REVIEW | Nalini SINGH: Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss, #3)

Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh Rock Kiss 3
Rating: ★★★★☆
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Publisher TKA Distribution
Prezzo $ 4.86 ebook
$ 15.00 paperback
Pagine 349
Uscita 6th october 2015
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Rock Redemption
Nalini Singh

Rock Kiss, book 3

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their
fast-review-upfriendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

The Rock Kiss series is slowly entering my system and it’s becoming more and more difficult to resist to these guys. So, why bother?
Rock Redemption is the third installement and it’s mantaining the level of the other two and a half 😉 book that have preceded it (you can see their cover at the end of this review and read something more of them by cliking on the cover). I can’t say I am not biased when speaking about Nalini Singh’s work. She is one of my favourite authors (if not The) and it’s really impossible to be objective with her books. Nevertheless, if she is a favorite author of mine it also means she is really good, isn’t it? Summarizing, I’m liking this series quite a bit. 😉
From the first book you could clearly feel the differences between her other two fantasy series. You can’t compare them because they are not only completely different genre, they are also build upon very different dept of plots. However, this is not a negative aspect. Still the reader needs to know that he/she is going to read something that is lighter even if Nalini (in this book more than ever) tells about difficult subjects and their consequences.
The strenght of her books are her characters. Like I said speaking of Rock Courtship (David’s short novella) every book makes you love completely its MC and, in the end, you can’t decide which one is your favourite. This happened to me with Noah as well. I can understand why other readers of Rock Redemption said Noah was not their favourite MC from book one. His blatant betrayal of Kit was probably unforgivable for most people. It is unforgivable in most cases. Regardless, after reading his story I cannot help forgiving him. He is the perfect epitome of the hunted man. Anyhow this book is most of all a banner of women strenght because it is Kit who ends as the winner. Every word speaks loudly of her character. How she learned to deal with his weaknessess and helped him overcome his fears…always loving him.
Even if I can’t, from the death of me, decide which one of the books of this series is my favourite, Noah and Kit will always be one of my favourite couple because they fought for their love and their future. (it really seems I’m speaking about real people…how crazy is that? XD)

Rock Addiction Rock Courtship Rock Hard

REVIEW | Christy CARLYLE: One Scandalous Kiss (Accidental Heirs #1)

 One Scandalous Kiss (Accidental Heirs #1) by Christy Carlyle
Rating: ★★★½☆
Publisher Avon Impulse
ISBN/ASIN 9780062428004
Prezzo € 1.99 ebook
€ 6.99 paperback
Pagine 432
Uscita 8 september 2015 ebook
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One Scandalous Kiss
Christy Carlyle

Accidental Heirs #1

When a scheming marquess’ daughter offers her one hundred pounds to publicly kiss a nobleman, a desperate Jessamin Wright agrees. She believes the money will save her failing bookstore and finally free her from her father’s debts. But when Jess bursts into an aristocratic party and shocks the entire ton, she never expects to enjoy the outrageous embrace she shares with a grim viscount.

Lucius Crawford, Viscount Grimsby, has never met, or kissed, anyone like the beautiful suffragette who unsettles him with a single touch. He has always strived for control and avoided passion at all costs. Lucius is determined to protect his title and restore the estate he’s unexpectedly inherited, but Jess’ appearance in his life poses a threat to his plans and his heart. After a country house party brings them together once more, neither can resist temptation, and both find that one scandalous kiss just isn’t enough.

Because of a kiss started for the wrongest of motives, Jess and Lucius find a true and profound love. (I cannot say I wouldn’t want a Lucius for myself…I do love the brooding types that smile only for me. 😉 )

This book is one of those you need to savor. It is slow paced and full of feelings. It’s also set in a period of which authors don’t write enough. Jessamin, in fact, is a suffragette who writes speeches for meetings and, at the same times, tries to make ends meet with a bookshop that her father has left heavily indebted because of his gambling addiction. When a Lady offers a hundred pounds for a stolen kiss to a Lord Grim(sby) because she feels rejected by him (in a childish and seflish way if you ask me) Jess, desperate to save the shop, rashly accepts… and in so doing starts a series of events to which no one would have thought.
I really enjoyed Christy Carlyle’s style of writing. I found it perfect for the time she is speaking about, “fluent” and rich. I liked all her characters too, the likeable ones and the ones not so much (I couldn’t stand his sister and I would have slapped her a time or two…or three XD). Even if the story is not perfect, many can say it is too slow, for me it was a very good “first read” from this new author. The perfect book to read when you want something that can soothe your mind and engage your feelings.

REVIEW | Tiffany CLARE: Desire Me Now (Desire Me, #1)

 Desire Me Now by Tiffany Clare - Avon Impulse
Rating: ★★★½☆
Publisher Avon Impulse
ISBN 9780062380425
Price $ 1.99 ebook
$ 4.99 paperback
Pages 288
Out 09 june 2015
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He charged out of the darkness to her rescue . . .
Amelia Grant has just escaped her lecherous employer with nothing but the clothes on her back. In the predawn hours of London, a horse and carriage come barreling down on her, and a stranger rushes to her aid, sweeping her off her feet . . .
There is something dark and dangerous about Nicholas Riley. With eyes gray like flint and hard as steel, he’s unusual … beautiful. The intensity behind his gaze makes her feel like the only person in the world. And then he whispers . . .
“I want your complete surrender.”

When I decided to read Desire Me Now I was expecting something more…errr…different (ok, kinky). Something that would go beyond the boundaries of the classic historical romance book. The cover made me think it would be more daring, an erotic romance with, maybe, some BDSM in the mix. Instead I found a classic historical romance set in 1881. I’m not saying that it’s boring or bad written or insipid. Desire Me Now is a well written, interesting and probably more sexy than the average story but there isn’t really much difference from other books of the same genre. That said, in the whole I really enjoied the book.
Speaking of the MCs. I liked Nick, he is a very good male character for a romance book. He is sexy and with that bit of dark past and rough appearance that makes your heart bit faster. However, sometimes I felt like he went from rascal to committed too fast. Amelia too is a good character, she was more in line with her behavior but for me she too surrendered to his seduction without putting up much of a fight (ok, I wouldn’t make him work too much for it too…he could well be everyones dream man, you know). Anyway.
The book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger because Amelia and Nick story is far from closed. Many things are still open and if you don’t like to read a book without a proper ending maybe it is better if you wait november when the third and (I hope…because I want to know how it ends not because it’s not good) last part of this series will be out.

The next books in the series:
 Desire Me More (Desire Me #2) by Tiffany Clare  Desire Me Always (Desire Me #3) by Tiffany Clare

REVIEW |Danielle L. JENSEN: Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)

 Stolen Songbird Danielle L Jensen - The Malediction Trilogy 1
Rating: ★★★★☆
Publisher Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry
ISBN 9781908844965
Price $ 5.99 ebook
Pages 469
Out 01 april 2014
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Stolen Songbird
Danielle L. Jensen

The Malediction Trilogy, book 1

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

Stolen Songbird -anche se di genere young adult che, diciamocelo, ha un po’ stufato- è stato una bella sorpresa che anzi mi ha catturato e portato molto velocemente alla fine di questo primo capitolo della trilogia.
La trama in realtà spiega già un po’ tutto quello che il lettore ha bisogno di sapere per decidere se è interessato o meno al romanzo della “Malediction Trilogy” e pertanto raccontare di più vuol dire rischiare di fare spoiler. Comunque, brevemente, Stolen Songbird è la storia di una maledizione…appunto :). Il romanzo è un fantasy ambientato in un mondo dove, accanto agli umani, in tempi passati esistevano e commerciavano i troll. In realtà i troll hanno sempre visto gli umani più come animali da sfruttare per i loro scopi che non come esseri eguali, ciononostante i rapporti tra le due razze si sono protratti per secoli senza eccessivi problemi dati i mutui interessi (forza lavoro per i troll, oro e ricchezze per gli umani). A seguito però della maledizione lanciata da una strega, da cinquecento anni i troll sono imprigionati nella montagna sotto cui sorge la loro città, impossibilitati ad uscire alla luce del sole e, fortunatamente per gli umani, anche a compiere qualsiasi manovra di conquista del regno umano. Cécile, la nostra eroina, è una ragazza di diciassette anni che vive nel paesello rurale a fianco della suddetta montagna. Tutta la sua vita è trascorsa nella consapevolezza che la madre, cantante d’opera, ha lasciato la famiglia per seguire la sua carriera nella città Reale. Solo alcune sporadiche visite negli anni le hanno permesso di conoscere superficialmente la madre che però, in compenso, dopo aver appreso delle capacità canore della figlia, le ha fornito un’istruzione con l’idea che, a diciassette anni, la stessa l’avrebbe seguita in città per seguire nella sua stessa carriera. Il romanzo inizia proprio il giorno prima della partenza di Cécile per la città quando, di ritorno da una visita al paese, viene rapita da un conoscente, la cui reputazione è decisamente pessima, per essere barattata ai troll in cambio di una fortuna in peso. I troll, infatti, stanno cercando di far avverare una profezia che ha loro promesso la libertà dalla motagna…una montagna che rischia di crollare sulle loro teste da un momento all’altro. Questa profezia vede l’intervento di una ragazza dalla voce d’usignolo e dai lunghi capelli rosso fuoco, esattamente le caratteristiche che rendono Cécile unica. Starà ora in lei decidere se il suo desiderio più grande è riacquistare la propria libertà o aiutare i troll.
Questo romanzo mi è piaciuto nel suo insieme. I personaggi, anche se giovani, non sono risultati falsi e smielati come spesso accade ormai con gli YA. Il mondo creato dall’autrice – anche se richiama elementi del fantasy classico e pertanto non veramente originali- diviene originale, oltre ad essere ben costruito, una volta collegato alla storia che racconta. Come primo volume della trilogia non posso che dire che, per me, sia un pieno successo. Non vedo l’ora di proseguire con il secondo volume: Hidden Huntress. L’ultimo volume, invece, il cui titolo è Warrior Witch uscira a maggio 2016.