The Story of Son by J. R. Ward

Author’s Synopsis

Held captive by a dark, seductive vampire with an unworldly hunger, the beautiful Claire Stroughton fears her life as a lawyer has irrevocably taken a turn for the worse. But when this deeply sensual-and highly dangerous-vampire convinces Claire that his desire for her is stronger than his lust for blood, she is compelled to give everything up to him, body and soul…

My Views

This delicious romance is reminiscent of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast but in this story, the beast’s betrayal is not of his own doing. This story is set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world but is not actually a part of their story and that works just fine because anyone can read this, but if you are a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, then you will love this book twice over.

Claire is a sweet character, but she’s also brimming with strength and Ward writes strong female leads like no other. Without giving any spoilers away I will just say that Son is one of the sweetest characters ever to be portrayed as a beast. This book is a tearjerker and completely addictive.

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Miss Frost Saves the Sandman: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost #3) by Kristen Painter

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Author’s Synopsis

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now… private investigator. Sort of.

When the Sandman comes to Santa’s Workshop, the shop Jayne manages, to do his first ever book signing, it’s a major event. He’s kind of a supernatural celebrity and she needs to keep him happy. All is well until trouble shows up at the party thrown in his honor. Trouble in the form of Luna Nyx, the Mistress of Nightmares and his creepy counterpart. The Sandman’s assistant says Luna is dangerous, and Jayne believes it when her dreams turn dark. Can Jayne keep the Sandman safe from this gothic goddess? Or will Luna’s threats put them both to sleep for good?

My Views 

Jayne Frost is back along with a few friends including the adorable Spider, her talking cat. Not only is she dating two of the best-looking men in town but she’s also right at the heart of yet another crime. Who knew a winter elf could have so much fun?

I am a little addicted to Spider. Jayne is great fun, but the cat is my favourite character. This story is yet another easy read mystery with a light and breezy feel. The magic and mystery are charming as are the characters. I must admit that I can’t wait to find out who Jayne chooses out of her eager dates but my money is on the vampire.

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Miss Frost Ices the Imp: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost #2) by Kristen Painter

Jayne is enjoying her new role as the manager of the toyshop. She likes working with her best friend Juniper but the best thing about being in Nocturne Falls has to be her boyfriends, both of them. Greyson is a cute vampire with a sexy Irish accent and Cooper is a summer elf who was her first love back in college. She cannot possibly choose between the pair.

Her life becomes complicated once more when she opens a box and lets trouble out. What do you do when your cat starts talking?

Jayne is such a likable character that you can’t help but care about her but as for her love life I can’t help but wonder what’s on her mind. She needs to choose and my vote is on the vampire. Painter describes Jayne’s need for sweet treats too well, I can picture each and every dessert in detail and I’m not sure that’s a good thing because I’m now craving pastries, ice-cream, oh and a talking cat.

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Cinderella (Not Quite the Fairy Tale #1) by May Sage

When the king searches his kingdom for a wife Ella doesn’t take it seriously. She’s done with men and especially men like Daniel. She does her duty and sends in a picture of herself that sparks an interest he cannot deny. With a step-mother and two awful step-sisters, Ella doesn’t have time for the king and his wandering eyes so she does what any fairy tale creature does and calls in a favour.

This new spin on Cinderella gave me plenty to think about. Ella’s a woman with a strong mind and she isn’t about to let a man make a fool of her again. Her humour and defiance amused me and gave the story a quirky edge. The fairy godmother and Rumpelstiltskin were revamped for the book and worked really well bringing a little extra to the story.

The politics of the land begins and is set to continue throughout the interlinked series giving the reader something more than just a retold fairy tale. The book does need a polish, but it’s a good read, regardless.

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Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost #1) by Kristen Painter

When Jayne’s father, Jack frost, sends her on a secret mission Jayne is thrilled to be outside the North Pole. She sees the job as a chance to improve her skills and her worth but the job gives her more than she bargains for. When she learns to care for the inhabitants of the strange town of Nocturne falls, she knows exactly what she could lose when she eventually reveals her true identity.

I was immediately drawn by the cover of this book and I’m glad I was. Jayne’s character is sweet and funny and the book sits between the fantasy, mystery, and fairy tale genres perfectly. Jayne made me laugh and the balance of characters worked well together. I also appreciated the mixture of fantasy and modern day technology and the Nocturne Falls setting was a good touch of both.

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Twist (Mageri #2) by Dannika Dark

Silver is suffering from boredom because as a learner mage she is kept protected and in near isolation by her guardian, Justice. Silver just can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble and enlists Adam’s help to reunite with an old friend from her human life, Sunny. When things go wrong, she learns that she is stronger than she realised and more determined than anyone could have anticipated.

I took a while to get into this series but Dark has serious talent and I couldn’t stay away for long. The worlds she creates are so realistic and full of exciting potential that it makes sense to build an entire series from them.

Silver is a strong female lead, and this is something Dark does well. Powerful, sexy characters, alpha males who submit to females, and strong conflict and external dangers. The stories are full of energy and are great for a little escapism but they can become addictive.

Twist features a slow-moving, beautiful, romantic development, and the speed at which it moves forward is unusual but refreshing. It also serves to open up another branch of shifter breed that I can’t wait to get my teeth into.

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The Loneliest Alpha (The MacKellan Alphas #1) by T. A. Grey

When Alicia is blindfolded and carted off to a new pack, she doesn’t know what to expect. Her first thoughts are of escape and her next are to uncover the mystery of the pack’s alpha but as the story unfolds, she finds her life is in great danger and not from the alpha.

Gavin is intrigued by Alicia, one of the women sent to be his prospective mate. She has more spirit than anyone he’s ever met and her beauty is beyond compare. Her attempts at escape are soon replaced by her desire to see his face and he will do anything to stop that happening.

This is the shifter equivalent of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Gavin is the honourable but destroyed beast and Alicia is beauty with a fierce independence and desire to be free. The external interruptions slow down the chance of romance, drawing it out and giving the story a depth that would have been otherwise lacking.

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