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Review – Open Hearts by Erin Hayes

 

My heart isn’t my own.
And I don’t mean romantically.

Six months ago, I had a heart transplant. Now I’m learning to live again with someone else’s heart beating in my chest. My scars both inside and out haunt my every waking moment.

Then I meet Rhys, the tattooed Yank that finds himself transplanted to my Southern hometown. Even though he’s haunted by his own scars, he’s determined to show me how to embrace my second chance at life.

I’m not sure if I can give someone my heart when it wasn’t mine to begin with.

And neither of our hearts will survive rejection.

 

For once I’m not going to be my funny self (I think I’m funny, even if you don’t) with this review. From the beginning to the end I was captivated with the story of Becks & Rhys.

Becks has always had a heart problem but it came to the point where her heart was failing and she needed a new heart. The day that happens….

“There’s a heart?” I ask, dumbfounded. “For me?” Dr. Patel nods. “If you choose to accept it, of course. And if all goes well, it should be here within an hour.” “Oh my God,” escapes from my lips. A heart for me.

Becks has such a positive outlook on life and is a fighter and a survivor. She is strong, sassy and I really liked her. She is a painter and a talented one at that.

Rhys has moved from Boston to Birmingham to look after his half sister Charlotte. She has a non verbal form of autism. He has scars on the inside. I’m very impressed with Rhys. He was great when he was trying to do the right thing for him after his childhood and his Ma’s ‘friends’

He is becoming the man he wants to be even before he met Becks. He is a mechanic where he works for his Gramps and he ‘tinkers’ whereas he is a sculptor more than a tinker. An open secret is that his Gramps and Larry aren’t purely in a business-orientated relationship. They’re from a different time though, so they’d never admit to it, even now. I loved how Rhys gave him love advice at the end. Even he deserves a happily ever after.

Rhys doesn’t particularly like it in Birmingham that is until he meets Becks at a petrol station. Rhys has had it tough and he is angry but he has it under control. Becks tells him her secret and opens heart to him although he saw the scar before her admission.

 

I was surprised how well Becks was dealing with everything until she had a rejection episode that is some scary shite. She forgot to take her meds. But there was also a strong part of survivors guilt and realising that in order for you to live someone died. That you should live any that as if it is your last.

“Every heartbeat is borrowed time.”

After the rejection episode she tries to push Rhys away.

“I’m literally dying as we speak! Whatever it’s tomorrow, three months from now, or a year, at some point, my body is going to reject my heart. Because that’s what my body does! And then I’m fucked. I-“

“Don’t you think that,” I tell her, my breath ragged. I cup her face in my hands. “Don’t you ever Think that Becks. Because you have my heart. And I won’t allow you to reject it.”

“You deserve to have a normal life, Rhys,” she whispers.

“This is normal,” I tell her. “This is what being human is about. We lead our lives. We choose to be happy. We get sick. We have those who love us and help us get through everything.”

BEST. BOOK. BOYFRIEND! He tinkers her the best thing ever.

 

Becks receives a letter from the donor’s family.

Dear Recipient:

I want you to know how much Montana means to me and how I am comforted that she ensured a better quality of life for someone else. She was a cheerleader, a straight A student and bought a car from her after school job. It doesn’t matter if it was a car crash or something else.

But Montana was always a ray of sunshine wherever she went, so I imagine she’s burning bright within you. Full of life. Full of love. Take care of my Baby girl’s heart for me. I know she’s looking after both of us.

You have something that is vital but doesn’t really belong to you. It is gift but can also be a burden.

I loved the epilogue.

Three years later, three years strong, three years of leading a miracle.

Where Becks and Rhys meet the donor family on Thanksgiving.

She’s listening to her daughters heart. My heart. “I can….” Her voice trails off through her tears. “I can hear Montana in there.” And it’s because of Montana, died 16 that I am alive, it’s not perfect but it is my happily ever after.

I can hardly imagine how hard it was to write this book, Ms. Hayes you have my greatest respect. As the reader you think of mortality and how much we take for granted. I know that I was probably imagining it but I felt as if my heart hurt and how lucky I am.

 

 

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A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin

A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin

 

September 30, 2017

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 A Kiss To Build A Dream On

 

 Katie Baldwin

 

 

 

 March 1st 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Bethany Michaels leads a fairly isolated existence, but she longs to be an outgoing and sexually confident woman. When her celebrity crush comes to town, and literally falls at her feet, her prayers seem to be answered. But can she protect her heart while still experiencing true passion?Hollywood celebrity Aidan Shannon, drunk and lost in small-town Virginia, finds himself in the home of a beautiful woman, and he finds her more than just a little alluring. Bethany is voluptuous and nurturing, fragile, yet steely. And that is a problem for a man who never wants to be tied to another woman again. Living in the now is good enough for Aidan and Bethany for the short term. When the universe steps in and shows them what’s important, will Aidan take a chance on love a second time around when his girl needs him?

 

 

 

 

 

A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Katie Baldwin is that kind of book that you will want to read when you have been dreaming since forever to have a few minutes alone with your favorite star.

 

You should not expect it to be totally realistic because that would raise questions at certain points of the story and this would be harming the feelings this book can evoke within you if you let it.

 

So please give the story some leeway – I had problems with that at the beginning too but after a while, when I let go of my stoic need for it to be realistic, I got into it and then it this plot worked for me.

 

The plot is well developed, the writing is good and with the exception of the few times where I felt it could be more realistic it was a really good story. Even a little different from other stories that cater to the “hunger” of the same audience.

 

Aiden felt like a nice enough guy most the times so it was easy to connect with him, with the exception of his strange behavior when it came to relationships.

 

But Bethany seemed a rather strange person and felt detached from everything. And because of this appearance it was a little difficult to connect and with her.

 

In total it was an good read and I would certainly pick up another book of this author if the blurb sounds good to me.

 

 

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Oliver (This is Our Life #3) by F.G. Adams

Oliver (This is Our Life #3) by F.G. Adams

 

October 2, 2017

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 Oliver

 

F.G. Adams

 

This is Our Life #3

 

 April 3rd 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 Soulmates destined to collide.Six years after surviving a tragic loss, a photograph of a young woman turns Oliver Bishop’s world upside down. He’s on a mission, tracking her from state to state. Each stop bringing him closer to finding her. Will his search find the ghost vixen, or will the madman stalking her get to her first?After fourteen years of running from a nightmare, Fallyn Blackwood barely escaped her stalker’s clutches in Washington. When a sexy stranger walks into Ray’s Diner, her entire world shifts on its axis. Scared and determined, she finds herself fighting his protective nature—and her desire. The problem is, she’s not looking to be saved.He’s come too far to back down. He found her, and he won’t let go. Freedom from the past is within his grasp, and he’ll fight for her love.

 

 

 

 

 

So here are my thoughts on “Oliver” by FG Adams. So first things first – I made a slight mistake when I choose the book, because I did not pay attention (Or it wasn’t obvious at that time) that this book was part of a series. So hence one of my problems with the story.

 

But let me start at the beginning. I loved the Blurb and I loved the writing of the author. As it was my first book by this author I need to mention that especially. The part coming now is based on assumptions.

So treat this info carefully.

 

I assume because of the writing style that previous books already had information’s on Oliver in them. So if you were following the series his character should be (well?) known to you.

 

The same probably goes for Fallyn Blackwood.

 

So if I come from that angle than this book has a great storyline and is probably well balanced in the “developing of romance” department.

 

BUT as it is – I only read this book and I had to wonder at times about the development of feelings between the leading characters.

 

Because even though the Blurb mentions that Oliver is “hunting” Fallyn for a longer time he does not really know her so that can not count. And by the amount of time he invested in this hunt it almost – could – border on obsession instead of love but the author really tries to steer the reader of that route.

 

Still – if I count the actual time only that Fallyn knows Oliver later – its really an Insta-Love which is amazing for someone in her “special” situation. And it is well known that I have a tiny problem with InstaLoves

 

So – when it comes to the writing, the blurb and the storyline this book is really good and will definitely not be my last by this author BUT in the romance department it feels a little to InstaLove – no matter from which angle I look at it.

 

But please judge for yourself when reading – because its def. worth the time …

 

 

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3.5 ‘leap of faith’ stars.

After the last two books in this series I wasn’t sure what I expected and well they were a bit dull, you know but this one here is much better. It also happens over the time span of a year so you know none of that instant shite going on. But saying that it could have been more.

Amanda has been burnt by an ex and has put her love life on the backburner but her sex life that’s one she’s all for keeping that active. She lost ground on her career as her boss thought that she was becoming too infatuated with her then boyfriend and never wants to make the same mistake again.
Derek Winston is in Austin on business. He is all work and no play and while having a drink with a friend at the Fix, he is smitten with a certain blonde and boy is he smooth. He is coming to realise that not everything can be about the hamster wheel.

I wasn’t particularly keen on Amanda in the previous books and from what I read in the epilogue of the previous book I was convinced I’d hate the moo but no actually I like her. She isn’t my favourite heroine but she isn’t at the bottom of the bucket either.

I love Derek, he is so patient with Amanda gives her space and in time he worms himself in and she could have it all.

One night in the Fix their eyes connect and they hook up which leads to a regular hook up whenever Derek is in town. The sex scenes were good there is chemistry between these two that is for sure but I wanted to see them really get to know one another there was enough time, it fell shallow again and somewhat glossy. I want substance and I don’t really seem to be getting that here. I just don’t seem to learn. Note to self, remember that for the next frigging book.

The whole ‘I have a problem with commitment’ on the heroine’s part was not a new storyline but at least it was somewhat refreshing that the heroine is gun shy These are all low angst reads that are meant to be fun and a flirt of a read. Which they are they also have a sexy vibe to them. This author is at such ease with her characters and writing you feel like one of the crew which I enjoy.

 

 

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Review – “Diverging Cadence” by Katie Hamstead

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1497696738

When Cadence Anderson woke to find her husband and infant daughter had been killed, she thought her life was over. Instead, she was offered a second chance and sent back in time to do it all again.

She’s made the most of this opportunity, repairing her relationship with the best friend she lost the first time, avoiding the romantic mistakes she made originally, and even bringing her family closer together. But she’s also done something she wasn’t planning on—she’s fallen in love with someone other than her future husband.

Stepping onto a plane and flying across country to attend university is the hardest decision she’s had to make. But unless she follows through with it, her future with Austin might never happen. And what becomes of her beautiful baby if she stays with James, the man she was never supposed to love?

The only thing she knows for certain is that she has to see Austin again, and she’s intent on reliving that part of her previous life exactly like she did the first time. Even if that means she has to lie to James to do it. Because, deep down, she can’t quite bring herself to let him go.

Now, past and future are about to collide, and Cadence has to make her final choice—follow the uncertain path of a life with James, or the one she came back to save . . . with Austin.

Between finishing book 1 and before starting book 2 my feelings were all over the place. I wanted to read book 2 but equally I didn’t want to read it because I loved James.

In the end I took a leap and started reading it. I was quite antsy about it to be honest.

This is a very emotional book and I strongly suggest that you don’t read it in public. I thought that I wouldn’t like Austin and Cadence as a couple but they were great together. I know that it was confusing for Cadence to love two people equally and at one point in my life I was in the same position. Long story and completely off topic here.

To relive the memories with Austin and to know the outcome is pretty tough to deal with. I’m not a fan of cheating and Cadence clearly cheated on James. I got the ending that I thought I would get so all in all I’m happy enough. I give this book 3.5 stars.

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The Storm: Irin Chronicles Book Six by Elizabeth Hunter

The Storm Book Cover The Storm
Irin Chronicles Book Six
Elizabeth Hunter
Paranormal/Fantasy
17.04.2018
ebook

On the darkest night of winter, can he bring light to her wounded heart?

Scarred by loss, Irina warrior Renata has held the world at a distance. Fighting the Grigori and protecting humanity are her goals, but her heart remains frozen to the bonds of family and love. Only one scribe, Maxim of Riga, has managed to see through Renata's armor.

On the darkest night of winter, in the halls of her ancestral home, Renata is forced to face her past. Can a fierce storm and a stubborn scribe coax her back to life, or will she retreat into duty forever?

Newly republished as a stand-alone with bonus novella Song for the the Dying.

When a letter arrives from a remote scribe house in Latvia, Leo and Max must return to their childhood home to face the father and grandfather who raised them. The past is inescapable, but can it be overcome? Is it possible to build a future of happiness from a foundation of pain?

The Storm and "Song for the Dying" are two novellas in the Irin Chronicles, a romantic fantasy series by Elizabeth Hunter.

Author's note: The Storm was originally published in the anthology Amid the Winter Snow: A Holiday Anthology.

4 ‘Some moments are beyond words’ Stars.

There are two novellas included here. The Storm & Song for the Dying. They are unique and can’t be compared to one another.

The Storm.

The Storm by Ms. Hunter is another great addition to her Irin Chronicles series and although a novella it most certainly does pack a punch. I can only recommend reading the series as this can’t be read as a standalone. There is so much depth and history here that it is worth it. The book is full of emotion it is about pain and loss and yet being able to grieve when given the chance. That there is hope.

Here it is Max and Renata’s story and what a story they have. Their love, avoidance and hate spans over a very long time. They both experienced the aftermath of the Rending where thousands of Irin women and children were murdered. It is hard to overcome something so brutal especially after the revelation that not all Grigori are evil.

But Max is persistent that he has followed Renata wherever she goes. This time it’s no different. The loss that they have encountered and each has dealt with it differently but after such a long time it is time to heal. To face fears to move on. Not an easy feat especially for these two.

Song for the Dying.

Here we get to experience Leo’s and Max’s past when they are summoned to Riga as their Grandfather is dying.
Leo & Max travel with their mates and aren’t sure what to expect as it has been over a hundred years since they were last there.

Growing up with no women, no Irina song to comfort them was hard and Max & Leo didn’t get the love that they deserved. Hold hurts here will start to heal with the help of Kyra and Renata and their healing power.

It was saddening to experience the past that they suffered and that they were saved and when they find out by whom they are shocked. Even the Fallen have morals, there must be a balance between good and evil.

Once again Ms. Hunter grips me with her storytelling and are impeccable writing and this applies for both novellas. They are perfect.

I felt all the emotions that our MC have experienced and savour this author’s writing so much. Since the beginning of all of her paranormal romance it has been a true pleasure and each book keeps on getting better and better. So keep them coming.

Each plot is unique and the secondary characters really add to the story. Vasu is a favourite of mine and well I would love for Azril to get a book. Even Death deserves to fall in love.

Next book up is The Seeker with Rhys & Meera. Do I know Meera? I can’t remember.

 

 

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – “Deceptive Cadence” by Katie Hamstead

Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn’t. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake’s wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn’t need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she’s armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determination to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She’s focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he’s very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.

Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?

The book is split into two parts. We have Cadence’s part & James’s part.

The beginning of this book broke me fucking heart. It was so sad, you could feel the grief and the loss of husband and child of what Cadence was experiencing.

If you offered the opportunity of a lifetime to go back to the age of fourteen and start all over again to save the two people who you loved most in your life would you? Would you go back and do it all again? With what you know now?

Cadence agrees to this choice and makes changes things, she tries to rectify mistakes with how things went down with her ex boyfriends and her best friend. Through changing those things does it still lead to the path in the future? Was having the knowledge really any help at all? Fixed events can’t be changed as they change the world history revealing these mistakes Cadence will lose her chance at changing her future. 9/11 has to happen, Hurricane Katrina etc. Has to sign a contract. We have the right to make our own choices as humans and we have to carry the consequences.

 We all have that one boy we know we shouldn’t have kissed but did it anyway.

We all have a friend that we lost contact with and we wish that we never didn’t.

Would I want to go back to being grounded?

“Candence Anderson” “Get off me!” “You’re even more beautiful up close.” I glared at him, then glanced around to see the whole class watching. “You’re making a scene.” “I don’t care. I just wanna get your attention.” I shoved him in the chest and glared up at him. “Well you have it, what do you want?” “I want you to date me.” I laughed. “You’re insane” “Come on I’ve been watching you for weeks. You’re a total prude but you’re hot.” I slapped him across the face. “Get away from me”

As his gaze fell back on my face, a hint of pain reflected in his eyes. “So, you’re rejecting me?” “Um, yeah.” “Um yeah or rejecting me or um yeah you wanna date me?” The teacher entered the room with the vice principal behind her. James Gordon! Get off Miss Anderson this instant!” “Not until she answers me. I’m waiting Cadence.” I met his gaze. “No, you’re a bully and a pothead. I wouldn’t touch you with a six foot pole” He pursed his lips and straightened releasing me. “Is that what you think?” “That’s exactly what I think.” He glanced at the vice principal. “Well Cadence you, you’re wrong and I’m going to prove it to you. “ “Go ahead.”

I really like James, actually no I loved him. I can’t say anything about Austin as you don’t really meet him. I’m for the underdog. Sorry Austin but James is my man here. You really have to be careful what you wish.

This book was beautifully written and there was a good foundation to the story. There were times that it flowed well but then there were times were the juvenile and immature behavior came through which is clear because it is young adult it just isn’t for me. I will read the second book.

Sometimes second chances aren’t always what they seem but she has a positive influence on several things. I’m torn with the decision that Cadence made, leaving James.

 

 

4 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Blow by Lucy Fall

Blow by Lucy Fall

 

October 3, 2017

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 Blow

 

Lucy Fall

 

 

 

 March 21st 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever done something so impulsive, so humiliating, so ridiculous, that you wished every day of your life you could take it back? Everyone in my town worshipped Hunter Rhodes. He was athletic, smart, gorgeous, muscular, and charismatic. I worshipped him too, only I did it from afar. I was nobody, a regular girl who wasn’t anywhere near Hunter’s league. But my feelings for Hunter grew as each month passed, until one day, I sat down and wrote him a letter. It was full of every secret fantasy, every dirty thing I wanted to do to him and have him do to me. How I wanted him to touch me, how I wanted him to take my virginity, how I wanted to love him and make him love me back. It contained all of my longing, my heartache. And then I did the dumbest thing of all. I sent it to Hunter Rhodes right before he enlisted in the military and went overseas. I knew he would never respond and he never did. But it wasn’t just because he didn’t know or care about me. Hunter Rhodes went to combat and disappeared. He was presumed dead and the entire town mourned for him. I did too. But at least I knew my horrible secret had gone away with him. Until one day, Hunter Rhodes came back home. Escaped from a year of captivity, he came back a changed man. He was no longer the charismatic Hunter Rhodes everyone knew. He was still sexy as hell, but now he was dark, damaged, full of scars and wounds he refused to talk about. And along with those deep scars and dark wounds, Hunter came back with my letter, and a devastating plan to make me act out everything I’d written. All of my deepest, darkest fantasies and desires would be made real. Even if it cost me everything…

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Plotline for a DebutNovel. Parts of the plotline were hard to digest but in total it was really well developed and I would love to read more from this author, if the plotline is anywhere similar amazing to this

 

 

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4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Snow’s Lament (Fairytale League #2) by S.E. Babin

 

Goodreads review

 

Trapped on Earth thanks to Snow’s wicked stepmother, the gang is going stir crazy. Just when they think they can’t catch a break, Rumple shows up and offers his assistance. But everyone knows Rumple isn’t the altruistic sort. Suspicious, but out of ideas, Snow accepts his offer of help to get back home, only to find herself face to face with Max, her once upon a time lover. And he no longer looks so friendly.

Thrust headfirst into danger and betrayal, Snow and the gang will have to form unlikely alliances with ancient enemies in order to take down Naomi. But that isn’t all. Naomi has closed the portals with magic, trapping them, and choking off access to all the different realms, leaving Snow’s people destitute.

This is the moment when Snow will have to embrace her unknown powers in order to break the powerful spell cast upon the realms. Who can she trust when everything she knows changes? Sometimes fairytales don’t have happy endings. Snow is hell-bent on making sure this one does.

 

I waited ages for this book to be released over a year as that is when the first book in the series came out. Book two is outstanding.


I love revamps of fairy tales especially when they are really modern. Side note I loved the remake of Romeo and Juliet, with Leo and Claire and although I think Leo is very talented I’ve never really liked him in any other films.

But getting back to Snow’s Lament. This review is hard to write as there are so many things going on and with all the twists and turns in the book it is really hard NOT to give anything away.
4 ‘We’re not on Earth, anymore folks’ Stars.

Five fairy tale characters walk into a kitchen…..and awkwardness reigned supreme.
Beginning of a bad joke? Yes. Beginning of a unique twist on the fairy tale that we all loved as children? Hell yes!

In book one, Naomi Snow’s wicked stepmother may have won the battle but she didn’t win the war.

In book two Snow is trying to save her Kingdom and the Enchanted Forest. Slight problem though is that she is stuck on Earth with her merry band of misfits. She has the necklace but doesn’t know what to do with it. But with the help of Rumple, who apparently is one of the most gorgeous lumberjacks you have ever seen. And not to be trusted as he is the cursed one they get back to the Enchanted Forest and that is when the shit really hits the fan.

I was rooting to Max and Snow and I had high hopes but even I didn’t see that one coming. Snow made the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom. I know that is complicated for Max as the Huntsman and that he was still under Naomi’s compulsion spell and even in the end the strongest can break. I believe that he did have feelings for Snow.

“I will get away from her, Snow.” He turned his head to me. “And when I do I will make you mine.”

Snow is still totally kick arse and I love her but she does have a strong foot in mouth syndrome. Ah, kindred spirits and all that. And I totally dig her knives and Sig and all the other gadgets she has.
With the twists and turns of the book there are now so many possibilities that can be explored. Avalon, Neverland, Wonderland, Oz and even Earth. I’m so excited about the progress this series can make. Baba Yaga gets a mention as well. Oh and frigging Merlin, who I think has a soft spot for Snow. I’d like to see how it turns out for Max and Snow.

Two things that irritated me was that Snow had too much self-doubt and she swayed from the important questions that needed to be asked. But we finally find out what Snow’s power is and that she gets it back.

“And just sometimes people must atone for the mistakes that they have made. In the end no matter the atrocities that we commit, we all have some humanity left”

The ending of the book intrigued me a lot.

The ancient being sat perched comfortably in a tree close to the queen’s dining rooms and watched as the fair beauty strapped on an odd assortment of weapons while still wearing her nightclothes. He was tired. Tired of the world. Tires of the wars. Tired of the killing, but there was something about her he never tired of watching.

Their paths had converged once, but a prophecy foretold if cataclysmic events to come. Events she was not, and never could be, prepared for.

If someone saw him in that instant, they would see a man with longing etched in every fiber of his being. A man captivated by a fiercely naïve queen….. A slight smile played over his features as he watched her for a second more.

Back to Camelot his thoughts distracted by a smartass black haired woman.

4 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – The Hunt For Snow (Fairytale League #1) by S.E. Babin

Goodreads review

 

Fairytales with a twist! Snow has successfully avoided her past for years … until now. With an evil queen bent on her destruction and a hunter bent on her seduction, she has no choice but to run. Who will find her first? S.E. Babin presents The Hunt for Snow, Book 1 of her exciting, new fantasy series, Fairytale League.

Every ten years a convention is held in a neutral location where people from all the realms come together and reunite. This is no ordinary conference, though, because everyone who shows up holds a place of honor in the legends of old. But there’s one person who doesn’t care that Earth is neutral territory. The Evil Queen, Naomi, is out to settle a score, and she’s brought along one of her most talented henchman to teach the one who got away a harsh lesson.

Snow’s past is shrouded in mystery. Mild cryptozoologist by day, private investigator by night, Snow is dead set on one thing — staying far away from the Huntsman who haunts her dreams. When she shows up to the conference with her two best friends in tow, things start going awry right away. Mere minutes after arriving, they find themselves thrust back into the world they’ve tried so hard to avoid. Now, along with the help of her friends, Snow is struggling to stay one step ahead of the queen who wants to destroy her — and the Huntsman who wants to possess her at all costs.

 

This is a really unique revamp of the Snow White Fairy Tale. I would like to mention though that there is a second book about the characters which I didn’t know until I was half way through the book which miffed me just a bit. Nevertheless this is a fantastic read and in the end I loved it. But I do not like a cliffhanger. 4 dysfunctional stars. Another plus point is that “How I Met Your Mother” is mentioned.

Snow White ran away from the Enchanted Forest due to the Evil Queen/Stepmom Naomi. Snow now lives in Mystic Falls with her two best friends Cyndi (yes we’re talking about Cinderella) and Belle. The Belle. As the displaced Princess for her Kingdom she receives an invite.
„Your Royal presence is requested at the hundredth annual League of Underground Fairytale Characters and Formal Ball. Conference dress is business casual. Ball dress is obvious. Remember, Princess Snow, no weapons of any kind will be allowed into the ballroom. Please leave the bows, knives, guns and lasers at home. And, dear, please refrain from punching anyone. We haven’t forgotten about your coming of age ball.”

Snow is a kick ass heroine and I really liked her. She is strong, vibrant and not the least bit of annoying. Snow is a practical girl give her, her jeans and chucks and she is happy. Not to forget her guns.
“oh Snow! How exciting! We get to attend a ball!” I sat there cleaning Sig Sauer P226. I loved this gun so much that I almost wanted to make out with it.

Just to complicate matters the Evil Queen has enlisted the help well more like he is forced to of the Huntsman or first name basis is Max. Max is under a compulsion spell to kill Snow. But they also have the hots for one another.
“We are two of the most dysfunctional peple that I know.I don’t want to shoot you; you don’t want to shoot me. You’re angry at the world, and I’m under a magical enchantment to kill you. Could dating get any more complicated than this?”In answer, I pulled the gun from my shoulder holster and shot him in the kneecap. As I hauled ass around him, I felt a tug of remorse.

Max is well Max and I love him. He is strong and he has his reasons for staying under the compulsion of the Evil Queen. Very sad. The chemistry and the banter between the two is great. I really want them to have their HEA: There is a huge power play and it is all evenly balanced. Max wants to prove himself but he just needs to get back what he lost.
I beg of you not to look at me like a monster, but as a man who fights every day to be free. A man that wishes to be with you against all odds. And a man who once again hopes to hold his daughter in his arms, free of the wicked ties that bind me.

We also get to see Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, Rumpel and Peter Pan as well as Grumpy. I hope that they get books as well. But now all I have to do is wait for the second book. Only Ms. Babin knows how long though.

 

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