Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hidden Intentions by Stacy Claflin: Book Review and Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Hidden Intentions by Stacy Claflin, a New Adult Paranormal Romance.

Hidden Intentions by Stacy Claflin
Series: The Transformed
Publication Date: Summer 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance



Fun-loving Clara is keeping a dark and deadly secret from William, the love of her life.

Not because she wants to hide things from him, but because her story is so unbelievable he will probably think she’s crazy.

If she tells him, she could lose him. If she doesn’t tell him, she will.

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About the Author

I love writing, reading, and watching most anything paranormal. My favorite shows include Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Pretty Little Liars, and Once Upon a Time.
I’ve been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble when I would try to convince others that my stories were real.

When I’m not busy writing, I spend time with my family. I also run a home preschool and educate my kids from home.

You can learn more about my current and upcoming books at I’d love to hear from you!

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My Rambles

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

This is the quote that kept running through my head as I read Hidden Intentions.

The book opens with Clara and William returning home for the summer. During the plane ride, Clara discovers a jewelry box that appears to be from a high-end jewelry story. [She doesn't open it.] Although she is surprised and somewhat pleased, the idea that William might propose marriage soon sends Clara into a fit of worry. There are two major secrets hanging over what could and should be a happy occasion.

[no serious plot spoilers ahead]

Secret One
In spite of the fact they have been together almost a decade (including the time they spent together when he was in high school), William's parents don't know about their relationship. William's well-meaning but overbearing parents have already planned his future's course and it doesn't include distractions like a serious relationship.

Secret Two
Clara has dark and deadly identity that she has been keeping hidden from William. Her ties with William's family's past threaten to expose her secrets. Clara feels guilty about hiding her identity from her love, but is terrified that the truth will drive him away.

Sometimes the act of keeping secrets is more of an issue than the secrets themselves.

Hidden Intentions is really fast-paced and easy to read. Clara and William make a sweet and relatable couple. I enjoyed watching their relationship strengthen and William grow as they dealt with challenges. While there were a few story points that I thought didn't do much to advance the story, I enjoyed the book overall. I have read quite a few new adult novels this year. In real life transitioning (from young adulthood to adulthood), parents are often a major influence in a person's life. Last month, I talked with a friend about how parental influence (good or bad) has been noticeably absent in the new adult books that I've read recently. [I find that really annoying in YA books - by the way.] This book gets extra love for weaving this point into the story in a believable way.

I think that Hidden Intentions would be a good weekend read or beach read for people who enjoy paranormal or paranormal romance stories. It can be read as a standalone. You can check out two excerpts from Hidden Intentions on Stacy's website.

This post is part of the Hidden Intentions book review tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Welcome to Kinky Vanilla Romance, Stacy. I am happy to have you here.

    I am a big fan of Supernatural, Fringe, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

    Who would you cast in the roles of Clara and William, if your book were to be optioned for a movie?

    Thanks for sharing HIDDEN INTENTIONS. I hope that you have a great tour.

  2. Great review, Skeeter! I love the sounds of this one and Clara and William seems like easily likeable characters! Their romance sounds very well written, too! Glad you liked it! :)

  3. I haven';t read any of her books but I will soon. I have a large list of books to read and catch up with.