Thursday, April 5, 2012

Virtual Book Tour Review and Giveaway: Soul Mate by McKinzie S. Heart

(A short, historical erotic romance published by Rogue Phoenix Press)

This review is done in conjunction with the author's virtual tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. McKinzie is giving away a $20 Amazon GC to one lucky commenter during her tour, so comment today AND follow the tour (if you click on the tour banner above, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops) -- the more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a GC!

It is 1882 Midwest North America and fiery Scottish lass Katlyn MacKenzie has inadvertently found herself working in a local saloon after her father’s death.

Handsome cowboy James Granger wants Kate more than he’s wanted any woman before so he is determined to make her his come hell or high-water. She is tempted by his heated, experienced touch but will she succumb to his charms or will another stake his claim? For, in steps a strange suitor that will not be denied in his own quest for Kate’s heart, body, and soul. His scorching kiss competes with James’s touch while they both pursue her. But who will she choose? Because though one offers passionate life and the other offers blissful death, only her Soul Mate can claim her.

I wasn't sure what to expect when reading this book ... or who to root for as the hero! It's hard to say much about the plot itself without giving away spoilers, so let me just state that McKinzie S. Heart has a fascinating idea here, unique and interesting. I'm an avid reader and can honestly say I've never read this particular plot before.

Though this is marketed as erotic romance, the sex is pretty vanilla. It's frequent and hot, but nothing outside the norm (unless you count outdoor sex and sex against a gravestone...), though interestingly enough in this story, the sex is absolutely required. There would be no story without it.

My only complaint is that things felt terribly rushed. I really appreciated the clever plot, so was frustrated at the breathless pace we were pushed through the story. I would have liked more information about the heroine's "sensitive" nature, would loved to have met the hero prior to his, hmmm... unfortunate circumstances. I just think it could have been so much deeper and complete with more pages. It might be a reflection of my interest in the storyline that I wanted more!

I did love the ending, though, as it was a HEA for all concerned and well executed. If this is a clue into the breadth of imagination of the author, then I'll be on the lookout for more!

For a unique and hot romance with a twist you wouldn't expect, I'd recommend Soul Mate, especially if you're short on time and want a quick snack instead of an entire meal.

3/5 Flowers

McKinzie S. Heart is a prolific author whose area of particular interest is in erotic romance delving in a variety of sub-genres. She's had various works published with The Reader's Retreat and later, became Senior Editor of The Reader's Retreat from 2004 to 2006. She also co-owned an ebook website. She's won numerous awards in the community for pieces ranging from children's to adult works. Additionally, in 2008, her book Dark Moon Harvest won an award for Best Cover Art.

Soul Mate is published with Rogue Phoenix Press. Elemental Seduction #1 – The Dance and Elemental Seduction #2 – Requited by Fire are two books in an anthology of four published with Silver Publishing. Dark Moon Harvest is in rewrite. Her readers claim that her adult works are "wickedly entertaining" and that "I couldn't put the story down until I read the whole thing!" She hopes that you, too, enjoy one of her stories today!

Facebook: McKinzie S. Heart
Blog: http://www.Writing.Com/authors/mckinziesheart/blog

FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. Thank you for your honest review. I did wonder about the length of the book holding such a unique story.


    1. I hope you will enjoy it even though it's a novella. It's what I consider a "romantic snack". I do, however, write many different lengths :)

  2. I thought the review was excellent. I love when you really get an idea about the story before you decide you want to read it. This one is a story I would like to read.

    1. Thanks, MomJane. I really think that you will enjoy it :) Thanks for following me and giving your honest comments!

  3. Thank you for hosting my book Soul Mate today! I appreciate such an honest review and agree that this is meant to be a packed romantic "snack" for a shorter read. So maybe I will see all of you with my other books :) ~Live to write, write to read~

  4. I can't wait to see more (longer! *G*) releases from you. Your imagination is wonderful, so I only expect good things.

    1. Thanks MJ, I appreciate that! Actually, I have a novel Dark Moon Harvest that was published and is in rewrite. So hopefully soon, one of my full-lengths will be ready :)

  5. A good, honest review, MJ. Thanks so much. You make it sound very intriguing.

  6. Thanks for hosting my book Soul Mate. You guys have been wonderful!

  7. I enjoyed your honest review. Sounds like a good book.



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