Hello! I am Ashley, the Dr. Pepper Diva. I live in Virginia and own my beauty care business where I get to work with a great group of ladies. I became a beauty consultant in 2009. It allows me the freedom to be my own boss, set my own hours and be able to spend more time with my family and do the things I like to do. I love what I do and I love meeting new people along the way.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ashley Montgomery
- The Curse Girl
on May 09, 2012
Beauty is dropped off at an old abandoned house by her father. She believes she is being a martyr for the family by sacrificing herself to “The Beast” in order to protect her family and release them from the magic. The plan is for her to step inside, make sure the mark on her father is gone and then run back out. However, once she steps inside and turns back to her father, the door slams shut and she is locked in.
She later learns that she is really there to break a horrible curse gone wrong. Her father actually offered her in exchange for her stepmother’s health, who has cancer. She becomes known as “The Curse Girl”.
After many fights and arguments will “The Beast”, they decide to call a truce and work together to lift the curse. They even go to The Fey Lands, a mystical world, to try to confront the witch that set the curse. Although the trip doesn’t go well, the witch accidentally gives them a clue.
While on this journey, she realizes that “The Beast” really isn’t such a beast after all. He is, in fact, quite handsome and charming, and she begins to fall for him. However, her affections take a twisted turn when she learns that her old boyfriend showed up to “rescue her” and “The Beast” has hidden it from her. She storms off to her room and starts making origami, which is what she does when she’s scared and upset. She somehow manages to make a key. Upon awakening, she realizes that the key has become real by the magic of the house. She packs her things and uses the key to escape.
Upon her escape, she learns that everyone she left behind has moved on. She has never been so hurt and betrayed, not even by “The Beast” or her father. She realizes that no matter how infuriating and aggravating he can be, she really does love him and goes back to finish breaking the curse. But, when she arrives, no one is around.
What has happened to everyone? Has the spell been broken? Read the book to find out!
I will say that when I first started this book, I had my skepticism. However, the more I read, the more I wanted to read. The suspense just pulled me in! The story itself was great and it had a great set of characters. I actually started to fall for “The Beast” myself as I learned that he was really just a victim himself. I feel that the story was mostly about love, betrayal and forgiveness and how things aren’t always as they seem. I would definitely recommend this to fans of young adult, fantasy and romance.
- Bound to Remember
on Oct. 16, 2013
When I was contacted by the author to do a review, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I’ve heard great things about her and the book was right up my alley when I read that it involved vampires.
It was just another day at work for Dr. Toni Hollander until Nurse Ben Slaton walks in. They are instantly attracted to one another and she’s ecstatic when she learns she will be his personal tour guide. After seeing the chemistry between the two, Toni’s ex, Kevin, tries to interfere with no luck. Things are really starting to heat up…that is until Toni finds out that Ben is a vampire. With this newly learned information, Ben insists on protecting Toni as he says she is in danger just by associating with him. Toni doesn’t know what to do so she turns to an old college friend, a witch named Annie. Things take a disastrous turn after a visit with Annie leaves Toni in the Underworld.
I really liked Toni. She was a strong, confident doctor until Ben came around. When Ben arrives she turns into jelly, becoming a babbling fool. The way they interact together is a little comical. As for Ben, he kind of creeped me out at first because I was figuring him out as Toni was. He just stares at Toni, looking deep into her eyes for no reason. One minute he’s across the room from her and in the blink of an eye he is beside her. It’s a lot of craziness until I find out that he’s a vampire.
This was a short, fun read. It will capture your interest from the beginning and hold it until the very end. James gives great hints at Ben being a vampire but you still feel like you’re figuring it out piece by piece as Toni does. I love the way she had the characters interacting with one another, especially Ben and Toni’s attraction to each another. There are also some hints at Toni’s family and past that I can’t wait to find out more about. The only problem I had with the story was that it ended in a cliffhanger. I kept trying to turn the page because I couldn’t believe it was over!
I would recommend this book to those who are fans of the paranormal and supernatural, especially those who find vampires appealing. Although classified as an adult read, there isn’t anything overly graphic about it so I think it would be suitable for young adults as well.
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review.