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Book Review - STRENGTH by Carrie Butler

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, she’s stunned. Wallace Blake is everything she’s ever wanted in a man—except he can’t touch her. His uncontrollable strength, a so-called gift from his bloodline, makes every interaction dangerous. And with a secret, supernatural war brewing among his kind, there’s no time to work it out. To keep Wallace in her life, Rena will have to risk a whole lot more than her heart.

Series: Mark of Nexus - Book 1
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Release Date: March 07, 2013

Normally, I don’t do book reviews on this blog. But after reading my CPs wonderful debut novel, I couldn’t resist.

Sheesh. Where do I start?

I've read Strength three times, if you count the ARC I was given by SSP in exchange for an honest review, and even pre-crit, it was a stunning piece of work. I could hardly find anything to mark! No kidding. I eventually locked the family out of my bedroom so I could crit without interruption. Translation: I didn't want to put the book down. :)

How Carrie has managed to improve it even more shows what a talented writer she is.

There's really nothing negative I can say about Strength. The pacing is great, the characters are well drawn and interesting, both the descriptions and the paranormal elements are fresh, and the voice is bold and witty. Strength will have you laughing out loud in places. It will also have you grabbing a tissue now and then.

The heroine, Rena, is a good mix of sweet, humble, and kick-ass-got-a-backbone; and the hero, Wallace, is totally hot and tremendously likeable. I'm still fannin' myself and clutching my heart.

As for the supporting characters, I loved/love-hated them all. In fact, the friendship between Rena, Gabby and Aiden is one of the things I liked most about this book. I also got a kick out of both Gail and Clara. (Can't tell you why or I'll spoil it for you. ;) And Cole? Oh. My. Gosh. 

C'mon, Carrie, let me slap him. After I ogle him a bit.

Strength is the first book in The Mark of Nexus seriesthe beginning of the story. I can hardly wait for the next installment! And, neener neener, I'll be seeing it wayyy before you. :P

What others are saying...

“Carrie Butler is now on my must read list.” ~Lynn Rush, author of Violet Midnight

"I carried Strength with me everywhere. Grocery shopping, the dinner table, you name it. The storyline was addictive, and the characters were hilarious. I couldn't put it down." ~Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression

"...Carrie Butler’s debut novel is brilliant, riveting, imaginative and seamlessly written." ~Lisa Regan, author of Finding Claire Fletcher

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(Hint: You gotta see the trailer. It's awesome!)


  1. Great review Melissa, Strength sounds awesome. I can't wait for March 7th!

  2. Oh my goodness, Melissa. Thank you so much for the kind words! *Hugs*

  3. That is so awesome for Carrie!!! Release date coming up soon...

  4. I can't wait for this to come out. I was totally hooked on this book. I was critting for her and used to actually jump out of bed in the morning and run right to my computer to see if she had sent over any more pages! LOL. Woo hoo! Congrats, Carrie!

  5. I swung by for GPM but didn't leave a comment. Not feeling up to my usual witty self with this bug I've had.

    Great that you broke tradition and offered up Carrie's book for a glance or two. I don't really read romance, know...other than pornography. JUST joking! :o)

    Sounds like a real winner.

    Oh...and I can't figure out how to "unsubscribe" to emails so I can subscribe again. Usually, the unsubscribe option comes with the email, but since I'm not getting the emails, I can't unsubscribe. Any suggestions?

    1. LOL - You're a mess!

      Dadgum Feedburner.
      *scratches head* Working on it...

  6. This looks like a great read. Thanks for posting the review.

  7. What a wonderful review! Way to go Carrie!

  8. Woohoo Carrie! Great review Melissa. :-D

  9. Oooh, sounds like a good book!

  10. I can't wait to read this one.

  11. Thanks for the sneak peek! Sounds mouthwatering ... :)


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