Monday, May 1, 2017

"The Knight" by Victoria Danann

The Knight
(R. Caine High School Book 2)
by Victoria Danann

The Knight is the second book in the R. Caine High School series by Victoria Danann. Also available: The Game Begins (read my blog post).

The Knight is currently on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

New York Times bestselling author, Victoria Danann dishes up a stunning new teen/young adult series like nothing else.
The gods are playing games with their own children on the most treacherous terrain in the universe ... high school.
Jean Marre's recent life has been one big surprise right after another. First his family moved to SoCal from a remote French Canadian town. Then he began feeling a strange compulsion to watch over a smart little blonde named Ever Moore. In fact he found himself restless, distracted, and uncomfortable if she wasn't around.
Before there was time to adjust to any of that, he was informed that his parents were going to South Africa for a few months and leaving him with his mother's friend, who happened to be Ever's mother.
Life just couldn't get stranger.
Or could it?

Jean Marre folded himself into the front passenger seat of Ever’s car to ride to school. For the entire fifteen minutes it took to get there, neither said one word to the other. That did not, however, mean that they didn’t dork with each other all the way there.
Jean Marre’s opening shot was to change her satellite radio to a different channel. Hair Band Nation. She gaped at him for a full four seconds when her eyes should have been on the road before punching the number one button to return to Sounds of the SuperNow. He stared at her blankly for a matching four seconds then, without taking his gaze away from her or changing expression, reached over and pushed the button to return to “last played”. Hair Band Nation.
After three more volleys, Ever turned the radio off with a snarl. When Jean Marre started to reach for it, she gave him a look that froze his had midair. He withdrew the offending appendage, but the challenge Ever offered with her look brought a gleam of amusement to his eyes. 
He did not touch the radio again.
Instead he rolled down his window which, of course, threatened to make a beachy wreck of her hair. She rolled it back up. He rolled it down. She rolled it back up and, with a sneer of victory, pushed the child lock into place before he could do it again. His bark of laughter surprised her and, if she was being perfectly honest, pleased her.
She was not being perfectly honest. He had a nice laugh, but she was not ready to give him any concession.
She pulled into her assigned parking space, which was located in the remotest region of Mongolia because she was a sophomore, got out, and started walking without looking back. It was a hike, but at least she could bring a car, unlike freshmen.
Halfway there she looked over her shoulder. Jean Marre was about twenty feet behind her. “Don’t worry about me.” He grinned. “I like the view from here.”
Understanding the implication, Ever sped up, which made Jean Marre laugh loud enough for her to hear. The boy seemed to revel in being exasperating. That realization caused Ever to think she needed to reform her approach to Jean Marre. Perhaps she needed to think in terms of opposite world, since everything she did rendered the reverse of a desired effect.
She stopped, got control of her breathing, waited for him to catch up and fell in at the same pace. She would never admit that they were walking together. Only that they were moving toward the same place at the same time at the same speed. Together.
When he said, “Excellent choice,” she knew she’d been manipulated. By a boy who didn’t even want to go to college. It was vexing, to say the least.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"This series really captures the spirit and voice of teenagers in high school. There is mystery, romance, and humour. As always, Victorian Danann creates characters that are complex and compelling. She has built another fascinating world to explore. Do yourself a favour and read all her books." ~ Ellen
"She has done it again! I cannot believe how I am pulled in to this story! I want more! This story leaves you wanting to know what happens next." ~ S. Patton
"I recommend this book for its story, humor and characters. Be warned... may cause flashbacks for older readers." ~ Ann Ellis
"Fast, fun, and fabulous! This is a quick paced young adult story that is smart enough for the young at heart reader." ~ Fawnzy
"I like YA but I am seriously loving this series. Victoria Danann really knows how to keep a person wanting for more." ~ Bobbi Kinion

About the Author
New York Times bestselling author of eighteen romances including paranormal, scifi, fantasy, contemporary, and teen. Victoria's Knights of Black Swan series won Best Paranormal Romance Series and Paranormal Romance Novel of the Year the past four years in a row. This past year, three of her series and three of her books were nominated. Two of her series took the top two places and two of her books took first and second place in the PNR Novel of the Year category.
In addition to vampire hunting knights, Victoria writes other paranormal romance, scifi, fantasy, contemporary bikers, and teen.
The rich characterizations come from being a lifelong student of behavior, casually, and a serious student of behavior academically. She has also studied comparative religion, myths, and Dark Ages history.
Victoria is co-host of the popular Romance Between the Pages podcast.
Victoria lives in The Woodlands, Texas, with her husband and a very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of 25 R. Caine High School fridge magnets (US only).