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Smashwords book reviews by FranJessca Papillion
- Ties To The Blood Moon
on Jan. 12, 2012
I always love reading books from new authors that I haven't tried out yet. I came across Robin P. Waldrop at Goodreads.com...which is my fave site to be on. Once I read the description of "Ties of the Blood Moon", I knew I had to see what it was all about.
First off, this is my first book I've read that has it's location in Alaska. Usually, when you read about Vampires it's in Louisiana or another southern state (except for Twilight of course). Werewolves are usually in northern Washington, Colorado, etc. It's time for a book to have most of it's action in Alaska. One state I would love to visit.
Robin P. Waldrop takes you into a different world of Werewolves and Vampires. They work together, actually. Well...kind of. The werewolves have been waiting for their princess to come back and take the throne. ***That's a storyline never used before...and I really enjoyed it***.
She throws in twists and turns you weren't expecting...like the ending. Really...Robin...that was not expected. I kept thinking other things, but you really threw me off. Sorry, everyone I'm not spoiling anything about this book. If you want to find out what Robin does, you need to read it for yourself. I hate giving out spoilers.
Now for one of the things that I wasn't really fond of...in the beginning it just dragged on, with a love development story between the characters. It did remind me a little bit about Twilight in the beginning, but after awhile, it took it a different turn...which made me like it again. Sometimes, having too much of a development of romance in the characters and not enough action, makes me want to put down a book and stop reading it. I can't stand heroines who also complain and whine. Genevieve did irritate me in parts of the books, but that's because she's a teenager. I remember being a teenager, but I'm glad I didn't act like her in certain parts of the book when she gave her Aunt a hard time.
I will say this, Robin, definitely had me loving the characters, Joseph and Luna in the book. I especially loved Joseph. There is just something about him, I like better than William. Luna of course is an amazing friend to Genevieve and I loved how Robin writes about the friendship between Luna and Genevieve. You don't usually see that in books. You usually just read about the romance, not friendship.
I recommend this to anyone who loves a different twist to the vampire/werewolf stories and who also loves twists and turns. You'll definitely get a few "What the heck" and "No way" in this book.
- Wildfire Kiss
on Sep. 04, 2012
I love historical romances and "Wildfire Kiss" definitely is an amazing regency historical romance that I had a hard time putting down. The Duke actually prevented me from working on college assignments last week...but that was okay because the Duke was VERY worth it.
Lady Babs has written a book, but she's trying to keep it a secret that she wrote it. She never thought her book would be a big success and now she really has to keep it hush, hush that she wrote it otherwise it could make her family upset and ruin her reputation. She just wanted to help her father out when she wrote it.
She's on her third season out, and she's trying everything to stay away from getting married to the suitors that her father and her Aunt want her to marry because she just wants to have fun. She knows she should get married before enjoying pleasures with a man, but Lord Wildfire otherwise known as Duke of Barrington is hard to resist when she first meets him. Even Lord Wildfire is having a hard time resisting to the beautiful Lady Babs.
There is another man, Sir Edward, lusting after Lady Babs though and he will do at anything to win her over and make her his wife.
Lady Babs is going to have to make Sir Edward realize though that she is in love with another. Of course Sir Edward is going to do the unthinkable to get Lady Babs for his own.
My thoughts on Wildfire Kiss are of course that I loved it. I think I already said that in the beginning, but I thought I say it again. =) Claudy Conn's writing style is amazing. I actually found myself imagining going back in time when reading this book. I love the regency romance genre and Claudy's book definitely kept me clicking on my Kindle to finish the book. =)
I absolutely adored the Duke or aka Lord Wildfire. His name "Wildfire" has a meaning, but you will have to read to find out why he is called that. =) He had certain qualities that suckered me in just like Lady Babs was suckered in.
Lady Babs, is a female character I definitely clicked with because she did not let anyone change her when she went out during the season. She had her Aunt trying to convince her she needed to be with a certain male gentleman, but Lady Babs just wanted to do her own thing. Lady Babs even convinced her cousin on finding love when she was meant to.
This is a book I do plan on reading it again because I know I will miss the characters.
I highly recommend this to historical romance readers and readers who love the regency style romances. You will fall in love with the Duke and Lady Babs just like I did.
You also will fall in love with Claudy Conn's writing style and will want to read her other books that she has written.
- Runaway Heart
on Nov. 02, 2012
Claudy Conn has done it again...she sucked me in another Regency Historical Romance and made me fall in love with the characters and their world.
Lord Wainwright is now going on my list of FAVE sexy, male characters that I would to marry...Oops...do not tell my hubby. =)
Chelsea is wanting to make her mark in the world and find the man who will sweep her off her feet, just like her friends keep talking about. She's about to turn 19 and she wants to meet the one person who will make her happy for the rest of her life.
Unfortunately, she's dealing with Aunt drama who has not even been there for her since she received guardianship of Chelsea. She just wants Chelsea because of the trust money she has.
Chelsea runs to her Godmother's house to be around someone who really adores and loves her for who she is. Daisy, her godmother, wants to find a perfect suitor for Chelsea and enrolls her nephews help to get Chelsea out there in front of the eligible bachelors eyes.
Lord Wainwright does not want to watch over a child, at least that is what he thinks of her when he first sees her, until Chelsea has a make over and now Lord Wainwright cannot keep his eyes off of her. He knows it is wrong to have feelings for Chelsea, but he cannot help himself. There is something about the beautiful Chelsea that has him in a bind.
Augusta, Chelsea's Aunt, who is nothing, but a vindictive woman is even more angry with Chelsea since Chelsea seems to be stealing away Augusta's handsome rogue. Now Augusta wants Chelsea out of the way and she has recruited her brother to help her sweep Chelsea away from the man she has had her eyes on for awhile...and her brother is ruthless enough to do anything to have Chelsea for himself since money is involved and his greedy for more.
Chelsea is about to be thrown in a world she has to become adult quick and she finds herself in love with a man who may belong to another and a world where men will do anything to have her because of how much she is worth.
Seriously...I love Claudy Conn's regency romances. She has me fall in love with the rogue every time and she also has me loving the female characters as well.
Even the secondary characters are ones that I fell in love with. Not only is Chelsea having her moment of love...but so is her Godmother, Daisy, which is definitely a match made in heaven. Daisy deserved a happily ever after as well for everything she had gone through.
The villains in the story are ruthless and it seems it is a family trait. They will do anything to get what they want.
Claudy Conn definitely knows how to transport you back in time where men tried everything to sweep a woman off their feet so they can marry them. I will say this, Lord Wainwright can sweep me off my feet anytime. I'm jealous over Chelsea.
The steamy scenes between the characters will require you taking a cold shower afterwards though, so be prepared ahead of time.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves reading historical romances, is a fan of Claudy Conn, and loves to fall in love with a rogue who becomes tamed because of one beautiful young lady who changes his ways.
Claudy Conn even gives you a sneak into other stories that she has written after you read, "Runaway Heart", which will make you want more anyways.
I know I cannot get enough of Claudy's books. =)
on April 29, 2013
I feel like it has been forever since the last time I read the second book in the Gryphon series. How I missed Celeste and her family, as well as several other characters who stole my heart from the first two books.
Stacey Rourke puts Celeste through a lot harder dilemmas this time. She's faced with making a choice over sacrificing what is right to wrong and losing the one person she truly will anything for and love. She also is forced to deal with new enemies and old enemies together. She finds out though, that the one person she thinks hates her, really loves her and will do anything for her...until you break that person's heart again.
The third installment to the Gryphon series leaves you wanting more after you read the last sentence since of course, Stacey Rourke leaves you with a cliffhanger. There a lot of questions in this book that made me even in shock just like Celeste was. She had no clue who to trust and I do not blame her one bit.
I enjoyed every minute of this book, but it broke my heart what Celeste had to do. =( I am hoping what she did will be fixed in the fourth book. I did end up falling for Rowan a little more, until of course he showed his other side again. That demon definitely has me confused. One minute I could give him a kiss and the other I could give him a swift kick in the butt.
One of the main attractions in the book was Alaina and Gabe's Wedding in the book that was definitely spectacular, but they had to deal with some bumps in the road before they got their happily ever after. They had Celeste, Kendall, and Gabe (when he was not dealing with wedding fiascos), Sophie, Big Mike and a few others to help save the day. Even Rowan...but not always. Geez...I have no clue about him.
What really had me in shock was one certain character coming forth to help Celeste when she did not even know she needed it.
Stacey Rourke has a way of bringing you in the story and feeling like you are with the characters along the ride and all you want for them is to defeat the demons that want them dead, especially, Celeste, the Conduit.
I give this book 4.5 moons and highly recommend it to young adult fantasy readers out there. Make sure if you have not read the first two books, The Conduit & Embrace, to read those first. Otherwise, you will definitely be lost a bit on what has happened in the previous books.
I look forward to reading the fourth book and hopefully, Celeste will have a little easier, but that's highly unlikely (poor chosen one and all) and let's hope that Rowan gets his act together (that's another unlikely one).