My Soul to Wake by Tara Oakes

My Soul to Wake by Tara Oakesfive-stars

My Soul to Wake Series: Stain #1
on May 25, 2015
Pages: 342

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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*** Warning: this novel is intended for those over 18 years of age due to its erotic nature and mature content. ***

True love.

These are the things of legend. Unexplained, some even say impossible, but nonetheless prevalent in stories and tales from all cultures and in every land from the beginning of time. What if there is something to it? What if there is an explanation behind the mysteries and bedtime stories? Something beyond words?


She was taken from him in the cruelest way... condemned, sentenced and punished out of fear of the unknown. How is he supposed to live without her? How can he go on knowing that in this life, they will never be one again? There's only one thing to do... only one option that will bring them together again.

Leah is taken on a weekend excursion with her best girlfriends to let loose, relax and have a little fun. What harm is there in a little vacation? It's not like the legends, the haunted history of the place can scare them away. It's all harmless fun.

Or so she thought.

Something seems familiar about the town. The trees, the winds, the feel of everything. Her ever present nightmares have become more intense within the limits of the old historical setting. She's prepared to write off the whole trip as nothing more than a case of her mind running away with the sensationalized magic here. When she meets a handsome stranger who's eager to know her in a way no one else can, she begins to think there just may be something more to this place, something more to him.

Will has been waiting, biding his time, and praying that she'll come back. He's broken the natural order of things to possibly find her again, weaving their way through the years until they can be together again. He knows he may never find her, but he can't risk not trying. This place calls to her, just as it did to him. It will bring her back home. It will bring her back to him.

What's 300 years when it comes to true love? He's prepared to wait an eternity if he has to, just to see her, hold her, make her his and to help her remember what was stolen from them so long ago. He’ll stop at nothing to make her remember who she is, the power she possesses, and the love they swore to each other.

My Review

This book was so awesome that I bought a not-naughty version for my daughter before I even sat down to write this review!

I have never before read a book that was so seamlessly contemporary AND historical within the same book. There is no cliffhanger at the end, but the story is definitely not over, and I cannot wait to read more from this series and more from this author. I’m going shopping in her library in just a minute. πŸ˜‰

This story had me on the edge of my seat from 66% until the end. I growled at my children to leave me alone because I “had a stomach ache.” LIE. I was reading through lunch and my food disappeared without me remembering having eaten it. I was completely sucked in to this story. It did not let me go for one second.

TOUCH THE TREE!!!! TOUCH IT NOW!!! You might find yourself shouting these things out loud as Tara Oakes teases and tempts you. I wanted to shove the heroine straight into that tree! None of that is a spoiler, and you’ll fully understand it after you read the book.

Both the hero and heroine were so strong! I was worried for their physical safety at times, but emotionally, I knew they could stand firm through the strongest of knock-down situations.

Read this book and be rewarded with goose bumps, tingly feelings πŸ˜‰ and maybe some tears. And if you don’t want sex in your paranormal read, there is another version available that excludes the erotica.

I’ll be doing a giveaway on June 14, 2015 (Sunday) of this book on my Double-Edged Words Facebook page. EVERYONE will be a winner. YOU get a book! YOU get a book! YOU get a book! YOU get the picture… The giveaway will run Sunday only from 12:01 AM Central Time to Midnight. Don’t miss your chance to get a free copy of this amazing book!


About Tara Oakes

Tara is a thirtysomething newbie author from Long Island, New York. She’s a voracious reader, a passionate writer and and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she’s not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.

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