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review 2017-06-24 02:09
Queen of Hearts
Queen of Hearts: A Sin City Collectors Novella - Kristen Painter

Claude (Claudette) is a feline shifter and owns a pawn shop. She also happens to be a semi-retired "Collector." The Collectors pick up supes who are misbehaving. Jason is a gargoyle working for a magician. The Queen of Hearts is an elaborate ruby necklace that was stolen by Jason. Claude soon finds out not all is as appears.
This was good. I really adored Claude. She is strong, intelligent, and just plain awesome. Jason wasn't bad either. I liked that he was a gargoyle. I liked giving him a weakness that was then used against him. Very well done novella with the plotting and pacing.

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review 2017-03-28 17:06
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1) - Kristen Painter
I have just one question.. How do you write a paranormal romance, without passion in the pages of the story??? It's been a long time since I've judged a book by it's cover, but maybe in this case, I should have. This one totally disappointed me and left me wanting.

There's nothing wrong with the quirkiness found here, it was quite refreshing. Or even the uncomplicated tones that played out throughout the book. There were also many interesting avenues the story appeared to be heading in. Including intriguing supporting characters. I just had hoped that with the general theme of this novel, and the way it began, that there would be more passion, fire, intensity with the characters, their plights, all of it. None was there though. Truly lacking.

And I don't think I've ever encountered a Paranormal novel that has fade to black love scenes. NO HOT, SEXINESS AT ALL
Though you did get a few PG-13 kissing sessions. Even the big event Turning scenes were HUGE let downs.

No. Sadly, I would not recommend this read to any of my fellow Paranormal Lovers.


 
 

 

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review 2017-01-29 21:20
Book Review of The Vampire's Fake Fiancée (Nocturne Falls Book 5) by Kristen Painter
The Vampire's Fake Fiancee (Nocturne Falls) (Volume 5) - Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

 

The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

 

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

 

Sebastian Ellingham isn’t known for being a happy vampire. And when his long estranged wife returns expecting to pick up where they left off, things take a sharp turn toward cranky. Sure he’s been protecting her for centuries, but her assumption that he’s still available (he is) rankles.

 

His answer is to hire a woman to play his fiancée. The lucky victim is Tessa Blythe, sister of one of the town’s deputies, librarian in need of a job and, oh yes, reluctant Valkyrie. Playing along with Sebastian is all about the end game: earning the position of Dean of Library Studies at the local private academy.

 

When unexpected sparks fly between them, they agree to mutually deny the attraction. Fate, however, has other plans…

 

Review 5*

 

This is the fifth book in the Nocturne Falls series. I loved it!

 

Sebastian Ellingham is a wonderful character in my opinion and I liked him a lot. Having been introduced as Hugh's grouchy older brother in earlier books, he intrigued me. Therefore, when I realised that this book was his story I became rather excited. Sebastian has a reason to be grouchy in my opinion. He made a promise a long time ago and he has not broken it. Now Evangeline, his estranged wife, has returned, hoping to get back together. In a fit of anger, he announces he's engaged. Enter Tessa Blythe. Unfortunately, he is unprepared for the feelings she makes him feel, even as his attraction for her grows.

 

Tessa Blythe is also a wonderful character. I liked her a lot too. She is a Valkyrie, but has chosen a life as a librarian rather than a warrior due to an event that happened in her past and it made her afraid of her own temper. During an interview for the Dean of Library Studies at Harmswood school in Nocturne Falls, she finds herself embroiled in a deception as Sebastian's Fiancée. However, as she gets to know Sebastian better she finds herself drawn to him.

 

I started to read and didn't put it down until I had finished it. In fact, it felt like I'd only just started it when I finished. I flew through the story I was that absorbed. I enjoyed meeting the various residents of Nocturne Falls and getting to know them better.

 

The story is told through the eyes of both Sebastian and Tessa and it took me on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. The reader is also introduced to several characters including Tessa's sister, Jenna, and Jenna's work colleague, Alex Cruz, who are both deputies and work for Sheriff Hank Merrow, as well as Greaves, Sebastian's Rook and friend. Then there is Evangeline. I must admit that, although I didn't have an instant dislike for her, I found her to be rather self-centered and spoilt. Granted, she was born in a different era and grew up with different expectations. Nevertheless, her attitude towards Sebastian made me want to shake her, or at least slap her.

 

I have really enjoyed reading this series and watching the characters grow. In this book, there is a lot more character development for not only Sebastian, but for Tessa too. They each take an amazing journey of discovery about themselves that made me feel proud of them. There is a little more action in this storyline too, with danger in the form of Evangeline, but it was the scene between Sebastian and Duncan (Tessa's cat) in his office that tugged at my heart the most.

 

As I've mentioned in other reviews, I'm not a huge fan of insta-love; I like characters to have time to get to know each other better. This story is more in line with this compared to the first two books in the series. The story is a romance and I enjoyed watching Sebastian's and Tessa's relationship grow. I reached the end of the book and was left with a warm fuzzy feeling as I enjoy a happy ending. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Shifter Romances The Writer, as soon as I can.

 

Kristen Painter has written a wonderful paranormal romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is fast paced and entertaining. The flow was wonderful too. I would definitely read more of this author's books in the future.

 

There are no scenes of an explicit sexual nature (the scenes fade or are implied and not shown), nor is there any bad language. Therefore, I recommend this book to older teens and highly recommend this book to readers who love paranormal, supernatural or urban fantasy romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-01-02 21:54
Book Review of The Professor Woos The Witch (Nocturne Falls Book 4) by Kristen Painter
The Professor Woos The Witch (Nocturne Falls) (Volume 4) - Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

 

The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

 

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

 

Pandora Williams is Nocturne Falls’ most successful real estate agent. And least successful witch. Her magic never has the intended outcome, but she’s learned to live with that. Mostly. Yes, it sucks, but what can she do? Then a hot new neighbor shows up and suddenly her magic works. Very cool, but very suspect. Especially since he’s a total non-believer.

 

Cole Van Zant likes practicality and absolutes. Things he can see and touch. So not magic. But when his teenage daughter insists she’s a witch—and they’re now living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day—he needs help. Of the witchy variety. Thankfully, his sexy neighbor buys into all that hocus pocus.

 

Enlisting her help seems like a great idea until spending time together reveals a supernatural surprise about who Cole really is. A secret even he didn’t know. Could Pandora and Cole really be meant for one another or is their attraction too much to believe?

 

Review 5*

 

This is the forth book in the Nocturne Falls series. I loved it!

 

Pandora Williams is a fantastic character. I liked her when I first met her in The Gargoyle Gets His Girl. She is a witch with misfiring magic who works as an estate agent and is known as The House Witch. When she finds a young girl hiding in her shed, and the girl's father arrives on her doorstep to collect her, her magic is affected by his very presence and begins to work properly. Intrigued and attracted to the sexy maths professor, Pandora finds herself facing a difficult decision.

 

Cole Van Zant is a wonderful character. I liked him a lot. He is a maths professor, but when he finds out he has inherited a house in Nocturne Falls from a distant relative, he takes a sabbatical and brings his daughter, Kaley, with him. He doesn't believe in magic or supernatural beings, but when he meets Pandora he is instantly attracted to her. As a family secret is revealed, Cole's life is completely upended. Will he be able to make a future with Pandora, or will his ex-wife throw a spanner in the works?

 

I came across this series through the recommendations from Amazon due to my reading/browsing history. I loved the first book and couldn't wait to read this one. Luckily, my sister and I share the same taste in books and, since we also share our Kindle libraries, I was able to read this from her account.

 

I started to read and didn't put it down until I had finished it. In fact, it felt like I'd only just started it when I finished. I flew through the story I was that absorbed. I enjoyed meeting the various residents of Nocturne Falls and getting to know them better.

 

The story is told through the eyes of both Pandora and Cole and took me on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. The reader is also introduced to several characters including Pandora's mother, Corette, and two sisters, Marigold and Charisma. Corette owns and runs the only bridal shop in Nocturne Falls. Marigold owns and runs a florist shop and Charisma is a psychologist. Marigold also has a daughter called Saffron, who is eight years old. Then there is Kaley, Cole's thirteen year old daughter. She is a typical angst ridden teen, though I liked her a lot too. It can't be easy living with a father who doesn't believe in witches and magic. The only character I took an instant dislike to was Kaley's mother, Lila. I cannot understand how a parent can abandon their own child in the way she did. I found her to be incredibly selfish. There are also a few other interesting characters, but none more so than Aunt Gertrude, who is now a ghost living in the attic. She's incredibly eccentric and a bit of a dirty old lady. She made me laugh.

 

I have really enjoyed reading this series and watching the characters grow. In this book, there is a lot more character development for not only Pandora, but for Kaley and Cole too. They each take an amazing journey of discovery about themselves that some of the previous characters in the other books didn't do. There is a little more action in this storyline too, with danger in the form of an ex determined to tap into Cole's ability as a human familiar. I really enjoyed the showdown between Pandora and Lila, though slightly disappointed with the ending of that fight. I won't say why because of spoilers. Having said that, I loved the interview scene at the school between Cole and Hugh and Sebastian Ellingham. It made me giggle. Sebastian is becoming more intriguing by the minute.

 

As I've mentioned in other reviews, I'm not a huge fan of insta-love. I like characters to have time to get to know each other better. This story is more in line with this compared to the first two books in the series. The story is a romance and I enjoyed watching Cole's and Pandora's relationship grow. I reached the end of the book and was left with a warm fuzzy feeling as I enjoy a happy ending. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Vampire's Fake Fiancée, as soon as I can.

 

Kristen Painter has written a wonderful paranormal romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is fast paced and entertaining. The flow was wonderful too. I would definitely read more of this author's books in the future.

 

There are no scenes of an explicit sexual nature (the scenes fade or are implied and not shown), nor is there any bad language. Therefore, I recommend this book to older teens and highly recommend this book to readers who love paranormal, supernatural or urban fantasy romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2016-12-28 22:04
Book Review of The Gargoyle Gets His Girl (Nocturne Falls Book 3) by Kristen Painter
The Gargoyle Gets His Girl (Nocturne Falls) (Volume 3) - Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

 

The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

 

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

 

Willa Iscove, fae jeweler, has her first stalker. Really, he’s just one of her lovesick customers. The ring she crafted to help him find new love has backfired, making Willa the object of his affections. In a bid to rid herself of her amorous client, Willa makes a wish in the Nocturne Falls fountain using the piece of opal in her pocket and in doing so, unknowingly conscripts as her guardian the sexy gargoyle on duty.

 

Former Army Ranger and gargoyle Nick Hardwin has some serious suspicions about the pretty fae who just invoked the ancient pact for protection. Her kind have been at odds with his kind for ages. Now she wants his help? He’s determined to figure out what she’s up to. Which won’t be a hardship considering how much fun she is to be around. And kiss.

 

But then her stalker turns out to be the tip of the iceberg and things go really wrong, really fast. When they’re both kidnapped, Willa is forced to make a hard decision. The life of her family or the freedom of the man she’s fallen for?

 

Review 5*

 

This is the third book in the Nocturne Falls series. I loved it!

 

Willa Iscove is a wonderful character. I really liked her. She has a very independent spirit. She is a fae jeweler, now living in Nocturne Falls after running away from her home, Rhoswynn, several years earlier when she was fourteen. When a spell she included in a ring she made for a client backfires, she finds herself being stalked. Desperate, she makes a wish at the town's fountain. What she didn't expect was to find a protector in Nick Hardwin, an ex Army Ranger and gargoyle.

 

Nick Hardwin is also a wonderful character. I liked him a lot. He was only mentioned in The Werewolf Meets His Match, so it is nice to get to know him better. He has a typical alpha type personality, fiercely loyal, extremely protective and seriously sexy. Being an Army Ranger, Nick was used to action and danger, but now he's a civilian once more and he is finding life a little dull. Hoping to find a little excitement, he agrees to act as a night watchman, doing surveillance as the gargoyle at the town's fountain. When Willa unknowingly recruits him as her guardian, he is unsure of her motives. As his attraction to her grows, he is torn between his heart and his duty.

 

I came across this series through the recommendations from Amazon due to my reading/browsing history. I loved the first book and couldn't wait to read this one. Luckily, my sister and I share the same taste in books and, since we also share our Kindle libraries, I was able to read this from her account.

 

I started to read and didn't put it down until I had finished it. In fact, it felt like I'd only just started it when I finished. I flew through the story I was that absorbed. I enjoyed meeting the various residents of Nocturne Falls and getting to know them better. .

 

The story is told through the eyes of both Willa and Nick. There is slightly less humour in this story compared to the first book of the series, but it was no less enjoyable. The story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I really liked Jasper, Willa's cat. He has his own personality, though he reminded me of my own cat, whom I miss dearly as she died many years ago. I also liked meeting Pandora Williams, a witch with misfiring magic who works as an estate agent and is known as The House Witch. She has a cat sibling to Jasper, so Willa and Pandora have bonded over this and have become best friends. As the story progressed, the reader also gets to meet Julian Ellingham. He is still rather enigmatic, even though he's known as a playboy and is the youngest of the three Ellingham brothers. He's in charge of organising the various jobs the "characters" aka the residents play (even though they mostly play themselves) to keep the visitors happy. There are also several other interesting characters, though I must admit I didn't warm up to Willa's younger sister and brother, Kyanna and Zane; they were rather spoilt and bratty. I did, however, like Shay, Willa's youngest sister. She is much more down to earth.

 

As the story unfolded, there were several twists and turns I didn't see coming and I found myself in awe at Willa's strength of character. Her stalker is more of an annoyance rather than a danger to her, but I also felt sorry for him as he is unwittingly used as a pawn by Kyanna. I must admit I enjoyed visiting Rhoswynn. It sounds like a beautiful place to live, though rather oppressive, considering the way they treated their lapidus fae (those who could work with both metal and stone like Willa). Nevertheless, the challenge scene with Willa and Kyanna was incredibly tense and I could feel the tension as Willa struggled to get through it. The conclusion wasn't unexpected, but Willa's actions were.

 

I must admit that I'm not a huge fan of insta-love, I like characters to have time to get to know each other better. This story is more in line with this compared to the first two books, though not by much. Having said that, the story is a romance and I enjoyed watching Willa's and Nick's relationship grow. I reached the end of the book and was left with a warm fuzzy feeling as I enjoy a happy ending. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Professor Woos The Witch, as soon as I can.

 

Kristen Painter has written a wonderful paranormal romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is fast paced and entertaining. The flow was wonderful too. I would definitely read more of this author's books in the future.

 

There are no scenes of an explicit sexual nature (the scenes fade or are implied and not shown), nor is there any bad language. Therefore, I recommend this book to older teens and highly recommend this book to readers who love paranormal, supernatural or urban fantasy romances. - Lynn Worton

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