Carnelian by B. Kristin McMichael

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3 out of 5

Everyone has a past, but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally thousands of years ago. Seth’s life led him to the present seeking something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what he has been looking for.

Mari had dreams that college will be a fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses, Mari learns that Seth might just have a life of his own that’s actually from the past. Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed.
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Insta-love, bad… Time travel, good, hence the 3 out of 5.

I’m a pretty big hater on insta-love, and what I hate even more is two people who are possibly destined to be together (you see I said possibly) fall madly in love in a matter of moments. What if the person you are supposedly meant to be with picked their nose, maybe they enjoyed eating said boogers…
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What if that person repulsed you like no other? Are you still destined to be together? I didn’t think so.

Seth, along with his “brothers” Dee and Ty have travelled to the future in search of something that will help them protect their people during their time. They have been in the future for the past three years, searching for something/someone but not knowing who or when that will be. Seth is the all-star quarterback (because why not), good looking… the best thing he had going for him was the simple fact that he wasn’t a complete tool.

Mari is finally doing something that she wants to do, she decided to go to college away from home. After college Mari is expected to go work with her grandfather in the antique business. Mari is a bit of an anomaly, she’s unique. I like Mari because she’s got an independent streak as well as a backbone of course until insta-love kicks in.

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*I seem to use this picture a lot, it would be nice if literary characters would help me out and stop being stupid

Seth knows right away that Mari is what he’s been searching for, he doesn’t know how she’s the answer, just that she is. Mari tries to resist Seth’s charm but eventually gives in when he saves her from would be muggers/rapist (isn’t there always one in these new adult books).

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Now for some reason Mari believes she deserves an explanation of who Seth is, I’m not sure why and quite honestly I don’t remember if there was a reason (I started losing interest at this point).

“I come from a place filed with war and turmoil…. I was a warrior for my country. I was born the oldest son of my nation’s highest military leader. My father Hess the military and is the right hand man to the king.”

“I had to do something or my country would fail. My father had assigned me to scouting missions, and I took that upon me to find an answer to our problem.”

“Along the way, I heard takes off a goddess that would help those that prayed to her.”

Le Sigh…. a goddess. Would you like to know which goddess? Me too.

All in all, the ending was my favorite. The way Carnelian ended and everything leading up to the end makes me want to continue reading this series. But I’m not a fan of the whole I’ll follow you anywhere nonsense.

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This ARC was provided by Lexia Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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