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Heavy Metal (Goddesses Rising series) [Kindle Edition]

Natalie J. Damschroder
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Book Description

The world is not what Riley Kordek imagined. On the run from those who’ve targeted her, all Riley wants is a chance to figure out her new ability to bend metal’s energy. When a hot guy who knows more than he should helps her escape her attackers, she thinks she might’ve found someone who can lead her to the answers she needs.

Three years ago, Sam Remington walked away from his employer and the woman he loved, and now, all he’s looking to do is fill the gaping hole left behind. Except, when Sam takes Riley to the Society for Goddess Education and Defense, the stakes rise beyond what either of them could have imagined.

After being alone for so long, falling for Sam would be far too easy for Riley—and far too painful, once his old flame calls needing his help. Worse, Riley uncovers a plot with disastrous ramifications not only for herself, but for Sam and the people he loves—and potentially every goddess in the country.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1614 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select (27 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #826,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Natalie J. Damschroder became a writer the hard way--by avoiding it. Though she wrote her first book at age six (My Very Own Reading Book) and received accolades for her academic writing (Ruth Davies Award for Excellence in Writing for a paper on deforestation her senior year in college), she hated doing it. Colonial food and the habits of the European Starling just weren't her thing.

Shortly after graduating from college, however, she found her niche--romantic fiction. After an internship with the National Geographic Society, customer service for a phone company just wasn't that exciting. So she began learning how to write the books she'd loved to read all her life. Four books and six years later, she finally sold. Now she struggles to balance her frenetic writing life (how else can she get all the stories in her head on paper?) with her family, the most supportive husband in the world and two beautiful, intelligent, stubborn, independent daughters (both of whom have have decided to be writers, too). She somehow also fits in a day job and various volunteer positions in and out of the writing industry.

Natalie's published works include 8 contemporary romance novels, 7 novellas, and 14 short stories.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited sequel that rules! 13 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Heavy Metal is the long awaited sequel to `Under the Moon' and second in the `Goddesses Rising' series.
This time around we meet Riley who has made her way to Sam Remington's bar (Sam appeared in the first book as a love interest). Riley isn't really aware of her `goddess' nature because it had become dormant in her family... but when she discovers something strange happens when she's around metal and believing what her grandma told her, refuses to go to the `society'. So, she does a little research and finds a former employee - Sam- who she will approach in the effort to gain some information. When she arrives though, she doesn't have the chance because trouble is following her every step and looks like it's been meddling in her life for a while now so when she is attacked... Sam is forced to help and even though he tells himself that he's only helping out a goddess in distress, the connection he feels towards her is something he hasn't felt for over 3yrs... with the threat to Riley ever present, the last thing he needs is for his old flame Quinn to need him too but he must decide whose need is greater. As Riley's troubles deepen alongside Quinn's everyone needs to prepare for the past and present to collide - big style!
I really enjoyed this, I had been waiting ages for this to come out so wasn't sure if I should read book one again... there was no need because I had retained a lot of the story and the recaps were suffice to jog my memory on the finer points. I enjoyed our main characters this time around too. Riley was a good character and for all she was in a bad place having lost everything & everyone, she didn't dwell on it and let it bring her down too much, she was determined & willing to do what was needed to get help & to help others who she barely knew.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the beginning! 20 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
*Review copy granted in exchange for an honest review*

I said in my review for Under The Moon that it held my attention but it wasn't like I couldn't put it down. The exact opposite was true for Heavy Metal. I was hooked from the beginning and I read it in a day.

The story is fast paced and it builds on the world of the Goddesses, the society and the Protectorate as well as giving you a conclusion to the events in Under The Moon (e.g. Quinn and the Leeched Goddesses) as well as giving Sam his own happy for now / happy ever after after losing Quinn in Under The Moon.

I loved Sam in Under The Moon for many reasons but the main reason was probably that he is man who prefers to use his brain before his brawn. That's not to say he is incapable of fighting but he thinks first, then acts and it is incredibly sexy. This holds true in Heavy Metal. Sam is still Sam. Losing Quinn, in Under The Moon, has left his mark on him. He isn't angry or bitter, he's just lost his purpose.

Riley is young (23ish) and she's undecided on whether the Goddesses are myths or con-artists up until her own abilities develop and she is left questioning everything she thought she knew. She has lost everything and is being hunted. She is scared and confused and goes to Sam hoping to find answers. Initially she seems incredibly timid and fragile but as the story progresses she shows she has an inner strength as strong as steel... Much like medium she draws power through.

Riley gives Sam a renewed sense of purpose and Sam gives Riley the confidence she needs to become all she can be. It's not instalove between them but they do fall fast and hard.

As I said before, plot threads from Under The Moon are wrapped up in this book and new ones are created.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the ride 29 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My first read from this author and truthfully didn't quite know what to expect. This is the second book in her Goddesses Rising series and follows on from Under The Moon. Is it fantasy ? Romance? Urban? Well yes somehow it's all of those and yet more. I don't know how I missed this author but in some ways it reminds me of the Weather Warden series that I stumbled on by chance and then was equally blown away. I love that these books challenge being pidgeon holed and you as a reader just go for a fantastic ride.
In this tale we meet Riley who is on the run from those who seem to want to profit from her gift. Riley has the ability to make metal bend to her will and believes an organisation that protects those they call goddesses might be able to help her. She's truly not sure whom to trust and seeks out Sam who previously worked with the organisation but when they meet all hell breaks loose. Can Riley really trust Sam and more to the point will he want to become involved? He had his heart broken and has been running since so why would he want to get involved? They find themselves embroiled in much more than either of them anticipated and embark on a journey to shake their very beliefs.
This is a book that pulls you in from the very beginning. It's chock full of twists and turns and the action is non stop. I was truly sucked in from the start and the passion between Sam and Riley smouldered and yet didn't quite deliver for me. Still I loved that it had such a unique view on humanity and our origins and would most definitely recommend it . This is a well written book that deserves an audience
I received a copy of this for an honest review
I would rate this a solid 4 and a half
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magically entertaining 5 July 2014
By Osgood - Published on
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I was hooked from chapter 1! Couldn't put it down. Kept thinking "I wish this was a movie!! Great job, Natalie!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By My Book Addiction and More - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book starts off with a hook, gives you a good yank, and then reels you in. Exciting from beginning to end, with only a few stumbles a long the way. There was a little repetition in thoughts between characters (who weren't telepathic), which was just a little detail most readers probably wouldn't notice. The story line was different from anything else I had read, and that was a nice change. I do need to say that I have not read the first book, so can't compare the two. Although, from what I gathered in the little reminders sprinkled throughout, I probably wouldn't have liked it much due to the love triangle plot it had woven through it.

Sam was a great character. The quintessential tortured soul whose had his heart ripped out by his supposed best friend (Book 1) and has spent the last three years getting over his heartache and trying to make a different life for himself outside of the "Goddess" world. Thinking he'd finally been successful at both, by running his own bar, and avoiding friends from his Goddess years, in walks Riley (literally). Convinced she's crazy due to a combination of recent events in her life, Riley has nowhere else to turn. Cyber-stalking Sam on Facebook, she finds out about the Society and the Education and Defense school, for whom he used to work. Being male, she figures he's safer than going to the Society itself, because she's been raised to believe the worst of the Goddesses. Thus begins a whirlwind trip crisscrossing the US with Sam and others from the Society, where Riley searches for the truth of her family and learns the value of friends, trust, loyalty, and a little bit of lust along the way. Sam and Riley have great chemistry and both deserve a HEA after all they've been though and this book delivers. I can't wait to continue their story and find out what happens in the ending of this trilogy!

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Hot

Reviewed by: Daysie W.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable quick-read paranormal romance. 2 Sept. 2013
By A_TiffyFit - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the things that I like best about my kindle is that I CAN'T flip the book to re-read the synopsis when I am reading a book. I find myself pleasantly surprised, more often than not, as I'm reading by how much I am enjoying the book. My kindle is also breaking me from my cover habit. I DO judge books by their covers: the covers are what draws me in to pick it up and flip it over and read the blurb. This cover did exactly the same thing. *Fans face* Mmmm paranormal romance, hot body, why is his hand smoking?!

This was an unexpected delicious read from Entangled Publishing, one of my favorite publishers in their many hats (Covet, Bliss, Teen, Indulgence, Edge, etc). Unexpected because I wasn't expecting the offer to read it!

Now, I have not read book 1 in the Goddesses Rising series, but luckily I did not have to. The history of Sam (and Quinn and Nick) are nicely summarized for you in the course of the story. I liked Riley; she's feisty and strong enough to look for help when she needs it. The attraction between her and Sam is subtle, but intense at the same time. The plot moved steadily forward and the ending leaves you wanting more. This is not a cliffhanger ending, but the main plot threads are ready to be continued!

I did want to know more of the history of the goddesses so I will be picking up book one. There is some explanation, but not full enough in this book to satisfy me! I'm insatiable, what can I say? I found the powers to be interesting and look forward to Riley discovering more of her powers now that the immediate threat is at an end and she can test with someone like Quinn. At least...I hope that is what lies in store further in the series; Riley & Sam making an appearance like Nick & Quinn in this one!

A thoroughly enjoyable quick-read paranormal romance.

Review e-copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read 27 Aug. 2013
By hcollins - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I have conflicting feelings about this book. First off, I loved the idea behind this series. The characters were amazing, and the story line was so good that I read it in on sitting. However there were several spots that seemed to resolve so quickly that I found myself backtracking to previous pages to see if I missed something. Just seemed like there might have been vital parts that had been cut out or shortened and I was left scratching my head and saying "How did that happen?" All in all though a very good read and I am looking forward to what's next. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idolizing In: Goddesses Rising Series, Book 2 27 Aug. 2013
By Jess @ From Me to You ... Book Reviews - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
5 out of 5 stars, this novel takes up where "Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising)" left off and throws you into a world of intrigue, suspicion, romance, passion, and a whole lot of suspense! I loved Riley as a character. She is smart, brave, courageous, and wise beyond her years. Then add Sam with her and I could not get enough of this novel or it's duo!

In addition, if you are like me and haven't read the first novel in this series, DON'T WORRY because you don't need to have read it for you understand the plot or to like the characters!!

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances!!

Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(read more of this review and two teasers on my blog)
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