Monday, 4 July 2016

Book Review: The Exorcist Who Loved Me by Jennifer Savalli

Title: The Exorcist Who Loved Me
Author: Jennifer Savalli
Series: Book #2 in the Must Love Ghosts series
Release Date: 29 December 2015
Number of pages: 128 pages
Publisher: SamhainPublishing
Source: review copy provided by the author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, B&N, Read an excerpt

Grade: 3 stars

Novellus bonus!
Goodreads appetizer:

Digging up the truth could lead them to their graves.

Must Love Ghosts, Book 2

Hiring an exorcist is not something widowed single mom Holly Archer ever thought she’d do. But the blackouts she’s been having mean someone—or something—is hijacking her body and she wants it stopped, like yesterday.

The hottie who shows up at her door is the first man who’s sparked her interest since her awful marriage. It’s no hardship to give herself over to his skills, and in short order the spirit is ejected—and Holly comes face to face with Celia, the ghost of her dead husband’s mistress.

Lawe Callahan figured this would be an easy case, and by morning he’d be headed for another town, leaving Holly and her witchy amber eyes behind. Until she agrees to help the ghost, who refuses to budge until her killer is brought to justice.

As the investigation heats up, so does Lawe and Holly’s attraction. But their differences not only threaten any chance of something real, their quest for the truth could drive a killer to tie up all loose ends—permanently.

Warning: Contains a footloose exorcist who doesn’t let grave dirt stick to his feet for long, and a woman who isn’t in a hurry to commune with the dead. A little sleuthing, a little more gettin’ nekkid, and a lotta angst.

My Thoughts: I have to confess that paranormal romance is not my first choice when it comes to picking what to read. Despite that, as soon as I saw the eye-catching cover of The Exorcist Who Loved Me and read its blurb, I was intrigued. I mean it's not everyday you have the premise of a mistress possessing the wife's body in order for her to discover who murdered her and the cheating husband!

Following the interesting and unique premise, the execution of the story was somewhat rushed, the plot twisted and turned with several secondary characters being introduced (some from the previous book in the series), and the POV shifted within the scene making me reread the passage to make sure I got it right who thought what.

Jennifer Savalli's idea was unique and her humour made the story a fun read. Don't expect much character development, both the hero and the heroine remained rather two dimensional, but what was a nice surprise is how Jennifer Savalli could make the mistress such a likeable character, the reader grows quite fond of her after they get over the initial prejudice.

The Exorcist Who Loved Me story was a cute, quick read, that would have benefited from some more polishing and better editing. 

Verdict: The Exorcist Who Loved Me is a light, entertaining read with funny dialogues, to be enjoyed on your vacation or when you want to unwind for a short time. Chuckles guaranteed.
Plot: 6/10
Characters: 5/10
Writing: 7/10
Ending: 6/10
Cover: 8/10 - I think this cover looks great, though makes you expect a bit more passionate and hot story/romance or characters than they actually are.

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Order of the series:

Book #1 - Must Love Ghosts
Book #2 - The Exorcist Who Loved Me

Friday, 1 July 2016

Book Review: Bewitching in Boots by Lila DiPasqua

Title:Bewitching in Boots
Author: Lila DiPasqua
Series: Book #6 in the Fiery Tales series
Release Date: 21 June 2016
Number of pages: 95 pages
Source: review copy provided by the author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Read an excerpt

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: In a time of war, love has its own rewards…

**NOTE: Originally published in the AWAKENED BY A KISS anthology.

Inspired by the tale of Puss in Boots—an erotically charged historical romance novella from the acclaimed Fiery Tales series.

Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants–and she wants gorgeous Tristan de Tiersonnier, Count of Saint-Marcel, the ex-commander of the King’s private Guard.

A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he’s every bit the man he once was–and more than man enough for her...

My Thoughts: I love fairy tale retellings and Lila DiPasqua's Fiery Tales series is like no other: they are sensual, scorching hot erotic historical romances taking place in France under the reign of Louis XIV. Thanks to Lila's descriptive yet flowing writing, the reader lives and breathes in the midst of the grandeur of the court and its scheming, libertine courtiers. Don't be mistaken, you most certainly will not get a boring history lesson, rather a passionate, sensual romance taking place in an exciting and sumptuous setting.

Bewitching in Boots is Book #6 in the series, but the stories are standalones, and can be read out of order as well.  Bewitching in Boots is the (adult) novella retelling of Puss in Boots, and be warned: the novella (and the whole Fiery Tales series) is a quite graphic, erotic historical romance story, it's not for the faint-hearted. *wink*

Its heroine is Elisabeth de Roussel, favourite (illegitime) daughter of the king, who is a spectacular woman: she is strong willed, determined and brave. She has been fending for herself and her sister in the dangerous world of the royal court, where intrigues and backstabbing courtiers are the norm.

I was a bit disappointed that we did not get to know the hero as well as Elisabeth, we mainly got to see him through her eyes: how imposing, handsome and sexy he is. I would have enjoyed learning more about his thoughts and aspirations, but I accept that with a novella the possibilities for character development are limited.

Verdict: Bewitching in Boots is a sensual, fiery hot, erotic fairy tale retelling of Puss in Boots that you won't be able to put down. Have a fan or some cool lemonade on hand you'll be needing it!

Plot: 7/10
Characters: 8/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 8/10 - The ending was lovely, heartwarming, romantic and sizzling hot at the same time!
Cover: 9/10 - I love this cover. The rich, vibrant colours, the passionate kiss, and those boots! Just perfect for the story.

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Order of the series:

Book #1 - A Midnight Dance - Read my review
Book #2 - Undone - Read my review
Book #3 - The Duke's Match Girl
Book #4 - Sleeping Beau - Only $0.99 at the moment!
Book #5 - Little Red Writing
Book #6 - Bewitching in Boots
Book #7 - Three Reckless Wishes - to be released on 25 July 2016
Book #8 - The Marquis's New Clothes - to be released on 22 August 2016
Book #9 - The Lovely Duckling - to be released on 22 September 2016
Book #10 - The Princess and the Diamonds - to be released on 24 October 2016

To read an excerpt and win yourself a signed copy of Little Red Writing ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

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