Inspire by Cora Carmack – Review and Giveaway

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Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


I was thrilled to learn Cora would be writing a series in this genre and could not wait to see her unique spin on PNR (Paranormal Romance).  I am a huge PNR fan and NA could use more of this genre. PNR tends to be overlooked for the most part in most NA books. Cora delivered in a huge way and I really liked this first book in her new series.  In fact, Inspire ties All Lined Up as my favorite book written by her.  PNR and Contemporary NA fans alike will enjoy this new series.

I hadn’t read about muses since middle school and consider myself a Greek Mythology fan. I loved reading a book on a less written about goddess.  After finishing the book, I spent an hour looking up everything about Kalliope.  Her character really appealed to me.  From the beginning of the story, I was immersed in Kalli’s world.  While her immortality was a large part of her existence, her past was revealed throughout the story. As a reader, you are given little background.  I found myself questioning her past and the major players in her immortal world; they do not play a large role in this book.  However, I felt an instant connection to her character and her struggles as a muse.  She was a person who cared about the humans she depended upon for survival.  She appeared to carry a heavy burden of immortality.

Creation and Destruction.  These are the the things that I inspire. 

Then, enters sexy Wilder and the story only gets better. He is!  How could you not love a man taking care of his family, attending college, and being a rock star?  I loved that both Kalli and Wilder were narrators.  Both are complicated characters and the dual POVs added so much depth to the story.  While I am usually a critic of  “quick love”, it worked amazingly well here.  I will not spoil the details, but their connection was believable and so sexy.

“All we know is who we want, and I think you want me just as badly as I want you.”

Even though Wilder and Kalli were a perfect fit, nothing was ever easy between a human and an immortal.  I appreciated that Cora brought in different difficulties, in addition to the classic one.  I became frustrated with both of them at different times; both kept deep secrets from the other.  One of my only complaints with the book surrounded the events in the ending chapters.  I wanted to hear more from Wilder’s view point.  I wanted to see what he felt during those times.

As with all of Cora’s books there are moments of laughter.  Despite the angst, there were tons of lighthearted and fun moments.  I have come to expect her own style of sassiness and she definitely delivered. With any new series I expect a cliffhanger, and there was one here.  However, I didn’t want to throw my Kindle or cry in the corner.  I am definitely looking forward to 2015 and book 2.  Cora has won me over completely in her debut PNR! ~ Rebecca

four star

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Headshot-1Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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