Books

The Dragon Finds Forever by Kristen Painter

Hey everybody,

The Blurb:Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

Monalisa Devlin is a Will O’ The Wisp, a rare and potentially dangerous creature. Unfortunately, her greedy father makes sure she lives up to that potential. Monalisa is magically compelled to obey her father’s evil commands–until he finally agrees to free her in exchange for one, last mission: Travel to Nocturne Falls and use her powers to force Ivan Tsvetkov back into the ring. Once a champion on the supernatural MMA circuit, Ivan ‘The Hammer’ Tsvetkov retired after a devastating injury that left him unable to shift into his dragon form. Wounded and embittered, Ivan wants nothing more than to be left alone. Until an infuriating, stubborn, delicately beautiful stranger shows up on his doorstep and demands that he rebuild his life. Posing as a rehab therapist seemed like the easiest way to get close to the smoldering recluse, but Monalisa quickly realizes that nothing about this mission is going to be easy. To gain his trust, she shares more of herself than she ever has before, and as their connection deepens, so does the weight of her secrets. She thought she was willing to do whatever it took to win her independence…but when her deception blows up in her face, will Monalisa discover that the loss of Ivan’s heart is too high a price to pay? Or will their love rise from the ashes to burn stronger than ever?

My Thoughts:  I enjoy each visit I make to Nocturne Falls. I found this series last year and each book in it makes me smile. Sometimes, I think we all need books that just makes us happy and smile. Nocturns Falls is a place for all supernatural entities and celebrates Halloween everyday as its cover.

I enjoyed the romance between Van and Lisa. It was sweet–and cute–and wonderful. Both are fun characters to read. Van is disgusted that he was injured in his last fight and not interested in returning to the ring. He is a dragon by the way. Monalisa is the daughter of a leprechaun who just wants to be free of her father’s tyranny but can only accomplish that if he gives her the ring of freedom, which he will never willingly do so he can keep her in his control. This time, she is to use her magic to make Van return to the ring. Lisa doesn’t want to do these things commanded by her father but has no choice in the situation. They must figure out how to gain Lisa’s freedom and their life together. The banter is fun and light. If you have not visited Nocturne Falls, and sometimes need a nice fun place to visit, try this series.

Happy Reading,

Debra

Books

Forbidden by Lauren Smith

Hey everybody,

First, let me say I am sorry for being absent lately.  Without giving details, the past year has been rough on me healthwise and I am still battling illness.  I have missed being here and hope to be back more frequently. Now to some reviews!

As always, first the blurb:  Kat has always been a good girl. She studies hard and never stays out too late. But when sitting in a pub on her birthday, she realizes she’s a nineteen-year-old virgin who’s never really lived. And she wants tonight to be the night that changes. Then she sees him walk in. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and straight out of her deepest fantasies. His voice makes her knees feel weak, and when he smiles, she imagines him doing wicked things to her in bed. From the look in his eyes, she knows he’s imagining it too. So when he asks if he can walk her home, she hears herself whisper yes

3 stars.  I had to think about this review for a while before I wrote it. I want to be fair to the book. This is the first of 3 books to tell this story. I have only read book 1. I did not have a problem with the story or the characters. Tristan and Kat were both fine–for where each are in their lives. Kat is only 19 and therefore behaves pretty much like a 19 year old is expected to. Same for Tristan–he is a few years older but not much.

I did not have a problem that Tristan and Kat will end up being step-siblings. I normally don’t read this type of story, but it’s okay. The writing was fine and the editing was okay. I did think the author used a lot of “in the head” writing between scenes of dialogue, but I could live with it.

So, why the three stars? Easy–all three books in this series is essentially a novella. This installment had 160+ pages and according to Goodreads pages for the other two installments, the second is 130+ and the third is 150 pages. This could have been one novel and we get the entire story. I don’t know if it was the author or the publisher, but I really don’t like it when this is done. I love series and if it takes 3 or 4 novels to tell a story, I am fine with that. One of my favorite stories took 3 novels to tell. But to take one novel and split it into multiple installments–not so fond of that. I don’t know at this point that I am invested enough from just the first installment to read the other two. Hence, my rating.

Happy Reading,

Debra