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Inspire (The Muse) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 15, 2014
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"Hold on a sec."
His door slams shut, and I watch him jog around the front of the hood. He pulls my door open and then his eyes dart down to the floorboard.
"How are your feet?"
I swallow and shrug. "They're fine."
He gives me that already familiar expression of doubt, and I laugh. "Why do you bother asking me questions if you're not going to believe what I say?"
"Because maybe one time you'll slip up and tell me the truth."
"My feet are fine, and I'm not drunk." I slide out of the car to prove my statement, but I know it's a mistake the second my sore feet hit concrete. I try to hide my wince, but it's not exactly something one controls with conscious thought, so instead my face ends up doing this weird twitch thing, and he gives me a knowing smile that makes me want to punch him. Or kiss him.
Maybe a little of both.
I keep my chin up and take a few steps past him, enough to push the door closed behind me. I turn, intending to head for his door with whatever dignity I can manage to scrape up. I take two hobbling steps before he's at my side, sweeping me up into his arms.
Dignity is long gone when I squeak and try to hold onto him with one arm while desperately yanking on the hem of my dress with the other.
"No one's around but me," he murmurs. The side of my breast is smashed up against his chest, and the vibrations when he speaks move through me, distracting me from my panic. "And I promise not to look."
I don't even answer him. I haven't the slightest clue what to say.
Me. At a loss for words. I spent centuries learning how to speak to men, how to capture their interest, how to maneuver in their world, and now I'm undone by this dichotomy of a man and his not quite smile.
"Hold on to me," He says, and I wrap both arms around his neck in answer. He drops the hand at my back to search for his keys, and I tighten my arms around him, drawing myself closer to his chest. I catch my breath at the sensation, glad for the thickness of his leather jacket that hides the way my breasts have become swollen and tight and gods... this is wrong. So very wrong. But I'm not sorry.
I hear the jingle of keys, but I don't know how he manages to get the door open because his eyes never leave mine. Our faces are so close together that when he leans forward to push the door open, my lips accidentally brush his jaw. He sucks in a breath and closes his eyes. Stepping over the threshold, he shuts the door behind us, and I don't think. I just act.
Before he can lower my feet down to the gray carpet below me, I tilt my chin up and touch my mouth to his. His arm returns to my back, his fingers curling around my side, but other than that, he doesn't move. Doesn't kiss me back.
I press a little harder, willing him to respond because if he doesn't... if I read all of this wrong... that would be the icing on the terrible fucking cake that is this night.
I pull back, already squirming in an attempt to get him to put me down.
"I'm sorry. I--"
He drops my legs, but loops that arm around my waist too, keeping me up and against him, my toes still off the floor. I don't look up at him and he says, "Kalli."
His voice. It's so smooth and warm, and I just want him to keep talking to me. I could forget everything about tonight, ignore it all to listen to his voice.
"You're really sober?" he asks.
He must take my scowl as truth enough because as soon as I open my mouth to reply, his lips slam into mine, hot and hard.
He pulls my bottom lip into his mouth, sucking and nibbling and driving me crazy. I thread my fingers through his hair like I've wanted to do since the first time I saw him. One of his hands slides up my side, grazing the curve of my breast before trailing up to my neck. A thumb runs along my jaw, and he tilts my head back, taking control.
It comes from a Latin word that means to suffer. And that's what the slick thrust of his tongue against mine is--a suffering so sweet that my head spins.
His mouth slants over mine, rough and possessive, and all I want is to be closer to him. Slipping a hand beneath the back of his shirt, I follow the slopes and valleys of his muscled back with my fingers. When he drops to my neck, grazing his teeth and then tongue over my pulse, I dig my fingers into his lower back. He groans, and the feel of his hot breath where my neck meets my shoulder pulls goose bumps across my skin. So, of course, I do it again, slipping my hand farther up and then dragging my nails down.
He says my name, and I say his back.
He traces two fingers over my swollen lips and groans. "This mouth has been driving me wild since the first time you smiled at me."
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Top Customer Reviews
This particular novel, Inspire, is my first Cora Carmack book and I have to say – I didn’t love it like I thought I would. First of all, I have to tell you I absolutely adore Greek mythology, heck, any kind of mythology! I’ve been interested in it since I was a child and finding out about a New Adult Mythology read made me incredibly excited.
“Pretty only matters in pictures.”
And unfortunately, the addition of mythology only counts when you actually take advantage of it. Unfortunately, it felt like the mythology was just an add-on for this story. I’m pretty sure I would have loved it had the author skipped the Greek thing entirely. It was unnecessary and not done well enough, so when more importance was placed on Kalliope being a muse towards the end of the book, I found I just didn’t care!
A gifted sculptor once toldme that the brilliance of art lives in its flaws.
I really liked Carmack’s writing style, there is no doubt in that.
She really knows how to weave a story, how to connect characters and how to write heartwrenching scenes. That being said, I found it incredibly hard to connect with Wilder and Kalliope, the main characters. I just didn’t care at all. It took me three weeks to read this book, which is insanely long – while I liked the main elements, I didn’t get the connection, the love, the chemistry. Such a steamy love story and yet I was left wanting more.
You will lose him to your secrets.
To be honest I have lost interest in continuing to read this series – it just did not grab me. While I loved Cora Carmack’s writing style, the story did nothing for me.Read more ›
What I didn't expect was that it was gonna take me almost 2 months to read this book. I just couldn't focus at all. I liked the characters but I was just bored throughout the beginning and most of the middle. "Inspire" really read like a romance story with no paranormal which left me very disappointed. Hence my reason for taking such long breaks. The story just wasn't capturing me at all. But, then closer to the end of the story the paranormal part picked up and I couldn't put this book down. $hit got real! lol. Plus the ending was pretty sweet. I defiantly gotta read the next book.
I rate "Inspire" 3 1/2 stars/platypires. Here's hoping the next book has a lot more action.
This was a great read and I definitely recommend. Loved it and can't wait for the next book.
Inspire, the first book in Carmack’s new Muse series, is the story of Kalliope and Wilder, two people who meet under some pretty random circumstances and we quickly learn that they both come with a lot of baggage. I’m talking a full, five-piece set of Louis Vuitton leather luggage type baggage! Granted their set of issues are VERY different from each other, what with Kalli being a centuries old, immortal muse and all. Regardless of her powers, all she wants is to be a normal woman, with a normal life and normal responsibilities…meeting Wilder Bell only amplifies that feeling. He’s a super fine and also super complicated man who wants nothing more than to be the man Kalli needs, but also to lose himself in the happiness he finds with her.
I really enjoyed the push and pull between Kalli and Wilder, I loved how perfect they were for each other, but I also loved the fact that it wasn’t as easy as “Hey! We like each other, let’s do this”. Even though this book is classified as paranormal, the characters dealt with very real road blocks to happiness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book that I have read in awhile and I have read some great ones. This book has a great love but the real treasure is the story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by kls
Wow! I loved this book! I really need the next one like now! I gave it 4 stars only because it took me a little to get into it, but once I did I couldn't stop. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ashley Dunning
I am a huge fan of Greek Mythology, especially when coupled with modern day romance. I'm in it for the long haul! Bring on Inflict!Published 5 months ago by tlowharris6
I really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the second story. I got a bit irritated with Kalli but I also understood that she couldn't tell Wilder the truth.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Epic! There's really nothing else to describe this wild ride. Wilder and Kalli's story is amazing. From the very beginning, the reader is pulled into the struggle of the mythical... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S.J. Sawyer
You need to give this book a chance. Cora is an amazing writer and it is beautifully written. You can get reacquainted with Greek mythology. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Deb
From the moment I finished the first chapter in 'Losing It', I knew I wanted to read whatever Cora wrote after... This book was not a disappointment!!!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Courtney Doyle
Cora Carmack is awesome! :) I liked the Losing It series, I loved All Lined Up and now, going in a different direction, I have no words to describe how much I enjoyed Inspire. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer