Review of Carrie Butler’s Strength and Giveaway


I had the pleasure of reading Strength by Carrie Butler. What a great NA supernatural surprise.

I love outcast characters in books. Carrie Butler’s Strength makes no exceptions! Strength is about college student Rena and her encounters with the outcast Wallace Blake. He’s hot. Perfect and not human.

I have been waiting for a paranormal New Adult book. And Carrie’s book was a great find! Rena meets the “madman” of campus and never would have planned to get involved with him. I mean, who would with rumors of being a killer and his screaming at night. He never wants to be touched. What’s great is that Wallace has a twin named Cole. I just love twins. Hmm I wonder why?

Just as the title states, Strength is Wallace’s ability and weakness. He won’t allow himself to touch anyone. He’s sexy and sweet but reclusive because of his strength. I didn’t like him at first. I thought he was crazy! But as the story progressed I began to like him and then at the end I was surprised how much I loved him.

Rena has spunk. Carrie wrote this character beautifully and I just couldn’t help but giggle. She has guts and keeps her cool in tough situations. All the other characters are just as wonderfully written. Wallace was hot and super sexy. Aiden, the geeky friend, was adorable. Gabby, Rena’s roommate was a hoot. She defiantly can’t keep secrets and loves spilling about her bedmates.

The story is the bond between a man and woman. But at the beginning they don’t hit it off.

Carrie is a great writer. This story was fast paced and action packed. It was a nice change from the normal vampires and werewolves in paranormal stories.  Wallace is a Dynari, love that name! He has untold strength. His brother Cole is known has the Flash.

The only issue I have with the first book was the explanation of the paranormal was vague. And I wanted to know what the Mark of the Nexus is.

Good thing I read the second book!

About the Book

Title: Strength

Author: Carrie Butler

Series: Mark of Nexus #1

Publication: August 16th, 2013 (First publication: March 7th, 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing)

Category: New Adult (NA)

Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation—and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do—even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.

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About the Author:


Carrie Butler daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.

Her passion for New Adult fiction led her to co-found NA Alley—a widely recognized informational hub for the category. She is the author of STRENGTH (Mark of Nexus #1) and COURAGE (Mark of Nexus #2).



One (1) signed paperback of Courage by Carrie Butler {US only}

Five (5) eBook copies of Courage {INT}

One (1) limited edition Mark of Nexus pillowcase {US only}

End date: November 3rd, 2013


This was a fantastic start to a series. I can’t wait to tell you about the sequel Courage, which I will review tomorrow!












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