Title: The Spire
Series: The Walsh Series #6
Author: Kate Canterbary
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2016
4 LOVELY CROWNS
The Spire by Kate Canterbary is so much more than a romance novel. It is a story that examines the dynamics of a family of siblings, focuses on the need of forgiveness of others and oneself, and, of course, the unadulterated effects of real love. Not only is this story built on many levels with many themes, it is written impeccably.
Erin Walsh runs. Her family knows and she knows it, and one of the aspects that I love about her is her ownership of who she is. She knows she is a runner, and she embraces that as a way not only to protect herself but also the family she loves. The impetus for her behavior is justifiable, and so while the reader may get frustrated by the walls she has erected, he or she understands and can sympathize with her choices. Another aspect of her character that I love is her intelligence. So rarely in the romance world do readers get to encounter a truly intelligent heroine, and Kate Canterbary has delivered one with Erin. The historical and environmental analogies either made me laugh or really resonated with me, and I really adored this quirk about her. She is an incredibly complex, well-developed character who will earn the allegiance of readers and have them rooting for her to get her happily-ever-after.
The hero of the story is exactly who Erin needs. His strength, determination, compassion, and his desire to serve help her throughout story. Through their relationship readers get to see Erin change and evolve as a result of her relationship with him, and just as he helps Erin she helps him, too. I am not sure that Kate Canterbary could have created a better counterpart for this heroine.
The chemistry between these two is unreal, and it is so not because of what happens physically between them but emotionally. Many times in romance, writers rely heavily on the physical acts to establish chemistry between the couple, with the emotional aspect lagging. Kate Canterbary, however, establishes an emotional connection between these two which is unlike any I can recall reading. The communication they have in various forms serve to establish them as a couple, allows the reader to fall in love with them as a couple, and serves as a way for both of them to enrich their relationship outside of the bedroom as a couple, only serving to set things inside of the bedroom on fire.
There are so many layers to this plot that will keep readers engaged. Readers have the many family dynamics and revelations that occur throughout the plot that serve as an catalyst for many of the major developments in the relationship between Erin and the hero. Readers also learn of the internal conflict that Erin is struggling with that not only affects her relationship with him but also her siblings, and, finally, the inevitable conflict that occurs between our hero and heroine. Even with these different layers, Kate Canterbary has expertly woven them together into one concise plot, all parts working to enrich the other parts of the story. Not only has she create a multi-layered plot, but her writing is beautiful and laced with emotion. With each sentence, readers feel every emotion the characters feel, making the reading experience that much more enthralling.
This has been my first venture in the world of the Walsh’s, and it was entertaining, heartbreaking, and healing. Kate Canterbary truly has a gift with words, and I know that when I pick up one of her books I will be getting more than the basic trope in the romance world. I will be getting depth and complexity that speaks about more that just love but life and all types of love within it.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Rebel, runner, recluse, rich girl.
Nine years ago, Erin Walsh ran away from everything.Home.
Herself.The only permanence in her life is catastrophe.She travels from country to country, chasing disaster, teasing fire, playing with poison. She guards against real connections, and shuns the only family she has left.
She holds everyone—even her siblings—at a mile-long distance. It’s the only way to protect herself.
But she can’t protect herself from him.
He’s the ice to her fire, and he’s willing to sacrifice everything to bring her home.
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I gave her a little shove, and she fell to the mattress. She aimed a meaningful glance at my jeans, and that was all the encouragement I needed to drop them to the ground. She crawled backward, and I followed, stalking her every movement until we were flat against a bank of pillows.
“Hi,” she said, running her hand up my flank and over my shoulder. She hooked her leg around my waist and pulled me flush against her. My cock was acutely aware that only my boxers and her panties separated us, and was alternately thrilled with that situation and impatient as hell. She smiled, a little shy. “I like the way you touch me.”
“That’s good because I really enjoy touching you,” I said, bringing my lips to her neck and trailing them down between her breasts. “I didn’t want to let you go when I met you last night. Wanted to keep you all to myself.”
“Oh,” she said, her eyebrow quirking as if this was an peculiar sentiment. “I don’t think anyone’s ever wanted to keep me before.”
Fuck, she was too much. Just too much. Beautiful and rough around every edge yet vulnerable and sensitive.
“I want to keep you,” I said, sliding my fingers behind her back to unclasp her bra. “I’ll keep you as long as you let me, lovely.” Her arms moved to her chest the minute her bra went flying over my shoulder. That vulnerability? There it was again. “And I want to see you, too.”
A groan was rumbling past my lips the second her arms went around my neck and she was bared to me. I thought her tits were a crime in that t-shirt, but I had no idea. They were full and pale, and delicious. I licked and sucked as if I was trying to consume her, and maybe I was.
“Say something,” she whispered, her fingers raking through my hair. “I want…I want to know what you’re thinking.”
I released her nipple with a satisfied groan, and then dropped kisses on each of her breasts before finding her eyes. “I’m thinking get me inside you right now.”
Our lips met as my fingers inched her panties over her hips. I could take her just like this, face-to-face while I tasted her hungry hums, and I’d want for nothing.
“You probably thought I’d be crazy in bed,” she said, her words muffled as she spoke against my neck. “Like, I don’t know, adventurous and kinky. Like, I keep nipple clamps in my back pocket and actually prefer wearing thongs, and I’m always down for anal. And it’s my fault, really. This whole night has been pretty wild, and I kissed you like a maniac and then everything on the boat, and it wouldn’t be wrong to think that tequila on my tits is an average Saturday morning but—”
“It only matters what you want,” I said, tipping up her chin. “Don’t worry about what I think, or what you think I’m thinking. Tell me what you want.”
Erin’s fingers clawed at my boxers, and together we got them over my hips and out of the way. Her panties were long gone and my cock was in love with the wet heat between her legs.
“Please don’t make it hurt,” she whispered.
I shook my head and dropped a kiss on her forehead. “Never.”
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About the Author:
Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people–be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane–ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.
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