Danielle Blanchard Benson
Danielle Blanchard Benson is a world traveler and a university student earning her degree in Creative Writing with a Minor in Specialized Languages (French). She has written The Beautiful People series, which will be released in eight separate volumes.
Ms. Blanchard Benson is currently working on The Vamp Saga (Death Wish: Book One will be released in January of 2012), Murder, Inc: The Pop Stars series (which will be released beginning in autumn of 2012), and a full-length novel, DeGeneration (which will be released in winter of 2013).
Ms. Blanchard Benson has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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An unconventional love story, unfinished business between these two passionate people—physical, emotional and professional—will spark a fuse that will leave a path of death and destruction in its wake.
Falling Into Us (One More Night Trilogy)
“Kaz asked me a simple question and offered a way out. He said I could stay in L.A and visit him on tour when ever I wanted but I am tired of feeling vacuous and useless so I said yes. I could use my photography skills and I’d been to plenty of concerts but never have I gone on tour with a band. The concerts are amazing but Scarlet Fever and Winter’s Regret are a formidable combination..."
A Summer To Remember (Seasons of Love & Lust series)
“Life is really strange. Two events have shaped mine although I am only twenty-four, a successful entrepreneur and owner of my own gallery, Maison des Artistries, in Tribeca. One happened when I was ten: I realized I was in love with my brother’s best friend, Paul. The other event happened while I attended Vassar College during my last semester.”
Atonement (The Atonement Series)
The first installment of The Atonement Series.
Deirdre Bardot is a PhD student at Harvard and on her way home for Thanksgiving when she finds out her father has been murdered in a vicious hit and run by a drunk driver.
Lara & the City of Angels (Superstar Marriages)
Lara MacIntyre-Buchanan has it all: a handsome husband, a beautiful daughter and more money than she can spend in a lifetime. Looks can be deceiving and although Lara should be one of the happiest women in the world, she is miserable. So much is missing from her life but the most important, she needs love…
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Smashwords book reviews by Danielle Blanchard Benson
- Cage Life
on July 20, 2011
Cage Life consists of two short stories but to be honest, that is all one can possibly handle. The roller coaster ride of emotions I felt while reading Cage Life (a tragic incident unites a couple who believed their marriage is beyond saving) continued through the second story, The Usurper (a tragic and cautionary tale of falling for the wrong person in the winter of one's life and the brutal consequences of this startling decision).
I completely understand why the author titled the collection Cage Life because whether we are young or old, it's so easy to build our own prisons and trap ourselves in a hell of our own making. This short story collection is a tour de force which very few authors can ever hope to achieve however Ms. Cox has excelled in spades.
- Marked: City of the Damned Book 1
on July 29, 2011
This was a well written story I enjoyed very much. Sara moves from Montana after the tragic death of her parents to New York City to be closer to her only surviving relatives. Although we don't meet her aunt and uncle in this story, we do meet Pryse and Gedeon. I won't say anything else as one needs to find out for themselves about these characters. This is easily a 5 star book but I had to remove one star for editing and formatting (both need to be revised a bit more).
- Hellfire: City of the Damned Book 2
on July 30, 2011
I expected a bit more action (a la the first novelette) but this book was more of an erotic short with a thin veneer of a vampire story. It is not that I don't enjoy sex as much as the next person, I just thought we would learn a little bit more about Gedeon and Sara, and less about how their love life was doing. These are very interesting characters and I hated to see them reduced to nothing but a porn plot and little else.
- Unforeseen: City of the Damned Book 3
on July 30, 2011
This is a much needed turn from the second novelette. The only downside is it ends much too abruptly and although we know there will be a fourth novelette, I felt cheated somehow. I wanted to know a bit more. I still feel like there is so much to know about these characters (Sara and Gedeon especially) that hasn't been explored yet. I hope we learn more about them as people. The sex was also steamy and flowed perfectly with the plot.
on May 17, 2012
Aaren is the story of a successful businesswoman who must come back to her small, Kentucky hometown to bury her father after he's died. What we don't know, we learn in flashbacks, including Aaren had a man, Jarrod, her first love, who still resides there and who she wants nothing to do with due to their awful demise over fourteen years ago.
I can understand how Aaren would be confused as she's just lost her remaining parent, but I can't understand how she takes everything to such an extreme when it comes to Jarrod. She treats the man like utter crap and won't hear anything he has to say to her and such bullheadedness makes me annoyed.
Then there was the whole "let's be PC and advocate condom usage". First of all, the people who read these novels should be adults and if said adults don't know they should practice safe sex, even with the "loves of their lives" then this book isn't going to set them straight.
I don't know, I am being a bit petty but there are two occasions my pettiness comes out: when a novel tries to get all preachy and sanctimonious, and when a romance novel tries to advocate safe sex. It is FICTION, a fantasy for Pete's sake, we don't need "he grabbed a condom" thrown in before every love scene is consummated.
Other than that, I love this author and think her books are fantastic but the whole "town secret" is anti-climatic to be honest (both my parents hail from Mississippi so this little itty bitty town secret included is nothing to some of the secrets I can tell about my own family) and throwing in the hubby to conjure up yet more drama towards the end was waste of time, space and the book could have ended about twenty pages earlier than it did instead of being dragged on for nothing at all.