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Red (Believe #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  81 reviews
*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
Published June 18th 2013 by Front Porch Romance
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Clare dooley
SYNOPSIS: Fall back in love with fairy tales with, Little Red, the first installment of “The Believe Series” by Trista Jaszczak.

Ride along with Sam Wentworth through the winding back roads of Louisiana, on a desperate escape from her past. Where she falls into the arms of the unlikely and sometimes unwilling hero, Ethan Parker. When circumstances and fate seal the two together, entangling them with his 6 older brothers, feuding families and old bayou magic can Ethan put aside everything he has e
Bridgette Bandell
August 2013 Previous Version Read::

This book began as an awesome story, I loved this awesome and different perspective on Little Red Riding Hood! Also how you got the story in dual points of view! Samantha (Red) is the main character in this amazing book. She is escaping and running away from something (we later find out what…but Im not tellin’ hehe) and meets Ethan. A thirty year old bachelor that seems…. A bit too… shall we say eerily trustworthy? After one night with Ethan, Samantha is hooked
Wee Shubba's World
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My Review:
I was asked to review this book by an author friend and I am always extra nervous about reading the books of my friends because there is always that chance that I am not going like it and then having to tell them that. HOWEVER, thankfully this was NOT one of those times. Little Red was a fast paced, action packed sexy read that had me hooked from start to finish.

Little Red follows Sam, who on the run and trying to hide f
A New Twist on an Old Tale

When I started reading Little Red, I was a bit put off by the first person, present tense of the story, but it didn't take long before I realized that the writer's voice was both unique and interesting. Going back and forth, chapter by chapter, from one stream of consciousness to the other and doing it effectively, is truly a gift and Jaszczak has demonstrated the technique well. Little Red is the retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but this time, when Red
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Loved this fun take on Red Riding Hood. Not only fun but adventurous and at times sensual. I love how Ethan has never been with a woman until Samantha. I love how he sees himself as the Big Bad Wolf when in reality he is a man with wolf qualities struggling to stay good and innocent which he totally is. I love how Ethan is with Sam. I love the protectiveness and the beauty within. I especially love him and his brothers interactions. There were times when smacking Ethan upside the head was needed ...more
Typically, short story focuses on an unique event, a certain episode or an experience of the main character. Little Red is a small exception because if we were to divide the subject we could do it in three parts that flow smoothly from one to another.

At first you think that everything is going too fast and I was a bit annoyed, unhappy with this. But the author has taken precautions and managed to arouse the interest and the curiosity for the main characters and action, so I continued to read and
I started reading Trista's books about a year ago. I fell in love with Darkness Falls: Hunted and Loverboy, while not a book I would normally read, tugged at my heart strings. Trista has an amazing ability to make her characters so real, alive and vivid.

While I love paranormal, science fiction and fantasy books, I have always had a soft spot for fairy tales. Little Red is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and I can't wait for the rest of Trista's Believe Series.

Sam is a kick ass woman who
Billie Jones
when i got this book in my hand i could not stop reading it. i fell in LOVE with red and ethan within an instant. i loved the mysterey of it. little red will pull you into the book where you cannot put it down! over all this is now one of my fav books! i could read it over and over again. trista done an amazing job on this book and the details will leave you with cold chills! little red is amazing!
Gail Jones
I'm much older and it probably falls out of my age group but I loved it. There is a special bond between Red and Parker family. They're lovable, funny and though fast paced it's a great read. It takes Little Red Riding Hood and flips it into a romance for adults.
Sally Meadows
Once I started reading this book it only took me 4 hours to finish it I could not put it down(except for when my kids made me). This is the first book I have read by Trista and I will definitely be reading more. Well done Trista!!
Patti K
This review originally appeared on my blog, In Patti's Imagination. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. ETA: LOVE the new cover!

I like paranormal and fantasy stories, but I don't tend to read a lot of them compared to romance or straight fiction. Little Red seemed like it might be another typical paranormal story, so I was prepared for that. What I didn't expect was the fascinating twist that sets this story apart from so many others. If you like zero spoilers, stop r
Kathy Osborn

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you are a fan of fairy tales with a happy ending, this book is right up your alley. This was the first book by Trista Jaszczak that I have read. I was intrigued by the paranormal aspect of the blurb and was happy I received a copy to read.

I thought the Ms. Jaszczak gave us a great cast of characters that got me involved with humor, sex and drama throughout the story.

The story begins with Red (aka Sam
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. There was a “big bad wolf” (several really) without shifters. How fun! This author did a fantastic job with a smash up of several genres – fairy tales, paranormal, fantasy, folk lore, and of course romance and, did it quite well. This story grabbed me and held me hostage until the very end. It was amazing.

When I started this, I was reading with a “tongue in cheek” grin on my face because really – Little Red Riding Hood meets Snow White and the Seven
Pratr- Authors
This was a great retelling of little red riding hood! We have Sam AKA Red who is on the run from a abusive boyfriend. when Sams bike runs out of gas and she has no choice to set up camp in the woods. Thats when she meets her "big bad wolf" Ethan! Both Red and Ethan have terrible heartbreaking past. when Red finds out that Ethan and his 6 bothers have a secret that she can help with she wants nothing but to help .They both are going to need to each other to get pass the danger that is coming for ...more
Mariah Lynde
Little Red for Modern Times

A Review of the Book Little Red by Trista Jaszczak

Greetings once again my literary lovelies! Today I will be posting my review of the book, Little Red from the Believe series by Trista Jaszczak. In the interest of full disclosure and honesty, I won a copy of this book by attending the online release event for the novel. That said allow me to share with you my thoughts and insights on this story.
For my male readers, allow me to apologize because I am sure this book is
Laura Greenwood
I received a copy of Little Red in exchange for my review.

Samantha is on the run from her past and her present when her bike runs out of petrol and she meets Ethan, a man who claims that he is the big bad wolf. Nicknaming her Red because of her red leather jacket, Ethan takes her to the cabin used by himself and his sister before her death. Much to their surprises, Ethan and Red open up to each other in a way that they never open up to anyone and one thing leads to another and a moment of passio
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This is the first book that I've read by Trista and I have to say, it was good. This is a version of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.

"The big bad wolf might get you, Red."

The story revolves around Samantha (Red) and Ethan. I actually forgot her name was Sam because they call her Red throughout the book. Red is running from an abusive ex who is not willing to let go and finds Ethan when her bike runs out of gas near his home. She has not had an easy life and made a bre
Austin Davis

2014 re-release review:

Wow. The first time I read this, I loved it. And that is coming from a dude. The new release has only gotten better. Sam is tougher, the plot is deeper, the twists are bigger and the book is hotter. Trista has changed a great deal in lieu of having a new publisher and it is amazing. This time Little Red is an 18+ semi-erotic novel. The plot flows perfectly and the sex isn't just mindless scenes that are tossed in they work perfectly and add to the brand new twists to the p
This book had an interesting concept, replaying a version of a modern day fairy tale but it was just okay for me and I never felt truly engaged.

The book jumps right into the story with only a little build up and then there is a lot going on throughout. Parts felt drawn out, and at times, a bit choppy. I tried to accept it as-is, knowing it was a fairy tale, but I never felt truly connected.

The two main characters were Red (Sam) and Ethan. Red doesn’t seem very strong to me, mostly overwhelmed, w
Samantha Martin
Little Red is a modern day take on Little Red Riding Hood. With a twist of magic, a dash of love, and a pinch of evil this fairy tale will captivate you, seduce you, and enchant you.

Sam was on the run. From her life. From her ex. When her bike runs out of gas in the absolute middle of nowhere she never thought her rescuer would be a 6 ft tall, sexy as hell, man that made her want to run, she just is not sure if she wants to runaway from him or toward him.

Ethan Parker wants Sam. There is someth
What happens when Little Red Riding Hood meets the sexy Big Bad Wolf? Little Red was a modern retelling of the classic story of "The Little Red Riding Hood" with a semi-erotic twist. It was an interesting story that had a happy ending.

I quite enjoyed the concept of the story and the characters. Here we had Sam (Little Red) running away from an abusive boyfriend only to encounter Ethan, the Big Bad Wolf who was not really bad. These two were immediately attracted to each other and instantly beco
Missie Kurr
a fabulous, modern take on little red riding hood!
Given by the author for an honest review for her Blog Tour

At first,the book seems quite disappointing..It seems very cliche and without that special spark..But,the story really gets better..

The beginning of the story seems rushed and the characters have that hot connection due to which they share their family secrets..Not to mention that the girl actually follows the guy into the woords and the cabin..And then, um they sleep together in just few hours...I would like that to happen more gradually
Sue Ellen Robertson
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
This was the first book that I have read by the author and I have to say she is definitely creative with all the fairy tales we grew up. I love those tales even better now with the adult twist that she has put in them. This is the story of Little Red Riding Hood, only this time she is nicknamed Red. There are tales down in Louisiana that people believe in of curses, voodoo, and other cultural folklores. Sam Wentworth is running away from her pa
Brenda Franklin
Little red stares Samantha (AKA Red) and Ethan. Samantha is running from her horrible Ex who has been abusing her. She has no one but herself and all her possessions strapped into two little saddle bags on her motorcycle, which breaks down on a road in Louisiana. In an attempt to hid herself she pulls her motorcycle off the road and heads for the dark trees when she is found by Ethan, who isn’t about to leave her alone in the forest for the night.

Samantha and Ethan make one heck of a connection
gillian (Tattooed Book Review)
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3.5 Stars

” ‘Can two people really meet and decide after on e night they need to be together?’

‘Of course they can.’ I tell her.

‘I don’t believe in fairytales, though.’

‘When you’re talking to one of the big bad wolves, I think it’s okay to believe in fairy tales.’ “

Little Red is a good read for anyone who enjoys a creative twist on familiar fairy tales.

When Sam’s motorcycle runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere Louisiana, she’s rescued by t
Favorite Quotes
His gray eyes suddenly turn on me. I stop dead in my tracks and stare back. They’re bright, silvery glow almost matches the full moon. “The big
bad wolf might get you, Red,” He winks.
I let out an unsure chuckle. By big bad wolf, he could mean himself or an actual animal. I feel my
heart rate quicken as he shoots me another smile, “Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you.”
I let my eyes shift around the room. “What’s your name?” James asks.
Before I can say anything, Aaron, who is still clutchin
Maghon Thomas
So, I bet you were thinking this is all Little Red Riding Hood… Well, it is… but it isn’t. Little Red is an adult with some serious issues and a totally warped past. The Big Bad Wolf, isn’t bad, nor a wolf. But I’m getting ahead of myself. This is a very VERY cool retelling of the fairy tale. This is also the more adult, much more realistic tale, as the fairy part leaves out all the things that happen in life, like fights, and kidnapping, and abuse. :) I am now a fan of this author, as I loved t ...more
Sweets Books
I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not. But it surprised me, it turned out really good. A different tale of an old fairy tale. I laughed, had tears in my eyes and worried throughout the whole book. It has a mixture of everything and is fast paced but you're not left going "huh".

As our story begins, I'll admit I was little frustrated cause I didn't if it was a guy or girl talking. But that finally becomes quite clear, and then our story of Samantha (Red) begins. You soon find out she's on
S. Policar

*I received this book from the Author via My Family's Heart Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review*

This was definitely an interesting take on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
I can't remember if this was an ARC or not, but if it wasn't I'd advise the author have their editors and/or beta readers go over it again. There are quite a number of very noticeable errors in the copy I have.
I really enjoyed the story. Red and Ethan are amazing main characters, even if Red comes off as being a

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Trista Jaszczak (jazz-ick) is the author of the Believe series (fairy tale re-tellings), and upcoming relaunches, Loverboy, What Lies Inside and the Darkness Falls series. She is an Air Force spouse and mother to two mischievous and rambunctious little girls. She is originally from Hamilton, Ohio but calls home where ever the Air Force sends her. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where s ...more
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