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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Barclay Book Tour: Dalir's Salvation by Nina Crespo (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)



This series by Nina Crespo always stands out in my mind because it’s the first I’ve come across where the heroes time travel but masquerade as a rock band that no one can remember upon meeting. Pretty neat huh? And the covers are pretty hot too.

About Nina:
Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions—the beach, kickboxing, a good glass of wine, and dancing.

Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel.

Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Indulge in her sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales to feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: September 27, 2016

To be with the man of her dreams, she'll have to face her worst nightmares...

Ari is looking to live a normal life. But after she hits her head, normal is no longer an option. A mysterious, rugged man appears, whom only she can see... each night he fulfills her fantasies and leaves her begging for more. She's sure he's a figment of her imagination-until she finds out the hard way that he's all too real. Now, to truly be with him, Ari will have to embrace the parts of herself she's been desperately keeping at bay.

Dalir's been burned by love before, yet he can't resist Ari's beauty and charm. And all it takes is one kiss to spark nights of passion. But there's danger on the horizon that only Dalir and his friends in the band Thane's Redemption can deal with. And the longer he stays with Ari, the greater the peril to them both. Will the two of them be strong enough to fight for their newfound love-and their lives?


Can you imagine meeting the man of your dreams except you’re the only one who can see him? That’s what happens to Ari after she hits her head. Each night her dream man brings her fantasies to life but at the same time Ari is convinced she’s losing her mind until an event proves to her that Dalir is very real. So is the danger that’s getting closer and the longer Dalir stays with Ari the more dangerous it becomes for her.



Seriously, this series has been a stand out in my mind since I read the first book but Dalir’s Salvation is hands down my favorite in the series! A sexy, dimension traveling hero, a sassy, gifted heroine, steamy scenes, and a conniving villain? What’s not to love?

Dalir has been a pretty big mystery from the beginning of the series. He was the guy who created a group of time traveling covert agents who masqueraded as the rock band Thane’s Redemption. But Dalir wasn’t just a regular guy who traveled through time. He was an exiled prince from another realm. Wow right? He had a wry sense of humor to go with the royal blood and a deep rooted sense of responsibility for those who couldn’t protect themselves. He was also loyal and cared about the team of men he was in was technically in charge of but at the same time he came to regard them as family. Dalir wasn’t just a prince in name, he carried himself as a prince in every way. As in he expected to be obeyed at all times so it was fun to have a heroine like Ari basically tell him where to stick his princely attitude.

Speaking of Ari, she wasn’t exactly an average woman either. She had her own abilities, she could sense people’s emotions and she caught glimpses of the future. Both abilities made her feel isolated and very alone even though she had people that cared deeply about her. I liked Ari and her ability to stand up to Dalir even when she thought she was going insane. She was a character who could lean on someone when she had to but then turn around and save herself and those she loved. She also had a snarky sense of humor that kept Dalir on his toes and I do love a heroine who can keep the hero guessing.

Together Dalir and Ari made a formidable team and a great couple. I loved how Dalir never questioned Ari’s gifts and he didn’t brush off her concerns or ideas. Even when they were arguing they were good together. I loved the balance that Nina Crespo created between the romance and the fantasy elements of Dalir’s Salvation. I never felt overwhelmed with either aspect and I appreciated what the time traveling angle did for the overall plot. Catching up with Thane, Celine, Reid, and Lauren was also a delight because I really enjoyed the previous books and the way they were all tied together and while Dalir’s Salvation can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend you read the series in order to get the most enjoyment out of each book and out of the bigger story as a whole.
I will say that I’m surprised that the other members of the team didn’t get their own books before Dalir because I really did like this concept for a romance and hadn’t run across it before. I do hope Nina Crespo has some plans for the other supporting members of the team because I liked them.

Final Verdict: Dalir’s Salvation is my favorite out of the three books in the series and it probably has to do with Ari having her own special talents and being the only heroine to really make an impact on the overall plot. Dalir didn’t hurt either since he’s been so mysterious for the past two books. Overall I’m sad to see this end but on the other hand I’m glad it ended the way it did.


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Ari slipped her keys into the large, beige purse hanging on her shoulder. She released an exasperated exhale. “I don’t need a babysitter.”

The hell she didn’t. She should have realized her limitations and let someone else climb the ladder for what she needed.

“If it makes you feel any better, you’re doing me a favor.” Brooke laid her backpack on the yellow couch. “I have an important paper to work on for my history class. My roommate doesn’t understand the definition of quiet, and I hate studying late at the campus library on weekends. Besides that, Celine would kill me if I didn’t take care of you.” The twenty-two-year-old, college junior smiled as she flipped her brown hair. “I’m staying.”

“So am I.” Dalir stood in front of Ari.

Her jaw tightened as she gave him a withering stare. “In that case, you’re welcome to stay, Brooke. I’ll make up the guest bedroom.”

“No need. Just tell me where to find a pillow and blanket. I can crash out on the couch. Not that I’ll be getting much sleep. I have a lot to do.” Brooke straightened the hem of her white T-shirt over the waist of her skinny jeans. She shooed Ari toward the hallway. “I’ll work on dinner while you get cleaned up.”

“I didn’t make it to the store this week. Just order pizza. The menu is on the side of the fridge.” Ari stalked away. The mid-thigh length of her dress and her high heels emphasized Ari’s toned legs. Her hips swayed with every step.

Awareness flared. Dalir tamped it down. He needed to know what was going on. She had to stop blowing him off.

He phased down the hall and blocked her path into the bedroom. “It won’t work. I know you can hear and see me, Little One. Talk to me.”

Ari maneuvered past him. The chain shoulder strap on her purse jangled when she dropped it on top of the natural wood dresser. She slammed the door. “One. You do not boss me around. Two. I got stuffed into a space the size of a soda can because I talked to you, so as far as I’m concerned, we’re done communicating. And three,” she advanced on him, “call me Little One again and you’ll regret it.”

Difficult. Mouthy. She was definitely friends with Lauren and Celine.

“I’m not leaving, Little One, until I get answers.”

She socked him in the stomach.

Caught off guard, Dalir hissed out a short breath. “You think you can take me?”

She glared up at him. “Say it again and find out.” One good junk punch and you’ll drop to your knees.

Her thought stung like a phantom slap to the cheek. He backed her up against the edge of the dresser.

The mirror shook. Perfume bottles rattled.

He planted his palms on either side of her. “I don’t think so.”

She lifted her chin. Too bad he’s such a jerk. Her thoughts grew louder in his mind. Look at all those muscles. I’m going with figment of my imagination over ghost. I hit my head. That makes better sense. Doesn’t it? Is it weird for me to be attracted to a figment of my imagination? Wait. What am I doing fighting with him in the first place? He’s my fantasy. I should be stripping him naked and getting my hands on all that goodness. What should I call him? Yummy should definitely be his middle name.

He caught a view of her conjured up image of him, shirtless, and her yanking down is zipper. Lust snaked through him. “Be careful what you wish for.”

She snickered. “You wish you knew what I wanted.”























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