Tuff Girl Legion Presents: Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe

I'm so happy to be part of the Tuff Girl Legion Astarte's Wrath awesomeness tour. Trisha Wolfe is wonderful in so many ways so I was nothing but excited to read Astarte's Wrath. Not only can you check out my review but there is also a sneak peek at the Bath Scene from Xarion's POV and I can tell you this is definitely one of my favorite scenes in the book. There is also a giveaway for you to enter.
Astarte's Wrath : A Kythan Guardians Novel
Trisha Wolfe
Release: March 2, 2013
A tragic love story.

Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.

This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he's the son of Cleopatra, and he's human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge--the last pharaoh--while Egypt burns around her.
So I have read Destiny’s Fire and I had loved it so I was pretty excited to read this. I love these books because Trisha takes Egyptian history and mixes it in with a unique world. You see so many different books based off of Greek Mythology it’s refreshing to see a different approach taken. Plus there is just something so romantic about Egypt and Cleopatra you can’t help but be enthralled. Trisha does a wonderful job of transporting me into this romantic world of Eypgt as if I could feel the sand under my own feet.  You do not need to read Destiny’s Fire in order to read this. I actually feel like I want to read Destiny’s Fire again now that I havethis back story in my head.
I loved Astarte because she has sense of duty and loyalty that does not come from just being a slave. It’s because she loves the royal family like her own family. So for her as much as she would like to be free, she would never just pick and abandon them. She would still be a protector of the family because that is who she is. I was rooting for her through the entire book and just wanted to her kick some asses, which she does.
What a swoon worthy relationship between Astarte and Xarion. While I was reading I was thinking who cares about laws just get together. The chemistry between the two of them in phenomenal and it was easy to see that they needed to be together. I could feel myself sighing whenever they were in the vicinity of each other. If you are one that hates love triangles, never fear there are none here.  Just a very sweet and endearing relationship between two people that is both beautiful and tragic.
Great characters, I loved how the villains were a mix of history and fantasy. There are some great side characters as well, like Astarte’s friends. Especially Phoenix, he is that funny lovable womanizing kind of guy that helps brings a little something extra to the book.
Okay there are twist in this book and not ones that I was really expecting. I would think okay this is totally going to happen and then what thought was going to happen didn’t but something that surprised me did. So that sentence might be a bit confusing but I definitely do not want to give anything away. I loved how things played out and the curve balls kept the story moving.
I consider this one of those bittersweet beautiful endings. There were so many heartbreaking moments in this book and the ending definitely had some of that. It also had a little bit of happiness sprinkled in too. I thought it was absolutely perfect for the story.

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Sneak Peek: Bath Scene from Xarion’s POV
Star narrows her eyes at me, her full, bottom lip puckering out the way it does when she’s in serious thought—and though I’m listening to her words, all I want to do is trap that bottom lip between my teeth. Nip it and caress it with my tongue.
            “I knew you’d say that,” she says. “And that is precisely why I didn’t want you to know.” She raises her hand from my chest and swipes the wet hair from my forehead. Her body subtly moves against me with this action, and it drives me wild. “A possible retaliation by the guardians is just one more weighted burden on top of the many you already carry. You don’t need the added strain. Let me deal with Candra and the Kythan. They’re my kindred. As long as I’m their equal—in both power and status—I can protect you.”
            This woman—the woman I’ve loved my entire life—is my protector. She not only guards against physical threats, but watches over my mental wellbeing. But I cannot allow her to carry all my problems alone anymore. I want to be her guardian, to be the one to comfort her when she’s fearful, and protect her against this world.
            I tilt my head and suck in a deep breath. “This is why you won’t be with me.” I want her to admit it. If she finally confesses that our titles and her battle with the right course of action have been the only reasons for her kept affections, then by Gods…help me from laying her out on this tile and taking her—making her mine. I won’t stop.
            She nods.
“This is the only reason.” She nods again, and that is all the conformation I need. “Then I refuse to let them keep us apart for one more moment.” I grasp her face between my hands and claim her lips with mine.
          Her lips are soft and warm as I achingly coax them into a fevered kiss, unable to hold back my desire for her. I had planned for our first kiss many times, imagined it over and over. The way I would caress her lips slowly and lovingly, conveying my affections. But every emotion I have ever felt for Star rushes to the surface all at once, and I can’t slow. I won’t. I won’t allow her a moment to question our actions, to reconsider us. I’m going to kiss her senseless—kiss the reason right out of her infuriatingly rational head.

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About the Author:

Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE'S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out www.TrishaWolfe.com for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like her Facebook page for updates.