Contemporary, Cover Reveals Blitz's & New Releases, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / Scarred / Trista Jaszczak /

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Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition
Re-release

Who could ever love such a beast?…

Eric Morris is at the top of his game as the CEO of Morris Talent. One of the world’s premier agencies for models to strut their stuff. He really has it all: the job, the money, women, the looks…but when he is scarred for life in a horrible motorcycle accident his world crashes around him. How can someone, who is a king in the world of beauty be so hideously scarred? Eric begins to shut out the world, finding comfort in being locked away in his home and out of the public eye that he loved so much. When Elle Davis comes into his life as an assistant, she shows Eric that there’s more to life than money, motorcycles, and model…but is it too late for Eric?

Scarred by Trista Jaszczak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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28/2/18

So this Is part of the believe series, the third book to be precise and Scarred is loosely based on the beauty and the beast fairy tale.
It’s a modern-day contemporary retelling and out of the three books in this series, this is hands down my favourite.
Here we have Eric a photographer and owner of an illustrious modelling agency.
He’s a vain egotistical A-Hole who lives for money power and has a parade of attractive woman who he uses then loses.
Beauty is his business and life.

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Until an accident leaves him permanently scarred and with the entry of Elle his new personal assistant into his life Eric starts to re-evaluate everything about his shallow existence.
So this was such an interesting tale.
In the beginning, it was so difficult to find any redeeming characteristics in Eric.
Until slowly Eric starts to change morphing into a much-better individual.
I loved Elle she was just the right sort of sassy but with a big streak of Cinderella syndrome.
What I mean is though life at times had given her lemons she just made lemonade.
And her heart was still wide open waiting for her Prince Charming.
Or in this case her Beastly Beast.
This was a lovely romantic heartfelt tale that made a pleasant change, it wasn’t particularly angsty and that actually made this very refreshing.
This was well written and flowed easily.
Scarred also had some great secondary players that just nicely rounded off this engaging tale.
This was one of those stories that when you finish you can’t help having a grin from ear to ear.
A perfect fairytale HEA that we all dream of as little girls.
My One little criticism here is I would have liked a front cover that better represented the hero as I feel the one provided just didn’t do that.
I was provided with an ARC of “Scarred (Believe #3)” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Teen, Young-Adult

/ ARC-BOOK REVIEW / To Kill A Kingdom / Alexandra Christo /

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Release Date-6th March 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi & Fantasy Teens & YA
Kindle Edition-352 Pages
Publisher-Hot Key Books

Dark and romantic YA fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas – about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her. 

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. 

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of siren-kind for good. But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

To Kill a KingdomTo Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/3/18

I really enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. I was so looking forward to this.
One of My daughters favourite Disney movies growing up was the little mermaid and although this was about vicious Sirens and not cute princess like mermaids I was clapping my hands together in glee so excited to start this.
Stealing a prince’s heart has a whole new meaning when it is literally ripped out of your chest.
This book is a vicious tale of Killer Sirens, An evil sea witch of a mother, and a whole ship of sirens hunters led by a royal prince, Prince Elian who has made it his mission in life to rid the seas of these killers and in particular the Prince’s Bane, None other than Princess Lira herself along with her sea witch of a mother.
So after Princess Lira is punished by being made mortal and sent into the mortal world with the task of bringing her mother the Prince’s heart by her birthday it’s a whole new world with new experiences and emotions she finds herself feeling.
And after Prince Elian saves a strange girl in the ocean from drowning and brings her aboard his ship this Prince and Siren’s journey are ready to collide for an altogether better future for all.
So, this is aimed at the YA community in general and as I said earlier is a completely engrossing read.
And although a romance between Lira and Elian is anticipated the story here is more action based than romance based and is also completely clean in nature.
But be aware this is definitely not a sweet Disney story, There is actually a fair bit of violence involved here.
To “Kill A Kingdom” actually reminded me a whole lot of an Old Sinbad movie in as much as there on a quest they need to fulfil and that there are beasts beneath the ocean that are common knowledge to all, as is the magic that rebounds in this world.
I adored all the magical kingdom lore we got to experience here.
There were no great plot twists, but they weren’t really needed.
There was plenty of imagination and visual pictures portrayed by this author that I found this didn’t need any fancy twists at all.
Also, I would like to say I loved the cover image for this story it was so beautiful I’d have picked this up for that reason alone.
so, Yeh, this is a thumbs up from me, a great new imaginative YA novel which gives a whole new twist to an old favourite.
I was provided with an ARC of “To Kill A Kingdom” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
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Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / Unmasked (Believe #2) / Trista Jaszczak /

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Genre-Romance
Kindle Edition-211 Pages

Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life…
And, for Blair, it’s an $8,000.00 shoe!

Blair Miller has ever really wanted was to study fashion in New York City. But as one door closed for her, another door opened. A bright and beautiful door that led her straight to a job at celebrity frequented, high end fashion boutique, ATTRAYANT, where she has now worked for years. When an invitation arrives for a masked ball that is being thrown to celebrate a world famous rock band’s new album, Blair finds herself being transformed into Cinderella for the night. When Blair not only falls for Prince of Rock, Hunter but also loses a precious $8,000.00 shoe, she finds herself in possibly the biggest mess of her entire life. How can reveal who and what she really is to Prince Charming? How can she afford to replace such an expensive shoe?

With the help of her two “Fairy God Fathers” who are pushing for her happily ever after…anything could happen

Unmasked (Believe #2)Unmasked by Trista Jaszczak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Unmasked (Believe #2) by Trista Jaszczak was all sorts of cute cute cute.
Part of the Believe series Unmasked plays around with the Cinderella story.
Blair works at an upmarket boutique in New York.
Employed by the Ice-Queen who hates her.
And also her two awful daughters.
Blair is persuaded by her fairy-godfathers the amazing Christian and Anthony to attend The Huntsmen’s masked ball in the Ice Queens place.
Here she meets Hunter/AKA Derek or D by his bandmates.
He whisks her off to his penthouse and after an amazing night wakes to find his princess gone all she has left behind is an $8,000.00 shoe.


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So unmasked was all sorts of fun, out of the two books in this series this is hands down my favourite it was just so romantic.
I loved the angst-free and the lack of apology for just falling in love, it made such a refreshing change.
Everyone needs a pair of fairy-godfathers like Blairs.
And Derek don’t get me started on him, that man was definitely a modern-day prince charming, every girl needs a D in her life to make her feel special.
The writing here flowed and pulled me in and I was smiling like a soppy girl throughout, which I am.
I was having a right Cinderella moment.
So yeh I really enjoyed this it was sweet, romantic and humorous and made such a pleasant change.
Who doesn’t love a bit of a fairy tale complete with a HEA.
I was provided with a copy of “Unmasked (Believe #2)” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
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Humorous, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / Red (Believe #1) / Trista Jaszczak /

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Genre-Romance
Kindle Edition-266 Pages


This novel contains strong sexual content, mature language, and mild violence. This is not one of your mama’s fairytales.

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Samantha Wentworth has one mission in life: to get as far away as she possibly can from her troubled past. When she finds herself on the Louisiana bayou, she runs straight into the arms of a very sexy Big Bad Wolf that she just can’t seem to resist. Will Samantha continue on her journey, or does the full moon have other plans in store for her?

Red (Believe #1)Red by Trista Jaszczak

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Red (Believe #1) by Trista Jaszczak was at heart a lovely sweet read.
It is loosely based on the little red riding hood fairy tale in as much that Samantha Wentworth while on the run from her violent ex runs out of fuel for her motorbike on the outskirts of a town somewhere in Louisiana.
Deciding to camp in the woods till first light, Samantha is surprised by Ethan, running in the woods with his brothers.
Ethan along with his brothers have all been cursed with a moon madness, wolf senses and strength from actions they committed a few years back.
Nicknaming Samantha Red on account of her Red motorcycle helmet and red leather jacket.
Ethan proceeds to get his red out of the woods to safety in an old cabin in the woods.
Here the two connect only to be interrupted by Ethan’s Brothers.
So this story is told backwards which at first I thought a bit strange but quickly realised this worked.
The getting to know each other and connection came much later down the line.
You will get what I mean when you read this.
Ethan is less big bad wolf and more like big good wolf, he was such a sweetie.
I found both main characters to be extremely likeable though I did find Red to be a bit timid and introverted at times, easily upset.
Maybe because of her background, which in hindsight is very understandable.
There’s also plenty here to keep you on your toes.
A curse, Pack wars, plenty of humour and some super hot action to set those pages alight.
And the banter amongst the brothers was really amusing.
Gave me quite the giggle.
the only thing for me that pulled this down slightly was how easy the other pack went away, it didn’t quite make sense after the fuss they’d caused.
And the second thing was it took me a while to feel the connection between Red and Ethan.
I think this was because the brothers kind of overshadowed the pair sometimes.
So for myself, I would have loved to have seen more one on one with Ethan and Red, as the times I did experience when they were alone I really loved.
So, in conclusion, this was such an enjoyable tale and the fact it was loosely based on a fairy tale I loved as a child was an added bonus.
I was provided with a copy of “Red (Believe #1) ” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
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Dark, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

Stranger (Happily Never After) by B. Bennett

Release date-April 21st 2017
Genre-Dark Romance.
Kindle Edition-146 pages

Content Warning: This book contains blood, guts, strong sexual themes, nonconsensual sex, and other atrocious acts. Reader be warned.

He was a stranger.
My first instinct was not to trust him, but then I learned… sometimes the most beautiful people have the ugliest scars.

Stranger (Happily Never After)Stranger by B. Bennett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG What Have I just read, Stranger By B Bennet is so heartbreakingly beautiful words just cannot describe it adequately and do it the justice it so deserves.
I really don’t want to spoil this first-rate piece of fiction for others, so I’m going to try to be as vague as possible while also conveying my thoughts and impressions of Stranger to you.
Before I do that a warning There are scenes of abuse (rape) in this story that you might find upsetting, if this is a trigger for you please avoid.
So a brief summary of the plot here is that after a very distressing experience Gabrielle is left for dead only to be discovered by our Beast.
A scared, half-mad individual who lives at the top of the hills overlooking the town where Gabrielle resides with her parents and sister.
The beast attempts to nurse Gabrielle back to health saving her and in the process manages to save himself also, as the two grow closer and bond over the abuse both have endured a sweet friendship develops between the two.
Stranger is a twisted outtake of the classic fairytale Beauty And The Beast, it makes for extremely compelling reading and this is one of those stories where the characters involved claw their way into your soul and burrow deep.
staying with you long after its over.
I loved Stranger from the second I started to read it, even though I ended up bawling my eyes out, even as it ripped my heart from my chest and stomped all over it.
I would still read stranger all over again.
This is an amazing read you need to experience, I just can’t believe it took me so long to get round to it. Give Stranger a go you won’t regret it.
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Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

Falling for the Beast: A modern-day Beauty and the Beast retelling by Victorine E. Lieske

Release Date-March 10th 2017
Publisher-Createspace Independent Publishing
Genre-Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition-163 pages

Aribelle is backed into the position of cleaning house for the horrible Mr. Thaddeus Walker. Not only is he rude, he’s dangerously secretive, going out at night and coming home with injuries which seem to heal mysteriously fast. She should be keeping her distance, not trying to break down his barriers. But the more she uncovers, the more attracted she becomes until the cost of exposing his secrets fades behind the risk of losing her heart.

Thaddeus knows he should have sent the girl away instead of allowing her into his home. Now she’s asking questions he can’t answer. And the more time they spend together, the more he wishes he could pull her close and kiss her. But he can’t afford to do that. Beautiful Aribelle could never love a beast.

Falling for the Beast is a sweet romance.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Falling For The Beast By Victorine E Lieske was a very pleasurable read.
It was the first book I have tried by this Author and it was definitely a positive experience for me.
This was a refreshingly modern clean take on that old classic fairy tale we all love Beauty And The Beast.
I have got to admit this Disney story is my overall favourite, It’s just such a romantic Yarn and gives me the warm fuzzies inside.
Falling For The Beast really does its namesake justice and it’s one of those reads that is for me a real pleasure to discover all over again.
In this modern take, we have Aribelle going to work for Mr Thaddeus Walker a grumpy scarred individual who always seems to be injured.
Thaddeus has been cursed by a witch for his life choices resulting in him becoming a beast when he loses his temper. There is also a second part to this curse, the ability to heal others, but it comes at a terrible price, Thaddeus takes the injury and pain into himself leaving him with awful scars.
Until Belle, Thaddeus had no hope that anyone could see beyond this and love him for himself.
Falling For The Beast follows the narrative of the original tale very closely and it’s a fabulous portrayal that was greatly enjoyable.
The story is told superbly and flows beautifully and in my opinion is well worth a read.
I received a free E-Copy of Falling for The Beast and this is my own honest opinion.
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Fantasy, Reviews, Romance

The Black Lily (Vampire Blood #1) by Juliette Cross

Release Date-March 27th 2017
Publisher-Entangled Publishing
Genre-Fantasy Romance
Kindle Editon-300 pages

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before…

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.

Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…

The Black Lily (Vampire Blood, #1)The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Black Lily By Juliette Cross is my first book by this author.
It’s a kind of Vampire Twist on the whole cinderella story and seeing as I love fairy tales and am a sucker (sucker get it he he ) for vampires this seemed a win-win.
We have a fairy tale world ruled by vampires, nobles and then the poor peasants
Our Prince Mariel is a vampire and he’s having a ball for all the nobility to attend to find his latest bleeder.
Enter Arabelle AKA The Black Lily she’s at the ball until midnight to entice the prince so she can drive a gold edged dagger through his vampire heart.
Arabelle is part of the underground movement to stop vampire tyranny.
fleeing the scene of the crime just after midnight. Arabelle thinks she’s succeeded in her mission.
Prince Marius wants to find the enchantress bearing a tattoo of a lily and proceeds to start a hunt across the kingdom for the mysterious woman.
Now It took me a while to get into this book, this might have been because I was in a bit of a reading slump, or just plain I wasn’t sure about it.
anyway, something must have clicked for me as this changed for me around chapter seven and them a steamrolled through the rest.

so in conclusion, fantastic original plotline, I don’t think I’ve ever seen cinderella imagined with vampires, a great narrative and excellent world building.
this was a fun read with great fleshed out characters my only issue was my inability to originally connect with the story this pulled it down slightly for me and my rating reflected this.
saying that this is still a great read.

I received a free e-copy of The Black Lily from NetGalley and this is my own honest opinion.
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Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Release Date-May 23rd 2017
Publisher-Kindle Press
Genre-Futuristic Romance
Kindle Edition-419 pages

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five-year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now out of all the Disney Tales Beauty & The Beast has got to be my all time favorite story, I’m a sucker for the plucky maiden and the misunderstood disfigured hero, so it stands to reason Ensnared and myself would fit together like a cuppa & biccy, a dog & a bone, and it did.
From the moment i started reading i was fascinated by this totally different and somewhat weird retelling of a futuristic beauty & the beast. It shouldn’t have worked but it did.
I found myself cheering on Alainne as she pretended to be Rose 76GF and i got very caught up in the whole tale.
Alainne herself i found to be a very unselfish individual, all she wanted was to help her dad and if that meant putting herself out well, so be it. There was also some past issues that she still has trouble coming to terms with, this gives her a bit of a hero complex as she wants to save everyone, even at the cost of her own safety.
Now Lorccan Garbhan, mmm what to make of him as a character, I would say that our Mr Garbhan is quite a strange fella, isolated from society by what i surmise where very paranoid unloving parents, Lorccan has evolved into an eccentric anxious individual, afraid of the outside world, he is also heavily scarred which adds to his apprehension of outsiders.
Lorccan Wants a robot to help teach him to interact with others mainly a love interest Shelby who he has only spoken to on the phone.
I don’t want to give much more away I will just say, that I couldn’t help smiling as these two emotionally scarred people fell for each other, It was lovely watching them both discover each other a calm before the storm. there is action, love, drama, psychotic robots and cute robot monkeys.
I would have liked a slightly different ending, not as open-ended, but that in no way takes away from this marvelously inventive tale and is just a personal preference, give this whimsical story a go, you might be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy it, I devoured Ensnared in one sitting it hooked me like a duck.
I received a free e-arc of this ebook from NetGalley for a review and this is my own honest opinion.
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