So Many Reads is participating in the cover reveal for Petals and Thorns by Jeffe Kennedy. I thought perhaps it would be great to pull out my review of the book as well, since I have not featured this book on So Many Reads yet. Isn’t the cover so pretty? I liked the old one but this new one is very attractive.
Wow, what an interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. It was hard to put down and I read it in a day. The Beast has 7 days to convince Amarantha to love him. It isn’t said in that way, but that’s what Beauty and the Beast is all about. This book has light BDSM in it, Amarantha is a virgin and therefore everything he shows her, teaches her, is brand new. The one part that I didn’t like as much, is that I felt like Amarantha didn’t have much of a choice on anything and because things were so new for her I felt her fear a lot of the time. Her family got her into this but it was then left up to her to save her family. It all worked out in the end, as I knew it would, so I kept reading.
Jeffe does a great job of writing stories with light BDSM that are not just about male dominance (even though I made that statement above about Amarantha not having a choice). I think the Beast knew exactly how far to push Amarantha, could tell from her reactions what she liked and when he felt he was losing control he let her go. He didn’t want to hurt her and did always take good care of her. I liked that Jeffe described things very respectfully, as was typical to the Beast’s character. If you like Beauty and the Beast stories, but would like a more adult version with light BDSM I would recommend this one.
Holy freaking cow. Fantasy is not normally my genre of choice, but the way Jeffe Kennedy writes it, well, wow. Rogue’s Paradise is the third book in her Covenant of Thorns series and by far my favorite. It’s the culmination of everything Rogue and Gwynn have been through in the first two books. It’s the book with the most emotional ups and downs. It’s the book that shows the true, deep connection between Gwynn, Rogue, Faerie and the Human realm. It’s also the book that shows what is going to come of Titania as well as Rogue, Gwynn and their child.
You really need to read the first two books in the series before you read this one. It is not a hardship, though, let me tell you. The entire series is quite an adventure. One of the things I like most about it is that the whole fantasy world of Faerie is looked at/lived in by a human. So, we get to see how a human reacts to it. Gwynn continues to journal since she looks at things scientifically and has a lot of theories about the Faerie. I have enjoyed watching Rogue and Gwynn grow throughout the series. Rogue is really starting to understand Gwynn’s mind and Gwynn is starting to let go of needing some of those hard and fast facts that she craves.
The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy is the first book in the Twelve Kingdoms Series and I’m not quite sure what to say about it. I don’t have any “oh my gosh” moments to start out this review. But, in defense of The Mark of the Tala, I am coming off of the third book in another fantasy series by Jeffe (Rogue’s Paradise due out in October) and because that was an Epic book for me, The Mark of the Tala sort of lives in it’s shadow. While I try NOT to compare books, it happens. That being said, I truly enjoyed The Mark of the Tala and I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
The first books in a series can be hard because there is a lot of foundation to lay to set up the series. In The Mark of the Tala, we learn a lot about Princess Andromeda (Andi) and Rayfe as well as Andi’s father and sisters. Because of that, the beginning was a little slow for me. I understood the need for it and was thankful for the knowledge by the end because it really showed the path Andi had to take to get to Annfwn. Things really took off about a third of the way in when Andi finally made her decision to not just sit around and wait for something to happen. After that, I couldn’t stop reading.
I was curious how Master of the Opera Act 6: Crescendo by Jeffe Kennedy was going to compare to Act 5: A Haunting Duet and was even a little nervous. A Haunting Duet was so powerful to the story. However, Crescendo did not disappoint. Jeffe was able to tie up the story very well and pull together all the additional story lines into one final episode of this e-serial. I was quite surprised at the turn of events, too!
We were left in A Haunting Duet with Christine escaping the Sanclaro compound. In Crescendo we get to see how she handles everything once she is out and the knowledge that she has gained. She now has an idea of what she needs to do in order to free Master. How is she going to do it, though?
So we are at the fifth of six installments of the Master of the Opera Serial romance. A Haunting Duet by Jeffe Kennedy is a doozy. Is that a word? What I mean by a doozy is that there is a lot of stuff going down in this one. The intimacy is amped up quite a bit as is the drama and creepiness of some characters. We are starting to know what the Sanclaro family is really like and well, it freaks me out a bit. Let’s just say the title is very fitting for the story.
Christine changes a lot in this one. The way she sees herself is a lot different. Master has made her a new woman. One who has gained confidence and isn’t going to stand by and let people use her. She is going to take things into her own hands and I really like this about her. Not that I saw her has overly weak before, but maybe more unsure of herself and what was going on in her life. I so enjoy the sincere love Master has for Christine and vice versa. I sure hope it ends up the way I want. Roman is showing his true colors in A Haunting Duet and let me tell you, they are not the ones I would want to color with. Sorry if that is a spoiler, but I think we all saw it coming.