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Throwback Thursday Review: Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra

Posted September 12, 2019 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Sea Witch by Virginia KantraReviewer: Casee
Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
Series: Children of the Sea #1
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Format: Print
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 273
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Series Rating: four-stars

First in the new The Children of the Sea series from the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

Margred is a Selkie - a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires...

Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World's End. Then he meets a woman who's everything he's ever dreamed of.

Their passion is undeniable, irresistible ...and it may change the fate of humankind.

*** Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy! ***

This review was originally posted on September 8, 2010

I really have enjoyed Virginia Kantra’s romantic suspense books so I wasn’t thrilled when this series first came out. I was so un-thrilled, in fact, that I didn’t read this book until two years after I got it.

Margred/Maggie threw me off at first. As a selkie, she doesn’t have human thoughts, human feelings, etc. The only human urge she has is of the sexual variety. So she was a very “go get ‘em” type of girl/seal. She first meets Caleb when she comes to land to find someone to bleep. Caleb is that person. She is attracted to him in a way that doesn’t make sense to the selkie part of her.

Caleb has had a rough few years and is happy to be home in World Point. When he first meets Maggie, he is breaking up a celebration on the beach. After a very intense sexual encounter, Maggie leaves and doesn’t come back. After that, Caleb would check that stretch of beach. For three weeks he waited for her. He finally finds her, but not in the way he wants.

When Maggie comes to shore, she is attacked and her pelt is subsequently burned. To be without her pelt is to not be selkie. Maggie has no idea what to do. She knows no one but Caleb. She has no one but Caleb. While she is very attracted to him, she is selkie at heart and cannot remain on land.

Maggie’s thoughts on immortality were very confusing (for her). She couldn’t understand why any selkie would resort to becoming human thus aging. As a 700 year old selkie, she can’t fathom a lifespan so short nor does she want to. Her inner struggle with that was really very emotional. She realizes she loves Caleb, but she still can’t imagine giving up her life as a selkie. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine her doing it either.

End up together they do, though it wasn’t easy to get there. They have demons and a long-lost brother to deal with. For the first book in the series, I found it very well written.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Guest Review: Carolina Girl by Virginia Kantra

Posted December 12, 2013 by Judith in Reviews | 0 Comments

15808795Judith’s review of Carolina Girl  (Dare Island #2) by Virginia Kantra

Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island-her family’s home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left and never looked back. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life.

Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can’t avoid the reminders of the past she’d rather forget-especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother’s best friend.Their one, disastrous night of teenage passion should have forever killed their childhood attraction, but Sam seems determined to reignite those long-buried embers. As Meg discovers the man he’s become, she’s tempted to open her vulnerable heart to him. But she has no intention of staying on Dare Island-no matter how seductive Sam’s embrace might be.

Meg Fletcher is the consummate modern woman.  She is successful and has worked long and hard to move up in the ranks of her chosen profession.  She has the handsome executive boyfriend with whom she has purchased a beautiful condo and even though they have been together for six years and he has never seemed inclined to “pop the question,” Meg is sure that their relationship is all she could ever want.  That is, until she shows up at her office, is locked out of her business email and accounts, and called on the carpet, only to be told that she is history. All this with the full knowledge and consent of her executive squeeze, a man who seems far more enraptured with himself and his pursuits than he has ever been with Meg.  Now, coming home with her entire career in a cardboard box, she is aware that she is again drawn to her home on Dare Island, a place where her family runs a Bed and Breakfast Inn and where she is needed until her mom fully recovers from a recent automobile accident.

This is a story of a woman torn between what she is, what she loved deep down inside of her, and what she aspires to be in a world of high pressure careers populated by shakers and movers.  Until recently she was one of those.  Now she is literally back where she started, including being thrown together with her brother’s best friend, the man with whom she shared a night of passion as a high school senior, and who left her behind when he went away to college.   This is a story of family and community, of a woman who longs for that sense of being settled but who has had her life ripped out from under her, of her conflicts and her self-doubts, of realizing that she knows little about herself after all this time.    This novel is also Sam’s story–a man who has never really enjoyed the support or love of his father.  Dear Ole Dad has been far more focused on his own business interests, on wining the affections of the current lady love, and whose rough-around-the-edges  kind of communication has never communicated any kind of pride in the accomplishments of his son.  Now Same is also back on Dare Island and is locked in a tussle with his dad over construction on the Island.  Will it be more luxury homes with private marinas, or will be be affordable housing for those who work on the Island and can’t find a place to live close at hand?  All in all, this novel is filled with the messy and gritty stuff of which life is made and the kinds of relational difficulties that are common to all human connection.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this novel at first.  Frankly, I didn’t like Meg very well at first.  She was the kind of brassy female that seemed determined to construct a life that looked and felt like she wanted it to, one that was built more on her denial of reality than on the truth within her profession and her personal life.  But as the book progressed and I was able to see below the layers of Meg”s external facade, I became aware that she was driven forward by her insecurities the same as all of us, that her dreams were like circles of smoke in the air rather than the kind that involved her talents and abilities realistically.  Dreams are often like smoke rings, but those that become reality are those that take one’s abilities into consideration, that may be hampered by life’s challenges or the pressures of finances or family obligations, but are, nevertheless, still based in the desire to use one’s talents and abilities to the fullest.  Meg, on the other hand, had a vision of what her life was going to look like and had it not been for the loss of her job, she might not have come to realize how much her life resembled a house of cards.  Neither would she possibly had an opportunity to re-connect with Sam and realize what a special man he had become.

This is a beautiful story about people, their insides and their externals, their families and friendships, their responses to life’s challenges and their creativity in dealing with those upheavals.  It has been my past experience that a Virginia Kantra novel is always a showcase of how romance fiction ought to be written, and this particular novel is no exception.  It is a thought-provoking piece of fiction but it hits home with a solid punch.  The romance between Meg and Same is icing on the cake and one of those relationships that has moved from school crush to genuine caring.  It’s a fascinating journey of which the reader becomes a part, and I, for one, am delighted to have been one of those readers.  Suffice it to say, this is one very fine novel, and I highly recommend it.

I give it a rating of 4.25 out of 5.

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This book is available from Berkley.  You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Author (+ a Giveaway): Virginia Kantra – First Loves and Second Chances

Posted May 30, 2013 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 32 Comments

First Loves and Second Chances — Virginia Kantra

Sam: “When I heard you were coming back to the island, I wanted to see you again. I wanted to find out if you were still the girl I remembered.”
Meg: “So, now you know. I can’t be that girl anymore, Sam. I’m grown up. I have places to go, things to do. I have a life.” “You always did. That’s part of what attracted me. And intimidated me.”
She snorted. “Please. You were never intimidated.”
“Was, too. Why do you think I didn’t make the first move?”
It was ridiculous how much she wanted to believe him. “Well, it doesn’t make any difference now.”
“It makes all the difference. The timing was wrong for us. But we . . .” He reached out, taking her hand for emphasis. “We were right.”
She looked at his hand covering hers on her lap and felt her breath go. “The timing isn’t any better now.”

–from Carolina Girl

I love reunion stories. Which is kind of ironic when you consider I’ve been with the same guy since we were both nineteen years old.

Or maybe not. Because even in a long-term relationship, every few or fifteen years you look at each other–how he’s changed or how you’ve grown and where he fits into your life now—and you have to renegotiate what you need.

(My husband aka Italian Guy read this and laughed. “Are you talking about what you need right now? Because when you’re under deadline, all you need is coffee. And to be left alone.” Well, um, yeah. But at least I’m with a man who understands that.)

My point is that even if you’re with the same person for a long time, sometimes you have a chance to look at an old love with new eyes; to see what attracted you in the first place; to accept failings you were blind to or find new things to admire; and to work out your own happily ever after.

Carolina Girl is a reunion story, about first times – first crush, first sex, first big, big mistake – and second chances. Smart, ambitious Meg Fletcher, the heroine of Carolina Girl, had a school girl crush on her brother’s best friend, Sam Grady. But back in high school, Meg had places to go, and Sam had things to prove, and except for one disastrous New Year’s Eve, she never acted on her attraction.

Years later, in the wake of her company’s restructuring, Meg is back in her family home on Dare Island to nurse her wounds and plot her corporate comeback. The last thing she needs complicating her life and her plans is Sam, all grown up and irresistible as ever. But this time Sam is determined to make Meg take a chance on them…

I hope you enjoy reading their romance as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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Giveaway: We have a copy of Carolina Girl to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post to enter. Please note: You must include a valid email with your comment to be eligible. Contest Ends: 6/4/13 @11:59pm. US Only. 

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Guest Author: Virginia Kantra talks about Home…

Posted July 12, 2012 by Rowena in Giveaways, Promotions | 14 Comments

Please join us in welcoming Virginia Kantra to the blog. Virginia is here to promote her new release, Carolina Home, which was released on last week. It’s different from her paranormal stuff but it sounds like a great new series.


There’s No Place Like Home by Virginia Kantra.

Like Odysseus—or Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz—the characters in my Children of the Sea books are always in search of home: a soldier coming home from Iraq (Sea Witch); a prickly single mom returning to work in her mother’s restaurant (Sea Fever); a young woman trying to find her place in the world (Sea Lord).

So maybe it’s not surprising that when I proposed my new series to my editor, I chose a setting closer to my own home in North Carolina, on a fictional island in the Outer Banks. Part of the appeal of the small town romance is our longing for a place to belong. For roots. For family. Whether it’s a place you’ve lived or a place you’ve only dreamed of, a place you can’t wait to escape or one you long to return to, most of us feel the tug of “home.”

New teacher Allison Carter, the heroine of Carolina Home, is looking for a place to belong.

Allison Carter had fallen in love with the island at first sight, rising like a whale’s back from the sea as she approached on the ferry. She loved its jumbled mix of old and new, weathered cottages side by side with bright tourist shops, gnarled oaks adjoining sunny summer gardens. She liked the mix of people, too, sturdy native islanders and enthusiastic transplants.
She wanted to be one of them, to put down roots here.
Of course her parents had other ideas. (Carolina Home, Berkley, July 3, 2012)

Single dad Matt Fletcher knows exactly where he comes from and where he belongs. But there’s still something missing in his life.

Matt Fletcher didn’t go looking for trouble. Most times, it just found him. His life was changing around him, slipping away like the sand of the Carolina coastline, and there wasn’t a damn thing he or God or the Army Corps of Engineers could do about it. But a day working on the water gave him something to hold on to. Sweat and salt cured everything in time.

A captain pitted his boat and equipment, his experience and skill, against the whims of the ocean, the season, the weather. Sometimes you did everything you could do and still came home empty-handed.

Carolina Home is a story about the ways we create home, about two very different people who find their home in the last place they expected…each other.

What gives you that feeling of belonging? A place? A person? A real place you’ve lived or a place you hope to find? What books capture that feeling of home for you?

GIVEAWAY ALERT: To help celebrate Virginia Kantra’s new release, Carolina Home, Virginia has kindly offered up a copy of the book for one lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, answering the questions above.

Good luck!

To read the first chapter for Carolina Home, visit Virginia Kantra’s website.

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What I Read Last Week

Posted February 21, 2011 by Tracy in Features | 16 Comments

And here we are again…another week has gone by.  How do they do that so fast? lol

It was a crazy week again this week.  My oldest daughter is going through some stuff and it’s stressful to say the least. But hey, we’re all hanging in and that’s wonderful! 🙂

This week was the week of the haircut for me.  I got my hair cut on Tuesday and loved it…until I started doing it myself (it always looks better when the stylist does it!) and then I realized that it really wasn’t cut like I wanted it. It was a great cut, just not what I was looking for.  So I went and got another hair cut (I know, no hair cut for 6 months and then 2 in one week…shocking!) and I love it!  I think I got the weight of a small child cut off of my head with all of the many inches that were cut off the back and the thinning of my hair. I wish it had all been at once so that I could have donated it all, but unfortunately since it was done in stages I couldn’t. 🙁  

First there was the “before” picture and if you ask me the back looks like some sort of animal pelt.  How did I walk around with that much hair? lol It was just damned BIG! Of course since I usually put it up into a ponytail about 4 hours of wearing it down each day I didn’t notice it that much.  For as crazy as it was down it turned into quite a nice tail. lol  I didn’t get a picture of the in between cuts – sorry.

Here is the final result.  She went a little short on my bangs but since they grow super fast I have no other complaints at all.

I need to work on styling it but it’s all good! So enough about my hair – on to what I read this past week:

I started off reading Duck! by Kim Dare for my TBR Challenge Review (through Wendy the Super Librarian) and it was really good!  I posted my review already so if you’re interested you can read it here.  4.25 out of 5

Next up was Seducing the Governess by Margo Maguire.  This was my first read by this author and I really liked the book.  This review also posted already so you can read it here if you’d like. 4 out of 5

Next up was Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix. I read this one for The Book Binge but it’s a series that I’ve been following since the first book (this is book 3). I really like the mix of medieval romance with the addition of magic and paranormal aspects mixed in.  This was Gunnar’s story and though it was heart wrenching at times it was really good. You can read my review here at TBB. 4.25 out of 5

Next was another book for The Book Binge called Cottage by the Stream by Gail Wolfe.  A woman heads to Scotland because she is hiding from a man who’s stalking her and out to kill her.  She ends up being thrown into a world of fey, Star-Children, Watchers and Druid’s. I really liked the premise of this book but it didn’t end up working for me.  2 out of 5

My next read was Not Knowing Jack by KA Mitchell.  This was an incredibly intense book that I certainly wasn’t prepared for what I got.  The book follows Jack and Tony who’ve been together for a little over a year but they never really talk and thoroughly get to know each other during that time.  Jack has some huge secrets and when they come back and start to bite him in the ass Tony isn’t pleased to have been left in the dark.  I knew from the blurb that the relationship between the two men is tested but, wow, that was intense.  You really have to read it to understand and I don’t want to give any spoilers but it was really good.  I wanted to smack Jack around a couple of times – ok, a lot – but in the end it was good to see the men work it all out. (That’s not a spoiler!  I mean, come on…it’s a romance – you know full well there’s gonna be an HEA!) 4 out of 5

For my Tracy’s TBR challenge read this week I picked up the Burning Up anthology by Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Virginia Kantra and Angela Knight.  I only ended up reading all the way through the Singh and the Brook stories and they were wonderful!  The Knight…I just couldn’t get into it though I normally like her writing.  The Kantra I read a few pages but just wasn’t feeling it.  I had read 1 book from the Children of the Sea series and it really wasn’t my thing so I passed on that one.  Anyway…for what I read – the Singh and Brook…5 out of 5!

Another Tracy’s TBR challenge read was Must Love Hellhounds by Meljean Brook, Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews.  I had read the Brook story back in Oct. of 2009 but hadn’t read the rest of the stories.  I really liked the Singh story – getting to see how Sara and Deacon got together in her Guild Hunter series.  The Brook of course was great again and though I don’t read that Andrews series the story was good.  I liked the Harris (my first read by her) but it was probably my least favorite of the bunch.  Overall with it’s highs and lows I’ll give it 4 out of 5.

My Book Binge reviews that posted this past week:
Moon Burning by Lucy Monroe
Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix

Happy Reading!

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