Reviews

Reaper's Kiss by Allison West

Ruth West - Sunday, September 17, 2017

Title: Reaper's Kiss
Author: Allison West
Publisher: Blushing Books
Published: August 29, 2016
Genre:Paranormal, Romantic Erotica






Reaper's Kiss is a paranormal romance about Princess Ophelia, heir to the throne. Very quickly in the story she gets murdered and is given the choice to become a grim reaper. She takes it, seeing as how this is her only way for a second chance at life. She also happens to miss her sister, so she is given the chance to watch over her younger sister, the new heir to the throne.

There is a love story mixed in, (let me say Wynter is hot) but thankfully no love triangle. There are lots of characters but they were pretty easy to keep track of everyone and what they were: grim reapers, dark angels, demons. This paranormal fantasy was unlike anything I've ever read. At times it was like being in a fantasy world that was reminiscent of history. For example the Black Plague was pretty much a focus point of one of the reaps.

The author created strong characters and a fast paced story. Fantastical world building made this book really shine with a heated sexy romance. This story held my interest until the very end, with an unpredictable ending. I would love to read a sequel and although this book had a solid happy ending, I could see the potential for a second book. I will definitely be reading more of Allison West's books in the future. If you like steamy sex scenes and a story with a that is worth reading, not just PWP (plot what plot) then read this book!

Reviewed by Joy


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The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Ruth West - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published:Sept. 2, 2014
Genre:YA, Dystopian, Romance



The Jewel feels a bit like The Handmaid's Tale without the story being nearly as heavy. Though the author does create a world that is dystopian and well-crafted, there seems to be the oppressive sense of fear and terror missing. Being slapped isn't great, by any means, but it's not the constant concern of ever-present death either. Yes, living in the Jewel where royalty is and Violet, a mere number no longer a name is nothing more than a slave, auctioned as a surrogate is dark and a dreaded thought, the book is still far lighter that one might think and that could be perhaps because it was written for young adults. That's not to say there aren't deaths that occur, but being only an outsider to the deaths (hearing about it but not witnessing it makes them seem far less horrific). Whereas a book like The Hunger Games found itself to be controversial due to the violent nature of what was depicted, the story also was darker. That's not to say The Jewel isn't a good story. At the end of every chapter I dreaded putting the book down. I wanted to read more, even when it was time for bed and I knew I wouldn't get enough sleep. The story flows nicely, the plot moves along quite well, yet it took more than 150 pages (paperback version) for me to finally meet the potential love interest of Violet. The Jewel is a strong book, the biggest flaws to me were engrained in the lack of fear in what should be a dystopian society and the world itself.
Reviewed by Kate

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Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole

Ruth West - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Title: Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Author: Addison Cole
Publisher: World Literary Press
Published: June 14, 2017
Category: Contemporary, Sweet Romance




A light summer beach read full of romance and sizzle with a heavy dose of sweetness. Read, Write, Love at Sea starts with a predictable but romantic beginning when thriller-writer Kurt catches sight of the beauty Leanna chasing her dog into the ocean, trying to rescue Pepper while also finding herself drowning in the process from the recent storm brewing. Kurt is a well-developed character that oozes sexiness while Leanna is the ever present free-spirit. Although the book moves quickly there's no feeling of instalove from the reader or a rushed romance. It is clear that Kurt and Leanna are two very different people, yet their chemistry is undeniable. It is easy to fall in love with Leanna and Kurt. Their flirting is one of the most memorable aspects of this story, as the sexual tension is gradually built up without scenes of explicit sex or vulgar language.

Reviewed by Jenna Malone

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