Inspire

Inspire

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by Cora Carmack
     
 

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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

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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.

INSPIRE is the first book in The Muse series and is intended for readers 18+!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149907663
Publisher:
Cora Carmack Books
Publication date:
12/14/2014
Series:
Muse , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
94,407
File size:
388 KB

Meet the Author

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in my 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. She's a New York Times and USA Today bestseller... and a nerd (mostly the nerd part).

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Inspire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book...oh wow. I'm speechless, that's how good this is. I'll definitely read the next one, if I can find it. I have to know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Kallie and Wilder and can't wait for book 2!!!
Molly_Lee1 More than 1 year ago
 I have a soft spot for all books Carmack writes, but this one really garnered my attention. It could be that it’s because I’m a supernatural girl at heart, but the concept is wickedly cool. The idea of a flesh and blood Muse with a difficult control on the inspiration she gives to her artists? Epic, and Carmack executes it so well, writing it so I can do nothing but believe these Muse’s still roam the world. And, being in the Arts myself, having an explanation for the reasons as to why certain characters pop up in my head, speak to me, and demand that I write (normally at three a.m.) is very comforting ;) Besides concept, the main characters are well rounded and have an awesome dynamic. Kalli is sympathetic instantly, the long journey of her life and her concern for those intimately involved with her paints her in a compassionate light. She’s also strong and independent and sure of herself. That is something I find so refreshing in a female lead. She doesn’t need a man to save her, but she won’t say no to a man who makes her wake up in ways that haven’t happened in centuries of life, and that is something worth diving into. Insert Wilder Bell. Oh, Wilder...oh my, what can I say about him? It was instant love for me, his first scene in the novel showing me everything I needed to know about him to show he was an amazing character (I won’t give specifics so not to spoil it) But I will say that his actions and responses to another character make your heart melt and he has just enough mystery to make you crave more of him. He doesn’t disappoint either, the more you get to know him, the more you realize he is the best of both worlds of fictional men--sweet, smart, kind, and sexy, edgy, and a tad intimidating. This killer combo makes him wicked desirable and it’s easy to see why he catches Kalli’s eye after so long of a life without deep interest in her conquests. Wilder has a sense of honor and loyalty that mixes with an intense passion that bursts through his defenses when he is around Kalli, making the two’s dynamic an absolute delight to read. And the HEAT factor between the two is unreal. Carmack ups the ante with these two, creating sparks so hot they jump off the page. Get ready to fan yourself and fall in love! If all of the above wasn’t enough to convince me how much I enjoyed this novel (not to mention the ending that FORCES you to beg for the next book) then Carmack’s ability to take risks would. I love that she listened to her gut and wrote a sub-genre for New Adult that hasn’t been fully explored yet. INSPIRE is a Supernatural New Adult that sets the bar for expansion for all the sub-genres and that is a bold movement, one I love to see because while Contemporary New Adult is amazing, I believe the genre deserves full exploration for the new generations of readers it’s birthed. Variety and diversity is something every genre needs and Carmack has fully delivered. And so I say thank you to her for taking the risk and Inspiring us all to read outside the box. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt have anything else to read, so i read this one, cant wait for the next one
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Paranormal romance has never been a genre I've been particularly interested in. I'm not sure why, but after reading books like this and JLA's NA PNR books, it's clear I've been missing out. Maybe it's the new adult part that works for me more than others I've tried to read in the past. I'm not sure, but I do know one thing, Cora Carmack writes fantastic PNR. I've been a fan of Cora's contemporary books for years now; ever since falling in love with Bliss, Garrick and Hamlet (of course) in Losing It. I relate to her awkward characters. I fall all over myself for her swoony guys. I cheer her strong heroines. I was ridiculously excited to get my hands on Inspire pre-release and I devoured it. I hate that I'm just now getting around to writing my review, but life gets in the way sometimes. I've read paranormal books dealing with a number of different types of characters, but I've never read about a muse before. I'm familiar with the concept, but not the details. I really liked Kalliope and the premise of this book and I was hopelessly sucked into the story from the beginning, but I struggled a little bit wrapping my head around the details of muses. I think I could've used just a bit more world-building to fully embrace the entire concept, but it someone more familiar with mythology it probably wouldn't be a problem.  Kalliope was a great heroine. I definitely connected with her from the start. I felt her confusion and conflict between doing "the right thing" and satiating a need. I loved Wilder. He gave me all the warm fuzzy feels. I loved their chemistry and the sexual tension between them was palpable. Cora definitely turned up the heat factor in this book. *fans self*  Inspire is really something best experienced on your own and without me saying anything to potentially ruin it for you. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't get enough of the characters, the creativity and the passion. A word of warning, however... there is a particularly BRUTAL cliffhanger at the end of this book. It made my jaw drop, my heart break and left me desperate for more. I need Inflict, like, yesterday. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story! Kalliope and Wilder are wonderful characters that will worm their way into your heart like they did mine. This is not my usual genre, but as with her other books, Cora gets it just right and I can't wait for the next part! Bev N
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Kalli and Wilder...swoon. I am already a Cora Carmack fan but this book took it to another level. I really enjoyed that mythology is incorporated without being ridiculous - plus it's plenty sexy. Overall, excellent read that I highly recommend. I just can't wait for the next one to come out!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Cora's brilliant writing, but this story changed the game. I'm ready for next adventure!
DarkHart More than 1 year ago
In_Between_The_Pages More than 1 year ago
Where to begin? Where to begin? I have to say I loved every minute of this book and so I really don't know how to start with out totally fangirling out hehe. But hey this book is worth the fangirling.  While I love to read New Adult books like Cora writes, my passion when it comes to books has always been the paranormal romance, but I only typically find the ones that I like are in YA. And this book brought both of my loves together. I got the romance and intensity that draws me into a good New Adult book while getting the type of paranormal story that I usually search out. Plus its Greek mythology so that in its self is a huge plus. I love stories based on the mythology and have read some pretty good ones in the past. But this one was so different, and I loved that. I haven't heard a novel about muses yet,and I thought it was a brilliant idea. Cora did a beautiful job of tightroping the line between inspiring beauty and art and inspiring madness and chaos. That there are two sides to everything, and too much of something can actually be bad. Kalli is not your typical 21 year old college student. She is a muse who inspires the young artist at her school. Never able to stay with one person for too long, she has never experienced true and utterly full love. Enter Wilder. The clean cut business student just trying to support his family after tragedy strikes. He is the farthest thing from what Kalli is use to and something about him draws her in. The chemistry between the two is great. They challenge each other, and the raw emotion between them is truly stunning. After all the two go through they never give up, especially Wilder. With as much going against him as there is, he never gives up on his family or Kalli. Even after she keeps pushing him away and running. I loved that passion, it is something that draws me into books like this. And I don't know if its the fact that I'm single and pretty much dying to meet someone like this and all those book boyfriends I love so much (Yes I am single, and I'm not afraid to admit it lol, and yes I still have hope my sexy and sweet prince charming will find me one day)  Ok so time for one of my favorite parts of reviewing. My gush session on the H.O.T guy from the book. Today we will be talking about Wilder Bell.The sexy blond with a heart of gold. He cares a lot for his family, and helps to support them after they undergo tragedy even if it means giving up his wild past. Now it's all suits and business school so he can earn money to help out. But when Kalli enters his life, his look on things change. He can't get her out of his head, even when she keeps pushing him away. She is different from anyone Wilder has met, but there are secrets she's keeping from him, and no matter how hard he tries they may just keep them apart.  I don't want to give anything away from the novel, but there is this thing about him that makes him so super sexy (Even more than he already is) but I don't want to say it. So just read the book and I'm sure you will know exactly what I am talking about. Also Wilder has tattoos! and a lot of them. Which hello! that is just one more thing to add to the sexy (I think I may be obsessed lol) But Wilder does have a bit of a dark side, not in the bad way but in the weight of the world on his shoulders way. He feels responsible for his family, and has given up the way he use to live his life to go to school, get a job, and put his passion on a permanent hold. But enter Kalli and he may just decide to change things once again. There is another thing about Wilder that I find so sweet and cute. And that is his passion for his little sister. I love the scenes where they are together. And it could just be that girly instinct in me that gets all melty around guys that are adorable with little kids or kids of their own. He is incredibly sweet with her, and even when she becomes a bit bratty or unruly he still just rolls with it. To me all of Wilder's relationships add a good amount of depth to him. You get to see many sides to this amazing guy, and some will come as a huge surprise.  I loved this book so so much. And don't get me wrong I wanted to strangle Kalli at a few points. But I think that's just one of many things that makes it good. You get to see the struggle the characters go though and you just keep pushing and pushing wanting things to be good for everyone. And for Wilder and Kalli to open up about all their secrets and just be happy. Plus there are so many twists and turns this book makes. Some will leave you jumping up and down happy, others about to reach into the pages and full out smack some characters around. But my one warning for you. Be prepared. The end of this book is freaking insane. I found myself reading the last sentence and just staring at the page for so long. I couldn't believe what had happened, and that I was going to have to wait all the way till sometime in 2015 to find out what will happen next. While the ending did make me mad (not in a bad way but in an oh sweet baby Jesus and mother Mary kinda way) I really was happy about the way it ended. A good story is supposed to leave you breathless and wanting, no needing more. And Inspire does just that.  I can not wait to see what Cora has in store for us and am truly thankful for being a part of this tour, and getting a chance to read Inspire early.  Happy Book Birthday Cora! *****I give inspire 5 stars*****
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
If you begin reading Inspire thinking that you know the type of story it will be because you've read Cora's other books, I can tell you with certainty that you will be surprised. I've read everything Cora Carmack has written - some of her books more than once. INSPIRE is so different, both in the style and in the type of story it is. Kalli has been around the block... a few thousand times. She gets no joy or happiness from her life any more. She's just sick of it all. She surrounds herself with artistic people because she needs their creativity to sustain her existence. But, she lacks a real connection with another person. She hasn't allowed herself that in a very, very long time. And, then she meets Wilder while in line at the convenience store. She is instantly drawn to him, and better yet, he's not artistic, so she feels like she can safely be around him without hurting him. After a lot of starts and stops, Kalli decides to give things a go with Wilder. And, then she discovers something about him that destroys her dream. But, Wilder isn't willing to let her go so easily. Inspire caused catches in my breath and stutters in my soul. It was one of those books that you just feel this intense emotional attachment to from the very beginning. Before I even got to know Kalli or Wilder, I felt completely invested in their happiness. Perhaps it was because Kalli just seems so lost and dejected. And, who could blame her? Kalli's situation is one that just guts me. She's been around for thousands of years. Can you even imagine what that would be like? How utterly bored you would be with just your daily existence? And, the fact that, because of who she is, Kalli has gone through those thousands of years all alone. I'm a social person. I love people and forging relationships and knowing I have people I can count on. Kalli has NO ONE. The only relationships she has are with men (mostly) who unknowingly use her for her inspiration. My heart broke for Kalli immediately. When we first see Wilder, he's buttoned up and hanging with a little girl - definitely not the type of artsy guy Kalli usually is drawn to. When she bumps into Wilder later, on the street after stumbling out of a club, he's totally different. He's rougher, wilder (pun intended), and sans little girl (who we find out is his sister). Yet, Wilder is in full-on protector mode. He whisks Kalli away to his place to take care of her, and he doesn't stop there. He's as drawn to her as she is to him, and although she tries to keep him at arm's length for his own good, he doesn't stay there. He tracks her down, insinuates himself in her life, and makes sure she has a place in his. It's something Kalli never had before, and it should be a happy thing for her, but it ends up stressing her out. She's waiting for the other shoe to drop. For her to harm Wilder with her power. And, she's immortal - he isn't. Their time together is finite anyway. It seems like an impossible situation for the two of them. And, it was the impossibility of it all that hit me the hardest, I think. When I'm reading, even when couples are going through the hard parts (you know - the stuff that usually happens between 70 and 85%), you can still see a way through, if the characters will only take it. I could see no way through the roadblocks for Kalli and Wilder. And, that made me almost desperate for them to be together. In Inspire, that "hard part" actually happens around the 75% mark, and it SUCKED (in the best bookish way possible). I had my own cathartic thread started on Cora's street team Facebook page, and at that point, there were lots of OMGs and !!!!s and uuuuuugggggghhhhhhhhhs. Kalli makes a discovery about Wilder that shakes her new-found confidence in their relationship. The pair end up spending some gut-wrenching time apart before things finally start looking up. Aaaaaaandddd then bomb number two goes off. It was like getting literary whiplash. The ending is one crazy cliffy that will drop your jaw and make you beg and plead and promise your first born for book number two. Inspire is told in dual POV, and thank goodness for that. I loved being all up in Wilder's head as he tried to figure out what Kalli's deal was. The heat between them was scorching too. I loved their chemistry and I loved who they were with each other. They were obviously better when they were together than they ever tried to be apart. For Cora Carmack's first foray into the paranormal genre, I'd say she hit it out of the park.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I adore Cora Carmack books. I love the New Adult genre. I've been in such a mood for paranormal too. That makes Inspire perfect for me to read. Lots of things make this one unique. The NA paranormal piece is pretty new. Add to that a muse. I'm not sure I've ever read a story about a muse before. Then the POV has a different flare. Divided into three parts, the first part is from Kalli POV, the second part is from Wilders POV and the third part flips back and forth between the two. I found that interesting and different. In the first part, I learned a lot about Kalli and how being a muse isn't really as fun as one might think. Her motivations, her desires and her surety that she can't have anything more become very clear. In the second part, I learned how Wild's life has changed. Why he's hiding his real passion and why he's wearing the business attire for a day job that's not him at all - all become clear. But I was worried about him and for him. Kalli isn't good for him. She tells him this but he can't understand just how not good for him she is. Had me stressing over him a lot. So many feels with this boy. I loved when he was happy and around her and worried too. And I hurt when he was away and miserable. So many feels. And I so adore Wilder. Starting with that name. Love that. Then there's this whole helping his mom and his sister thing. Giving up his dreams to help others thing. Then he holds back when he thinks Kalli is drunk thing. Then the want to get to know you thing. And his love of touching her thing. Did I mention his sweet side? His tats? Lots and lots of tats. How about the leather jacket? Or his scruffy chin when he doesn't shave. Or how he can't tell his little sister no? Oh yes, he watches Frozen with his little sister. Adorable. Cora's writing is awesome. She weaves the Greek mythology between the lines and I loved it. I think that mythology lore is one of my favorite paranormal types. And this one is an area that just isn't done a lot. So it was interesting to see how a muse plays a role and their connection and dependance on humans. And I'm trying to find a happy for these two. It's not clear at all. And I'm very worried about that. And I'm not sure at all. And that's unusual for me. Very well done. The story starts a little slow for me but then it picked up and I was loving it. Yes, these two have a heavy emotional connection really fast but it fits the story. The idea of a thread between them fit so well with the mythology that I was okay with how quickly their relationship develops. Definitely had me reading late into the night because I just didn't want to put it down. The ending is murderous. It's a good thing I love Cora - otherwise, I'd have to hunt her down and demand to read book two NOW. Not wait until sometime next year. This book will appeal to any paranormal lover. It will appeal to the NA lover. It will appeal to the romance lover. And it will appeal to the lover of good stories. When you need that next great read, pick this one up and you won't be disappointed.
b_ls More than 1 year ago
Kalli is not your average college student. For her, time is a never ending loop. She lives to inspire mortals, to be their Muse. It is not simply something she should do but, something she must do. If she does not she will slip into madness. This book was the perfect blend of romance, love, action, and Greek mythology all mixed into one. The paranormal aspect was not overpowering but, a perfect complimentary piece to the story. I felt for Kalli throughout this story. She was completely ruled by her "gift". It was a curse at times. She never knew what it was like to live a normal life with a normal guy. She did like her artists and seeing them thrive but, it was such a delicate balance. She never truly gets to live for her. Then she meets Wilder and her whole world is turned upside down. Can she have a normal life or is the risk to great? Wilder is a pretty awesome guy. Not Kalli's typical artist. He is a businessman with a family. He is also utterly gorgeous! So that always helps right?! He is drawn to Kalli from the first time they meet. He can't get her out of his head. There were times I wondered just how much Kalli's influence was effecting him. Don't get me wrong the romance between them is sizzling! I mean wow! Their love story is not an easy one however. Kalli has to always be vigilant to not over power Wilder. I felt bad for her. To constantly have to check yourself to make sure the man you are developing feelings for is safe has to be exhausting. When all she wanted was a chance at a normal life. Being Immortal isn't always as awesome as it may seem. She struggled with her secret a lot. Does she want to hide who she is forever? Can she handle the consequences of telling her secret? The mythology aspect was great in this book. There were times I forgot about it completely and thought they were a regular couple. It was always there floating int he background and it became more prevalent towards the end. Dare I say we are going to get some action from the Gods in the next book!!?? I hope so! Mythology has always been a passion of mine and this book sucked me in completely.  I wouldn't say it necessarily ended on a cliffhanger. Maybe a little one. I am insanely curious to see where the story will go now. The Mythology really picked up at the end and I NEED to know what is going to happen with Wilder and Kalli. Their relationship is so fresh and now insanely complicated. I am anxiously awaiting the next book!!! 
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
When I first heard Cora Carmack was writing a NA Paranormal, I knew it would be a must read for me. For her to incorporate Greek mythology was the icing on the cake, as I am obsessed with all things mythology! I should also mention, this is Cora's sexiest book yet! My heart broke for Kalli. She has spent eternity seeking out creative minds and acting as their muse, but she never truly connects to any of them. She is unable to, knowing that if she stays too long, it could lead to disastrous results. It is a very lonely, sad life to live. She must be extremely careful not to draw attention to herself, which would risk exposure for all the lesser gods who walk the earth. Finding balance must be incredibly tiring for her, as she has to watch how much energy she expends with humans. Expending too much could lead to madness and chaos, and her life isn't so valuable and precious that she is above being dealt with to eliminate unnecessary attention to their kind. Meeting Wilder Bell changes everything for Kalli. He is not the artistic kind, so she is surprised she's drawn to him in the first place. (I'm not- seeing a hot guy act adorable with a little girl are enough to make ovaries explode) For the first time in a long while, Kalli wonders what it would be like to be with someone who is not in danger of being destroyed by her power. Wilder is a good guy through and through, as his family has been dealt a difficult hand in life. Gone are the days of reckless, wild abandon- he must embrace his responsibilities and be the man the women in his life desperately need. He has sacrificed a lot for his family, thus making him that much more incredible in my eyes. He is also drawn to Kalli and finds himself wanting to know the beautiful woman who has so effortlessly captured his attentions. I was not expecting the book to change POVs, but I have to admit, it was nice to be inside Wilders's head as well and I really felt we got to know him a lot better this way. His dedication to his family is what won me over instantaneously. There's also the bonus of him having tattoos and wearing glasses at times. As much as Kalli pulls away and runs from him, he is an incredibly patient guy. He has no idea that she is trying to protect him from herself and I am surprised he didn't run from this seemingly emotionally unstable, crazy girl. As I said earlier, this is Carmack's sexiest book to date. Kalli and Wilder have some very sexy times and some of the wicked things Wilder says will leave you fanning yourself and craving more. Their relationship does progress a bit faster than I normally like, but I didn't let it bother me too much. Instead, I focused on the fact that both Kalli and Wilder NEED this. They are both so deserving of love and passion after everything they've both sacrificed in their lives. My heart shattered for them when more obstacles would get thrown their way and force them apart. Some people are just stronger together and this is absolutely true for them. Carmack has completely killed me with this cliffhanger and I am desperate to get my hands on the next book. I liked that this one read as more of a contemporary with paranormal elements, but with the mythological aspect really ramping up at the end of this book, I am beyond excited to see where Carmack will go in the next novel.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
INITIAL REACTION UPON COMPLETING THIS BOOK: Did you hear that *CRACK* sound? That was MY HEART! SECOND.BOOK.NOW, Cora! NOW! Have to gather my thoughts before I can even write the review of this book... I want to thank Cora for providing me with a copy of this phenomenal book to read and give an honest review. Receiving the book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. So if anyone knows me, they know I'm a huge Cora fan. Given the chance to read any book by her I would jump right in. So I always have high hopes for her stuff and she never disappoints. NEVER! As you can tell, this book was no exception to that rule. In this book Cora dives into a bit of uncharted territory. We don't see many New Adult books set with paranormal overtones. And I love a good paranormal. Not only is it a mixture of those two genres, but it's also totally unique. I love the concept of this Muse having been around for thousands of years influencing all kinds of artists! I've never read anything like it before. Meet Kalliope (Kallie). She's not your normal every day college student. She's a muse and she's immortal, living thousands and thousands of years with the power to influence artists; giving them energy to hone and perfect their craft. Because of this, she is destined to always be alone. The relationships she forms with these artists allow her to get close enough to them to infuse them with her inspiration but nothing else. But she has to be careful because if she goes too far with her influence, she can push the artist over the edge to insanity or worse. And each artist is a job for her, so eventually she must break the bond and ease away from them. Because of this, she's never had the chance to experience love. And after so many years she's becoming weary and wanting more than just the physical relationships with inspirational boosts she gives these people. She craving more of a connection but knows it's not possible for her to have this because her life is a muse and nothing else. Enter Wilder. He's nothing like what Kallie would normally go after. He's this clean cut businessman who she can't ever inspire. But she finds herself strangely attracted to him, tethered, if you will. The pull she feels is undeniable, as if they are fated to be together. And she wants to try and be with him, but she has to figure out how that is even possible, or if it's even possible. And Wilder tells us his own story along the way. He's had tragedy in his life that has forced him to do a total turn about and take care of his family. He goes from living a life that's carefree and a bit destructive to one that requires him to really be the man of his family, and the bread winner. He's sexy and loyal and how can you resist a man who's good with little children? On top of that, he's a little more naughty than I would have predicted him to be. But I won't tell you why or how, I'll let you read that all for yourself! As with Cora's other books, she weaves in a great secondary cast. Kallie's friends become very essential to her ability to pursue the life she wants. She finds with them a balance she could not otherwise have with Wilder alone. The best thing Cora ever did for this book was make it dual POV. While I think the story would have worked from just Kallie's POV, I don't think we would have gotten enough depth about Wilder in the long run. So to see them both really gave such development to the characters. It was so much easier to slip into each of their shoes and feel what they were experiencing with each other. And the dual POV heightened the fact that nothing was easy between them. You knew they would hit bumps in the road, but boy oh boy you will never see the mountains Cora throws in coming! The integration of Greek mythology into this book is subtle, but essential to the underlying plot. It's introduced slowly until finally we see that it truly invades every aspect of Kallie's life and she just cannot escape from it. Add to that a plot twist that Kallie herself did not see coming and you wonder it's even possible for her to be anything other than what she truly is. This book is a great mixture of romance and heartbreak. There are moments when you find yourself giggling uncontrollably. And there are moments when you are downright bawling. Add to that the sexy moments that make you squirm and you have all the great elements of a PNR gone New Adult. And the cliffhanger ending will leave you wanting the second book yesterday. As I said at the top of my review, did you hear the *CRACK*? that was my heart crumbling to pieces. I can't wait to see where Kallie and Wilder's story goes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to think when I first read the sypnosis for this book. It intrigued me but I was also a little worried I wouldn't be able to get into it. Boy was I wrong! Inspire was absolutely stunning. The connection between Wilder and Kalli is something fierce. The more intimate scenes that Cora wrote were beautifully intense. I could relate and feel their emotions just pouring off the pages. I don't want to give anything away but if you are having any doubt because of the sypnosis or genre of the book, I say, forget those doubts and give this gem a read! I can not wait for the next book to release in 2015!
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A creative twist of mythology and romance in a contemporary setting Note: This review contains NO spoilers Well... I like it! I enjoyed reading Kalli's story. For an immortal muse, she also has wants, needs, and desires for herself...just like any other mortal. Cora Carmack has written a beautiful love story with Greek mythology interwoven a modern setting...that kept me turning the pages. The well-developed characters and varying POVs created depth to the story, and made the characters realistic and relatable. However, I was somewhat put off with the "instant" connection between Kalli and Wilder. I almost didn't want to continue reading. But... I decided to continue and see where the story takes me. I am so glad that I did continue. I was completely enthralled with the story. Being the first book of a series, I was already expecting a cliffhanger. And, of course, Inspire ended with a cliffhanger. No matter... I'm already looking forward to the next book. The story melded together romance, mythology, imaginings, and...straight up...sexy which made it so addictive to read. Not only that...this is the first Cora Carmack book I have read, and I am a fan! Can't help it! Reading Inspire will become an obsession!
StephanieLynn78 More than 1 year ago
So, if you've followed me for any length of time, you know it's very rare that I read/review paranormal books. But when one of your favorite authors announces that they are releasing a paranormal romance involving Greek Mythology, which I like, there's not much you can do except add it to the top of your reading list. And that's exactly what I did when Cora announced that she was releasing INSPIRE. INSPIRE is the story of Kalli, an immortal Greek muse who is destined to live a solitary life alone, inspiring the creative juices of those in the arts. Then she meets Wilder. She is drawn to him in a way that she's never been before. Now she must decide whether or not to risk being with him or letting him go. I really can't even begin to describe how much I loved this story, these characters and everything in between. INSPIRE took me on a roller coaster of emotions that left me reeling. Cora blended the new adult contemporary and paranormal genres perfectly. There isn't much more I can say without giving anything away. If you're a fan of Cora, new adult or paranormal romance, I would definitely urge you to pick up INSPIRE. You won't regret it!
RebeccaAZ More than 1 year ago
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 just..wow!  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!