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Great Characters, Great action.
Review by jeepwonder Dec 15, 2017
In a genre usually choked with vampires or changelings, I found fairies a nice change. Using the usual 'orphan not realizing she was a...' plot line worked for the author. She skillfully wove a story that provided characters you could care about. The descriptions were vivid and easy to visualize, something important in a story of this type. The tension never left boring holes in the narrative, and there was plenty of action sprinkled throughout. The main character grew as the story progressed. … Read More
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Carefully crafted, but not a read to take lightly.
Review by jeepwonder Dec 30, 2017
The author had several problems writing this account. First, the plot was already set and details were already in place. So, there wasn't a lot of license in changing things to make the story flow better. And the reader has a challenge reading it, in that they know how it's going to end so it's hard to approach this like a new unread book. In fact, the story is well known and the author used several tactics to put a new, humanized slant that put the historical events in a different light, as if … Read More
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Gentler than Brothers Grimm yet darker than Disney
Review by lacrimsonfemme Dec 30, 2017
Gentler than Brothers Grimm yet darker than Disney, Author Mike Klaassen freshes up a beloved fairy tale for a longer bedtime story. In the original Brothers Grimm, the story is a bit shorter and much bloodier. As a fan of the original Brothers Grimm, this tale is not what I expected. Quite frankly, I thought it was going to be an erotically charged adult fantasy. I was dead wrong. Instead, this is a lengthier telling of Cinderella with a bit of witchy twist. The characters are not fully … Read More
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Back when fairy tales were a way to teach consequences
Review by lacrimsonfemme Dec 30, 2017
Back when fairy tales were a way to teach consequences, before Disney corrupted them, Brothers Grimm created a very short story of what happens when one breaks their promises. I have always liked this story because it was clear that bratty actions and spoiled children who make false promises will suffer. Author Mike Klaassen may not be a harsh as Brothers Grimm, but he is definitely no Disney fluffer. In this retelling, it expands upon the original and I like it. Once again, I was mistaken … Read More
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People and pathways
Review by n1ght0wl Dec 28, 2017
I did not read 'Oscar' before reading this and it read well enough alone. Read much like a biography (think interview with a vampire without vampires or paranormals). Readers follow Oscar, an older man, whom is dating a man ten years his junior. The two are out dining together when Oscar makes a confession and suggestion. His lover excuses himself. In the time frame his lover is gone (there was an estimation of about 20mins); Oscar reminisces on his own behavior and actions when he was about his … Read More
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Meeting the right person at the right time can change a person's course completely
Review by lacrimsonfemme Dec 27, 2017
For Oscar, he is sleeping this way through life with drugs, sex and alcohol. He embodies the negative stereotype of a gay man who is just in it for the sex - any hole will do. The thing is, Oscar can be so much more. This story starts out in the present with Oscar making a tentative offer to his lover to become an exclusive relationship living together. Or at least, not a long distance relationship with a booty call understanding. Oscar is a well traveled business man who is nervous about … Read More
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Sweet and frustrating, Amara's love life is a bit of a roller coaster ride
Review by lacrimsonfemme Dec 27, 2017
Amara is all grown up and when she returns home to help care for her ailing mother, the last thing she expects is to stay in LA. Amara is an independent woman who has made a good life on the East Coast. She has a job where she provides value and it is something that gives her meaning. Coming home to LA feels like several steps back, but she gets to spend time with her brother and mother. She has missed them. This story's conflict is Amara's love interest. She is attracted to her brother's … Read More
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Turning a curse into an asset
Review by elfthereadingaddict Dec 23, 2017
“Wolf Around the Corner” by Aidee Ladnier is a paranormal m/m romance story that features a not-quite-successful New York actor who comes back to the small town of Waycroft Falls to help his sister start her new business. He has a spark with one of her employees and convinces the man to perform in a version of “Beauty and the Beast.” It turns out he really can morph into a beast. Perfect for the play, not so great for his assimilation into the close-knit small town. I enjoy the way this … Read More
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Life Beyond Broadway
Review by skadlec1 Dec 16, 2017
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2216099001 https://www.amazon.com/review/R3BNYBZKO2UAI5/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv I’ve been reading paranormals for many years and thought there were no new twists on werewolves or vampires. I’m happy to say Aidee Ladnier proved me wrong. In Wolf Around the Corner, we meet Tom, a less-than-successful actor on Broadway, and Frank, who meets the definition of werewolf. They come together on a play, but what elevates the story is two things. … Read More
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Very interesting
Review by rjsummers Dec 16, 2017
Legacy of evil cover In full disclosure, I was given a copy of this through Reading Alley for my review. The cover wonderfully illustrates many of the features inside the pages: horses, motorcycles, a historic hotel, and a man and woman passionately tangled up. This is a fantasy/ suspense novel dealing with terrorism on US soil. It could certainly be called paranormal too. And don’t forget the romance. Emma Horserider is the heroine. She is a former Marine, a horse whisperer, and she is … Read More
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