Review: Twisted Beauty

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By Kristen Flood
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance

 

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING EVERYTHING . . .

IS FORGETTING WHAT YOU LOST. 

KRISTEN FLOOD, author of Seeking Incandescence and The Museum, pens a riveting adult romance with a poignant examination of love, identity, and forgiveness.  

THE BEAST 
Once the powerful prince of Renol, William is a shell of the man he once was. Living under the curse of a powerful witch, William has spent 100 years making deals on her behalf and mourning the loss of his first love.  

THE BEAUTY 
Belle has spent her life confined within the limits of her city, Paylor, and is now bound to a man she does not love. When she dares to venture outside the city’s gates in search of something she’s lost, she finds more than she ever expected.  

As Belle and William embark on a journey of love and mourning, passion and forgiveness, they discover that sometimes what we lose isn’t as important as what we find.

My Review:

About a month ago, I told all of you about Twisted Beauty. And then I got to read it. I love fairy-tale re-imaginings. It always seems like Beauty and the Beast is the most popular of those, Cruel Beauty being one of my favorites.

Twisted Beauty is an adults version of the retelling. Yes, there is smut. Tasteful smut in the fact that I didn’t turn red at the embarrassment of reading those particular scenes like I usually do (seriously, I’m 26, why do I always react like a 13 year old girl when I read smut?).

What I really liked about Twisted Beauty was how the beast was created. Now, usually the beast has some kind of physical deformity that makes people afraid of him. Sometimes he really is just a big ole’ beasty (Disney…) but this time, the beast’s monster characteristics were internal. He is a monster because of what he has done and will do. I haven’t seen too many retellings where the beast is internally a monster. That’s something new to me.

I will say this…this book needs to be edited. I had the urge as I was reading to edit the darn thing myself and send the author my notes. I kept getting pulled from the story.

But I loved this book. I pushed through my grammar-nazi tendencies and got the reading done. And then I read it again. And then I stared at the cover for about 5 minutes.

I loved William as a beast. He’s part demon, so he’s hot as all get out, and he’s a dealmaker, which makes him very scary. Think of bookies: can’t pay back what you got and that’s your life.

Belle is, a surprise. She wasn’t simpering, she wasn’t whiny. She just…was. I liked her and I didn’t like her. No, that’s not right. I am neutral in regards to Belle. There were times when I wanted to smack her, and others when I commended her on what she was doing. Certainly she was caring, and kind, to a fault. But she wasn’t one to give up on people she truly cared for.

The twists and turns at the end were surprising. The end is definitely open-ended and I want to know more about Aaron’s story (trust me, he’s the pompous ass we always find in books). He’s a nice little wrench thrown into the mix.

4starHere’s waiting for the next one.
4 stars. Only because I need this book re-edited. Grammar, people. It is important.

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About the Author

meKristen is a YA science fiction author and poet. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she spends her time binge watching Supernatural with her best friend and editor Anne Becker. Outside of the TV world, Kristen finds time to do other important things like procrastinate on twenty page papers due to her teachers at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Kristen feels the need to test her limits by making this procrastination a semester event.

Kristen wrote her first book, The Museum: A collection of dark poetry at twenty-two. Now twenty-three she has released the first installment of her SI series, Seeking Incandescence. Not only is Kristen a young author but she is also a young wife and mom. Kristen has been given the opportunity to write, attend school, and substitute by her supportive husband. Her son, Lucas, is what pushed Kristen into the crazy world of publishing.

 

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Book Blitz: Twisted Beauty

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Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance

Blurb:
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING EVERYTHING . . .  
IS FORGETTING WHAT YOU LOST. 

KRISTEN FLOOD, 
author of Seeking Incandescence and The Museum, pens a riveting adult romance with a poignant examination of love, identity, and forgiveness.  

THE BEAST 
Once the powerful prince of Renol, William is a shell of the man he once was. Living under the curse of a powerful witch, William has spent 100 years making deals on her behalf and mourning the loss of his first love.  

THE BEAUTY 
Belle has spent her life confined within the limits of her city, Paylor, and is now bound to a man she does not love. When she dares to venture outside the city’s gates in search of something she’s lost, she finds more than she ever expected.  

As Belle and William embark on a journey of love and mourning, passion and forgiveness, they discover that sometimes what we lose isn’t as important as what we find.

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I am so looking forward to this one. Fairy-tales are a guilty pleasure for me. So anytime someone comes up with a retelling, I gotta have it. Click below for more info and to buy. 

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Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

Imperfect Chemistry

By Mary Jones
Publication Date: April 19, 2014
Genre: NA contemporary

Blurb:

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. imperfectchemistrycoverHaving obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

“Perfectly imperfect characters and situations make Frame’s debut novel sparkle…there’s a very real sense of character growth, brought to life by an evolving narrative style that parallels Lucy’s metamorphosis. The blend of humor and heart makes for a thoughtful, highly entertaining read.” –Publishers Weekly

This is the first book in the Imperfect series and it can be read as a stand alone. All books in this series feature different main characters in the same story world.

My Review:

Do you remember when Bones came out? Temperance Brennan’s stiff, scientific way of life was endearing. And we loved her for it. She was honest and blunt. Through friendships and personal relationships, she became more human over time.

When I started reading Imperfect Chemistry, this is what I immediately thought of. I loved the show, and now I love this book.

What made this book different from so many others that I’ve red is the humor. I was laughing from beginning to end, even to the extent I was reading excerpts to my husband at midnight (and he had to be up at 4 am for work). This in & of itself is a huge check in my book.

The plot-line was something I had never thought of: Lucy wants to study emotion as a contagious pathogen. She begins a journey that leads her to making friends with hilarious and certainly out there characters and to a love that she never truly expected or understood.

Lucy London is both relatable and not relatable. You don’t meet a person like her in everyday life. She’s funny without even trying because her way of thinking is so blunt and scientific. She sees things as they are without the preconceived ideas the rest of us have gained from societal conventions. She’s awkward and real, and I absolutely love her. Plus, she’s a go-getter. How many people would come right out to a guy they’re attracted to and ask them to be part of an emotional experiment? I mean, really. All for science, I guess.

Freya is the new best friend and she is a genius character. Not in the scientific way but in how easily she accepts how things are with Lucy. Lucy calls at 7 am to ask a question? OK. She just rolls with all of who Lucy is. She’s got her own issues and preconceived ideas (Freya gets her own book in Imperfectly Criminal). I cannot wait to see how her story builds.

And then there’s Jensen. Sweet, idiotic, emotional Jensen. He’s as real-life as we can get. His recent break-up tugs at your heart, but his eventual acceptance of who and Lucy London is is eye-opening. To him at least. Jensen moves from perfect son doing what he’s supposed to do to a man living for himself and no one else.

The personal growth and change, for both main characters, as well as her friends, was perfectly done. Pacing is usually an issue for me, but this book hit the mark. The change happened over a believable amount of time, it was reasonably paced, and the humor kept it all moving nicely.

I did find the ending lacking. I’m not sure what it was, but for some reason I wasn’t satisfied. That could be just me, and let’s face it. I’m hard to satisfy.

Debut novels are a scary thing. It’s the first time an author puts herself out there for people to read. Mary Frame wrote something amazingly funny and relatable.

Definitely one for the reread shelf. 5 Stars.

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Book Blitz! Love Story Excerpt + Giveaway

Love Story
Lauren Layne
(Love Unexpectedly #3)
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Over the course of one wild road trip, feuding childhood sweethearts get a second chance at love in this charming rom-com—a standalone novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Good Girl.

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can’t wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. Her close-knit family supports her as best they can, by handing over the keys to a station wagon that’s seen better days. The catch? The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother’s best friend, aka the guy who took Lucy’s virginity hours before breaking her heart.

After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories—even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who’s ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior. But after long days of bickering in the car turn into steamy nights in secluded motel rooms, Reece learns that, when it comes to Lucy, their story is far from over. And this time, they just might have a shot at a happy ending.

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Review: Blind Attraction

Blind Attraction
By:Eden Summers
Genre:NA rock star romance
Release Date: January 9,2014

He can seduce with a single glance.

Peering down at a sea of fans, rock star, Mitchell Davies can’t deny the innocent beauty of a woman in the front row. He’ll stop at nothing to get to know her. When a public altercation leaves her weak and defenseless, he takes the opportunity to be her savior.

She’s been sheltered from the world.

Alana Shelton wants to spread her wings and experience life away from her restrictive upbringing. But she isn’t prepared for a gorgeous stranger to sweep her off her feet while at her most vulnerable.

Attraction will bring them together, but their pasts will try to tear them apart.

He wants to teach her how to trust, but she’ll show him how to love. In a glamorous world of rock-and-roll, only time will tell if they’re up for the challenge.
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Review: You Don’t Know Me by Faleena Hopkins

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Author: Faleena Hopkins
Genre: NA/romance
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Publisher: Hop Hop Publications

Is fame and money a blessing when it comes with the news that your whole life has been a lie?

Rue’s deceased mother kinda ‘fibbed’ about who her real father was. Big time.

On her 21st birthday she learns the truth by way of a $55,000,000.00 inheritance from a man she never got the chance to know.

Even more shocking? The two famous brothers Rue’s been reading about in magazines all her life are suddenly family.

Jack and Sean Stone aren’t happy to meet their new secret sister. And their mom? She had no idea the nanny and her husband had a little girl, long ago.

But when Jack sicks his rockstar best friend Alec Gabriel on her to see if she’s a good girl, or bad, did he ever expect what would happen?

The whole world is watching to see what Rue Calliwell will do with all that cash.

***NOTE: There is cussing and sex in this. Mature readers only. While there is romance in this stand-alone novel, it’s also very much about family, especially siblings. Enjoy! “You Don’t Know Me” was previously published under the author’s pen name as “Stand Close,” and was repackaged when she came out of the steamy-romance-writing-closet.Read More »