book tour of The Wanting Heart by Rionna Morgan.  This tour is presented by Black Lion Tours.

The Wanting Heart, released, July 9, 2012 by Crimson Romance.
“The Wanting Heart is a sexy, intriguing, modern-day western romance.  A fun summer read.”  -- Kat Martin, New York Times Best Selling Author

Katherine White, a barrel racer from Colorado, lives in a fast-paced world where rhinestones shine, hooves pound, and dreams come true.  She plans on winning World Champion Barrel Racer and being with her friends until she graduates from college. 
She doesn’t plan on the man who broke her heart strolling back into her life.  She doesn’t plan on finding solace in a charming stranger’s smile or falling victim to his knife. 

Blake Spencer, the man who broke her heart, is all cowboy—from the hat on his head to the dust on his boots. He thought it’d be easy, coming back to town, bowing his head a little, saying he was sorry, and all would be forgiven.  But what he didn’t know, what he didn’t plan on, was that the girl he thought he loved had become the woman he couldn’t have. If he doesn’t succeed in changing her mind, it won’t only cost him Kate’s love—it will cost Kate her life.
Will Kate survive the stalking of a serial killer and find what her heart truly wants?

Book Information

Release Date: July 9, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Formats: All eBook types
Publisher: Crimson Romance

Guest Post::
Life Lessons of a Rodeo Queen Lesson #2
It was years ago when I was in college.  I had one of those  friends.  One of those amazing girls who we are just lucky enough to meet.  And later to call a friend.  She drove me crazy. She was loud and she swore and she said too many things way too fast.  She asked too many questions and had too many opinions.  And she was always late.  Or early for tomorrow, she'd say.  And then she'd laugh.  One of those laughs that are so contagious you can't help but join in, no matter how annoyed. One day I was having a down day.  Now, looking back I don't even remember why.  I don't remember what had happened to make me feel cruddy.  That is not what I remember about that day.   But, what I do remember is this...My friend, the girl who drove me bananas...saw me looking down at my feet as I walked along toward class. She grabbed me by the arm, pulled me to the nearest bathroom and shoved me inside.  And she said, I want you to learn how to do something right damn now!  You look in this mirror and you say, "I am beautiful."  
I laughed.  Nearly disgusted at how silly that sounded. "You do it," she said.  "We aren't leaving until you do." I looked at her.  Glared at  her. Rolled my eyes and said, "I'm beautiful." In the most pitiful way possible.   She said a really loud swear word that had the girl in the stall behind us slink out without even a second glance.  "You do it, and you believe it." I shook my head.  And took a deep breath.  I looked in the mirror.  I saw my friend's determined face and my irritated one.  I saw her standing there supporting me instead of going to literature class.  I saw her the way she would be years from then as a teacher--guiding others to believe in who they saw in the mirror. I blinked and tried to ignore the tears forming.  "I'm beautiful." I said with more conviction than the last time. "I can't hear you!  Come on!" "I am beautiful!"  I yelled.  And I was too.  I could see it.  I could see the power that declaration had made upon my face.  My eyes were brighter, my face more focused, my body more strong.
The beauty had nothing to do with the make-up I'd smeared on that morning, or the clothes I tried to pick out to make myself feel better.  Those were hollow choices.  The beauty came from me believing I was just that--beautiful. More than a decade has passed since that day in the bathroom with my irritating friend.  I have three daughters, a husband, a crazy cat and a son who all depend upon me.  There have been many times I have looked in the mirror and crinkled my nose at the left-over baby pudge that's hanging around.  I have gasped and leaned in as close as possible to see if I really do have a gray hair! But, I haven't forgotten what I learned.  I've even been known to say it out loud once or twice--a week. It's a good thing to know.  I've shared the lesson with my daughters.  The nine year old is proud to say it.  The six year old laughs and laughs.  The 18 month old...just says "pitty".  And that's enough for now. So maybe the next time you stand in front of the mirror, and you feel like crinkling your nose for one reason or another, why don't you try saying, "I'm beautiful." Stand up straight, tilt your head to one side and smile as you say it.  You'll be amazed at how gorgeous you are.

About the Author
Come on in and stay awhile. Romantic Suspense is my favorite genre. Settling in with a good book . . . feeling the tingling terror of the suspense and the sweetness of the surrender. Can't get much better than that!
Growing up out West, Rionna Morgan followed her love of horses to the rodeo arena and her love of English to the classroom and to writing. She has been looking forward to sharing her stories with you her whole life. Rionna is a founding member of Montana Romance Writers; she reads as much as she can possibly hold, and she loves most of all combining the chilling edge of a knife with the sweet surrender of romance. Rionna shares her home in Missoula, Montana with her husband, her four children and the mountains outside her window. Please be invited to stop by loves the company.

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The Wanting Heart Excerpt

“It’s late, Blake.  I’m tired.” Kate said.
“Not too tired to be kissing that city feller.”  Blake could’ve kicked himself.  He wanted to talk to her not fight.
“That’s none of your business.  You have no right to be spying on me.”
“I wasn’t spying.  I was watching Cathy.”
Kate stepped into the full light.  “Well, you should have taken her home and been on your way!”
Seeing dark circles beneath Kate’s eyes, Blake studied her.  He saw sadness and fatigue.  “Jesus, Kate.  Did you drive home last night?  Have you even been home?”
“What do you care?”
Blake grabbed her arms.  “Are you trying to kill yourself?”
“No.  I’m living my life.”
“I’ll tell you what you’re doing.  You’re going home and going to bed.”
“Don’t use that range boss voice on me.  You have no right.”
Blake couldn’t listen to another word.  Holding her body, even in anger, was too much for him.  Her words were crushed against her mouth as his lips covered hers.  He lifted her off her feet, molding her body to his.  She’d been nineteen the last time he kissed her.  Her body had grown and filled out since then.  But, he wasn’t thinking of that.  He wasn’t thinking of anything, but how damn good it felt to just hold her, kiss her.  Begging for her surrender, he stroked his hands over her hips, up her back and fisted them in her hair.

 The Wanting HeartThe Wanting Heart by Rionna Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have only read one or two Western books in my life, and normally I am rather disenchanted.  Give me an old-fashioned frontier romance, and I am glued to it.  But a Western?  Modern-day?

All I can say is Rionna Morgan has crafted a fantastic Western romance that is filled with a fast-paced story and even a bit of mystery, intrigue, and danger.  I was mesmerized and chilled by this book, and I almost struggled to put it down.  I definitely connected with the characters and story!

There were a couple things I did not like.  There is profanity throughout, and I did not feel it was always necessary.  I would have preferred there being no bedroom scene, but at least it was not overly descriptive.  I just wish that the characters had continued to wait until marriage.

Normally, I don't go for a sappy romance, but this had just the right amount.  And the villain was unbelievable.  I was tipped off, but when the truth was revealed, I was dumbfounded!  Suddenly, the author's italicized words at the end of the first few chapters made sense.  No spoilers--go read it yourself!

If you are looking for a romantic mystery with passion and action, this is the book for you.  It is a quick read, and I look forward to reading other Westerns if they are all this good!

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

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Tour Giveaway!
Rionna will be giving away two copies of her book to two randomly drawn commenters from the tour.


  1. Thank you for hosting Rionna today and what a great review!

  2. Great review Ruth, it sounds like fun!

  3. Ruth,

    Thank you so much for inviting me to your site today! The review is just lovely! Thank you.

    Your site is wonderful. I know I will be returning often.

    All the Best,

  4. This book sounds like a winner. Can't wait to read it



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