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-- Rhi


10.31.2011

Celebrate books you're thankful for!


Author Beth Revis is sharing her own thanks for the wonderful people who have helped her in her journey as a writer. She's also put together an amazing giveaway. To be part of it just click the above image and share your own thanks for a certain book.

Beth wants us to make a post to "tell everyone about the one book YOU are most grateful for". Which isn't an easy one for me, personally, to narrow down. So many books have opened my mind or inspired me. So I thought and I thought about what about a book I could be thankful for. The content seems the obvious answer but in the end I narrowed it down to one very unexpected choice:


I see you scratching your head and wondering what the hell I'm thinking picking a humorous young adult story about a girl who helps zombies with their unfinished business so they can rest. Why not one of my meatier literary faves like White Oleander or Jane Eyre? At least something more adult or sexy or spiritual.

The reason I realized that this book was the one I was most thankful for was because at the time I first read it I received the news that my great-grandfather, the family patriarch whom I was very close to was in his final hours. I was five months pregnant and had known he was nearing death for months. It was a dark time, a stressful time. I had to make the trip home for the funeral and do something I had never wanted to do. See the body of someone I loved dearly without life. I cannot put into words what I went through, the energy-sapping family drama, the shocking family secrets that were later revealed, the emotional turmoil.

The night after the funeral and luncheon my family returned to the cemetary where we have a ritual of lighting candles and holding hands in a circle while we talk about something we took from the person who has passed. A special lesson or a funny story. Something to remember the person by and share our grief as a group. As I shivered in the dark above the soil in which my deceased great-grandparents lay side by side I was taken out of it for a moment and back to the book I had been reading the night before. If I let myself slide away I could imagine Megan was out there in another dark corner of the cemetary helping a teenaged zombie sort out his problems. It let me compartmentalize my pain and just breath. Just be.

But that is only one facet of why I am so grateful for this book. Since reading You Are So Undead to Me I've become friends with Stacey, who is both a great author and a wonderful woman. If we lived in the same town and our kids went to the same school and we hadn't met in the way we did I think we'd have been fast friends. When the series was canceled she chose to self-publish a follow-up to give her readers a little closure. Guess who got to beta read? Little ol' me! If it wasn't for this book I wouldn't be able to call myself a beta reader. Dude, that's about as cool as it can get for a fan IMHO.

So maybe You Are So Undead to Me is not going to show up on anyone else's top ten lists or be optioned for film but it's been a comfort when I needed it, a way to make a new friend, and given me the chance to feel special, important, even some bragging rights. Not every book can claim to have done that!

It's Monday, Get Your TV On!

It's Monday and you know what that means RhiReading fans... time to chat about what's on the tube that falls into our favorite subjects... authors, paranormal, horror, fairytales, and sexy anti-heroes!

Check out this week's schedule, watch the previews, and discuss last week's episodes.

Please be aware that if you're behind there may be unmarked SPOILERS in the comments.

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Sunday:


(all synopsises courtesy of TVguide.com or the show's site)

10.28.2011

Weekend Reading [10/28-10/30] :: The Last Days of Darkness & Grimm

I'm late getting this up today, sorry about that! The hubs and I went out so I could get the final pieces of my Snow White costume. Alas, finding opera length red satin gloves for a decent price wasn't in the cards. My costume is sooo cute though. Not bad for a total of about $30.This is why I shop for costumes the day after Halloween. I'm really happy that the costume I bought last year even fits. It was super tight when I bought it but I've spent the past 8 months working my ass off to lose the lingering baby weight. It's a little looser in the bust than I'd like but considering boobs are mostly made of fat what did I expect eh? lol

Instead of hitting the gym tonight though we got together with the inlaws for school fundraiser pizza and Captain America. Completely forgot Grimm was premiering tonight. We'd just finished our movie when it started and to be honest I thought it was a snorefest that reminded me of that Dylan Dog movie. I'll give it another episode or two but I don't think it's got what I need for it to hold me. Love fairy tales twisted and such but this show offered me nothing. Not even a familiar actor to latch onto. If you watched it what'd you think?

This weekend I'm going to try and finish up Dark Eden. I received the unsolicted ARC so long ago and the premise didn't grab me so it was at the bottom of the pile but so far it's been a swift read and is slow but somewhat engaging. Very mysterious. I've not spent the money for the App that I guess has the maps and stuff for it. The concept seems suited to the audience but kinda expensive in the long run. Is it weird I've been listening to Gnarles Barkley's "Crazy" while reading it?

My hope is to have Heart of Steel started on Sunday but tomorrow will be a day of baking and pumpkin carving with our family. Probably some last minute sewing for my son's costume. Which means it's anyone's guess if I'll get to it all. I still haven't even had time for checking out all of the amazing giveaways in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. So mant great books being given away and lots of giftcards. If you haven't entered mine click the link at right and be sure to try and enter a few. HUNDREDS of giveaways and some with only a few dozen entries.

Have an awesome and safe weekend! Make sure to drop by Monday for TV Mondays and leave me a comment about what you're reading this weekend. -- Rhi

10.27.2011

Review: My Boyfriend is a Monster: Under His Spell

Under His Spell (My Boyfriend Is a Monster #4) by Marie P. Croall and Hyeondo Park
Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Fae
Paperback $9.95 (128 pages, GRAPHIC UNIVERSE)
Bethany Farmer's life is a boring high school routine, and she likes it that way. Soccer, coffee, homework, more coffee, and no goofy romance. That is, until foreign exchange student Allein Atwood shows up in her Midwestern town, and her life turns epically weird. Allein has unearthly good looks, princely politeness, and a bunch of goofy, romantic pick-up lines. But is his country really so foreign that they don't know anything about soccer? Or coffee?
To her horror, Bethany is swept off her feet by Allein's spellbinding ways--and then knocked flat by savage creatures set loose into suburbia to hunt Allein down. Suddenly Bethany's normal town is twisted upside down, and nothing is what it seems. Can Bethany rescue her prince of a boyfriend and keep them both alive long enough to go on a second date?

Series Site: myboyfriendisamonster.com

Completely Lacking... (2 stars)

The fourth graphic novel in the MY BOYFRIEND IS A MONSTER series, UNDER HIS SPELL, movies from true monsters into faery territory. Yeah, you read that right. Faery. This could have been workable if it was done with a true flair for fae folklore but instead it feels like a weak mash-up of the previous installments in the series.

Bethany's life is boring—the idea being that the fae boyfriend makes it exciting—and it really bleeds through into the plot. There's nothing fresh or original here. Allein's fae cousins come to hunt him down. Fighting. Injury. Blah. Blah. *snore*

The art was the only thing that saved this. I loved that in a manner suiting to the story the pages went from black and white to color. It's gimmicky but was the lone saving grace keeping this from earning a single star review.

If you liked the previous installments I'd say skip this one. I think, based on a pre-order link I stumbled upon while writing this review, that there will be further installments to the series coming out in Spring of 2012 so look for what will hopefully be something better from the MY BOYFRIEND IS A MONSTER series next year!



Other Reviews:
ChibiNeko

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.



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10.26.2011

Spooky Bargains for Kindle!

I've been finding some great bargains around the Kindle scene which might be available elsewhere too. Thought I'd share them since so many of you Spooktacular Giveaway Hop visitors are mentioning reading spooky, or paranormal, or books in that vein as your way to celebrate Halloween.



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10.24.2011

It's Monday, Get Your TV On!

It's Monday and you know what that means RhiReading fans... TV talk!

My TV Monday post has been absent for a while, juggling school starting, being sick, and all that just kinda killed my patience for it so I do apologize. Now how about we discuss what's on the tube that falls into our favorite subjects... authors, paranormal, horror, fairytales, and sexy anti-heroes!

Check out this week's schedule, watch the previews, and discuss last week's episodes.

Please be aware that if you're behind there may be unmarked SPOILERS in the comments.

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Sunday:


(all synopsises courtesy of TVguide.com or the show's site)

10.23.2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop [10/24-10/31] :: FOUR BOOKS, FOUR WINNERS!


It's my favorite time of year dear readers! I wanted to chat but with over 400 blogs in the hop I cut my post down to save you time for hopping to the other blogs.

In short... my blog and reading tend to lean into the urban fantasy and paranormal romance realms for both adults and young adults. So to share my love of dark and monstrous reading with romantic tones I wanted to share two books with you.

I'm giving away 3 copies of Brightest Kind of Darkness and 1 copy of Entangled which means 4 of my followers are going to walk away with something delightfully dark to read!


3 copies of               1 copy of

Don't forget to check back next month when I'll start featuring Christmas themed paranormals! There are a surprisingly large selection of them and I might have another great giveaway.

>>> Follow the jump to see the entry form and the linky list!

Review: The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld #7) by Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance, Demons
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, HQN)
Ebook $6.99
Large Print $30.99
Audiobook $24.95

Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when the immortal warrior is chained and isolated to protect those he loves, death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty….
Haidee is a demon-assassin, raised to despise Amun's kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

Author Site: genashowalter.com

Nothing's happening! Are we there yet? (2 stars)

I wanted to try and summarize the plot for THE DARKEST SECRET like I usually do with reviews and my mind went utterly blank. Why? Because there's pretty much nothing happening in this book. Amun, Keeper of Secrets, visited hell and is now tormented by new demons. Strider brings Haidee (of the ever changing name of annoyance) to the Lords' compound as a prisoner. Apparently she was Strider's ex at some point? Now he kinda wants her again? Yeah, the whole thing baffled me. But instead of them shacking up she and Amun have some kind of telepathic connection so she finds a way (convenient) to get to him, where he's being kept prisoner to protect himself and the other Lords. She thinks he's her current boyfriend and fellow Hunter. Drama ensues.

The pair get sent off to Hell on a quest to rid Amun of his new demons. Haidee starts having flashbacky memories of her past lives. She has weird abilities but is human. The trip through Hell is hellish and they live happily ever after. Yeah... about a hundred pages in I was so bored I started to skim a lot.

The first problem I had with this one is that Amun and Haidee were the two flattest, most uninteresting characters of Showalter's that I've come across. Going into the book I had no interest in them so the actual storyline needed to be strong, fresh and fast-paced. It was like slogging through a swamp of redundant musings of the same stuff over and over and over. It was like watching a dead horse getting beaten every time either of their thoughts were being shown. They want to get it on. They are supposed to be enemies. Blah, blah, blah. If you like these characters maybe it will work for you, it bored me to tears with the exception of their meeting the Four Horsemen.

As a fan of the series, and a reader who thinks Gena is a cool gal even if I don't always like her books, I can say there was a redeeming factor here. We're getting closer to Paris and Sienna's book. We see a little more of his torment and go on a road trip with he, William, and Strider. Strider's kind of unlikable in this round though he's never been my favorite anyway but the introduction of a pairing in Kaia is welcome. This series is quite hit-and-miss but in a way that's the joy of it. I never know if I am going to love or hate each new book.

If you're a LOTU series fan this one is honestly pretty skippable. If I'd known better I would have. I'd suggest it for Amun fans and encourage others to save themselves the lengthy read and skim it. This just isn't the best in the series.


Other Reviews:
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Notes: Review Copy from Amazon Vine.

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Review: Embraced by Blood by Laurie London

Embraced by Blood (Sweetbloods #2) by Laurie London
Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, HQN)
Ebook $6.99
Audiobook $24.95

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.
Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet—a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires—makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again—until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together… and into an assassin's snare.

Author Site: laurielondonbooks.com

Perhaps I had impossibly high expectations? (4 stars)

When we met Alfonso Serrano in BONDED BY BLOOD he was the hero's evil brother with a secret—he wasn't so evil. His liaisons with Lily revealed his status as a double-agent of sorts and when that house of cards came tumbling down he had no where to go. But the Darkbloods have a weapon to use against him. One that won't stop.

Lily DeGraff is the single mom and tracker who once had a thing with Alfonso. Her tracking talent makes her life more dangerous than most. Being able to track down Sweetbloods with ease puts her in danger of Darkblood capture. When her gift mysteriously weakens she has to turn to Alfonso for aid, something she really doesn't want to do. Risking her heart on the man who broke it before is something this single mother can't in good conscience do.

Laurie London is quickly becoming an author I love to read. She's great at setting the pace of her plot, making the Seattle area come alive with authenticity, and fogging up the windows with steamy love scenes worth racing toward. This second Sweetbloods novel was highly anticipated and I think that might be what 'caused me to get frustrated with it. Lily and Alfonso were characters I really got interested in in the previous novel. I could hardly wait to see them brought together again! So when I started reading EMBRACED BY BLOOD the big issue I had was that something with the characters' personalities felt off. I still can't put my finger on it but there was a certain neediness and something I can't name that made them less enjoyable together. That said it was my lone issue with the story save for the occasional hint of cheesy romantic moments.

If you loved BONDED BY BLOOD's action-packed plot this one is right in line with it. never a dull moment and plenty of surprises are in store for readers. I really love London's ability to make the setting an integral part of her novels. The little side bits about the video game being used as a recruitment tool for the Darkbloods were a nice geeky touch that made this gamer grin. Once again the secondary characters filled in much needed breaks from the action and steamy love scenes making me anxious for Jackson's story more than I already was!

Haven't started the Sweetbloods series yet? Definitely start with BBB, a lot of the foundation for this book is laid there so I don't feel this stands alone really well.


Other Reviews:
All Things Urban Fantasy
Reading Between the Wines Book Club
Reading the Paranormal
Geeky Blogger's Book Blog
Bitten by Paranormal Romance
Paranormal Haven

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.


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10.21.2011

W.R. [10/21-10/23] :: Zombies and Christmas


This weekend should be a good one dear readers. Yesterday we had our sod delivered and spent most of the evening laying sod. I've never done it before and didn't expect it to be as easy as it was. We got all of the backyard finished and part of our sideyard before the sun went down and my MIL brought the tot home so today we'll probably get out there and get the rest done. After months of having a dirt yard it's almost surreal seeing grass out back. I feel so accomplished! A little sore too. lol That's my 'things that bring happiness' number one.

Another thing that made me really happy is something really simple. I've been noticing painted curbs in our general area for several weeks now. I really wanted one too! But had no idea who was doing them. But there I was in my bandana and hoodie hauling rolls of sod when a guy popped up in my sideyard asking about the curb painting. My number two thing that brought me some happy this week was not only that I'm now part of the cool club with my painted curb the project itself made me really please. I know sometimes this kind of thing ends up being shady but at face value I'm really pleased to see Mr. Schellers giving local kids paying work while doing a small service to our community. I literally had to pay them in $1's because all I had was the money I take from pockets in the laundry room and I wanted these kids to know their work was appreciated. Cool eh?

Once we've got the grass under control I'm going to sit down and read like crazy. I'm trying to get back onto the monthly theme but Dearly, Departed has grabbed hold of me and won't let go. I so wish I had come up with this concept. It's futuristic but steampunky and it has zombies! I could almost see this being the next big thing. My only beef so far is the switching character first person perspectives. Those always give me grief. This is an example of them being done right but still. It's one thing I just wouldn't specifically look for as a way I want a story told.

I've also been pecking away here and there at Damien Kelly's The Christmas Gifts. It isn't everyday I accept a self-published author's work. Any reviewer knows that 'self-published' can be synonymous with 'unedited'. With so little time for myself that isn't spent reading for reviews I have to be very selective with solicitations for review but Damien brought something to me that I didn't know I'd been looking for. His book is the Christmas macabre rolled up into little stocking stuffer sized treats of dark holiday delight. So far I am very much enjoying it.
On that note darlings I really should hop away for a bit and get some regular chores done—like laundry! Hope you have something enjoyable planned for the weekend and do let me know what you're currently reading. Don't forget that the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop starts late Sunday and I'm giving away a FOUR books! This iwll be my first giveaway using rafflecopter so it should be interesting. Have a good one! -- Rhi

10.19.2011

Going Off Topic-ish With a Pretty Little Liars Reminder!

It's Halloween Special time everybody!

ABC Family will be running a Pretty Little Liars marathon beforehand so now's the time to catch-up if you've missed any of season 2's intense episodes.





The First Secret
Season 2, Episode 13
The Halloween before Alison vanished finds her facing a possible usurper to her queen-bee throne. Meanwhile, Aria uncovers something surprising about her dad; and Spencer struggles with her class-election campaign as she deals with parental disapproval. (synopsis from TVguide.com)


P.S. -- Don't forget to head on over to dELiA*s to enter to win an iPad 2 with a sparkly PLL case and a style haul!

Makes me feel soooo old and decrepit to day this but dELiA*s was my fave when I was a teenager and I so could not get away with most of what they've got anymore. Makes me wish I was a teenager again... until I remember what it was like being a teenager and come to my senses. :P

They've got some cool PLL tees so even if you don't want to enter the contest check them out for your BFF or little sister or niece 'cause Christmas is coming and I bet ya these will go FAST!

10.18.2011

Reading in the Dark [Monthly Theme for October]

When I was a little girl my mother used to constantly rant on me because I had a bad habit of reading in poor lighting. I can't say it helped much since I still do it. Having a good excuse for the bad habit helps me get away with it a little... when I'm deeply into a book I forget there is a world outside of it unless someone draws me out.

This month for the blog's theme I've been focusing on books with words related to darkness in the title. Why darkness? I'd be lying if I didn't say my first reason was because I noticed a glut of books with the word 'dark' in the title were in my TBR4R (to-be-read-for-review) pile. Yet as I collected them up into a literal stack I pondered the reason it's popped up so very frequently.

Darkness can stand for a lot of things. Actual physical darkness such as night or the deeper shades of a color. Metaphorical darkness, the unpleasant sides of things, the evil within a person. There's a reason most vampire lore requires them to live in physical darkness. As author Jus Accardo was discussing at The Naked Hero, a character's darkness can be both frightening and alluring.

During this month as nights in the Northern Hemisphere lengthen and more of our time is spent in the dark it seemed only fitting to devote my reading to titles where darkness was integrated into the title if not the tale itself. Looking for some dark reading? Here are a handful of titles that are in this month's TBR pile, I've already read, or that caught my eye as other reads that would fit the theme. Enjoy!





10.17.2011

Review: Dark Time by Dakota Banks

Dark Time (Mortal Path #1) by Dakota Banks
Urban Fantasy, Demons, Magic
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (320 pages, HARPER VOYAGER)
Ebook $7.99

Three hundred years ago, she sold her soul to a demon. Now she wants it back.
For centuries, the woman calling herself Maliha Crayne has lived a second life—as an assassin for the malevolent creature who owns her soul. A haunted killer with the blood of countless victims on her hands, she has finally discovered a way to nullify the demonic pact that chains her: If she saves a life for every one she has taken, she will be free.
But if she fails, her punishments will be unspeakable, unendurable . . . and neverending.

Author Site: dakota-banks.com

Hit on my cardinal sins of fiction too much. (2 stars)

Writing a review on a book I didn't finish is a very rare occurrence. It takes a lot for me to give up on a book, especially one where I liked enough of it to put in a full hundred pages before stopping.

Conceptually DARK TIME works. A woman wrongly accused of being a witch is burned at the stake, is given a demon's pact of sorts to be returned to life but she regrets it and tries to break free. It's nothing particularly fresh or original but always makes for a likable, readable plot. What made it start off on the wrong foot from page one was the name issue. In fiction I have only a couple of big peeves that can kill a book for me and one of the biggest is having a character that's name changes more than once in the course of the storytelling without VERY clear definition to why. The name from the blurb doesn't pop up for over 70 pages. That alone was like getting a full-body bath from a cat but the storyline also jumps from historical point to historical point only really beginning around the same time.

By the time the back story was given I had not only lost interest but found there was nothing to like about Susannah/Maliha. At no point did I feel a connection to her or desire to see her reach her goals. The only time I connected to her at all was when she was imprisoned and went into labor. It was pretty much the only human, weak moment she had and when she jumps into being Maliha later in the book I all I could think was that she had multiple personality disorder.

As much as I wanted to like this book I read just over a hundred pages and realized it just wasn't going to happen. I liked Banks' writing itself, she paints a clear picture as far as visual elements go but as a reader I cannot feel this detached from the protagonist and enjoy it. To sum it up... I truly cannot think of anyone to recommend this to because so little of it worked.




Other Reviews:
All Things Urban Fantasy
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SciFiGuy.ca

Notes: Review Copy from Amazon Vine.

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10.16.2011

Review; Cat's Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold by Bettie Sharpe

Cat's Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold by Bettie Sharpe
Romance, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
Ebook $3.99 (Novella, CARINA PRESS)
Audiobook $4.95

Once upon a time there was a scheming, lying tart who cared for nothing but her own pleasures and her shoe collection.
Once the peerlessly beautiful Lady Catriona, consort to the king, Cat's fortunes fall far when her aged husband dies. The king's wizard turns her into a cat and tries to drown her in the mill pond. Fortunately Cat is a clever survivor and enlists the help of Julian, the miller's youngest son, in her plan for revenge.
She originally sees Julian as a mere pawn for her plans to break her curse, but as they work together Cat comes to know and care for him. Even if the curse can be broken, can a good-hearted man love a woman who has been as vain and selfish as Cat?

Author Site: bettiesharpe.com

Like Fairytale Retellings? Add Sharpe to Your MUST-HAVE List (4 stars)

Spoiled, manipulative, and downright wicked the only thing beautiful about the king's consort, Lady Catriona, is the body she inhabits. Being breath-takingly lovely has its advantages and she's used them to get everything she could ever desire and there are few things she loves more than her exquisite shoes. Yet when the king dies his fortune falls to his young daughter and his trusted advisors seek to get rid of her. When the king's wizard turns her into a cat and attempts to drown her in the mill pond. She isn't the only one having bad luck that day and when the miller's youngest son, Julian, becomes her companion she intends to use him to her own advantage just as she has every man before.

Yet this puss-in-boots might find herself having a change of heart as an unlikely friendship develops between she and Julian who has no clue of her real identity. If they can break the spell and Cat becomes human once more could kind, good-hearted Julian ever love the once selfish and spoiled lady Catriona?

I L-O-V-E, looove fairytale retellings. Classic stories lend themselves to all sorts of fun interpretations but few are as fun as those written for adults witha touch of erotic flavor. That said, Puss In Boots is probably the last story I would have expected to see retold in such a way. But Sharpe nails it. I anticipated some slightly awkward cat-as-love-interest weirdness to undertone the storytelling yet she kept it from crossing that line. Instead Catriona is a very strong—though very selfish and downright slutty—character that translates into the personality of a feline well enough that the sexual side doesn't need to enter for it to work.

The writing is superb, Catriona's voice distinct and amusing. The story follows the traditional tale pretty closely and has the happily-ever-after ending romance readers will look forward to. I very much enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more fairytale retellings from Sharpe in the near future!




Other Reviews:
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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.



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10.15.2011

Review: Sabine by Moira Rogers

Sabine (...and the Beast #1) by Moira Rogers
Fantasy Romance, Shapeshifters, Magic
Ebook $2.50 (novella, SAMHAIN)
A curse can erase her from his mind, but never from his heart.
…and the Beast, Book 1
After three years at war, the High Lord of the Forest returns to his lands, a victorious wolf leader intent on claiming his mate. Instead Ciar finds an empty bed and a court with no recollection of the woman he loved. Following her long-cold trail proves far easier than facing what awaits him at the end.
Sabine’s first instinct is to beg her beloved to leave. The High Lord’s mother hired a witch to curse Sabine, desperate to wipe the lowborn wolf from her son’s mind. But the spell worked too well, and Sabine has vanished from the thoughts of everyone who sees her. Including her own family.
The edges of his memory already blurring, Ciar and Sabine must race to find a way to reverse the spell. Yet every searing moment together is not enough to stop the curse’s inexorable progress. His only chance is to bind Sabine to him too tightly to be forgotten, before she disappears once and for all.
Warning: This story contains cruel betrayal, destined love, vile curses, smoldering reunions, wicked deeds between wanton shapeshifters and a happily-ever-after worthy of any fairy tale.

Author Site: moirarogers.com

Short n' Beastly but Smoldering (4 stars)

In a world of warring shapeshifters can a curse destroy true love?

When the High Lord of the Forest's mother decided to rid her son of the woman he loved while he was away at war his memory of her was all that was supposed to go. But magic is a funny thing and her meddling causes a grief far greater as Sabine is forgotten by all who come into contact with her. When Ciar returns to find Sabine gone and his kingdom unaware she ever existed he must set off on a journey to find his beloved. As his own memory of her begins to fade the pair must find a way to reverse the spell, create a bond that even a curse cannot make him forget.

This little novella is a gem! I really wish this series wasn't going to be novella length romances only because the world building really intrigued me. It's a romantic fantasy with shapeshifters that's sultry and sensual, the chemistry between hero and heroine palpable. To be honest I cannot offer a lot more about it because what you see is very much what you get. A short tale of lovers reunited filled with passion and ending sweetly.

If you love fantasy romance featuring shapeshifters, erotic toned love scenes, and in particular soul-mates tropes this is a fantasic quickie to fill a rainy afternoon. Another great read from Moira Rogers!





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Notes: Purchased ebook.

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