Monday, September 5, 2016

Beautifully Burned by CJ Burright - Giveaway

Title:  Beautifully Burned
Series:  Dreamcaster #2
Author:  CJ Burright
Publication Date: August 23rd 2016 by Ravenrock Publishing, LLC
Length:  274pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
My Rating: ★★★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N

Back Cover Blurb:

Grandma warned me to resist him.

I know what he is. Even if he doesn't sparkle in the sun, hiss at holy water, or go by the traditional name of vampire, I know.

He doesn't want or need my blood. He wants my dreams...more specifically, my nightmares. And I've got oodles of those, so many they leak.

He's emotionally scarred, growly, dangerous, and kindles all my senses. Love isn't on his agenda. Having him for a guardian isn't on my list of fun, either. My touch sends him into darkness.

I shouldn't want him.

I can't want him.

But I do.

If I surrender instead of escape, I'll lose everything--my sister, my will, my life. Gran forgot to tell me the most important detail of all: how am I supposed to resist him when he's everything I've ever dreamed of?

Beautifully Burned is told in a dual, third person POV, and may be read as a standalone.

My Review:

Once again, Burright had me hooked from the first sentence. Her eloquent yet buoyant writing style was very easy to connect with and the plot was both exciting and inviting. Burright is simultaneously fun and sassy in her writing. There is a darkness that winds itself under this tale while also opening up into an action packed, fast paced forward motion. This is the type of tale that draws readers in both with the inviting plot and the well thought out and intricate world building. I enjoyed how Burright continued to build on the concepts developed in the first novel in the series. Nothing was redeveloped, but everything continued to grow, making both the world and the story much more full.

The complex relationship and dynamic between the main characters made them unforgettable. Yet at the same time, they were approachable and easy to identify with. I loved getting to know them as they came to know one another. The heat and the chemistry between them definitely helped as well. I loved the way that Burright invites readers in, making them feel as if they’re part of the characters’ lives, rather than simply bystanders.

Burright has definitely created both a world and a cast that will allow you to travel outside of your own reality for the time that it takes you to read the novel (and maybe a while afterwards as well). It’s a great read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.

And now, be sure to enter this Pure Jonel exclusive giveaway for:
(1) a $10 Amazon Gift Card
(2) an ecopy of Wonderfully Wicked & Beautifully Burned by CJ Burright
Contest is open internationally, where applicable by law. 
Entries close at 11:59pm Septebmer 14/16. 
Winners will be drawn September 15/16. 
Winners will be notified via email to the email provided to the giveaway and will have 72h to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.


  1. I can't begin to guess what happens next but it looks a brilliant read!

    The weather? Here in my part of the UK it's been wet and humid today lol

    1. Thanks for chiming in, Patanne (and such an awesome name you have!) :)

  2. Thanks for having me on, Jonel! And for the fabulous review. <3

  3. Sounds really great, I love original and unique vampire stories and this one definitely has that going!

  4. It was a dark and stormy night. Between flashes of lightning and clashes of thunder, I heard a knock on the door. Grandma stopped me with a hand held palm-out like a traffic cop.
    "Shtay herwe," she warned. She had already removed her dentures for the night.
    I lurked in the shadows of the hallway as Gran approached the door. "Who ish ith?" she said, trepidation staining the words.
    There was no answer, only another knocking, more demanding this time.
    Grandma turned and looked at me. Her eyes seemed unfocused, as though she'd been hypnotized. She then placed a gnarly hand on the doorknob and turned it. Slowly the door opened, hinges creaking in protest.
    A tall, shadowy figure stood in the doorway, barely discernible in the rainy blackness outside.
    A simultaneous crash and flash shook our old house and lit the world like high noon. It was HIM! Those beautiful, hideous red eyes; the slight grin curling the tips of his luscious, pale blue lips; and those fangs! Oh, those sharp, inviting fangs! Unconsciously I found myself drifting through the parlor toward him. I shoved Gran out of the way and clutched that cold, musty body, pressing my breasts against his chest as tightly as I dared without crumbling his 600 year old torso. Lovingly, he enclosed me in his bloodred-lined cape. A tingle raised the fine hair on the nape of my neck as he leaned down, exploring. And then . . . oh God! . . . and then, the most delicate, delicious feeling encompassed me as I felt the light prick of those fangs break the outer layer of skin. And then ecstasy slew me as they plunged deep, deeper, finally finding the fountain that would make us one. I was HIS, his at long last. His FOREVERMORE! :-)


    1. Holy wow, that was unexpectedly fun! And nothing like Beautifully Burned, but still awesome. :)

  5. Fantastic review! I'm excited to read this xo

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Natalie - good luck in the giveaway!

  6. Fantastic review! I'm excited to read this xo

  7. Your review is beautiful and I really would like to read this!!

  8. Enjoyed the review,and I haven't read this story. It sound like I need to read this series.

  9. I haven't read the book yet so I will hold my comment. However the weather in Southern California has finally cooled down so I can do a bit more landscaping.

    1. I love summer, but the cooler Fall whether is always a nice change. Oregon even has rain today! Buh-bye summer...

  10. Not sure what will happen.

    The weather is glorious here today.

    1. Hope you have the chance to get out and enjoy the glorious weather, and thanks for swinging by! :)

  11. The weather can't make up its mind. Some days are hot, other days are dry as heck while it rains on still others! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

    1. Mother nature likes to keep us on our toes, right?! Good luck in the giveaway!

  12. Don't know what will happen in the novel, but it's still HOT here in the Florida Panhandle...and I love it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. I'm glad you're loving the heat - good luck in the giveaway!

  13. I like the cover of this book, can't wait to see what the book is like and see what happens next or turns out in the end. The plot sounds good.

  14. Hi Pure Jonel and CJ!

    How's it going?

    First off - THANK YOU for the chance to win an ebook or book money (which I will convert into CJ's books! wink).

    Secondly, WOW! Just knowing that it is a paranormal romance (with no zombies), it is a book that I would read. But after reading the review! I REALLY want - NEED - to read your books CJ! (Although it will take me a while since I am blissfully swamped with review books for the foreseeable (& unforeseeable) future! But now that I have found you, I will be happily stalking you all I can! I am a little ashamed to say that I don't have any of your books yet! What kind of paranormal lover am I? With Vampires being my main love too! *hangs head in shame* LOL

    Anyway, Thank you very much for the chance to win, but most importantly - Pure Jonel - THANK YOU for introducing me to CJ!!!!

    Cheers! HUGS Have a great one & take care Hone & Honey! xoxoxoxo