Another great fairytale fantasy romance by Grace Draven!
ENTREAT ME is a creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and unfolds with a slow cadence th Another great fairytale fantasy romance by Grace Draven!
ENTREAT ME is a creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and unfolds with a slow cadence that sets the tone until the final ultimate test of true love versus true evil.
“Behold the beast, my beauty.”
A four hundred year old curse meant to turn man into beast during the magical flux has captured Ballard and his son Gavin. Isolated in his crumbling castle, Ballard shoulders most of the curse in hopes Gavin can have a normal life. And just maybe find a way to break the curse.
What strange madness gripped this place that no one—not even her sister who’d been known to weep over a crushed spider—seemed bothered by the horrendous sounds emanating from the castle depths?
Louvean, a dark haired widow, and her beautiful sister Cianna find themselves Gavin's guest at his father's strange and remote cold castle, but the horrifying sounds beneath the floors tells them it may not be the safe haven they sought. They agree to spend the winter in exchange for protection against a morally reprehensible creditor, time which Ballard and Gavin need to learn if these two ladies can help break the curse.
“The castle had a strangeness about it--places where torchlight flickered one way while the shadows it cast scampered another; stairs ended in opposite directions without ever turning."
I loved all of the characters in this story. Grace Draven has a way of writing heroes and heroines thick with both virtues and flaws, and Ballard and Louvean are no exception. Before the curse Ballard was a ruthless warrior married to a woman he did not love in order to take her land. Louvean has a well deserved reputation as a shrew, which was nothing less than entertaining. Her tit-for-tat comments were priceless, especially when going up against the castle's magician.
The romance between Ballard and Louvean was the main focus of the story, and it was endearing. I loved how Louvean was able to look past his appearance, especially during the flux, and love the man inside. And Ballard growing need for Louvean was down right palpable at times! They made a great couple, and their romance quite believable.
“He hadn’t known it was possible to embrace lightning until he’d held her, and the experience had left him exhilarated.
Do you love her?"
For those wondering, this story is different than Master of Crows, a book I still consider one of my all time favorites. ENTREAT ME is a slower paced story without as many moving parts. It remains focused on the romance and not as heavily on the fantasy, dangers and world building. While I would have loved the story to move faster in places and give us more of the nail biting world building, I think the pace of this story worked great. It was equally as captivating, just in a different way then with MOC.
Thanks to Grace Draven for providing an ARC of this story.
3.5 stars. Cute story! This was a fun, sexy, magical holiday novella about a guardian angel, Sarah, falling for her human Jack Morgan.
Jack shed his c3.5 stars. Cute story! This was a fun, sexy, magical holiday novella about a guardian angel, Sarah, falling for her human Jack Morgan.
Jack shed his corporate cutthroat life of greed and power, and is now focused on spending his time and fortune to help make the world a better place. His latest adventure is to help a poor village in Bolivia, but his trip from Los Angeles to South America is riddled with strange obstacles.
Sarah has been watching over humans for over a millennium, but Jack may be her most difficult assignment yet. He has been a thrill seeker, risk taker, and rule-breaker his entire life. But this trip to Bolivia will be her biggest challenge yet to keep him safe.
Jack stumbles across a beautiful, quirky lady in the-middle-of-nowhere-Bolivia, which sets off a fun adventure for these two as they treck to a nearby village to help rebuild a leaky roofs, school rooms...etc. And he soon discover she is not what he first believed.
The sparks between Jack and Sarah fly quickly, and Sarah is soon pressured to break all of the rules she knows. She wants to be with Jack more than anything, but will true love prevail? Or will she lose her job?
I enjoyed this steamy little Christmas story, and loved the Bolivia setting. My heart went out to the kids and families of the village. Jack and Sarah made a cute couple.
My only small gripe is I wish the story wasn't told using mostly the narrative voice. It was told primarily through the eyes of the author, and comparatively had very little dialogue between Jack, Sarah and even the villagers. That unfortunately made Jack and Sarah a bit harder to get to know. They were so fun when they spoke, it just wasn't enough for me to fully round out their characters.
Overall, I did enjoy this one. And while it was more than a bit predictable, I didn't care. The magic, holiday and romance combination is a recipe I love. I saw the ending coming a mile away but I couldn't wait to get there anyway.
Thanks to Netgalley.com for providing the free ARC. ...more
Wow, this was great fantasy romance tale with a medieval feel. Mages, elves, shape-shifters, dragons, griffins, fairies and humans battle again a powe Wow, this was great fantasy romance tale with a medieval feel. Mages, elves, shape-shifters, dragons, griffins, fairies and humans battle again a powerful king and his evil empire set on their annihilation. A perfect read for young adults as the steam level is mild (kisses only).
The Tears of Elios is a compelling and highly imaginative fantasy story with two romances. The story switches back and forth between Galen's story, a high elf commander, and Ranealya, sister to Galen and a shape-shifter being hunted. Their stories mesh midway and together we learn all about the Kings wrath and their plans to save themselves at any cost.
Ranealya finds herself indebted to Gregor, a human mage living in isolation who has family connections to the evil King. Gregor saves her life from a brutal attack, and soon finds he will do anything to help her and her brother stop the king.
Galen meets Kira, a young mysterious human with extraordinary magical powers. He is drawn to her and soon begins to teach her how to harness her gift. While he tries to resist her, there is something that connects these two that he can't simply deny.
Both couples take a separate journey to find the hidden Tears of Elios, which has them meeting danger and all kinds of interesting and imaginative characters along the way. We learn that the Tears of Elios are necessary for a final battle of all battles, and the only way to ensure the King's own annihilation.
The romances were sweet and chaste (kisses only), and secondary to a great fantasy story and world building, but still very solid. There are HEAs, but with a slight caveat. (view spoiler)[Galen and Kira are together but missing at the end of the book. No doubt they will be found/rescued in the sequel, but they did get their HEA before they disappeared. (hide spoiler)]
This is book 1 in a series, so I imagine some of the other characters will get their own HEA and feature more prominently in future books.
I saw this book compared to one of my all time favorites Master of Crows, so I had to read it. And while I understand the comparison I didn't find it in the same caliber. MOC is a sensual and steamy romance among a dark and richly woven world, while TOE is a lighter story with a young-adult feel to it. Both were enjoyable, but uniquely different as well. ...more
Very romantic! And surprisingly steamy. My Lord Raven is a modern day Cinderella style fairytale of fated lovers destined to reunite. Dante Burroughs,Very romantic! And surprisingly steamy. My Lord Raven is a modern day Cinderella style fairytale of fated lovers destined to reunite. Dante Burroughs, the Earl of Ravensmoor, and Kate, his new American secretary, have a connection that goes soul deep. Set in the countryside of England, this story spun a great tale of destined lovers trying to break a curse two centuries old.
Shocked to be confronted with the woman who haunted his dreams his entire adult life, Dante sets his plan into motion to bring her to England. Kate is instantly drawn to Dante, but realizes she is far beneath his station. While Dante recognized Kate to be his destiny, the relationship builds slowly as they spend time together.
There was a strong connection between these two that became palpable. And just when I thought this was going to be a G-rated book, the steam kicked in ... and kicked in... and wow, KICKED IN. The first kiss came midway through the story, but let me go on record as saying it may be the most passionate, toe-curling first kiss I can remember reading. The buildup and tension went on for pages, and the anticipation of their first kiss was near electric. The sex scenes were equally well done. They were so passionate, tender, and emotional mixed with a lot of hottness! I would love me my own Dante!
“You're the echo of my soul, Ravensmoor that I am,” he rasped. “You're the very reason behind my existence, Kate.”
The only part of the story that I struggled with was the the curse itself. The way it's explained left me confused about all the Earls that came before Dante who apparently also suffered from the same dreams. I also had issue with how long Dante kept the information from Kate. There is a point in the story where it should have been obvious to him to give her at least some basic information about the original woman who set the curse into motion. So while I really enjoyed the whole romantic fated-souls aspect of the curse, I didn't feel the curse itself was well explained.
The ending gave way to a surprising twist in the story, which was good as I felt it was becoming predictable at that point. Overall, this was a great read. It reminded me a good steamy historical romance, albeit this one is set in modern times. I guess with all the mention of royalty, titles and the visits the English country side, it felt like I'm in a historical. The writing was poetic and enchanting, the romance was quite passionate, and the steam level was right up my ally.
Thank God for good endings, otherwise I’d be kicking myself for reading this one. In the end I ended up nearly loving it, but it wasn’t until the lastThank God for good endings, otherwise I’d be kicking myself for reading this one. In the end I ended up nearly loving it, but it wasn’t until the last third of the book that I found myself fully engaged in the story and characters. So what began as a ‘Hunger Games’ de-ja-vu kind of read, did turn into a unique and (dare I say it?) riveting story towards the wee end. Heck, I may even read the sequel too.
The first third of this book sets up the world building and introduces us to the many characters living in a dark futuristic Chicago where factions control peoples actions and beliefs. We discover that 16 year old Beatrice is a Divergent -- a person who has personality traits from all the factions. And this is a bad thing. Bad, bad, bad. Sadly, I don’t know why it is bad, or why I should care. Honestly, don’t know.
The middle of the book we spend a lot of time reading about the characters while they go through a rigorous boot camp training that transforms people into drones for their new faction. Beatrice/Triss learns to dress trampy, fight like an action hero, inks herself up with some tattoos, and get a big ol’ boy crush on a hot and mysterious 18 y/o trainer named Four. We learn who the good and bad people are now, and a mysterious plot starts to unfold. We also begin to understand why being a Divergent is so dangerous for Triss. And while I’m still not sure why I should care about these people, the story is now getting interesting.
The last part of the book is where it finally all gels together, the plot thickens, and several unpredictable twists of events has me glued to the rest of this book. Surprisingly this was not a simple good vs. evil type story, as it actually had layers and layers of well-developed plot. I just didn’t see it coming until the final third of the book. So now I not only like Triss, I love Triss. I get her, and hope her crush on Four turns into something great for her. Because I now care! Yes, I now care about these people. Whew. ...more
A retelling of an old Hawaiian tale. John Wall, captain of sinking ship is called to the sea by his Siren. This was a fun love story about a mortal maA retelling of an old Hawaiian tale. John Wall, captain of sinking ship is called to the sea by his Siren. This was a fun love story about a mortal man from land, and an immortal goddess from the sea. ...more
4.5 stars. A steamy novella with a sexy shape-shifter Dragon (Magnus) who finds the woman who left him four years ago, and who he could never forget.4.5 stars. A steamy novella with a sexy shape-shifter Dragon (Magnus) who finds the woman who left him four years ago, and who he could never forget. A great dark romance short story (about 70 or so pages?), well done. ...more
Maybe 15-20 pages total, not bad for a free read but I wouldn't recommend paying a dime for it. It is a fantasy read about a woman who gets a sexy visMaybe 15-20 pages total, not bad for a free read but I wouldn't recommend paying a dime for it. It is a fantasy read about a woman who gets a sexy visitor every St. Patrick Day. I might have given it 3 stars if only the heroine wasn't so quick to spread her legs for a complete stranger. A little dialogue maybe? Uh, no. ...more
So did the princess live happily ever after once the prince rescued her from the beastly dragon who ate her parents? This super-short story was a funSo did the princess live happily ever after once the prince rescued her from the beastly dragon who ate her parents? This super-short story was a fun cheeky continuation to the fable, but don't expect much depth to the story. ...more