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review 2020-02-18 00:56
‘Beauty & The Beast‘ gets a new look in this YA romance reimagining set at an elite boarding school in the Colorado Rockies
Of Curses and Kisses - Sandhya Menon

Jaya Rao and her little sister Isha are Indian princesses, teenagers who end up at an elite boarding school called St. Rosetta's International Academy in Aspen, Colorado. Aside from Jaya's usual responsibilities that involve preparing her to one day take over the role of helming the 'Imperial House of Mysuru,' Jaya is fiercely protective of her younger sister Isha, who has recently fallen victim to a tabloid campaign released by someone in the Emerson family, British aristocracy and centuries-old rivals of the Raos. It's a rivalry based on a curse and superstition, centered around a stolen ruby, the perfect setup for a fairytale. In this modern reimagining of 'Beauty and the Beast' Jaya finds out that Grey Emerson, the young Lord Northcliffe, is also at Rosetta's and Jaya vows revenge for her sister, something that will require her to get this nobleman to fall in love with her just so she can break his heart.

 

'Of Curses & Kisses' was the perfect YA romance novel for me right now and since I'm not a huge reader of the genre, I'm pretty selective with these reads. This one piqued my interest early because of the boarding school setting (I just couldn’t resist) and the unique matchup of the main characters due to their backgrounds and ancestry.

Menon is a natural storyteller with a light and easy way of storytelling, and this novel is a perfect example of why she is one of the most popular names in young adult romance literature.

She creates many great setups for multifaceted vibrant characters and demonstrates the struggle to choose between family and ancestry, and the desire to grow up and become autonomous. As a lead character whose motives drive the storyline, Jaya’s connection to her sister is one of her most admirable traits, but because it fuels her revenge plot that revolves around her getting close to her male ‘rival’ Grey, she has so many conflicting emotions. She is confused by her real attraction to Grey, a brooding, sympathetic character (who calls himself a ‘Beast’) who she is supposed to ‘love and leave’ as it conflicts with her duty to marry an Indian boy back home.

I was frustrated that some of the friendships seemed a little shallow and although the strict conformity of Jaya was initially irritating, these elements made more sense as the story unfurled. I was aching for her to break out of the mold that she is trapped in, which her sister Isha has been able to do since they’ve been far from their home in India. I’m really hoping that in upcoming sequels about these two at Rosetta’s, Menon includes more of Isha and allows them both to blossom further.

While this might not be ground-breaking territory, I appreciate that author Menon has written a romance that teens on the younger end of the scale can read and appreciate, along with everyone else; the intimate encounters between characters don’t feel too over the top.

 

Whether you are a ‘Beauty & The Beast’ fan and are looking for new life to be breathed into the classic fairytale, or you know nothing of the original, this is a fun jaunt with a modern twist to boarding school in the Colorado Rockies. It offers international flair and light romance and is perfect reading for in between heavier books.

 

*Thank you to Goodreads giveaways for my early copy!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/43985469-of-curses-and-kisses
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review 2020-02-15 19:18
Review ~ Disappointing
Cat's Paws and Curses - Nancy Warren

Book source ~ Kindle Unlimited

 

American Lucy Swift is really enjoying running her grandmother’s knitting shop in Oxford. She never thought she would, but here she is. Of course, her grandmother may be dead, but she’s not dead-dead considering she’s a vampire. So Lucy has the benefit of her wisdom as well as that of the whole vampire knitting circle. Lucy has been holding a knitting circle nights right before Christmas so her customers can have a place to knit presents for family. But one evening, when the lights go out and one of the knitters is murdered, the murderer has to be in the same room. One of her knitters is a murderer! What?

 

I love this series because it’s cute, humorous (yes, even with a murder or two), and there’s the paranormal aspect with the knitting vampires and all. Plus, magic because Lucy is also a witch. But this one seemed a tad rushed to me. Maybe because it’s a short story instead of the usual length. It just seemed a bit lacking which is why I dropped the rating down from my usual. However, it’s still a nice mystery and I got to see Rafe and Ian. I wish Lucy would give Ian more of a chance. Rafe is ok, but she seems adamant that she will not be with a vampire, so Ian would be more her speed, even though he’s with law enforcement. Or maybe she needs to meet a witch instead. I’m curious where Lucy’s love life is heading. Looking forward to book 9.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2020/02/cats-paws-and-curses.html
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review 2019-10-28 10:55
New Release Review! Fate's Bite / Prophecy of Magic by C.R. Robertson!

 

 

Today, I am entering a world with dangerous fates, mysterious curses, twisted fairy tales, and doomed prophecies! I am visiting one part of that world - one where one bite changes lives! Enjoy and don't forget to add Prophecy of Magic to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

Dangerous fates, mysterious curses, twisted fairy tales, and doomed prophecies…

 

Explore new worlds in Prophecy of Magic: a collection of over twenty urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels curated especially for the genre’s biggest fans!

 

These stories include all of your favorite mystical creatures, from gods and angels, to vampires and fae, to shifters, demons, witches, gargoyles, and more! With so much magic involved…what could possibly go wrong?

Including stories from several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors as well as fresh new voices in fiction you’ve yet to meet!

 

Prophecy of Magic will captivate fans from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to American Gods.

 

 

Don’t miss the chance to hold magic in your hand. One-click your copy today!

 

 

 

 

 

One bite changed their lives. 

 

Vampires and werewolves have been sworn enemies for thousands of years.

 

Covens war against packs as they fight for supremacy between the beautiful immortals.

 

Their worlds change the day a vampire and werewolf accidentally bite each other, starting a chain reaction that threatens the ancient orders of their kinds. Just as they begin to find love, a new threat claws its way into their world. Hellspawn endanger the safety of everyone on the planet, both humans and immortals.

 

Even though time and species barriers tear them apart, Tasha and Levi are bound together by fate. The rules of love and war lay broken and bloody on the ground as their desire for each other flares amidst the chaos of battle.

 

Only together will they find freedom in seduction, and redemption in possession.

 

 

 

Sworn enemies, vampire covens and werewolf packs have fought for supremacy for thousands of years. But the day a vampire and a werewolf accidentally bite each other, their world changes, starting a chain reaction that threatens the ancient orders of their kinds. Even though time and species barriers tear them apart, Tasha and Levi are bound together by fate. As their desire for each other flares amidst the chaos of battle, Hellspawn endanger the safety of everyone on the planet, both humans and immortals. Only together will they find freedom in seduction and redemption in possession.

 

This energetic story is engaging and passionate. Introduces a fascinating world and wonderfully strong characters. The relationship between Tasha and Levi has some sizzling chemistry and an intriguing forbidden love that defies all. The plot is fast paced and full of suspense and adrenaline pumping action as vampires, werewolves and demons battle and while the story is too short, it is definitely an entertaining and one that keeps readers glued to the pages and readers can’t help but enjoy the epilogue that gives them a glimpse of the couple’s future.

 

 

 

Prophecy of Magic 

 

 

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From an early age I have loved faery tales and mythological stories - they welcomed me into their pages while I went on the adventure with the characters, mourning their loss when the book ended and they left my life.

 

As an author, my characters walk into my life and take over my home until the book is over. They visit often to share more stories that need told, and it is my pleasure to share them. I hope you love my characters as much as I do, they have lived with me for a long time, and I am merely telling their stories about their time in the Otherworld.

 

I live in a cottage near the sea. I love to write in my beloved faery garden filled with flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, and my favourite bumble bees. The cottage is in a sleepy seaside town where I enjoy walks in the sand with my beloved dog that goes with me everywhere.

 

 

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review 2019-10-17 10:55
Review! Mate of the Vampire (Blood Brotherhood #4) M.L. Guida!

 

 

Today, I am headed for the high seas to meet with a sexy vampire pirate who's receive an offer he can't refuse! Enjoy and don't forget to add MATE OF THE VAMPIRE by M.L. Guida to your shelves!

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS: A Pirate's Obsession

 

 

Temptation is coming…

He’s given an offer he can’t refuse.

 

Maimed in battle, Ronan Macmillian is tired of being a cripple. He wants to fight with his brothers again.

 

When a demon dangles his wish like a fish in front of him, Ronan is given a choice––a choice that could change his life forever.

 

But he didn’t count on the beautiful mermaid Angelica.

 

Pirates took everything she’s ever loved. Now, Angelica’s on the last place she ever wanted to be––a pirate ship.

 

She’ll fight to the death to regain her freedom, but what she didn’t count on was that a wounded vampire was her fated mate.

 

Wickedness is chasing them. If they’re not careful, seduction will lead them down a tempestuous sea and tear them apart.

 

 

Mate of the Vampire is the fourth book in Award Winning Author ML Guida’s Blood Brotherhood series, a collection of dark paranormal romance novels.

 

If you like heart pounding action, dark fantasy, and stormy love affairs, then you’ll love ML Guida’s Blood Brotherhood series.

 

Get Mate of the Vampire and dip into a tumultuous love today!

 

 

 

He’s tired of being a cripple and wants to fight with his brothers again and Ronan Macmillian is given a choice --- a choice that could change his life forever. Pirates took everything Angelica ever loved and now she’s on the last place she ever wanted to be – a pirate ship. Neither counted on the attraction between them but with wickedness chasing them, they’ll have to be careful or seduction will lead them down a tempestuous sea and tear them apart.

 

Vampires, pirates, dragons, witches and mermaids, oh my! This swashbuckling adventure is one heck of a ride with non-stop, edge of your seat suspense and excitement. The characters are strong, determined and vibrate with sizzling chemistry and personality and their relationship has sparks flying and turbulent emotions that really grab the readers’ attention and pull them into their story. Add in a little magic, rum and snark and readers are completely, undeniably entertained.  

 

The fast paced adventure has plenty of twists and turns that gets the adrenaline pumping and a demon with a plan, one that of course, could only benefit him. Hoist the sails and hold on tight as strong undercurrents, vicious battles and red hot passion keep the seas turbulent and readers biting their nails. With danger on the high seas and lurking under the water, readers can’t wait to add this sexy, entertaining and high octane read to their booty! 

 

 

 

 

 

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MATE OF THE VAMPIRE is the 4th book in the BLOOD BROTHERHOOD series (formerly know as Legends of the Soaring Phoenix)

 

 

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Sin of the Vampire     Shadow of the Vampire     Heart of the Vampire   

 

Mate of the Vampire     Claim of the Vampire     Destiny of the Vampire

 

Bite of the Vampire

 

 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook & Kindle Unlimited

 

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Vampires, demons and witches! I love to write about these dark entities and the darker the better. My characters are plunged into worlds where they experience torture and mayhem, but even in a world of darkness, true love survives. I write both, sci-fi, contemporary and historical paranormal stories.

 

 

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review 2019-10-13 06:59
5 Star Mate of the Vampire
Mate of the Vampire - M.L. Guida

 

He’s tired of being a cripple and wants to fight with his brothers again and Ronan Macmillian is given a choice --- a choice that could change his life forever. Pirates took everything Angelica ever loved and now she’s on the last place she ever wanted to be – a pirate ship. Neither counted on the attraction between them but with wickedness chasing them, they’ll have to be careful or seduction will lead them down a tempestuous sea and tear them apart.

 

Vampires, pirates, dragons, witches and mermaids, oh my! This swashbuckling adventure is one heck of a ride with non-stop, edge of your seat suspense and excitement. The characters are strong, determined and vibrate with sizzling chemistry and personality and their relationship has sparks flying and turbulent emotions that really grab the readers’ attention and pull them into their story. Add in a little magic, rum and snark and readers are completely, undeniably entertained.

 

The fast paced adventure has plenty of twists and turns that gets the adrenaline pumping and a demon with a plan, one that of course, could only benefit him. Hoist the sails and hold on tight as strong undercurrents, vicious battles and red hot passion keep the seas turbulent and readers biting their nails. With danger on the high seas and lurking under the water, readers can’t wait to add this sexy, entertaining and high octane read to their booty!

 

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